“We aren’t made of sugar” – Kelly and John’s wedding at Westenhanger Castle {sneak peek}

My first wedding of the year found me at Westenhanger Castle where I had met bride and groom, Kelly and John, at an open day last year. I was delighted when they decided to go ahead and book my services for full day coverage as it has been a while since my last wedding at the Castle.

I arrived to blue skies and Castle looking resplendent – spring seems to be taking its time to arrive this year and the weather has been somewhat unpredictable. Bride Kelly was determined to be married outside but on checking the weather forecast, it would be touch-and-go …

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John and best man, Martyn, arrived in excellent time and so we had a few minutes to get their portrait shots in the grounds. John is quite the joker and he and Kelly, who have been together for over three years, are a perfect match!

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Another delightful little attendee at this wedding was flower girl, and daughter of the bride and groom, gorgeous Lily-Rose … she beamed and posed and was just full of energy all day!

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Lily-Rose also helped out by handing the wedding bands to her mummy and daddy with the assistance of Martyn. She certainly stole my heart and I’m sure those of many of the guests.

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The weather had stayed fine long enough for the outdoor ceremony of Kelly’s dreams although it was a little windy at times. We took a few minutes whilst their guests were enjoying welcome drinks to get a few candid shots of the newlyweds as the clouds were beginning to gather …

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The afternoon was spent eating, drinking and enjoying the talents of magician Neil Colley who certainly got some great reactions from his table tricks!

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Now I’ve really had to cut down the amount of images for Kelly and John’s sneak peek otherwise it would have turned into the whole story of the day (which will come after my lovely bride and groom have seen their final edited images).

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Huge congratulations to you both and thank you for making my year of weddings start in such a joyful and positive way. By the sounds of the disco as I was leaving Westenhanger, I would imagine that you all danced the night away!

Wishing you much love and happiness and I am quite sure that your wonderful sense of humour and fun will make each day wonderful! Love Sam xx

P.S. The reason for the title of this post … a phrase used by one of Kelly’s family when we went back outside for formal shots and it was spitting with rain … thanks to everyone who humoured my idea of venturing back outside – I think it was worth it!

P.P.S. Thanks also to Kelly and John for the white chocolate mice – I’m rather loving this tradition started by Kerry and Andy

Juliette and Sam … and Sam and Sam [wedding day in full]

Now that the weather has turned colder here in the UK, it’s time to start taking a look back at those gorgeously warm summer days. Juliette and Sam were married at Elvey Farm (elveyfarm.co.uk) which is situated deep in the gorgeous Kent countryside. The weather for their early September wedding stayed light and bright. It was wonderful to join this family again for a second celebration (Juliette’s sister was married two years ago  – you can see her wedding to Chris here) and so there were lots of lovely familiar faces!

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Sam’s parents were just the most welcoming and were looking after arriving guests …

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Not at all confusing. The groom is Sam, his best man is Sam and I’m Sam. You won’t be surprised to hear that whenever the name Sam was called, we all answered!

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Juliette was shortly to arrive in the same car which transported her sister to her wedding two years before!

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Juliette’s bridal gown was from the amazing Zoe at www.weddingdresskent.co.uk – Zoe has become a personal friend over the years and always looks after her brides perfectly so Juliette’s beautiful, sleek gown was always going to be the best!

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Juliette’s bouquet and floral arrangements were from The Flower Bouquet. Stunning!

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Just a brief pause to recollect their thoughts …

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Elvey Farm is surrounded by farmland and we were spoiled for choice for locations. We popped out for five minutes here and there throughout the afternoon, chasing great light.

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The meal was enjoyed, the speeches (with embarrassing photographs) went flawlessly and time, as everyone knows, marches on and it was soon time for Juliette and Sam’s first dance.

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They also had s’mores and a firepit and sparklers too!

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Such a wonderful day and to hear stories and meet friends and families is always a joy. Wishing you both much love, luck and happiness now and always xxx

 

Flowers – The Flower Bouquet 
Music – Penfold
Hair – Hair by Cara
Make up – Lydia Rae Make Up

Sara and Simon married at The Old Brewery Store in Faversham {sneak peek}

How wonderful, as a Faversham photographer, to be booked for a local wedding and what an amazing story this lovely couple, Sara and Simon, share. Childhood sweethearts who went their separate ways, found each other again and then celebrated their love on a September Friday in Faversham. The forecast was for rain and, indeed, when Simon arrived, he’d been caught in a downpour on the way … but, incredibly, the afternoon stayed dry and we managed to get all of their formal photographs taken outside!  It was just meant to be …

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If you look really closely, you will see that Simon’s tie pin has “friend of the groom” written on it. He thought it might make Sara laugh …

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Sara’s matron of honour and her two bridesmaids looked stunning in different shades of purple and patiently waited for our bride to arrive.

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Their joy was evident. And captivating. I photographed their ceremony tucked away behind some beautiful old beams which are a feature of this venue, steeped in history (you can find out more here). It was great to work with Samantha, the wedding co-ordinator again (not at all confusing for anyone …)!

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As the rain held off, Sara and Simon led their guests along the streets around to the The Old Brewery Store.

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Every bride and groom has to have a photograph taken under the clock … it’s part of the brewery history. You can probably see the packing cases behind my lovely couple but, as their wedding was on a Friday, the brewery is a working one (and has been since 1698) so we have to be aware of hazards and are guided through by the very helpful staff.

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Sara and Simon were married at 4pm which meant that I could offer them a short coverage package.  We managed to fit in a cheeky little “first dance” and then it was time for me to leave them to their celebrations.

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It was so lovely to work locally again and to be able to capture some memories for this fabulous couple.  I look forward to editing and sharing your images with you and wish you both all the love and happiness for your married life together xx

 

Bridal gown: Victoria Grace Bridal

Coral and Carl married at Winters Barns {sneak peek}

Coral and Carl had booked me on the strength of a recommendation from a school friend of Coral’s whose wedding I’d photographed at the same venue two years ago.  When I met up with this lovely couple in person, I just knew that their day would be fun and enjoyable to photograph. Especially when so many of their friends have nicknames!

I started at bride and groom prep – lively and busy … and with Coral’s nan’s brooch on her bouquet, memories of those loved ones who could not celebrate with Coral an Carl were ever present.

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An amazing blush pink wedding gown

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And no peeking whilst the bride and her bridesmaids got changed. These flowergirls are just super cute!

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The boys, meanwhile, were looking suitably nervous …

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And I love this joyful image as Coral and Carl are the first to celebrate!

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In nine years, I’ve never seen a group of groomsmen perform the Haka – I guess there’s a first for everything!

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Despite running a tiny bit late, Carla from ACM Films, and I managed to sneak away for a few portraits with our gorgeous couple.

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And after the wedding breakfast and some hilarious speeches (especially from the best man!), we were treated to some absolutely gorgeous backlight from the sun. It all happened at the right time!

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Coral and Carl have two rescue cats and they were featured on their bespoke wedding cake topper.

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Party Up six piece band provided live music and the guests joined in!

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I also managed to persuade my lovely bride and groom outside for a final image in front of their venue Winters Barns … the gorgeous fairy lights created the perfect backdrop.

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It was so hard to choose Coral and Carl’s sneak peek images … that’s why there are quite a few. Such an enjoyable day and it really was a pleasure to spend time with you both and your families and friends.  I’m looking forward to editing and sharing your final images and also to creating your bespoke wedding album.

Wishing you both lifelong happiness and a wonderful start to your married life xxx

Heather and Phillip – a Texan wedding at Leeds Castle

I was delighted to be booked, one day in advance, for Texas couple Heather and Phillip’s whistle stop wedding blessing at Leeds Castle. This was my first wedding at this iconic venue although, being local, we have visited a few times as a family.  I was recommended by the lovely Katie Keen of True Blue Ceremonies who I will be working with again this coming August.

It was fun and fast from start to finish!

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Heather’s mum, Julie, helped me orchestrate this wedding dress shot …

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And the weather was perfect to capture some guest shots just outside the castle. All of the guests were staying overnight and couldn’t hide their obvious delight at being at such a wonderful venue on such a beautiful evening.

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Flowergirl Kennedy had the most engaging personality and willing smile!

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And Heather looked truly stunning!

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I love this image as they walk down the corridor towards the chapel.

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Where Phillip and their guests patiently waited.

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After the blessing, we were whisked away by David on a golf cart for a tour of the grounds.

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As the couple were walking down the steps, the quality of light was great and this is possibly one of my favourite images from my time with Heather and Phillip. Graceful and gentle.

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We returned to the castle where the banqueting hall was ready to receive … but there was just time for a few more images. Inside the castle, the light was very low but just at the right moment, there was a shaft of light coming in from an adjacent room … and Heather just glowed!

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It was truly an honour to be a small part of creating images for Heather and Phillip and their family and close friends. I am sure that the whole experience will last forever in their memories. Who knows, our paths may cross again in the future … wishing you both a wonderful married life together.

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

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