I’m really happy to share with you Natasha & Tom’s stunning wedding from last Summer. Natasha & Tom chose to have their ceremony at their local church in Alderholt, I think it was one of the prettiest little churches I’ve had the pleasure of working at. They then carried on the celebrations at the fabulous Sopley Mill, which is beautifully renovated watermill, surrounded by the Avon River and picturesque water meadows. As a Photographer, it’s exciting working at venues like this as there are so many gorgeous backdrops, including the historical watermill and it’s red brick walls, the beautiful gardens and water meadows, the industrial metal features and the beautiful interior of the mill with its chunky wooden beams.
I love seeing the personal touches in weddings, the table plan was a great example! It was expertly painted by Natasha to link in with Tom’s love of horse racing! I remember the music while the guests were sitting down and eating was a nostalgic collection of Disney Classics, which was the soundtrack to Natasha and her Sister’s childhood. There was also a lovely display of old photographs from Tom & Natasha’s childhood and also of their parents and grandparents wedding photos. It’s really heart warming to see touches like that which bring their story together!
I hope you enjoy the selection of images from their big day!
I’m playing catch up over the next few weeks with the lovely weddings I was fortunate enough to capture from last season!
Tonight on the blog is Sophie & Leigh’s beautiful summer wedding which was held at Mary Magdalene Church in New Milton followed by their reception at one of my favourite wedding venue’s The Three Tuns Inn, Bransgore! Every wedding I see there is always so stunning, with beautiful styling, flowers, entertainment and the service is excellent! Having held our wedding reception there 6 years ago, I always enjoy going back to the Tuns to shoot a wedding!
Here is a selection of images from Sophie & Leigh’s beautiful day!
Even though this is one of the beautiful weddings I shot this Summer, I thought this opening image was lovely and festive with the fairy lights!
Nadia & Darrell held their stunning wedding ceremony and reception at Kingston Country Courtyard. The location was so idyllic , situated amid the beautiful Purbeck Hills offering spectacular views stretching from historic Corfe Castle, across Swanage Bay, to the distant shores of the Isle of Wight. The accommodation was based on site , so Nadia and Darrell could have all of their family and friends stay all in one place. They were blessed with amazing weather on the day, so they were able to hold their ceremony outside in the courtyard, where Nadia just had a very short walk from the Bridal Suite down the aisle! The drinks reception was then hosted in the beautiful gardens with views over to Corfe Castle.
The Medieval Barn looked stunning with the array of fairy lights and lovely table decorations designed by Nadia & Darrell which were significant dates and photos throughout their lifetimes. I loved their choice of food for their wedding breakfast! They started with Anti pasti sharing boards followed by Hog Roast and then finished with beautiful summery pavlovas and ice cream shared on each table.
Blogging Toni & Callum’s wedding this evening is bringing back lovely memories of the summer! With some of Toni’s family being from Tobago and Callum’s Mum’s side of the family being Spanish, they wanted to entwine their roots together and reflect this in their wedding day.
To create the fun, Caribbean feel to the day , they had the amazing Steelasophical Steel band playing during the ceremony and at the reception. The food was amazing, they had Sangria for their welcome drinks , gorgeous canapés, a huge (and very delicious!) Paella and a hog roast in the evening supplied by Crab Apple catering. The stunning flowers were by Jennifer Poynter Flowers.
I really enjoyed Toni & Callum’s beautiful day, as you will see from the photos they were such a smiley and happy couple, such a pleasure to work with!
Bea & Glenn tied the knot in June this year at the stunning Sopley Mill. Sopley Mill is such a cute backdrop for a wedding, the beautifully refurbished watermill is surrounded on both sides by the River Avon, with gorgeous views across the water meadows. The perfect setting!
Bea and Glenn’s wedding was really, fun with so much laughter! Their music choices were amazing with the sounds of reggae and R&B filling the air and I loved the fact they had arranged for a Jerk Chicken Van to come all the way from London to cater for their guests in the evening!
One of the things that particularly stood out for me during the day was the length of the speeches, not just from the Father of the Bride, Groom and Best Man, but at least one member from each table of family and friends stood up to wish them well, which was so unusual, but very touching!
I’m really happy to be able to finally blog about Darren & Francine’s beautiful wedding earlier this year at Athelhampton House in Dorchester. Athelhampton house is a stunning 15th century Manor House , with the most beautiful grounds to explore (not to mention perfect backdrops for photos!) The team at Athelhampton House are amazing, and made the whole day run seamlessly.
Darren & Francine are such a lovely couple and so well suited. It was an emotional and happy day seeing the two families merge together, with their sons and daughters by their sides.
Francine and her bridesmaids’ make up was by Shanie wright , I think you’ll agree they all looked super gorgeous!
So, Kate & Ross’ beautiful day was my first wedding this year, and what an amazing day to kick start the season! They held their ceremony and reception at the fabulous Three Tuns Inn in Bransgore on the edge of the New Forest. It never ceases to amaze me how versatile and gorgeous the Three Tuns looks at every wedding! Kate & Ross had a beautiful Spring colour theme, with glowing daffodils and tulips dressing the marquee and barn along with beautiful yellow bunting. I particularly loved the festoon lights that were hung between the marquee and barn. Oh and I must mention the amazing cake table… Kate & Ross’ family and friends all chipped in with a different personalised sweet treat, I have to mention that Ross’ very own shortbread was one of the first to go!
Kate & Ross were just a dream to work with, they were naturally so relaxed and cute together, I can’t help but smile thinking of how they were on their day, so excited and happy to be with each other and becoming Mr & Mrs! They really didn’t want to be tied to traditions with their day such as having bridesmaids / best man and long speeches, which I think is great , that they were brave enough to do it their own way, and it was perfect! So many happy and touching moments, lots of laughs and love.
Sam and Tom… aww these two make me smile! Sam is an old work colleague and I remember when her and Tom first started dating, I was so pleased to hear when they had got engaged a few years later in New York ( top brownie points Tom for romance! ) I was even more excited when they asked me to be their photographer!
They decided to have their wedding ceremony and reception at the beautiful Green House Hotel in Bournemouth. The Green House is a beautifully restored grade II Victorian Villa, situated next to the stunning sandy Bournemouth Beaches. The luxury hotel was an amazing backdrop in all of the photos and created the perfect venue for Sam & Tom’s day.
Sam was very creative with the DIY aspects of the styling. She created her own amazing button bouquets and buttonholes, I love this idea, as they will make a lovely keepsake for years to come! All of the graphic design on the stationary was created by Tom and they used a selection of images from their beautiful pre-wedding shoot at Alum Chine beach at the reception, as decoration and also in a signing frame.
Sam & Tom are the kind of couple that you just know are going to have so much fun and adventure along the way! Congratulations Mr & Mrs Aird!
Here is a selection of images from their day!
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Becky & Nick’s Wedding was another one of my favourites from last summer! They held their wedding ceremony and reception at The East Close Hotel in Lyndhurst. The East close is a beautiful Georgian Country House Hotel, with a fantastic contemporary interior, perfect for weddings looking for a touch of country glamour. The venue was styled beautifully by the team at Decorate My Day. I particularly loved the table centres which were a collection of old black and white photographs of Becky & Nick as children and the name cards which were held in place by tiny wooden blocks! The colour scheme was so refreshing, combining beautiful turquoise and coral, two of my favourite colours!
After the delicious food, the guests were kept entertained by the close up Magician Chris Piercy , he really was amazing, and captivated all the guests with a wide variety of jaw dropping tricks! I literally couldn’t believe my eyes with some of them, very talented!
Here is a selection of images from the day!
If you are organising your wedding for 2016/17 please do get in touch via the Contact Page on my website! Thanks, Helen x
I’ve been selecting the images for this blog post with a little smile on my face, it’s bringing back lovely memories of warm summer sunshine, loved up happy people and celebrations!
I met Sarah & Tim and their two little girls at a wedding Open Day at The Three Tuns, we clicked straight away! Not least because we both have two little girls, but because my husband and I had exactly the same wedding venues for our big day, Highcliffe Castle for the ceremony and the reception at The Three Tuns! A perfect mix of formality to tie the knot followed by the laid back rustic charm at the Three Tuns for the celebrations. Personally I’m a big fan of barn weddings, I just love the informal, relaxed feel of the venue and the flexibility with the styling options. I haven’t seen one wedding look the same at The Three Tuns, I love seeing how different they all look with the couples’ individuality stamped on it.
Sarah’s Aunt played a big part in styling the venue with a romantic Shakespearean theme of ‘Midsummer’s night dream’. The marquee was transformed into a beautiful green forest, with an abundance of fresh flowers and metres and metres of beautiful bunting decorating the barn. There was even may poles! It really was beautiful and so colourful! Here is a small selection of images from their day!
If you’re planning your wedding in 2016 / 17 then please do get in touch using the Contact form on my website! Thanks, Helen x