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

 

 

Charlotte and Daniel are married at Salmestone Grange … with Hot Rods, Alice in Wonderland and smiles all round {sneak peek}

Dodging the showers is something that, as a wedding photographer, I have to accept is part of the job. But with fingers crossed, a fair wind and a little bit of luck, the weather for Charlotte and Daniel’s wedding yesterday was nearly perfect. But, oh my goodness, those who know me are aware that I am very rarely rendered speechless … but Charlotte, you looked stunning and composed and happy … and arrived in a Hot Rod!

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And Olivia, the flower girl, with such a bubbly personality and endearing smile!

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And the bride and groom. Perfect!

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Thanks to your family and friends for being so welcoming, to the ushers, Kyle and Chris, for being so helpful, to Charlotte for being beautiful … I love my job! Congratulations to you both, Charlotte and Daniel, thank you so much for inviting me to capture your special day and have a wonderful time on your honeymoon xx

Ayumi and Peter {engagement} – on the beach at Whitstable

What a wonderful day to have an engagement session. Ayumi and Peter are getting married in October and I very much hope that the weather is as good for them as it was today.

We had an early start and thought that we might miss the crowds, but our photoshoot got quite a lot of attention from walkers and passers by …

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Engagement sessions are great way for me to get to know a little more about my clients and for my clients to be more comfortable about being photographed on their wedding day … as we drove down to Whitstable, Peter told me the story of Ayumi and his long-distance relationship and their hopes and plans for the future. I am so looking forward to their wedding and celebrating with them and their family and friends.

Thank you both, Ayumi and Peter, for joining in with the engagement session today and for making it such an enjoyable way to spend a Sunday morning in Whitstable!

Brogdale Collections near Faversham in Kent

Yesterday I had the pleasure of taking a stroll around the National Fruit Collections at Brogdale near Faversham with Sally Roger who co-ordinates bookings for weddings and party celebrations at Brogdale.

We had the most gorgeous of weather, with the first blossoms just starting to show on the trees. Sally was explaining how any wedding photographer needs to have permission from the Collection and a guide to accompany them if they wish to take the bride and groom into the Collection for photographs. I have a wedding booked here for September this year and Sally mentioned how the fields of fruit are like shining lights, with rich autumnal colours.

But here’s a quick little taster of a few images that I took – I decided to process these with a vintage action and love the way that the sky looks so dramatic …

The Brogdale Collections website is here: Brogdale Collections. If you are considering having a celebration at Brogdale, whether it is a wedding or an anniversary, do contact me to discuss more. As I am Faversham based, it’s very easy for me to get to Brogdale and I love to promote local venues too!

And the miniature railway can be opened up on request …

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