wedding photography 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 & 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.

Huntingdon Wedding Photography - The George Hotel | Tori+Glen

I'm finally getting back into blogging again, it feels like starting back at work after a very long holiday.

Tori contacted me via Facebook after I'd responded to her post about looking for a photographer. I think a lot of people (and understandably so) only search for suppliers within their local area. Personally I love to travel, whether it's in the UK or further afield, so it really doesn't phase me. When I found out the wedding would take place in Cambridge (literally a stone's throw from my old house), and they would have their reception at The George Hotel in Huntingdon, I knew it was for me. I also got to visit my family who still live in Lincolnshire, so everyone was a winner.

The George Hotel is a beautiful 17th Century traditional coaching inn, right in the centre of Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. We started in the morning with the bridal prep, with hair and makeup by.... . The sun was shining giving the most amazing mix of light and shadow in their room. I always like the buzz of bridal prep, plus it's a great chance to get to know the bridal party and any other family members that are around.

The ceremony was held at the Cambridge Register Office, followed by some family shots on the lawn opposite, then came the dark clouds and rain just as we got into the cars to head back to Huntingdon and start the party. Tori and Glen are clearly a couple after my own heart, arriving fashionably late after a pit-stop at Costa on the way back.

I can honestly say that I had the biggest dinner (3 courses) that I've ever had at a wedding, and if I wasn't their photographer, I'd probably have needed a nap. I had a nice pot of tea, followed by a cheeky G&T, and it was time to party.

I know it's a fairly even split about whether to have kids at a wedding or not, and I know it's a personal choice, but I love having them around as they make for some awesome - and very often hilarious - shots! I've never seen a grown adult strut into the middle of the dancefloor with and inflatable guitar and rock out like they were an A List rock star.

Before I left I made sure I got a bag full of pick n mix (my treat for when I'm editing), had a few hugs and goodbyes.

Two weddings down, and this year is off to a cracking start.

As usual, there's a good selection of my favourites from the day below, and if you or someone you know are getting married and like my work, I would love to chat with you about your plans.

Until next time,

R x

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