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

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 …

Sara and Simon wedding at The Old Brewery Store in Faversham by Samantha Jones Photography

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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

Evonne and Trevor – their May wedding at Read’s in Faversham

On a day not dissimilar to today (as I write, the sun is streaming through the windows and there’s a real hint of warmth in the air …), I had the pleasure of photographing an intimate yet international wedding at Read’s Restaurant in Faversham. As this venue is only two minutes walk from me, it’s a delight to be recommended there – the grounds are perfectly manicured and the ceremony room filled with glorious light … all wonderful as far as I’m concerned!

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Preparations were in full swing, guests arriving from all corners of the globe, buttonholes being pinned … and final details confirmed.

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Trevor has four daughters, unfortunately one wasn’t able to join them on the day but they all looked exceptionally relaxed and happy!

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Evonne, you looked amazing, calm and relaxed …

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After the formalities were completed, we went quickly out into the courtyard garden to capture some “formal” images before the wedding breakfast.

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The wisteria is absolutely glorious at this time of the year and fills the entire wall!

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As this a shorter coverage wedding for me, I popped into the reception room to photograph a few details – it really did look lovely!

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And the cake … yum!

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Time for one final shot – and then it was time for me to leave …

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Such a lovely and friendly wedding and I felt so very welcome. Read’s is a fantastic venue for intimate weddings and has accommodation too. You can find out more on their website: www.reads.com and, of course, if you are planning a celebration there, whether it is a wedding or a family celebration, do drop me a line: sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk

 

 

A small, intimate, family affair … Sarah-Jane and Chris’s wedding at The Alexander Centre {sneak peek}

I was delighted to be recommended by venue co-ordinator Lynsey at The Alexander Centre to Sarah-Jane and Chris to capture their mid-week wedding celebrations. Sarah-Jane explained that it was originally going to be a small affair (Chris and Sarah-Jane have a large joint family) but then it was decided to invite their close family too. So it quickly become a bigger celebration and one which lit up the main thoroughfare in Faversham on a incredibly sunny and warm day.

They were cheered at by passers-by, hooted at by drivers and generally made Preston Street a joyful place to be. And, very kindly, they did let me know when a car was coming so that I didn’t get run over … judging by some of the gasps of horror from the little flower girls, it may have been a close run thing on a couple of occasions!

But anyway, as promised, here are Sarah-Jane and Chris’s sneak peek(s) …

Sarah-Jane and Chris wedding at the Alexander Centre by Samantha Jones Photography

And with such a large bridal party, it just seemed to make sense to get them in a line … but oh my word, counting to three and getting them to jump at the same time was a challenge in itself … props to bride Sarah-Jane!

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Just such great fun! I loved every minute and thank you both so much for being such an incredibly fun and lively couple! xx

Looking back on 2012 and looking forward to 2013 …

The end of one year and the start of the next is always a great time to sit and reflect on what’s in the past and what is to come. I’ve had the best year yet in my photography business and wanted to share with you images from all my 2012 weddings. A further blog post will cover family photoshoots and also bump to baby sessions.

My wedding year started in March, when I joined Julie and Peter for their celebrations.

Julie and Peter wedding at Croydon Register office by Samantha Jones Photography

May then saw me at Jo and Christian’s wedding at Hamlet’s Hotel … a bright, warm and fun day!

Joanne and Christian at Hamlet's Hotel by Samantha Jones Photography

June was a busy month, with three wonderful weddings, first, Joanna and Tom in Lenham …

Joanna and Tom married in Lenham by Samantha Jones Photography

Followed by Jade and Callum and their Archbishop’s Palace wedding …

Jade and Callum at the Archbishop's Palace by Samantha Jones Photography

And hard on their heels was Emma and Mark’s wedding at St Edmund’s in Canterbury. Pink, stylish and fun!

Emma and Mark wedding at St Edmund's by Samantha Jones Photography

I had a couple of weekends with “back to back” weddings, ie a Friday wedding followed by another wedding on Saturday. Tiring but inspiring!

Pamela and Daniel’s wedding at Hadlow Manor was such an example. The summer of 2012 was quite a tough one, weatherwise, but the sun shone for this couple … and they were the first of my four weddings at Hadlow Manor in 2012!

Pamela and Daniel at Hadlow Manor by Samantha Jones Photography

The following day saw the celebrations of Carolyn and Daniel who were married in Woodnesborough on a day that was alternately sunny, raining, sunny … you get the picture!

Carolyn and Daniel wedding in Woodnesborough by Samantha Jones Photography

When I mentioned rain, I immediately thought of my next wedding at Lympne Castle with the lovely Frances and Phil – egg and spoon races, Bombay Sapphire Gin as wedding favours, cake made by the groom … gorgeous!

Frances and Phil married at Lympne Castle by Samantha Jones Photography

Rowhill Grange was the venue for Emma and Luke’s outside wedding which was delayed until the rain stopped. But it didn’t dampen their enjoyment of the whole day!

Emma and Luke married at Rowhill Grange by Samantha Jones Photography

August was filled with weddings – six of them in total! Such an amazingly busy month with very individual and personal weddings. Such as that of Tasha and Nick who celebrated a windy outside wedding at the Blazing Donkey. As far as personal details go, this couple filled their day with them!

Natasha and Nick married at the Blazing Donkey by Samantha Jones Photography

And the weather was hotting up for Lydia and Peter’s wedding in Whitstable and then at Provender House near Faversham. With a beautiful wedding cake made by Peter’s sister, and whole host of bridesmaids and some dashingly handsome groomsmen, the ingredients were all there for an amazing day!

Lydia and Peter wedding at Provender House by Samantha Jones Photography

I returned to Hadlow Manor just a few days later for Julie and Noel – oh the giggling! This image makes me smile every time!

Julie and Noel married at Hadlow Manor by Samantha Jones Photography

Another hot day in August saw me luckily by the seaside for the Dover wedding of Jakki and Colin. A very unusually styled wedding dress and a love poem … gorgeous!

Jakki and Colin at the Dover Marina Hotel by Samantha Jones Photography

Another two weddings followed in quick succession … and my first wedding at Quex House for the fabulous Charly and Mark – another lucky couple who managed to dodge the rain!

Charly and Mark married at Quex Park by Samantha Jones Photography

And a trip to the south coast of Kent for Sarah and Ray’s Sandwich Guildhall wedding with a super set of wedding guests and lots of post-wedding dancing in the sunshine – their wedding day was super hot!

Sarah and Ray married at The Guildhall in Sandwich by Samantha Jones Photography

Another four weddings followed in September … starting with teachers Rosie and David and their very large wedding celebrations in Chilham and Faversham. The couple had decided on a sharing wedding breakfast and the choice was amazing!

Rosie and David married in Chilham by Samantha Jones Photography

Teresa and Ray were another of my Hadlow Manor wedding couples on a beautiful and very warm September Saturday!

Teresa and Ray married at Hadlow Manor by Samantha Jones Photography

Another new venue for me, the wonderful Newlands Chapel and the fantastic Kily and Ed. Oh Kily, you took everyone’s breath away when you walked into the chapel … and you looked … gorge!

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I also joined Hilary and David for their celebrations at Mount Ephraim – a beautiful wedding venue on a gorgeous late September day.

And my wedding season stretched into October and my last wedding at Hadlow Manor was that of Carole and Peter. Fabulous, fun, relaxed and very entertaining … and the widest of smiles too!

Carole and Peter married at Hadlow Manor by Samantha Jones Photography

The weather was changing … and for my last wedding of the year, it was 6 degrees and gale force winds. It was great to see out my year for a Faversham wedding and Heather and Andy’s wedding at the Parish Church was windy, cold and full of emotion. And the memories of getting “the” sunset shot will stay with me for ever!

Heather and Andy married in Faversham by Samantha Jones Photography

So, that was my year in weddings. I love hearing from all my couples and sometimes even with good news of additions to their families. I’m so looking forward to 2013 and meeting lots of new brides and grooms and creating the most amazing memories. Happy New Year!

If you are interested in discussing your own wedding photography requirements, do email me sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk and you can find out more about the current packages on offer by clicking here.

Heather and Andy – the story of their Faversham and Whitstable wedding {part one}

As the weather starts to get colder, it reminds me of Heather and Andy’s wedding day. With a high of six degrees and a biting wind, it was pretty cold. Actually, no, it was freezing! Theirs was my last wedding of the year and it was going to be great. Heather and I met years ago at our local camera club and I was delighted when I was asked to capture their day. Andy is similar to many of my grooms – he really doesn’t enjoy having his photo taken. But I think that, on a wedding day, everyone gets swept up into the excitement of it all. When I dropped off their wedding day slideshow and images, we sat and chatted about the “back story”. As a photographer, I can only capture so much … and there is often more that happens behind the scenes. That turned out to be so very true … but, let’s start with the chaps at the church …

Just checking that everything is in order with Ian, the best man, who had travelled down from Scotland and probably thought we were all making a bit of a fuss about it being so cold …

And the bridesmaids started to arrive … too cute!

And James, the pageboy, arrived in style too!

Time for a few last minute adjustments in the relative warmth of the church porch …

No-one, apart from the ushers, wanted to wait outside in the cold so everyone was inside for the bride’s arrival …

Oh Heather, you looked gorgeous. Emotional … but gorgeous! And it was time to speed off to the front of the church and join the videographer.

St Mary’s of Charity is the parish church in Faversham. It was lovely to end the wedding year with a local wedding. And the church is absolutely stunning!

With readings and hymns, it truly was a celebration and, with Charlie (chief bridesmaid) having been married in the same church, I’m sure it was full of fond memories too. We decided to have a few formal photographs at the church, including the group shot, as we all thought that it would be almost impossible to get everyone back outside once we arrived at East Quay in Whitstable. Nearly losing her veil (luckily it got caught on the church and a guest was able to reach it with their umbrella), Heather donned a sensible shrug and we took some beautiful and endearing images of her grandparents.

These are my favourite shots … such an expression of love and joy.

And here’s the proof of how gorgeous Heather looked … perfect!

And one final shot of the happy couple through the doors of their beautiful wedding car before journeying off along the coast to Whitstable …

Where oysters and champagne and bracing winds awaited us. Join me again for part two of Heather and Andy’s story.

It’s been a great season for thank you cards …

You may have seen some other thank you cards that I have been delighted to receive throughout this year’s wedding season. And I was so pleased to have another card pop through the door from Hilary and David with thanks for their wedding photography at Mount Ephraim …

My scanner hasn’t worked too well so, just in case it isn’t completely clear, here’s what Hils had to say:

“Dear Sam

Thank you so much for the fantastic wedding photos and our apologies for not writing sooner. Time seems to have flown by since the wedding and we’ve finally re-landed on our feet after all the excitement. Thank you for all that you did to make our day a success, the photos capture the day perfectly and so many people are positively commenting on your great pictures. We love them! It was a pleasure to get to know you and I hope we can work together again in the future.

With kind regards

Hils and David”

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