Archive for the ‘Wedding’ Category

Awesome couples ride horses to their weddings

April 21st, 2014

You know a wedding will be awesome when the couple tell you they will be riding on horseback across fields to their wedding reception. From the moment Abi and Malcolm told me about their day I knew that they were going to have an incredible wedding. The bride’s parents lived in Calbourne and their reception […]

 

You know a wedding will be awesome when the couple tell you they will be riding on horseback across fields to their wedding reception.

From the moment Abi and Malcolm told me about their day I knew that they were going to have an incredible wedding. The bride’s parents lived in Calbourne and their reception was to be held in a marquee set up in the field behind their house, so the nearby All Saint’s church was a natural choice for the couple. Not only did this mean that guests were able to walk from the church to their rustic wedding reception but Abi was able to arrive at the church on horseback with her father before riding away afterwards with Malcolm as husband and wife!

The bride wore a green wedding dress whilst the groom wore a regency suit with tails and after their church ceremony the couple managed to make a quick detour on horseback sneaking off for a ride on their favourite trail before rejoining guests at their reception. This also allowed me to meet the couple half-way through their ride giving us the perfect opportunity to take some creative wedding photos of the couple riding their horses in full wedding-attire across the fields!

The traditional marquee was decorated beautifully in a rustic style by the creative couple and their wedding breakfast was a homemade ploughman’s lunch which the all the family helped to make. There were many DIY touches to their day as all their friends and family played their part; from relatives who made Abi’s gorgeous green wedding dress and crafted their awesome wedding cake, to talented friends who provided live music in the evening as their entertainment.

To end of the day as the sun began to set, the happy couple took centre stage with their first dance as man and wife to a beautiful acoustic number as guests danced around them and partied the night away enjoying the most wonderful wedding reception.

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An incredible day complete with a special performance from The Kooks

March 11th, 2014

I’ve seen some amazing wedding bands but I didn’t ever think I’d get to photograph British rock stars, The Kooks performing at a wedding! Sophie and Max live in London and returned to Max’s family home on the Isle of Wight for their wedding. Max who works for an exciting technology start-up, began his day […]

 

I’ve seen some amazing wedding bands but I didn’t ever think I’d get to photograph British rock stars, The Kooks performing at a wedding!

Sophie and Max live in London and returned to Max’s family home on the Isle of Wight for their wedding. Max who works for an exciting technology start-up, began his day with the boys enjoying a pub lunch at The Crown in Shorwell (which was handily opposite the church so there could be no excuses for being late) whilst filmmaker Sophie got ready at the beautiful Westover Manor.

Many of Sophie’s family flew in from France and their bi-lingual service took place mid-afternoon in the Church of St Peter in Shorwell which was lit purely by candlelight. The church looked beautiful and after an emotional ceremony guests gathered outside to shower the couple with rice instead of the more traditional British confetti which was great for photos.

Upon arriving at Max’s family home for their reception, everyone enjoyed drinks and canapés around the pool before making their way to the marquee extension which had been added to the purpose built reception venue for the speeches and evening party. After the speeches guests made their way in to the elegantly decorated, candlelit, reception room to be seated for dinner which included delicious Isle of Wight asparagus grown locally at the Garlic Farm.

The couple’s first dance wowed their adoring friends and family who watched from the stairs and shortly after this best man, Alex, who also happened to be the lead singer of The Kooks, stepped up on to the stage along with his band mates to announce that they were the wedding band!

The Kooks were met with huge cheers from the crowd as guests rushed forwards to watch them perform and lots of dancing, kissing and crowd surfing (especially by the groom) ensued as everyone partied the night away at what was an incredible wedding complete with a rock star wedding band.

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An Appuldurcombe House wedding full of DIY touches

January 20th, 2014

Appuldurcombe House is a striking and unique wedding venue on the Isle of Wight. Set in beautiful grounds the 18th century building was once one of the grandest houses on the IOW. Breathtaking to look at, the house and is a particularly interesting venue as the majority of the building has been left as ruins with […]

 

Appuldurcombe House is a striking and unique wedding venue on the Isle of Wight. Set in beautiful grounds the 18th century building was once one of the grandest houses on the IOW. Breathtaking to look at, the house and is a particularly interesting venue as the majority of the building has been left as ruins with only the front section of the house and small part of the interior recreated! Some might hear this description and shy away from the venue but Donna and Nick fell in love with Appuldurcombe House and set to work putting many creative touches in to their colourful big day. The creative couple made all of the decorations themselves which added an amazing splash of colour to the venue and really bought the grand house to life.

The couple chose to make the day just as much about the children as it was about them encouraging all of the kids to come in fancy dress and enjoy the masses of outside space to play in. The couples son, Murray, was dressed as Batman and thoroughly enjoyed running around the grass playing outdoor games with all the other children.

The bride, Donna, got ready with her bridesmaids in the cottages on the edge of the grounds and enjoyed  a leisurely stroll down the the house (with Batman in toe).  Following their ceremony, now husband, Nick, Donna and all their guests enjoyed Pimms, strawberries and cream on the lawn whilst the children played.

In keeping with their super relaxed and fun day guests went back in to the building and enjoyed a relaxed afternoon tea complete with a finger buffet of delicious sandwiches, savouries, cakes and scones. Jam goes hand in hand with scones and so for their wedding favours the couple made their own jam in tiny pots complete with labels created by Nick encouraging guests to ‘Spread the love’ which was just one of the many small touches that made Nick and Donna’s Appuldurcombe House wedding so great!

I hope you enjoy look their photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.

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Appuldurcombe House colourful DIY wedding decorations

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The Hermitage Country House party

November 3rd, 2013

The Hermitage Country House is the perfect secluded wedding venue. Hidden amongst rolling countryside near Ventnor on the Isle of Wight I was delighted when Ian and Joe got in touch to talk about their day and I knew right from our first conversation that this was going to be a party to remember. The […]

 

The Hermitage Country House is the perfect secluded wedding venue. Hidden amongst rolling countryside near Ventnor on the Isle of Wight I was delighted when Ian and Joe got in touch to talk about their day and I knew right from our first conversation that this was going to be a party to remember.

The Hermitage wasn’t just the wedding venue of choice for Ian and Joe. This fun-loving couple also happened to be the managers of the grand country house and so knew the setting intimately and it had many happy memories for them. The other benefit was that the venue was exclusively theirs for the whole weekend!

I joined the couple just before their ceremony on a typically grey and rainy Saturday in April but I was told from the moment I walked in that the rain wasn’t going to dampen anyone’s spirits. Their wedding took place in the beautiful ceremony room at 3pm and was full of giggly laughter at some of the binding ceremonial words. Shortly afterwards the party headed out in to the entrance hall for their drinks reception and following a few small group photos the rain eased a little so the couple and I stepped outside to take a few pictures in front of the house they so proudly ran.

After a relaxed buffet style meal the evening party began with the bride kicking off her wedding shoes as soon as she could and getting straight on to the dance floor. She wasn’t short of dancing partners as all the guests got their groove on and there were multiple dance-offs including four frames below showing my favourite between the groom and his dad.

As the clock struck midnight I made like a banana and split but rumour has it that most of the wedding party was still propping up the bar at 3am – the perfect end to an awesome day and a fun-filled night.

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A Cowes wedding at St Mary’s Church and the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club

September 16th, 2013

Cowes on the Isle of Wight has to be the ultimate wedding location for couples who enjoy sailing. Famous for Cowes Week among other sailing events, it is also home to the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, the beautiful St Mary’s Church and was the wedding destination of choice for James and Catrin. The couple – […]

 

Cowes on the Isle of Wight has to be the ultimate wedding location for couples who enjoy sailing. Famous for Cowes Week among other sailing events, it is also home to the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, the beautiful St Mary’s Church and was the wedding destination of choice for James and Catrin. The couple – who both live in Cowes – are keen sailors and so being able to hold their wedding in the town where they live, right on the seafront, couldn’t have been more fitting!

I joined the bride in the morning at K & H Hairdressing as she and the girls began their day joined by a number of visitors who popped in to wish Catrin luck. One of which was someone I only know as “Champagne Man” who made a grand entrance bursting in to the hairdressers and pouring a few bottles of champagne for everyone before disappearing just as quickly!

Once everyone was ready to go the bridal party made its way through Cowes to join Catrin’s parents and grandparents at a beautiful house right on the water’s edge and get in to their dresses. After a few sandwiches (and some more champagne, naturally) everyone got in to their outfits and off we went in a lovely classic car to the beautiful St Mary’s church.

After a wonderful ceremony guests made the short walk through a sunny Northwood Park lead by the bride and groom down to the seafront to carry on the festivities at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club.

During the afternoon (before everyone headed in for a traditional English high tea) James, Catrin and I snuck off for a short while along Cowes seafront to take some photographs beside the water. The adventurous bride wasn’t afraid to get a little mucky asking to jump down on to the beach for a few pictures and even wanted to climb on one of the lion statues that stand proudly on the seafront! Her now husband James sensibly suggested they didn’t do that particular picture for fear of injury but as you’ll see from the photos below, Catrin eventually got her way ensuring I took one last photo for her to surprise James with!

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An intimate and informal Priory Bay wedding

June 24th, 2013

Priory Bay is an Isle of Wight wedding venue that truly can cater for any size weddings – big or small – and Melissa and Matthew’s intimate and informal day was a perfect example of this with a party of just 7 including them. Once the couple from Chichester decided that they wanted to get […]

 

Priory Bay is an Isle of Wight wedding venue that truly can cater for any size weddings – big or small – and Melissa and Matthew’s intimate and informal day was a perfect example of this with a party of just 7 including them.

Once the couple from Chichester decided that they wanted to get married on the Island they started looking for their wedding venue and discovered the luxurious country house hotel by the sea completely by chance, but knew instantly that this was the venue for them.

Melissa’s beautifully unique 1920’s dress was another lucky find which was discovered on a shopping trip for another outfit but as soon as she set eyes on it she knew that she had found her perfect vintage wedding dress.

Their day started upstairs in the hotel as everyone got ready together including the couple’s two young daughters who really enjoyed having their hair and makeup professionally done before they snuck off to play on the rocking horse in the room next-door! At the couples request just before the ceremony (whilst the girls were suitably entertained) we stepped out in to the garden to take some natural wedding portraits of the two nearly-weds, really capturing their personalities on their big day.

After a really fun natural wedding portrait session we headed back inside to re-join their party for drinks and canapés before going through the stunning Island room for their perfect ceremony.

Dinner was served soon after featuring a food prepared by top chef Oliver Stephens, famous for his hyper-local food menus consisting of ingredients foraged in the grounds of Priory Bay.

The thing that stood out for me the most from Matthew and Melissa’s intimate and informal Priory Bay wedding wasn’t the grand setting, it wasn’t the amazing food, it was the fun and laughter – just what a wedding should be full of.

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Yarmouth St James’ Church and Royal Solent Yacht Club sneak peek

May 25th, 2013

Yarmouth is a picturesque yachting town on the Isle of Wight, perfect for a wedding, and last November as the winter sun beamed down it couldn’t have looked more wonderful for Emily and Jonathan’s Yarmouth wedding. Emily and her bridesmaids got ready at a house right beside the river Yar before the bridal party made […]

 

Yarmouth is a picturesque yachting town on the Isle of Wight, perfect for a wedding, and last November as the winter sun beamed down it couldn’t have looked more wonderful for Emily and Jonathan’s Yarmouth wedding.

Emily and her bridesmaids got ready at a house right beside the river Yar before the bridal party made the short walk to the ceremony at St James’ church in the town. 200 guests managed to squeeze themselves in to the pretty church and after the ceremony concluded, the congregation made the short walk through the sunny streets of Yarmouth to the Royal Solent Yacht Club (RSYC) whilst the couple were driven in a stunning wedding car. The driver wore a rather unique outfit as you’ll see in the photos!

Once at the RSYC the guests enjoyed drinks, live music and panoramic views of the Solent whilst the bride and groom braved the cold outside for some portraits on the pier. A short while later we rejoined the party in the marquee attached to the yacht club building which was filled with long banquet tables and had been elegantly dressed by the bridal party using wildflowers and candles for a beautifully romantic feel.

The couple bought with them to the Island a band to end the evening that they actually discovered one weekend busking in London which was a great addition. As you’ll see from the photos they really got the party going with a lively set of music to get guests dancing!

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Priory Bay Hotel Fiona and Nigel sneak peek

April 8th, 2013

Priory Bay is the most beautiful venue for a wedding – a country house beside the sea in Seaview on the Isle of Wight – and the weekend before Christmas I photographed Fiona and Nigel’s wedding there. Foregoing the traditional bridesmaids and best man Fiona and Nigel had a surprise up their sleeves for their […]

 

Priory Bay is the most beautiful venue for a wedding – a country house beside the sea in Seaview on the Isle of Wight – and the weekend before Christmas I photographed Fiona and Nigel’s wedding there.

Foregoing the traditional bridesmaids and best man Fiona and Nigel had a surprise up their sleeves for their guests. As the Registrar asked for whoever was presenting the rings to step forwards, Nigel was presented with a falconry glove and in swooped the most beautiful owl bearing the rings – much to the shock of everyone else in the room who had no idea that the couple had planned this!

Fiona and Nigel made the most of their seasonal Priory Bay wedding by tying in the hotels Christmas decorations with their own colour scheme and theme which made for a lovely, warm and festive feel for their day. Partway through festivities the exquisite hotels team laid on a selection of locally sourced food and other delights for the guests to enjoy as we snuck off for some portraits. We made full use of the grand stone carved archway at the entrance before their day drew to a close with a sit down meal and dancing in the Priory Oyster restaurant.

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Northwood House wedding sneak peek Shannon and Jon

February 20th, 2013

In November, Northwood House hosted the wedding of two archaeologists – Shannon and Jon. Yes, that’s right –actual real life archaeologists; and they even had a temple-themed wedding cake and table names! Amazing! When they aren’t digging holes, the couple live in Cambridge but came to the Isle of Wight to get married in St […]

 

In November, Northwood House hosted the wedding of two archaeologists – Shannon and Jon. Yes, that’s right –actual real life archaeologists; and they even had a temple-themed wedding cake and table names! Amazing!

When they aren’t digging holes, the couple live in Cambridge but came to the Isle of Wight to get married in St James’ church (East Cowes) which was Jon’s local church growing up. They arranged for the priest who Christened Jon as a child to do a reading during the service but he wasn’t the only special guest at their wedding. The couple informed me when I first met them that I would be tasked with ensuring I photographed Guntha – the couples doll mascot who accompanies them on archaeological digs all over the world – enjoying their celebrations which was a great challenge!

A moment pictured below is of when the best men presented a booklet of photos to accompany their stories – one of the most embarrassing shots was the groom sprawled out on the grass, totally drunk and completely naked which you can imagine caused quite a reaction!

One of the things that Shannon and Jon loved about Northwood House is the beautiful pillared area facing out on to the lawns. Being a winter wedding (mid-November) it was a bit dark to enjoy them properly so Stage Gear Hire expertly lit the area and we ended the night with some creative wedding photos dancing between the pillars to create some awesome silhouettes.

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P.S. You can see the temple wedding cake just behind the couple in the embarrassing picture photo.

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East Dene Amie and Ben mansion wedding

December 10th, 2012

Not long after photographing Jo and Alex’s East Dene wedding I was fortunate enough to document the wonderful wedding of Amie and Ben. The East Dene mansion is such a flexible wedding venue and the couple put a whole host of personal touches in to their day making it extra special and a really great […]

 

Not long after photographing Jo and Alex’s East Dene wedding I was fortunate enough to document the wonderful wedding of Amie and Ben. The East Dene mansion is such a flexible wedding venue and the couple put a whole host of personal touches in to their day making it extra special and a really great fun wedding to have the honour of being a part of.

Their ceremony took place in the house with daughter Maisy taking the important role as flower girl before guests headed out in to the mansions garden to get the party started! What ensued was a fun-filled afternoon of BBQ food, bouncy-castles, wedding photos on the rocks by the sea and dancing right in to the night. Amie even wore a hand-made dress which was especially designed so that she could run around freely in the afternoon and most importantly get on that bouncy castle.

Oh, and this awesome couple were well up for getting creative in the evening and throwing around sparks for their final light painting wedding photo! <3

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