First of 2017 … and what an amazing way to start the wedding year!

I first met Ellie and Andrew last year when photographing the lovely Rachel and Michael’s wedding at Brogdale. I was delighted to receive an email from Ellie, asking whether I might be free to capture their wedding reception at The East Quay in Whitstable … on 4 February, which happens also to be my birthday.  As you may know, I absolutely love being behind the camera and didn’t mind “working” on my birthday at all!

And it was totally worth it.  Chilly but bright after a rainy start. We had formals on the beach and the roaring log burner was working its magic inside … we had just enough daylight to capture the family formals and, of course, the bridesmaids in the sea!

And we then turned in the other direction … and got this!

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As promised, the bridesmaids …

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And we even got a sunset (although by this time, we were all frozen to the core and admitted defeat and hurried back inside to be warmed up by the dancing!).

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It was an absolute pleasure to be able to capture your wedding reception and thank you, Ellie and Andrew, for my birthday card too!

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!

Alison and Dave and their East Quay wedding

I usually meet my brides and grooms before the day but this was an exception. I was recommended by one of Alison’s friends, Penelope, and after chatting loads on email, the deal was done and off I went to East Quay (www.eqvenue.com) for their early May wedding.

Alison is a florist and the entire venue was bedecked with beautiful flowers and displays. They also had a “sweetheart table” meaning that the new bride and groom sat on their own and didn’t have a top table. This is very popular in the States and the first time that I had seen it at a wedding that I’ve photographed.

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East Quay is right on the sea … and, as a result, can often be a bit windy … and we did have the odd issue with Dave’s hair …

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How cute?

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The ceremony room had been set up with the guests facing the windows on to the sea which gave me some great natural light with which to work.

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And Alison and Dave were married … and they laughed …

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And laughed …

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And were just pretty amazing!  They sped off for a quick tour in their VW Camper Van whilst I took some family and guest shots … inside, due to the wind, but the gorgeous voile with the lights behind made for  great backdrop.

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The bride and groom returned from their trip and we went outside on to the beach.

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The weather really was just perfect!

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This is Dave’s mum. She fabulous!

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As this was a short coverage wedding for me, it was nearly time to go but Alison, Dave and I popped out quickly again for a few couple shots.

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And the bubbles as confetti (which was a brilliant idea) and then the new Mr and Mrs McDonald greeted their guests to be seated for their wedding breakfast.

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For me, it was a fast and furious wedding and I was a little nervous not having met the bride and groom beforehand but Alison and Dave and their families and friends were so incredibly welcoming, that it was an absolute pleasure to be part of their day.  Congratulations to you both!

P.S.

As one of the recommended photographers at this seaside venue, I love photographing weddings there and know the venue extremely well. Drop me a line if you are planning your celebrations at East Quay sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk – hope to hear from you soon!

 

Working with toastmasters – are they just bossy?

As a wedding photographer, I have worked with a variety of toastmasters throughout the years.  I met Nikki and Jonathan Curran of Your Toast Masters a few years ago at a networking event and had a photoshoot with them at Solton Manor where you can see them in action.

But I hadn’t worked with them until Helen and Andy’s wedding at East Quay in December … and oh, they are really, really good at what they do. We liaised in advance with regards timings and Nikki sent me through an exceptionally detailed list for the schedule of the day.

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Both Nikki and Jonathan were professional throughout the day, looked incredibly smart and really helped me ensure that we captured everything on the bride and groom’s list without interfering with the smooth running of the day and importantly, kept us all to time.

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They were continually on hand during the day, helping guests with queries and guiding them in the right direction, whether it was parking cars, finding lost items or just generally helping out.

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They announced the running order, introduced speeches and cake cutting and got everyone in the right place for the first dance.

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I would have no hesitation in recommending this fabulous team to assist at any event, whether a formal evening or wedding.  You can find out more about them and what they offer here and you might even like to wow your guests with sabrage Sabrage Champagne …

Helen and Andy married at East Quay … sneak peek

It was quite an amazing day yesterday in Whitstable. With incredibly warm weather for December, and an almost cloudless sky, Helen and Andy celebrated their love with family and friends from near and very far, along with 12 bridesmaids (yes, you read that right). The quality of light that we had yesterday rarely happens and I was delighted that Helen and Andy, despite it being a little breezy, encouraged everyone to come on to the beach for their formals and for some portraits too …

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And I think it was worth it … oh, and here are those gorgeous bridesmaids!

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Congratulations to you both, Helen and Andy, and I’m looking forward to sharing your final images with you on your return from honeymoon.

An October wedding by the seaside, complete with sunset and pumpkins … Jill and Kevin and the full story of their wedding at East Quay

I do love to be beside the seaside. And the venue for Jill and Kevin’s East Quay wedding in Whitstable certainly fit the bill for their October wedding. I was delighted to have been booked by this lovely couple who were very open and honest about their wedding. It was going to be a party. With great music. With friends and family. And decorated with pumpkins …

We started off bridal prep at Flow and Co in Whitstable which is a great salon filled with photograph worthy props and which lent itself to some great and fun early morning photos! Jill and her bridesmaids then walked back home to have make up done and to take the odd glass of champagne … great preparations for the day ahead. Jill’s dress was a beautiful sky blue which worked so incredibly well on the breezy day and looked like flowing water! It suited her down to the ground. Also her jewellery, made from sea glass, was a beautiful addition.

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I had the chance to get across to the venue in time for some groom photos on the beach and I just love the dramatic skies in the shot of Kevin and his boys!

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The wedding rings were inscribed and proudly presented on a handmade ring cushion!

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Jill and Kevin were very determined to get sunset shots. Of course, you can never plan what the weather will be like for a wedding but they decided to change the time of their wedding breakfast to make sure that, if we were lucky enough to get some gorgeous light, they would be able to pop out to take advantage … and we did!

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Having a live band at a wedding often creates a more dynamic feel and Jill’s old rugby club friend, Jacquie and her band, Project F, certainly got things going!

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My second shooter, Sarah and I left the party in full swing and just had the best time. Thank you so much to Jill and Kevin and to your friends and families for making it such a pleasure. Much love xx

List of key suppliers:

My necklace came from: http://www.glasswingjewellery.com/index.htmhttp://www.glasswingjewellery.com
Our wedding rings were created by Chris Parry: https://www.facebook.com/Chris.Parry.Jewellery
Our band, Project F led by my old rugby club mate Jacquie Edwards are here : https://www.facebook.com/ProjectFUNK
Make up – Precious Brides: http://www.preciousbrides.co.uk/
Hair: Flow and Co in Whitstable http://www.flowandco.co.uk/
Catering and our super lovely cake – Temple Foods: http://www.templefoods.co.uk/
Invites, table numbers and stationrry were from http://www.lizmoxhamgraphicdesign.co.uk/wedding.html
Flowers and floral decoration from the wonderful Jane at http://www.grahamgreener.com/
Wine supplied by The Offy (who provided a bulk discount and sale or return option (not that we had any to return!!!) – http://www.theoffy.co.uk/

Alison and Dave married at the East Quay in Whitstable – a lovely testimonial!

At the beginning of May, I joined Alison and Dave with their families and friends for their wedding at East Quay. Today I was delighted to hear that their images have safely arrived and to receive some lovely and very kind words from them …

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I hope our paths cross again in the future and it was so great to meet you all!

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