Trudy and Scott’s Wedding at Gaynes Park in Epping, Essex – Part One

Back in the summer we met Trudy and Scott for the first time as they asked us to do an Engagement Shoot for them. The idea was to get some nice little piccies they could use for Invitations and Save The Date cards. They were truly great sports that day, hiking their way around Durdle Door and travelled all the way from Essex to see us.

It was only fair we shared the hellish Motorway travel experience. So, on a nippy and changeable Autumn weekend we made our way up to Epping for their wedding at Gaynes Park.

We arrived early so we could have a good scout around the venue before things kicked off. Gaynes Park has the cutest, tiny Gatekeeper’s Cottage which can be used for bridal preps and as a honeymoon suite. It was here I met up with Trudy. She wanted some time to chill in the morning and visit the hairdressers in peace and quiet, so we started things off once the flowers had arrived and it was time to dress.

The ceremony took place in the Orangery just a stone’s throw from the cottage. We absolutely loved the fact the guests were seated facing inwards, rather than in standard rows. This was mostly for the practical reason the room is really wide, but the aisle is short. It gave everyone a chance to see the happy couple clearly, making a large ceremony group feel a lot more intimate (and Ian got some nice side shots as opposed to being stuck at the back). More venues should do this if they can!

Trudy and Scott had made so much effort putting together their table decorations and we were absolutely honoured to see they’d put their Engagement Photos to good use and used them instead of table names.

Continues in Part Two

Trudy and Scott’s Wedding at Gaynes Park in Epping, Essex – Part Two

Continuing on from Part One

We cannot put into words what a thoughtful couple Trudy and Scott are. As we were a long way from home they’d not only seated us as guests and treated us to a slap-up meal but they’d made little place names for us too – like proper guests!

Scott even told everyone the backstory to the Engagement photos on each table during his speech and then we were presented with the biggest box of cupcakes! Amazing! We were so grateful for those on the way home and I’m ashamed to say (apart from one, which I gave to a friend who popped round for tea) we ate the entire box. Ooops!

It got dark really early, so after dinner we popped out for a bit of light-scribing with torches and to play with some sparklers. Then, it was time for the first dance and evening do at Gaynes Park’s Mill Barn.

Kudos to this wedding party for not only being the first group we’ve seen form a trailing Conga-line, but also for pulling this off with gusto as the second song of the night. The DJ said it couldn’t be done but they proved otherwise. I was also introduced to the strange, but ever-so-photogenic ways of the Cha Cha Slide. It’s a bit like Black Lace’s “Superman“, no?

A big shout out to Shoot Boutique too – without doubt the finest evening photo booth we’ve ever seen.

Thank you so much for all the fun, laughter, food and cakes, Trudy and Scott. And for letting us be part of your day x

Carly and Nick’s Wedding at Cafe Shore, Poole – Part One

Carly and Nick got married at the very distinctive and chic Cafe Shore in Sandbanks, Poole. It’s a restaurant and bar with beautiful views of Poole Harbour and Brownsea. I think it’s a pretty unbeatable vista to glance over when you’re actually standing there… getting married.

The day started with me making my way over to Carly’s parents house for the bridal preps. By all accounts things started off a little bit later in the morning for Nick, with a quick dressing and then drinks whilst catching up on “Helicopter Heroes”.

I love looking through the shots we end up with after a wedding. The clocks on mine and Ian’s cameras are always synced and it never fails to make me chuckle when I see Groom’s nervously pacing at the ceremony venue and the bride’s still got her jammies on.

On with the preps and ceremony…

Carly and Nick’s Wedding Reception continues in Part Two

Carly and Nick’s Wedding at Cafe Shore, Poole – Part Two

Carrying on from Part One

As the nights were drawing in and it would be getting dark during the wedding breakfast we made our way over the road to the beach to take some portraits soon after the ceremony.

Actually, most of Carly and Nick’s friends came along for the ride too. Thanks to several members of the wedding party who helped carry bridal shoes and bouquets with such finesse.

After the meal we headed out onto Cafe Shore’s terrace to play around with a bit of light-scribing while the venue was set up for the evening. We soon found out it’s a lot easier to draw shapes than right backwards words (especially after the wedding breakfast and champagne toasts). I’m still have trouble deciphering a lot of the messages, but the thought was there!

Posted with thanks and congratulations to Carly and Nick x

Rebecca and Mike’s Military Wedding – Bournemouth and Sandbanks

Rebecca and Mike’s big day was our first Military wedding. Their ceremony took place at St Swithun’s in Bournemouth followed by a reception at the Sandbanks Hotel in Poole.

Lots of their family and friends gathered for, what ended up to be, one of the last summery-ish days we had this year. We were very lucky as the Sandbanks Hotel has its own steps down to Shore Road beach so we were able to play with some portraits on the sand.

Rebecca and Mike had already proved they could work it in from of the camera during their wedding prep a couple of weeks before. We also had lots more fun taking some shots with the big group of bridesmaids.

One bonus of a military wedding: The groom is very happy to bring his own knife to cut the cake!