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Hampshire Wedding Photographer – Thank you 2019!

Hampshire Wedding Photographer – Thank you 2019!

Hampshire Wedding Photographer – best of 2019

Well, that went by in a blur! Another fabulous year, another wonderful 33 couples who shared their most precious day with me. This, I promise you, is not something I take lightly.

I’ll never ever take for granted the trust my couples give to me with capturing their most awesome day – I know what a privilege and honour this is. You allow me to do something that makes me truly happy in a vocation that I love, so for that I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

Happy New Year to you all my lovelies! O and…can you spot you??

If you’d like to chat to me about me being YOUR wedding photographer in 2020, 2021 or beyond, well that would be a lovely. Feel free to contact me here and I can’t wait to get chatting weddings with you!

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I would love to talk to you about being your New Forest wedding photographer or Dorset wedding photographer so get in touch here!

Barford Park Farm Wedding – Jen & Greg

Barford Park Farm Wedding – Jen & Greg

Barford Park Farm wedding

Barford Park Farm wedding

O my, where to even begin with this wonderful wedding!! Jen & Greg are the kind of people that as soon as you meet them, you just know they are 100% lovely and 100% made for each other. Like so many couples these last few years they had to arrange and rearrange their wedding more times than I can keep count, however on Thursday it finally happened and it was absolutely worth the wait.

The day began at Jen’s family home, with her parents, sister and best girls around her. I even got to meet the honorary bridesmaid Thomasina, the 100 year old family tortoise who looked particularly fetching in her floral corsage. The girls were all dressed in summer boho gorgeousness, with sage green dresses and pretty lose plaits in their hair.

The ceremony took place at St Mary’s Church in Eling, where Greg and his boys guided guests on where to sit and waited in anticipation for Jen and her Dad to arrive. As an extra special touch, Greg’s Mum sang in the choir whilst they signed their marriage certificate – the first time I and many others had heard live singing in 18 months and I won’t confirm or deny if I cried.

After a down pouring of confetti, guests exited to Barford Park Farm in Salisbury for the reception, whilst Jen, Greg and I stopped off in The New Forest for some couples photos. Also with us were Natalie & Elliot from Blush wedding videos; one of my favourite videography teams who I never fail to have the best day working alongside (seriously, book them – they’re amazing!)

The reception consisted of delicious canapes, plentiful drinks and wonderful speeches before what everyone was waiting for began….the party! It had been a loooooong time since anyone there had been on a dance floor so the opportunity was not wasted and everyone piled on the dance floor, but not before Jen & Greg were blasted with 6 confetti cannons!

What.a.day, you guys NAILED it! So much love to you both. MWAH!

If you’d like to speak to me about photographing your wedding at Barford Park Farm, feel free to contact me here. Thank you too to Charlotte Razzle for second shooting with me on the day, some of these photos are hers.

 

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Clock Barn in Hampshire wedding – Kimberley & Tim

Clock Barn in Hampshire wedding – Kimberley & Tim

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O how good it felt to be back at Clock Barn in Hampshire finally! And certainly back with a bang for Kimberley & Tim’s most glorious day. This was the first wedding where I’ve had the chance to photograph the new prep room called The Stables – a gorgeous converted stable room beside the main barn with plenty of space and large mirrors for everyone to get ready comfortably and safely hidden away. The barn was decorated by one of my favourite florists – Owen from Little Lillies with a showstopping floral circle arch which made an incredible backdrop during their vows. Kim’s bridesmaids wore dark purple dresses which also looked beautiful alongside the soft purple roses and succulents.

Due to a few on going restrictions, the reception had to be seated however the sun shone and everyone enjoyed chatting and drinking on the new benches in the paddock field. Kim & Tim provided some lawn games including space hopper horses which was just about the best thing I’ve ever seen. It was also wonderful to see Amanda from Reilly cakes again after all this time, check out her beautiful creation further down.

As the sun started to set Kim & Tim had their first dance outside whilst the band Gentlemen of the Road played, and everyone got to relax, with a drink in hand, listening to fantastic tunes and nibble of pizza. What could possibly be better?

A gorgeous day and a truly gorgeous couple, I’m so, so happy you got to have your day in the end and it was magnificent. Happy, happy wedding!

If you’d like to speak to me about photographing your Clock Barn in Hampshire wedding, feel free to message me here.

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Poole Guildhall – Ellen & Harry

Poole Guildhall – Ellen & Harry

Poole Guildhall

On what was, hands down, the WINDIEST day I’ve ever experienced in my life, Ellen & Harry got married! Ahh and what a wonderful day it was. They said their vows at Poole Guildhall in front of an awesome little team of 4, making it extremely intimate and special. Family and friends were able to look on via Zoom from Blandford Constitutional Club in comfy chairs with drinks in their hands, waiting to toast to the new wedded couple as they said I do.

After the ceremony, Harry, Ellen and I wandered (or rather should I say, were blown) down the old part of Poole where we stopped for photos in front of beautiful old buildings and wisteria. These two literally laughed the whole time; their energy was totally electric which made photographing them just a total joy.

After the photos we left to join all of the guests at Blandford Constitutional Club where Ellen & Harry were showered in confetti before tucking into a picnic lunch. Homemade cupcakes were handed out whilst guests relaxed and chatted to one another.

Thank you for making the day such fun guys, my cheeks ached from laughing when I left you! Biggest congrats – here are your previews!

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If you would like to speak to me about photographing your Poole wedding, feel free to contact me here.

Southampton Registry Office & Furzey Gardens – Maria & David

Southampton Registry Office & Furzey Gardens – Maria & David

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Weddings are baaaaaaack!! Hooray! And what a wonderful wedding to kick everything off again. Maria & David have been to absolute hell and back trying to put together their wedding due to COVID – they’ve had to deal with numerous date changes, venue changes and close family sadly not being able to fly in from abroad but through everything they stayed positive and non defeatist and knew that, no matter what, they were going to get married and it would be the best day ever. And it was! They said their vows at Southampton Registry Office in front of a close collection of family and friends before we headed to Furzey Gardens in The New Forest for some photos.

I’m so happy and relieved we got there in the end, Saturday was incredibly special and I’m so happy I got to share it with you both. Congratulations guys! Here are your previews.

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Baby Nugget – Commercial Photography

Baby Nugget – Commercial Photography

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…And now for something completely different! I’ve been dabbling with a bit of commercial photography here and there for years however with my usual work load of weddings I never really had the time to push the business or dedicate much time to it. In 2020 though with almost all of my weddings being cancelled or postponed, I decided to ramp it up a bit and to give it a name…. and Baby Nugget was literally born!

I’ve always regretted calling my wedding business Mia Photography to be honest – it started at a time when Bolo and I were serious but not yet engaged so I didn’t want to call it Mia Kenward (knowing we’d probably soon be married) and wasn’t brazen enough to call it Mia Hooper before he proposed (likely we’d not be married today as he’d have thought I was crazy, ha!) So I called it Mia Photography due to lack of other ideas but this makes it very difficult with crediting me as other Mia’s have popped up over the years.

I wanted to make the commercial side of my photography separate from my weddings and to focus on alternative brands who want bright and vibrant content photography. This meant it definitely needed a name of it’s own, so after running through a few ideas I settled on Baby Nugget – my daughter Betsey’s absolute favourite dolly. When she was 2 and thinking of names for her dolly, we asked her, “What’s your favourite thing that we could name her after?” She thought for a bit then said “Baby Daddy. No wait! Baby Nugget”.

Big thank you to my husband Bolo for featuring heavily in my branding and content photos this year…lockdown meant it was slim pickens for models so good job you’re hot! Hehe.

Here are a few things I’ve been up to this year – I would love to expend this side of my business so if you’re looking for fun, vibrant and creative content of your business or product for your website or social media, please get in touch here!

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When love wasn’t cancelled: 2020

When love wasn’t cancelled: 2020

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Every year around January, I love looking back and reflecting on all the previous years’ gorgeous weddings and putting together a little blog post of my favourite photos. Although 2020 was a strange year and in no way went to plan, I was still lucky enough to photograph 7 wonderful weddings which absolutely helped keep me sane and happy.

I won’t bang on about all the heartbreak of 2020 because we all know how awful most of it was, so instead I’ll celebrate this absolute bunch of babes and their determination to prove that love always wins and no horrible virus can put a dampener of their joy.

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If you’d like to chat to me about being your Dorset wedding photographer, please contact me here! Can’t wait to hear from you.

Micro weddings & why they might be perfect for you

Micro weddings & why they might be perfect for you

Micro weddings

“I had the most perfect, magical, emotional, intimate and fun day getting married in front of our 10 guests. I didn’t stop smiling and laughing! The day was entirely about love and laughter and I would not have changed it for the world” – Zara

 

We all know that 2020 hasn’t been the year any of us asked for or wanted; weddings like many many other sectors have been horrendously affected and many couples have had their hopes of a wedding with all of their family and friends totally dashed. In the spring, most of my couples postponed their weddings into 2021 hoping for the big wedding with the party and sweaty dance floor we didn’t realise we wanted so much. A few though, have decided to stick their fingers up at COVID, embrace the restrictions and to go for it all guns blazing. For some, the small numbers with less pressure are appealing, for some, they just can’t wait to be married any longer. Either way, looking back on your photos of family members with masks on will certainly be a sign of these crazy times, and one to tell the grandchildren.

One thing is for sure, intimate weddings are a beautiful thing. Simple and with much less stress, couples can not only take time to really speak to all of their guests but they can really spoil them too with a larger food and alcohol budget for each person. Finally, the excuse to not invite the rude Uncle no one actually likes! I fully appreciate they’re not for everyone and the 15 guest number is a real squeeze, but I have loved every minute of the ones I’ve had the pleasure to capture so far and can’t wait for more.


Micro wedding with 15 guestsZara & Tom decided to have a ‘first look’ at their micro wedding at Basing House in Hampshire. When all traditional rules are off, why the hell not? I love that I could could capture Tom’s face for her as he turns around.

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“All of the stresses of postponing our wedding was so worth it! To any couples wondering if a micro wedding is the way forward, I would say go for it as it was the best day of my life and I cannot wait to celebrate more next year!” – Zara

 

A wedding wouldn’t be quite the same without cake! Both these couples dished up delicious food to their guests whilst they said a few thank you’s and told a few heartfelt and funny stories. Some traditions are just too good to leave out, cake of course being one of them.

If you’d like to chat to me about capturing your small or intimate wedding I would love to hear from you! Feel free to drop me a line here, or for more info about small weddings and prices click here.

Micro Weddings due to COVID restrictions

Micro Weddings due to COVID restrictions

COVID small wedding

I get it, 2020 has been… lets just say…not the year we had all planned and hoped for. Big weddings with all of your nearest and dearest are off the table at the moment, however small weddings are still going ahead and I’ve been lucky enough to photograph quite a few these last few months. In fact, I think it’s these glorious small weddings which have kept me sane these last few months! Corona Virus may have had other idea, but love, thank goodness, isn’t cancelled.
So, if you’ve decided you can’t wait any longer or if having only a handful of your best ones is actually really appealing, I would love nothing more than to capture this for you.

I’m keeping it super simple – between 1st October 2020 and 30th April 2021, I’m offering small weddings an hourly fee of just £200 per hour.

Get in touch for more details, I can’t wait to hear all about your plans.

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This Quiet Space

This Quiet Space

abandoned house

“He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

He moved here as a baby in the 1930’s. The house was originally built in 1880, with it’s original fireplaces and features still intact. A few appliances and the wallpaper were from around 1940.

It has not been changed or redecorated since.

When he died at 84 and then house was emptied, this was everything that remained.

I was so so honoured to be asked to photograph this beautiful house; it stands as a museum to the past.

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