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

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

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

20/20 session are back … new October date announced!

They’re back … but they’re different. The next set of sessions are booked for:

Saturday 8 October 2016

at Boughton-under-Blean village hall just a stone’s throw away from Faversham.

Prices are still £20 for 20 minutes but now you get the bonus of 20% discount off products from your online gallery. Good value? Great value!!!

Perfectly timed for sorting out those niggly Christmas gifts, prints are excellent for capturing those never-to-be repeated moments in time … fun, frolics, fast and furious, 20/20 sessions aren’t for the faint hearted … they are super speedy photography with great results every time.

So email me sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk to get your session booked in. First session time will be 9.40am and then every twenty minutes after that with the final session probably being 3pm …

As always, the session fee of £20 secures your slot and I do expect this round of sessions to book very quickly.

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Christmas jumpers are welcome!

 

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

 

 

Fine dining – St George’s Day menu photography at The Red Sails Restaurant

I have a fabulous job. Each day is different and I get to work at a huge variety of venues throughout Kent.

And I was delighted to be invited to photograph a St George’s Day taster menu for the Faversham Creek Hotel and their fine dining restaurant by the Creek, The Red Sails.

We start with smoked salmon, served with cucumber sorbet, crème fraîche, lime confit & edible flowers. The colours of the flowers were beautiful against the pink bricks in the courtyard garden.

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And then on to the English beef fillet, a delicious rare fillet, mini oxtail pie, St George’s mushrooms, textures of shallot, mousseline potato …

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Tiny details of the plating …

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And to finish, “Stuffed Bramley Apple Tart” … Johnathon explains: “Bramley apples are only grown in England and as a child I remember them being served stuffed with mincemeat so for this version we are making a tart with a thin layer of mincemeat served with crème Anglaise”.  I tasted a “small” slice and it was heavenly …

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You can find out more about what’s on offer for the St George’s Day taster menu on the Faversham Creek hotel website.

I very much enjoy food photography and understand that it’s important to get great quality images that really show the texture and presentation of food. After all, we eat with our eyes … if you are looking for a photographer who knows how to get those shots, drop me a line sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk and we can chat through your requirements.

The summer holidays are looming … time to make some lasting memories? Family photoshoot {sneak peek}

I’ve known this fabulous family since little J was a baby. And I was delighted to be welcomed back for a session with these two lovely girls and their family. The weather was absolutely scorching and we really did have to work out the best way to mitigate that … but the hops created shade and some relief from the sun and the girls, both very different in their personalities, giggled and laughed (particularly when their dad was giving a running commentary …) and we got some amazing shots …

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There were so many fabulous images that I know mum and dad are trying to decide which ones to have as prints … I’m always so pleased when my clients are happy with what we’ve achieved, despite it being so incredibly hot! I can’t wait to see which ones you decide to display and thanks so much for inviting me back xx

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