Laura & Kim’s New Forest wedding was the most fun wedding of my year. I’ll share highlights from their big day on the blog in a while, but for starters here are some photos from their engagement portraits at Rhinefield Ornamental Driveway in the New Forest.
It was one of those rare hot summer days and the everyone in Sussex descended on Brighton beach. There were pale legs, screaming kids and beer bellies everywhere. A seagull pooed on my head as soon as I arrived. However, Brighton is one of my favourite places in the whole wide world, and it was a brilliant setting for Alison & Liam’s engagement portraits.
We met in a 50’s diner on the seafront and drank real american Mountain Dew and amazing milkshakes and talked about their 50s styled wedding. Then out into the sunshine we fought through the crowds on the beach and pier, and then explored some of the art and the graffiti walls around the lanes which make brilliant backdrops for portraits.
Looking forward to their wedding at the weekend..
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Happy Christmas everyone, especially all my bride’s and grooms from 2011. Big love especially to two special friends who got married in November, Cat & Wayne, who are currently travelling around Asia on a massive 6 month honeymoon. Over the festive period I am sharing some extended blog posts of their wedding photos so they can relive the memories while they are away.
So lets go back to November, to Trafalgar Park, a manor house on the outskirts of Salisbury. This is straight in there as one of my favourite wedding venues, from the first sight across the long sheep-laden lawn, to the jaw dropping entrance hall and stunning historic interiors. We also refer to it as ‘the zombie house’, where some of 28 Days Later was filmed. No machine gun posts, sandbags or zombies (hopefully) but just check out that baroque entrance hall, and if architecture’s not your thing, Irregular Choice wedding shoes anyone?
Trafalgar Park is a private house and they were so good allowing use of most of the house, from the bridal preparations upstairs to the various rooms being set up for the reception later that day. The boys appeared briefly, dropping off some bits and bobs and Wayne opened up a gift from his bride, an antique pocket watch.
Bridesmaid Lolly is the singer in metal band Apnia with Wayne and best men Scott & Ryan, but she can turn her amazing voice to all sorts of music, and she was joined by Cat’s sister Vicky as they practised for their performance in church later. It was beautiful hearing their singing echoing through the corridors of the house. Cat received some earrings from her groom- Wayne, this is what she thought of them…
Working as a wedding photographer I feel very privileged to be part of the special moments, and this is especially true when photographing my friends. Everyone who knows Cat, knows her to be bubbly, confident, and smiley so I love this set of photos as she got into her dress and the nerves really began to set in.
In true Cat style, things were running a little late, and we rushed off to St Osmond’s Catholic church in Salisbury for the ceremony.
If you want to see what happened next come back Tuesday 28th December…
My good friends Cat & Wayne finally get married next weekend. I can’t quite remember how we know each other, it has some relation to Havant College and dingy rock clubs, but ever since forever ago they have always been together and seemingly destined to live happily ever after. They were even born on the same day. After the wedding they are going on an epic 6 month honeymoon travelling around Asia, so for their engagement photos we went for a little reminder of home. Southsea isn’t quite as nice as the Andaman Sea, but there are some great locations for photos, so we had a little wander around Albert Road and down to the seafront and the bandstand.
First up The Deco, current dingy rock pub of choice. It will be weird not having Cat and Wayne hanging about outside on a Friday night for the next few months.
Wedding photography is a pretty solitary occupation, so sometimes it’s good to go and work with other photographers and see how someone else does things. I worked with David McNeil at Victoria & Dave’s colourful wedding at the Longhouse in Bruton Somerset. Set looking across the village and countryside, the venue was decorated with fantastic summer fete style details in a mix of purples, oranges and greens, with an amazing croquembouche profiterole cake, and a tiered cheese ‘cake’.
The couple chose to see each other in the morning and did a ‘first look’ before going off around Bruton for a good long portrait session before the wedding. I really love David’s contemporary fashion style portraiture, and Victoria and Dave really gave us the time to visit lots of different locations and get creative.
Then it was time for the main event. They did things a little differently, with the groom walking down the aisle on his mothers arm, then the bridesmaids and other parents, and finally Victoria and her brother. After the ceremony everyone enjoyed a selection of drinks and nibbles in the sunshine before finding their bag of sweets denoting their table number and sitting down for the meal. I just loved the way they served the main course. A carver was selected on each table and given a chefs hat and apron and a large hunk of roast beef to serve to their table. A great way to make an event during the meal. After the speeches and a few silly pics in the photobooth everyone partied into the night to the band.
Here are a selection of my shots from the day. Thanks to David and of course Victoria & Dave for having me along!
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Natasha and Peter did things a bit differently for their wedding photos. Putting aside the tradition of the bride not seeing the groom before the wedding, we met up in the morning for their wedding portraits. As a photographer this was a bit of a treat as I rarely get to spend so much time on the bride and groom photos. It also meant we were able to hit the beach and the colourful beach huts, before they went off to get married elsewhere. We went back to Hayling Island, where we had shot some pre-wedding portraits on a reconnaissance mission a few weeks ago. The sun was out and we had bright blue skies, it was a gorgeous day on the beach. Natasha and Peter are a really fun couple and you could feel the excitement they shared for their wedding in a few hours, and hopefully that shows in these photos.
Here’s a selection from their wedding day. Natasha & Peter, I hope you had an amazing wedding celebration and many congratulations!