Posted on August 9, 2018
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.
This additional to Sheenagh and Jeff’s wedding cake is just perfect for Jeff’s profession and he cut the wedding cake stand himself!
With two bike outriders, the groom stopped traffic throughout Canterbury on his way across to Boughton Golf Club!
Sheenagh, you looked amazing and you received so many compliments during the day. Stylish and elegant and so very, very happy!
Sheenagh did give me one “must get” shot and that was of Jeff’s reaction. And he delivered …
Bearing in mind the soaring temperatures, my lovely bride and groom were cool, calm and collected all day.
And could hardly take their eyes off each other. I love a love story, don’t you?
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!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Posted on July 23, 2018
It was hot, hot, hot. The grounds at Stonelees Golf Centre where I’m lucky to be one of their recommended photographers looked amazing despite the fact that there has been no rain for weeks … and Kirstie and Chris looked pretty spectacular too! How those boys remained cool, calm and collected in their three piece suits, I don’t know … but they did and Kirstie and her bridesmaids looked stunning too.
But there was a young man who stole the show. Tyler, who is just seven years old, proudly escorted his mum to be married and also gave a fabulous speech. Weddings are emotional and there were tears but much laughter too and I was delighted to be part of these wonderful celebrations.
Here are a few images that sum up their day – I know that Kirstie is waiting to see them!Emerald green is a popular colour so far this year .. and Kirstie had accented Kelly and Kara’s dresses and bouquets with beautiful brooches.Tears, yes, but huge smiles also. And that boy can smile!We did “formal” and then we did “relaxed” – Kirstie and Chris are young and so was their bridal party so it seem right to inject a bit of fun …After the meal and speeches, during room turnaround, the bride and groom get the chance to go out around the grounds in a buggy. Driving one of these can be a bit challenging (eh Chris?) and so I’m lucky to have Brian who drives me around … and thank you to the lovely Chelsea who co-ordinates everything at Stonelees.Kirstie and Chris’s wedding was a twilight wedding with a late ceremony but we still managed to get a lovely variety of images during the time that we had together.
It was fabulous to be part of their day and I wish them all the very best of luck in the future as a family with the lovely Tyler and am looking forward to editing their images and sharing many more memories.
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