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Micro Wedding | Bournemouth

Micro Wedding | Bournemouth

Wedding of Debs and Simon

Debs and Simon’s first wedding was victim to the first 2020 lockdown and so rearranged for October this year at St Saviours CofE Church in Bournemouth.  They had a handful of close friends and family join them for the ceremony but you could see how loved they were as we were greeted by a (socially distancing) crowd coming out of the church to cheer them on into married life.  Through the conversations I had with Debs in the booking and planning process what came across to me was how absolutely lovely she was.  Both she and her dad have faced significant health problems to add to the trauma of 2020 so they just wanted to be married and for her Dad to be there to enjoy it.  

You can see in the photos, Debs’ Dad took over the last part of the walking her down the aisle to give her away and it was clear how pleased they were to share that moment.  And I was overjoyed to be able to document it for them. 

We did a few family photos after the ceremony and there was the most AMAZING sunshine, despite the weather leading up to that day being terrible, and I fully believe that if anyone deserved a bit of sunshine on their big day, they did.

Congratulations Debs and Simon, enjoy the rest of your lives together!

Micro wedding | Chawton House Alton

Micro wedding | Chawton House Alton

Micro wedding | Chawton House Alton

 

 

Axell & Christina were due to get married earlier this year when the COVID disaster hit!  Unpeterbed they celebrated their would be wedding day with a zoom call with their guests and planned for a future do.  When it became more obvious that weddings were not going to be as they were for quite some time they decided to bite the bullet and get hitched albeit with reduced numbers.  They had 5 guests for the ceremony at Alton registry office and it was really cosy and intimate, not to mention a fabulous room.

After the ceremony we took a short trip to the nearby Chawton House and took some pictures in their gorgeous gardens. I’ve never been there before and it was so beautiful – as we walked into the walled garden we saw a deer run out!  ERMMMM HELLO BAMBI I’M HERE!!! 

We had lots of fun and giggles and I even managed to convince them to have a first dance in the woods and I ADORE the pics from that moment – here’s one.. It was my first time using a funky new lensbaby and I was so excited when I saw the images!  They have such a dreamy feel.

 

 

 

Though it wasn’t the day they planned, it was a really gorgeous day.  So if your plans are hanging in the balance, just keep in mind that your day will be what you make of it – these smaller weddings are definitely starting to grow on me!!  Anyway, here are the pics from the gorgeous Axell and Christina’s wedding, or if you’re more of a slideshow watcher, scroll to the bottom and you’ll find a link to the video.  Leave a comment below and let me know what you think! 

If you’re looking for a photographer for your micro wedding then ping me a message!  I’d love to hear from you.

Micro Wedding | Sturminster Newton

Micro Wedding | Sturminster Newton

She was fantastic on the day and great fun and the pictures were just what we wanted. We can’t stop looking through the photos.

James & Steph

IF YOU’RE PLANNING A WEDDING IN STURMINSTER NEWTON, YOU’LL ENJOY THIS!

Steph and James got married at St Mary’s Church, which is the church local to where Steph grew up in Sturminster Newton. After having to postpone their original wedding it was such a happy day and even with gale force winds everyone remained smiley and happy!

THE CEREMONY

The ceremony was an intimate service due to Covid-19 and the guest limitations. I wasn’t actually allowed in as I would have exceeded the permitted numbers but fortunately I could shoot through the back and side doors – where there’s a will there’s a way – SCREW YOU COVID. During the ceremony they had some beautiful readings from friends and family. It was lovely!

THE RECEPTION

The couple hired a local field from a friend and it was the perfect setting for a gathering of friends and family. With a stunning view of Hambledon Hill as their backdrop, they decorated the space with haybales and colourful flags to give it a festival feel and had a skittle alley which kept the kids entertained. They even had a live singer in the afternoon who was up on a raised stage.  

Everyone sat in their bubbles for their meal and speeches and to finish the day, Steph and James cut the cake.  It was a really fun and lovely day and I’m so glad to have been part of it.

If you’d like to check out the pre wedding session we did a few days before the wedding – click here.

If you’re planning a wedding in Sturminster Newton, get in touch!

congratulations James & Steph

two less fish in the sea

Pre Wedding Session | Sturminster Newton Mill

Pre Wedding Session | Sturminster Newton Mill

Pre wedding session at Sturminster Newton Mill

Just a little fun one for you today! Steph and James were a bit nervous about being in front of the camera and we decided that a pre wedding session would be the perfect way to ease the nerves before the big day.  We went to Sturminster Newton Mill and took a wander down the field and had lots of fun amusing the nearby sheep with various leaps and jumps!

We had great fun and Steph and James both felt much more at ease about photogrpahy on their big day.  If you’d like to check out the photos from their wedding – click here.

Fun Harbour Hotel Wedding | Bristol

Fun Harbour Hotel Wedding | Bristol

OMG the photos are incredible – you did such an amazing job for us!

Hev & Tom

Bristol harbour hotel & spa wedding

Heather and Tom got married at the amazing Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa.  I love the Harbour hotel group, their styling is always spot on and distinctive.  The Bristol hotel is actually a Grade II listed building that was originally 2 renovated banks.  It maintains many period features and the ceremony room that Heather and Tom married in was actually an old vault!  The huge room where they had their evening reception is absolutely stunning with a beautiful super high domed roof. Also, I ate in the restaurant and it was lush so basically – go and check it out! 

.  The Gold bar

We ventured outside for a celebratory tunnel of clapping, followed by some group shots on the very busy Corn Street where there was a market happening! We then went up to the gorgeously stylish Gold Bar.  It is the photo backdrop of dreams!  Much fun and drinks were had and the gang made their way back down to the ceremony room which had been turned around for their wedding breakfast and speeches.

THE PARTY

Now, I’m well known for my party loving ways. I’m almost always the last to go home (FOMO anyone?), but holy moly do this lot know how to party! Because they’d only had a select gathering for the ceremony they had one of their friends dress as a jodge and many witnesses were brought in to prove their wedded worthiness – it was brilliant, hilarious and completely entertaining.  Followed by shots, dancing and more shots. 

congratulations Heather & Tom

two less fish in the sea

Farm wedding near Guildford

Farm wedding near Guildford

Farm wedding near Guildford

IF YOU LOVE COWS THEN YOU’LL LOVE THIS BARN WEDDING!

Sadie and Damon got married in 2019 in Guildford and was followed by a reception at the Barn at Cross Farm in nearby Shackleford, with grumpy highland cows and gin appreciation details to keep guests entertained.

THE CEREMONY

The ceremony took place in Guildford Registry office which I really like as the main entrance is so pretty. The room itself is small and cosy and perfect for that intimate feel.  Something Sadie had her heart set on was walking down an aisle and because the room doesn’t have one, they created one for her! CUTE.

After the ceremony, we travelled to the reception, which was such a great time for the newly married couple to have some time to let it sink in and have a minute together, and I got some beautiful photos of the venue. The weather for this barn wedding was fresh and sunny, and the rain held off until the guests sat down to eat which was excellent timing!

THE BARN WEDDING

The reception was held in the gardens of Cross Farm barn. The venue is perfect for weddings because it has really pretty grounds, plenty of parking, and it’s got such a rustic vibe, especially with the pet highland cows! 

Sadie and Damon really wanted a picture with the cows who were family pets and apparently very friendly.  One completely steered clear of us but the other seemed game.  So the bride and groom hopped on a gold buggy with the owner wielding a stick *just in case* – whilst me and Sarah my second shooter that day strolled over the field to join them.  As we joined them, it became pretty clear that Dougal the cow was completely unimpressed and even worse, was offended by the bride’s white dress. We spent a terrifying couple of minutes with the owner assuring us all was fine and as it looked as though Dougal was about to charge, we made a run for it.  Which with hindsight was probably the worst thing to do but you know…. TERROR TAKES OVER! 

Anyway, you’ll see the award winning pic in the album below, you can decide for yourselves if you think it was worth the trauma haha! 

I loved this barn wedding, it was great fun and was a really lovely day. If you’re getting married and looking for a wedding photographer, get in touch.

Here’s Sadie & Damon’s barn wedding story in their words

How did you two meet?We met through a friend, very randomly on a night out in Horley (near Gatwick airport) and just completely hit it off. I stupidly didn’t ask for his number but Damon managed to track me down on Facebook.

Tell me the proposal story…In our early days we went out in London quite a bit on nights out and days touring the city, but my staple was wearing flat shoes walking around and then stopping to change into heels if we were going somewhere fancy. This one time in Leicester Square for New Years Eve, I sat on the wall and changed from my flats to my heels and folded my flats away in my bag (these shoes were amazing!) It’s all about the comfort. Anyway, on the day Damon proposed, he had organised a day out in London, he told me we were going somewhere in Leicester Square. So once we got there he told me to look around and guess where we were going…but I couldn’t figure it out. He then told me we were having afternoon tea at Scoff and Banter in the Hampshire Hotel. AMAZING! So I sat down on the wall to change my shoes, in the same spot as I had done before. I was so focused on changing my shoes that when I turned around Damon had the ring in his hand. Obviously I then cried. The Afternoon Tea was AMAZING!!!!!

What were your favourite moments from the wedding? Seeing everyone’s faces when they walked into the reception room, I’ve had so many comments about all of the little details which makes all the hard work worth it. Seeing my dad’s face when he came to take me down to the car – priceless. The band – just amazing! The food – just incredible.

Tell me about the dress! Where did you find it, how did you choose it, how did you know it was the ONE? I found my dress at Elderberry Brides in Basingstoke, after an awful experience a few weeks before. I think I tried on roughly 6 dresses, I didn’t have that ‘princess moment’, I didn’t cry when I found ‘the one’. I tried my dress on 3 or 4 times and kept looking back at it when I tried other dresses on, which kind of told me that that was actually THE ONE! No-one prepared me for that, so I wasn’t 100% sure. Everyone tells you you’ll know when you try it on but it just wasn’t like that for me. I can’t really say I loved the dress during all of the alteration appointments as I still couldn’t visualise myself in it properly. But once I had my final fitting I fell in love with it!!

Did any of your vendors stand out to you? List any vendors here and feel free to share your experience. Oh My Gosh, Dani @thecuratedkitchen was just incredible! The canapes, the afternoon tea! Her staff and the service was just all faultless. I am still getting comments now about how nice it was to have something different.

How was working with me on your wedding day? YOU WERE AMAZING!! You and your colleague just smashed it. The photo’s are beautiful.  You controlled the group photo’s brilliantly, cracked jokes and were very bubbly. I can imagine it’s quite difficult getting people to where you need them but you had the patience of a saint and are very persuasive.