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.

Ellie and Andrew wedding reception at The East Quay in Whitstable by Samantha Jones PhotographyKerry and Andrew married at The Ferry House Inn by Samantha Jones Photography

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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!

My clients are awesome and in print …

I’m delighted to see that the lovely Jess and Johnny have been entered into the final round of the Your Kent Wedding magazine wedding of the year.

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The winners are chosen by a round of voting, so each vote counts. Please get clicking and vote for my lovely couple …

Click here to vote for Jess and Johnny

Jess and Johnny chose to have a celebrant led ceremony and it was great to see the lovely Katie from True Blue Ceremonies in action.  There were so many amazing local suppliers and you can find a list of them at the bottom of my post.

Please do vote. It only takes a moment. Then you can use your loved ones computers, laptops and phones too!

Kent Bride Magazine 2017/2018 … real wedding feature

I was delighted to be approached by Kent Bride Magazine for images to illustrate the lovely Lisa and Robert’s wedding at Pegwell Bay. Of course, I agreed and now have a couple of copies of the magazine in my possession … I thought you might like to read their article:

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Such a lovely wedding to have featured and although it was a short coverage package for me, the details and laughter and love between this couple was a joy to photograph.

Now I’m aiming for the front cover … congratulations again to Lisa and Robert and it was a pleasure to have been part of your day.

Juliette and Sam … their gentle countryside wedding at Elvey Farm {sneak peek}

What a wonderful day … perfect weather, amazing location and a gorgeous couple.  Juliette and Sam were married at Elvey Farm. After meeting at school, they celebrated their love with their friends and family at this lovely location. For the first time in nine years of photographing wedding, this super bride and groom wanted me so much to be their photographer that they changed their date. This led to months of me worrying “what if the weather is horrible and it rains all day and they could have been married last week in the blazing sunshine on the bank holiday …” but it was fine. In fact, it could not have been better.  Their outdoor ceremony was in the grounds of the oast house on the Elvey Farm property and we had time to stroll out into the “glamping” fields situated next door. With games such as Jenga and ping pong, their guests were well entertained with Pimms and canapes to delay any hunger pangs.

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It really was calm at bridal prep. As I had had the pleasure of photographing Juliette’s sister Victoria’s wedding to Chris at Boys Hall, it was like being with friends. And the fact that the groom Sam had a best man also called Sam was not at all confusing. Oh no, not in the slightest!

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Juliette and her mum had been whisked over to the venue in a beautiful Rolls Royce and, as the chauffeur is a family friend, this beautiful vehicle stayed around for photographs of the couple after the ceremony.

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Juliette with her grandma, Stella. Who is amazing. And smiley and lovely.

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Do you see what I mean about the perfect weather? We snuck away for a few minutes during welcome drinks and it was totally worth it!

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And this shot was later, when the sun was setting, after speeches. How gorgeous does Juliette look?

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Special thanks must go to both Fiona (mother of the bride) and Victoria (matron of honour and bride’s sister) who helped organise, cajole, entertain and who were such a great support to Juliette during the stages of planning this wonderful day.

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The nights start to draw in at this time of year and, because the skies were clear, the temperature was falling too but the marquee was cosy and the dancing energetic, led by Juliette and Sam for their first dance.

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Such a fun day and I enjoyed every minute and hope that Juliette and Sam did too. The image of Sam in a green mankini handed out by best man Sam certainly got the guests talking and I am sure that celebrations last long into the night.

Congratulations to you both and I am looking forward to editing and sharing your final results.

Much love xx

 

Jess and Johnny … a woodland wedding extravaganza with a Harry Potter theme and much, much more!

Jess and Johnny were married at Longton Wood on Saturday. Please grab yourself a tea/coffee/appropriate beverage because this is the longest ever “sneak peek” that I have written.

Jess is the daughter of a good friend of mine, Amanda, who runs Amanda Jane Wedding Design and who is a Kent based wedding planning specialist. Amanda and I have worked together over the last few years and I was delighted to have the opportunity to consult with, and then be booked by, this wonderful couple.

Coverage started at bridal prep which was incredibly relaxed. Make-up and hair was being completed, braids secured, eyelashes curled and I had the chance to get some great shots of the details of the day …

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Yes, that’s right, Jess’s “blue” was a necklace with a Ravenclaw motif … very apt for the Harry Potter theme!

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Jess and Johnny’s ceremony was planned for noon so it was soon time to speed across country to find Johnny and arriving guests.

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Jess had originally thought that she would be driven by her dad, after all, no-one would see the car anyway … but Grandma and Grandpopsie had other ideas and gifted her this beautiful Rolls Royce for her journey.

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Jess and Johnny are outdoorsy people. Their venue is a so called “dry hire” which means that the couple need to organise everything, from power to marquee … to toilets.

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Marty, who is a rescue dog, must have walked miles and was a real feature of the day!

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The ceremony was led by Katie Keen, from True Blue Ceremonies who I worked with recently at Leeds Castle and it was great to see her deliver a very personalised ceremony, unique to the couple.

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Jess and Johnny’s wedding rings were handed round to each guest, for a prayer or to “warm” them, closely watched by best man, Jason. I found this a very moving part of the ceremony, every single person was involved and the rings must have been singing with the well wishes and love.

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After ring exchange, Katie performed a handfasting ceremony, using climbing rope which was just perfect for this adventurous couple.

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Another unusual feature was the “money log”. Jess and Johnny had come across an example of this on their travels and wanted to incorporate it into their day (you can read an article about the reasons why here).

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As their wedding had a Harry Potter theme, it seemed only right that tables should be decided by the Sorting Hat!

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Each personalised place card had the seal hand stamped by our bride.

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The Famous Potatoes got everyone dancing and, even though there was a light shower, the dancing continued in the marquee!

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Oh Marty …

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As the light was slowly fading, we thought it would be an opportune moment for a stroll out with the bride and groom. Unfortunately Jess was stung by a nettle but quickly attended to by her new husband.

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And then there was more dancing!

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The cake, created by Claire at Delicious Occasions was truly spectacular. Every single flower and leaf was edible, crafted from the most delicate sugarwork. And it tasted amazing too!

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Toasting marshmallows and sneaky mallow pincher!!!

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And great entertainment from Mark, Faversham based caricaturist …

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Finally, the light was fading so fast that, in the romantic light cast by the Portaloos, the new Mr and Mrs Walker’s caricature was completed!

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So many wonderful suppliers:

Venue: Longton Wood

Venue dresser: Amanda Jane Wedding Design

Celebrant: Katie Keen trueblueceremonies.co.uk

Stationer: Designed by Brownings

Florist: www.theflowersmiths.co.uk

Cake artist: Claire www.deliciousoccasions.co.uk

Car: Steve’s Wedding Automobiles

Menswear: Lemmings at The Kent Wedding Centre

Bridal gown: Perfection Bridal Maidstone

Bridal gown designer: Justin Alexander

Caricature artist: Mark Thatcher www.markthatcher-design.com/

Marquee: Bohemia

Caterer: www.azracatering.co.uk

Acoustic guitar: Fred Clark

Barndance leaders: Famous Potatoes

Hair: RKW Hair

Makeup: Elizabeth Joseph-Love

A hidden gem and a sparkly couple … Juliette and Sam’s pre-wedding photoshoot

How the weather can change from one day to the next. As I sit here, writing about Juliette and Sam’s final wedding consult, it’s raining. And dark. And dull. Not so last night, when we met up at this lovely couple’s wedding venue, Elvey Farm, which is a beautiful venue nestled in the Kent countryside surrounded by farmland and amazing views.

I first met Juliette and Sam when I photographed Juliette’s sister Victoria’s wedding to Chris at Boys Hall. And what is great is that I get to see Stella, groovy grandma extraordinaire again!

Here’s a few images from our spontaneous shoot last night:

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It was my first time visiting this venue and I am very much looking forward to photographing Juliette and Sam’s September wedding.  And catching up with news from the family too!

I’m glad that you both found the session helpful and I am confident that there will be lots of jaunty banter throughout your wedding day xx

Sharon and John arrived in style for their Canterbury wedding … on a red London bus called Mabel with a real conductor {sneak peek}

I was delighted to be asked to capture Sharon and John’s Canterbury ceremony at Wellington House in Canterbury. Only short coverage was required but it was great fun from start to finish. The couple made their grand entrance, along with about half of their guests, on a Red London Bus called Mabel from YMS Travel. With a real conductor!

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The bus didn’t really break down …

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Wellington House is a great venue for more intimate weddings and, as a photographer, you feel really involved!

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We moved on to the Millers Arms where drinks and canapes awaited. Just across the road is the entrance to Sollys Orchard and the weir which incorporates the River Stour. It’s a popular cut through for tourists and locals alike but amazingly we had it to ourselves … for about a minute!

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The weather was just perfect and the orchard area provided just the right amount of shade for a few formals that Sharon and John had requested. And I do love this shot through the flowers … an intimate moment captured.

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I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with this lovely couple and their families and friends before they left for their mini-moon … congratulations to you both and I’m looking forward to sharing your final edits with you as soon as possible! Hugs Sam xx

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