Monthly Archives: April 2011

Sam and Matt’s wedding
{Heatherden Hall, Pinewood Studios}

Early start today to ensure we arrived at the Pinewood Hotel in plenty of time for Sam’s preparations with her nearest and dearest girlfriends and family.   It was yet another glorious morning and the drive up towards London was soon done giving Earle and I time for a coffee and gather our thoughts for the day ahead.

The girls were in their room, I love that time when I can just dip into all that girlie chatter and excitement, capturing the essence of the atmosphere and then moving on to quieter areas with the bride while she completes her final preparations.  Sam had a lovely bridal suite and this is where she opted to have her hair and makeup done before her mum and aunt arrived to help her into her beautiful wedding gown.

Earle and the boys met quite close by, once the boys were suited and booted they all made their way to Pinewood Studios and Heatherden Hall , the lovely manor house within the grounds of this infamous film studio.  Matt and their guests were seated in the ceremony room which looked marvellously colonial with all the french windows flung open to let a cooling breeze through whilst reavealing the calming view into the gardens,  Sam and her father followed the bridesmaids up the aisle and we all enjoyed a particularly animated and emotional ceremony.

While the guests made the most of the sunshine during the drinks reception we spent a short time with Matt and Sam to photograph them alone together around Pinewood Studios before the formal photographs were completed and the wedding breakfast was to begin.  Sam and Matt had hired the candleabras we have available and their florist had done a brilliant job of adorning them for the table centrepieces giving the ballroom a truly grand air with the wood panelling and stunning chandeliers.

As the afternoon turned to evening the weather began to change with thundery rain moving in, but this did not matter one jot as the party was due to begin with a huge number of guests arriving to join the music and dancing provided by Matt and his friends, some of London’s very best DJ’s and musicians.  Sam’s surprise for the evening (after the biggest, explosive blast of confetti during the first dance we have EVER seen) was arranged by Matt and as he introduced Mark Shaw lead singer of  ’80’s band ‘Then Jericho’ onto the stage to sing just for her…. the whole place went wild!!

Sam and Matt we send you our warmest congratulations on your marriage and a wonderful wedding day, we have chosen a few images from the day for you to enjoy while we organise your proofs.  If anyone would like to join in with our blog and leave a comment that would be great:-)

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Kate and Tom’s wedding
{Beaulieu Abbey and The Domus, Beaulieu}

Kate, her mother and four lovely bridesmaids were all at The Mill at Gordleton preparing for the day ahead so this is where I headed off to on Saturday morning while Earle travelled over to The Master Builders House Hotel to meet with Tom and his family and friends.  The hotel room at The Mill was buzzing with activity and chatter, make up and hair creations everywhere providing the most wonderful air of anticipation and excitement.

Tom and his party were occupied with the final running around tasks and dressing for the day but did find time a for game or two of Jenga before leaving for Beaulieu and the grounds of Palace House and the Abbey where Tom and Kate’s marriage ceremony was to take place.  The guests started to arrive with Tom there to greet everyone and Kate left The Mill at Gordleton to make the  journey to church and a beautiful marriage ceremony in Beaulieu Abbey.

The cloisters provided the perfect situation for the elegant drinks reception and formal family photographs which we completed once all the guests had the opportunity to offer their congratulations to the new Mr and Mrs Morey!  Then it was time for Kate and Tom to take a few minutes away from their guests while we photographed the two of them in the stunning grounds of Palace House before they were needed for the receiving line into their wedding breakfast, speeches and cake cutting.

The band had set up earlier in the day for the evening party and were ready for the first dance and an energetic evening of celebrations and wonderful music.  With the arrival of the buffet and Kate’s self proclaimed ‘cheesey music’ playing in between sets from the band we took the opportunity to borrow Kate and Tom away from their guests again for those stunningly atmospheric after dark images which have become a keynote to anyone we photograph at this beautiful Beaulieu venue.

The whole team of Leith’s at Beaulieu were wonderful as ever to work with, Flowers by Jules  and her team worked their magic with all things flowery and with Kate and Tom on cloud nine the day was a priviledge to be part of.  Take a peek at some of our favourite images and if you happen to see something you like then please leave a note along with anyone who just fancies joining in with our blog:-)

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Jane and Michael’s wedding
{The Domus, Beaulieu}

It was a beautiful drive through the New Forest seeing the trees bursting into leaf  and the pony’s ready to go into foal, springtime at it’s best.  My first destination for today was Carey’s Manor in Brockenhurst where I met Jane and her lovely bridesmaid Karen during their preparations for the wedding.  The girls from Orchids Hideaway in nearby Lymington came along to the hotel also to take care of hair and makeup for Jane and Karen.  Earle met Michael and his party in Brockenhurst also just before they made their way over to The Domus at Beaulieu to meet with the registrars who were officiating at the marriage ceremony. 

Jane despite being determined to be just a ‘little bit’ late arrived on time with her father and Karen and walked up the aisle to Michael with the sunshine pouring in through the ancient Domus windows and falling directly into a pool of light around them as they made their vows together.  The registers signed and other formalities completed Jane and Michael made their way outside into the cloisters for their drinks reception while we organised the ‘formal’ group photographs then off into the grounds of Palace House for a short while with the bride and groom to enjoy creating some really special images of Jane and Michael in this superb location.   

The team from Leith’s at Beaulieu were as brilliant as ever, providing seamless service and top class catering so when the speeches and wedding breakfast was completed everyone was eager to start the evening party which was to be kicked off with Jane and Michael’s first dance.  Some of the favourite images we photograph in the grounds of  The Domus and Palace House are after dark and this was no exception, so once the sun had gone down and the party was under way we popped outside again with Jane and Michael so they can enjoy some of their own very favourite night time images.

Many congratulations to you two from us two!  Earle and I have chosen a few of our personal favourite photographs from moments of your wedding day for you to enjoy here while we organise your proofs. 

Jules your wonderful floristry was supreme as ever!  We always welcome comments from our blog readers so if you see something you like and leave a message please feel free.

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Alice and Rob’s wedding
{St Lukes, Burton and The Chine, Bournemouth}

Alice and Rob’s wedding ceremony was taking place in Burton, Christchurch at St Lukes Church very close to his family home and this is where Earle met Rob earlier in the morning to photograph their final preparations and short walk to the church opposite the village green.  I travelled across to Southbourne where Rob and Alice live to meet with Alice and her family before they left for the short car journey to Burton.  The beautiful warm spring weather enabled the roof to be down on the wonderful wedding car supplied by Barnes Wedding Cars and the driver performed nothing short of a small miracle by delivering Alice and her Father to church despite the unfortunate traffic chaos in the area that day.  So if you see a chauffeur around wearing a large feather in his cap this will probably be your man – he deserves it:-)

With the sun pouring in through the church windows Alice and Rob’s marriage ceremony took place, the Reverand Surman was wonderfully welcoming to us all contributing to the best possible atmosphere for this lovely occassion.  Time flew by and the final prayers completed Alice and Rob made their way down the aisle and out of the church as Mr and Mrs Angel and were soon being congratulated by all their guests with a massive flurry of confetti flying through the air before they left in the wedding car for Hengistbury Head where we were to meet them for some photography on the cliffs and beach while everyone else made their way to the Chine Hotel in Bournemouth for the wedding reception.

We had a great time with Alice and Rob on location, we love this part of our coastline and manage to create something different on each occassion, it is of particular significance to Alice and Rob so it was all the more delightful to be there with them on their wedding day.  All too soon though we had to take our leave and make our way along the coast road to the hotel and guests where Alice and Rob were greeted with champagne.  There was just enough time to complete the formal photographs before everyone was due inside for the wedding breakfast and speeches.

The evening party kicked off after dark with a brilliant first dance from the bride and groom which was immediately followed by the dance floor being packed with people ready to party! 

It had been a perfectly lovely day, Earle and I send our very best wishes to Alice and Rob with our thanks for your kind hospitality.  We have selected a few images from your wedding day for you to enjoy while all your proofs are prepared.  We are always pleased to hear from people who see something they like so please click on the comment button and contribute to the Concept Blog.

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Claire and Lewis’ wedding
{Christchurch Priory and Splinter’s Restaurant}

Claire’s childhood home and life was spent in beautiful Christchurch and it was here she and Lewis decided to marry, so the journey was made all the way from Edinburgh to Dorset for their intimate and emotional wedding ceremony and reception.  We had put Claire in touch with Folio make up artist Robyn Vallender who was pleased to help with the bridal preparations. 

Earle and I met with Lewis, his family and friends before the ceremony in Soho a great little bar just down the pathway from Christchurch Priory where they all enjoyed a quick drink while organising all their buttonholes.  It was not long before Lewis was making his way to the Priory to welcome their guests and Claire’s arrival. 

Christchurch Priory is a huge church which has a beautiful little chapel beyond the main worshipping area known as ‘The Lady Chapel’ and this is where Claire and Lewis’ wedding ceremony took place with their close family and friends.  Amid beaming smiles and a glorious walk down the main aisle of the Priory Claire and Lewis emerged into the sunshine and congratulatory cheers. 

Once we had completed the ‘formal’ family group photographs the guests walked the few yards along to Splinters Restaurant where the reception was taking place, Claire and Lewis came with us for a short while to be photographed in and around the grounds of the Priory.   Claire has many happy memories of this area and it was great news for her that we were able to plan some photography here while their guests were enjoying the drinks reception.  As always the time raced on and all too quickly we had to make our way back to the guests so everyone could sit down to enjoy the wonderful wedding breakfast and entertaining speeches, however we were to get a second bite of the cherry with Claire and Lewis after the reception in the evening light at one of our favourite locations just outside of Christchurch.  It was here we enjoyed the full benefit of Claire’s perfectly gorgeous ‘Dorothy’-esque shoes – the Wizard of Oz influence was sublime given Lewis’ incredible skills as a magician.

Earle and I send our warmest congratulations to you both, Claire and Lewis along with our sincere thanks for your hospitality.  A perfect day for you both with your Edinburgh celebrations and party to look forward too we are posting a selection of images from your wedding day in Christchurch for you to enjoy.  

If you see something you like here please feel free to join us all on the blog and add your comment.

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