1950’s Wedding at Emery Down Village Hall – Michael & Sue

1950’s Wedding at Emery Down Village Hall – Michael & Sue

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When I first met Mike & Sue and they told me they were planning a 1950’s themed wedding, I instantly knew, after having a 1950’s themed wedding myself 5 years ago, that I really wanted to photograph their day! There’s something about the 1950’s style dresses and petticoats that make all ladies look gorgeous, and they are the most fun thing to dance and spin around in ever. Not to forget the men who look especially dapper in 1950’s style hats and suits too, and at Mike & Sue’s wedding, not only did they make an effort to look perfect for the era but so did their guests!

Mike & Sue said their vows at Southampton Registry Office before venturing outside to a snow storm of confetti to greet their guests. Not only were the outfits 1950’s themed but so was the transport, and as their guests piled into their double-decker bus, Mike & Sue were driven in a fabulous light blue classic car to The Drift Inn in The New Forest. Mike & Sue wanted their guests to be taken to somewhere pretty for photos and so we thought The Drift Inn would be the perfect spot, as it was just up the road from Emery Down Village Hall and is surrounded by fantastic views of The New Forest. Luckily the weather stayed dry so we used the gardens for photos and as a pit stop, before all getting back in the bus and heading for the village hall.

Emery Down Village Hall is probably my favourite village hall in The New Forest, and comes complete with a lovely big garden and a stage, making it a brilliant venue for a wedding. Inside, guests tucked in to a delicious spread of cakes, sandwiches and scones on top of vintage crockery, all put together by Forget Me Not Elegant Events. As friends and family ate their tea, they were entertained by professional 1950’s dancers who got everyone in the mood for dancing, before The Polka Dots, a 1950’s singing trio got to the stage and the party really began.

An absolutely fabulous day, well done Mike & Sue for putting together such a varied, beautiful and fun afternoon! It made me want to do my 1950’s wedding all over again and pinch your ideas! Congratulations again xx

So many wonderful vendors worked towards Sue & Mike’s special day, that Sue has written some lovely words at the bottom of this post, crediting all those people who contributed.

If you’d like to get in touch with me to photograph your 1950’s style wedding or any other, feel free to contact me here.

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Sharon and Alison, for the supply and major transformation of Bride’s dress from full length evening gown to afternoon tea dress, supply and alterations to Best Woman’s jade green dress with excess material used to make Groom’s tie, and alterations to Groom’s suit.
Mike, for his help with hiring this beautiful village hall.
Steve and Aimee, for setting up tables and chairs, providing white linen table cloths, starlight backdrop on stage, red postbox, vintage suitcases, hanging bunting and pompoms and the beautiful floral arch at the entrance of the hall, and also being the point of contact for the hire of the vintage Routemaster Bus.
Sarah and Erica and their team, for a delicious vintage afternoon tea served on their vintage china,  wedding cake and cupcakes,  gingerbread men favours displayed in dresser supplied by them, vintage table runners and also the floral arrangements in vintage china tea cups,not forgetting, of course, their efficient service in keeping the tea and coffee flowing!
Mike and his team for setting up and serving at the bar, the outdoor games for the children,  and the wonderful arrival drinks table that was waiting for us outside the hall.
Steve Shepherd, via Premier Carriages, for driving us around in his stunning 1957 Ford Fairlaine car.
Jane, for my beautifully fragrant Bridal bouquet and the buttonholes.
Ella, for all the organising, and Jo, Kathleen and Jess, for entertaining us with their fabulous singing.
Gwen for all the organising, and Chrissy and The Company B dancers for coming along and showing us how to dance.
Mr Trevor White,  1950’s Rock ‘n’ Roll DJ based in Dorset,  for playing a brilliant selection of music to keep us on the dancefloor.
For providing refreshments and a retreat from the cool air while we had photos taken in the beautiful New Forest surroundings and also in their garden.
Not forgetting, of course, the wonderful Mia for her fantastic photographic skills!
And last but not least the lovely ladies who actually performed our wedding ceremony in the beatifull Golden Jubilee Room.
Most of all we would like to thank all our families who took the time and effort to join in and dress the part, and for travelling from near and far to share our special day with us.
Wedding in the Wood, New Forest – Sophie & Rich

Wedding in the Wood, New Forest – Sophie & Rich

Wedding in the WoodWhen I met Sophie & Rich to do their engagement shoot at Southampton fair ground and they told me all about their plans for their day I knew it would be an amazing wedding at Wedding in the Wood, and they certainly didn’t disappoint!

Sophie & Rich’s wonderful Spring time wedding happened at the fabulous Wedding in the Wood in the New Forest – the perfect setting for anyone looking for an outdoorsy, woodland style day. Everyone had their finger’s crossed for an outside ceremony, which would be performed by Sophie’s old pastor Andrew, and as soon as everyone felt confident the sun would stay shining, all of the early guests chipped in to help quickly move the chairs outside in the sunshine, to wait for Sophie to arrive. Once she arrived (after a forgotten Father of the Bride speech and a wrong turn!) Rich and Sophie got to have the ceremony they had been dreaming of, outside in the fresh air and in front of their nearest and dearest.

After the ceremony, guests got to mingle and enjoy the beautiful garden, as we took a few family photos and couple shots before everyone went inside for the BBQ. Heartfelt and funny speeches followed before the pinyata was hoisted up for the kids who got to have a brilliant time whacking it and hunting for the sweets. Once the evening came around, the live band kicked off the evening with dancing and partying. What a fabulous day, thank you so much for having me along to share it with you both! What a fantastic venue Wedding in the Wood makes, such a magical place for a wedding.

If you’d like to discuss me shooting your wedding at Wedding in the Woods, New Forest, or anywhere! You can drop me an email here.

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The Domus in Beaulieu Wedding – Louise & Steven

The Domus in Beaulieu Wedding – Louise & Steven

Steven&Louise-505_Mia-PhotographyThe Domus in Beaulieu, Hampshire has got to be one of the most picturesque places to have a wedding in The New Forest – and at what better time than in the spring when all the new blossom is out!? The Domus is steeped in history as it’s such a old stone building, and has views overlooking the beautiful Beaulieu gardens, making this the perfect spot for Louise and Steven’s special day.

Louise got ready at her Mum’s house along with her bridesmaids, whilst Steven went for an early morning jog with some of his friends. Anyone listening to local radio may have heard Louise being interviewed by the DJ about her wedding day, as she told everyone listening about how her and Steven met and what plans they have for the day! Steven and Louise got married at St Boniface Church in Nursling, Hampshire, in front of their nearest and dearest before making their way to The Domus in Beaulieu for their wedding reception. Although rain was forecast we were extremely lucky and managed to take a stroll around the beautiful grounds for the photos before the sky opened and the rain poured just as everyone was sitting down for dinner. This, of course, gave us a great excuse to take a lit up brolly shot in the rain! (Thank you to my wonderful second shooter Clare who sadly got a bit damp when helping me out with this shot!)

The Domus was decorated with a sweety theme, and every table had a large display of sweets in the centre for everyone to help themselves to. The yummy sweet small coming from the room was amazing! Steven and Louise also gave everyone a Kinder Egg as a wedding favor, a little nod to the fact that Steven hid Louise’s engagement ring in one for her to find when he proposed 🙂 Guests and wedding party later enjoyed a wonderful 3 course meal before the party and the music started and everyone hit the dance floor to dance the evening away. A wonderful day which a wonderful couple, thank you so much for having me along! Absolutely loved being part of your beautiful wedding at The Domus in The New Forest xx

If you’d like to get in touch to discuss me shooting your wedding, feel free to drop me an email here.

Flowers – Flori ByLynne     *     Cake – Jill the Cake Maker     *     Make up Artist – Tara Sanger

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Your 10×10″ Leather Album…what happens now?

Your 10×10″ Leather Album…what happens now?

Who doesn’t love a beautiful wedding album?! A wedding album is your first family heirloom which you’ll own together and a physical treasured memory of your day. So lets make it a good’un!

Your Album

You have selected to have a 10×10″ Fine Art album with 30 pages and a leather cover.

These beautiful albums come in many different cover colours and contain roughly 90 of your favourite photos. If you’d like to stick to this size, then please send me your selection of top 100 photos on the spreadsheet attached to your email (but expect around 90 to make it).

If you decide you would like a bigger album or one with more pages, I have a few upgrade options for you:

10×10″ 30 page album – Your current album

10×10″ 40 page album – £100 extra (Select an additional 30 photos)

10×10″ 50 page album – £200 extra (Select an additional 60 photos)

12×12″ 40 page album – £150 extra (Select an additional 30 photos)

12×12″ 50 page album – £250 extra (Select an additional 60 photos)


How to select the photos for your album

The album process begins by you selecting your favourite photos for your album. The number of photos displayed in your album can vary slightly depending on the types of photos you choose – for example, if you select a lot of photos of just the two of you, then these are likely to be displayed as large full page spreads which will take up lots of pages. If however, you tend to select a lot of family and friend shots, then multiples of these can fit on the same page and so take up less space over all. The latter may therefore result in more than the stated number of photos fitting in the finished album, although it’s hard to generalise as every album is so different from the last.

I find the best thing to do is to ask you to over pick the numbers for your album, but expect slightly less to make it. This allows for me to have some leeway and creativity when designing each page spread.

Don’t worry though if I end up not using one which you’ve picked and love – once the album has been designed, I will email it over to you to check and proof. This is a great opportunity for you to tell me what you think and if you’d like any pages changed. It’s at this stage I can add or remove some images, or swap some for others. Therefore, if I have missed one you love, we can certainly put it back in then. Please also try too avoid picking too many black and white photos as this can make an album look a little drab.

Please use the spreadsheet attached in your email to pick your selection; just indicate your choice by putting a x in the box next to the number and email it back to me.

You album is available in the following colours, let me know which you would like;


After I’ve received your selection I’ll get designing! So look out for an email from me with the proofs shortly after. Any questions – give me a shout!


Parent/Gift Albums

Replicas for parents/family are available for gifts. These are identical smaller versions of yours and are priced below:

8×8″ linen replica – £200 each

8×8″ leather replica – £250 each

If parents/family would like a bespoke album with a photo selection of their choice, just ask them to get in touch and I’ll send them a price list, but as a guide bespoke albums start at £350.