Ken and Eliza’s Wedding at YMCA Fairthorne Manor

If you’ve not seen Ken and Eliza’s Chinese Tea Ceremony already, stop what you’re doing now and check out their wedding morning blog here. Their wedding was so action-packed it’s hard to believe they fitted everything into one day.

After their Tea Ceremony Ken and Eliza got changed for their wedding ceremony which took place outdoors around the campsite fire pit. The weather was nuts – we started off photographing the day in wellies and by the afternoon it was so hot many guests chose to get changed into shorts so they could spend the afternoon playing games.

Adorned with her hand-made headdress and Totoro origami bouquet, Eliza made her way over to the ceremony which was conducted by Ken’s Sister, Andrea. She’s easy to spot in the photos below as she is cloaked and armed with a Dragon Staff for the wedding. She also did a magnificent job of making the astounding wedding cake (despite never making one before).

The whole day took place within the grounds of YMCA Fairthorne Manor Campsite, so there were plenty of facilities for guests who wanted to let their hair down and kip over for the night. We can’t express enough how perfect this venue is for Bride and Grooms who want to be in complete control of the day.… Read Full Post

Ken and Eliza’s Chinese Tea Ceremony

Ken and Eliza’s wedding day was so utterly phenomenal and action-packed we’ve had to split it into two parts for fear of breaking the internet.

The day started early for us, with the morning spent carrying out the Chinese tradition of a tea ceremony before the wedding later. However, before Ken could fetch his bride he had to complete a number of different challenges set by the Bridesmaids to prove his suitability and test the sincerity of his love for Eliza.

Being blocked at the door (… or rather the entrance flap of the Wedding bell tent), Ken had to prove his worth, assisted by his “troop of brothers”. The challenges were all based on topics personal to them both including a rather wet-grassed sock wrestle (because Ken leaves his dirty socks lying around at home), food challenges and Jelly Baby delivery.

Having successfully passed his challenges and collected Eliza, everyone headed over to the Tea Ceremony where Ken’s friend was on duty to pour and wash the cups, with parents and family offering red-enveloped gifts.

Once done, both headed back to their tents to get changed for the wedding ceremony, which we’ll be showing in all its dragon-staffed glory in Part Two soon…

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Ken and Eliza’s Wedding Prep Shoot at YMCA Fairthorne Manor

Ken and Eliza’s wedding will be taking place in a couple of weeks. Scrap all your preconceptions of what a wedding day consists of – Eliza and Ken are setting their own rules. It’s bound to be a corker of a day making use of all the best bits from Chinese and Scottish tradition and a sprinkling of fantasy.

The day’s taking place at YMCA Fairthorne Family Park and Campsite – a vast and sprawling gem just outside Southampton, where they’ll be free to run riot.

Armed with a sword, hatchet and a copy of Game of Thrones we embarked on a quest around the camp to get our bearings and took some photos along the way…

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Sara + Mark’s Wedding Reception at New Forest Outdoor Activity Centre – Part Two

Continued from part one

So the New Forest Outdoor Activity Centre. It’s not somewhere I’d heard of before and certainly wasn’t on my wedding radar. But what a joy it is. In the week it’s a venue set up for team building exercises. There’s a marquee, a little hall that doubles up as a wedding breakfast room, pretty little shepherd’s huts and a fire pit. It’s a perfect venue for a party and the staff that work there are super nice too and make a great cup of tea.

After a little drive in their VW Camper Sara and Mark arrived, welcomed by their second confetti shower of the day.

Their family and friends had made a great team the day before getting the venue decorated with an impressive amount of handmade bunting. There were some expert “crafters” at this wedding, of all different varieties – crochet, sewing, knitting and… errrm… gin. As a load of them were camping over for the night some of them brought the craft projects they were working on along with them. Hence the little montages.

There was also a big gamer presence at this party. As well as the tables being named after consoles there were a lot of Game Boys and PSPs around.… Read Full Post