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!

Fordwich Town Hall – the smallest town hall in Great Britain {styled shoot}

Having photographed a wedding at Fordwich Town Hall earlier in June, I was delighted to be invited back by the lovely venue organiser, Melanie, who runs a highly successful wedding stationery company, Daisy Sheep Shop, and also finds time to facilitate events at the Town Hall. Working with a top quality list of suppliers (which you can find below), and the lovely Katie and Shannon, who totally worked their dresses, it was a very successful morning!

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We worked also with Fordwich River Tours and Ethelbert …

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Beautiful make up by Gemma Morpurgo …

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And the bridal floristry talents of Lucy Day at www.wildbloom.co.uk enhanced the beautiful bridal gowns from the lovely Zoe at Brides by Zoë who is based in Canterbury.

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The bright sunshine in conjunction with amazing blue skies was perfect for this shoot (with a few lighting challenges for the photographer …)

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I love the “messy plait” by bridal hair stylist Helen at Stevies Styles … stunning!

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And, of course, not forgetting to mention our beautiful little flowergirl who posed and smiled and giggled … and so well behaved too!

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I was also able to photograph beautiful wedding favours by the incredibly talented Jennifer at Oast House Gifts – I’ve worked with Jennifer and seen many of her beautiful and exceptionally intricate wedding favours – she is one of the most patient people I know!

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A huge thank you to everyone who gave up their time on a very hot Monday in June and if you are looking for top quality local Kent wedding suppliers, then you’ve found them here!

Venue: Fordwich Town Hall near Canterbury

Bridal gowns: www.weddingdresskent.co.uk

Bridal bouquets: Lucy Day at www.wildbloom.co.uk

Bridal makeup: Gemma Morpurgo

Bridal hair stylist: Helen at Stevies Styles

Wedding favours: Jennifer at www.oasthousegifts.com

Photographer: www.samanthajonesphotography.co.uk

 

Danielle and Christopher married at Salmestone Grange {sneak peek}

Nearing the end of the year, how lucky was I to be able to join Danielle, Chris, their two gorgeous daughters and wonderful families and friends for their celebrations at Salmestone Grange. Yes, it was a tad chilly but this in no way detracted from the obvious delight that this lovely couple showed as they were married in the Chapel.  The boys showed no signs of nerves …

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And there was the tiniest bit of natural daylight left to get some gorgeous portraits of Danielle and Chris’s little ones.

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Danielle got a fit of the giggles when exchanging rings and it was just delightful to hear!

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Four generations … all together for a wonderful day of celebration.

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Danielle, you looked amazing. What a journey you have had to get to this point … beautiful!

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Luckily we had time for a few portraits before the wedding breakfast and that there was a room available as it was too dark and too chilly outside!

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Congratulations to you both and I’m looking forward to editing and sharing your images as soon as possible.  Have an amazing first Christmas as Mr and Mrs!

Lorna and Nathan …their bright and beautiful wedding at Archbishops Palace {sneak peek}

Such a wonderful day. I was introduced to this lovely couple by one of the members of our local camera club where I used to be a member. And I’m so glad that I was. From start to finish, from an amazing welcome at bridal prep with mum Sheenagh who was just the most incredibly helpful and organised mum, to the girls in dressing gowns and family from New Zealand, to a groom who wasn’t showing the slightest hint of nerves … to the fun bus ride (including pokestops), an emotional ceremony at Archbishops Palace in Maidstone and a wonderful reception venue at The Plough Inn which had been turned into a festival extravaganza … to the ice cream van, the hot food cones, the smiles, the laughter, a few tears and gorgeous Ronnie … oh, it was a great day!!!

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Lorna, you absolutely glowed!

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And our handsome groom … see, no nerves!

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We took a few moments for some portraits after the ceremony in the herb garden right by the Archbishops Palace and the light was amazing!

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And who couldn’t resist this super handsome chap who wanted to be in all the photographs!

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We even got a sunset!

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You can see why I was smiling all the way home – what an amazing job I have, spending time with such wonderful people, capturing the love and laughter and creating memories for them to share.  I’m working hard to finalise your images but in the meantime, much love to you both xxx

Joyce and Stewart and their super relaxed wedding at The Tower House in Canterbury {sneak peek}

I knew from the first moment that I met Joyce and Stewart that their wedding would not follow a conventional path. Bearing in mind that they have been together for 21 years and that Joyce took the bold decision to propose to Stewart on 29 February this year … and that friends and family from all points of the compass attended … and that I was able to speak German during a wedding … oh, it was just a wonderful day from start to finish.  Joyce and Stewart were married at The Tower House in Canterbury and the processed through the streets of Canterbury to their reception venue at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge to round of spontaneous applause and even a quick rendition of “Here Comes the Bride” by some street musicians!

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Between them, Joyce and Stewart have six grandchildren who all recited from the poem “The Owl and The Pussy Cat” after the ceremony.

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We strolled through Solly’s Orchard and past the monastery, pausing for a few portraits and to allow guests to catch up.

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It was truly joyful!

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This was the first time that I had photographed at the Cathedral Lodge and the gardens afford amazing views of the Cathedral which Stewart and Joyce’s guests very much enjoyed.

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All in all, it was a wedding that I will never forget. The joy, the smiles, the processing through the City streets, and the absolute delight that this couple have finally tied the knot!

Sara and Ben – a fabulous short coverage wedding in Canterbury

I met Sara and Ben a few months ago at a wedding fair and they asked if I was available to cover their ceremony … I was already booked to photograph a wedding from 1pm on the same day … but they were getting married in the morning … and local to me and so we agreed that we could make it work … and we did!

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I love this littlie shot … photography isn’t for everyone, you know!!! But I love that Sara joined in with the little ones too!

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The registry office in Canterbury, in Wellington House, is an intimate venue and so I had the chance to capture the entire ceremony from very close in …

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Such a cute little helper who handed the bride and groom their rings!

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The weather, which had been beautiful on arrival, was starting to threaten rain so we got all the “formal” shots that we needed and then had a few minutes to get some bride and groom portraits.

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Sara, you looked amazing!

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And all too soon, my bride and groom were being whisked off to their reception and I had to pack up my equipment and speed off to photograph my second wedding in one day!

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Congratulations to Sara and Ben and it was great to see you again and meet your families and friends. And I’m so glad to have been a tiny part of your day! xxx

Catherine and Andrew’s wedding at The Guildhall in Sandwich … and Logan … {sneak peek}

Logan is four. He is super cute. And he knows it.  He was such a huge part of Catherine and Andrew’s fabulous wedding at The Guildhall in Sandwich and was cheeky and cute and well behaved throughout!

I first met Catherine with her parents at a wedding fair and was complemented on my work, particularly by Catherine’s father.  I learned further that Catherine’s parents are keen photographers and was so pleased that Catherine and Andrew decided to book with me so that I could capture their day in the style that they liked so much.

And it didn’t disappoint – Catherine and Andrew gave me so much portrait time with them and it really was worth every minute – a huge thank you also to best man, Daniel, who walked the streets of Sandwich with us, stopping traffic when required and holding reflectors too!

Can you spot cheeky Logan?

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Sandwich is a beautiful town with many medieval houses still remaining. It was one of the Cinque Ports but is now located around two miles inland from the sea.

And seems to be popular with cyclists …

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It has so many great places in which to photograph a bride and groom …

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And can be a little windy at times!

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The weather was perfect, warm enough to stroll along the river and for guests to enjoy the views.

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There are so many great photographs from this lovely couple’s wedding and I’m looking forward to working through and editing them to share on their return from their “family moon”.

Thank you both again for giving me so much time with you and for being such fun to work with … much love xxx

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