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Happy new year, friends! We hope you had a festive Christmas time and got to relax with friends and family. We had a little time off with la famille and welcomed in the new year with a drink in hand and a smile on our faces! We are just so excited for the next year of shoots and weddings and even 2014 is shaping up to be a fantastic year of travel and camera clicking.
The gorgeous Kat and James were married just before christmas on the most beautiful of sunny days. I adore this couple, so in love and so happy to be expecting their first child. The wedding was just wonderful and so lovely to be a part of!
We wanted to share some of their gorge piccies and give you a taster of the fun we had shooting on their day!
The biggest of congratulations to such a lovely couple – can’t wait to meet little one and so glad that you love your photos, thank you guys for choosing us xx
Thank you to the fantastic staff at the Christchurch Harbour Hotel for their amazing organisation and friendliness!
You are lucky people – two posts in one week – i’m on fire! Special treat today – we have a stunning couples shoot that I wanted to share with you all!
I was so excited to meet up with the lovely Chantal and Rory last week who are getting married this coming saturday in beautiful Wimborne Minster! We took some pre-wedding photos to get them used to the camera and how I work – relaxed and fun. It’s always a good idea to scout round our venues and get a feel for them (Wimborne Minster is jaw dropping of course!) and great to have a chat with our couple to work out our plan of attack for the big day!
How photogenic is Chantal! I think you will agree she will be a gorgeous bride! And what an affectionate groom-to-be we have… SO looking forward to photographing Chantal and Rory’s winter wedding and can’t wait to show all of you the photo’s xx
What a cracking couple
The whirlwind of wedding season is truly upon us and we are proud to announce that we now have a new office space in Westbourne, Bournemouth! We are available for evening consultations and appointments and can even offer a cuppa and a blueberry puff to accompany our chats so feel free to contact us if you want to come down!
Last week was the fabulous wedding of Becky and Stu – at the very glamourous Italian Villa within Compton Acres in Poole. What a venue! It’s just so beautiful! It was a seriously gorgeous day, with lots of laughs and a couple very much in love (who got to enjoy an incredible honeymoon in Thailand. Not jealous at all. Right!)
We share with you the proposal in Becky’s words. Thank you all for making us feel so welcome on the big day and cutting some awesome shapes on the dancefloor! We had a great time shooting and hope you love this small selection of your fab photos…
“Stu proposed in September 2010 after 4 and a half years of being together! We went to Majorca and towards the end of the holiday we went to an amazing cocktail bar on the beach followed by a posh restaurant where he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! After a few celebratory drinks we phoned home to tell everyone the exciting news. My parents had been eagerly awaiting this call from the moment we left as stu had done the gentlemanly thing and asked my dads permission! I knew it was going to happen at some point but didn’t expect it on our holiday and definately not that night! I found out he was planning a romantic walk down the beach but we were not so lucky with the weather on this holiday, bit I wouldn’t change it, it was perfect (and so was the ring) !! As soon as we got back planning begun and now after 6 years we are finally Mr & Mrs Cross!”
Please feel free to offer your congratulations to the happy couple by leaving a comment…
Dress- Mon Cherie
Flowers- Maria at Simply Flower
Cake- Becky’s lovely mum!
Suits- Well Groomed
Evening band- BB3
Whilst soaking up the blissful weather recently, we had the pleasure of photographing at the beautiful Parley Manor in Bournemouth Dorset for the wedding of lovely Kat and Dan. Surrounded by their closest friends and family they celebrated their marriage on the warmest of days and treated guests to some Purbeck Ice Cream in the incredible gardens of the venue during their drinks reception!
Kat says in her own words just how lovely her proposal was, these guys have been together for 14 years! Congratulations to a wonderful couple, we hope you enjoy your selection here and can see just what we saw – a lot of love and a lot of smiles all day long – xx
“We met in 1996 at University at karate club, we started seeing each other in 1998 after some persuasion from my good friend Emma Brown who was one of the bridesmaids! On Christmas day 2010 we were unwrapping our presents at home in Southampton before driving up to Manchester to see Dan’s family. Dan said he had one more present for me – just a stocking filler but he had to go get it. It was a squashy package, like a small cushion. As I unwrapped the outer layer of paper I had turned it over to see a transparent air pocket with ribbon tied around it and I didn’t understand what it was. Dan then had to turn it over to show me a beautiful ring and then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was such a lovely surprise and after a few tears and hugs he said that he’d quite like an answer – which of course was yes. Then off we went to share the good news and begin the planning! ”
Happy Jubilee weekend everyone! Hope the pimms is in full flow! We had the utmost pleasure of photographing the fantastic wedding of Niki and Andrew last weekend. The weather couldn’t have been better, beautiful blue skies and what must have been the hottest day of the year so far! The impressive Christchurch Priory and Haven Hotel in Sandbanks were home to the celebrations for the day, and a very fun and lively bunch of guests made our job easy with the biggest welcome to the bride and groom for their wedding breakfast that I can safely say I’ve ever seen! The legend that is Brian Cox looked after proceedings as our toastmaster and we were lucky enough to enjoy a beautiful sunset for pictures after the speeches. Awesome dancing too as you’ll see!
Niki tells us about the proposal…
“ Andy took me to Dubai as my 30th birthday gift. He took us to the Burj Al Arab for afternoon tea, and after the cakes he popped to the toilet – at the very time the restaurant decided to present my birthday cake – so with the pianist playing happy birthday and the whole restaurant singing for me – Andy returned to the table after a few minutes to find me holding a red rose, a cake with the candles blown out and very red Niki as I sat there on my own being serenaded by the other guests. Then we went outside and in the sweltering heat Andy got down on one knee and proposed to me…I was so shocked I had to ask him to do it again so that I could remember every second! ”
Here’s a little taster of the big day.. we had a blast guys hope you love them xx
… The work of the best men…
… and the finale! (such a poser!)
It’s a wonderful wedding season – 2012 is already a fab year my friends! We were lucky enough to photograph the wedding of Ellen and Lee last week, with the loveliest, most warmest family and friends treating us as though we were family too. It was a great day and I thoroughly enjoyed shooting with these lovelies. Ellen and Lee were complete troopers donning the wellies to shoot at a cracker of a location at The National Trust owned bluebell woods near our venue – once a year the whole wood blooms into a burst of vibrant colour and looks like a blue magic carpet. Some things are just worth the effort as you’ll see… we include the lovely proposal story as told by mum Gina…
“On their 1st anniversary of going out together Lee booked a resturant and managed to put the ring in Ellen’s glass of champagne when she wasn’t looking! She was obviously overjoyed when she saw the ring – luckily before she took her drink….. Lee did ask our permission to ask Ellen before they left for the meal which was lovely too.”
Enjoy friends, hope you love them xx
Our wedding season kicked off with a bang last week with the gorgeous wedding of Katie and Oliver! We weren’t so lucky with the weather (good job Katie had her wellies!) but we were blessed with fine company and a couple very much in love. It was such a heartwarming day. As always the speeches were a favourite part for me, some serious laughing and some very moving words, its such a personal time for every couple that we hope the photos in the blog can express some of the emotion we saw!
What better way to introduce the lovely couple than to hear, in Katie’s words, the romantic proposal from Ollie. We have included some of the wonderful suppliers that touched their day too.
“On Saturday 18th June 2011 I’d gone up to London to visit Ollie for the weekend and as we weren’t getting to see each other much we were going on a date : ) We went to Langans Bistro for dinner and on the way home Ollie suggested we went for a walk (strange as it was trying to rain, I was freezing and my shoes were not made for strolling up hills – suspicion!!). We went to the top of Primrose Hill overlooking central London which was pretty cool… At the top is a little clearing with a bench – the perfect location. However, there was a few people up there!!! So we turned around and started walking down the hill (disappointment) when I heard ‘Katie wait a minute’ and turned round to see Ollie on one knee (his right one) – I burst out laughing and asked if he was serious!! The best time. Ring shopping was a trial but I’ve ended up with a most beautiful ring, designed by us and made especially for me, I’m a very lucky girl.”
Toastmaster – Michael Judd
Venue – The East Close Hotel
Florist – Natalie Gardner @ Flowers By Design
Cake Maker – Friend of Family
Dress – Tia 5105 by Benjamin Roberts
Make up – Natalie Salmon @ Pure Indulgence
Hair – Hayley Poole @ Elite Hairdressing Bournemouth
Thank you for letting us be a part of your day Katie and Ollie.. you guys were so much fun! This is only a very small selection of your day and I hope you love them xx
This week we had the utmost pleasure of shooting the bubba of cuteness, Leon. Now Leon has a little story behind his name, with the coolest parents to name him after where they met – at a Kings Of Leon gig! Brilliant!
Now the extra special detail with this shoot is that it is our new style of shoot that we are offering to unsuspecting littluns… the CAKE SMASH! (I feel like I have to write it in capitals just to get across how awesome it is haha!) It’s so simple – its the best way of doing something a little different for a portrait shoot and it’s letting kids be kids and getting completely messy and covered in food! How amazing would shots like those below look on a big canvas in the lounge rather than an old-shool posed picture in a white studio!?
So the key detail with these shoots is that we need an endless supply of babywipes! Yes it’s messy but look how amazing the results are! It’s so much fun for the kids and the parents alike to watch! Leon had a whale of a time with his chocolate cake, and you could bring any colour cake you want as long as its got lots of icing and cream, the messier littlun can get the better!
We don’t do this very often but for bookings made before June 4th, we are offering all cake smash shoots at 15% off both the session fee and the collections!! Where we are so busy with weddings and shoots this summer, you will need to book in asap as shoot times will be limited before this offer expires!! Get in touch to book your session!
Thanks so much lovely Lara and Leon for being amazing fun to shoot – we all had so much fun and I know these images will really mean a lot to you. Hope you love them xx
We come to you direct from the other side of the world! I, Sam, am currently in sunny Brisbane, Australia and loving every second hanging out with some incredibly talented photographers. Lots of weddings to shoot with old friends and new and lots of unique experience and creativity are on their way – its so exciting!
I thought I’d showcase some of the amazing pre-wedding shoots that we have been shooting over the last few months before Bournemouth wedding season begins. We have such beautiful couples this year, and we have had so much fun getting to know them more and getting some great shots!
A pre-wedding (or engagement) shoot is a great chance for you as a couple to get to know the way I shoot and see just how easy it is being in front of the camera. We take a nice chilled out walk in jeans and comfy shoes and have a bit of a giggle getting great pictures – its just so easy to photograph couples in love! We often get our couples asking to bring their children to get some family photographs too – no problem – we love shooting anyone and everyone so getting unique shots of the family is our pleasure!
Lastly… we have a new website on the way! We also have new pricing structures on the way for portraits and weddings so keep your eyes peeled my friends, keep ‘em peeled!!
We’ve been complete busy bee’s (bzzzz) but here it finally is!!
Our wonderful couple, Lorraine and Chris, chose a rather festive time to get married and we were blessed with Christmas lights and decorations all around the gorgeous venue of The Christchurch Harbour Hotel for their wedding at the end of December. I first met Lorraine and Chris through my videographer colleague Chris Chadwick or ‘Chad’ as we affectionately call him (www.neptunefilmproductions.co.uk – check him out he is amazeballs!) and Iloved the immediate ideas that the couple had with a more informal and comfortable feel to their day. Add in some cracking little details to make it their own, and a fab day was on the cards!
With one of the most beautiful smiles, Lorraine knocked Chris’s socks off when he first saw her coming down the aisle and with a few cheeky laughs during the exchange of rings (it’s always the boys) we had a lovely ceremony to get us going. I loved how ‘up for it’ Lorraine and Chris were with their photos, and I really think their pre-wedding shoot relaxed them into knowing that it really was going to be easy to get some great shots without being too posed. We had a great time hiding from the drizzle under the canopies at the hotel with the couple and an even better time getting those lovely candid shots of guests smiling and laughing between ceremony and wedding breakfast.
And to top it off what an awesome cake topper! Lorraine, Chris and Poppy the dog. We left the couple and their guests to the speeches and wedding breakfast with smiles and laughter all round, i’m sure these guys partied the night away and I personally had such a giggle with the happy couple that it really made it such a lovely day.
Thanks for believing in me when I said I hope you like quirky – I think its paid off and there are so many more great shots to share with you. Hope you love – Congratulations! x