Izabela and Andrew’s wedding
(Rhinefield House)

Sunday…today we did not have to travel far just along the road to Lyndhurst in the New Forest and Rhinefield House.  It was the guests who had the long journey to make, with one or two exceptions they travelled all the way from Poland and Sydney, Australia to be with Izabela and Andrew and celebrate their marriage in this beautiful setting.

Izabela and Andrew were both at Rhinefield House before the ceremony to prepare but were kept well apart to ensure there was no risk of spotting each other before the appointed hour!  Izabela was being kept occupied in her room with her maid of honor, mothers and sister’s in law (to be), two hairdressers and make up artist Helen Spenser of MadeUp, oh and me of course…. all snug and busy with lots of laughter when the english amongst us decided it really was time to learn a little Polish!! 

Andrew and his bestman Adrian, had it a little quieter and were able to enjoy a drink before making their way to the church, Our Lady of Assumption and St Edward in Lyndhurst.  Earle was with Andrew and Adrian who mingled with some of their guests enabling Earle to capture some lovely images with the boys trying to relax any nerves before the ceremony.   

Izabela arrived with Ilona at the church in a beautiful ivory Rolls Royce provided and chauffered by Paul of Prestige Wedding Cars in his usual impeccable fashion.  We all enjoyed a beautiful and very emotional ceremony, Father Dodd and the registrar made everyone very welcome, we look forward to the opportunity to visit them and their church again. It was wonderful to see some of the Polish traditions and customs integrated into the ceremony and outside the church following the resessional.  Earle and I always completely embrace the opportunity to experience customs outside of our everyday experiences, without fail it is always fantastically uplifting.  This was portrayed again later at Rhinefield where once gathered in the gardens Izabela and Andrew’s guests all began to sing again quite unrehersed but completely unified.  It happened again towards the end of the wedding breakfast, wonderful traditional folk type songs full of warmth and love.  Weird, we could not understand one single word, despite my crash course earlier in the day… but by the tone and expressions we knew they were in total celebration. 

We took the wedding party and guests outside following the wedding breakfast for the formal family photographs which we completed without delay and then borrowed Izabela and Andrew from their guests for a short while to photograph them together around the stunning grounds of Rhinefield

The evening celebrations kicked off with Iza and Andrew performing their wonderful first dance.  They had prepared a particular routine and we all were enthralled to watch, I had to remind myself in fact that I was there to photograph this!!!  The evening was then intermingled with fantastic music provided by a marvellous live band and a DJ providing the Polish element to the evening.

A special request then came from Andrew, they would love some photographs up in their sumptuous bridal suite and would we mind??  Iza and Andrew blend so naturally together this was a dream to do.

Thank you both for asking us to photograph your wedding, it was a beautiful day and priviledge to be a part of. 

Earle and I have picked out a small selection of images from Sunday for your enjoyment and are pleased to welcome anyone who would like to add a comment here.  Anything in Polish I shall endeavour to add a translation for our other readers!!!:-)

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