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
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