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
http://www.amanda-jane.co.uk/

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

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

 

“We aren’t made of sugar” – Kelly and John’s wedding at Westenhanger Castle {sneak peek}

My first wedding of the year found me at Westenhanger Castle where I had met bride and groom, Kelly and John, at an open day last year. I was delighted when they decided to go ahead and book my services for full day coverage as it has been a while since my last wedding at the Castle.

I arrived to blue skies and Castle looking resplendent – spring seems to be taking its time to arrive this year and the weather has been somewhat unpredictable. Bride Kelly was determined to be married outside but on checking the weather forecast, it would be touch-and-go …

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John and best man, Martyn, arrived in excellent time and so we had a few minutes to get their portrait shots in the grounds. John is quite the joker and he and Kelly, who have been together for over three years, are a perfect match!

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Another delightful little attendee at this wedding was flower girl, and daughter of the bride and groom, gorgeous Lily-Rose … she beamed and posed and was just full of energy all day!

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Lily-Rose also helped out by handing the wedding bands to her mummy and daddy with the assistance of Martyn. She certainly stole my heart and I’m sure those of many of the guests.

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The weather had stayed fine long enough for the outdoor ceremony of Kelly’s dreams although it was a little windy at times. We took a few minutes whilst their guests were enjoying welcome drinks to get a few candid shots of the newlyweds as the clouds were beginning to gather …

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The afternoon was spent eating, drinking and enjoying the talents of magician Neil Colley who certainly got some great reactions from his table tricks!

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Now I’ve really had to cut down the amount of images for Kelly and John’s sneak peek otherwise it would have turned into the whole story of the day (which will come after my lovely bride and groom have seen their final edited images).

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Huge congratulations to you both and thank you for making my year of weddings start in such a joyful and positive way. By the sounds of the disco as I was leaving Westenhanger, I would imagine that you all danced the night away!

Wishing you much love and happiness and I am quite sure that your wonderful sense of humour and fun will make each day wonderful! Love Sam xx

P.S. The reason for the title of this post … a phrase used by one of Kelly’s family when we went back outside for formal shots and it was spitting with rain … thanks to everyone who humoured my idea of venturing back outside – I think it was worth it!

P.P.S. Thanks also to Kelly and John for the white chocolate mice – I’m rather loving this tradition started by Kerry and Andy

Marie and Neil married at The Gardens in Yalding {sneak peek}

When I first met Marie and Neil, the weather was warm and the ground at The Gardens, Yalding were beautiful. Marie spoke about her wish for snow on her wedding day and as I drove across Detling, her wish was coming true with sideways snow flurries!  However by the time I arrived at their venue, the snow had stopped and was replaced by a rather fearsome and cold wind.

So here are just a few sneak peek images of their special day …

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We even managed to get outside for a super speedy couple portrait session!

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And, oh my goodness, what a sky! Two minutes on the balcony and some amazing images captured!

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This is the first wedding I’ve photographed at this venue and I hope to return in the future. Huge congratulations to Marie and Neil and what a way to finish my wedding photography year!

 

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!

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

 

Judith and Paul – wedding at Archbishops Palace … the story of a crazy morning …

If you are expecting to see ceremony photographs from Judith and Paul’s wedding last September, then you will be disappointed. Judith and Paul had opted for the intimate ceremony offered at Archbishop’s Palace in Maidstone which only allows six people in the room – there wasn’t space for me … so I met my lovely couple at their home and we got the most amazing set of images. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me as I suspect that, never again, will I spend time with such a relaxed couple on their wedding day morning and I sincerely doubt that I will ever photograph a bride and groom in their wedding clothes holding their beloved hen, Mrs Ratty.

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Judith had dried and then created her own bouquet … another personal touch.

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Judith’s bridal make-up was subtle and was skillfully applied by the lovely Robeira at Euthalia Beauty.

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Showcasing Mrs Ratty!

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So many quirky places enroute. With a handily placed salt bin …

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The railway bridge has since been demolished … so this is a part of history now!

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We had the herb gardens at Archbishops to ourselves for some “formal” shots of Judith, Paul and their guests.

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Oh Paul … we weren’t sure that we got the shots the first time …

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So he did it again!

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Such fun to be able to capture such a relaxed and creative bride and groom. I’m pretty confident that our paths will cross again in the future and it was a joy to spend time with you both.  If only the walk back to the car hadn’t been such an uphill task …

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You turned heads and completed changed things up. And it was awesome.  Congratulations to you both xxx

So, if you are the kind of bride and groom who needs to have a note to self to feed the hens before leaving the house for your wedding, please, please PLEASE drop me a line: sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk …

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

 

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