‘Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairytale’. Michelle & Paul’s special day looked just like how you imagine a fairytale wedding at the stunning Highcliffe Castle which was filled with fabulous blooms by the talented Jennifer Poynter.

Bride having make-up applied at New Forest HotelI started the day bright and early with Michelle and her bridesmaids at the Balmer Lawn Hotel in the New Forest whilst Andrew from Andrew Christopher Photography was with Paul and the boys at the couples home near Ringwood.

Brides heels and jewelleryPrincess style wedding dress at Balmer LawnExcited photos of bride before ceremonyGroom and Best Men getting ready at Ringwood HomeThe guys arrived at the beautiful seaside castle in a vintage split-screen VW campervan and had some photographs taken around the castle grounds whilst Michelle and her father were driven in a lovely Rolls-Royce to the ceremony.

Groom in Vintage VW at Highcliffe CastlePhotographs of Groom, Best Man and Ushers at Highcliffe CastleWedding guests at Highcliffe Castle WeddingGroom portait and hug with daughterBride and Father arriving at Highcliffe CastleFather walking Bride down the aisle at Highcliffe Castle

Paul asked his two sons to be ushers and they had the great responsibility of presenting the wedding rings during the ceremony – a very special moment! Paul’s daughter was their flower-girl who gave her Dad the biggest, loveliest hug when she walked down the aisle.Ring bearers during vows at Highcliffe Castle WeddingWedding Ceremony at Highcliffe CastleHappy couple signing the register at Highcliffe Wedding

Highcliffe Castle has the most gorgeous natural light flooding in from all the windows which overlook the gardens. It was a photographer’s dream to capture! After their ceremony we used the wonderful grounds for the group photographs, then myself and the happy couple walked down to the beach for some couple portraits whilst the guests made their way across the New Forest to the Balmer Lawn Wedding Reception.

Bride and groom at Highcliffe BeachBride and groom in Rolls RoyceBride and groom in vintage VW campervanDog and child at Balmer Lawn Wedding

The marquee at Balmer Lawn Hotel looked absolutely stunning, Jennifer Poynter Flowers had created gorgeous floral displays and decorated an incredible 4-tier naked wedding cake which was made by a friend of the bride and groom – It looked (and smelt) delicious!
Venue decorations by Jennifer Poynter Flowers at Balmer Lawn HotelDIY table decorations at Balmer Lawn Hotel WeddingRustic Floral Naked Cake at Balmer Lawn Hotel

Just like Michelle & Paul, their guests were a great laugh. One guest even asked if I could pretend he was famous whilst I was photographing him – I do love funny requests!

Wedding guests laughing at Balmer Lawn ReceptionLaughter during speeches at Balmer Lawn HotelGrooms speech at Balmer Lawn New Forest HotelCute little boy at Balmer Lawn Wedding

I love photographing wedding rings and isn’t Michelle’s engagement ring so pretty!
Wedding rings with bouquet by Jennifer Poynter Flowers

Whilst the marquee got ready for the band and the guests hit the bar, Andrew and myself took Michelle & Paul away for a quick few photographs around the grounds of the Balmer Lawn Hotel. Then all that was left was to cut the cake and the first dance then we let the happy couple and their guests party into the night! To view the rest of their wedding images please contact the bride and groom for the password before finding their online gallery here.Thank you Michelle & Paul for letting me be part of your very special day!

Bride and groom at Balmer Lawn New ForestBride and Groom by lights at Balmer Lawn HotelBlack and white photographs of Bride and groom on staircase at Balmer LawnFirst dance at Balmer Lawn Hotel Marquee