Sara and Simon married at The Old Brewery Store in Faversham {sneak peek}

How wonderful, as a Faversham photographer, to be booked for a local wedding and what an amazing story this lovely couple, Sara and Simon, share. Childhood sweethearts who went their separate ways, found each other again and then celebrated their love on a September Friday in Faversham. The forecast was for rain and, indeed, when Simon arrived, he’d been caught in a downpour on the way … but, incredibly, the afternoon stayed dry and we managed to get all of their formal photographs taken outside!  It was just meant to be …

Sara and Simon wedding at The Old Brewery Store in Faversham by Samantha Jones Photography

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If you look really closely, you will see that Simon’s tie pin has “friend of the groom” written on it. He thought it might make Sara laugh …

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Sara’s matron of honour and her two bridesmaids looked stunning in different shades of purple and patiently waited for our bride to arrive.

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Their joy was evident. And captivating. I photographed their ceremony tucked away behind some beautiful old beams which are a feature of this venue, steeped in history (you can find out more here). It was great to work with Samantha, the wedding co-ordinator again (not at all confusing for anyone …)!

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As the rain held off, Sara and Simon led their guests along the streets around to the The Old Brewery Store.

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Every bride and groom has to have a photograph taken under the clock … it’s part of the brewery history. You can probably see the packing cases behind my lovely couple but, as their wedding was on a Friday, the brewery is a working one (and has been since 1698) so we have to be aware of hazards and are guided through by the very helpful staff.

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Sara and Simon were married at 4pm which meant that I could offer them a short coverage package.  We managed to fit in a cheeky little “first dance” and then it was time for me to leave them to their celebrations.

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It was so lovely to work locally again and to be able to capture some memories for this fabulous couple.  I look forward to editing and sharing your images with you and wish you both all the love and happiness for your married life together xx

 

Bridal gown: Victoria Grace Bridal

Heather and Andy – the story of their Faversham and Whitstable wedding {part one}

As the weather starts to get colder, it reminds me of Heather and Andy’s wedding day. With a high of six degrees and a biting wind, it was pretty cold. Actually, no, it was freezing! Theirs was my last wedding of the year and it was going to be great. Heather and I met years ago at our local camera club and I was delighted when I was asked to capture their day. Andy is similar to many of my grooms – he really doesn’t enjoy having his photo taken. But I think that, on a wedding day, everyone gets swept up into the excitement of it all. When I dropped off their wedding day slideshow and images, we sat and chatted about the “back story”. As a photographer, I can only capture so much … and there is often more that happens behind the scenes. That turned out to be so very true … but, let’s start with the chaps at the church …

Just checking that everything is in order with Ian, the best man, who had travelled down from Scotland and probably thought we were all making a bit of a fuss about it being so cold …

And the bridesmaids started to arrive … too cute!

And James, the pageboy, arrived in style too!

Time for a few last minute adjustments in the relative warmth of the church porch …

No-one, apart from the ushers, wanted to wait outside in the cold so everyone was inside for the bride’s arrival …

Oh Heather, you looked gorgeous. Emotional … but gorgeous! And it was time to speed off to the front of the church and join the videographer.

St Mary’s of Charity is the parish church in Faversham. It was lovely to end the wedding year with a local wedding. And the church is absolutely stunning!

With readings and hymns, it truly was a celebration and, with Charlie (chief bridesmaid) having been married in the same church, I’m sure it was full of fond memories too. We decided to have a few formal photographs at the church, including the group shot, as we all thought that it would be almost impossible to get everyone back outside once we arrived at East Quay in Whitstable. Nearly losing her veil (luckily it got caught on the church and a guest was able to reach it with their umbrella), Heather donned a sensible shrug and we took some beautiful and endearing images of her grandparents.

These are my favourite shots … such an expression of love and joy.

And here’s the proof of how gorgeous Heather looked … perfect!

And one final shot of the happy couple through the doors of their beautiful wedding car before journeying off along the coast to Whitstable …

Where oysters and champagne and bracing winds awaited us. Join me again for part two of Heather and Andy’s story.

A year in weddings {2011}

A little late in posting this but small things, such as completing my tax return, got in the way! I thought that I would take a look back over the past year to remember the fun, the laughter, the emotion, the sun … and the rain! Hope you enjoy the recap of my wedding photography year – I’m really looking forward to what 2012 brings!

We started off the year at Cooling Castle Barn in January at the celebrations of Chris and Kelly. Chilly winds but sunny smiles and amazing food too!

February saw me both in Essex and in Kent – weddings only days apart but such different weather. First in February were Vikki and Mark and the Lords Country Club … it was chilly indeed!

And then on to Hever Castle for Kinga and Ian’s celebrations … with blue skies!

And then a little break (but lots of work in between) and May found me local to Faversham, in Oare with Gemma and Charlie, poppies, a cat, Canadians and lots of gossip …

June brought a truly rock ‘n’ roll wedding with James and Sarah. Classy outfits, fabulous car and tattoos too!

August brought a wedding at Salmestone Grange in a chapel with Vicky and Cliff … and saw me nearly fall into a pond …

And the following day saw me at the iconic Chelsea Register Office with Amanda and Rob, a Red London bus, a trip on the London Eye, hailstones and a double rainbow!

Early September saw me at St Martins Acrise and the Pines Calyx with the very happy Elaine and Roger and magician with tricks that I just couldn’t work out …

And Bonnie and Barney’s amazingly colourful, fun filled and happy celebrations at St Margaret’s Church and Thanet House …

And then Andy and Jimmy’s celebrations at the Chapel Down Winery where we got a bit sunburnt …

And I was a guest at Emily and Anton’s wedding later on in September, but I sneaked a couple of pics …

Sadly (for me) Charlotte and Rhys got married in Cyprus but, luckily (for me) had their reception at East Quay in Whistable … where we set up a photobooth …

And then, as guest and photographer, I listened to Mike sing his vows to Kathryn in an intimate ceremony near Faversham … an amazing lady in red!

And then my final wedding of the year in November when Karen and Dan celebrated at Hadlow Manor near Tonbridge and it rained so hard that it bounced back up to knee height … did they mind, not at all!

What a year. I thoroughly enjoyed being part of each and every wedding celebration and am very much looking forward to 2012.

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