poole guildhall weddings

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

Spoilt For Choice - Choosing Your Perfect Wedding Venue

One of the things I love the most about living in Bournemouth - and subsequently running my business from here - is being surrounded by so many stunning places of natural beauty.  We have the New Forest, Moors Valley Country Park, The Jurassic Coast, The Purbecks, Brownsea Island, and so many more.  On top of that, an almost endless list of venues that fill these areas, which you couples get to choose from. 

Basically, we are spoilt for choice. 

For me as a wedding photographer, it is one of the most amazing things, to firstly be invited into a couple's special day, but on top of that, to get to work within these venues - that's just incredible. 

I've been very fortunate in the (comparably) short time I've been a wedding photographer, by having a portfolio that is now made up of completely different venues for each couple I've photographed - with the exception of just two.  Next year also, the venues I'll be covering weddings at are all different.  So far I've worked at the following: The Legacy Rose and Crown Hotel, Merley House, Passford House Hotel, Poole Guildhall (twice), Bryanston School, Les Bouviers.  This year I still have weddings at Bournemouth Town Hall, Dudsbury Country Club, St. Laurence Church in Upwey (with reception and evening at Upwey Village Hall and The Old Ship Inn), The Holiday Inn - Southampton, and Gorwell Barn, Abbotsbury.  

Next year I've got a growing list of fabulous venues which include: The Hilton - Bournemouth,The Italian Villa, The Old Hall - Ely, The George Hotel - Huntingdon, The Sibson Inn, The Chine Hotel, Newbury Rugby Club, The Orangery Suite, Spitbank Fort, Kingston Maurward, Barford Park and RAC Woodcote - Epsom to name a few.  I'm absolutely loving the variety.  

I've always been a bit of a dreamer, and was always told that unless you win the lottery, you are the builder of your own dreams.  I stand by this.  So in light of this, when I first started down this road of becoming a photographer, I purposely made a 'wish list' of venues/types of weddings I think of as my dream list to photograph.  

The List - or at least a portion of - in no particular order:

  • Same-sex weddings 
  • Bournemouth Beach wedding (obviously)
  • Kew Gardens (and any other botanical gardens)
  • London/Urban wedding
  • Theme weddings (especially Star Wars!)
  • Destination weddings - New York would be amazing (because I LOVE to travel)
  • Festival weddings
  • Barn weddings
  • Cinema/Theatre wedding
  • Forest wedding

Specific venues would include: The Barbican Centre, The Southbank National Theatre, The Sky Garden (Walkie Talkie building), The Shard, so basically most well known buildings in London. 

Anyway, I digress.  Getting back on topic, I suppose what I'm trying to say is; I fully understand the dilemma couples must face when it comes to planning their wedding.  They're a political minefield anyway, but to add on top of that choosing where to hold the day can be (but hopefully won't be) a nightmare.  

I remember planning our wedding.  Rob and I did the guest list first, then sorted everything else out around that.  We live in Bournemouth, most of Rob's friends and family who came live in fairly close proximity, so the only challenge was whether we held it here or nearer my family.  Both options caused the similar issues - namely travelling distances.  So we thought about it some more and came to the conclusion; it wasn't about making our families happy, but rather about making us happy.  So we landed on London and had a bloody good long weekend there.  So that would be my advice to all of you future newlyweds; choose somewhere that makes the both of you happy, reflects you as a couple and the guests that join you will enjoy it all the more for doing so. 

Below I've posted a few photos from the venues I've covered weddings at, so expect a follow-up to this post at some point next year.  

Until then, 

R x