Danielle and Christopher married at Salmestone Grange {sneak peek}

Nearing the end of the year, how lucky was I to be able to join Danielle, Chris, their two gorgeous daughters and wonderful families and friends for their celebrations at Salmestone Grange. Yes, it was a tad chilly but this in no way detracted from the obvious delight that this lovely couple showed as they were married in the Chapel.  The boys showed no signs of nerves …

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And there was the tiniest bit of natural daylight left to get some gorgeous portraits of Danielle and Chris’s little ones.

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Danielle got a fit of the giggles when exchanging rings and it was just delightful to hear!

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Four generations … all together for a wonderful day of celebration.

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Danielle, you looked amazing. What a journey you have had to get to this point … beautiful!

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Luckily we had time for a few portraits before the wedding breakfast and that there was a room available as it was too dark and too chilly outside!

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Congratulations to you both and I’m looking forward to editing and sharing your images as soon as possible.  Have an amazing first Christmas as Mr and Mrs!

Charlotte and Daniel married at Salmestone Grange {the story of their day}

When I first met Charlotte and her sister at a wedding fair, little did I know what a fun and detailed wedding Charlotte was planning. She had read in a wedding magazine that weddings should be styled and have a theme – so she took that to heart and themed the wedding as Alice in Wonderland. Great table plans, sweeties galore and hats, lots and lots of hats!

I arrived to meet up with Daniel and his ushers and to capture guests arriving. The forecast was mixed, sunshine and showers and we certainly had both of those during the course of the day (right at the end of the formals, it started to rain … great timing)!

Charlotte and Daniel at Salmestone Grange by Samantha Jones Photography

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Wedding transport varies from horse and carriage, to Rolls Royce to limousine. But never have I heard the bride’s arrival before seeing her … she arrived in her dad’s electric blue hot rod which had been preceded by her bridesmaids in another hot rod!

Charlotte and Daniel at Salmestone Grange by Samantha Jones Photography

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And, of course, with a bridesmaid as cute as Olivia in a cute little dress that she could spin around in …

Charlotte and Daniel at Salmestone Grange by Samantha Jones Photography

The chapel at Salmestone Grange is really quite beautiful with colourful stained glass windows and centuries of history. Once everyone was seated, Charlotte walked in to a scattering of rose petals and accompanied by proud dad Keith. Daniel did look a little nervous but as soon as his future wife arrived, there were smiles and laughter all round!

Charlotte and Daniel at Salmestone Grange by Samantha Jones Photography

Once the register was signed and kisses exchanged, we completed the formal shots on Charlotte and Daniel’s list just in time as the heavens opened. But we then were whisked away from the venue in a beautiful Rolls Royce and popped down to the sea for a few shots. We really were so very lucky … the skies cleared, just for a bit …

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Charlotte and Daniel at Salmestone Grange by Samantha Jones Photography

I must say that I was a bit scared when some dog walkers came past … I held my breath and hoped with all my might that they wouldn’t jump up on Charlotte’s dress!

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Then back to the venue for confetti – I do always recommend that brides and grooms shouldn’t breathe in for this bit! Charlotte had lots of help with removing most of the confetti as she was a bit concerned that it might stain her amazing dress … I love her natural laughter and genuine smiles!

Charlotte and Daniel married at Salmestone Grange by Samantha Jones Photography

I mentioned the details before but check these out, along with the incredible cake!

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Charlotte and Daniel married at Salmestone Grange by Samantha Jones Photography

We did pop out in between courses to make use of the available light – it was changing so quickly, one minute sunshine and then next gentle rain. But I don’t think you would see that from the smiles!

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Charlotte and Daniel married at Salmestone Grange by Samantha Jones Photography

Soon it was time for the wedding breakfast (delicious, as always!) and then on to speeches … again, Charlotte was just throwing her head back with laughter!

Charlotte and Daniel married at Salmestone Grange by Samantha Jones Photography

I left the party after the first dance … more guests were arriving and the laughter and smiles started all over again! I’ll end this post with a montage of Charlotte and her friends … details at a wedding have their place, but I think the true memories are of people.

Charlotte and Daniel married at Salmestone Grange by Samantha Jones Photography

Congratulations to you both and thanks so much for inviting me to share your day. I can’t wait to share your final images with you. xx

A year in weddings {2011}

A little late in posting this but small things, such as completing my tax return, got in the way! I thought that I would take a look back over the past year to remember the fun, the laughter, the emotion, the sun … and the rain! Hope you enjoy the recap of my wedding photography year – I’m really looking forward to what 2012 brings!

We started off the year at Cooling Castle Barn in January at the celebrations of Chris and Kelly. Chilly winds but sunny smiles and amazing food too!

February saw me both in Essex and in Kent – weddings only days apart but such different weather. First in February were Vikki and Mark and the Lords Country Club … it was chilly indeed!

And then on to Hever Castle for Kinga and Ian’s celebrations … with blue skies!

And then a little break (but lots of work in between) and May found me local to Faversham, in Oare with Gemma and Charlie, poppies, a cat, Canadians and lots of gossip …

June brought a truly rock ‘n’ roll wedding with James and Sarah. Classy outfits, fabulous car and tattoos too!

August brought a wedding at Salmestone Grange in a chapel with Vicky and Cliff … and saw me nearly fall into a pond …

And the following day saw me at the iconic Chelsea Register Office with Amanda and Rob, a Red London bus, a trip on the London Eye, hailstones and a double rainbow!

Early September saw me at St Martins Acrise and the Pines Calyx with the very happy Elaine and Roger and magician with tricks that I just couldn’t work out …

And Bonnie and Barney’s amazingly colourful, fun filled and happy celebrations at St Margaret’s Church and Thanet House …

And then Andy and Jimmy’s celebrations at the Chapel Down Winery where we got a bit sunburnt …

And I was a guest at Emily and Anton’s wedding later on in September, but I sneaked a couple of pics …

Sadly (for me) Charlotte and Rhys got married in Cyprus but, luckily (for me) had their reception at East Quay in Whistable … where we set up a photobooth …

And then, as guest and photographer, I listened to Mike sing his vows to Kathryn in an intimate ceremony near Faversham … an amazing lady in red!

And then my final wedding of the year in November when Karen and Dan celebrated at Hadlow Manor near Tonbridge and it rained so hard that it bounced back up to knee height … did they mind, not at all!

What a year. I thoroughly enjoyed being part of each and every wedding celebration and am very much looking forward to 2012.

Vicky and Cliff’s {engagement photoshoot} – a sneak peek

Vicky and Cliff could not have chosen a more perfect day and location for their engagement photoshoot. They are getting married in August and I really do hope that the sun shines as brightly on their wedding day as it did today.

I promised a little quick sneak peek for them … and here it is. Each photoshoot brings its own surprises … I haven’t ever had to avoid having a giraffe sticking out of the top of one of my client’s heads … that’s the seaside for you!

Vicky and Cliff laugh … a lot. It was smiles all the way and we certainly received some curious glances from the sunbathers! And I loved the way that Vicky kindly pointed out that I had a very sandy bottom …

We stopped for a drink and an ice cream – which melted at an exceedingly fast rate – luckily Vicky’s engagement ring is already scheduled for a good clean before the wedding!

I know that Vicky was a bit hesitant about having her photograph taken but she assured me that she is now feeling much more relaxed about it all. And Cliff would appear to be naturally comfortable in front of the camera. So I can’t wait for their wedding day! Thanks for a great time on the beach today and see you both very soon!

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