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Vicky and Simon … married (it rained a bit …) {sneak peek}

Saturday saw me and my assistant Sarah, raising our eyes to the heavens … and getting rained on. Vicky and Simon were married at beautiful St James Church in Egerton with a marquee reception back at their home near Headcorn. Plans were made, umbrellas purchased, torches to hand (it gets dark in the countryside) and their celebrations were underway. I have known Vicky for a few years as her company is one of my corporate clients and we had kept in touch in the lead up to the day.  Vicky had worked tirelessly to create a gentle country-themed wedding, after all, she reminded me on a couple of occasions that she is “a country girl” … with flowers home grown and the bouquets all made by my lovely bride on the morning of her wedding, I knew it was going to be fun!

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The marquee was already looking stunning and Vicky sped round the corner, dress in hand to get ready.

 

Vicky, you looked amazing. Your dress was so flattering (and not the green, gypsy style that you kept teasing Simon about!)

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We were so lucky to get a tiny break so that we can have bridal portraits with her lovely girls outside … and Vicky also sensibly took refuge in the beautiful vintage Rolls Royce, Miss Grace from Clive at www.buttonholesandbouquetsweddingcars.com

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As the girls were nearly ready to go, I sped off to the church to find Simon who was greeting arriving guests and sheltering from the rain, although from this shot, you wouldn’t know it was actually raining! The buttonholes were cleverly created from ordnance survey maps, very fitting for Simon’s profession!

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The ceremony was beautifully conducted by Sheila, St James’s vicar, who was exceptionally accommodating to Sarah and I as long as we didn’t draw attention to ourselves. Talented Georgia sang during the signing of the register and the wedding guests raised the roof to a rousing rendition of Jerusalem.

As it was sadly still raining as the bride and groom were ready to process from the church, we managed to keep them dry by remaining right by the doorway … I was kept dry by the sterling efforts of the ushers and the light was beautiful!

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We briefly discussed whether we should orchestrate the confetti shot back at the marquee but decided we would give it a go along the tree lined exit to the church … and it was worth it – we captured some great expressions and relevant umbrellas (rain, rain go away!).

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Quirky details and an amazing cake of cheese awaited us on our return to the marquee!

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After scones and cake (oh the cake … yum!), we did manage to get outside for a few portraits while there was still a little bit of light in the sky …

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And then our bride serenaded our groom to huge applause!

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We had planned a “back lit umbrella shot with rain drops” on our departure … but would you believe it, by the time it was dark enough for this particular shot, it has STOPPED RAINING!!! So Sarah and I bid our lovely bride and groom farewell and found our way back to our cars (the torches came in very handy!).

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All in all, a wonderful day which was not at all affected by the odd spot of rain … congratulations to you both, Vicky and Simon, and the love that you share for each other is so very evident in our images … I’m looking forward to editing and sharing them with you and working with you both to create a bespoke album filled with memories and love!

Judith and Paul – wedding at Archbishops Palace … the story of a crazy morning …

If you are expecting to see ceremony photographs from Judith and Paul’s wedding last September, then you will be disappointed. Judith and Paul had opted for the intimate ceremony offered at Archbishop’s Palace in Maidstone which only allows six people in the room – there wasn’t space for me … so I met my lovely couple at their home and we got the most amazing set of images. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me as I suspect that, never again, will I spend time with such a relaxed couple on their wedding day morning and I sincerely doubt that I will ever photograph a bride and groom in their wedding clothes holding their beloved hen, Mrs Ratty.

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Judith had dried and then created her own bouquet … another personal touch.

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Judith’s bridal make-up was subtle and was skillfully applied by the lovely Robeira at Euthalia Beauty.

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Showcasing Mrs Ratty!

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So many quirky places enroute. With a handily placed salt bin …

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The railway bridge has since been demolished … so this is a part of history now!

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We had the herb gardens at Archbishops to ourselves for some “formal” shots of Judith, Paul and their guests.

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Oh Paul … we weren’t sure that we got the shots the first time …

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So he did it again!

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Such fun to be able to capture such a relaxed and creative bride and groom. I’m pretty confident that our paths will cross again in the future and it was a joy to spend time with you both.  If only the walk back to the car hadn’t been such an uphill task …

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You turned heads and completed changed things up. And it was awesome.  Congratulations to you both xxx

So, if you are the kind of bride and groom who needs to have a note to self to feed the hens before leaving the house for your wedding, please, please PLEASE drop me a line: sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk …

Fordwich Town Hall – the smallest town hall in Great Britain {styled shoot}

Having photographed a wedding at Fordwich Town Hall earlier in June, I was delighted to be invited back by the lovely venue organiser, Melanie, who runs a highly successful wedding stationery company, Daisy Sheep Shop, and also finds time to facilitate events at the Town Hall. Working with a top quality list of suppliers (which you can find below), and the lovely Katie and Shannon, who totally worked their dresses, it was a very successful morning!

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We worked also with Fordwich River Tours and Ethelbert …

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Beautiful make up by Gemma Morpurgo …

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And the bridal floristry talents of Lucy Day at www.wildbloom.co.uk enhanced the beautiful bridal gowns from the lovely Zoe at Brides by Zoë who is based in Canterbury.

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The bright sunshine in conjunction with amazing blue skies was perfect for this shoot (with a few lighting challenges for the photographer …)

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I love the “messy plait” by bridal hair stylist Helen at Stevies Styles … stunning!

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And, of course, not forgetting to mention our beautiful little flowergirl who posed and smiled and giggled … and so well behaved too!

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I was also able to photograph beautiful wedding favours by the incredibly talented Jennifer at Oast House Gifts – I’ve worked with Jennifer and seen many of her beautiful and exceptionally intricate wedding favours – she is one of the most patient people I know!

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A huge thank you to everyone who gave up their time on a very hot Monday in June and if you are looking for top quality local Kent wedding suppliers, then you’ve found them here!

Venue: Fordwich Town Hall near Canterbury

Bridal gowns: www.weddingdresskent.co.uk

Bridal bouquets: Lucy Day at www.wildbloom.co.uk

Bridal makeup: Gemma Morpurgo

Bridal hair stylist: Helen at Stevies Styles

Wedding favours: Jennifer at www.oasthousegifts.com

Photographer: www.samanthajonesphotography.co.uk

 

Pure Purpose Cosmetics – product photography

I have previously worked with Jonathan from fairlymarvellous.co.uk to produce great images for use by his clients and I was delighted when he contacted me again recently and recommended me to a new client, Magdelena, who has launched a wonderful new line of skincare products called Pure Purpose Cosmetics.

Pure Purposes Cosmetics are a natural, paraben, SLS, sulfates, phthalates and cruelty free range. They use active botanicals in all of our products for maximum impact and minimum effort.

Magalena needed a set of clean bright images for use on her website, Facebook page and other social media, such as Instagram.  For the first set of images, I used a tabletop infinity set up which I have used with great success on previous product photography work.

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We wanted to give an idea of the size of the travel products against the full size products.

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Magdalena also wanted some more “situational” images so we used various areas within the home to create these.

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And yes, I did get in the bath!

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The body scrubs use Robusta coffee:

“We use robusta coffee, as it has the highest caffeine content, which constricts blood vessels and reduces inflammation and redness. The antioxidants in caffeine fight free radicals which cause wrinkles, fine lines and loss of elasticity. Regular use reduces cellulite by dehydrating fatty cells.”

With this image, I really wanted to show the texture of the product by using natural light and a shallow depth of field.

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You can find out more about the ingredients used in Pure Purpose Cosmetic products by clicking on their ingredients page.

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Magdalena kindly gave me a sample of the face oil and I expected it to be greasy on the skin but it is quickly absorbed and smells beautiful.

I loved working alongside Magalena and Jonathan to create images which show off the products at their best and I look forward to working with them again as Pure Purpose Cosmetics expands their product line.

Wendy and Mark married at Eastwell Manor {sneak peek}

So lovely to return to Eastwell Manor … and so lucky that the rain, when it came, came at the right times. Wendy and Mark were married outside with family and friends, some of whom had travelled many miles, to be with them on this special day . Wendy is the most engaging, giggly and lovely bride. Her slim fitting elegant wedding gown was perfect for her personality and, as she is a dance teacher, she holds a pose with style!

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With best friend Donna, Donna’s daughter Kia, Wendy’s daughter Eva, and Mark’s two daughters, Lottie and Bella, the bridal party looked stunning. And Wendy … beautiful! Those cheekbones are to die for!!!

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A friend of the family, Frank, piped in our bride who was escorted by an extremely proud Paul. Every wedding has a story behind it, and this was emotional …

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With Wendy’s son Jack as usher and Mark’s son Lee as best man, it really was a family affair!

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As the newlyweds left the ceremony area, the rain started and the guests hurried in to enjoy their welcome drinks. And, as soon as it started, the rain stopped again so we had time for formal shots on the grand steps at Eastwell Manor and also for a few bride and groom portraits in the grounds.

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Wisteria? In July? A photographer’s dream!

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Thank you to Jim Cattermole, toastmaster, who guided, helped and entertained Wendy and Mark’s guests. So nice to have someone to assist with getting people in the right place at the right time!

Mark’s speech was possibly the best and funniest I’ve heard … Wendy is a little clumsy, so we are lead to believe by new husband Mark, and often leaves little notes around the house, mentioning things that have fallen off, broken … or just don’t work. Mark has kept all these little notes and read out a few … Wendy’s reactions were so animated and the entire room was entertained (my second shooter, Sarah, captured the image top left in this collage … great to have different angles to show).

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It was no surprise that Wendy and Mark performed a choreographed first dance … a beautifully executed waltz to everyone’s delight!

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Thank you, Wendy and Mark, for being the wedding couple who just kept on giving. The laughter and joy my assistant, Sarah, and I enjoyed witnessed on Saturday was truly a delight. We are proud and honoured to have been able to capture your day and I’m very much looking forward to editing and sharing your final images.  And also so pleased that we will be working together to create the most beautiful keepsake album.

Wishing you both a lifetime of joy and happiness … much love Sam xx

Heather and Simon … a lovely local wedding in Ospringe and Faversham {sneak peek}

It was great to have a nice local wedding on Saturday – in a church where I recently photographed Caz and Philip so I know the church well. Heather and Simon celebrated amongst family and friends and then moved on to  The Alexander Centre in Faversham having been transported there in style by one of the lovely chauffeurs from All Kent Wedding Cars.

I joined Heather at her parents’ home, along with her sisters and flowergirl niece …

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I love the tea length dress for gorgeous bride Heather and the jewel colours of her bridesmaids … then it was off to church!

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The ceremony was conducted by a new vicar who was very accommodating with regards photography … and then on to champagne and the perfect drive back to Faversham in the Beauford …

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We had a brief stop along the way because I knew that there was a perfect backdrop for my lovely couple!

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The venue was transformed by the amazing skills of the lovely Amanda at Amanda Jane Wedding Design who I’ve worked with many times before and always highly recommend.

And the bride and groom played a game of “Mr and Mrs” hosted by best man, Smeg (that’s his nickname …) and if the couple didn’t agree on an answer, they had to drink a shot!

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It was an absolute pleasure to be part of this lovely local wedding and I’m looking forward to editing and sharing the final results. Wishing you a lovely few days away and I’m sure we will bump into each other again in town!

If you are looking for a Faversham photographer or are celebrating your wedding in this part of Kent, do drop me a line: sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk xx

Voting is open … vote for Ellie and Andrew!

After the wonderful success of the lovely Kerry and Andy who won their round of the Your Kent Wedding of the Year Competition, I’m delighted to say that another one of my fabulous couples are in the next round.

So, please, get those voting fingers at the ready and choose Ellie and Andrew (scroll down to the bottom of the page and click here) who celebrated by the seaside, in February, at the gorgeous East Quay Venue in Whitstable.

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Every vote counts. On every device. Get clicking and help Ellie and Andrew get to the finals!

And I’m delighted to see one of my 2016 brides, the lovely Rachel as one of the bridesmaids!

Get voting!!!

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