Liz and Jon had an amazing day and the weather was on their side. Rhinefield House Hotel was as gorgeous as ever. Congratulations guys.
A beautiful wedding with lovely people – I’d photographed bridesmaid Caroline and her husband Chris’ wedding a few years before and Claire had always said that if she ever got married she was having me as her photographer – well she kept her word!
I started the day with the girls at the Hampshire Court Hotel, Basingstoke. There were a few nerves, not a lot, but mostly everyone was very excited!
The speeches were hilarious!
Loving Claire’s reaction to a toy that her dad bought her for his speech! Just like the one she had as a child! Congratulations to Claire and Alan – and thank you once more for asking me to photograph your big day – it was so much fun.
2012 was quite a year for me. It was my first full year as a mum (with Joseph being born at the end of 2011), so I had no idea how it was going to impact on my business. I thought it may be difficult, and it might have been a quieter year, as I grow my own little family. I was right, it was difficult, but I definitely wasn’t quieter! Looking back I don’t really know how I managed to do 18 weddings (and portraits and commercial jobs) on top of it all.
When I was selecting the images for this post, it reaffirmed how lucky I am do to my job. I have so many lovely clients, who were really amazing this year (even when it came to having a break to pump my milk at weddings, so I could keep breastfeeding – sorry boys!)
So a huge thank you to my clients for choosing me and having wonderful weddings and families – but also thank you to my husband Rob for supporting me and being the best dad and husband anyone could wish for. I also want to thank my mum and dad for looking after Joseph – I couldn’t have done it without you!
Anyway enough about me! Have a look at my year in pictures, I haven’t included every job I’ve done, and it’s not all in order, but it’s quite a good snapshot of my year. I’d like to think there’s love, laughter, happiness but most of all memories.
If you’ve got to this point – thank you for looking – that was quite a long post!
I grew up in the same village (Sway, Hampshire) as Hazel and we went to the same school (she’s obviously a few years younger than me!! :)). Now she’s all grown up and living in London (working in a swanky job for Harrods no less!) and has bagged herself a gorgeous Canadian boyfriend (now husband!) called Phil. So it was a great honour when she asked me to be her photographer and I just KNEW she’d have the wedding of all weddings. I was right.
I was slightly concerned when she told me that it was a going to be a marquee in a field in December and especially when the weather earlier in the week said 100% cloud cover, 100% rain all day (on top of lots of local flooding) and to top it off up to 60mph winds! But Hazel and Phil were determined to not let any of this get in the way of their special day. And it didn’t.
I started the day at Hazel’s mums house, where all the girls were getting ready. It was lovely, the Christmas tree was up, the log fire was lit, and the excitement of the day ahead was building.
Red Valentino shoes. With bows. Wow.
This was Hazel’s gift from Phil. It’s just lovely!
Phil and the boys stopped off at the Hare and Hounds pub in the village for a quick drink before the service. I popped up to see them for a bit – they all seemed very relaxed!
The all important art of handkerchief folding!
Hazel was “lent” some very special earrings from Harrods! So lucky.
Hazel has lots of great girlfriends that she’d have liked to have been bridesmaids, but it would have been a bit too many, so instead, she invited them to the house in the morning for champagne! How lovely!
Hazel’s mum is a florist so I knew a lot of extra special care would have gone into the flowers.
Hazel got her dress from one of my favourite local wedding dress boutiques, Exquisite.
Natalie, the shop owner, came to dress Hazel, which is always a very lovely treat. Check out the shot of Hazel’s mum’s expression of her little girl as a bride!
Sway Church. A very special place. I got married here!
Love the shots of the guests arriving under their brollies!
The big red bus was to take everyone off to the reception afterwards, so no need for cars!
Love this one of Hazel’s hair blowing in the wind, as she walks down with her dad. She looks so happy.
My favourite shot of the day. Yes that’s sunshine! And no it’s not photoshopped in! Thank the weatherman for being wrong! Ha! I love the Englishness of the red bus, the leaves on the ground, the raindrops and the 30 sign!
I hopped on the bus too so I could capture the atmosphere. Walking up and down stairs on a moving bus with expensive camera equipment is fun!
The bus just made it up the slippery, muddy slope and parked perfectly so the guests didn’t have to get dirty, just step onto the carpet! Brilliant!
I was so pleased we had a break in the rain as it meant I was able to do some group shots outside!
Inside the marquee, was what only can be described as a winter wonderland. Hazel and Phil had thought of everything. Christmas trees, twinkly lights, candles, amazing food by Red Herring (the best canapés I think I’ve ever seen!)
The marquee had what’s called a “reveal” which is where part of the tent is sectioned off. So when the guests arrived they were in the bar area. When it was time to sit down to eat, the reveal, was … well, revealed. There was an actual gasp from everyone as it really was breathtaking.
Just before dinner, the boys changed from their morning suits into black tie. Such a great idea.
The speeches were great. Phil’s brother, Brad’s (the best man) speech was hilarious. HAM!
Phil’s dad, David, such a nice man.
Everyone congregating for the first dance.
Some of the best dancing I’ve seen at a wedding!
After a few tracks, the band started, it was great to see Gavin (lead singer) from the Allstars again. They were amazing as always.
Hazel and Phil, thank you for an amazing day. It was awesome. Wishing you a very long and happy marriage. To see all the photos from the day, please click here: http://tinyurl.com/ad96efg
I was looking forward to Katie and Rob’s wedding for a long time. They are just such a lovely couple and I just “knew” Katie had planned the wedding of the century. She’d thought of everything. And with her and Rob both working in the hospitality industry (in Pebble Beach, a local luxury restaurant) they had the experience to hold a fabulous party.
I started the day at the Lord Bute with the girls getting ready in their beautiful garden suite. Katie had bought all the bridesmaids matching kimono type robes to wear in the morning from Etsy – they looked amazing. Katie even had one (slightly different of course!)
Just look at her hanger!
Pressies for the girls.
Stunning flowers by the lovely Maria at Simply Flower
This is Katie opening her present from Rob – great expression! Gorgeous diamond earrings, lucky lady.
Just look at the gorgeous ladies, Katie’s lovely friends and sisters.
Love these couple of Lara helping Katie into her dress – stunning.
When I saw this door and shrubbery – I just knew we had to grab a shot in front of it.
I think they were a bit excited!
Doesn’t she make a jaw-droppingly beautiful bride?
And at last the groom, Rob – very handsome in his handmade suit!
Love this one of Katie and her dad arriving at the ceremony. So relaxed and happy.
It was pretty cold, being November, but just seconds before the moment that Katie was due to walk down the aisle, the sun made a glorious appearance!
You can just see the lovely Donna, the wedding coordinator at the castle, sorting out Katie’s train here. Donna was great all day – thank you Donna.
A few tears, when she saw her husband to be.
Just look at that yummy light.
LOVE the way Rob’s looking at Katie here.
The baby is Katie’s brand new niece, 4 weeks old, Aurora.
See that fabulous cake? Katie made that. I. Know.
Katie’s gran with Aurora.
Look at those bridesmaids doing their thang.. very cool!
Highcliffe Castle really is an amazing venue.
Just before the light totally went, we popped down the beach for some couple shots.
Notice Rob looking up at the sky – rain coming! Whoops!
Love this one of everyone helping Katie over the rocks. The things we do for a great shot!
Worth the effort I think.
If you look closely you can see the rain in this photo. We called it a day after this shot as it was getting worse. Well done guys for sticking it out!
Us rushing back to the warmth and dry of the castle. That’s my jacket over Katie’s head in case you wondered! Ha ha!
The reception room was lovingly decorated. Hand designed name cards by Lara one of the bridesmaids. The KR logo was a theme throughout the invites, name places, table settings, etc.
Charbonnel et Walker Pink Champagne Truffles as favours. Yummy.
Yes that’s my name at that setting. A lucky girl indeed!
The speeches were great. That’s Rob’s boss, and Pebble Beach owner, Mike.
There’s that cake again. So talented.
After dinner I took a couple more pictures of the happy couple at the large front door. Thanks to Katie’s dad, Peter for holding my flashgun (not actually in this particular shot)!
Dancing the night away…
Loved the prop box and the casino. Told you they’d thought of everything.
To Katie and Rob – congratulations and hope you had an amazing time in the States. Can’t wait to hear all about it and thank you for making my job the best in the world when I have customers like you. May you have a long and happy marriage.
To view the whole set of photos please see here: http://tinyurl.com/cpv4ew7
I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding last year of Claire and Marc. They are good people – a teacher and a policeman, and their wedding day was just as they deserved – perfect. They celebrated their big day at St Johns the Baptist Church, Locks Heath and then had their reception at Solent Spa and Hotel in Fareham.
I started the day at their house in the morning with all the girls and cats!
Just look at those shoes, fabulous….
Claire was a little bit nervous (not a lot) but it was lovely as it showed how much the day meant to her.
The bridesmaids, Hayley and Sarah (friends) and Claire’s sister, Nicola – looked stunning.
And then there was Claire – wow.
Looks like her dad agreed with me!
Then I headed off the the church to meet up with the boys. Sorting out their buttonholes.
Marc is just such a happy bloke. It’s infectious.
The vicar, Charles, was adorable. I LOVE his expression in this photo when Claire and Marc seal their marriage.
Just look at Claire’s dress – impressive isn’t it?!
We went on a mini expedition to take couple shots, at the church, at some local fountains – quick pop home for a couple of shots and then onto the hotel! Phew! Love the one of Marc carrying Claire over the threshold.
They were both beaming happy!
The room at the hotel was decorated like something out of a fairytale – with glistening lights and fabric everywhere. It was beautiful.
As the evening continued, Claire and Marc started off the dancing and I left them to the rest of the day’s festivities. Aren’t I lucky to have a job to be there on people’s happiest day of their lives? And Claire and Marc certainly were very happy!
It was a beautiful hot summer’s day for Philippa and John’s wedding at the Montagu Arms Hotel in Beaulieu. Both Philippa and John were getting ready at the Hotel and both the ceremony and reception were at the hotel, so we were in one place all day – nice and easy! The hotel really looked after everyone and it was a very special day.
Philippa’s mum was a teacher at my school – so I was on my best behaviour!
Doesn’t the room look lovely?
Philippa made a stunning bride.
That’s one proud dad!
John looking very handsome.
Thanks and congratulations again to Philippa and John. It was an amazing day.
I’m still catching up on last summer’s weddings! Naomi and Chris’s wedding was a gorgeous summer’s day in the New Forest. I started the day with the girls at Naomi’s grandad’s house in Hordle, where everyone was in high spirits and looking forward to the day ahead.
The wedding was at Rhinefield house, and when I arrived some of the guests were already there. The ceremony was just close friends and family with the rest of the party joining us later in the day.
Look at how happy Chris is here!
It was a lovely atmosphere, very special indeed. The gardens at Rhinefield House Hotel are just beautiful.
A few shots of the happy couple.
On the way to the reception we stopped off at several locations to take photos – it was great fun. This is in the New Forest itself. Spot the little foal!
Then we headed to the cliff top – it was a bit breezy! And then to Beaulieu – Hatchet Pond.
Then our final destination – Buckler’s Hard. Stunning.
The reception was at the Master Builder’s Arms – a beautiful hotel right on the water’s edge. Afternoon tea was served.
The cakes were amazing.
Then, if that wasn’t enough there were two river cruises included in the wedding. Family on the first boat and friends on the second. (I got to go on both!!)
A few speeches by Chris. Very funny too.
Love this one of Granny necking the beer!
Then back to the hotel for a hog roast – yummy!
This delightful summery wedding took place in Wiltshire, near Salisbury. Ellie and Nick are both very bright and are both going to be very successful in life – I can just tell. They met at University and their wedding was a village fete extravaganza!
I didn’t do getting ready photos so started at St Mary’s Church, Redlynch – a beautiful old church, which is actually in a subdistrict of Redlynch, in a place called Lover – very appropriate for this love filled occasion! And just look at the weather!
This is Ellie’s sister in law, Li – don’t you think she looks lovely?
And the man himself, Nick. Looking dapper.
Ellie arriving with her dad, Tony. Check out her awesome short dress!
She looks so beautiful and happy here.
It was a very hot day and I was pregnant, and I had to climb these really steep stairs to get a position on the balcony that I could shoot from. I was worried I was going to faint it was so hot up there! Luckily for all involved there were no incidents!
They look so happy!
The reception took place at Woodgreen Village Hall and Ellie and Nick had thought of everything, there was a marquee, bunting everywhere, coconut shy and even fairground music!
Inside the hall was equally stunning with the murals on the walls and the decor – especially the rustic flowers – it looked amazing.
The speeches were very well delivered and there was a lot of laughter. Ellie did a great speech too. I love it when Brides do a speech.
Rich (Nick’s brother and bestman) also did a great job and I was in fits!
After dinner, everyone went back out into the sunshine and we had afternoon tea. It was one of the best afternoon teas I’d ever seen! Vintage crockery, real vintage tablecloths and the cakes, well wow.
All in all everyone (including me!) had an amazing time. And just to prove how cool Ellie and Nick are, on their honeymoon travelling around the States, they renewed their vows in Vegas!