Knockwood Bespoke Receptions – styled wedding photoshoot

We have had the most beautiful weather in the UK recently and I was honoured to be invited along to take some promotional images at Knockwood Bespoke Receptions near Canterbury. This gorgeous and new-to-the-market is what’s known as a “dry hire”. Basically, the venue provides the land and you then personalise your wedding to suit you. They have a great list of local suppliers and on the April open day, My Tipi Event set up in the grounds and provided and wonderful backdrop for many of Knockwood’s recommended suppliers of which I am delighted to be one!

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It was great to work with some “old friends” and to meet new local suppliers too. The weather, as you can see from the images, was absolutely glorious and very, very hot. As a photographer, I would usually not choose to shoot portrait images at this time of day, waiting until the heat and the sun have faded a little but I always love a challenge and we managed to achieve some wonderful shots and I hope you like them too.

Links to the other awesome suppliers are below:

Jade Shona – Make Up Artist
http://www.jadeshonamakeup.weebly.com

My Tipi Event
http://www.mytipievent.co.uk

Kent Party Props – Event Styling
http://www.kentpartyprops.com

Brides by Zoe
http://www.weddingdresskent.co.uk

Amanda Jane Venue Stylist

Amanda Jane

Anna’s Country Flowers
http://www.annascountryflowers.co.uk

UP Do’s for I Do’s
https://www.facebook.com/updosforidosx/

 

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

Charlotte and Jonathan – their March wedding at Oakwood House in full and Softmint moment …

Oh it was chilly. A March wedding for Charlotte and Jonathan. We had all hoped for a bright spring day but it just wasn’t to be. But it certainly did not dampen anyone’s spirits and the quality of the light was just perfect for portraits.

Charlotte has very fond memories of Oakwood House as her father worked there when she was a child. And so it seemed very right that she and Jonathan celebrated their marriage within hailing distance of Charlotte’s old school (and I heard a few stories about that too …) and with so many friends and family with them.

Particularly their two children, Flick and Ollie. Who didn’t want me to photograph him … but then who let me photograph him … and then photobombed lots of our shots! And Flick – you know how to work a camera, young lady!

With Charlotte’s bridesmaids, there really wasn’t a quiet moment during bridal prep. The laughter and giggles could be heard from far down the corridor so I knew exactly where to find them! And the boys, including “Steve Collins from school” (exactly the words on his buttonhole) were such fun to photograph and yes, Ollie photobombed their shot too!

One of my favourite images (and there any many) is of Charlotte opening up the pack of Softmints which Ollie had (as bribery) right at the beginning of their ceremony. When I consult with brides and grooms, I tell them that every wedding is unique and that there is always a moment, during every wedding, that I think “I’ve not seen that before …” and the Softmint moment was that moment!

Sit back and enjoy …

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It was such a pleasure to photograph your wedding and I hope that our paths will cross again many times in the future. And I will never forget the “Softmint moment”. Much love xxx

Suppliers:

Hair stylist: Jo Hallmark
Make up artist: Laura Wood Beauty
Wedding gown supplier: Betty Bows
Bridal jewellery and accessories: Lucy Mason
Florist: Marina Havenden
Groom’s suit: Moss Bros
Caterer and venue: Oakwood House
Cake maker: Andrea Lomas
Stationer: Pennies from Heaven
Photographer: Samantha Jones Photography www.samanthajonesphotography.co.uk

Beautiful bouquets and some colourful inspiration – 2014 in flowers

As a wedding photographer, we shoot details. And the most vibrant are often the flowers. There was a beautiful selection of bouquets and displays at weddings which I photographed during the course of 2014 so I thought you might like to take a look …

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Beautiful, aren’t they? It’s a part of my job that I enjoy, after all, the flowers never last as long as a photograph and yet they form an important part of the day. According to one site that I found when I asked why brides carry bouquets, this was the answer:

“In ancient times, a bride was considered especially lucky on her wedding day. So, guest were compelled to tear off parts of her dress to obtain a good luck talisman for themselves! Not all brides cared for this activity, as it seemed unpleasant to have their clothing ripped from her bit by bit, compliments of the guests. So it evolved that the bride outsmarted her guests by giving an offering of herself; enabling a guest to obtain a lucky talisman and allowing herself to keep her clothing intact: she starting throwing her garter and bouquet in lieu of pieces of her dress.”

I’m rather glad that the tradition of a good luck talisman has metamorphosed into giving bridal favours!

Sarah and Sam and the snow machine … their full wedding story at Hadlow Manor

In the downtime between Christmas and New Year, what better way to celebrate than to have a wedding! Sarah and Sam chose Hadlow Manor near Tonbridge for their entire day and I was delighted to be chosen to capture their day. As soon as I met Sarah and her family, I knew that this would be a wedding full of love and emotion … although Sam might rather have been fishing …

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I met up with the boys who were struggling to solve the age old problem of … tying a cravat! I really should learn how to do it to help out as I’m so often asked!

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The girls weren’t having any issues, helped with mince pies and champagne!

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I absolutely love this image … Sarah, you looked so happy and confident and amazing!

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The ceremony room, despite being December, was bathed with light and made my job very easy indeed …

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And out into the “snow”, organised by Sarah’s sister and complete surprise for the bride!

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We were so lucky to be able to have some photographs in the grounds despite the light fading. It’s also nice for the bride and groom to have some time alone … with me, of course!

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Before it was time for me to leave, we had time for a few night portraits and then it was time for the bride and groom to rejoin their guests and dance late into the night …

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Thank you both for having me along at your wedding and for making me feel so incredibly welcome. I also really enjoyed designing your album and hope that you will be taking another look or two on your anniversary. With much love to you both xx

Suppliers for Sarah and Sam were:

Bride’s dress was from Elizabeth King in Hildenborough
Boys’ suits from Moss Bros
Flower girl dress – Monsoon
Bridesmaids – Yours Truly, Maidstone
Bride’s fur shrug and tiara – Perfection, Maidstone
Flowers – Flowers For All Occasions
Make up – Helen Lee
Hair – Kelly Hussey

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)!

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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!

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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 …

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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!

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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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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!

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

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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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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!

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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.

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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