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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

BECCA + NOEL - THE CHRISTCHURCH HARBOUR HOTEL & SPA

BECCA + NOEL - THE CHRISTCHURCH HARBOUR HOTEL &amp; SPA

Becca + Noel are two of the coolest people I’ve been lucky enough to meet; full of adventure, plenty of fun and laughter to boot.

Poole Guildhall Wedding Photography - Danielle+Luke

Where do I start with this one...?

It’s always an honour to capture each wedding, but there’s something quite special about being asked to capture a fellow tog’s wedding.

Danielle and I met for coffee one day in Poole along with her close friend. We sat and chatted and it was the most casual consultation, just general chit chat. Danielle is a fellow tog, working with newborns and families (you should check out her work), so we got sidetracked pretty easily. Believe me, it’s not difficult for me to get off-topic. We must have been sat talking for a good couple of hours, but eventually we did talk about her and Luke’s upcoming wedding.

The ceremony was held at The Guildhall in Poole, a stone’s throw from the quay, and still remains as one of my favourite local venues. Their reception was all held at their grandparent’s house in nearby Parkstone. Last summer was a classic, long hot summer, which made this an ideal way of celebrating the big day. Who doesn’t love a good barbecue after all. Following the ceremony, we did a few family shots before bundling onto the coach that had been organised to ferry everyone between ceremony and reception (genius idea).

Once we arrived, it was suit off and shorts on for everyone, and it quickly became one hell of a fun party. It was almost 3:30 pm by the time we arrived and I was gasping for a cuppa, but Danielle’s grandfather was insisting I had a proper drink - they’d even bought in my favourite gin and tonic - so they allowed me to have my cuppa, but by 4:15 pm I was given a large gin. Amazing!

Amazing that I managed to stay sober.

This was hands down one of the most relaxed weddings to date, and it helped create that party atmosphere the couple were wanting. We headed out into the nearby park for the couple’s shoot later in the evening as the sun was starting to sink a little, and then back to the house for more food and drink. I don’t remember what time I left (must’ve been well after 11 pm), but I had the most amazing day and have made a great friend in the process.

Anyway, that’s enough rambling from me. Check out the photos!

And if you’re recently engaged and fancy a chat about wedding photography over a cuppa and some cake, I’d love to hear from you.

Until next time,

R x

Bournemouth Wedding Photography - The BIC | Chloe+Adam

Bournemouth Wedding Photography - The BIC | Chloe+Adam

I’ve known Adam for a while now through working at the Bournemouth International Centre and had the great pleasure of meeting his beautiful fiancée (now wife), Chloe, when we all got together last summer at Flirt Cafe for a pot of tea and cake.