newlyweds

Collaboration - A Vintage Woodland Wedding

The day finally arrived! 

After being rained off on the original day we had planned to do the shoot, this time the sun was out and the light was just perfect.  As much as we'd talked about and planned this, there were certain elements that had been kept secret even from me, which I suppose is fair enough given that social media drives our businesses these days, and you don't want to give it all away before the big day. 

So we arrived at the wooded area Vicki had chosen as our location, unpacked and trekked with all of our gear into the woods.  Luckily, there were no bears, but plenty of wild mushrooms, slimy logs (yuck!) and mosquitos - I have the bites on my arms and ass to prove it.  Back to the photos.  Once we'd got everything to the site, it was immediately clear in my mind that we had to recreate a pseudo-Alice in Wonderland/Mad Hatter's Tea Party set.  

If you're wanting this theme for your wedding, believe me, we can pull it off for you!  With Vicki's glorious vintage china and Lucie's mind blowing cake creations, how on earth could you go wrong?!  If you're in any doubt, just take a look at their pages (links below).  I suppose you'll be wanting to see some photos...well feast your eyes! 

Until next time, 

R x

Vintage China Hire - www.grannyschinacupboard.co.uk

Stunning wedding cakes - www.lucielovestobake.com

Hitched - Chris+Debbie

Rewind to August 2016... A beautiful, warm summer evening and a near treacherous walk to Les Bouviers, the reception venue for Chris and Debbie, the bride and groom-to-be.  I couldn't have been happier to finally reach my destination, and a warm and welcoming couple. 

We sat and had a drink, chatted about a lot of things that weren't necessarily wedding related, and got onto the subject of architecture - I knew it was a good match! 

Fast forward to 3rd June 2017 and the big day had arrived. 

The sun was shining, the guests were arriving, Chris was nervous (like really nervous!!) and everything was falling into place nicely.  A beautiful church ceremony later and we have a very happy newlywed couple.  

This was the first time I have worked alongside videographers, which was great for me, as my style isn't based around formal group shots, posed and staged beyond belief, so while they organised their shots, I snuck in and stole some great candids, so thanks boys! 

I loved all the little finishing touches to the venue as details are my thing; the sweet table with its very own ferris wheel; the popcorn machine (YUM!!) and of course the cake, wow, what a cake! Elegant and minimal, and the smell of the white chocolate was to die for.  The best part of the day for me was being able to talk to so many of Chris and Debbie's family and friends.  A lot of the time, because of my documentary approach, few people feel like they can talk to me - they very often say they didn't want to disturb me - but honestly, come and disturb me, I love a good chin wag (any excuse for a break, ha ha!).  

Hands down, this wedding featured the funniest best-man speech I've heard.  I was laughing so much I almost forgot to take photos of it, so future couples, they better be good! 

The evening wore on and everyone hit the dance floor, all to be shown up by a little dude named George.  Time to call it quits then I guess. 

Until next time, 

R x

Hitched - Lauren+Chris

What a gorgeous day it was!

Well, earlier on in the day I was starting to think there would be a good downpour.  Thankfully it all blew over and the sun came blazing out.  

Lauren and Chris have been together for 7 years and first met whilst at school together, making this a real life childhood sweethearts wedding - totally sweet!  They were married at Poole Guildhall, in their Robing Room, and followed it by a low key reception back at their house.  For anyone wondering whether there's really a need to go all out in order to make it a special day, the answer is clearly, NO!  It is what it is, and most importantly, what you both want it to be.  

This was by far the most intimate wedding I've had the pleasure of being photographer at, with the Bride and Groom, and their closest four relatives.  They were also my first 'ceremony only' couple.  So after the ceremony, we all went for a casual walk down Market Street towards Poole Quay, which is perfect for me as a documentary wedding photographer, allowing me to capture all of the perfect moments as they happen - real smiles and laughter.  The reactions from Joe public were hilarious and wonderful - it's amazing how nice everyone suddenly becomes when they see a wedding party walking by.  We also gave the staff at Harlees fish and chip shop a good laugh when we stop in for a can of pop.  

We finished the afternoon with a shoot down at Lake Pier, near Rockley Park, just for the newlywed bride and groom.  A perfect location for this type of shoot, and just because it was a location shoot, didn't mean it fell into the typical style of pose and shoot.  It was lovely to see a couple really be themselves, having a nice walk, catching the fresh breeze and having a good old smooch!  

All in all, a bloody good day! 

Wedding Dress from Pascali  //  Hair and Make-up by The Cutting Crew

Here's a selection of my favourites from the day. 

Until next time, 

R x

Hitched - David+Clare

It's crazy to think about how quickly time passes by - when they say "blink and you might miss it", they're not wrong. 

A month has gone by already since the beautiful wedding of David and Clare - Mr and Mrs Segelman.  We met only a few months prior to their wedding date, and hit it off from the outset.  Both mine and their visions matched perfectly, which is something you always hope for. 

The wedding took place on March 25th at St. Martin's Church, with the reception spilling out into the halls of the magnificent Bryanston School.  The school isn't typically a wedding venue, so I felt very honoured to have been chosen to photograph at this stunning venue.  The day kicked off with bridal prep at Hotel Du Vin, near Poole Quay, with some stunning hair and make-up skills by Sian Stone and her lovely ladies.  

I can't think of a day that has run as smoothly as this one did, even though it was the largest wedding party I've worked with to date.  If you ever get the opportunity to photograph a wedding, or any other function at this venue, I would highly recommend you take it! 

The newlyweds have had their honeymoon, and we had a chance to get together shortly afterwards for a coffee and a catch-up (and to hand over their photos, of course) - their reaction to them is what makes it all worthwhile!  I can honestly say, I've never felt more welcomed by another family before.  

All that's left to say is, I hope you both share many more years of happiness together!

Until next time, 

Richard. x