Monthly Archives: July 2010

Emma and Mark’s wedding
(Captains Club Hotel, Christchurch)

What a perfect way to spend a Friday… photographing Emma and Mark’s beautiful wedding at the chic and tranquil Captains Club Hotel situated the banks of the River Stour in Christchurch on the Dorset/Hampshire borders. 

Mark had arranged that he would meet Earle at the Captain’s Club rather than at home, so Earle had the opportunity to join me for a short while with Emma and the girls who were preparing in one of the hotel’s stylish suites while he waited for Mark to arrive in time for a drink in the bar and in plenty of time to greet their guests. 

With all the girls ready including Emma and Mark’s two adorable little daughters Olivia and Amelie, we made our way down to the ceremony.  Olivia and Amelie were walked in with two of Emma’s close friends, closely followed by Emma and her Father.  The emphasis for Emma and Mark’s wedding day was to keep everything very relaxed and as informal as possible.  The  lovely registrar’s reflected this perfectly along with Mark’s brother (Best Man) who added his own gregarious influence to the mix much to everyones amusement. 

Partytime, celebratory champagne and more drinks on the riverside while the barbeque was cooking.  Emma and Mark enjoyed socialising for a while before we popped off with them for a very short break away for some romantic photography on the nearby coastline making sure they were back spot on time for the yummy food feast. 

We were really pleased to have the opportunity to whizz off again later in the evening once the evening party was underway to spend a little more time with Emma and Mark in and around Christchurch for a few more personalised photographs which we knew were going to be incredibly important to them both.  I think it is safe to say all four of us had a simply great time out and about causing a bit of a stir on the streets of Christchurch!  All in all a really memorable day.

Thank you Mark and Emma for your wonderful hospitality and placing your trust in us, it had been a priviledge to be part of your wedding team.  Earle and I hope you enjoy the images selected here and we look forward to having all the others ready for you very soon.  Don’t miss the comments box people….it loves being used!

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Teresa and Andy’s wedding
(Winton Methodist Church and Wessex Hotel)

It was another bright sunny day and we were up and out early to spend a wonderful day photographing  Teresa and Andy’s wedding.  I arrived at their home soon after Teresa had returned from the hairdressers with her bridesmaids and mum.  The make up artist was settled in  and so all I had to do was unpack my camera and get creative!  The girls were soon busy getting into their bridesmaids dresses with Teresa’s mum doing a stirling job tying all the bodices leaving just enough room in the waistline for a little lunch and champagne to be enjoyed before Teresa’s time came to be put into her beautiful gown.  The weather was getting increasingly warm and everyone was trying very hard not to overheat so it was important to not feel rushed but Teresa with her enviable organisational skills had everything timed perfectly and right on time everyone was ready to leave the house for church.

Earle had been with Andy during the morning with his brother and once they were suited and booted they met with friends and family at the pub for a quick drink before arriving at Winton Methodist Church in plenty of time to welcome the many guests gathering.  Andy and Teresa are very well known and loved within their community and the church was packed with wellwishers of all ages.  It was a very special moment to see Teresa walk up the aisle to Andy with so many people evidently thrilled to be there. 

The wedding reception was held at the Wessex Hotel and following the welcome drinks and speeches everyone tucked into their meal.  Earle and I had a few more family group photographs to complete later in the day and after this we took a trip down to the beach with Teresa and Andy where we were able to create some beautiful photographs of the two of them enjoying some quiet time together after the heat and excitement of the day.  The fresh sea air and relaxation revived us all and we were all ready to join the wedding guests again, Teresa and Andy were greeting masses of   evening guests and everyone threw all their energy into a brilliant night of dancing and partying.

It has been an incredible day and marvellous to see Teresa and Andy enjoying their own very perfect wedding celebration.  Thank you both very much for your thoughtfulness and kind hospitality, Earle and I send our warmest congratulations to you both.  We have picked out some of our favourite images from the day for you to take a peek at while we prepare the final edit for you.

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Amy and Chris’ wedding
(Christchurch Harbour Hotel)

What a perfect start to a super day, the sun was shining and a light breeze in the air as I left home for a very short trip down the road to the home of Amy’s parents where the preparations for this lovely wedding day were taking place with Amy and her family and bridesmaids.  Michelle was already there taking wonderful care of all things closely and remotely to do with hair styling.  I always love working with Michelle, her enthusiasm, skill and energy is legendary and the fact we photographed her marriage to David and then her sister Sally’s to Chris made today all the more special as Amy is sister to Chris and we already had come to know her and Groom Chris well.

Earle was due to meet Chris and the boys down at the Sandacres on Sandbanks peninsular at 11.00 am where they all enjoyed a little relaxation and ‘bonding’ time before walking along to The Church of Transfiguration just up the hill from the peninsular.

Everything at the house went very smoothly, working perfectly to Amy’s carefully planned timings and we were all ready for the drivers of the wonderful wedding cars to transport Amy and her party to the church in good time.  The Church of Transfiguration is a relatively modern church and can provide an enviable amount of beautiful light to photograph with and fortunately we are allowed to photograph in our usual discreet manner there enabling us to capture those very emotional and elated moments between a couple at one of the most important moments of their life together.  For this we thank the vicar, The Reverend Canon Jeremy Oakes.  Upon the final prayers and blessing for Amy and Chris’ future life together completed they took their walk back down the aisle as Mr and Mrs Attwood with smiles shining as happy as life itself.

We had planned previously to stop with Amy and Chris at Hengistbury Head for some photographs en route to The Christchurch Harbour Hotel to enable their guests to settle in with the drinks reception before Amy and Chris arrived.  Despite it being remarkably warm and sunny there was a refreshing breeeze blowing which kept the crowds away from the beach in this area but it provided us with wonderful conditions for some beautiful images of Chris and Amy enjoying a bit of together time after the high emotion of the ceremony.  It was however important to time things so their guests were not kept waiting so before long we walked back to the waiting car and made our way to the hotel for the reception and wedding breakfast.

In the early evening with the meal and speeches all concluded Earle and I borrowed Amy and Chris again for a short while for some more photographs in the grounds overlooking Mudeford and Christchurch Harbour.  Some of the images will of course be very recognisable in relation to the location however we created some images with Amy which are far less location influenced and offer our own and individual avant guarde edge to this part of their day.  Amy was wonderful and seemed to particularly enjoy this  time with us which makes us very happy of course especially when we see the results!!!

The party and first dance was ready to kick off for the rest of the evening with the young children being happy to lead the way in showing the grown ups how to do it, with the instruction of these youngsters in place everyone else was soon joining in with a lively evening of dance and socialising  underway.

Earle and I congratulate you both, Amy and Chris on a superb day and all you have achieved.  We look forward to you seeing all your photographs but in the meantime we have chosen some of our favourites from your wedding for you, your family and friends to enjoy.  Earle and I always encourage anyone to add a comment here on our blog, just click on the ‘comments’ box below and let it flow…..!

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