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.


Outdoor night flash photograph at Sopley Mill Wedding

Emily & Pete / Sopley Mill

I first met Emily & Pete (and their beloved camper) a year before their Sopley Mill wedding, on their engagement shoot at Durdle Door. We bonded over our love of travel, cycling and most importantly… GIN!

I knew their special day was going to be AMAZING, and it was really was perfect! Spring was in full swing, the sun was out all day and we were surrounded by beautiful seasonal blooms by Springhill Florals. After their beautiful ceremony, everyone enjoyed drinks outside and listened to the speeches overlooking the river. There was a lovely afternoon tea and lots of drinking and dancing to an acoustic guitar set by one of their friends. Emily and Pete were so kind and even gave me some fish and chips to take home and another for my fiance Chris, as well as doughnuts that they had ordered in. I live less than 10 minutes away from Sopley Mill so Chris was over the moon when I came home with dinner and doughnuts – WHICH WERE SO GOOD!

Emily & Pete, thank you so much for having me capture your special day! Your full gallery will be live on my client galleries in a couple of weeks time – yippee!

If you’re planning your Sopley Mill wedding and looking for a photographer to capture your special day, please feel free to contact me here.


Fun dorset wedding photography

Emily & Barney / Canford Church & Sopley Mill

Back in 2017, in the middle of a wash out August, a break in the clouds saw a scorching bank holiday weekend and the idyllic wedding of Emily and Barney. A Canford Magna Church wedding followed by the reception at Sopley Mill. The day was full of charm and went ‘swimmingly’ – Emily was ready to ‘fly the nest’. Can anyone spot a theme here?!

Bridal prep took place at the Emily’s parents house, a stone’s throw away from the church where they would tie the knot in a few hours time. Emily’s dress was a slinky Martina Liana gown with delicate beading on the bodice and an open back with button detail, from Minster Designs in Wimborne. Bridesmaids wore soft powder blue Chi Chi London gowns, complimented by undone whimsical flowers. Barnet & Boatrace set up space in a nice cool room to do hair & make-up for the bride tribe. A sense of calm and excitement, whilst Emily’s mum helped make some floral hair pieces and Emily’s dad poured the bubbly. There were even a few tears when the flowers arrived and suddenly it all felt real!

After posing for a few photos in Emily’s parents gorgeous garden, Emily hopped in a Morris Minor convertible which was perfect for the short and sunny journey to their Canford Magna Church wedding. The whole wedding ceremony was conducted by Barney’s father, which was very personal and funny too! Everyone enjoyed drinks and homemade biscuits in the church gardens followed by a confetti tunnel as the newly weds left to head off to Sopley Mill. A champagne reception allowed the perfect opportunity for a quiet moment with the couple to take photographs in the sun before moving to a cooler, shady area.

Each guest was gifted their own rubber duck to decorate during the meal with their own personal flare.  Following the duck theme, during the speeches a duck-based pub quiz got everybody ‘quacking’ up in laughter and in the mood for the duck race. Barney finished off the speeches amazingly by including the Barney tv program lyrics ‘I love youyou love me We’re a happy family With a great big hug And a kiss from me to you Won’t you say you love me too? Whilst the guests finished their conversations, I quickly whisked the couple away to do some golden hour photos in a nearby field. As we came back, everyone was ready to participate in the long awaited Wedding Duck Race! Members of the wedding party were in waders catching the ducks and lucky winner got a bottle of bubbles (I can confirm no ducks were harmed in the activity, real or otherwise). Post duck race it was time for a traditional Cèilidh and one final surprise. Forget a cake topper it was all about the car topper. Following family traditions of car decorating and the grooms love of lego the family crafted a large Lego block for the roof of the couple’s getaway car. 

I hope you enjoy looking through these images. To view the rest of this special day or to order any prints, please contact the bride and groom for the gallery password. You can find their online gallery here. If you’re been looking for a Sopley Mill or Canford Magna Church Wedding photographer please feel welcome to contact me here. Con’quack’ulations Emily & Barney!


Sunny Autumn Wedding in the Pavilion at Kings Arms Christchurch

Rachel & Alex

I honestly can't recommend Rachel enough. It was the quality and warmth created by her photos that made us want her to be the one to capture our special day. She's wonderful, calm, funny photographer who fits in like a family member, allowing her to capture natural and loving moments without anything feeling too staged. Our favourites were the candid moments that we would have otherwise missed but we're completely in love with every single photo. Thank you so much again!


Bride and Groom Kissing at Wedding at The Old Vicarage Country House

Megan & Oli

We booked Rachel for our wedding back in June and from start to end she was absolutely faultless! She was professional and flexible throughout the whole process and kept things clear and easy to understand for us paperwork and planning wise. On the day there was no usual bossy photographer shouting orders at the guests, Instead Rachel was always one step ahead of the game, where she needed to be, catching all the right shots without anyone feeling 'put out' or rushed. A few people even commented "She is everywhere at once that photographer"

The whole day I felt relaxed and safe in the knowledge that Rachel had it all under control and upon receiving my photographs back I can assure you that this was the case. My images came in a beautiful box, with a little wooden USB stick all wrapped up; Rachel even went through the effort of printing us out a few prints to keep!

There is no doubt at all that Rachel is dedicated & passionate about her work and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a wedding photographer.


Maternity Bump Photoshoot with Sunflowers at Epping Forest

Sarah

Rachel did a bump shoot for me when I was 7 months pregnant. The photos she produced were lovely & have given me a beautiful & lasting memory of my pregnancy. I really enjoyed the shoot, normally I'm not a fan of being photographed, but Rachel was professional & she made me feel so comfortable. Rachel has an impeccable eye for detail & clearly strives to take striking, creative images.
I would definitely recommend Rachel & would love to work with her again in the future.


Pink Cake Smash for 1st Birthday

Emma

Our cake smash pictures of our daughter when she turned one were amazing!! We were so pleased with how relaxed Rachel made us all feel. We've since used her for a lovely Christmas shoot of all three of our children and now looking forward to our outdoors Autumnal shoot. I would highly recommend this very talented young lady!


Baby Photoshoot at Home Winter 2015

Lauren & Dave

Rachel takes such beautiful pictures & takes time to make them just perfect for you. We love our little girl’s pictures! The session was at home, which allowed baby to feel relaxed. We are looking forward to Rachel being our photographer at our upcoming wedding!


Product Photography of Wash Bags by Lovely Jubbly Designs

Jade – Lovely Jubbly Designs

Rachel is wonderful! I run a small business and I have booked her to do all my product photography on an ongoing basis. She has a beautiful style that works perfectly alongside my brand, and she delivers incredible images that help so much in creating the vital first impressionfor online shoppers. She's incrediblyprofessional, creative and full of suggestions, and an absolute pleasure to work with. I can highly recommend her.


Family photoshoot in the New Forest Burley

Mike

We had the most amazing family shoot in the forest. Rachel was very good in helping guide the shoot in terms of locations and setups. The end results were fantastic, we couldn't have wished for better!! Thank you again!!