2017 – a look back at a wonderful year

2017 was certainly an interesting and, at times, challenging year. It’s the first time I’ve photographed a wedding on my birthday which was a wonderful start to the year and also I was delighted to see so many of my couples and their weddings being featured in magazines. Every single wedding has been great fun, working with my lovely couples to create memories. Whether it was a short coverage wedding, or a full day, I am truly amazed how individual and fantastic you all are.

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The weather has sent some challenges too but we achieved so much. It was so wonderful to see some familiar faces too during the course of the year, as bridesmaids or matrons of honour. To meet all of you and to share just a tiny part of your journey was a true honour.

Weddings are joyful occasions but there is also sadness too. Thinking of those who can’t be with us for our celebrations and those who are no longer here … those who we have loved are always in our hearts.

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Love brings families together, we create memories to be cherished for years to come. As a photographer, I feel truly blessed to be part of these journeys … and to celebrate with each and every one of you.

We also had a family wedding in 2017 too …

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And we could not have been prouder of Hollie and Oli and Leo, Dexter and Jay and are delighted to see what a wonderful family they have become.

Wishing all of my couples the most wonderful future and I’m excited to join many more amazing couples in 2018!

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

Heather and Phillip – a Texan wedding at Leeds Castle

I was delighted to be booked, one day in advance, for Texas couple Heather and Phillip’s whistle stop wedding blessing at Leeds Castle. This was my first wedding at this iconic venue although, being local, we have visited a few times as a family.  I was recommended by the lovely Katie Keen of True Blue Ceremonies who I will be working with again this coming August.

It was fun and fast from start to finish!

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Heather’s mum, Julie, helped me orchestrate this wedding dress shot …

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And the weather was perfect to capture some guest shots just outside the castle. All of the guests were staying overnight and couldn’t hide their obvious delight at being at such a wonderful venue on such a beautiful evening.

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Flowergirl Kennedy had the most engaging personality and willing smile!

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And Heather looked truly stunning!

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I love this image as they walk down the corridor towards the chapel.

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Where Phillip and their guests patiently waited.

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After the blessing, we were whisked away by David on a golf cart for a tour of the grounds.

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As the couple were walking down the steps, the quality of light was great and this is possibly one of my favourite images from my time with Heather and Phillip. Graceful and gentle.

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We returned to the castle where the banqueting hall was ready to receive … but there was just time for a few more images. Inside the castle, the light was very low but just at the right moment, there was a shaft of light coming in from an adjacent room … and Heather just glowed!

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It was truly an honour to be a small part of creating images for Heather and Phillip and their family and close friends. I am sure that the whole experience will last forever in their memories. Who knows, our paths may cross again in the future … wishing you both a wonderful married life together.

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

East Kent Lifestyle Magazine – wedding feature

I was recently asked to put a few words and photographs together to be used in the latest edition of the East Kent Lifestyle Magazine (link to latest edition).

And there is my business, on page 78 … with thanks to the lovely Amy of AM Marketing who facilitated the introduction which resulted in the article being published.

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Ah, those sunny days of summer weddings … although my first wedding of 2017 was pretty sunny too!

If you are planning a 2017 or 2018 wedding, I’d love to hear more and you can email me sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk and we can meet up over tea and cake …

Crown Lodge – a beautiful wedding venue in the Wye Valley

In my job as a wedding photographer, I get to photograph beautiful weddings at beautiful venues. And I get to meet the owners, the co-ordinators, those “behind the scenes” people that make every wedding run like clockwork. And I am also lucky enough to be invited to see revitalised venues and reintroduced venues … such as the gem which is Crown Lodge.

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Ceremonies can be held in the tranquil outside area or, should showers threaten, in the light and bright venue itself.

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The views are spectacular …

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And the locals are very friendly too!

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If you are planning a wedding in 2016 or 2017, why not give the fabulous team at Crown Lodge a call.  You will be smitten, as I was. And, of course, if you are looking for a wedding photographer who doesn’t mind mixing with the locals, drop me an email sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk and we can chat further!

A lovely testimonial from a lovely family

I had the pleasure of photographing Charlotte and Jon’s wedding at Oakwood House last March.  And we met up with much warmer weather back at their wedding venue to catch up and for some family photographs.

And I was delighted to receive such lovely words from a proud mum …

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It was an absolute pleasure xxx

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