Archive for September, 2013

Wedding photography at The Langstone, Hayling Island – Dan & Amelia Leaning

A sunny day this month at last!!!  And local!!!  Dan & Amelia had their pink themed wedding in the Langstone Suite at our local venue The Langstone- a great place for a wedding I should add if any of you reading this are still looking at venues?  Anyway, a great day for me (and them!) starting with the usual hair/makup stuff/boys propping up the bar with pre-ceremony nerves etc. before a lovely touching ceremony with Amelia’s Mum having to get someone else to do her reading due to happy tears.  I love happy tears at weddings!  After the ceremony Dan was really keen for some shots down on Hayling beach by the beach huts so they jumped in my wagon and we headed off down there to make the most of the beautiful sunny weather.  It’s great when clients give me free reign!  So they had their Wedding Breakfast and speeches and a magician working the tables and then I dragged them back outside the front of The Langstone to make use of the warm glow in the sky from the sunset- I just love shooting in the ‘golden hour’ as the tones and light direction just give wonderful results.  We did a cake cutting and a first dance and they had a photo booth and it was a great evening of revelry and I left them singing drunkenly into the night… 🙂



Wedding photography at Old Thorns Manor Hotel, Liphook – Ian & Gill Perkins

Shoe lovin’ Gill and toy collector/Lego fanatic/Manga fan/comic dude Ian ‘tied the knot’ in the glamorous Atrium (The Champagne Bar) up at the fantastic Old Thorns venue on a cloudy day in September.  I did my usual flitting between the girls and boys getting ready- the girls fussing with makeup and hair and dresses and shoes and touch-ups of makeup and hair and oh that’s it, whilst the boys had to tie each others cravats and get dressed.  Ian did have a shave with my Wolverine claws before presenting his Groomsmen with their Lego mini-figure cufflinks though which was a kool touch.  A tearful ceremony with personally written vows and a fly harpist who plucked out the theme from Legend of Zelda just made it so Ian & Gill.  Whilst everyone quaffed their welcome drinks in The Atrium, Stuart and I bundled the newly-weds into the golf buggy and took them to some of my favourite spots around the fabulous golf course- cheers as always Stu for your help with my lighting 😉  A wonderful Wedding Breakfast followed by speeches and a live band for the evening interspersed with some totally chilled out groups shots in the Linkway and I was finished.  Thanks as always goes to the staff of Old Thorns for looking after me, especially Stuart on this occasion and obviously to Ian & Gill for choosing me to shoot their awesome day 🙂



Wedding photography at Old Thorns Manor Hotel, Liphook – Bernard & Nadine Dawson

A crazy mix of heavy rain clouds and bright sunshine was the flavour of Bernard and Nadine’s wonderful wedding up at the always fabulous Old Thorns Manor Hotel.  An 8am start for me and the girls were already on the Champagne when I arrived to catch the bridal preps!  The girls were drinking Champagne whilst Bernard, his Mum and Dad and his Best Man were dressing The Grand Ballroom for the Wedding Breakfast later and The Champagne Bar (The Atrium) for the ceremony- someone had drawn the short straw there!  A lovely ceremony with sunlight streaming through the tall windows of The Champagne Bar and then a drinks reception in the garden under a warm sunny sky.  Whilst I had this window of fine weather Greg & I whisked off the happy couple to shoot some relaxed stuff around the golf course stopping off at some of my favourite places.  We got them back and shot a couple of formals whilst everyone was chilling in the garden still, before Greg stole them away for their line-up and Wedding Breakfast.  Afterwards we shot a few more requested formals, chatted and joked around  and then it was cake cutting and First Dance time, followed by the usual drinking, dancing and merriment.  Before I finished up for the night, I managed to whisk them off briefly and shot a couple more really kool natural shots around the interior spaces of Old Thorns.  As always had a blast and that’s how it should be… 🙂

Wedding photography at Goodwood House, West Sussex – Bruno & Diana Sala

The stunning venue that is Goodwood House was the setting for this hot sunny day!  As usual I started off shooting the morning preps, but was surprised just how many people were squeezed into their Chichester home- there must have been 30 people when I turned up at 9am and more kept arriving!!  Everyone was in good spirits which was good as we were all climbing over each other having make up, hair, getting dressed, shooting etc.  Then the traffic… a 10min journey to Goodwood House turned into a 45min battle!!  A rather stressed photographer turned up luckily 30mins ahead of the Bride who also got stuck in the traffic- I breathed a huge sigh of relief!!  A lovely service in Goodwood’s yellow room (finally!!) saw Bruno and Diana married and as the weather was so beautiful we all had drinks outside whilst the children seemed to enjoy being chauffeured around in the golf buggies.  We managed to ‘borrow’ the buggies back from the children so Bruno, Diana and myself could drive off for some quiet time and catch some of the glorious Goodwood Estate whilst their guest were given guided tours of the house.  The air had cooled after their Wedding Breakfast and speeches so with everyone relaxed we shot the few requested formals and I managed to steal Bruno & Diana away again to shoot them in the Egyptian Room (Bruno’s favourite) before sending them off to their First Dance.  The rest of the evening involved drinking and dancing with a heavy emphasis on traditional Polish dancing peppered with some grinding- way to go Bruno and Diana!!!  A lovely day at a fantastic wedding venue with some awesome images thrown in… 🙂