Voting starts for Coral and Carl {Your Kent Wedding magazine wedding of the year}

I’m delighted to see that the lovely Coral and Carl, who were married in September at Winters Barns are in the final round of entrants for this year’s Your Kent Wedding Magazine wedding of the year!

You can vote for this lovely couple by clicking on the link … I know, for certain, that Coral has been waiting for this moment … so please do support them by giving your vote (and using everyone around you’s laptop, tablet, phone …)

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It would be great to see another of my couples in the final round … so I am keeping everything crossed and hoping that Coral and Carl will be successful!

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Coral and Carl married at Winters Barns {sneak peek}

Coral and Carl had booked me on the strength of a recommendation from a school friend of Coral’s whose wedding I’d photographed at the same venue two years ago.  When I met up with this lovely couple in person, I just knew that their day would be fun and enjoyable to photograph. Especially when so many of their friends have nicknames!

I started at bride and groom prep – lively and busy … and with Coral’s nan’s brooch on her bouquet, memories of those loved ones who could not celebrate with Coral an Carl were ever present.

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An amazing blush pink wedding gown

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And no peeking whilst the bride and her bridesmaids got changed. These flowergirls are just super cute!

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The boys, meanwhile, were looking suitably nervous …

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And I love this joyful image as Coral and Carl are the first to celebrate!

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In nine years, I’ve never seen a group of groomsmen perform the Haka – I guess there’s a first for everything!

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Despite running a tiny bit late, Carla from ACM Films, and I managed to sneak away for a few portraits with our gorgeous couple.

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And after the wedding breakfast and some hilarious speeches (especially from the best man!), we were treated to some absolutely gorgeous backlight from the sun. It all happened at the right time!

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Coral and Carl have two rescue cats and they were featured on their bespoke wedding cake topper.

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Party Up six piece band provided live music and the guests joined in!

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I also managed to persuade my lovely bride and groom outside for a final image in front of their venue Winters Barns … the gorgeous fairy lights created the perfect backdrop.

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It was so hard to choose Coral and Carl’s sneak peek images … that’s why there are quite a few. Such an enjoyable day and it really was a pleasure to spend time with you both and your families and friends.  I’m looking forward to editing and sharing your final images and also to creating your bespoke wedding album.

Wishing you both lifelong happiness and a wonderful start to your married life xxx

Decia and Nick married at Winters Barns {part 2}

Following on from part one, we had the chance to take our bride and groom into the gardens at Winters Barns which were just showing the first signs of spring colour …

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This following image was taken by my second shooter, Sarah and I love the composition.

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All of the speeches got huge reactions …

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We rarely see bouquet tosses at weddings but this was an exception …

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And was just great to capture from two different angles … now, now girls!

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All too soon it was time for cake cutting …

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And the first dance …

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Such an amazing day from start to finish. Sarah and I had a great day capturing the emotions and fun of this Winters Barns wedding and I very much enjoyed designing and delivering Decia and Nick’s wedding album, along with two parents albums as gifts and thank you’s.

If you are planning a wedding at Winters Barns, I’m delighted to be on the list of recommended photographers and am only about 15 minutes drive away so do drop me a line and we can meet up and chat over coffee: sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk

Decia and Nick – the story of their wedding at Winters Barns {part one}

So many images. Such a great day. A gorgeous couple. A fabulous venue. Great weather. Amazing guests.

Oh I love my job.

Let’s start at the beginning …

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The boys were a challenge to photograph … but we managed it!

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Nick, you were just so relaxed. And handsome …

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I don’t set up shots like this. Honestly, I don’t. But the boys insisted. And rolled up their trouser legs …

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I love this shot. Absolutely to bits. The young lady on the left is being lifted by her man … almost rugby style!

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So many images and we are only as far as the confetti.  You’ll have to come back to see part two of Decia and Nick’s celebrations … oh and the speeches, from the three best men, were pretty fun …

Hayley and Dominic – the story of their February wedding at Winters Barns

I’m finally able to blog the full story of Hayley and Dominic’s wedding last February. As they were featured in the Your Kent Wedding Magazine and then won the “Wedding of the Year” competition, there’s been a bit of a delay in posting their images.

But now I can – and I am delighted to do so! Hayley and Dominic booked me on the strength of a recommendation from Charlotte, one of Hayley’s lifelong friends and bridesmaids. When I arrived at Winters Barns, there were hailstones on the ground and torrential rain. Then blue skies. Then strong gusts of wind. Then rain. Then … you get the picture!

After taking a look around the venue when I arrived, I could see that Hayley and Dominic’s wedding was running true to their theme – as Hayley had chosen the Alfred Angelo design named Ariel from their Disney collection, the colour scheme of charcoal and pink was highlighted in the bridesmaids dresses, the bridal favours, the flowers, the seating plan … in fact, almost everywhere!

Although the wedding was in February, and the weather somewhat changeable, we were able to get outside for some bride and groom portrait shots – Hayley and Dominic were really invested in their photography and happy to work with me to get the results that we all wanted – and it was totally worth it …

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It was so cold and windy but Hayley and Dominic were amazing and powered on through. And it was totally worth it. We had to take the formal shots inside the barn itself and then moved on to speeches …

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Possibly one of my favourite wedding ring shots … ever!

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It was an amazing day spent with amazing people. Thank you also to my second shooter Sarah, who worked so hard on the day and also to the lovely staff at Winters Barns where I am now delighted to be a recommended supplier!

Much love to you both, Hayley and Dominic, and looking forward to capturing lots of exciting adventures in your lives xx

Suppliers list:

Photographer: http://www.samanthajonesphotography.co.uk
Venue: Winters Barns http://www.winters-barns.co.uk
Venue stylist: Ambience Venue Styling http://www.ambiencevenuestyling.com
Caterer: Scott Anderson http://www.chefscottanderson.co.uk
Bride’s dress: Country Brides of Faversham http://www.countrybrides.uk.com
Groom’s suit: Canterbury Suit Hire http://www.canterburysuithire.com
Flowers: Graham Greener http://www.grahamgreener.com
Band: The Groovemores http://www.groovemores.co.uk

Decia and Nik – married on a beautifully bright and breezy day at Winters Barns {sneak peek}

The forecasts had been for thunderstorms. But, as the day drew nearer, we started to see better weather ahead … although Decia and Nik had planned to marry in the open air at Winters Barns, they made the sensible decision to take the ceremony inside … but we managed to get outside in the gardens for formals and portraits and I had the best time ever …

There are so many gorgeous images that I need to edit but these are some of my favourites … firstly, one off my “bucket list” – Louboutins *sigh*

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The light was beautiful …

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And Decia and Nik looked amazing, so comfortable and happy …

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The group shot had a little action too …

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And the smiles continued …

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I can’t wait to start editing this wonderful couple’s images. There are quite a few so I might need a little while … but Decia and Nik, you ticked all the boxes, you are a delight to be with, thoughtful and exceptionally kind.

Your friends and family quite evidently think you are amazing – I wholeheartedly agree and thank you so much for making it all so very enjoyable xxx

Blowing my own trumpet … or having someone else blow it for me …

I photographed Hayley and Dominic’s wedding back in February of this year at the lovely Winters Barns. Subsequently, Hayley and Dominic entered, and have been voted through to, the final round of the Your Kent Wedding wedding of the Year. I’m delighted to see that they wrote some incredibly kind and generous words about their photographer …

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For any supplier to be so publicly thanked is wonderful. And I can only thank Hayley and Dominic in return for being such fabulous clients. I’m keeping everything crossed for them in the competition … and also for another couple of mine, Sara and Steve who are in the next round. I’m incredibly proud of all of you and have enjoyed every moment.

It’s been a great year so far!