Rachel & Matt’s Wedding at The Bell Inn, New Forest

We were delighted to start our New Year by joining Rachel & Matt for their wedding at The Bell Inn near Lyndhurst, Hampshire.

Close family and friends had travelled far to celebrate their day with Rachel & Matt with plenty hopping across the pond from Boston, US to join in the fun (and make a good effort in wiping Ringwood Brewery out of Forty-niner Ale).

The ceremony took place at 3pm, so after a leisurely time getting ready in the rooms upstairs (the wedding party had exclusive use of the entire place) we had to keep things super speedy after the ceremony to have any chance of photos outside (and so the Bride and Groom could make it back in time for their surprise choir during the drinks reception). Luckily, we’d already had a chance to scout out a little spot nearby a short walk away and did a little prep ahead to make it look a bit more sparkly.

With the night drawing in early the pub was a great place to batten down the hatches, light the candles and have a cosy night in with good grub and dancing.

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Rachel & Matt’s Wedding Prep Shoot in the New Forest

We’re getting our winter woolies at the ready for Rachel and Matt’s wedding in the New Year.

They’re getting married at The Bell Inn near Lyndhurst in the New Forest on what we hope will be a crisp January day. It’s going to be a cosy and intimate midweek wedding and will be a lovely start to 2018 for us.

We met up at the Inn this weekend to have a nose at the pub that will be theirs for the day before heading over to Ornamental Drive near Rhinefield for a walk in the forest.

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Chris & Emma’s Wedding Prep in the New Forest

We’re heading back to The Master Builder’s next month to join Emma and Chris for their wedding day by the water-side.

They have some fun plans in place and we’ll be spending the entire day at Buckler’s Hard with them.

We met up for the first time last week in the New Forest to talk through their wedding timings and go on a wander for a little prep shoot.

As we had been to The Master Builders just a few weeks ago we decided to go for a walk in another pretty New Forest area.. revisiting where we had a quick stop-off shoot during Nicola & Ross’ wedding earlier in the year. The day had been a bit grotty but we figured this location would give us the best chance of getting a bit of sunlight!

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Nicola & Martin’s Wedding Prep in The New Forest

Nicola and Martin booked us up a while ago and since then we’ve had the pleasure of seeing them as guests at K & Ant’s Wedding at Sopley Mill last year and Ian’s also been working together with them over at Swash and Fold on their invites.

They’re getting married soon at Highcliffe Castle and we’ll be joining them for their whole day there.

It was nice to meet up in person again to talk through their wedding plans. After a catch-up at The White Buck in Burley we made our way to a favourite little haunt of ours – Ornamental Drive in the New Forest.

For the first time though, we crossed the road and went for a wander around the Tall Trees route. It was an almost other-worldly experience in parts. Although the light was a bit harsh as still as it hadn’t quite hit its softer Golden Hour we had fun playing with the dazzling beams and dark shadows in this magical place.

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Emma & Ben’s Wedding at The Master Builders

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.… Read Full Post

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

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

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

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

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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Ross and Sarah’s Wedding Prep Shoot in Lymington

If we can rely on anyone to battle through a shoot in blowy conditions it’s Ross and Sarah. We met up with them in Lymington on a rather unexpectedly windy day to talk through their wedding plans. They’re very much used to being out in the open air in all sorts of weather and spend a lot of their work and personal life on the sea.

They’re getting married next month with a church ceremony in Lymington town centre followed by a reception at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club, of which they’re members.

After looking around the Yacht Club we went for a little walk around the salt marshes for some photos…

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Chris & Sophie’s Wedding at The Domus, Beaulieu

We now announce Wedding Season 2016 is officially OPEN.

We were lucky enough to start this year’s adventures with Chris & Sophie’s intimate Sunday wedding at The Domus in Beaulieu.

The whole day took place within the grounds of the Abbey, with guests meeting up with Chris at the Montagu Arms for pre-ceremony drinks. Meanwhile, Sophie got ready at her Parents’ home, with her Dad driving her to Beaulieu in his Austin Healey.

The day started off very sunny, great for guests to enjoy drinks in the grounds of Abbey. And when the sun went in and the clouds came over The Domus had a roaring fire to keep things nice and cosy.

We loved seeing Chris and Sophie making use of their wedding prep photos, with their own handmade seating plan and signing frame. Sophie’s Mum had even got a special foil balloon made with a shot from their prep shoot to decorate the house in the morning!

Guests enjoyed music from The Daggers in the evening. They always put on a great show and even initially reluctant dancers found it hard to resist stepping onto the dancefloor for a bit of a Twist.

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Chris and Sophie’s Wedding Prep Shoot at Beaulieu

Wedding Season is almost upon us and we were excited to meet up with Chris and Sophie on the Easter Weekend. They showed us around the Domus in Beaulieu where they’ll be getting married soon.

The grounds were very busy with lots of families Easter Egg hunting, but we were wise enough to get there early to scope out some nice little spots for photos.

The weather wasn’t great – gloomy and windy. But if the Domus and Beaulieu Abbey looks that impressive one of the drabbest days we’ve seen in a long time then we’re in for a real treat come their wedding day.

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