Lymington Wedding by Rachel Elizabeth Photography

Lymington Micro Wedding Photography

Lymington Micro Wedding Photography

Nick & Karen privately said 'I do' at their Romsey registry office wedding before I met the newly weds afterwards to capture some blissful moments. Joined by their children, we had a leisurely stroll along the idyllic cobbles of the quay for their Lymington Micro Wedding Photography. It may not have been a Christmas that we are all used to having; but Nick and Karen, in her festive bridal wear, brought a touch a of festive magic to their Christmas Eve wedding and the end of my 2020 wedding season.

A Christmas Eve Wedding

Despite the challenges facing couples choosing to wed in 2020, changing the year was never an option for this duo. As a couple they had their hearts set on being married in 2020. An intimate family affair at Romsey Registry Office followed by a meal at Lymington Yacht Haven meant a Christmas Eve wedding was perfect. This also made for an extra special Christmas present, being able to spend the day together as husband and wife, for the first time.

Micro Wedding Photography

As we all adjust to the new Coronavirus restrictions, I now offer bespoke micro wedding packages to cater to the individual needs of each couple on their special day. For Karen and Nick, I met them after their intimate ceremony at their New Forest home for some photos with their cute pooch that was dressed up in co-ordinating festive attire. The bride held a whimsical bouquet of greenery and seasonal ivory flower, with a splattering of pinecones, held together with ivory ribbon, which complemented the Christmas wreath behind. We went onto the quay and cobbled streets of Lymington, alongside their children, for couple and family shots. Although cold the sun glistened down the quaint streets adorned with an abundance of the twinkle of Christmas lights.

Festive Bridal Wear

From the streets of Manhattan to the cobbles of Lymington, Manolos reign supreme. In the weeks since we received the glorious news from Sarah Jessica Parker (which we have all been waiting for) that Sex in the City will be returning to our screens for a long awaited eight season. Karen dazzled, in her chosen something blue. A pair of Manolo Blahnik’s classic Hangisi heels in a vibrant cobalt blue with an embellished crystal buckle detail. Finished off an alternative bridal look with a nod to the festive season. The bride oozed elegance and radiated festive cheer; in a cosy cream Bardot neckline knit sweater, coupled with a ballerina length, full A-line crimson tulle skirt. The lovely Frances Moore HMUA finished off the look with beautiful, textured loose bun.

As the long nights of January continue, I hope you enjoy looking back through this album which captures the true magic of Christmas and the delights of a micro-wedding. If you’re thinking about scaling down your special day and fancy some more inspiration or looking into your own Lymington Micro Wedding Photography, check out another micro wedding here and if you like my style, please feel free to contact me to discuss your ideas.


Wedding photography at New Forest Micro Wedding

New Forest Micro Wedding // Donna & Alan

New Forest Micro Wedding

The New Forest micro wedding for Alan and his American beauty Donna, took place at St. Johns Church Boldre, with an extra sprinkle of Christmas magic. With covid restrictions and many family members and friends living overseas, Donna & Alan planned a two part wedding. An intimate ceremony in front of both sets of parents and a sister from each side in November 2020, followed by a full party extravaganza later in 2021 to celebrate with the rest of their loved ones. However, like so many couples, a secondary national lockdown in November meant they had to postpone and their ceremony day was re-scheduled to a month later. A blessing in disguise, this meant that this intimate love affair of a day got its very own winter luxe, laid-back vibe, adorned with foliage wreaths and glistening Christmas trees.

 

A Winter Luxe Wedding - Lace & Lockdown

It was all in the details and bride Donna radiated elegance in her long-sleeved lace Willowby by Watters gown, with a keyhole back detail. Donna coupled the gown with a lightly tousled half-up half down hair do and dewy make-up look, with a pop of a berry lip. Bridal prep took place from the comfort of her in-laws beautiful home which they also run as a B&B - Daisybank Cottage. Before they headed off the church, the couple shared a moment in prayer, led over the now familiar setting of zoom. It was a lovely moment as they stood either side of the door, holding hands but managing to resist a sneak look at each other before the ceremony.

 

St. Johns Church Boldre

An abundance of greenery set the tone for a demure décor design. A full archway of fern and foliage encased the church doorway, mirroring the undone bouquet of the bride, by Corbins Florist and the deep ivy green of the grooms tie. It wasn’t quite a white Christmas, but confetti danced on raindrops as the couple were greeted with a sprinkling of rain as they exited the church. Luckily for them, rain on your wedding day is good luck! It signifies that your marriage will last, as a knot that becomes wet is extremely hard to untie – therefore, when you 'tie the knot' on a rainy day, your marriage is stronger and just as hard to unravel!  Spirits were not dampened and we continued with family and couple photographs before the newlyweds and their wedding party left St. Johns Church Boldre for a celebratory meal at Balmer Lawn. I am beginning to notice that with micro-weddings there is an ease which comes with the day, everyone seems more relaxed, maybe there really is less pressure, having things smaller? One thing is for certain my fingers will be crossed for Donna and Alan and all the couples looking to hit the dance floor later in 2021.

 

If you’re planning your own wedding day (maybe a New Forest Micro Wedding too!) and like my style, please feel free to contact me here.


Wedding Reception at Kings Arms Hotel

Kings Arms Wedding Photography // Sue & Phil

Kings Arms Wedding Photography

Back in pre-covid times, I met up with Sue & Phil (and their charming little lad) at a local wine bar to discuss their Kings Arms wedding photography. Their main priorities being great food, great drinks and great company with country living themes. However Sue ended up referring to her wedding day as 'last minute dot com wedding' due to the ever-changing and short notice covid rules, despite all the months of planning. I'm so happy this lovely couple were able to have their stunning autumnal wedding day before we went back into lockdown. The guests commented on how it felt like Christmas as they were surrounded by fairy lights, a constant supply of gorgeous food & drink, and a specially chosen present for each guest during the speeches. Myself and my second shooter were kindly given a bottle of bubbly each too - I do love a prosecco! Sue & Phil are a couple with great taste and attention to detail, Phil had his shoes personalised with a stag to match the stag illustration on his wedding ring. Another nod to country living was the mens buttonholes being made from shotgun cartridges - which looked amazing. Another clever detail was the beautiful scented candles Sue had chosen to have in each room throughout the wedding day. It smelt so heavenly that I've put these candles top of my christmas list! In true 2020 style, we were forecast rain all day! Luckily Sue took it all in her stride and had her trusty Hunter wellies and umbrella to hand. Perfect timing as the rain stopped in time with the end of the ceremony. We were then able to capture confetti photos and group photos in front of their beautiful floral arch by Simply Flower. No global pandemic or rainstorm was going to come in between Sue & Phil tying the knot!

 

Are you looking for someone to capture your Kings Arms Wedding Photography or generally looking for a relaxed and documentary style photographer? Please feel free to contact me here for a chat! If you are one of Sue & Phil's lovely friends or family members, please contact them for the password to see their full wedding gallery which will be available in a couple of weeks time. Thank you Sue & Phil for choosing me to capture your Kings Arms wedding photography. 


Micro wedding in Southampton

Southampton Wedding Photography // Sophia & Joe

Southampton Wedding Photography

Sophia & Joe booked me last year to capture their Southampton Wedding Photography. They had plans for a beautiful big wedding but unfortunately 2020 had other ideas! Sophia & Joe were absolutely amazing despite all the changed plans and new guidelines. They were still able to have their beautiful wedding day at Southampton Lighthouse International Church, celebrating their love for each other! Thankfully due to modern technology, they were able to stream their ceremony live by zoom so the rest of their family and friends could still share the special moment with them. The newlyweds walked out of their church as Husband and Wife, whilst their guests had created a social distanced confetti tunnel for them.

30 Person Wedding

A silver lining of having a smaller 30 person wedding day, is having time to go off to a special location for couple photos, which may not have been possible with your original wedding plans. Sophia & Joe had a lovely location in mind which they often enjoy visiting together, so we rocked up with their wedding guests and got some gorgeous family photos followed by a little stroll and photos of the two of them. Sophia & Joe, you gorgeous pair, thank you so much for choosing me to capture your wedding and a massive congratulations to you both! Scroll down to see some highlights of this beautiful wedding and how it's still possible to have a fabulous wedding in 2020. It is so great to be back doing what I love!

 

Are you looking for someone to capture your Southampton Wedding Photography or generally looking for a relaxed, romantic and documentary style photographer? Please feel free to contact me here for a chat! If you are one of Sophia & Joe's lovely friends or family members, please contact them for the password to see their full wedding gallery which will be available in a couple of weeks time.


Poole Wedding Photographer Rachel Elizabeth Photography

Poole Wedding Photography / Cheryl & Rob

Poole Wedding Photographer

I meet a lot of amazing couples, all head over heels in love with each other. Cheryl & Rob really do win the prize for the most loved up couple of all time, they truly are soul mates! Cheryl is a very talented local bridal hairstylist (fab-u-locks) and contacted me last year about being her poole wedding photographer. After already being forced to postpone their wedding from earlier in 2020, a worldwide pandemic was not going to stop these two lovebirds from tying the knot this year! A rollercoaster of emotions for Cheryl who was busy helping her own brides postpone whilst also planning her wedding all over again. One silver lining is that they were able to have their wedding reception at their original first choice - The Crown Hotel in Poole Old Town, for which they originally had too many guests.  Their smaller, intimate wedding was perfect. Surrounded by 5 generations of their family as they made their wedding vows to each other. After their church wedding ceremony, as the guests made their way to The Crown Hotel, Cheryl & Rob wanted to head to their favourite drinking spot at Poole Quay. It started to rain but nothing was going to put a dampener on their mood as they shared their first drinks as Husband & Wife. Cheryl & Rob, thank you so much for having me document your super special day! I may have even had a couple of tears as Cheryl walked down the aisle! It was so emotional, after this messed up year, being able to see two people still manage to become Mr & Mrs (and an epic music choice).

Are you looking for a Poole Wedding Photographer or generally looking for a relaxed, romantic and documentary style photographer? Please feel free to contact me here for a chat! If you are family or a friend of Cheryl & Rob, please contact them for the password to see their full wedding gallery which will be available in a couple of weeks time.

 

 


Luccombe Farm Wedding Photography

Luccombe Farm Wedding Photography / Victoria & James

Luccombe Farm Wedding Photography

I never thought I'd be photographing my first wedding of the year in August - but what a beauty of a day it was! Victoria contacted me during lockdown to discuss her Luccombe Farm Wedding Photography. Having postponed their wedding day in France, Victoria and James planned on tying the knot with just their nearest and dearest in the stunning grounds of James' parent's holiday cottages. Luccombe holiday cottages have beautiful, unspoilt countryside views, are secluded and peaceful. A brilliant choice for their outdoor Dorset wedding. It was a relaxing morning with Frances Moore Hair & Makeup helping Victoria get ready. The perfect, finishing touch was the gorgeous necklace James had bought as a wedding day gift to his Bride.

 

Outdoor Dorset Wedding

The weather was forecast to rain, but luckily we managed to have the ceremony outside and a lap in the rowing boat before the rain started. A couple of minutes of rain (which is good luck on your wedding day) then quickly cleared to a beautiful day. After sheltering in the barn we could then use the gardens and amazing views for some group and couple photos. I then captured some relaxed, candids as the happy couple and their guests enjoyed a toast. They cut their cake and then I left as they all sat down to enjoy their wedding breakfast. Thank you Victoria & James for having me capture your special day and hope you have an absolute ball at your french reception next year.

 

If you’re looking for a photographer for your Luccombe Farm Wedding Photography or any other awesome locations, please feel free to contact me here for a chat! If you are family or a friend of Victoria & James, please contact them for the password to see their full wedding gallery.


Milton Abbas Wedding Photography by Dorset Wedding Photographer

Milton Abbas Wedding Photography / Jess & Oli

Dorset Wedding Photography

I first met Jess & Oli when I was the photographer at their friend's wedding. Working in Dorset Wedding Photography, many of my brides & grooms have been guests at weddings I've previously captured. It's lovely to see familiar faces again and they have first hand experience of my approach and style of shooting. Shortly afterwards they booked me for their engagement photoshoot. We had a lovely afternoon chatting and strolling around nearby fields and admiring stunning coastal views. They were both busy with degrees and new careers so wedding plans were on hold for a little while. So I was over the moon when they contacted me the following year. We met up for a chat about their Milton Abbas Wedding Photography (and their AMAZING boho dinosaur wedding theme).

Milton Abbas Wedding Photography

Their special day all took place along the same street in picture perfect Milton Abbas. Set in a pretty wooded valley in a Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this idyllic thatched village is a photographers’ delight. Jess and her lovely bridesmaids got ready in the converted 'Engine Room' at her parent's home. Their was a real sense of community with one of the bridesmaids also being a make-up artist and their neighbour (who also looked after the dress) arranged their flowers. I popped over to take some photos of the dress and it was hanging in the most perfect window light. The whole morning was a dream to capture!

My second shooter captured the guys getting ready at Oli & Jess' lovely cottage home. When they were ready they headed off to the Hambro Arms which is a picturesque pub on Milton Abbas street, just a few doors up from their church. They organised a big marquee outside the pub to host their wedding breakfast and reception. The amazing Roka Bella Rose Weddings decorated the marquee with a beautiful boho vibe. The sun started to come out and it soon became the hottest day of the year! The guys were very thankful for their choice of cooler, relaxed outfits!

It was soon time for Jess, her parents and bridesmaids to walk across the road to her wedding ceremony at St James Church. The dinosaur theme was also apparent in their wedding reading 'The Lovely Other Dinosaur' by Edward Monkton. One of my favourite readings!  After they walked out as Husband & Wife, Jess was greeted by her beautiful horse which her friends had lovingly accessorised to match the wedding decor. The original plan was for Jess to ride her horse to the pub, but due to the scorching weather we decided to pose for some photos instead. As it was exceptionally hot we waited until golden hour for the majority of their couple photos. I'm really glad we did as we had such stunning light as the temperatures became more manageable! I'll let my photos show the rest of their gorgeous day...

If you’re looking for someone to capture your Milton Abbas Wedding Photography, Dorset Wedding Photography or any other awesome locations, please feel free to contact me here for a chat!


Christchurch Harbour Hotel Wedding Photography by Dorset and Hampshire Wedding Photographer

Christchurch Harbour Hotel Wedding Photography

Christchurch Harbour Hotel Wedding Photography - Courtney & Karl

So we are currently almost finished week 2 of 'lockdown'!  I'm sorry if you're having to deal with all this at the same time as planning your wedding. It's an INCREDIBLY stressful and difficult time for us all but together we can get through it! AND I'm on your team as I'm also a postponed June 2020 bride! So please feel free to message me for a natter anytime (I've checked my diary and I'm pretty much available all of the next few weeks!). During this time I've been looking back and reminiscing over past weddings and today I am blogging Courtney & Karl's beautiful Christchurch Harbour Hotel Wedding. Courtney had booked me to capture her special day after seeing my photos from her best friend's engagement shoot (who was also named Courtney!). Courtney & Courtney were each other's maid of honours and it was great to be able to capture these special memories for them. On the day, we spent the morning at the bride's parent's house, perfectly situated just down the road from the church!

New Milton Church Ceremony

Courtney was looked STUNNING in her gown from Stephanie Frances Bridal. Soon it was time to make our way to St. Mary Magdalene Church for their ceremony which was filled with joy, singing and music!

Coastal Dorset Wedding Venue

Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa is a luxury spa coastal hotel in Dorset sat on the water's edge of the beautiful Christchurch Harbour. It was the perfect venue to host Courtney & Karl's wedding reception after their beautiful ceremony and has stunning views across the water. Karl kindly helped sweep the confetti from his wife's hair before we headed to the gardens for welcome drinks and photos.

Christchurch Harbour Hotel Wedding

The wedding breakfast room was decorated elegantly with personal touches. Photos from their engagement shoot were made into confetti and scattered on the tables and the room was filled with foliage and greenery. These guys know how to PARRTYYYY! After their meal the guests headed straight to the dancefloor where there was some epic dancefloor moves!

 

If you’re planning your own wedding day or looking for someone to capture your Christchurch Harbour Hotel wedding photography, please feel free to contact me here.

 

 


New Forest Burley Manor Wedding Photography

Burley Manor Wedding Photography / Alice & Oli

Burley Manor Wedding Photography - Alice & Oliver

How are we half way through February 2020 already?! My website was busy changing hosting over Christmas and I couldn't add any blogs. So I have made myself a lovely big admin & website to do list. Today I am blogging the burley manor wedding photography from Alice & Oli's special day at their New Forest wedding venue.

New Forest Wedding Venue

Burley Manor is truly gorgeous. This grand old manor house, nestled in the new forest, offers stunning views of the neighbouring deer sanctuary AND it's only 10 minutes away from my house! Complete with a dedicated wedding barn, it's elegant and charming in all seasons. I really love all the rich interior colours which perfectly tied in with Alice & Oli's autumnal wedding flowers, the bride's maroon red harry potter pjs in the morning and the bridesmaids emerald green dresses.

Burley Manor Wedding Photography

I was super excited to shoot Alice & Oli's Burley Manor Wedding photography. Oliver is a very talented and passionate graphic designer so their day was 100% going to look amazing with his great eye for detail. Alice & Oli share a great sense of humour and are a little bit quirky. They chose a dinosaur themed crazy golf park for their pre-wedding photoshoot so I knew they were going to be lots of fun too!

I arrived at their new forest wedding venue and was greeted by Alice and her bridesmaids, all wearing their matching harry potter pjs. There was a sense of calm yet excitement whilst one of her bridesmaids painted everyone's nails and Victoria from Tie The Knot Hair Design got the girl's ready. Oli was surprised with a police car to take him and his best man to the ceremony. I'm sure he wasn't expecting to be 'arrested' on the morning of his wedding!

 

The couple could not stop smiling as they tied the knot and were blessed with sunshine as they walked out of the Burley Manor Barn as Husband & Wife. I'll let the photos tell the rest of their story...

If you're planning your own wedding day or looking for someone to capture your Burley Manor Wedding photography, please feel free to contact me here.


Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding Photographer

Katie & Ed / Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding

Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding

Kingston Country Courtyard was a venue I had been hoping to photograph for years! Nestled in the Purbeck countryside with stunning views across to Corfe Castle. It has a relaxed, rustic vibe with on-site accommodation, meaning you and your loved ones can really make a weekend of it. Katie & Ed wanted somewhere special for all their friends and family to come together. Enjoying the beautiful scenery, local country pubs and the star event, their Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding! Katie & Ed also had a massive surprise for all the guests… They were expecting their second child! WOOHOOO – Even more of a reason to celebrate!

The weather was perfect all day. After their beautiful ceremony everyone was able to enjoy drinks and games in the garden. There was a fantastic ‘Pimp your Prosecco bar’ and many competitive games of giant jenga! Katie & Ed had chosen a rustic, botanical theme for their day. So whilst everyone was busy enjoying their drinks, Perfectly pretty weddings was busy transforming the barn ready for the wedding breakfast. The barn looked absolutely stunning and it’s safe to say everyone had an amazing time! Here is a selection of highlights from their special day.

Katie & Ed, thank you so much for having me capture your gorgeous Kingston Country Courtyard wedding. Your full gallery will be live in my client galleries in a few days time. But for now, I hope you enjoyed these highlights from your gorgeous summer wedding!

If you’re planning your own wedding day and like my style, please feel free to contact me here.