Monthly Archives: October 2010

Chika and Paul’s wedding
{The Domus, Leith’s at Beaulieu}

It was a beautiful drive over to the New Forest on Saturday morning in the autumn sunshine serving as a reminder to us of exactly how wonderful this part of the world is.   Paul had booked into the Master Builders Hotel at Bucklers Hard in Beaulieu for the eve of his marriage to Chika, so this is where Earle met him and his best man and ushers before moving across to The Domus where the wedding was taking place.  Chika was with her family and bridesmaids at Whitely Ridge preparing for the day ahead.  Chika is from Japan, her family and her bridesmaids had travelled all the way over to the UK for this wonderful day and to see Chika’s mother in traditional Japanese dress for the occassion was perfect.  Tori Sturgess did a fantastic mornings styling on all the girls and was a huge help guiding them around the ‘english wedding traditions’.

The Domus and the grounds of Beaulieu and Palace House were looking resplendent as Chika’s vintage taxi drove along the driveway through the avenue of trees and with all the guests seated the wedding ceremony was ready to take place.  Following a warm welcome to everyone the registrars guided Chika and Paul through their vows and ring exchange then after two readings and the register signing Chika and Paul were ready to walk out into the cloisters as Mr and Mrs Etheridge!

During the drinks reception we completed the formal family photography quickly and were then able to take a quick walk around the grounds with Chika and Paul for some photography of just the two of them relaxing together before returning to The Domus for their wedding breakfast and the evening party.

It had been superb day, the team at Leiths@Beaulieu were wonderful to work with as always and Chika and Paul are a complete delight!  Earle and I send our warmest congratulations to the new Mr & Mrs Etheridge and we hope you enjoy the images we have chosen as a little peak into  the rest of your wedding photography.

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Emma and Naomi’s civil partnership
{Oaks Farm Weddings, Surrey}

There was a drive east again for us to meet Emma and Naomi at Oaks Farm in Surrey, the location for their civil ceremony.  They had been able to use the lovely cottage in the grounds for their preparations so Earle and I drove straight there to meet the girls and be on hand to photograph the guests upon their arrival.  The day was perfect with late autumn sun beaming down onto Oaks Farm a little gem of tranquility minutes away from Croydon and the excitement of everyone arriving was only outshone by the excitement of Emma and Naomi themselves.

It has to be said the ceremony has to be one of the most emotional ones we have witnessed with even the registrar appearing to wipe a tear away from her face during one of the readings there was barely a dry eye in the house!  The tears were of course all the product of pure happiness as reflected by Emma and Naomi skipping down the aisle together upon the conclusion of the formalities.  A relaxed drinks reception preceeded the wedding breakfast and highly entertaining speeches from the two bestwomen then into the evening party with the dance floor full the entire night the whole evening raced by.

Earle and I send our warmest congratulations to Emma and Naomi, it was wonderful to see you again, to be part of the team contributing to your celebrations and we must thank Steff for recommending us so fervently!!!!  We have chosen a few of our favourite images which we hope reflect the relaxed and joyful nature of your celebrations.

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Yetunde and Deji’s wedding
{Park Plaza Victoria, London}

Early start on Saturday as we had a trip into central London to photograph an incredibly colourful and energetic nigerian wedding.  We arrived spot on time at Yetunde’s home where she was enjoying her morning with all her bridesmaids, make up artists and hair stylist,  they all made me welcome and within moments of arriving I was busy photographing all the activity. 

Deji was with his family and close friends in Mayfair, so this was where Earle headed off too for a few photographs before moving onto St James the Less Church in Westminster in time for the midday ceremony.   The church eventually filled with over 250 guests,  the choir and band struck up creating a wonderful greeting for Yetunde and her brother as he walked her up the aisle to the waiting groom.

None of the usual british restraints are applicable at most of the nigerian weddings we have photographed and Yetunde’s and Deji’s wedding was no exception.  The participation from all the guests and customs during the ceremony sends a fantastic buzz throughout and any thoughts of being shy and retiring need to be banished from the mind entirely to fully appreciate the atmosphere and capture the moment. 

Following the ceremony and some formal family photographs it was a short walk for us to the Park Plaza Victoria where the celebrations were to continue with the drinks reception before everyone was seated for the wedding breakfast, speeches and more dancing.  It was after dark before we were able to have time with Yetunde and Deji for some photographs of them alone together.  Yetunde had changed out of her bridal gown into traditional nigerian dress complimenting Deji who also had changed into traditional nigerian clothes.  We soon were seeing them relax and enjoy their time outside with us while the fresh night air recharged their batteries for more dancing with their guests back inside the hotel.

It was a terrific day and a joy to work closely with the wedding organiser Catherine Eluwa of SEML again.  Huge congratulations Deji and Yetunde, we are so thrilled you wanted to travel to England from the States to celebrate your wedding day with your families and very priviledged to have been part of the team contributing to your memories.  We hope you and everyone else enjoys the photographs we have chosen to give a taste of the rest. 

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Zoe and Damian’s wedding
{The Larmer Tree Gardens}

The outstanding beauty of Cranborne Chase on the borders of Dorset and Wiltshire beckoned us for the wedding of Zoe and Damian on a glorious late September weekend.  Earle was meeting the Damian and the boys at The Museum Inn, Farnham while I sped on up the road towards their cottage which was buzzing with activity preparing for the day ahead.   I was met at the door by Millie, Zoe’s adorable dog who was rather perplexed at the mass invasion of people into her home and as a result I am told had a massive sulk on!   Zoe’s hair and makeup was near completion so after a few images of the finishing touches Zoe was ready to be put into her dress and come downstairs to reasure Millie all would be back to normal soon!

Off to St Lawrence’s Church where everyone was congregating for the wedding ceremony enjoying the brilliant decorative idea of wellie boots filled with seasonal flowers around the church door then on inside the little village church which was full of flowers bursting with colour.  Zoe arrived with her Father and the ceremony was underway.

The very memorable and unique Larmer Tree Gardens is just a short distance from Farnham,  a lovely old red bus was organised as transport for all the guests to arrive there together while Zoe and Damian were able to enjoy a relaxing drive in their wedding car around Cranborne Chase while everyone was greeted for the reception in the stunning gardens of the Larmer Tree.  Zoe and Damian arrived just in front of Millie who was brought along to say ‘hello’ briefly and have her photograph taken with the bride and groom!  Tom Rust was on singing on stage providing the perfect entertainment for this lovely occassion, his gentle jazz style matching the mood and surroundings perfectly.  A few formal photographs were taken then a few moments with Zoe and Damian alone together before the wedding breakfast and the evening party.  Tom Rust was joined by his band for the evening and they got the party into full swing straight after the cake cutting with the first dance getting the ball rolling.

Earle and I send Zoe and Damian our warmest congratulations on their marriage and a perfectly wonderful day, thank you both for your very kind hospitality and we look forward to seeing you both again soon.  In the meantime enjoy this selection of images from your wedding day while you look forward to all your proofs!  The comments box is available here for anyone who would like to add a word or two, please feel free to use it.

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