Chris & Emma’s Wedding at The Master Builders, Beaulieu

Back to the New Forest we headed for Chris & Emma’s wedding at The Master Builders and for once this year there wasn’t a brolly in sight.

It was a beautiful, still and peaceful Summer’s day down by the Beaulieu River.

The morning started with Emma and her bridal party getting ready a short hop away at Bailey’s Hard with a cool Riverside Retreat cabin housing the bridesmaids. Meanwhile Chris and his Groomsmen got ready in one of the cottages at Buckler’s Hard.

Emma and Chris chose to have a ceremony inside the Master Builders with Celebrant Jacqueline Justice leading the proceedings and keeping everything laid-back and personal.

With a potent smelling home brew as their table favours lining stomachs the evening got off to a bang with plenty of dancing and spinning. The band were the exceptional Brando – a bunch of very talented musicians with an incredible full sound.

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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

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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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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Dani and Chris’ Wedding at The Master Builders

Dani and Chris’ wedding took place at one of the most picturesque locations we know – Buckler’s Hard in the Beaulieu Estate. It’s so ridiculously “picture postcard” and a fine example of English heritage it’s the sort of place where a huge pack of Morris Dancers randomly turn up for a “Morris-Off” on the morning of your wedding.

The entire day’s celebrations were held at The Master Builders where the guests had a sunny spring view of the Beaulieu river.

The day was friendly, intimate and relaxed with the Restaurant playing host to both the ceremony and wedding breakfast. Meanwhile, afternoon drinks took place on the terrace to a soundtrack by the Bossard String Quartet.

The day was deceptively windy, so we all got a bit windswept for Dani and Chris’ evening couple shoot in and around Buckler’s Hard. Luckily, there was plenty of gin on offer (made by the Mother of the Bride) to keep everyone cosy as the evening set in.

Here are some photos from the day…

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Lara and Adam’s Wedding at The Master Builders

Lara and Adam’s wedding day was held at The Master Builder’s Hotel in Buckler’s Hard. If you live near the New Forest and have never visited this village before it is worth a day trip. It is such a charming place set alongside the Beaulieu River, packed full of history and a picturesque line of cottages.

The waterside location gave a great backdrop to the day and the Bride, Groom and guests made of the most of having a relaxing morning taking boat trips along the river before getting ready for the wedding in the rooms upstairs.

It was a very warm day and, making good use of the gardens along the riverside, much of it was spent outdoors. This included the wise decision to hold the after dinner speeches al fresco so everyone could keep cool and have a great view of the speakers.

Special mention should go to the band, The Richie Quain Trio who, as well as playing throughout the afternoon reception, put on the best evening entertainment we’ve seen in a long time.

Here are some photos from the day…

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