Today was a pink day … Isabella {sneak peek}

I was so excited when I received news that lovely Hayley and Dominic had become parents and even more delighted when I was invited to meet their new arrival, beautiful baby Isabella …

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You kept us on our toes but it was totally worth it!

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And Hayley, you absolutely glowed. Motherhood suits you very well indeed!

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I understand from mum that Isabella has been asleep pretty much since I left … and I can’t wait to share the final edits from our shoot with proud mum and dad.

And I’m excited to photograph you as you grow … thank you so much to Hayley and Dominic for inviting me to meet your little princess … she truly is gorgeous!

The Tower House in Canterbury – a unique wedding venue

I had the pleasure of spending an hour or two at this lovely venue right in the city centre of Canterbury and just next to the river.  Hayley, who co-ordinates events at The Tower House (towerhousecanterbury.co.uk), showed me around and explained a little more about the venue itself.

The Tower House can hold weddings, celebrations (such as wedding or birthday lunches) and corporate events too.

From the website: “The Tower House is an intimate and sophisticated venue, offering a touch of originality and a sense of grandeur. Tower House is fully licensed to host your wedding, civil ceremony or reception for up to 70 people.”

And I totally agree. The venue is quirky and, from a photography perspective, offers an amazing amount of options for portraits, formal shots, along with the beautiful ceremony room which looks out on the gardens.  Drinks and canapes are held outside on the veranda but there is always the option to host the event inside if the weather doesn’t play ball.

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This is the room set aside for bridal preparations … light and spacious!

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And the potential for amazing portraits …

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If you are looking for a unique city centre venue that can host lots of different events, The Tower House might just be the place for you.

And, of course, if you are looking for a photographer, do drop me a line sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk and I’d be more than happy to chat further!

 

 

Good Heavens! Goody Ales in Herne … and the Cathedral

Having been introduced to the brewery by a fellow Faversham dweller, I got in touch with owner Karen to make an appointment to visit.  The brewery is sited in Herne and is really quite quirky.  Karen and Peter were both teachers and you can find out more about the brewery and its reason for being on the site www.goodyales.co.uk

From the site: “Goody Ales use traditional methods to produce cask conditioned and bottled English beer. We brew with the finest quality floor malted Maris Otter barley and Kentish hops. The brewing process utilises nothing more than malt, water, yeast and hops to provide you with pure Kentish beer.”

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Their branding is unique and the products have the best names …

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Living in Faversham, we do have a local brewery but I’ve have noticed that one of our local hostelries stock Goody Ales so we’ll just have to pop in one evening …

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Karen showed me a bespoke bottle that was produced for a wedding two years ago. The bride and groom gave the bottles as wedding favours and I don’t doubt that this gift was received with great enthusiasm!

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The venue at Goody Ales is available for parties and functions, including weddings. They have a large expanse of ground behind the brewery and are open to ideas – it really is a blank canvas!

If you are interested in taking a look at the site, do drop Karen an email karen@goodyales.co.uk and I’m sure she would be delighted to show you around.

Alternatively, you could mix a visit with a drink in the Cathedral bar – they have a “Firkin at Full Moon” event which takes place … on full moon (more details here: events page) and the opening times are on the site. Do let them know that you read about their brewery on my blog and support your local companies!

P.S. If you do book an event at the brewery, whether it is a party or a wedding, and you need a photographer, then do drop me a line sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk

East Quay in Whitstable … new branding!

I do love to be beside the seaside and no more so than with camera in hand and a job to do. The lovely Clare from www.eqvenue.com invited me over to take some shots of their new branding and also some smaller detail shots.

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The signage bold, bright and quirky. Pretty much like the venue itself. If you are planning a wedding at East Quay then please do drop me a line sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk.

Or if you are a venue or a business who are looking for fresh, up-to-date images for website use or promotional literature, then I hope to hear from you soon!

Evonne and Trevor – their May wedding at Read’s in Faversham

On a day not dissimilar to today (as I write, the sun is streaming through the windows and there’s a real hint of warmth in the air …), I had the pleasure of photographing an intimate yet international wedding at Read’s Restaurant in Faversham. As this venue is only two minutes walk from me, it’s a delight to be recommended there – the grounds are perfectly manicured and the ceremony room filled with glorious light … all wonderful as far as I’m concerned!

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Preparations were in full swing, guests arriving from all corners of the globe, buttonholes being pinned … and final details confirmed.

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Trevor has four daughters, unfortunately one wasn’t able to join them on the day but they all looked exceptionally relaxed and happy!

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Evonne, you looked amazing, calm and relaxed …

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After the formalities were completed, we went quickly out into the courtyard garden to capture some “formal” images before the wedding breakfast.

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The wisteria is absolutely glorious at this time of the year and fills the entire wall!

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As this a shorter coverage wedding for me, I popped into the reception room to photograph a few details – it really did look lovely!

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And the cake … yum!

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Time for one final shot – and then it was time for me to leave …

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Such a lovely and friendly wedding and I felt so very welcome. Read’s is a fantastic venue for intimate weddings and has accommodation too. You can find out more on their website: www.reads.com and, of course, if you are planning a celebration there, whether it is a wedding or a family celebration, do drop me a line: sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk

 

 

Decia and Nick married at Winters Barns {part 2}

Following on from part one, we had the chance to take our bride and groom into the gardens at Winters Barns which were just showing the first signs of spring colour …

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This following image was taken by my second shooter, Sarah and I love the composition.

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All of the speeches got huge reactions …

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We rarely see bouquet tosses at weddings but this was an exception …

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And was just great to capture from two different angles … now, now girls!

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All too soon it was time for cake cutting …

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And the first dance …

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Such an amazing day from start to finish. Sarah and I had a great day capturing the emotions and fun of this Winters Barns wedding and I very much enjoyed designing and delivering Decia and Nick’s wedding album, along with two parents albums as gifts and thank you’s.

If you are planning a wedding at Winters Barns, I’m delighted to be on the list of recommended photographers and am only about 15 minutes drive away so do drop me a line and we can meet up and chat over coffee: sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk

Decia and Nick – the story of their wedding at Winters Barns {part one}

So many images. Such a great day. A gorgeous couple. A fabulous venue. Great weather. Amazing guests.

Oh I love my job.

Let’s start at the beginning …

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The boys were a challenge to photograph … but we managed it!

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Nick, you were just so relaxed. And handsome …

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I don’t set up shots like this. Honestly, I don’t. But the boys insisted. And rolled up their trouser legs …

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I love this shot. Absolutely to bits. The young lady on the left is being lifted by her man … almost rugby style!

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So many images and we are only as far as the confetti.  You’ll have to come back to see part two of Decia and Nick’s celebrations … oh and the speeches, from the three best men, were pretty fun …

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