Beautiful Couple + Breathtaking Views = Amazing Wedding!

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The historic Town Walls have taken pride of place in Southampton for hundreds of years. So, with the venue being so near, to make use of them for pictures at the beautiful wedding of Jen and Lee on 1st April, was a no-brainer!

The wedding took place at the Southampton Holiday Inn. It’s in a prime location: with the old walls to one side, and the stunning water front views of the Mayflower Park, to the other.

Some awesome photo opportunities then!

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Quick mention for the fantastic staff at The Holiday Inn, who were exemplary in their desire to make sure everything ran smoothly – as indeed it did!

The beautiful bride, in her stunning gown, walked into the ceremony to the music of the famous Elvis Presley song “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” played by Alison, a very talented violinist.

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At our pre-wedding get together with the lovely couple, we had ambled across to the old walls, which we all agreed would make the perfect setting for some of their pictures. 

On the day itself, we had everything crossed for good weather. As indeed we do for every wedding we photograph of course, but especially so this time! The plan was for the majority of the wedding party to make their way from the hotel to the walls, via a very busy main road (thank goodness for the pedestrian lights!). Torrential rain would have made things very tricky!

Luckily, the sun shone and it all worked even better than anticipated, despite the somewhat gusty wind.  To experience the fascinating Old Town Walk with the bride and groom and their family and friends, was brilliant. The group shots turned into a bit of an adventure!

We took the “all guests” photo at the hotel first – there’s a perfect spot to the side of the hotel with lots of steps, so I could get to a good high vantage point. Everyone in view!

At the walls we could concentrate on the rest of the family and friends’ shots. We stopped at different locations along the walk, to make the most of the variety of fabulous scenic views.

The guests made their way back to the hotel as and when their photographs were done. When everyone had eventually filtered away, it was only the lovely couple with the children, their pageboys and flower girl, remaining. We took a couple of fun shots of them all by the arches, otherwise known as The Arcades.

The walk is also home to the 15th Century Tudor House, one of Southampton’s most haunted buildings, apparently! The outside of the building is perfect for romantic couple shots – no paranormal beings spotted!

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Once everyone else had gone back to the hotel, dark clouds had started to appear.  The impending rain meant a quick change of plan and the proposed evening shots in the Mayflower Park with the newlyweds were brought forward.

It turned out to be the most amazing time of the day to take the shots. The sun was low creating some beautiful light and rays. The water absolutely sparkled! A perfect atmosphere for some very romantic pictures.

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As the happy couple strolled hand in hand back across the park, the hotel could be seen in the distance. Perfect to feature in the pictures to add to the story and set the scene.

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Everything fell into place so very well. We were back at the Holiday Inn in good time for the wedding breakfast!

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Loved the bride’s gorgeous red shoes!!

Sticking with the historic theme … check out this swash-buckler of a sword for cutting the cake!!

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Once the evening guests arrived, the cake was cut by the happy couple wielding the said sword!
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Awesome cake eh! Made by the clever folk at http://www.specialitycakes.biz/  – and chosen by the groom himself!

The happy newlyweds then took to the floor for their first dance.

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A truely special and wonderful day!

Made all the more special by the amazing talents of :

Violinist, Alison Rowley http://www.morrismonday.com/

Flowers by Sarah Grist at Penny Lane Flowers  https://www.pennylaneflowers.com/

Dress by Ann, Sue and Dee of Mayflower Bridal http://www.mayflowerbridal.co.uk

Cake by Speciality Cakes http://www.specialitycakes.biz/

Congrats to the new Mr and Mrs!!

Moments from a Beautiful Wedding Day

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There were so many times where we just went “WOW” at Saturday’s beautiful wedding!

Our first “step back in amazement” moment was when we entered the main marquee. It looked simply stunning! 

As we were a little early arriving to the bride’s home for her getting ready shots, the marquee was our first port of call. As soon as we walked inside, Lee and I were blown away by the vintage style decor and attention to detail.

A very impressive marquee!

A very impressive marquee!

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Two other marquees were set up adjacent to the main one; one which would later be home to the hog roast and food, and t’other (“wow” moment number 2!) was set up as a photobooth with a difference, which we thought was an excellent idea … a mockup room setting with its false wall and open picture frames, complete with a chair, table and old-fashioned style phone. It was so cleverly done and naturally the perfect place to leave our fun props ready for the party – and later to be the source of much merriment!!

Great idea for the photobooth!

Great idea for the photobooth!

The cake was amazing – number 3 “wow” moment – and made by the mum of the bride, who did a wonderful job, I’m sure you’ll agree!

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The other end of the garden was set up in readiness for the guests’ arrival and welcome drinks. Two brilliant vintage style vans finished setting the scene, in readiness for later in the evening where one would be serving burgers and the other was the bar. So many great ideas and special touches.

Loved the picture frames hanging from the tree.

Loved the picture frames hanging from the tree.

So with loads of shots already in the bag, it was time to head into the house for the bridal party getting ready shots. Things were already underway with the hair and makeup and the usual hustle bustle and pre-wedding excitement were in full swing. hair-makeup-blogboard-12-copy

We left the girls to it for a while whilst we went to photograph the dress, shoes and flowers back in one of the chalets in the large grounds.

Ah … our next “wow” moment … The dress!! Ok, of course, all wedding dresses are out of this world, and we have photographed our fair share of stunners … this one though was just that little bit extra special, as it had been made by the extremely talented mum-of-the-groom! When we walked into the chalet, it wasn’t hanging up on the back of a door as we had expected, but it was displayed in its full glory on a Taylor’s dummy in the middle of the room. It was a definite gasp from me when I first saw it, so magnificent, and when we were later told it was the handiwork of the groom’s mum, we were even more awestruck.

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We headed back upstairs for more photos of the bridesmaids’ dresses, and one of those special little touches … the bride’s garter with the wedding ring of her nan attached.

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Time suddenly starts to disappear quickly on the morning of a wedding; one minute it seems like there is still ages to go, and suddenly there’s not! Before we knew, it was time for the beautiful bride to put on her dress! Another “wow” moment of course!

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Then it was off to the church! Lockerley St John’s Church is very lovely…you can read more about the history here http://www.lockerley.org.uk/index.php/history/80-the-church-of-lockerley.  Rain had been forecast for later in the afternoon but unfortunately a shower decided to fall just as we arrived at the church and continued as the guests started to arrive. We made use of the church doorway in the downpours, but were luckily able to dodge some showers to get at least some shots in the front of the church. And thankfully the rain held off for the arrival of the bride!

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We breathed a sigh of relief to find it wasn’t raining when we went back outside after the service so were able to get the few planned guest shots in the church grounds.

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Nearby the church is a little bridge over the River Dun where we stopped off with the newlyweds en route back to the reception – always great to get some water reflections shots. And the rain was still holding back luckily!

A little gem of a spot for photos just round the corner form the church

A little gem of a spot for photos just round the corner from the church

When we arrived back at the house,  the guests were enjoying their welcome drinks, accompanied by some great music from a very talented guitarist.

The family goat wondered what on earth was going on!

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We knew the heavens were about to open so we worked quickly to get the outdoor shots that had been planned for this part of the day, and thankfully we just about about got these pictures taken before the rain started falling very heavily. Fortunately there were plenty of sheltered areas, and it was soon time for the wedding breakfast.

A delicious meal, speeches and into the evening celebrations!

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It was a wonderful day for sure 🙂

Congrats to the happy couple!!

 

 

 

 

Renewing Our Wedding Vows … 30 Years On

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Well, it was a day to remember for sure …. And I’m delighted to say for all the RIGHT reasons!

Yes, after months of meticulous planning, our special day had finally arrived! On Sunday Lee and I renewed our wedding vows in celebration of our 30th wedding anniversary in the warm presence of our family and friends.

The day was perfect, indeed, everything we’d hoped it would be.  Even the weather didn’t let us down – thank goodness!

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After a crazy week of rushing here, there and everywhere, with lots of last minute “oh that’ll be a great idea’ shopping for the party, not to mention trying to find certain things that we suddenly realised we probably needed that hadn’t occurred to us sooner (tablecloth weights anyone?), plus a trip to Gomshall for a day to take the first car load of stuff to my sister’s house and start getting some things ready, at last it was Saturday. We headed off for the weekend, with the car again full to the brim.

My sister and brother in law had very kindly offered us their wonderful garden for the occasion, and we can’t thank them enough. The garden is very large and beautifully kept, especially so with the magnificent flowers in full bloom; it looked absolutely stunning! We spent Saturday afternoon in the sunshine, putting up the decorations etc. to give it a party feel.  Our niece, Kelly, had prepared some jars of flowers freshly picked from the garden for the tables, which was just the look we were after. We chopped the fruit for the Pimms and Fruit Punch, and set up the amp for the music. The microphone proved too much temptation to Kelly, who couldn’t resist a singsong using it, so we had a good old giggle too and were generally getting excited in anticipation for the next day. So a busy but fun-filled afternoon after which we had a nice meal out with my sister, brother in law and our eldest son Tom – so a very pleasant way to start the celebrations.

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Just the job!

Early prep of the garden with Molly the dog wondering what all the fuss was about

Early prep of the garden with Molly the dog wondering what all the fuss was about

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Little touches

We were up bright and early on Sunday morning as we still had a fair bit of last minute things-that-could-not-be-done sooner to do, such as blowing up balloons with helium and hanging them, putting the tablecloths and jars of flowers onto the tables, and arranging the sweets, old photographs and glasses onto various tables.

A few sweet treats

A few sweet treats …

... and table of memories

… and table of memories

My talented niece arrived midmorning to do my hair and makeup (great job, thank you, Kelly!), then before we knew it was noon and the caterers had arrived! We used a company called Surrey Gourmet Catering http://www.surreygourmet.com/ They were absolutely fantastic, the food was tasty and really well presented, and the two waitresses and waiter were amazing. It was such a weight off our minds to know we were in their capable hands and didn’t have to worry about that side of things at all. As well as laying out all the food, they prepared the Pimms and Fruit Punch when they got there, and then handed out canopes and the drinks to guests on arrival. We can highly recommend them.

Pimms O'Clock

Pimms O’Clock

Time for a quick few piccies with our boys before the guests arrived.

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Family pic

Our friends and family started to arrive at 1pm so we were able to greet and mingle with them knowing they were being fed and watered!

We had asked everyone to bring a garden chair, and when the time came they made their way to the end of the garden where the ceremony was to take place at 2 in a little shack-like structure next to the pond and waterfall. A very peaceful setting which lent itself perfectly to the job in hand.

Our guests getting settled for the ceremony

Our guests getting settled for the ceremony

The Lady in Red by Chris De Burgh started playing – a special song to us as it was our First Dance choice on our Wedding Day – and Lee and I walked along the garden beneath a wooden walkway, accompanied by our great niece and nephew who were as good as gold and cute as can be. Our original bridesmaid and pageboy were Kelly and her brother Ross who are of course all grown up now, however we just had to recreate the original photo:

Recreating a moment from 1986

Recreating a moment from 1986

We made our way into the “shack” (not quite sure how else to describe it!), and it was amazing to look out at the smiling faces of our friends and family. My lovely friend Trudy is a registrar, and we could have chosen no one better to take the ceremony. We had no idea of what of she would be saying beforehand, and her words were beautiful and very moving. As Lee and I reaffirmed our vows to each other I hadn’t expected to feel quite so emotional, and actually got quite choked up… it was even more special than we thought it would be.

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Afterwards our sons, Tom and Ryan, gave out our thankyou gifts and engraved pens to everyone whilst the waitresses bought out the champagne.

Whilst all this was going on the caterers had been laying out the food on the large table at the other end of the garden. Everyone went to start tucking into the delicious spread, while we had some pictures taken in an especially pretty part of the garden, by the pond and amongst the flowers.

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Lots of folk have asked, “who will be taking your photos”? Well, we had arranged for some photographer friends to take them and we handed over our cameras to them to use for the day, so I could edit them afterwards in my usual style.

They did a wonderful job so we have some fantastic memories to treasure 🙂

We’d booked an ice cream van to come along for a couple of hours in the afternoon which turned out to be one of the highlights of the day and went down a treat with all our guests! There we all were in the gorgeous afternoon sunshine enjoying our Mr Whippy’s and ice cream tubs, wonderful!! We used Bertie’s Vintage Ices http://www.bertiesvintageices.co.uk/ , they were excellent! We couldn’t fault them and everyone thought it was an inspired idea to have them there.

Haha, so glad I’d thought of it 😉

They even let Lee and I clamber into the van for some pictures – more great memories of the day!

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Enjoying a “99”

If you’re having a party and fancy offering something a bit different – they were just ace and very reasonable, and such friendly folk too!

Of course we had a cake. Made by a company called the Brilliant Bakers https://www.thebrilliantbakers.co.uk/ , it was delicious – and went a long way! Our 70 guests all had a slice and we still have lots left (so still munching our way through it – diet starts again next week!!) What do you think of the 3D Mini Me’s on top? We thought they would make a great cake topper! They’re not edible so we now have a lovely keepsake.

Our cake with us on top!!

Our cake with us on top!!

We had the 3D model done by Asda in Havant https://www.asda-photo.co.uk/bookings/asda-3dme-a-miniature-3d-figure-from-asda-photo  We headed over there a few weeks ago to have our photos taken in their 3D photobooth, wearing the actual clothes we would be wearing on the day. Our model was ready a couple of weeks later.

So all in all, it was a lovely relaxing afternoon with everyone sitting back, chatting and enjoying the sunshine. We had a fantastic time catching up with our friends and family, some of whom we hadn’t seen for far too long.  It all went by so quickly as these things do, and before we knew it, folk were starting to say their goodbyes, which is always the sad part of the day, especially as you feel you haven’t had enough time to chat to everyone as much as you would’ve liked to have done.

We then sat with a few close family into the evening and finished the night by opening the wonderful cards and gifts we’d been given.

Everything had fallen into place like clockwork and we couldn’t have hoped for a better day, as perfect as our wedding day had been back in 1986.

Our special day … now just a memory, but a great one for sure.

This week we’re still on holiday as we knew we’d need a bit of time to chill out after the rushing around of the previous couple of weeks, so we’re having a few day trips out and a few days at home to do just that before getting back into the swing of things next Tuesday.

And have to say, the good wishes you’ve been sending our way have been really lovely, thank you so much 🙂

 

Beautiful Farnham Castle Wedding

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Wow!! As wedding venues go, Farnham Castle is definitely up there with the best!

Picturesque Farnham Castle

Picturesque Farnham Castle

You may remember, at the beginning of our holiday we had a wedding to go to; that of Maddie (the daughter of some close friends of ours) and James.  We were over the moon to take their photographs at this stunning venue. ‘Twas a busy day for sure, but such a joy to photograph a lovely couple in this amazing setting!

The castle is about 900 years old. Here’s a little history http://www.farnhamcastle.com/history/

The Old Gatehouse is where the bridal party get ready for the day ahead.
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The Gatehouse is designed perfectly for the purpose.  It has a comfy downstairs area; refreshments had been laid out here to keep everyone going throughout the morning. The hair and makeup ladies were hard at work in one of the upstairs rooms, with the dresses and shoes set out in another, which had glorious light streaming in, so great for photos to be taken.

Downstairs in The Gatehouse

Downstairs in The Gatehouse

Fantastic hair and makeup by the lovely ladies at Amore Makeup http://www.amoremakeup.co.uk/

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Proud mum looking on

Proud mum looking on

Whilst the girls were getting ready, we took some shots of the preparations going on in The Great Hall.

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Just had to take a picture of this tame little cat. He must live somewhere nearby – he was very friendly and amusing 🙂 As you can see was doing his best to trip up the videographer, Andrew, who it was great to meet and work alongside http://andrewcollin.co.uk/

Cat doing his best to trip up the videographer

James and his groomsmen arrived along with some guests and we took some shots as they chatted on the Great Lawn in front of the castle.

Great views of Farnham from the castle walls

Superb views of Farnham from the wall of the great lawn

It was back to the Gatehouse then – the beautiful bride was almost ready to go!

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Maddie’s mum and our good friend, Trudy, is a registrar and she had been granted permission to take the ceremony which made it particularly special.

Special moment for mum and daughter

Special moment for mum and her newly married daughter at the close of the ceremony

The ceremony took place in the Lantern Hall, which is a beautiful light and airy room http://www.farnhamcastle-weddings.co.uk/venue/the-lantern-hall/

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Beautiful flowers by Eden Blooms http://www.edenblooms.co.uk/

Everything certainly runs like clockwork at Farnham Castle – extremely well organised, and the staff are very friendly and helpful.

After the ceremony, the guests are asked to line up along the main staircase, with a glass of Pimms in one hand, and a handful of confetti in t’other, and the bride and groom then mosey on down the steps being showered by confetti. A magical site to behold – and of course great to photograph!! We were told an amusing story of one occasion when a guest inadvertently threw their Pimms instead of the confetti at the bride and groom – oops!  I suspect wasn’t very funny for the bride and groom at the time!!! 

Luckily only the confetti got thrown on this occasion …

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Then it was a quick run upstairs for me to take the main group shot of the newlyweds and their guests in front of the castle from a top floor window – a perfect vantage point to get both the guests and the fantastic view across Farnham.

The gardens are beautiful, and lend themselves perfectly to the romantic bride and groom shots, and there is the added bonus of photographing the happy couple in the castle ruins too, with its wonderful ancient walls and amazing views.

A photographer’s dream!!

The wedding breakfast takes place in the 12th century Great Hall http://www.farnhamcastle-weddings.co.uk/venue/the-great-hall/  The meal is exquisitely presented – and delicious too! The balcony overlooking the Hall gives a splendid vantage point to take some pictures of the speeches, tables and later the dancing.

BIrd's eye view of the speeches!

A bird’s eye view of the speeches!

So it was into the early evening and there was a beautiful relaxed atmosphere as the bride and groom mingled with their guests in the castle grounds before cutting their cake and having their First Dance.

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Then it was dancing till midnight, and a hog roast feast just in case anyone was still peckish! Our photo props seemed to go down a storm and a good time was had by all.

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We stayed in the Castle overnight, and we were all treated to a generous continental breakfast the next morning in the brightly decorated library which was a super relaxing way to finish the celebrations.

For anyone out there researching wedding venues at the moment, Farnham Castle might be well worth a look!

Congratulations, Maddie and James! It sure was a fantastic day 🙂

The Big Day … All Over Again

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Champers at the ready

Champers at the ready

This August is a very special one for Lee and I as we are renewing our wedding vows in celebration of our 30 year wedding anniversary.

Don’t ask me where those 30 years have gone – in the blink of an eye, that’s for sure. And how can it be when we are still only 21 (or like to think we are, haha) 😉

All very exciting but loads of things still to organise – it’s like getting married all over again, only this time round with a little added help from Pinterest and its overwhelming collection of ideas and inspiration!

We are very lucky to have a beautiful venue, with big thanks to my sister and brother-in-law, who have kindly offered their amazing garden for the day, and it’s absolutely perfect. Obviously it will help massively if the weather is kind to us too …

One of my closest friends is a registrar and kindly offered to do our ceremony. She means the world to both of us and honestly we couldn’t wish for anyone better.

I’ve managed to finally find THE frock! This, believe me, has been no mean feat. It’s absolutely NOTHING like the dress I originally had in mind and have been trying to find to no avail for the past several months. My planned dream dress was to be red and flowing gracefully (on account of the song we had for our First Dance way back when … yep, you guessed it, Chris de Burgh’s “Lady in Red”).

I’m keeping under wraps what I will be actually wearing … but suffice to say, it ain’t red!!! You wouldn’t believe where I found it, but as soon as I saw it I was completely bowled over, and when you get that incredible feeling about something you just have to go with it don’t you.

So quite a relief to get that sorted, which meant we were finally able to get Lee and the boys kitted out, so we all will kind of “blend in” colourwise.

My talented niece has volunteered to do my hair and makeup on the day. We had a trial run a couple of weeks ago, and she came up with something a little bit different for my hair; delighted with her inspiration.

Another thing ticked off the to do list.

Just like our Wedding Day in 1986, everything seems to be falling into place very nicely.

Ummm  … 1986 … now THAT was quite a year for us – I even wrote a book about it and the interim years for our 25th Anniversary!

But there still seems to be masses to sort out. We have accumulated a conservatory full of “stuff for the party” and we need to take stock of all that so we can see what we still need to get, as well as sort out all the music and several other things to boot.

Therefore, I’m taking a bit of an extended holiday this summer, as I feel the need to put my whole self into the last minute preparations for the big day if I’m to get everything done in time, and then we’re having a short break afterwards to chill out a bit!

I’ll be closing from Wednesday 27th July and reopening on Tuesday 23 August.

Thank you very much for your patience during this time, it’s very much appreciated.

Unfortunately, this clashes of course with the best part of the school summer holidays, (although I still have a couple of slots free at the time of writing on weekdays at the end of August if you were thinking of booking in).

More to come on the day itself after the event! I hope you all have a lovely summer break too 🙂

 

 

Beautiful South Farm Wedding

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Getting married on a farm may sound a little bizarre but South Farm in Shingay-cum-Wendy (what a great name!), near Royston, Herts  isn’t just any farm … it is an absolutely breathtaking place and a most picturesque wedding venue!

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Yay!!

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You may remember reading about our pre-wedding meeting there with the lovely bride and groom-to-be, Laura and Johnny, back in May https://romseyfotografix.wordpress.com/2015/05/13/wedding-in-hertfordshire-anyone/ We were taken aback by how lovely it was!

And at the weekend  – the big day itself finally arrived!

We’ve known Laura since she was born, so you can imagine this was an extra special one for us.  We were invited as guests along with our two sons, as well as being the official photographers for the day.  So it was a great opportunity to spend a weekend together as a family too (a bit of a rare occurrence now they’re all grown up!!).

The day before the wedding was amazing as well.  We spent the afternoon and evening with Laura, her brother, Lewis, and lovely mum, Janice, who is a very close friend. We stayed in Royston, about 15 minutes drive from South Farm, at The Old Bull Inn which was comfortable and very welcoming.

We had a wonderful evening at a very quirky restaurant in the town, the Jolly Postie, which was “First Class” if you’ll excuse the pun (a little joke that kept cropping up all evening 🙂 )  Exactly as its name implies, it used to be the post office in town, and it’s cleverly kept up the postal theme throughout as its decor – in fact, we dined in the back of an old post van (yes, really!!). Janice booked it when we were there in May as a surprise for Laura – and she was thrilled!  http://www.mcmullens.co.uk/jollypostie

The weather forecast predicted earlier in the week for the day itself had looked extremely dodgy, so it was a great relief to wake up on the morning of the wedding to bright skies and sunshine.

Especially as the wedding ceremony was to be outdoors!

Bridal suite

Bridal suite

All ready for the bridesmaids

All ready for the bridesmaids

The bridal suite at South Farm is spacious, light and airy.  It’s set on two floors.  Downstairs is ideal for the bridal party to have their hair and makeup done; its open staircase lends itself to loads of different photographic ideas, and upstairs with its huge windows and comfy sofas, and four poster bed, is a perfect area for a natter and relax whilst waiting a turn to be “worked on” by the stylists. A fantastic place for taking the shots of the dresses and flowers etc and of course the girls getting ready. Very well designed indeed.

There were many emotional moments to photograph, such as when Laura gave out her gifts to her mum and bridesmaids, as well as when she opened her beautiful card and gift from her hubby-to-be.  It was a privilege to be there to share and capture the magic as everything was unwrapped and admired.

Lovely mum and daughter share a moment

Lovely mum and daughter share a moment

...and a gift

…and a gift

Bracelets for the bridesmaids - amongst other things!

Bracelets for the bridesmaids – amongst other things!

Opening her card

Opening her card

The bridesmaids had made a wonderful album filled with loads of photos and messages from the hen do, which they presented to Laura first thing – it looked brilliant – a fantastic keepsake for her to treasure!

Pressie from the "hens"

Pressie from the “hens”

In the meantime, Johnny and his groomsmen had arrived. Their first stop was the large Tudor Barn, where the tables were laid for the wedding breakfast.  The guys had bought all the finishing touches for the tables with them and did a grand job of laying it all out, in the correct places!

More pressies were sent across from the bridal suite, for Lewis and the groom to be.

Pleased with his pressie

Pleased with his pressie

Lewis reads his special messages from his sister and soon-to-be brother in law

Lewis reads his special messages from his sister and soon-to-be brother in law

Tables set, Johnny and his groomsmen headed off to get ready.

The finishing touch

The finishing touch

The guests started arriving and the ceremony time drew near. Just time to do the groom and party shots before he headed off to see the registrar.

Sharing a family moment

Sharing a family moment

The rings!

The rings!

Then back to the bridal suite to see how the girls were getting on.

Looking very composed

Looking very composed

Yes, all ready – and what a beautiful bride!

Bridesmaids pretty in mint

Bridesmaids pretty in mint

Once the registrars had seen Laura in the bridal suite, it was time to go!

Lewis and Laura share a moment before he walks her down the aisle

Lewis and Laura share a moment before he walks her down the aisle

First glimpse at his bride

First glimpse at his bride

The seats for the guests were arranged on the large lawn one side of a small lily pond, overlooking an oak Summer House on the other, where the ceremony took place. Laura looked simply gorgeous as she walked down the aisle with Lewis by her side to give her away, and then she and Johnny walked up to the Summer House to say their vows.

A magical setting to tie the knot

A magical setting to tie the knot

Guests get a great view

Guests get a great view

Signed sealed and delivered - it's official!

Signed sealed and delivered – it’s official!

Afterwards we all headed to the main courtyard to take the main group shot and throw some confetti, lots of it, kindly supplied by South Farm!

Showered with confetti

Showered with confetti

Then it was back to the lawn in front of the house for the drinks reception to the melodic sounds of a string quartet and to take some more photos of the guests.  Afterwards we whisked away the newlyweds for some romantic shots in the grounds. Spoiled for choice!

Perfect weather for shadows in the water

Perfect weather for shadows in the water

The happy couple

The happy couple

Another scenic spot

Yet another scenic spot

...and another

…and another

Adding to the afternoon’s entertainment were the farm’s sow and her piglets, who have their stable adjacent to the Tudor Barn, along with the hens and peacocks, which were a joy to watch and I’m sure very used to being photographed!

Piglets come to say hllo

Piglets come to say hllo

We’d all been given the lyrics in advance to a song which means a lot to Laura and Johnny It Must be Love by Madness and the folk from Wedding Marryokes http://www.weddingmarryokes.com/ were there to record us all singing along to it at some stage throughout the day, from getting ready through to the evening party. A fantastic idea which really got everyone in the party mood – can’t wait to see the end result!  And we were able to get some hilarious shots of folk strutting their stuff for the video too, not least the newlyweds 🙂

Singing and dancing along to the "Marry Okey"

Singing and dancing along to the “Marry Okey”

The lyrics

The lyrics

The meal was delicious and the cake was too – not only to eat but just look at it! Thanks to the very talented liz@queenofhertscakes.co.uk    Fabulous!!

Wow how about this for a cake!

Wow how about this for a cake!

Before we knew it, it was time for the first dance and the evening party was underway.  Everyone had a ball that’s for sure!!

We did some final shots outside – couldn’t miss out on such a glorious sunset!

Enjoying the sunset as their fabulous day was drawing to a close

Enjoying the sunset as their fabulous day was drawing to a close

Then we put the cameras down and I took to the dance floor to have a little jig before the night drew to a close.

Everything was just perfect!  

Our thanks to Ali at South Farm who ensured everything ran smoothly and for all her friendly help and guidance to us throughout the day.

Our one little hiccup was that our car got a puncture en route back to our hotel and we found ourselves stranded on a country lane in the middle of the night! Luckily we didn’t have to wait too long for the AA man to come to our rescue and fit the spare.

Huge congratulations to Laura and Johnny – we really enjoyed photographing your beautiful wedding and hope you love your pictures!

A Beautiful Wedding in Clovelly

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Karen and James (720)_pe just married Back in the day, my dad took a photo of my sister and myself on the steep, cobbled slope in Clovelly, North Devon. In the picture, one of us, I seem to remember, was sat on a donkey (no doubt yours truly) and t’other, was standing beside. I must have been about 8 or 9 at the time. I have no idea where that picture is now, but it’s an image that springs to mind, whenever I think of Clovelly http://www.clovelly.co.uk/

I’d never have imagined then that one day I would be walking along that very same, steep hill – which still looks pretty much the same as it did all those years ago – photographing a beautiful wedding!

When our sons were much younger, we took them to Clovelly for a day out whilst holidaying in Devon. Another very memorable day … especially the boat ride we took out to sea on one of the fishing boats from Clovelly harbour. The boys and Lee thought it was great fun and extremely exciting. Me? Well, naturally I was scared out of my wits being in that little boat on the very choppy water … and obviously my family found this highly amusing!!   I have to say, I was very relieved to get back onto dry land!

So of course it was fantastic to be asked to photograph a wedding in such a picturesque location, with such fond memories attached to it.

You may recall my previous post when we met with Karen and James, the bride and groom to be, for our pre-wedding get together https://romseyfotografix.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/a-trip-down-memory-lane-2/

The weekend of the wedding, at the beginning of this month, came round before we knew it. Lee and I travelled down to Devon on the Friday and we all met at the church – the historical All Saints, http://www.clovelly.co.uk/village/places-of-worship – that evening for the rehearsal. We always try and get to the wedding rehearsal if possible, as it’s a great opportunity to introduce ourselves to the clergy and ask where we are allowed to stand during the ceremony etc. The vicar in this case was very obliging indeed, very friendly with a wonderful sense of humour, which made for a relaxed time for all concerned. We took some test shots as the rehearsal got underway, which was of great benefit in preparation for the ceremony itself.

So the big day dawned. The weather forecast had promised torrential rain (great!). Luckily, although it was quite nippy with a gusty wind, and the odd spot of rain here and there, the threatened downpour never materialised – phew! It would have made life a little more tricky had the heavens opened, although we did have our big brollies with us, for the bride and groom, just in case 🙂

Our first stop of the morning was to the bridal suite to take some early getting ready shots of Karen and her Matron of Honour. All seemed nice and calm, although I expect there were a few butterflies!

BlogBoard-2 copyThe bridal room at the Red Lion in Clovelly harbour is quite exquisite and beautifully decorated.  It’s a super light, airy and spacious room, with fantastic views out to sea. A superb backdrop for the dress, shoes and flower shots!

BlogBoard-4 copyJames and his Bestman had stayed overnight at the New Inn, halfway up the cobbled street. They wandered down to the harbour area mid-morning, so we could get some shots of them against the brilliant views whilst the tide was out (making sure they were well out of sight of the bridal suite of course!).

Most of the wedding guests were staying in the Red Lion, where the reception was later to take place. The Clovelly Landrovers were on hand to transport everyone in stages to All Saints Church, back at the top of the hill.

James and his groomsmen were the first to head up to the church, and Lee and I followed shortly after in the next Landrover with the first group of wedding guests, so we could take the groom and party pictures at the church, as well as some informal pictures of the guests as they arrived.

The rings!

The rings!

Once these shots were in the bag, we hitched a ride in the Landrover going back down the hill, so we could take some more photos in the bridal suite. By this time, Karen was almost ready. We were able to get some gorgeous shots of her looking out to sea as well as those with her mum and dad and Matron of Honour.

Blog15 copyWe then jumped in a Landrover back to the church to await Karen’s arrival with her dad.

arrival-1 copyAfter the ceremony, we walked round to the gardens at the back of the church, with such incredible views – a fantastic backdrop indeed for the new “Mr and Mrs” to have their special shots taken with their family and friends.

BlogBoard-7 newlywedsAs the guests then made their way back down to the Red Lion in the Landrovers, I walked with the newlyweds to photograph them as they ambled happily together down the famous Clovelly cobbled street.

(Big thanks to the Bestman for carrying the brollies – which fortunately weren’t needed!)

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The bride looking very stylish with the brollies!

The bride looking very stylish with the brollies!

It was a marvellous atmosphere, with the friendly locals shouting out their good wishes as we wandered along.

Lee in the meantime drove our car, which was parked at the church, back to the Red Lion and then walked up from the bottom of the hill to meet us half way – he had the tougher job – definitely much easier walking down the hill than up!

BlogBoard-cobbles copyAll the guests were safely back at the hotel enjoying their welcome drinks by the time we arrived, and it was almost time for the wedding breakfast and then the cake cutting. Those little rubber ducks you can see around the cake were given to the children – an unusual touch which of course went down very well with the little ‘uns 🙂

cake copyWe did some more shots on the stoney seafront and in the harbour of Karen and James later in the evening – yet more amazing photo opportunities!

evening9 copyThe party got underway and everyone let their hair down and had great fun – the hilarious “photobooth style” props went down very well with the kiddies – and the adults too as the evening got into full swing!!

You’ll see I’ve added a canvas effect to some of the shots for this post – which I reckon is rather apt; the village of Clovelly is like stepping into a picture-perfect world – even on a cloudy day!

Thanks so much, Karen and James, for giving us the opportunity to photograph your wonderful day, in such a fabulous location, which we know holds a special place in your hearts. And no doubt, even more so now 🙂

If anyone reading this fancies tying the knot in Clovelly here’s some more info http://www.clovelly.co.uk/weddings