Abi & Will’s Wedding at Cripps Stone Barn, Cheltenham

We headed up to the Cotswolds for Abi and Will’s wedding at Cripps Stone Barn near Cheltenham

The weather was unforgiving - but what else do you expect on an early February day? It was cold, dark and damp and the mizzle set in for the day from the offset. But the interior makes this venue a gem, with big open kitchen fires roaring throughout the day and a canopy of stars filling the reception area to stay cosy under.

Rather than even contemplate doing anything outside we had already planned to do as much as we could inside in the short time we had after the ceremony - fitting in a confetti run, group shots and portraits of the Bride and Groom in before the wedding breakfast. We totalled nine minutes taking photos outside, which in freezing temperatures, I see as a triumph.

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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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Amy & Luke’s Wedding at Sopley Mill

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.… Read Full Post

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

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.… Read Full Post

Jenny and Owain’s Wedding at St John’s College, Oxford

Jenny and Owain got married the weekend before Christmas and we headed up to Oxford to capture the day. The wedding took place in The Oxford Union with a reception within the grounds of St John’s College, University of Oxford.

It was a crisp, clear and Christmassy day full of festive cheer, carols and celebration.

The ceremony itself was conducted by a mutual friend of ours (and former Big Bouquet Groom himself, Mike). Without any hint of bias he did the most perfect job of making the service personal and thoughful. Meanwhile, the ceremony and drinks reception were given a soundtrack by a full Welsh choir.

Special mention should also go to Jenny’s friend, Kristina Johansen Seznec for doing such an excellent job creating a bespoke lace cover-up for Jenny. Such enviable dressmaking skills! She’s put together her own blog post on the story behind the Cover Up.

The light left us quickly that day, being one day away from the shortest of the year, so once everyone had enjoyed a drinks reception of carols and mulled wine in the Union we ventured around the grounds of the College with Jenny and Owain. Meanwhile, the guests seated themselves in the Dining Hall for their wedding breakfast.… Read Full Post

Jolie & Simon’s Wedding at Winchester Guildhall & Shawford Parish Hall

We couldn’t have asked for a more cosy, festive and energetic wedding to end our year than Jolie and Simon’s. They got married just a couple of days before Christmas in Winchester with a ceremony at Winchester Guildhall and a Ceilidh wedding reception at Shawford Parish Hall.

The weather was ridiculous – stormy, rainy, windy and dark. But none of that mattered. Jolie and Simon had worked so hard to make their wedding day so inviting and colourful. Where better place to be than under the fairy lights, eating pies and dancing with friends and family?

One particular favourite part of the day for us was when the entire wedding party was transported from the ceremony to the village hall in a Routemaster. Christmas tunes blasted from the back of the bus as it made its merry way through the streets of Winchester. Everyone was huddled together in a steamy-windowed bus. It was a perfect winter wedding.

This was our first Ceilidh and it was brilliant. There were absolutely no awkward shuffling dances. Everyone took part and gave it their all. The routines seemed really complicated when the Caller was talking through the steps but somehow, after a minute or so, everything clicked.… Read Full Post

Ali & Gary’s Civil Wedding at Northbrook Park, Surrey – Day Two

Following on from a Hindu Wedding Ceremony – Day One

A Hindu Ceremony starts early but also finishes quite early in the day. So after the end of Day One everyone was able to relax in their cottages with family and friends and get a good night’s kip before it was time to do it all over again.

So… Day Two – The Civil Ceremony. We arrived back at Northbrook Park to the sound of the fire alarms going off, triggered by burnt sausages. Already this day had a very different vibe! The weather was pretty dismal all day, but the chances of lucking out on two sunny days the way things are at the moment would have been pretty phenomenal.

It really did feel like everyone had started afresh. There was a renewed level of excitement seeing everyone in their new frocks and as the ceremony rooms were switched around it really felt like we were somewhere new.

Here are some of our favourites from Ali and Gary’s second wedding day:

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Ali & Gary’s Hindu Wedding Ceremony at Northbrook Park, Surrey – Day One

This was a first for us; Our first Hindu wedding ceremony, first two-day wedding and our largest at around 300 guests.

Ali and Gary celebrated both days at Northbrook Park in Farnham, Surrey with a Hindu ceremony on the Sunday and a Civil ceremony the following day.

We were very excited and honoured to be part of both days. It was a real treat to experience a Hindu ceremony for the first time and there were so many wonderful sights, sounds and smells. Our camera bags still smell of incense!

We first met Ali and Gary when we photographed Ali’s sister’s wedding last year, closer to home at Parley Manor, and it was lovely to see a lot of the same crowd again.

A Hindu Ceremony starts very early in the morning, so we were there bright and breezy to capture all the important preparations at the venue’s cottages. According to the ladies who helped Ali get ready in the morning, it’s not uncommon for them to have to set off 3am. Blimey.

There was a lot to capture in the morning. As well as the usual bridal preps there were some important rituals for Gary including a hat fitting by his Dad and a prayer and blessing from his aunts.… Read Full Post

Laura and Nick’s Wedding at Marylebone Town Hall and Home House, London

So, here we have it… our last wedding of 2012, which saw us working in Central London for Laura and Nick’s special day in Marylebone. They got married at Marylebone Town Hall with a party a short walk away at Home House. Being such a kind and thoughtful crowd, they really helped us end our year with a bang.

Things kicked off at the labyrinth that is Home House, a member’s club sprawled out across three different town houses in Portman Square. Here, Laura and her bridal party got ready in the morning. This was followed by a ceremony in the Purple Room at the Town Hall and onto a winter Pimms drinks reception back at Home House with dinner and dancing.

It was fantastic seeing everything come together for this day as we’d played a part in the preparations in more ways than one. Ian had helped Laura and Nick with both the invitations for the day and the table name cards too with his Swash and Fold hat on. And my sister drew the illustrations of Laura and Nick which featured as part of the decorations too. It made us feel all warm and fuzzy when we saw how they’d been lovingly put up on the winter wonderland tree, complete with London Christmas baubles.… Read Full Post

Melissa and Chris’s Wedding at Bournemouth Town Hall – Part One

We ended 2011 with lots of Christmas sparkle. Melissa and Chris’s wedding was held just a few days before Christmas, with a ceremony at Bournemouth Town Hall (their last wedding before Christmas too) and a reception at The Three Tuns Inn in Bransgore, Dorset.

Mel and Chris really embraced the seasonal spirit with lots of magical decorations and cute attention to detail (we loved the mistletoe kiss during the ceremony and the beautiful ribbon on the cars).

Things started with me snapping up the bridal preps at Melissa and Chris’s beautiful cottage in Wimborne. The Christmas berries and mistletoes wreaths gave the florals a seasonal feel too, thanks to the handiwork of Arcade Flowers in Ringwood.

Just to keep things interesting bridal preps were interrupted at one point by the presence of a live Vole in the kitchen (a present from Cupcake the kitten). But just as Melissa seemed to ooze calm about her wedding day she disposed of it like a pro (simply picking it up and popping it into a jam jar glass).

A calm approach also worked wonders when one of the hired Morris Minors carrying the bridesmaids broke down en route to the Registry Office. Luckily the number for United Taxis is engrained into my brain (“double-five, double six, double seven!”) so Chris didn’t have to wait too long.… Read Full Post

Melissa and Chris’s Christmas Wedding at The Three Tuns, Dorset – Part Two

Continued from Part One

The wedding reception was brought to life by expert event stylist, Sweet Dream Events who created some truly beautiful table settings, marquee decorations and scrumptious dessert bars.

Despite the clear skies it was a White Christmas at The Three Tuns Inn thanks to the snow machine. This greeted the guests as they made their way into the marquee and barn for the wedding breakfast.

After food the guests all cosied up in the barn for a big party dancing along to brilliant tunes from DJ Leeroy, although they occasionally popped outside to toast some marshmallows on the fire.

It was a lovely end to our year. Thank you for letting us be a part of it, Melissa and Chris!

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Chris and Jo’s Wedding at Bibury Court Hotel, Cotswolds – Part One

We first met up with Jo and Chris one cloudy, wintery day in the Purbecks where we clambered through muddy fields to capture some images for their Save The Date card. Little did we know that day that almost a year later we’d be making our way over to an equally freezing Gloucestershire to photograph their special day at Bibury Court Hotel in The Cotswolds.

We had no doubt we were in for a treat as we made our way up for Jo and Chris’ wedding day. They’d looked super glamorous as they trudged their way in their Hunter Wellies through Dorset’s muddy fields, and Chris had already proven he had excellent taste in suit jackets when we met up with them for their wedding prep.

It was cold on their wedding day. We’d stayed about 20 minutes out of Bibury in Colesbourne (we thoroughly recommend the Colesbourne Inn if you’re heading out that way – it was a truly excellent place to stay) and our car doors had completely frozen shut before we made our way over to Bibury Court Hotel in the morning. It was a winter wonderland!

Jo, Chris and the guests pretty much had the full run of the hotel for their wedding day so we were nice and cosy inside for the best part of it.… Read Full Post