I don’t believe in fate but I do believe that you meet people in certain places for particular reasons. I just so happened to be working, but not exhibiting, at one of the National Wedding Shows and ended up photographing Faye in a bridal makeover experience. We got chatting, she liked the shots I took of her and here we are with a beautiful blog post of their wedding photos! And what a lovely wedding it was. Full of excitement, anticipation, laughter, fun and so much love. Yes, I know, it sounds soppy but it’s true. Faye was just so excited about marrying Duncan she could hardly contain herself walking down the aisle. Even the registrar got a bit teary at one point.
The venue, Rivervale Barn in Hampshire, looked stunning. The colours of the trees, as you’ll see for yourself, had just reached the peak of their autumnal finale, the ceremony room was full of beautiful, natural light and the styling and decor of the barn itself was just enough for an elegant, no fuss sort of wedding. The staff at Rivervale are second to none. Big shout out must go out to Lyndsay H and her team who ran the whole day so effortlessly. Nothing was too much and she did it all with the biggest smile on her face. It makes my job so much easier and way more enjoyable when events teams truly care about their couples and their guests. Everybody relaxes as they know they are in good hands and therefore can let their hair down a bit and enjoy themselves.
Also credit goes to Galloping Gourmet for a fantastic ‘roast feast’, Sonning Flowers for their beautiful bouquets (the bride said that they were perfect!) and the gorgeous wedding dress by Justin Alexander which was flawless on Faye. So grab that hot cup of tea or something stronger, put your feet up and have a happy scroll through this happy, autumnal wedding that was an absolute pleasure to be a part of as well as capture.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m always hugely honoured when my friends in the events/wedding industry choose me to photograph their wedding. These guys and girls know their stuff so their endorsement is a huge confidence boost for me and the weddings they plan often end up being some of my favourites. Having worked with Victoria for some time in her events management role, I knew that the attention to detail and the focus on having as much fun as possible would feature heavily during the day and no one was disappointed!
The whole day was centred in the beautiful seaside town of Hythe, Kent. We started off at the bride’s parent’s house, capturing the ladies getting ready, getting excited and enjoying the morning together. David’s wedding present to Victoria arrived just before I did so I was welcomed in through the door by a very excited bride who had just opened the gift. And what a gift; framed handwritten song lyrics of David and Victoria’s first dance by Tom Odell himself!! David definitely won himself some serious brownie points there and talk about attention to detail!
Once ready, the bridal party, including Lily the dog, made their way to Hythe Town Hall which was only a 5 minute walk away. The bride’s dress was from Story of My Dress and had such a rich history behind it. It originally came from a collection of dresses by a Jewish designer in the 1940s and was later discovered many years later. It was altered for Victoria and looked amazing on her. Again, attention to detail!
The wedding ceremony at Hythe Town Hall was very emotional and full of love for the newlyweds. After some photos outside on the steps, the wedding party strolled up the high street, much to the amusement and delight of the Saturday shoppers, to Ginger’s Kitchen for the wedding breakfast and speeches. It was such a lovely and fantastic idea to have their nearest and dearest in the bistro restaurant where Victoria used to work which was also run by a family friend. After dinner, the new Mr and Mrs took a walk on the beach with me for their couple photos to the exact spot where David proposed to Victoria.
As planned, we arrived last to the reception so that the bride and groom could be greeted by several hundred of their guests with handfuls of confetti ready to launch at them. And how gorgeous did the reception look?! You’ll have to scroll down to see. Absolutely breathtaking. The amount of effort, time, love, sweat and tears that had clearly gone into making a wedding work in a field was astounding. There would not be enough space on this page to list all of the details, personal touches and elements that made up this festival wedding – honestly! So I’ve probably bored you enough already so please scroll down and enjoy this absolute stunner of a wedding.
This beautiful wedding was also featured in Whimsical Wonderland Weddings blog..
I met Louise and Pete last year at a wedding that I was photographing that they happened to be co-ordinating. We hit it off, they liked my worked and here we are a year later with their beautiful wedding photos. After an intimate ceremony at the Aldershot registry office, we all made our way to the rustic, and slightly wacky, Tweseldown Race Course for the drinks reception where we were serenaded by a fab trio called the 12th Street Swinger playing 20s music with a banjo, a trumpet and a very impressive sousaphone (Google it)!
When deciding where to go for our couples walk and photographs, I suggested somewhere in front of the (tower) hill so we could try and get the tower in the background for some of the shots. Louise and Pete immediately said that we should go up the hill, right to the top, and stand in front of the tower because that’s what they wanted to do when they booked the venue in the first place. Naturally, I was delighted that they wanted to do that and didn’t mind the walk uphill in heels and a full-length wedding dress; what absolute troopers and I think that the decision paid off! I’m always conscious that I don’t want to force my couples into anything, especially if it involves a lot of walking in heels on grass, etc. But it is such a treat when a couple want to go above and beyond to get more dramatic photos and they don’t mind a bit of a longer walk or doing something a bit different. So thank you, Louise and Pete!
The whole day was stylish, relaxed, full of laughter and it felt like a true celebration. Everyone there mingled with each other, got to know each other and chatted the afternoon away, which created a lovely chilled, effortless and friendly atmosphere. The theme and styling of the reception venue was absolutely perfect with a 1920’s theme. Gold Pineapples, lots of metallics and sequins. Sometimes wedding themes can crash and burn if they are overworked or look like you’ve tried too hard – but not this one, this was on point! So much time and love had gone into creating displays, centrepieces, name pegs, bar signs and even a retro photo booth complete with police-mugshot-height-measuring backdrop. Before long, the drinks were flowing, the pizza oven was firing up and DJ Sammy was organising hilarious dance offs on the dance floor. Now that’s my kinda party. Thank you, Louise and Pete, for not being afraid of doing things your way and hosting one of the best parties I’ve photographed in a while. Cheers!
Food http: Flyingpigcatering.com
Dress Maggie Sottero from www.sellmyweddingdress.co.uk
Band & DJ www.functioncentral.co.uk