Bartley Lodge Wedding – Danni & Joe

Bartley LodgeBartley Lodge is a gorgeous boutique hotel, nestled in among the trees in the beautiful The New Forest. It’s small enough to feel intimate but big enough to feel grand and exclusive, with huge flowery gardens and enormously tall trees peering over it. Can you tell I love it here?! So yes, I was delighted when Danni & Joe asked me to photograph their wedding at the wonderful Bartley Lodge.

Thank you so much for having Emma and I along, we had such a lovely afternoon with you all! And thank you for introducing me to the wonder that is Macaroons, I’ve been dreaming about those ever since! Congratulations again, lovelies xx

If you’d like to chat to me about photographing your wedding at Bartley Lodge, please contact me here.

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Weddings in the Woods, The New Forest – Gemma & Mark

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I am so lucky to live in Hampshire, an area where there are so many special and unusual weddings venues to be found. The fabulous Weddings in the Woods in The New Forest certainly falls in that category! It is absolutely one of my favourites, it is simple and authentic with just a lovely little barn nestled in the magical ancient woods of The New Forest.

Gemma and Mark said their vows in front of their nearest and dearest outside in the great outdoors amongst the huge trees and just a few raindrops. The bride looked magical in her embellished lace gown and the bridesmaids beautiful in their mismatched lace and floral dresses, a really different look the ladies pulled off so well! The ceremony area had the guests seated on hay bales and the aisle was draped in daisies, the happiest of flowers!

The few drops of rain didn’t stop Gemma and Mark and their entourage enjoying the lawn games and even the speeches were given al fresco! A traditional high tea was enjoyed by all in the marquee with a marvelous selection of cakes and wonderful treats! The dancing and singing and celebrating was such a delight to watch, everyone seemed to enjoy the day very much.

This was one of those weddings where everyone has so much fun, the adventurous guests were treated to axe throwing and rifle shooting… and I’m happy to report there were no fatalities even with the happy mix of weaponry and alcohol! Even the bride and groom got to have a go at shooting – what fun!

What a special day guys, thank you so much for having me be a tiny part of it xx

If you’d like to speak to me about capturing your Weddings in the Woods, feel free to email me here.

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Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton – Matt & Leeny

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Leeny & Matt got married on a beautiful, bright November day at St Michael’s Church in Southampton and held their reception at The Grand Harbour Hotel, around the corner, near the sea front.

The area holds really special memories for these guys, as it was on these Southampton walls that Matt projected a message to Leeny asking her to marry him. How cool is that?! I think that sums these two up perfectly – cool, a little bit different, and rather artistic (as I’m sure you’ll agree when you see the peacock room decor!)

Leeny and her girls got ready in her and Matt’s new home in Southampton. Leeny was a bit worried about the photos showing the unfinished walls and decor, but I love the way it looks! The texture in the background looks amazing, and I think shows off her gorgeous dress which her very clever Mother in law made, perfectly.

Meanwhile, Matt and his suited and booted boys decorated St Michael’s Church, Southampton and welcomed their guests as they waited for the girls to arrive. Leeny was walked down the aisle by her Dad to a small choir of gospel singers which was a fantastic little addition and made the moment even more moving.

After the ceremony Leeny & Matt came out of the church under an arch way of swords before posing for a few family photos and a big group shot with everyone holding funny lips and moustaches on sticks. Before we all went to The Grand Harbour hotel for drinks and canapés, Leeny, Matt, their bridal party and I stopped off at the giant boat at the bottom of the street for some fun bridal party photos and to do a handful of couple shots. Once at The Grand Harbour Hotel, guests enjoyed a brilliant ukulele band as they chatted and mingled and enjoyed the warm sunshine coming through the glass walls and ceiling.

One of the highlights of the day came for me during the first dance, when Leeny and Matt stopped their slow dance and all of their bridal party jumped onto the dance floor to entertain everyone with a dance routine, what a great surprise! Such a brilliant day full of unique little touches, I’m so thankful to have been part of it. A big thank you too to Clare West who second shot for me, some of these photos are hers.

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Winslowe House, Hampshire – Tim & Tanya

The beautiful Victorian Winslowe House in Hampshire was the lucky host to Tanya and Tim’s gorgeous summer wedding. Joined by their daughter Caitlin and the rest of their family and friends this colourful wedding was lots of fun.

Tanya & Tim have a lovely little dog called Rio, who couldn’t come to the wedding itself but they wanted to make sure there were plenty of photographs with their beloved pet included in the morning while Tanya & Cailtin got ready at home.

The wedding was dressed to perfection with an array of colours, hot pink flowers from Buds to Bloom and sweets on every table which helped bring loads of colour to the day! The guests enjoyed the grounds of this Hampshire venue while the wedding breakfast and party took place in a Marquee in the gardens.

Caitlin and the family took advantage of the summer sun and played in the garden. Later on the guests were treated to a wonderful magician called Michael King and then a band fronted by Tom Crouch which really got the party started.

What a wonderful day, thank you so much for having me there! Congratulations guys  xx

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Hampshire Wedding Photographer – James & Sally’s Wedding Down on the Farm!

There’s nothing I love more than getting to capture the wedding of dear friends and that’s exactly what I did with Sally and James’ wedding at Green Pastures Farm in Hampshire this May. James and Sally’s wedding was unique, in that the farm is not usually used for weddings – it’s a working farm and so everything they did was new and original and, knowing these guys, exactly what they were going for.

James and Sally got married legally in the early morning at Southampton registry office with a few close friends and family, before James arrived at the farm to over see the final touches being laid out. Rather than having one or two colours for the wedding the theme was ‘colourful’ with rainbow bunting and flowers dotted everywhere within the barn and connected marquee.

Once the guests were all seated in the barn, Sally walked down the aisle with her Dad as best friend and bridesmaid Nancy played the flute. As the vows they said were not legally binding, their friend who held the ceremony was able to make the speech hilarious however still incredibly moving and heartfelt. Even though the official ceremony was held at the registry office that morning, in the hearts and minds of Sally and James and their guests, this was the moment that they truly married each other.

The afternoon was spent in the glorious sunshine, sitting on hay bails, drinking cider and watching Lonely Joe Parker serenade the guests on the guitar. Guests were asked to bring along a picnic meal to share with everyone else, so mountains or cheeses, sausage rolls, breads and meals were happily munched by all. Guests were also invited to bring their own drinks to enjoy, or the ladies at Vaa Bar, a pop up bar were also on hand to serve drinks and shots all afternoon. Dessert was served from Bluebell, the gorgeous vintage ice cream van who arrived to offer delicious ice creams to everyone!

Thanks you so much for having me there, it was such a honour to share the day with such good friends. Love you guys! xx

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