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Sunflowers and sunshine … lots and lots of sunshine – Ali and Dan’s wedding at Chapel Down {sneak peek}

I first met Ali and Dan last year at Sara and Steve’s wedding. Dan was Steve’s best man and now it was the turn of Dan to be groom. As the couples have become close friends over the years, I wasn’t surprised to see some familiar faces amongst the guests at Chapel Down …

I joined the groom, to his surprise, at the White Lion in Tenterden. The weather was an absolute scorcher and Dan, and his boys, weren’t quite ready for their portrait shots … but maybe for a quick nip of the hard stuff …
Alison and Dan wedding at Chapel Down by Samantha Jones Photography 01 I left my second shooter, Sarah, to capture the boys when they were ready and I joined Ali and her bridesmaids at their preparations at the beautiful Odiam Barns … which, being in the countryside, had cooling breezes which were very welcome indeed!Alison and Dan wedding at Chapel Down by Samantha Jones Photography 02Ali sensibly decided to wait until the last possible moment to get into her amazing bridal gown and and so, after capturing a few detail shots and portraits of the bridesmaids, off I went, air conditioning in the car on full blast, to find the boys at Chapel Down.  They looked pretty relaxed …Alison and Dan wedding at Chapel Down by Samantha Jones Photography 03 And, of course, the girls looked even better!Alison and Dan wedding at Chapel Down by Samantha Jones Photography 04 The outside ceremony was beautiful and emotional too. We decided to leave the couple portraits until after the wedding breakfast, in the hope of the light not being quite so harsh and for some great skies … Alison and Dan wedding at Chapel Down by Samantha Jones Photography 05 And it was worth it.  This time of the evening is called the golden hour and Ali, you glowed!Alison and Dan wedding at Chapel Down by Samantha Jones Photography 06 Alison and Dan wedding at Chapel Down by Samantha Jones Photography 07 This is, quite possibly, my most favourite ring shot ever.  I love it. Alison and Dan wedding at Chapel Down by Samantha Jones Photography 08

This post is only meant to be a sneak peek, with a little teaser of the day … but it was just so hard to narrow down my choices but I am confident that there will be many more fantastic images which I just can’t wait to share with Ali and Dan.

You are both amazing. Ali, you looked cool, calm and composed all day. Dan, super handsome and incredibly relaxed.  So happy together. So happy to be married … and to share your day with your families and friends.

I was delighted to be a small part of your celebrations. Sarah and I thoroughly enjoyed the time we had with you all and were made to feel exceptionally welcome.

Enjoy your honeymoon … so many exciting adventures await you and I can’t wait to hear more on your return.

Much love xxx

Sunshine at the coast – Sarah and Grant’s wedding at Pines Calyx {sneak peek}

In the lead up to a wedding, I always check the weather report. Yesterday’s report was somewhat mixed. With a rainy start and heavy cloud forecast all day, it just seemed a little unfair bearing in mind the gorgeous location on the cliffs of St Margaret’s Bay.

When I arrived at Sarah and Grant’s house, only five minutes from Pines Calyx (http://pinescalyx.co.uk/), it was dismal and overcast. But preparations were in full swing and hopes were high.

Oh Sarah, you looked incredible …

Sarah and Grant married at Pines Calyx by Samantha Jones PhotographyAnd Grant, great cufflinks!Sarah and Grant married at Pines Calyx by Samantha Jones Photography 2 It was a little breezy when Sarah arrived, with son Elliott, Ellenor and Molly. But it didn’t matter at all!Sarah and Grant married at Pines Calyx by Samantha Jones Photography 3 Because the sun broke through the clouds and it was absolutely glorious!Sarah and Grant married at Pines Calyx by Samantha Jones Photography 4 Grant particularly wanted a shot by Winston Churchill and so of course, we had to oblige!Sarah and Grant married at Pines Calyx by Samantha Jones Photography 5I was so pleased to have been booked by this lovely couple on recommendation by Jane at Pines Calyx. Although I was only with them and their guests for a few hours, it was thoroughly enjoyable and I’m sure that the celebrations will have continued long after I left.

Wishing you both much happiness and joy.  And no more fire alarms … xx

Heather and Pete married at the Guildhall in Sandwich followed by sandwiches and cake at Littlebourne Barn … {sneak peek}

Sometimes my couples make my life difficult.  And this, indeed, is the case with Heather and Pete. They were married on Saturday on a beautiful and bright day at Sandwich.

We had to run through the streets to get photographs. We had to stop traffic and walk down the middle of the road. We had to capture just how much they love each other.

Which actually wasn’t very difficult. What is causing me SO many problems is working out which images to showcase for Heather and Pete’s sneak peek.

It’s so hard … because, Heather, you are too beautiful for words.

Heather and Pete married at the Guildhall in Sandwich by Samantha Jones Photography 01There was confetti madness …
Heather and Pete married at the Guildhall in Sandwich by Samantha Jones Photography 2aDancing in the streets …
Heather and Pete married at the Guildhall in Sandwich by Samantha Jones Photography 3aHeather and Pete married at the Guildhall in Sandwich by Samantha Jones Photography 2bHeather and Pete married at the Guildhall in Sandwich by Samantha Jones Photography 3b And at the barn, Pete played Ukele …
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Whilst the bride …Heather and Pete married at the Guildhall in Sandwich by Samantha Jones Photography 04Heather and Pete married at the Guildhall in Sandwich by Samantha Jones Photography 05 You laughed, giggled and made it all look so very easy …Heather and Pete married at the Guildhall in Sandwich by Samantha Jones Photography 11Heather and Pete married at the Guildhall in Sandwich by Samantha Jones Photography 12Heather and Pete married at the Guildhall in Sandwich by Samantha Jones Photography 08And Monty can’t wait to hear all about it!
Heather and Pete married at the Guildhall in Sandwich by Samantha Jones Photography 09

Such an amazing day. So many beautiful details. So much smiling.  To to be made so very welcome and to be a very real part of your celebrations was amazing. You made our day such fun and Sarah, my assistant, and I want to wish you all the happiness in the world and may you keep smiling and dancing forever xxx

Ssshhh, it’s a secret … Sarah and Russ’s Secret Garden wedding sneak peek …

I love it when the weather forecast is wrong. Especially when Sarah and Russ had their wedding to celebrate – an outdoor ceremony with just 14 guests at The Secret Garden in Mersham.

And the sun shone. And their love and absolute delight to be married was evident … you both glowed.

Sarah Jane and Russ wedding at The Secret Garden in Mersham by Samantha Jones Photography 01 Sarah’s handmade bouquet had an extra special memory in it …Sarah Jane and Russ wedding at The Secret Garden in Mersham by Samantha Jones Photography 02 And you rocked it down the aisle after your ceremony!Sarah Jane and Russ wedding at The Secret Garden in Mersham by Samantha Jones Photography 03 And, because it’s the Secret Garden, we just had to use the handily placed frames!Sarah Jane and Russ wedding at The Secret Garden in Mersham by Samantha Jones Photography 04 And one specially requested shot …Sarah Jane and Russ wedding at The Secret Garden in Mersham by Samantha Jones Photography 05You are amazing. I loved every single minute and consider myself so very, very lucky to have met you both.

May the sun continue to shine for your adventures in the land of tapas and I can’t wait to share your final images as soon as I can after your return.

Much love xx

Naomi and Richard and their rainy (and sunny) October wedding at Newlands Chapel

I’m delighted to be recommended by the lovely team at Newlands Chapel (www.kentchapelweddings.co.uk) and to have been booked by Naomi and Richard for their October wedding. Newlands is a unique and entirely beautiful venue but is, by its very nature, not blessed with lots of natural light.

And so it was on a very rainy October morning that Gail (the co-ordinator at Newlands) and I met under umbrellas, shrugged our shoulders and trusted that the weather report would be right for later …

Newlands Chapel wedding Naomi and Richard by Samantha Jones Photography 01

The groom did admit that having his photograph taken isn’t his favourite thing but his best men helped out!Naomi and Richard by Samantha Jones Photography 02

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Naomi, her father, her sister and little flower girls arrived … and it was still raining …Naomi and Richard by Samantha Jones Photography 04

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But the rain didn’t matter as Naomi made her entrance …Naomi and Richard by Samantha Jones Photography 06

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I think I was spotted by a cheeky flower girl!Naomi and Richard by Samantha Jones Photography 08

As the rain was still pouring down, we made the decision to run through the formal shots inside the chapel … I set up two off camera flashes and shoot through umbrellas and was pleased with the results.  Gail said it was the first time ever that the weather had stopped formals being taken in the gardens.Naomi and Richard by Samantha Jones Photography 09

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But as we arrived at the reception venue at Egerton Village Hall, the sun (as promised) had started to shine.  Preparations for the hog roast were in full flow and the cake looked pretty amazing!Naomi and Richard by Samantha Jones Photography 16

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Naomi and Richard by Samantha Jones Photography 19My coverage for Naomi and Richard was only short but so enjoyable.  Thank you to everyone who smiled through the rain and to the hog roast which, I must admit, had the best crackling I’d tasted all year!  Much love to you both xx

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