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Joyce and Stewart and their super relaxed wedding at The Tower House in Canterbury {sneak peek}

I knew from the first moment that I met Joyce and Stewart that their wedding would not follow a conventional path. Bearing in mind that they have been together for 21 years and that Joyce took the bold decision to propose to Stewart on 29 February this year … and that friends and family from all points of the compass attended … and that I was able to speak German during a wedding … oh, it was just a wonderful day from start to finish.  Joyce and Stewart were married at The Tower House in Canterbury and the processed through the streets of Canterbury to their reception venue at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge to round of spontaneous applause and even a quick rendition of “Here Comes the Bride” by some street musicians!

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Between them, Joyce and Stewart have six grandchildren who all recited from the poem “The Owl and The Pussy Cat” after the ceremony.

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We strolled through Solly’s Orchard and past the monastery, pausing for a few portraits and to allow guests to catch up.

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It was truly joyful!

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This was the first time that I had photographed at the Cathedral Lodge and the gardens afford amazing views of the Cathedral which Stewart and Joyce’s guests very much enjoyed.

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All in all, it was a wedding that I will never forget. The joy, the smiles, the processing through the City streets, and the absolute delight that this couple have finally tied the knot!

Rachel and Michael married at All Saints on a gale force windy day {sneak peek}

You know sometimes how you look at the weather report and can’t quite believe what you are seeing?  Here in the UK we have had a glorious spell of weather leading up to Rachel and Michael’s celebrations at All Saints in Whitstable. But then it changed. Forecasts were for heavy rain, extremely strong winds and pretty rotten all round.

But the rain gods smiled on this fabulous couple. A mere sprinkle of rain after their exit from church … although, I must say, on arrival at Brogdale, their reception venue, it was a touch windy … but this detracted in no way from the smiles and joy that I saw throughout their day from them both and their families and friends.

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One of the best “dad reactions” that I’ve seen this year!

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Then off to church …

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Vicar Simon Tillotson has requested this shot in the past when I photographed Lydia and Peter’s wedding four years ago …

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Grandpa was definitely on the list of “must get” shots and, at 99 years of old, was incredibly dashing!

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And then off to Brogdale Collections near Faversham for Rachel and Michael’s reception … just look at the sky!!

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We took a few minutes for some shots in the orchards, accompanied by venue co-ordinator Sara …

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And yes, you are Just Married!
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Tears flowed freely during the emotional speeches and all too soon it was time for the first dance … which Rachel and Michael excelled as and had obviously put in loads of practice!

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Thanks to everyone who made my day so enjoyable, to the bridesmaids for being amazing, to everyone for smiling, to the ushers and best man, Russell, who helped during portraits and for light holding.

And to the newlyweds, for having me along for an amazing day and for being such a lovely couple who are obviously so right for each other and who I wish much love and many adventures in their married life to come xxx

20/20 session are back … new October date announced!

They’re back … but they’re different. The next set of sessions are booked for:

Saturday 8 October 2016

at Boughton-under-Blean village hall just a stone’s throw away from Faversham.

Prices are still £20 for 20 minutes but now you get the bonus of 20% discount off products from your online gallery. Good value? Great value!!!

Perfectly timed for sorting out those niggly Christmas gifts, prints are excellent for capturing those never-to-be repeated moments in time … fun, frolics, fast and furious, 20/20 sessions aren’t for the faint hearted … they are super speedy photography with great results every time.

So email me sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk to get your session booked in. First session time will be 9.40am and then every twenty minutes after that with the final session probably being 3pm …

As always, the session fee of £20 secures your slot and I do expect this round of sessions to book very quickly.

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Christmas jumpers are welcome!

 

Debbie and Liam and their outdoor wedding at Stonelees {sneak peek}

I first met up with Debbie and Liam at their venue Stonelees Golf Centre last year and we immediately hit it off. As their wedding was held on a Friday, they had taken advantage of a great weekday package offered by the venue and I was booked to be part of their day.

And what a day. As we arrived, there was a huge rain shower and Chelsea, the lovely wedding co-ordinator was starting to worry that they would have to bring the ceremony inside. But patience is a virtue, the sun came out and everything was just perfect for Debbie and Liam’s lakeside wedding.

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The lovely Nige with his amazing 1954 Pontiac was willing and ready to take us to Pegwell Bay nature park for a few shots … and he provided champagne for the new Mr and Mrs Smith!

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And it was so worth it!

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After the wedding breakfast had been enjoyed (and thank you SO much for the delicious meal, Debbie and Liam, and compliments also to the chef … oh, that pannacotta …), we jumped into two buggies and sped off around the beautifully manicured courses …

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And I’m so glad we did …

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All in all, this was one amazing day and I thoroughly enjoyed being part of it and meeting Debbie and Liam’s families and friends. I was made to feel so incredibly welcome and Debbie and Liam were so very generous with their time so that we could get some great shots.

I can’t wait to share your final images with you and will be working had to get them edited and ready.

Congratulations to you both and hope that the rest of your evening celebrations went as well as those during the day xx

Sara and Ben – a fabulous short coverage wedding in Canterbury

I met Sara and Ben a few months ago at a wedding fair and they asked if I was available to cover their ceremony … I was already booked to photograph a wedding from 1pm on the same day … but they were getting married in the morning … and local to me and so we agreed that we could make it work … and we did!

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I love this littlie shot … photography isn’t for everyone, you know!!! But I love that Sara joined in with the little ones too!

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The registry office in Canterbury, in Wellington House, is an intimate venue and so I had the chance to capture the entire ceremony from very close in …

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Such a cute little helper who handed the bride and groom their rings!

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The weather, which had been beautiful on arrival, was starting to threaten rain so we got all the “formal” shots that we needed and then had a few minutes to get some bride and groom portraits.

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Sara, you looked amazing!

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And all too soon, my bride and groom were being whisked off to their reception and I had to pack up my equipment and speed off to photograph my second wedding in one day!

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Congratulations to Sara and Ben and it was great to see you again and meet your families and friends. And I’m so glad to have been a tiny part of your day! xxx

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