I love resourceful people. They use what’s around them to create beautiful things and host lovely events. Sarah and Mark chose the picturesque village of Rotherwick, Hampshire to basically host their entire wedding by using four elements of it on one day. The bride got ready at the gorgeous Tylney Hall Hotel with her mother, maid of honour and flower girl. The church service was held at the very charming Rotherwick Church, at the top of The St, which was filled with beautiful flowers by Eclectic Bliss Events and smelled amazing.
After the service, the entire wedding party walked down the road to The Coach and Horses pub for a quick drink. Even though intermittent showers meant that everyone huddled under umbrellas to stay dry, it didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits and the small but welcoming country pub was filled with laughter, the clinking of glasses and good wishes for the happy couple.
After an hour or so, everyone left the pub and crossed the road to Rotherwick Village Hall for speeches, food, games and evening party. The 1930s hall looked stunning with even more flowers from and Vintage china from Eclectic Bliss Events, and glassware that the bride had collected herself, handmade bunting, handmade wooden place names, a delicious sweetie table and a contemporary-styled jukebox. Everywhere you looked there was something more to look at and appreciate. Sarah had put wedding photos of both families around the room on windowsills and on a paint-spattered, lovely, rustic, old step-ladder that had belonged to Mark’s grandfather. There were so many personal and creative touches, it was clear that a lot of time and love had gone into making this wedding happen. Huge congratulations to Sarah and Mark, may you have many happy years together and inspire many other couples to be resourceful with their wedding preparations!
Stationery Norma & Dorothy
Dress Tabitha by Charlotte Balbier
Flowers & Vintage China Eclectic Bliss Events
Caterer Lewis Bros
People often ask me if I ever get bored of photographing weddings. The simple answer, thankfully, is no and do you know why? Personality. Of course, every wedding has different elements that reflect something of the couple getting married. They can often be found in the personal touches (obviously) like handmade decorations or in the food and drink or in the evening entertainment but I truly believe that there something that goes deeper than surface level decoration that makes every wedding totally unique and meaningful. It’s all about people. The couple getting married, their wedding party, their parents and family, their friends, the suppliers they’ve chosen to ‘produce’ and be present on their day… everyone involved brings an offering of themselves to the table and it’s that unique mixture of talent, personality, purpose and love that make weddings like no other occasion we celebrate.
Becki and Paul’s wedding was a beautiful cocktail of all of the above in the stunning settings of St James’s Church in Bramley, parts of which date back to the twelfth century, and Ufton Court near Reading. Green Parlour created a feast for the eyes with regards to the wedding flowers, in particular the individually bespoke buttonholes that looked fantastic against the boys’ waistcoats and suit jackets. Oakwood Events and The Wild Fork catering team were fantastic as always and all the guests thoroughly enjoyed all of the décor and delicious food and drink that was served throughout the day. During the service, Becki’s mum read one of her favourite childhood books as an alternative reading, which was clearly very touching for Paul and Becki. When the newlyweds walked down the aisle as husband and wife, they were serenaded by didgeridoos and drums that reflected a family tradition of Paul’s. And at the reception, photos of their parent’s weddings and grandparent’s weddings made you realise that this day was bigger than just Becki and Paul – it was about the union of two families with many talents, so much personality and so much love.
Michelle and Larry’s wedding was a more intimate affair with a select number of friends and family at Ufton Court for the ceremony and reception. Again, so much love and effort had gone into the decorative details of the day that everywhere you looked there was something to admire and look at. Oakwood Events were on a roll that weekend with the barn décor and Total Hospitality produced so much delicious food that no one went hungry all day. As well as the fab garden games provided by Ufton Court, the drinks reception was full of edible treats for the guests to enjoy. The bride and groom provided a generous sweetie table and Daisy, the vintage ice cream van, made a stop off in the afternoon to the great delight of the adults as well as the children. Clearly, Michelle and Larry had thought carefully about their guests and how best to help them enjoy the day. The atmosphere was so relaxed and comfortable that it felt more like a family gathering than a wedding, which in my opinion is quite an achievement and something to be proud of. It was an absolute delight to capture.
Michelle & Larry // Ufton Court
Venue Ufton Court
Flowers Green Parlour
Venue Styling Oakwood Events
Ice creams Daisy Icecream Van
” Mazel Tov”
When couples tell me that they want an outside wedding in the UK, my honest opinion often goes along the lines of ‘good luck with that’ or ‘are you sure?’ or ‘have you thought this through?’ You’d be surprised but it seems people forget that we live in one of the most unpredictable climates around when planning a wedding! If they have their hearts set on a ceremony out in the open, then I do encourage them to spend as much time planning for an alternative, undercover plan B ceremony as well as plan A so that they are not absolutely heartbroken if the heavens open and it literally rains on their parade. But sometimes, now and again, the Lord smiles down on us with his sunshine grin and gives us a corker of day, unrivalled by our Mediterranean friends further south. Leo and Emma’s stunning wedding at Wasing Park was one of those days. I still can’t get over how brilliantly the sun shone, how warm the day was and how the grounds of Wasing Park looked so picturesque, especially writing this now, in the official summertime of Great Britain with dull, grey clouds outside my window.
The delicious blooms courtesy of the fantastic White Horse Flower Company smelled and looked heavenly from the girls’ bouquets to the table centres. So much colour, so many lovely smells and, in the words of White Horse Flower Company owner Lindsey Kitchin, ‘big blousy arrangements – the bigger, the better!’ I couldn’t agree more. And to make the flowers look even better, both sides of the wedding party scrubbed up extremely well and looked gorgeous. Emma’s styling suited her down to the ground and her stunning wedding dress by Suzanne Neveille is definitely a favourite of mine – just check out the photos if you don’t believe me. Leo’s bespoke suit looked impeccable and together, they looked like they had just stepped out of a magazine shoot.
One very clever thing I observed about Leo and Emma’s day was the balance they managed to achieve with having a large number of guests but somehow still managing to create an intimate, emotional atmosphere that made you almost forget there were 120 people there with you. I could feel the emotion and meaningfulness of the day; there were happy tears, sad tears and so much laughter, there were smiles to capture everywhere! Leo and Emma’s families were clearly very proud of them and the newlyweds reciprocated that love by incorporating many family traditions into their day. From the Jewish blessing after the civil ceremony to the Jewish dancing after the first dance and not forgetting Leo’s Great grandfather’s sword that was used to cut the cake. Leo and Emma’s wedding was the coming together of two individuals who completely adore each other and by doing so, brought together two families who will be joined together from now on and everyone was very happy about it.
Venue Wasing Park
Flowers The White Horse Flower Company
Food Galloping Gourmet
Wedding Stationary Russet & Gray
Brides Wedding Dress Suzanne Neville