Selina and Ally married in Loose {sneak peek}

What a beautiful day for a wedding! There was the threat of rain but it didn’t appear and the sun shone on my lovely wedding couple, Ally and Selina and their families and friends. Ally and Selina were married in All Saints Church in Loose (All Saints), a beautiful village just on the outskirts of Maidstone. With a river running through and water cascading down the winding streets, it’s a world away from the hustle and bustle of the County Town centre.

I spent a busy hour with the girls at bridal prep and watched Selina transform into the beautiful bride that had planned everything down to the final detail. As a mother of six, she is the ultimate organiser!

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After arriving in a stretch limo (how that driver managed to reverse down the tiny streets to the church, I have no idea!) … they were all excited about getting into church!

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Those who we have loved and are no longer here were remembered in so many ways.

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Little Cameron (or Freckles as I’ve named him) was ring bearer along with Poppy and paid close attention …

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After tea and cakes and formals, we had time to stroll down to the river which forms the heart of the village.

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We made out way back into Maidstone for the reception and after speeches and gifts and food, Ally and Selina had invested time in learning a choreographed first dance … they were nervous but were wonderful to watch.

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And there’s a bench tucked away in a far corner which made for a great final image!

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Congratulations Ally and Selina, it was truly an honour to be part of your day and to be mentioned in speeches too! How lovely! I’m looking forward to editing and sharing your images from your celebrations and thank you all again for making feel so very welcome (and great to see some familiar faces again too!).

Much love to you both xxx

 

 

Angela and Ali renewed their wedding vows for their 25th anniversary {sneak peek}

Yesterday was truly a celebration, joyful, full of laughter and a little damp … the weather forecast couldn’t make up its mind but it didn’t matter one tiny bit.

I had the pleasure of capturing Angela and Ali’s renewal of vows at the Archbishops Palace in Maidstone. In ten years of being a full time wedding photographer, this was my first and I was delighted to be part of it.

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Ali and their two sons look incredibly smart, confident and handsome … and the girls looked pretty great too!

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As we left the ceremony, the heavens opened but we were lucky to find a little bit of cover in the herb garden for a few images … Angela was so relaxed and didn’t mind at all being out in the rain!Archbishops Palace vow renewal celebration for Angela and Ali by Samantha Jones Photography 03

The image pretty much sums this lovely couple up to a tee. They laugh. With each other. All the time. And the love they have is tangible.Archbishops Palace vow renewal celebration for Angela and Ali by Samantha Jones Photography 04Archbishops Palace vow renewal celebration for Angela and Ali by Samantha Jones Photography 05

And when a bride wears personalised, sparkly Converse, what’s not to love!Archbishops Palace vow renewal celebration for Angela and Ali by Samantha Jones Photography 06

And this young lady in red is the wonderful person who put us in touch. Thank you Elaine and it was, as always, a joy to see you and your family. Archbishops Palace vow renewal celebration for Angela and Ali by Samantha Jones Photography 07

Even the cake topper reflected the longevity of their relationship … and the sweetie cart was a huge hit with everyone!Archbishops Palace vow renewal celebration for Angela and Ali by Samantha Jones Photography 08

You danced to your original first dance. And were applauded by family and friends, some of whom were at your original ceremony, twenty-five years ago.Archbishops Palace vow renewal celebration for Angela and Ali by Samantha Jones Photography 09

Thank you for being such an amazing, fun and joyful couple. I felt truly honoured to be part of your special day and it was wonderful too to take a look through your original wedding album … you’ve hardly changed a bit!

Here’s to the next twenty-five years! xxx

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

I have no words … Alex and Sam’s wedding {sneak peek}

I may have mentioned previously how much I love my job. I get booked by amazing people who allow me to share some of the most incredible days of their lives … and Alex and Sam are now on my list of amazing. Spectacular. Attention to detail. Hot. Smiling. Laughter. But, most importantly …

Love.

I knew Alex and Sam’s wedding at The Crescent Turner in Whitstable would be full of details.  I had met Alex first at a wedding fair with her wedding planner, then at another one with her cousin … and then I had the pleasure of a family photoshoot in the snowdrops … and another consult …

But I didn’t know it would be this great.

Three pairs of shoes for the bride … engraved wedding rings from Rings Rock …

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Amazing cake (as ever) by the talented Sonja at The Whitstable Cake Company … note the sparkly bride’s shoes!

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Swoon … Alex, you looked amazing and such a beautiful dress made by your nan, Brenda … and Sam, I know you aren’t too keen on having your picture taken but this is just perfect!

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The most beautiful hydrangea bouquets from the incredibly lovely Jane at Graham Greener …

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The cutest and most lively flowergirls and the awesome bridesmaids, who could not have done more to help me on the day … girls, thank you!

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And the laughter. Oh my goodness. It was so hot, scorchingly hot and yet you both stayed cool and calm and took my breath away!

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Oh, and I haven’t mentioned the first dance. Choreographed to “Dancing in the Dark”, step perfect and full of energy – how you managed after such a full on day, I don’t know! Note: second pair of shoes …

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You both totally rocked my world. You made it so easy, such fun, so incredibly enjoyable. Note: comfy sparkly Converse. And great light up initials from Sarah at Light of My Life.

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I am so glad we found each other. I am truly honoured to have been a part of your day.

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I’m sure our paths will cross again in the future … and I wish you both the happiest and healthiest start to your married life together with your beautiful girls.

Much love and huge hugs to you all xxx

Lisa and Robert married in glorious sunshine at Pegwell Bay Hotel {sneak peek}

With puddles still on the terrace, wedding co-ordinator Richard at Pegwell Bay Hotel, was concerned whether or not Lisa and Robert would tie the knot outside or whether rain would stop play.  Richard uses Deal Pier as his guide for incoming inclement weather and, as we could see it in the distance, he made the decision to set up on the terrace … and it was the best decision ever!

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I hadn’t met the bride or groom before the day and so it was great to get a feeling of how the wedding would be by first shooting the groom, his best man Graham and usher Tony (both brothers of the bride). I could immediately see it was going to be a fun and relaxed day!

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Lisa has the most engaging smile which lights up the room. In the family “formals”, she absolutely glowed and I can’t wait to edit all of their images and share … especially as Robert’s family are in the States and so will be able to enjoy the wedding via their online wedding gallery.

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As you can see, the sun was incredibly strong and Richard helped me by holding a reflector to mitigate the strong shadows … see what I mean by my glowing bride?!

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Lisa and Robert had booked a short coverage package with me and it was an absolute pleasure for me to be able to capture their celebrations (for various reasons this was the fifth date that they had booked for their wedding and I’m so glad I was available!).

Wishing you a wonderful start to your married life and I can’t wait to share all the smiles and laughter from your celebrations! xx

Honey Interior Design – corporate headshots and office envy

I was delighted to be invited to photograph Lisa of Honey Interior Design at her offices in Hythe. I was immediately struck with desk envy. A huge, clear desk dominates the space with yellow accents and personal pieces on the walls and mantlepiece. As is so often the case, Lisa realises the value of professional headshots … but doesn’t like having her picture taken. It took a little while to get the shot that I knew I wanted to show Lisa’s personality and enthusiasm and I also took some “behind the scene” shots too to tell the story.

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Lisa was recently nominated for an award in Kent Women in Business and was runner up in her category – huge congratulations!

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Oh the details …

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Huge. Gorgeous. Desk. Books and books of samples. Pattern heaven!

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And this is the shot. Posted on Facebook by Lisa, it got the most genuine comments and I am so pleased that it received such positive reactions (always good for both client and photographer).

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Subsequent to this shoot, Lisa also invited me to photograph three of her most recent design projects and we had a great road trip day visiting the locations. It also gave me an insight in her skills and ability to work to the clients’ remits (and budgets).

Read more about Lisa on her website and if you are looking for design advice, drop her a line. She has a great offer at the moment, entitled “Design in a Box” which is keenly priced and includes design advice for a room or office space – it could be an excellent wedding gift or a great investment for a company that has relocated and wants to create a better business ambience!

Kerry and Andy – married at The Ferry House Inn {sneak peek}

What a great couple. What a fabulous venue.  It was my first time to shoot a wedding at The Ferry House Inn and I sincerely hope it won’t be my last. I was introduced to Kerry and Andy by a recent mother-of-one-of-my-brides (can I even say that?) and I’m so glad that I was. From start to finish, I smiled, they smiled, everyone smiled. The weather was calm and the sunset a real bonus.

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And yes, the bride was wearing a bear hoodie …

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I could hear the arrival of the groom before I saw him … and that was because he was driven up in an Aston Martin.  Nice!

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The flowers matched the cake and the cake matched the flowers. And both smelled amazing!

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As I had chatted to Kerry and Andy in our pre-wedding consult, I knew that there was a trigger word that would get them giggling.  And they did …

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After being overcast for the morning, the skies cleared (a little) and went from this …

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To this … we had about two minutes to get this shot and I was helped with the off camera flash lighting by Carl, the best man.

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And their first dance was a foxtrot … of sorts!

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Far too many photographs for a sneak peek. But how could I not share them?  Such a great day from start to finish and it was wonderful to hear the chatter during the wedding breakfast and to see the joy and laughter all round.

Thank you Kerry and Andy for being such a great couple. For speeding out between your starter and your main course because there was a sunset. For that, I will be forever grateful.

Congratulations!!!

Fabulous suppliers list:

Amanda at Amanda Jane weddings and events for creative venue styling

Lucy at Lucys Florist for the amazing flowers

Charlotte at www.charlottescakesandchocolates.co.uk

Phil the Toastmaster

Venue: The Ferry House Inn

Photography: Samantha Jones Photography

 

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