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.


Sarah & Simon / Balmer Lawn Wedding

Verwood & Balmer Lawn Wedding

I first met Sarah & Simon at Framptons wine bar in Ringwood to discuss their Verwood church & Balmer Lawn wedding. A mutual friend had recommended me, who felt my style would suit their wedding plans. Sarah had visions of a timeless, classic wedding vibe. They wanted the day to feel relaxed, but with traditional elements. Whilst looking at my work, they realised I had also captured another of their friend’s wedding – and loved the photos! Like many of my clients, Simon was a little nervous about having his photo taken and not sure about having a pre-wedding photoshoot. After initially deciding not to have one, they later changed their minds and booked in their pre-wedding shoot. I think I convinced Simon that photoshoots can be fun, he may even have enjoyed himself whilst having their photos taken on a forest walk.

On the wedding morning, myself and my second shooter Mia headed over to Balmer Lawn Hotel in the New Forest. Mia captured the guys finishing getting ready and going over their speeches. They then all hopped into the red vintage bus they had hired to get everyone over to Verwood Methodist Church. I spent the morning with the girls and the talented Laura MacKenzie, who (along with assisting opening bottles of pink bubbly) was busy styling the girls hair. Wearing matching pink robes they got ready whilst enjoying bubbles from their personalised champagne glasses. Time quickly went and a few tears were shed as they saw Sarah in her dress for the first time. As the girls left for the church, I stayed to get some photos of the beautiful bride and her Dad. Sarah and Simon really loved their church service, and you could tell by their beaming smiles!

Advice from this happy couple for future bride & grooms – Take time for yourselves on your wedding day and try not to worry too much about people having fun. People love weddings and will entertain themselves – make sure YOU enjoy the day too! 😍

I think you can see from these photos, that this lovely couple enjoyed every second of their wedding! So I’ll let my photos tell the rest of their special day…

Sarah & Simon, thank you so much for having me capture your Verwood & Balmer Lawn wedding. Your full gallery will be live on my client galleries in a few weeks 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.


Gordleton Mill Wedding Photography

Hannah & Kirk / Gordleton Mill Wedding Photography

Gordleton Mill Wedding Photography

I first met Hannah when she was a Bride-to-be at a Mill at Gordleton wedding showcase. We had a lovely chat and Hannah mentioned her fiancé was a wedding photographer. I guessed Kirk already had a photographer in mind for their special day so I was happily surprised with an email a couple of days later asking if they could book me to do their Gordleton Mill wedding photography. I later found out they had also booked a couple of supplier friends of mine – Rachel from Love By Design Weddings to do the venue decor and Raechelle from Enchanted Beauty Bournemouth to do make-up and hair. Including myself that’s a lot of Rachel’s & Raechelle’s – at least you’re unlikely to forget our names!

There was a wonderful calm atmosphere whilst Hannah, her bridesmaids and mum all got ready. Hannah even made time for a run in the morning sunshine. My second shooter met Kirk outside whilst he greeted their guests and made sure everything was ready for their stunning outdoor ceremony. The gardens were beautifully decorated and had lots of personal touches including some of Kirk’s vintage camera’s and lots of hidden frogs! Hannah and Kirk have a pond in their garden, which is home to many frogs…Hannah actually hates frogs but takes lots of photos of them and shares on her Instagram. So it was a personal joke to have toy frogs as part of their wedding decor – LOVE THIS!

With Kirk’s wedding photographer inside knowledge and their relaxed attitude, they were so easy to photograph. And more than happy to pop out for a few minutes to make the most of the gorgeous golden hour light. It was such a beautiful day, so I’ll let my photos do the rest of the story telling…

Hannah & Kirk, thank you so much for trusting me with your Gordleton Mill Wedding photography. Your full gallery will be live on my client galleries in a few weeks time. But for now, I hope you enjoyed these highlights from your gorgeous summer wedding!

If you’re looking for a photographer (Maybe even someone to capture your Gordleton Mill wedding photography), please feel free to contact me here.


Bubble exit at Three Choirs Vineyard wedding

Claire & Vicki / Three Choirs Vineyard Wedding

Three Choirs Vineyard Wedding

I love this venue so much I almost booked it for my own wedding day! So as you can imagine, I was over the moon when Vicki contacted me. First of all discussing our mutual love of small batch gins, then asking if I would capture their three choirs vineyard wedding. We met up at a local wine bar to discuss their plans. These two both have a fantastic sense of humour and wanted their wedding photos to reflect this.

A few days before their wedding we went to the beach to capture their pre-wedding photoshoot. Great for my couples to feel relaxed around me and my camera. The sun was out if force and despite the sea breeze and sun tan lotion we all managed to get a few tan lines that day (sorry girls!). However for their wedding day the weather could not have been more perfect. It was still very warm but it was cloudy all day. Which is ideal, soft and even light that photographers hope for when it’s an outdoor ceremony! The clouds later cleared for one of the most gorgeous sunsets I’ve ever seen!

This three choirs vineyard wedding was such a dream to photograph. Two happy, lovely brides in a stunning location and surrounded by wonderful people. I loved hearing all their stories during the speeches, a real sense of fun and with a few reflective, emotional moments too. They have been through a hell of a lot but keep smiling and laughing – just as we should all be!

There’s so much I could say about this amazing day, but I’ll let my photos do the rest of the talking…

Claire & Vicki, thank you so much for having me capture your AMAZING Three Choirs Vineyard wedding! Your full gallery will be live on my client galleries in a few weeks time. But for now, here is a small sample of one of the most fun wedding days ever!

If you’re looking for a photographer for your own wedding and like my style, please feel free to contact me here.


Gordleton Mill Wedding Photography

Laura & Gregg / The Mill at Gordleton Wedding

I do LOVE a Gordleton Mill wedding! A restored 17th-century flour mill nestled on the banks of Avon Water in the heart of the New Forest. Their secret gardens were described by The Times as “one of the most picturesque of any hotels in Britain” and are the perfect backdrop for your photos. With art and sculptures hidden around each corner, it’s a beautiful venue packed with heaps of personality. It attracts awesome couples too – just like Laura & Gregg. I first met this lovely couple at The Mill at Gordleton wedding open day last summer and met the next day to talk wedding plans at our local pub (we happen to live in the same town).

I started the morning with Laura and her bridesmaids at the lovely little cottage owned by The Mill at Gordleton. It’s perfectly positioned right next to the secret gardens and wedding marquee. The girls enjoyed the sunshine and a few glasses of bubbly in courtyard before having their hair styled by Laura’s talented sister-in-law. It was the hottest day of the year (so far) but the girls took it all in their stride and with smiles on their faces! A very emotional moment for Laura’s Dad when he saw his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time.

Gregg and Laura tied the knot in the beautiful gardens, and had a big surprise for all the guests…. Alpaca ring bearers! A big hit with everyone and were perfect for selfies after the ceremony. Myself and my second shooter had so much fun capturing this Gordleton mill wedding, they were such a great crowd. After capturing some dance moves, we led the guests away from the bar to the fairy light walkway where we had a sparkler tunnel for the newly weds.

Laura & Gregg, thank you so much for having me capture your beautiful Gordleton Mill wedding! Your full gallery will be live on my client galleries in a few weeks time. But for now, here is a small sample of your very special day.

If you’re looking for a photographer for your own wedding and think my style is ‘a bit of you’, please feel free to contact me here.


Parley Manor Wedding portraits

Carley & Dan / Parley Manor Wedding

I know everyone else says it, but I really do get the best clients. So happy, kind and loads of fun to be around. I love getting to know my couples. Finding out about how they met and hearing all their stories. Carley & Dan are great together. It was lovely to chat to them whilst I captured their Parley Manor wedding day.

We started the day off at Dudsbury Golf Club with my second shooter Emma capturing the guys antics, whilst I spent the morning with the girls. The wonderful Samantha Stevenson from Parley Studio and Kate Carroll were busy getting everyone ready when I arrived to start capturing the day. Wearing matching robes, Carley and the girls celebrated with bubbly and raspberry gin (LOVE THEIR STYLE) before getting in to their dresses. The men’s suits, bridesmaids and Carley’s dress were all from Romsey Bridal which happens to be where I have recently bought my wedding dress from! Carley’s bridesmaids helped her into her stunning gown and she was ready to head to her Parley Manor wedding. Of course travelling in style with a classic VW from wedding wagens. Carley chose sunflowers and summer flowers to decorate the venue, and the talented Simply Flower had done a brilliant job. The sun was out and everyone was ready for a great day. Guests were treated to fabulous food by Merlins Catering, including an ice-cream bike which later turned into a cocktail bike after their bbq. Everyone danced the night away and as I left the groom was in the middle of a packed dancefloor doing the worm! Safe to say, it was a great Parley manor wedding!

Carley & Dan, thank you so much for having me capture your beautiful day! Your full gallery will be live on my client galleries in a few weeks time. But for now, here is a small sample of your very special day.

If you’re reading this and have recently become engaged (congratulations!), and are looking for a photographer, please feel free to contact me here.


Colourful photography of Bournemouth brides in gardens

Frankie & Jen / Bournemouth Wedding

I first met Frankie & Jen when Frankie was bridesmaid at her cousin Olivia’s wedding to Tim at Knighton House last year. I was over the moon when Jen emailed me saying she loved my work and would I capture their ‘non-traditional’ Bournemouth wedding.

They had a small private ceremony at Bournemouth Town Hall with their parents followed by photos on the beach and a big garden/house party at a nearby airbnb with all their friends and family in the evening. We met up for a coffee a few weeks before the wedding and to chat about their plans. I suggested taking a bottle of bubbly to the beach for a toast with their parents and some fun candid photos. After weeks of rain, the sun came out and it was the perfect summer’s day. Bubbly on the beach and paddling through the sea was great for cooling down – fab for photos too! I joined the bride’s again in the evening. The airbnb was easy to find with a giant rainbow balloon, matching the girls gay pride rainbow socks! Tashe-Mae events had been busy helping decorate the venue and keeping everyone’s bubbly topped up all night! Guests could help themselves to some super tasty street food by Flaming Peaches (possibly the best burgers I have ever eaten, the thought of it is making my mouth water!) and delicious italian ice-cream from Giggi Gelateria’s ice-cream bike.

Frankie & Jen, thank you so much for having me capture your AMAZING day! You were both so much fun and I loved every second! Their full gallery will be live on my client galleries in a couple of weeks time – yippee! But for now, here is a small sample of their very special day.

If you’re engaged (congratulations!) and planning your special day, maybe a same-sex Bournemouth wedding too, please feel free to contact me here.