Posted on March 30, 2018
My first wedding of the year found me at Westenhanger Castle where I had met bride and groom, Kelly and John, at an open day last year. I was delighted when they decided to go ahead and book my services for full day coverage as it has been a while since my last wedding at the Castle.
I arrived to blue skies and Castle looking resplendent – spring seems to be taking its time to arrive this year and the weather has been somewhat unpredictable. Bride Kelly was determined to be married outside but on checking the weather forecast, it would be touch-and-go …
John and best man, Martyn, arrived in excellent time and so we had a few minutes to get their portrait shots in the grounds. John is quite the joker and he and Kelly, who have been together for over three years, are a perfect match!
Another delightful little attendee at this wedding was flower girl, and daughter of the bride and groom, gorgeous Lily-Rose … she beamed and posed and was just full of energy all day!
Lily-Rose also helped out by handing the wedding bands to her mummy and daddy with the assistance of Martyn. She certainly stole my heart and I’m sure those of many of the guests.
The weather had stayed fine long enough for the outdoor ceremony of Kelly’s dreams although it was a little windy at times. We took a few minutes whilst their guests were enjoying welcome drinks to get a few candid shots of the newlyweds as the clouds were beginning to gather …
The afternoon was spent eating, drinking and enjoying the talents of magician Neil Colley who certainly got some great reactions from his table tricks!
Now I’ve really had to cut down the amount of images for Kelly and John’s sneak peek otherwise it would have turned into the whole story of the day (which will come after my lovely bride and groom have seen their final edited images).
Huge congratulations to you both and thank you for making my year of weddings start in such a joyful and positive way. By the sounds of the disco as I was leaving Westenhanger, I would imagine that you all danced the night away!
Wishing you much love and happiness and I am quite sure that your wonderful sense of humour and fun will make each day wonderful! Love Sam xx
P.S. The reason for the title of this post … a phrase used by one of Kelly’s family when we went back outside for formal shots and it was spitting with rain … thanks to everyone who humoured my idea of venturing back outside – I think it was worth it!
P.P.S. Thanks also to Kelly and John for the white chocolate mice – I’m rather loving this tradition started by Kerry and Andy
Posted on August 22, 2017
I photograph fun and creative couples. Who work hard to ensure that their weddings are enjoyable for everyone … including their photographer!
I am delighted to say that Alex and Sam, whose wedding I photographed in June has been accepted as one of the entrants for this round of the competition for Your Kent Wedding Magazine’s wedding of the year 2017.
It was a truly spectacular day and I would love to see their wedding featured in more depth … so get voting!
And then, ask all your friends and families to vote too!
Posted on July 28, 2017
If you are expecting to see ceremony photographs from Judith and Paul’s wedding last September, then you will be disappointed. Judith and Paul had opted for the intimate ceremony offered at Archbishop’s Palace in Maidstone which only allows six people in the room – there wasn’t space for me … so I met my lovely couple at their home and we got the most amazing set of images. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me as I suspect that, never again, will I spend time with such a relaxed couple on their wedding day morning and I sincerely doubt that I will ever photograph a bride and groom in their wedding clothes holding their beloved hen, Mrs Ratty.
Judith had dried and then created her own bouquet … another personal touch.
Judith’s bridal make-up was subtle and was skillfully applied by the lovely Robeira at Euthalia Beauty.
Showcasing Mrs Ratty!
So many quirky places enroute. With a handily placed salt bin …
The railway bridge has since been demolished … so this is a part of history now!
We had the herb gardens at Archbishops to ourselves for some “formal” shots of Judith, Paul and their guests.
Oh Paul … we weren’t sure that we got the shots the first time …
So he did it again!
Such fun to be able to capture such a relaxed and creative bride and groom. I’m pretty confident that our paths will cross again in the future and it was a joy to spend time with you both. If only the walk back to the car hadn’t been such an uphill task …
You turned heads and completed changed things up. And it was awesome. Congratulations to you both xxx
So, if you are the kind of bride and groom who needs to have a note to self to feed the hens before leaving the house for your wedding, please, please PLEASE drop me a line: email@example.com …
Posted on June 19, 2017
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 …
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 …
Amazing cake (as ever) by the talented Sonja at The Whitstable Cake Company … note the sparkly bride’s shoes!
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!
The most beautiful hydrangea bouquets from the incredibly lovely Jane at Graham Greener …
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!
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!
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 …
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.
I am so glad we found each other. I am truly honoured to have been a part of your day.
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
Posted on May 15, 2017
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!
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!
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.
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?!
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
Posted on April 24, 2017
Hayley and Sam were introduced to me by one of my lovely photography friends who was already booked on the date for their wedding reception at Walmer and Kingsdown Golf Club and I was delighted to have the chance to meet this lovely couple and capture some “formals” and candids right by the seaside!
The light was just spectacular but we needed to work quickly before the sun set over the horizon …
The sword you saw earlier … cut this amazing cake!
It really was just the best couple of hours and I’m sure that the party carried on long into the night. What a great way to involve so many of their families and friends who weren’t able to make the journey to their ceremony on a beach in the Dominican Republic – thank you so much Hayley and Sam, I had a great time!
Posted on February 21, 2017
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.
And yes, the bride was wearing a bear hoodie …
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!
The flowers matched the cake and the cake matched the flowers. And both smelled amazing!
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 …
After being overcast for the morning, the skies cleared (a little) and went from this …
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.
And their first dance was a foxtrot … of sorts!
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.
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