Emma & Ben’s Wedding at The Master Builders

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Emma and Ben’s wedding was held at The Master Builders at the weekend. It was a double ceremony bonanza. All hopes were placed on the main ceremony, conducted by their friend, being held outside. Immediately after this, the marriage was made legal by visiting Registrars and a second, smaller ceremony held inside the venue.

Despite quite a downpour near where Emma was getting ready in the morning, the weather luckily held off over Buckler’s Hard and Plan A was put into place!

Whilst the second ceremony took place many of of the guests enjoyed a drinks reception outside, shortly followed by the Bride and Groom.

Being keen skiers there was a bit of a summer alpine theme to the day with sledges propping up flower pots and old skis making up the frame for the seating plan. Guests were also treated to hot chocolate and cake early on in the day, with speeches held in the early evening.

Dinner was served in a large marquee and we were impressed with how much space there was, previously only ever attending weddings there held inside.

For the evening reception guests gathered back indoors and danced the night away to the tunes of Atlantica.

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Ross & Nicola’s Church & Barn Wedding at Barford Park, Salisbury

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Settle down with a cup of tea and a slice of cake ready to look through the photos from Ross & Nicola’s wedding day last week. It’s a biggy (so you’ll be pleased of some refreshments) but there’s a point in this post where you’ll definitely be drooling after cake.

The day was action-packed, taking in three beautiful venues and a whole host of wonderful, thoughtful details. We knew there would be plenty in store and we had a sneak preview of what was planned as Ian helped design the wedding stationery with his Swash and Fold hat on, including invites from the day (for which I cut out (what felt like) a million records on a rotary cutter… but that’s another story, which you can read about, here).

We were lucky enough to start our 12-hour day at The Pig in Brockenhurst. This is one of our favourite places and it always has such a beautiful atmosphere and we can’t think of a better place to start a wedding day. We know we’re due to shoot more bridal preps later in the year at The Pig on The Beach in Studland but if anyone’s thinking of having a wedding here… you know… here’s the Contact Us page 😉

It was lovely to work alongside the very talented ladies, Caroline and Elke from Amazing Face, who did a superb job on hair and Nicola’s make-up. And the ever reliable Dorset Dub Hire provided the transport in their VW Campers.

Ross and Nicola got married at the very pretty St Michael and All Angels Church in Hinton Admiral and their ceremony took place in the late morning, leaving plenty of time to enjoy their reception at Barford Park in Downton near Salisbury.

Guests were transported between the two venues by a vintage double decker bus and it was here Ian and I split up, with Ian following the bridal party on their request to take in a few photos with the Campers in the New Forest whilst I enjoyed the sing-a-longs on the bus.

We were at Barford Park at the start of this month for the wedding of Georgia and Toby and when we first went to check out the venue with them it was clear this was a venue suited to those keen on a DIY wedding. Being a blank canvas there really are no rules on what can be achieved.

We can’t think of many other places where the Groom could have scope to utilise their skills and build not one, but two performance stages; one for the band and another for an open mic stage for all their musical friends to entertain guests later on in the day.

Food-wise we were very lucky to work for the first time with catering company, Ginger. We were extremely impressed by the laid-back but extremely organised skills of this caterer and they were a pleasure to work alongside.

And if guests weren’t full enough from the Ginger’s delicious food and Wood-Fired pizza from an Airstream in the evening the very impressive Naked Cake was baked by Great British Bake Off winner, Frances Quinn.

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Clem and Ben’s Wedding Prep Shoot at Upton Country Park, Poole

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We are very pleased to be heading back to Harry Warren House a couple of times this year. The venue took a little time out of the wedding world to let their land rest but we sure did miss it whilst it had a bit of a sabbatical.

Clem and Ben’s wedding is going to take place there and they have a super day planned. Their ceremony is being held at the pretty little St Nicholas Church in Studland with their reception being held in a marquee at Harry Warren.

We met up for the first time in person after only previously Skype-ing to have a proper catch-up over the Easter weekend. Clem’s family live in Upton and she had the great idea of meeting their for their prep shoot. It’s somewhere we frequent often walking our dog, but looking at it with photographer eyes for the first time, it has lots more scope for many more visits.

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Jen & Daimon’s Wedding Prep Shoot in Christchurch, Dorset

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We met up with Jen and Daim last week at the The Kings Arms in Christchurch. They’re getting married there soon and their ceremony will be held in the Cricket Pavilion over the road.

Before making our way over to the Pavilion for a few late afternoon photos we sat and talked through some timings. Although not around for the wedding day itself they brought their lovely Chihuahua dog, Broo along for the prep. It was a nice surprise. She was exceptionally well behaved and didn’t make a peep- so much so it wasn’t initially obvious she was sat on Jen’s lap! We think she loved being part of the shoot and showed off a few tricks too!

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Emma & Ben’s Wedding Prep Shoot at Hengistbury Head

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We were lucky enough to venture down to Hengistbury Head on another beautiful evening. Emma and Ben are getting married soon at The Master Builders Hotel in Bucklers Hard, Beaulieu and we’re looking forward to heading back to this picturesque setting.

We were due to meet there for their prep but after seeing photos from Ross & Nicola’s Wedding Prep Shoot a couple of weeks ago Emma asked if we could head back down to the beach huts for theirs. We can’t say we blame them! The light was beautiful that afternoon and we felt like we were in New England rather than Dorset. And just after we’d called it a wrap and started walking back to the car the light went bonkers. The sight of it streaming through the trees was spellbinding and we had to get them to de-coat for a few more photos.

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Georgia & Toby’s Wedding at Barford Park

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Georgia and Toby got married at the weekend at Barford Park near Salisbury in Wiltshire. It was our first visit to this venue and we took in the ceremony and drinks reception for one of our Short & Sweet days.

The barn is an excellent choice for those keen on a DIY wedding with plenty of scope for decoration and really making the place your own.

We began our day by meeting both the Bride and Groom ahead of travelling to the barn. Georgia got ready with her bridesmaids and parents in Lymington while Toby met up with his Groomsmen and guests at the hospitable Borough Café in Downton.

Their thoughtful and personal ceremony was conducted by Geraldine Bown, a family friend and Inter-Faith Minister. As well as a hand-fasting Georgia and Toby also included a Sunflower-Exchange in their vows.

After such a washout of a wedding prep shoot, we were of the mind that no weather could be as bad as when we met up previously. And indeed it wasn’t. However, after arriving at the barn under blue skies the rain soon rolled in shortly after the ceremony and set in for the day. Oh well… at least everyone was able to arrive under a beautiful Spring sky.

We left Georgia and Toby to enjoy their day once they had sat down for their wedding breakfast.

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Andy & El’s Wedding and Afternoon Tea at Highfield Church, Southampton

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Andy & El’s took place in Southampton last week and we joined them for one of our ‘Short & Sweet’ days.

Their ceremony took place at Highfield Church and the aisles were packed with family and friends joining in to celebrate their day. The church also played host to an Afternoon Tea reception held straight after the ceremony with plenty of cake to go around.

A little drive away Andy & El’s Reception was to be held in Beaulieu and we followed them there for a short while for a few photos before they sat down for their meal.

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Ross & Nicola’s Wedding Prep Shoot at Hengistbury Head

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Ross and Nicola are getting married next month with a church ceremony at St Michael and All Angels Church in Hinton Admiral and a wedding reception at Barford Park.

We’ve had a little bit of a heads up as to how their wedding day’s going to pan out as they asked Ian to design their wedding invitations over at Swash and Fold. They have some great plans lined up for their day, making use of the barn and its excellent scope for a DIY wedding.

After not having much luck with the weather lately we were positively ecstatic at being able to wander in the late afternoon Spring sunshine and around the beach huts at Hengistbury Head.

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Georgia & Toby’s Wedding Prep Shoot in the New Forest

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We met up with Georgia and Toby on a blustery and rainy day.

They’re getting married next month at Barford Park and after showing us around the venue for the first time we drove through the New Forest in search of a sheltered spot for photos.

The weather was so diabolical but we were so determined to get some shots whilst Georgia and Toby were visiting Hampshire for the weekend. The shelter of the forest helped us power through as well as the sight of a few cute, if damp, wild Donkeys.

Here’s what we came up with…

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Amy & Luke’s Wedding at Sopley Mill

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And so we start 2017…

We had the pleasure of joining Amy & Luke for their wedding last week. Their whole day took place at Sopley Mill with Amy and her bridal party also getting ready there.

We were very spoilt by the beautiful, unexpected warm Winter’s day. You never would have guessed this was a February wedding – especially as for the week before we had to wrap in our Arctic coats for just a short wedding prep shoot.

It was lovely to work again alongside Caroline and Elke from Amazing Face – who always do a great job with make-up and hair. And we were also excited to see the van of Joey from The Wild Fox parked outside in the morning who we’ve had our eye on for a while and who did an impeccable job with her seasonal, textured blooms. Finishing off the details Amy put a great amount of effort in before the day practising her calligraphy and wrote out all the table cards herself as well as baking the cake.

Although the day was warm the evening made sure to remind us it was in fact Winter. However, with that quick drop in temperature came a beautiful, cloudless evening where we had great fun experimenting with mobile phone lights and Amy & Luke’s LED balloons before heading back upstairs for some disco fun.

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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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