First of 2017 … and what an amazing way to start the wedding year!

I first met Ellie and Andrew last year when photographing the lovely Rachel and Michael’s wedding at Brogdale. I was delighted to receive an email from Ellie, asking whether I might be free to capture their wedding reception at The East Quay in Whitstable … on 4 February, which happens also to be my birthday.  As you may know, I absolutely love being behind the camera and didn’t mind “working” on my birthday at all!

And it was totally worth it.  Chilly but bright after a rainy start. We had formals on the beach and the roaring log burner was working its magic inside … we had just enough daylight to capture the family formals and, of course, the bridesmaids in the sea!

And we then turned in the other direction … and got this!

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As promised, the bridesmaids …

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And we even got a sunset (although by this time, we were all frozen to the core and admitted defeat and hurried back inside to be warmed up by the dancing!).

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It was an absolute pleasure to be able to capture your wedding reception and thank you, Ellie and Andrew, for my birthday card too!

Rachel and Michael married at All Saints on a gale force windy day {sneak peek}

You know sometimes how you look at the weather report and can’t quite believe what you are seeing?  Here in the UK we have had a glorious spell of weather leading up to Rachel and Michael’s celebrations at All Saints in Whitstable. But then it changed. Forecasts were for heavy rain, extremely strong winds and pretty rotten all round.

But the rain gods smiled on this fabulous couple. A mere sprinkle of rain after their exit from church … although, I must say, on arrival at Brogdale, their reception venue, it was a touch windy … but this detracted in no way from the smiles and joy that I saw throughout their day from them both and their families and friends.

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One of the best “dad reactions” that I’ve seen this year!

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Then off to church …

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Vicar Simon Tillotson has requested this shot in the past when I photographed Lydia and Peter’s wedding four years ago …

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Grandpa was definitely on the list of “must get” shots and, at 99 years of old, was incredibly dashing!

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And then off to Brogdale Collections near Faversham for Rachel and Michael’s reception … just look at the sky!!

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We took a few minutes for some shots in the orchards, accompanied by venue co-ordinator Sara …

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And yes, you are Just Married!
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Tears flowed freely during the emotional speeches and all too soon it was time for the first dance … which Rachel and Michael excelled as and had obviously put in loads of practice!

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Thanks to everyone who made my day so enjoyable, to the bridesmaids for being amazing, to everyone for smiling, to the ushers and best man, Russell, who helped during portraits and for light holding.

And to the newlyweds, for having me along for an amazing day and for being such a lovely couple who are obviously so right for each other and who I wish much love and many adventures in their married life to come xxx

East Quay in Whitstable … new branding!

I do love to be beside the seaside and no more so than with camera in hand and a job to do. The lovely Clare from www.eqvenue.com invited me over to take some shots of their new branding and also some smaller detail shots.

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The signage bold, bright and quirky. Pretty much like the venue itself. If you are planning a wedding at East Quay then please do drop me a line sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk.

Or if you are a venue or a business who are looking for fresh, up-to-date images for website use or promotional literature, then I hope to hear from you soon!

Alison and Dave and their East Quay wedding

I usually meet my brides and grooms before the day but this was an exception. I was recommended by one of Alison’s friends, Penelope, and after chatting loads on email, the deal was done and off I went to East Quay (www.eqvenue.com) for their early May wedding.

Alison is a florist and the entire venue was bedecked with beautiful flowers and displays. They also had a “sweetheart table” meaning that the new bride and groom sat on their own and didn’t have a top table. This is very popular in the States and the first time that I had seen it at a wedding that I’ve photographed.

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East Quay is right on the sea … and, as a result, can often be a bit windy … and we did have the odd issue with Dave’s hair …

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How cute?

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The ceremony room had been set up with the guests facing the windows on to the sea which gave me some great natural light with which to work.

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And Alison and Dave were married … and they laughed …

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And laughed …

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And were just pretty amazing!  They sped off for a quick tour in their VW Camper Van whilst I took some family and guest shots … inside, due to the wind, but the gorgeous voile with the lights behind made for  great backdrop.

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The bride and groom returned from their trip and we went outside on to the beach.

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The weather really was just perfect!

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This is Dave’s mum. She fabulous!

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As this was a short coverage wedding for me, it was nearly time to go but Alison, Dave and I popped out quickly again for a few couple shots.

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And the bubbles as confetti (which was a brilliant idea) and then the new Mr and Mrs McDonald greeted their guests to be seated for their wedding breakfast.

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For me, it was a fast and furious wedding and I was a little nervous not having met the bride and groom beforehand but Alison and Dave and their families and friends were so incredibly welcoming, that it was an absolute pleasure to be part of their day.  Congratulations to you both!

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As one of the recommended photographers at this seaside venue, I love photographing weddings there and know the venue extremely well. Drop me a line if you are planning your celebrations at East Quay sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk – hope to hear from you soon!

 

Helen and Andy married at East Quay … sneak peek

It was quite an amazing day yesterday in Whitstable. With incredibly warm weather for December, and an almost cloudless sky, Helen and Andy celebrated their love with family and friends from near and very far, along with 12 bridesmaids (yes, you read that right). The quality of light that we had yesterday rarely happens and I was delighted that Helen and Andy, despite it being a little breezy, encouraged everyone to come on to the beach for their formals and for some portraits too …

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And I think it was worth it … oh, and here are those gorgeous bridesmaids!

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Congratulations to you both, Helen and Andy, and I’m looking forward to sharing your final images with you on your return from honeymoon.

Sarah and Jon – a fabulous seaside wedding {sneak peek}

Hot on the heels (literally) of Clare and Carl’s wedding, I joined Sarah and Jon and their families and friends in Whitstable for a wedding where the temperature topped 27 degrees. Not for the faint hearted … nor for those wearing kilts, woollen socks, tweed waistcoats and jackets … but it was such an amazing day!

I started early at the hair salon with the bride and we then moved on to the Hotel Continental – the preparation room was at the front of the hotel, overlooking the beach and the cooling sea breezes were most welcome …

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Although it was a little tiring for flowergirl, Mia …

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After a service at the church of Our Lady Immaculate, we travelled back down to East Quay (www.eqvenue.com), the bride, groom and bridesmaids arriving in style in a Quirky Campervan!

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See what I mean about the kilts (and the airforce uniform … with sword later used to cut the cake)

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The weather was spectacular and Sarah and Jon had time for a few portraits on the beach.

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Joined by their absolutely gorgeous (and so well behaved) dog, Wilson, resplendent in bow tie (East Quay is a dog friendly wedding venue)!

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Just before first dance, we popped back out to grab a few sunset shots …

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And back inside for Sarah and Jon’s first formal dance as man and wife!

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Such an amazing day. Sarah, you looked absolutely stunning and your bridesmaids were the best ever to photograph … and Jon, thank you for letting me boss you and the boys around – I hope you think the pictures are worth it!

And to Wilson … you are just sooooo scrummy! Much love to you all xxx

Lee and Geoff and their summer wedding at Whitstable Castle – the story of their day …

With the advent of this current hot weather in the UK, it has served as a great reminder of Lee and Geoff’s celebrations at Whitstable Castle last July.  It was hot. Oh so very, very hot. With impending thunderstorms … but oh my goodness. What an amazing day.

I had met Lee and Geoff at a wedding fair earlier that year and I was delighted that they decided to book me on the spot.  This was to be my first wedding at the newly relaunched venue and I was really looking forward to it.  And because of Lee’s career in event management, I also knew that it would be well thought out and would run  to time.  And that the details would be amazing. As would the flowers … in fact, it was all pretty incredible!  So I’ll let the images do the talking …

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I so enjoyed spending the day with this lovely, genuine couple. Despite the heat, you were both the most consummate hosts, making sure that everyone was comfortable and included. I was delighted too that you had albums and hope that both mums were delighted with the results.

I hope our paths cross again in the future and once again, thank you both so, so much. I loved every moment xx

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