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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

RACHEL + RYAN - HALLMARK HOTEL BOURNEMOUTH CARLTON

RACHEL + RYAN - HALLMARK HOTEL BOURNEMOUTH CARLTON

Rachel came to me back in 2017 after booking my wedding stylist buddy, also a Rachel, from Love By Design Weddings & Events. Always love a recommendation, it sure does make you feel good about what you’re doing. We met and chatted over coffee for an hour or so, and I liked her straight away. Even better after she said they were including their British Bulldog, Cookie, in the wedding. I ruddy love doggos - every couple who has one should include theirs in the day.

This is the first time ever that I’ve worked on my birthday, a day I rarely celebrate, so being able to capture a fantastic couple’s wedding on this beautifully warm early April day was a treat.

Wendy from Sapphire Styling Bespoke Hair & Make-up was getting the ladies all glammed up for the day. It’s the first time we’ve worked together on a wedding and she is an absolute gem. This was another day when the bridal party girlies made me a banging cuppa and there was a tonne of pastries to munch on. Gotta love a plate full of pastries.

Rachel and Ryan are such a chilled couple who just want to do things their way and not have a lot of fuss getting in the way of the day. It was a super chilled day from start to finish, bloody perfect if you ask me.

The stunning dress was from Isobel’s Bridal & Groom, and the bridal party wore gorgeous minty green. The bouquet was a cracker from Paper Bouquets UK, all handmade paper flowers with beautiful jewels and trinkets to represent Rachel’s Nan who had passed. Rachel and her fab team had gone above and beyond for this one, with a cool coastal theme; windmills and sea shells and a custom made beach hut to boot - personalised with the date as the beach hut number…6419 - just awesome! There were also deckchairs and plenty of oversized beach games for the kids and the ‘big kids’ to play with. And space hoppers for those who love a good bounce. The tables were adorned with more seaside bling, buckets of ice cold beers and not just one cake, but three giant fondant fancies and a tonne of cupcakes from Sugar Paste Dreams. There was even one especially for me, and I tell you, it didn’t last long.

We had a fun, sun-filled ceremony with a super cute reading by Rachel’s daughter. Cookie lead the newlyweds out into the sunshine for the drinks reception, where we had a few family photos and some time alone for the couple shots. A posh picnic followed and I had to try damn hard to not eat, then Rachel stood to give her speech and shocked the room when she announced a surprise honeymoon for Ryan to Bali. How cool is that!?!

Before and during the wedding breakfast, we had a local artist/caricaturist, Danny Byrne doing caricatures for the guests, and I even got one as a special birthday gift. It’s framed and waiting to be put up on the wall in my new work space at home.

Breaking from tradition a little more, after this we all headed to the bar to watch the Grand National which made for some awesome photos of the wedding party having a few drinks and cheering the horses on. I had a bet on two horses, one of which only went and won. The day was going well…

For the evening reception, Rachel and her team had decked out another room and there was photo booth shenanigans from Photo Blast and casino fun to be had with the guys from Viva Las Vegas Fun Casino. I’ve never seen kids at weddings get so into the roulette table. Absolutely hilarious. And for the first dance, well, Rachel and Ryan took centre stage and my jaw almost hit the floor as I’m sure she said this wasn’t going to happen. Then the DJ dropped ‘Sex On Fire’ and the room went bloody bonkers. It was like being in the mosh pit at a rock gig, just the kind of crowd I love to stay and snap away for. I finished with a couple of gins, said my goodbyes and walked home along the beach. This was a wedding I could’ve happily stayed all night for, but I had a certain Australia trip to get ready for.

Thanks again for such a great bunch of people showing me a super fun day.

Check out the links below for the ace suppliers and get in touch if you’re planning your wedding and want a bit of RGW PHOTOS magic.

Until next time,

R x

LOVE BY DESIGN WEDDINGS & EVENTS / SAPPHIRE STYLING BESPOKE HAIR & MAKEUP / ISOBEL’S BRIDAL & GROOM / SUGAR PASTE DREAMS / PAPER BOUQUETS UK / VIVA LAS VEGAS FUN CASINO / AMBERSPICE

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.

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.