Andrew and Eleanor’s Wedding Prep Shoot in the New Forest

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Blimey it was a cold one this weekend! We met up with Andy and Eleanor for the first time for their wedding prep and after checking out their church together we made our way to the New Forest.

They’re getting married at Highfield Church in Southampton next month and later, making their way to The Domus in Beaulieu for their wedding reception.

Just down the road from Beaulieu we stopped off at Hawkhill Inclosure to go for a little wander. It was bitterly cold and a grey day with sleet rain but the winter Forest was still looking pretty and we tried to keep warm by climbing logs.

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Our puppy Indie

We have a new puppy! Meet Indiana (Indie). He is a 3-month old Cockapoo and he’s now lived with us for a fortnight. He is settling in very well and found his feet with us quite quickly. He is very good at night and rarely cries. Although it’s still another week before he can go for walks outside.

We have been working around the clock for the past few weeks to housetrain Indie and he is smart enough now to ‘sit’ on command and we have almost cracked not being so impatient to take food straight away and to wait to be told to eat. Most importantly, he knows loo breaks are taken outside. However, leave your slippers on the floor at your peril!

Indie is desperate to go outside and see new sights. We have a school at the end of the road so for the time being (until it’s OK to have a run in a park) he is taken out for a carry in the front garden so he can see everyone making their way to school (and he gets a lot of attention from passers-by). Yesterday, he went to the vets for his jabs and saw three other dogs which blew his tiny mind!

Although Indie is proving to be super smart we don’t think he’s quite going to be much help with off-camera Flash or holding reflectors on shoots, so on those days he will stay at home and hopefully help with admin. But we do have a few consultations lined up when he is going to venture out and meet up with some lovely prospective couples with us who have said they are excited to meet him. He has promised he will lay down nicely and busy himself chewing on a ball whilst we chat. We’ll see how that goes!

We’ll post another Indie update after he’s had some more outdoor adventures. In the meantime, Indie has his own Instagram account where he’s posting all of his daily adventures!

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Amy and Luke’s Wedding Prep in Poole

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We met up with Amy and Luke this weekend to talk through their wedding day details and go for a bit of a wander around Poole.

They’re getting married next month and are having their winter wedding at Sopley Mill and we’ll be joining them for part of their special day.

Here are some photos from our walk around Old Town.

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Caroline and Matt’s Wedding at The Kingscote Barn, Gloucestershire

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On Christmas week we made our way up to the Cotswolds to join Caroline and Matt for their wedding at The Kingscote Barn in Tetbury., Gloucestershire.

Christmas weddings are always really special. Everyone’s in the party mood, pleased to get out of the house and away from bad telly to see their friends and family.

Thankfully, the weather was a little kinder than their prep shoot a few weeks before. We stayed over in Tetbury the night before and the drive to the barn in the morning was really something special. The car was completely frozen shut but the frost on the hills and the sparkle of ice on such a beautiful sunny morning was what you’d hope for a wedding in the Cotswolds.

Being in a bit of a valley however, meant the venue was susceptible to freezing fog which rolled in later on in the day (we didn’t take a smoke machine). It went down to a bitter -3 degrees centigrade but Caroline and Matt were keen to get outside for photos and were real troopers. The mulled wine on offer was really just the ticket.

Doing things a little differently, Caroline and Matt wanted a more intimate ceremony with just close family and friends without sacrificing a bigger party later on in the day. So, after they exchanged vows and we’d taken some group shots and some foggy couple shoot photos a couple of coach loads arrived with the rest of the guests ready for the wedding breakfast and evening disco.

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Family Shoot at Chaffeymoor Grange

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A couple of weeks ago Lindsay at Chaffeymoor Grange asked us to pop over to take some portraits shots of her family. Her Mum had a very special birthday coming up and to celebrate her family were joining in on a big party. Making the most of everyone being together we helped them out with some group shots as a momento.

We are lucky enough to have worked at Chaffeymoor Grange a lot of the years and Lindsay and Rik have worked hard to make it one of the most welcoming and special venues. We have shot plenty of different styles of wedding there including an evening wedding. The beautiful Oak Room is always a pleasure to shoot in and as a special treat it was sparkling with Christmas decorations by the very talented florist, Sabine Darrall.

Here are just a few photos from our short evening shoot.

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Jo & Ricky’s Wedding at Sopley Mill

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We joined Jo & Ricky for their wedding day at Sopley Mill which took place just before Bonfire Night.

It was a classic Autumn day and really what you would expect from November – cold and wet. But there’s always something special and cosy about a seasonal wedding.

Luckily, with three floors of the Mill to explore and call their own the guests were happily tucked up inside for the most part. Although the scope for venturing around the grounds for photos was short-lived we were happy the rain stopped just when we needed it to (and Jo’s friend was happy to lend her some boots to save her pretty shoes in the mud).

The ceremony was conducted by the Bride and Groom’s friend, Rahul who did a great job as Celebrant.

Sadly, Rhubarb the cat wasn’t able to be invited. But she did have a great time playing with my shoes and laces during the morning preparations at Jo & Ricky’s home.

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Jo & Ricky’s Wedding Prep Shoot at Hengistbury Head

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Jo and Ricky are getting married this Autumn at Sopley Mill and we’ll be joining them to capture the whole day. We love an Autumn wedding and being held the day before Bonfire Night we’re sure there will be plenty of fun ways to see in the earlier night!

We met up for a little walk down to Hengistbury Head to talk through their day plans and spend some time wandering around the beach huts.

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Liz & Shane’s Wedding at Mortons House Hotel & Swanage Railway

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Liz and Shane’s wedding took place at Morton’s House Hotel in Corfe Castle, Dorset. It was a small and intimate occasion with close family and friends (and their beautiful and well-behaved dog, Winnie).

We joined them for one of our Short & Sweet days starting with morning preps at the hotel and Corfe Castle National Trust tearooms right through to their arrival for tea and cake and the Birds Nest Buffet car at Swanage Train Station. It was such a wonderful, fun day.

In the middle of this celebration there was a fantastic train ride taking the wedding party by Swanage Railway Steam Train from Corfe to the reception venue. Shane had previously been a volunteer helping put this line back on the tourist map and Winnie had been on the train before and knew how to stamp her own ticket!

Along the way everyone enjoyed the view and a cheeky little tipple to toast the newlyweds.

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Ross & Sarah’s Wedding at St Thomas’ Church & Royal Lymington Yacht Club

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Sarah and Ross’ Wedding Day took place in their home town of Lymington. Their ceremony was held at St Thomas’ in the centre of town followed by a reception at Royal Lymington Yacht Club, of which they’re members.

The weather really rolled in during the afternoon and by the evening it was a very windy and blustery day. Although we were so pleased it held off for them so the wedding party were able to make a grand entrance into the Club on their yacht, Scarlet Oyster. Ross and Sarah spend a lot of their summer with the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust taking children sailing who are in recovery from cancer or leukaemia, so this was a fitting part of the day.

Special mention should go to the staff at the Yacht Club who were lovely, super helpful and made us pots of tea to keep warm!

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Charlotte and Ben’s Wedding at RNLI College, Poole

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Charlotte and Ben’s Wedding Day took place at the RNLI College in Poole – a charity venue where money from every wedding goes towards training and helping save lives at sea. The whole day was spent at the College overlooking the water.

The day was a little damp in parts with some downpours throughout the day. Though that worked in our favour as it meant after dinner we were able to head over to Sandbanks for some photos on the beach without too much of a crowd (the week before it was so busy getting there would have been impossible).

Some great wedding suppliers helped the day run smoothly and it was great to work with Dorset Dub Hire and Amazing Face again. Special mention should also go to the band for the evening, Soulstar who put on an energetic show and got everyone moving on the dancefloor.

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Joanna & Will’s Wedding at Plush Manor

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Joanna & Will’s wedding day took place at Plush Manor – a fantastic, unique venue in the middle of the Dorset countryside.

The grounds of Plush are sprawling with so many nooks and crannies to make use of, as well as a characterful manor house for guests to stay over and get ready in. There’s an outdoor space where the ceremony is able to take place and with blue skies (and a stack full of custom sunglasses being handed out) they were able to make the most of this intimate spot.

In the grounds there’s also a beautiful, retired church. Here, Jo and Will held their wedding breakfast and evening reception where they danced the night away.

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