Emma and Aaron married in an outdoor ceremony at Stonelees {sneak peek}

The forecast was for thunderstorms. Never the forecast that a wedding photographer wants to see, especially when her clients have an outdoors ceremony planned … but someone was smiling on my lovely couple and, although the weather was a bit windy, there was hardly a cloud in the sky and their dream outdoors ceremony went ahead. The gardens at Stonelees looked amazing as always, their attention to detail is second to none. Emma and Aaron had a twilight ceremony with their celebrations starting at 4pm but I arrived a little earlier to capture some behind the scenes, and detail shots for them too.

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Emma had let me know in advance that her brother, Danny, was intending to propose to his girlfriend Chelsey. We orchestrated this for during the bouquet toss where Emma, instead of throwing her bouquet, turned around and gave it to Chelsey, saying “You might be needing this” and then stepped to one side to reveal her brother, on one knee … I”m delighted to say that Chelsey said yes!

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After the meal, the lovely Brian took us out on a buggy to speed around the grounds and to give us the opportunity to get some fabulous bride and groom portraits. This is a great idea and, as the venue is within a golf club, the grounds are pristine! And just the right timing for blossom too …

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Emma had read some of my previous blogs about weddings that I’ve photographed at Stonelees and she particularly wanted one on the bridge … I was more than happy to oblige!

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I was delighted that the weather was just perfect for this lovely couple. They have been together for 15 years, have two sons and didn’t stop laughing all day. The connection between them is palpable and I very much enjoyed being part of their day. I’m looking forward to editing and sharing their images and I wish you both many, many years of happiness together x

P.S. And Danny, if you are looking for a wedding photographer, I can recommend a good one!!! (Me!)

Rachel and Christopher- a lovely local wedding in Faversham {sneak peek}

As a Faversham based photographer, it’s always lovely to have local weddings and to work with local people (who I often bump into in the supermarket .. but that’s another story). So you can imagine my delight when the gorgeous Rachel and handsome Chris met me at a wedding fair and subsequently booked me to capture their day. We had kept in touch in the lead up to the wedding and kept bumping into each other and then, suddenly, the time came and it was their turn to celebrate. As weddings go, this was pretty fun – a wonderful fusion of Northern Irish flair and Canadian hospitality. Warm words were spoken and many miles travelled and it was a wonderful, relaxed and friendly day.

And now to show a few images … but it isn’t a few … it’s quite a few …

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When you have a bride this beautiful … you put her in a tiny tight alleyway alongside the Air BnB where her parents were staying!!

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The boys, who had leisurely had breakfast in Faversham, looked pretty smart!

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Now, my beautiful bride is a self-confessed blinker … so I had to be aware of this when taking portraits … no problems in this shot as proud dad Mark looks on.

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A lovely first kiss after a personal ceremony delivered by Reverend Simon who I’ve had the pleasure of working with before.

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A touch breezy …

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Rachel and Chris chose to be transported in style by the fabulous team from Buttonholes and Bouquets who I’ve worked in the past. Lovely to see you both again!

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After the meal, we had time to stroll out into the grounds for a few images whilst the guests were enjoying post-dinner drinks in the sunshine. Sometimes this can be a nice time for the bride and groom to be alone … with me …

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Despite Rachel not being too keen on having a first dance, with the encouragement of their DJ, Ian, and their families and friends, they did and it was great to see everyone join in as soon as I’d got the shot!

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Spending time with the lovely couple really does make me believe in the sentiment below “Love is a fairy tale come true”

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And I wish Rachel and Chris the most wonderful married life together, full of adventures and laughter. Congratulations to you both, it was a pleasure to be part of your day xxx

Sheenagh and Jeff married at Boughton Golf Club … and then the storm came … {wedding sneak peek}

We have had hardly any rain in the South East of England for what seems likes months. And when I looked at the forecast for Sheenagh and Jeff’s wedding day, I realised that it could be “interesting” … with super hot, 35 degree temperatures during the day and potential flash flooding and storms forecast for early evening, this could be a challenging day … but it was spectacular. I have photographed for Sheenagh’s family in the past, for Lorna and Nathan’s wedding and so I saw lots of familiar faces and was made to feel extremely welcome.

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This additional to Sheenagh and Jeff’s wedding cake is just perfect for Jeff’s profession and he cut the wedding cake stand himself!

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With two bike outriders, the groom stopped traffic throughout Canterbury on his way across to Boughton Golf Club!

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Sheenagh, you looked amazing and you received so many compliments during the day. Stylish and elegant and so very, very happy!

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Sheenagh did give me one “must get” shot and that was of Jeff’s reaction. And he delivered …

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Bearing in mind the soaring temperatures, my lovely bride and groom were cool, calm and collected all day.

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And could hardly take their eyes off each other. I love a love story, don’t you?

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With the storm clouds looming, the dramatic sky created a perfect foil for the confetti shot … and within minutes of this image, the heavens opened and the rain was torrential … it’s all in the timing!

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It really was the most wonderful day and to see so many of Sheenagh and Jeff’s loved ones celebrating and some having travelled huge distances too. The beauty of the wedding packages that I offer is that a secure online gallery which can be shared with family and friends so even if your loved ones are far away, they can still enjoy looking through your wedding day story.

If you are planning a Kent wedding, please do get in touch: sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk and we can chat … you can also take a look at my beautiful new website: http://www.samanthajonesphotography.co.uk

Congratulations again to Sheenagh and Jeff and I hope that our paths will cross again in the future xx

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

Caz and Philip married on a bright and breezy day in Ospringe and Chilham {sneak peek}

Caz and Philip had originally decided to ask their guests to send through a selection of images from their wedding day but then opted to book a local photographer (me – yay!) at short notice – it was a pleasure to be part of their day and they took a short coverage package which covered the important parts!  And even better, I’d photographed in the church before and had also had a recent family wedding at their reception venue – the round trip was, in total, 15 miles. How wonderful to have such a local wedding!

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The bride arrived early, before even the vicar had had the chance to change into her robes! The beautiful Bentley (described in Big Day Cars’s brochure as “a true traditional curvy bridal car) delivered our bride, along with daughter Florence and flowergirl Neve (those girls can strike a pose!).

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I love this touching moment during the signing of the register (high ISO and no flash allowed me to get this cheeky shot) …

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And the cutest “dressed” champagne glasses provided by Caz and Philip’s chauffer!

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The venue at Chilham Village Hall is situated amongst rolling green fields and we just had to take the opportunity for a “bump” shot …

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All too soon, it was time for my coverage to end but I happened to bump into Caz the following day in Faversham and she said that the evening went exceptionally well and that it finally finished at around 12.30am!

It was such fun to be a part of your day and I wish you both the best start to your married life and much love and happiness as your family grows xx

Lorna and Nathan …their bright and beautiful wedding at Archbishops Palace {sneak peek}

Such a wonderful day. I was introduced to this lovely couple by one of the members of our local camera club where I used to be a member. And I’m so glad that I was. From start to finish, from an amazing welcome at bridal prep with mum Sheenagh who was just the most incredibly helpful and organised mum, to the girls in dressing gowns and family from New Zealand, to a groom who wasn’t showing the slightest hint of nerves … to the fun bus ride (including pokestops), an emotional ceremony at Archbishops Palace in Maidstone and a wonderful reception venue at The Plough Inn which had been turned into a festival extravaganza … to the ice cream van, the hot food cones, the smiles, the laughter, a few tears and gorgeous Ronnie … oh, it was a great day!!!

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Lorna, you absolutely glowed!

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And our handsome groom … see, no nerves!

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We took a few moments for some portraits after the ceremony in the herb garden right by the Archbishops Palace and the light was amazing!

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And who couldn’t resist this super handsome chap who wanted to be in all the photographs!

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We even got a sunset!

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You can see why I was smiling all the way home – what an amazing job I have, spending time with such wonderful people, capturing the love and laughter and creating memories for them to share.  I’m working hard to finalise your images but in the meantime, much love to you both xxx

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