Dorset wedding photographer

HAYLEY + MARIANNE - A LONDON ENGAGEMENT SHOOT

HAYLEY + MARIANNE - A LONDON ENGAGEMENT SHOOT

Anyone else a little tired from all this heat and humidity yet..? I’ve had to escape the house where there doesn’t seem to be any air, and I’ve come to favourite little place in town, Café Thrive. I love it here for the coffee and the munchies. Good stuff for veggies and vegans like moi.

These two beauties contacted me last year about their beach wedding, sending me a message through my Instagram page; I was walking along the beach with Rob at the time and just happened to be right by the Bournemouth Beach Weddings hut, so I replied with a selfie and we hit off instantly. Needless to say, they booked me for their big day and we’ve become awesome friends since. When I met up with Hayley + Marianne at their fabulous beach venue for the open day last September, we talked through everything and they told me that they were looking for an engagement shoot, but felt nervous about it being all posed and corny. Pish posh! No such thing with me. We decided on a complete contrast to their actual wedding, opting for an urban adventure instead.

Marianne has a brother who lives in Hackney, I’ve always wanted to explore Shoreditch, it was a match made in heaven!

They’re such a fun couple; always giggling away together, total couple goals and unbelievably cute together. They loved the idea of using lots of colour and as it happens, Shoreditch is jam-packed with murals and street art. We all met at Liverpool Street Station, had a very chilled out day just exploring the area, chatting, having a cheeky strawberry iced daiquiri and making the most of the sunshine and colour on all the walls. It also happened to be June 1st - the first day of International Pride Month. So we basically lived our gay unicorn fantasy, chasing rainbows around Shoreditch, The Nomadic Community Gardens and Boxpark.

I literally cannot wait for their wedding in September, I know it’s going to be so much fun and full of laughter.

Check out the photos below, just a selection of my faves from our day together. And if you’re thinking you might like to have an engagement shoot before your big day, something a little like this one, I’m definitely game for it, so get in touch and tell me all about your plans!

Until next time,

R x

EMMA + MARK - SCAPLEN'S COURT WEDDING, POOLE

EMMA + MARK - SCAPLEN’S COURT WEDDING , POOLE

I decided to take myself out of my usual ‘office’ today to write this little blog; Why is it that Wi-Fi in coffee shops is always so bad?!! Also, I totally forgot that it was the summer holidays and all the kids were roaming free, so everywhere is packed and not particularly welcoming.

Anywho, I digress…

So when I first got the enquiry through from Emma + Mark, I was so excited as it would mean I got to shoot again at one of my favourite local venues; Scaplen’s Court is nestled away on the road near Poole Quay and just across from the museum. It is hands down one of the quirkiest, character-filled venues on the south coast (in my humble opinion anyways). It has a real Shakespearean feel to it, complete with a Ye Olde style games room, wooden beams aplenty and a class room to boot. What more could you want?

After replying to their email, we set up a date to chat on the phone. It turned out that Emma’s sister, Jessica, was organising the day for the couple. Now that’s awesome in my books, Emma must’ve been enjoying this for sure. After speaking with Jessica for a good half hour or so, I knew that we would be a great team. A little later down the line they emailed to ask if I would be at the open day the venue were hosting a few months prior to their wedding day. As luck would have it, I had literally just secured a spot to exhibit and finished chatting with the event organiser a few minutes before. Call it luck, destiny, fate, or serendipity, whichever, it was meant to be! During the open day I met with the fabulous couple, Jessica and their parents. What a beautiful family!

I caught up with Emma about 6/7 weeks before the wedding and we chatted over coffee about all of their plans for the day. They are one of the most relaxed couples I’ve met - I know I say that a lot, but it’s true - and the only staged photo they had mentioned (other than the family photos) was a shot of them shaking hands when it came to the register signing, like they had just done a deal. You know, to some it may sound corny, but I was game. I’m not a massive fan of the fake register signing any way, so this made a nice change in my eyes.

It was a beautiful, intimate affair, with only the closest family and friends in attendance - just my cup of tea. The more intimate, the better for me. I love being able to mix with everyone, get some fab candids, and make a connection. You just can’t do this at larger weddings and it’s a real struggle to capture everyone.

The courtyard and garden were in full bloom and decked out with colourful paper lanterns, a really subtle and beautiful feel flowed through all of the decor the couple had provided themselves, with the most gorgeous bouquets provided for the bridal party by Rhea at New Street Flowers (she’s based just down the road from the venue if you want to check her out, total babe too). So we did all the formals in the courtyard and some group shots in the gardens, then the couple and I snuck away for some awesome couple shots close to the quay. I love the cobbled street and the brick walls around there, they make for some super effective backdrops.

We returned just in time for the bagpiper du jour to march the couple in for the wedding breakfast, and what was the most amazing spread provided by The Perfect Pig Dorset, and what a a super cool man he is. I had a plate piled high with the best of the best, while the guests all tucked into juicy burgers, salmon and loads of other scrummy barbecued bits. Tea and coffee came out along with some homemade treats, made by Nanna’s fair hands, and the speeches followed, full of funny and touching anecdotes. The cake was cut and the couple danced, with the help of the rest of the wedding party. I love this part of the evening when everyone gets on the dance floor for a smooch and a boogie.

After saying my goodbyes and pinching a few more of Nanna’s treats, it was time for me to go. I cannot wait to come back to Scaplen’s very soon.

Extra special mention to Mark after he said he was very much like Chandler from friends, in that he wasn’t much of a photo lover, but he was a total natural on the day and Chandler stayed well and truly in the Friends episodes. Total props to him and the other guys for wearing full Scottish regalia, complete with kilt and dagger. Emma and I had great fun when she lifted it for some shots during their couple shoot. I always approve of a guy in a kilt.

As always, a bunch of my favourite images from the day and the suppliers are below for you to check out, and if you’re getting wed and fancy having me snapping away, I’d love to hear from you.

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Until next time,

R x

Scaplen’s Court / New Street Flowers / The Perfect Pig Dorset

The Italian Villa Wedding Photography | Tom+Lizzy

When Tom and Lizzy asked me to be their wedding photographer I was so happy, and then they told me the day would be at The Italian Villa and I was over the moon!

Wedding season 2018 is officially on!

To say I wasn't nervous (excited nervous) would have been a lie, in fact, I think I get as nervous as the couple themselves. I've been looking forward to this moment for so long now, that when the day actually came to be, it was very surreal. It was fabulous! The sun was shining - someone had heard my prayer - and it was a true spring wedding. The setting couldn't have been more perfect; The Italian Villa is a dream venue for most couples and local Dorset wedding photographers alike. 

When I started in wedding photography I created a wish list, and this was right up there with the best of them. The Italian Villa and Compton Acres were the first place my husband and I visited after moving down to Bournemouth 11 years ago. I know exactly why couples love the idea of having their wedding there, it is pretty spectacular. The gardens are gorgeous at any time of year, but particularly in the spring and summer when they are alive and in bloom. 

The groom, Tom, and his troupe were smart AF in their royal blue suits and Lizzy looked magnificent in her dress. Seriously, the dress was stunning! I'm a big fan of simplicity and elegance, and their day was all of that and some more. Little details like the bicycle themed cake topper, favours and those stunning classic bikes near the top table were a very sweet detail to match their love for biking. Tables weren't number, but named after places they'd visited together. 

I'm usually all about the documentary angle on wedding photography, and their day was definitely captured true to this approach, but being in this venue made me want to step out of my comfort zone and try some more classically posed shots, I mean, you just have to! To not take a shot in the grotto would be foolish.

After dinner, we all headed downstairs to the Sienna Bar, where Echo Tape (formerly Marc and the Wild Things), their band for the evening, were set up ready to rock the party. Two tables of Tom+Lizzy's friends in particular, were a wedding photographer's dream. Necking a tray of shots, lunging in time to the music and basically having a bloody good time! I had a cheeky G&T and hit the sweet stand on my way out, and was pretty sad to leave. It was a truly great day! 

Here's a selection of my favourites from the day, I hope you enjoy. And if you're planning your wedding, I'd love to hear from you. 

Until next time,

R x