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Gorgeous Lainston House Wedding | Winchester

Gorgeous Lainston House Wedding | Winchester

“THE PHOTOS ARE FANTASTIC, THEY ARE EXACTLY WHAT WE WERE HOPING FOR!  CAN’T RECOMMEND ENOUGH.”

Lisa & James

Lisa and James got married last summer at the beautiful Lainston House House, which is a stunning 17th century luxury hotel near Winchester. It was a gorgeous day and the sun shone all day long!

Getting ready

Lisa got ready with her Mum and bridesmaids in one of the huge bedrooms, and the atmosphere was full of excitement. James sent over a card and present which had everyone in tears – I’m sure that was the desired effect. The girls then walked together to get to the ceremony. James got ready at the hotel too with his brother and groomsmen. The group made their way downstairs and greeted the early guests whilst making their last minute suit adjustments!

The outdoor ceremony

The ceremony was a beautiful service in the grounds of the venue. A gorgeous outdoor ceremony with Lainston House as the backdrop was the perfect setting for the two to get married. During the ceremony they had several beautiful readings from friends and family. It was emotional and so beautiful. They ended the ceremony with a first kiss as Mr & Mrs and there was a big cheer from all of their guests as they made their way down the confetti tunnel.

The afternoon

The reception was out in the garden at the venue. They chose Lainston House because it has gorgeous grounds and you are given a private area which makes you feel like you’re the only ones at the venue. It was a super stylish wedding, I love shooting Lainston House weddings because the photo ops are endless.

Lisa & James had a drinks reception in the afternoon, and the sort of party everyone hopes for in the evening. I just loved being involved in Lisa & James’ wedding.  I had done their pre wedding session a few months before and we got on brilliantly so I just knew their day would be full of fun, love and laughter. They decorated the venue with fairy lights and it worked perfectly, because it made the 17th century barn come to life and gave it a lovely warm and magical vibe.

Lisa & James

Lisa wore a Pronovias dress and James wore a suit from Moss Bros and they looked so classy.  They met at Uni and have been together for 10 years. They got in touch with me during their planning and their enquiry made me laugh. On meeting them, they said they wanted a relaxed photographer, and I loved that they seemed so much fun.

The couple says that if you’re planning your wedding, the biggest piece of advice they could give you is RELAX, and I think they did that perfectly!

Lisa and James’s wedding was everything I love about weddings and just the happiest occasion. Here’s their wonderful day!

If you’re planning a Lainston House wedding, get in touch as I’d love to hear from you!

Colourful wedding | Athelhampton House

Colourful wedding | Athelhampton House

IF YOU HAVEN’T GOT 1000 PAPER CRANES AT YOUR WEDDING THEN WHO EVEN ARE YOU?

Bryony and Tom got married on my 40th birthday (I know I know, I don’t look a day over 39) at incredibly beautiful Athelhampton House, which is a stunning Tudor visitor attraction in Dorset with the most gorgeous gardens. It was such a happy day and the sun even made an appearance after a very dubious rainy start!

Bridal prep

Bryony got ready at the little cottage in the grounds with all her girls and her Mum, and the atmosphere was full of excitement. Bryony had had her heart set on an outdoor ceremony and when the day came it was pouring with rain. Although visibly devastated, she trooped on and when the sun came out I was so happy for her. Seeing her walk around the corner and realise that it was exactly how she wanted it was lovely. Tom got ready at home with a couple of friends and their gorgeous pup Oscar who looked very dapper in his little bow tie. 

The ceremony

The ceremony was a beautiful service in front of the main house. During the ceremony Bryony’s mum and Tom’s sister both did readings which were just lovely and so personal. Oscar was a bit put out at not being asked to do a reading and joined in in his best voice!

After the ceremony

The reception was out in the garden at the venue. I love shooting garden weddings because the colours of flowers are ever changing and there’s always so much choice for photo opportunities!  Me and Rach my second shooter were in our element!

They had lawn games in the afternoon, and a photobooth and DJ in the evening who had a really cool slideshow of piccies of B&T going on the front of his set up.

It was such a lovely day, really chilled and lots of happy faces. They decorated the venue with 1000 homemade paper cranes that Bryony’s dad had made and it was really breathtaking seeing them all up in the conservatory because they were so beautifully done. To be honest, I loved it so much that if I ever get married I am DEFINITELY jumping on that bandwagon!

The details

Bryony wore a Diane Le Grand dress and Tom wore a suit from Minster Designs in Wimborne and they looked beautiful. Bryony’s flowers were from the fabulous Laura at Sweetpea in Blandford and the incredible cake was from Sugarmouse Bakery in Bournemouth.

Bryony and Tom’s wedding was just the happiest occasion and everything I love about weddings. Here’s their gorgeous wedding!

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

Relaxed pub wedding | The Mill at Elstead

Relaxed pub wedding | The Mill at Elstead

SUCH A FUN AND CHILLED WEDDING AT THE MILL AT ELSTEAD IN GODALMING FOR KELLY & PAUL

When Kelly and Paul first got in touch with me about their awesome wedding at the Mill, I was so excited – I’ve worked there before and know how lovely it is.  They were planning a relaxed pub wedding with a live band, lots of kids and lots of general merriment. Kelly sounded like the loveliest person and I couldn’t wait to shoot their wedding!

Bridal prep

I started shooting at a beautiful air bnb round the corner where the girls were getting ready together, and it was really exciting, because everyone was in such a good mood. Kelly wore a Mark Lesley dress and the bridesmaids wore dresses from Mix Bridal and they all looked GORGEOUS.

The wedding

The wedding took place at the Mill at Elstead pub, and was a gorgeous ceremony in the room upstairs. They had a beautiful reading, which brought pretty much everyone to tears. The pub had been decorated with lots of greenery too which looked beautiful.  After the ceremony there was a big cheer from everyone, and then we did a confetti tunnel outside.


The afternoon

It was a bright and sunny day, which was glorious. While the guests ate canapes, the couple mingled and laughed with their friends. We had a quick portrait session but Kelly and Paul were itching to get back and celebrate with their guests!  We then went in for dinner and a few speeches which covered ALL the emotions!

The party

During the reception they had a live band, which went down a storm. Kelly had told me all about the band and it was clear she was totally over the moon with her decision. And I don’t blame her at all – the band kicked off the party and everyone hit the dancefloor.  I always find a live band are the PERFECT way to fill the dancefloor from the get go!

I left Kelly & Paul dancing and singing the night away and I’m sure hangovers were in full force the following day!  Ah well… sign of an awesome day if you ask me!

Here’s the photos!

Rhinefield House Hotel Wedding | New Forest

Rhinefield House Hotel Wedding | New Forest

SUNNY MAY WEDDING AT RHINEFIELD HOUSE IN THE NEW FOREST – CLAIRE & DUNK

Claire and Dunk got married at the grand Rhinefield House, in the New Forest, this May. It was a stunning outdoor wedding, with glorious sunshine and the best entrance to the wedding breakfast I’ve ever seen.

Bridal Prep

Claire got ready at home with her bridesmaids, and some family, and there was such an exciting vibe.  All the girls were beautifully made up by Helen from Made Up and got ready together with Claire. She wore a Maggie Sottero Dress, and looked absolutely incredible. The group then hopped into a posh minibus to get to the ceremony. Claire’s Dad surprised her with a super flash car to drive them so they could arrive in style.

Groom Prep

  

Dunk got ready at Rhinefield House and was lucky enough to get early access to the Bridal Suite so the lads could get ready in comfort! He wore a Moss Bros suit and looked v sophis.  The boys then relaxed with a beer to greet the guests in the bar before the girls arrived.

The ceremony

The ceremony took place in the venue grounds at the Doric Temple. The ceremony area was outdoors, which was perfect for the surroundings, because it was a beautiful sunny day. The ceremony began with a beautiful reading, and finished with the couple dancing back down the aisle together. It was a gorgeous ceremony, full of so much love and lots of cheer.

After the ceremony, we took some time out for photos, which is such a great time for the newly married couple to have some time to let it sink in. Then we did some family photos, which was really chilled out. I got some lovely couples photos around the grounds and in the forest – the redwood trees are the perfect backdrop! The weather was all sunshine and blue skies, which was a welcome relief after the previous week’s weather!

The reception

For the reception, the couple had set up lawn games in the garden and a magician to provide some entertainment and everyone really enjoyed it. Everyone was then called in for dinner, and it was the best entrance I have ever seen. Claire and Dunk walked in to Sweet Caroline playing and the whole room were singing and swaying along, which was absolutely ace! It was such a great idea. They had speeches after the meal, which were brilliant – very amusing and had the whole room roaring.

The evening

After the meal was finished, everyone got straight on the dancefloor, and the party got started. The hilarious Johni from Real Event DJs kept everyone entertained all evening. This lot know how to party!

I loved this New Forest wedding so much. If you’re getting married and looking for a fun wedding photographer, get in touch. Here are the photos!

The best of 2018

The best of 2018

2018 was such an epic year for me!  So many amazing people and weddings, and for them to put their trust in me meant so much – especially as I was pregnant for most of the year! There are too many favourites so I’ve made a little slideshow – grab yourself a cuppa and enjoy!

Garden wedding at Dean’s Court in Wimborne | Jack & Rachel

Garden wedding at Dean’s Court in Wimborne | Jack & Rachel

When Jack and Rachel first got in touch with me about their garden wedding in Wimborne, I was so excited – they were planning a laid back outdoor wedding with a woodland ceremony, lawn games and even a saxophonist. Jack and Rachel seemed like the most fun people and I couldn’t wait to shoot their wedding!

Getting ready

I began the morning at the cottage in Deans Court grounds, where the bride and her friends were getting ready together, and it was really chilled, because everyone was in a good mood and excited about the day ahead. Jack wore a Moss Bros suit and Rachel wore a beautiful lace Whistles dress and (INCREDIBLE) shoes and they looked so gorgeous.

The ceremony

The wedding took place in the woodland in Dean’s Court grounds with the River Allen and a beautiful flower wall by Kintala Flowers as a backdrop, and was a quirky woodland ceremony. They had personal vows they wrote themselves, which everyone enjoyed and one of their good friends was the officiant. After the ceremony the couple danced back down the aisle together, and then the party began.

The afternoon

The wedding reception took place round by the marquee, which was adorned with flowers, eucalyptus and a selection of cakes. It was stunning.

It was a beautifully sunny day, which was what the couple had hoped for. While the guests enjoyed GnTs, we wandered around the venue doing fun and creative portraits.

My favourite photo from our couples session is this hilarious one of the moment Rachel’s garter decided it was time to take centre stage.

During the reception they had live music from a saxophonist, which gave the afternoon a really chilled vibe. Before the meal they had some very funny speeches, followed by a slap up meal, and I was incredibly grateful to be given a delicious beetroot risotto and it was absolutely delicious.

Then the party got started and everyone migrated to the bar. They had some friends manning the DJ booth and while evening guests arrived, there was marshmallow toasting over a firepit, some hilarious japes involving a rowing boat (I was convinced someone was going in) and jaegerbombs – even mum took part!

The couple

Jack and Rachel were deliriously happy on their wedding day and long may it continue – here’s their gorgeous Dean’s Court garden wedding!

The photos are amazing, we love them and can’t stop looking through them.  Brings back such amazing memories and you really captured the energy and emotions of the day – lots of laughter which is exactly how I remember it!!  We will be recommending you for sure to anyone we know who gets hitched or needs a photographer. 

Jack & Rachel