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Southend Barns ~ Sunset Wedding

Barn weddings are one of my favourite to photograph and Southend Barns is a beautiful wedding & events venue nestled in the countryside near Chichester.  It’s also just recently opened it’s very own outdoor ceremony area which I can’t wait to photograph a wedding in.  We stayed indoors for Lucy & Jamie’s wedding there the other weekend as Jamie was singing to Lucy as she walked in with her Uncle up the aisle – and he’d already tested the acoustics!  I can assure you there wasn’t a dry eye in sight.  It was such an emotional and beautiful moment to witness and although Jamie was super nervous he was pitch perfect and sounded absolutely amazing.  He was followed by music from Chapel Hill Duo who were also fantastic.

Lucy looked gorgeous in her beautiful tulle wedding gown, Charlotte Louise MUA did a great job making Lucy positively glow on her big day and Charlotte from Polka Dot Hair & Make up worked her magic as always with all the gorgeous hair dos.

Lucy’s stunning flowers were all lovingly put together by a family friend and the delicious cake was made by her Auntie… I love it when everyone comes together to help out on the big day.  Barn weddings don’t need much extra décor as they all have their own natural charm but Lucy & Jamie added some gorgeous extra touches and made it all look lovely and personal to them with the table names being places they’d visited together.   We were really blessed with the weather all day, it was stifling hot but we had the most unbelievable sunset.  In fact when we first went out for photos because I thought we had a nice sunset Lucy & Jamie followed me outside to the field behind Southend Barns for a couple of pics then about 1/2 an hour later the sky literally burst into flames whilst the fantastic Deloreans were playing their first set and I had to “drag” (!!) them back out with me for another photo – at the time I felt bad asking them again but it was seriously worth it.  I love the photo so much I’m starting the blog post off with it!  Congratulations again Lucy & Jamie and thank you so much for letting me be a part of your special day!

If you like what you see please get in touch to enquire about your big day!

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Tournerbury Woods Estate Wedding ~ West Sussex Wedding Photographer

Tournerbury Woods Estate is a beautiful venue, truly one of my favourites and I’ve been lucky enough to shoot two gorgeous weddings there now.  It’s so rustic but charming with a mix of trees and woodlands and water and boats.  What more could you want?!  It also has a lovely little cottage on site for getting ready in, a huge marquee on the lawn plus an under cover gazebo for getting married in if it’s not such nice weather and a smaller little pergola for outdoor ceremonies.  I went to visit Tournerbury Woods Estate with Luke and Rachael a year ago after they booked me online and watching their ideas and all their home-made decorations come together on the day was so exciting for me as well as them!  So much hard work and planning went into their wedding, the pressure was on to snap it right!

The girls started the day off at Rachael & Luke’s house and the fab Rachel from Flaunt your Face was there to doll them all up to perfection!  They all looked so beautiful, I loved the light lilac bridesmaid’s dresses too and Rachael’s wedding gown was truly something else and suited her so so well.  Oh and I have to mention their florist Bridal Flowers Direct as she incorporated some of Luke & Rachael’s own sweet peas from their garden into the beautiful bouquet!

Just after lunch I hot footed it over to Tournerbury to say hi to the boys and get some snaps of them greeting all the guests arriving and putting their button holes on.  I was in awe of all the amazing (and tempting!) home made cakes on display which Rachael didn’t get to see herself as they were taken away to be cut up for their picnic reception meal.  (Sooo glad I got a shot of that for her!)….

The weather was glorious so the ceremony was able to take place outside and what a beautiful service it was too – followed by plenty of drinks and ice creams from Chilly White traditional ice creams over looking the harbour.  Blooming perfect!

We had a few super relaxed group photos and then everyone sat down to a delicious wedding breakfast by Marmalade Hospitality then it was time to dance the night away, which was an easy task with the fantastic band The Meddlers on hand to play the tunes.

We did sneak out again for 5 minutes at the end so Luke and Rachael could have some down time and take it all in.  We had beautiful light overlooking the sea and then the trees in the lanes around Tournerbury Woods Estate added another gorgeous backdrop for a couple more snaps before it was back to the dance floor via a tray of tequila shots!

I had a wonderful time and I think their smiles say it all really.  Such a fab day!

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Beautiful Back Garden Marquee Wedding ~ Kent Wedding Photography

A marquee wedding is one of my favourite to photograph and Laura & Theo’s in her parents’ back garden in the depths of the Kent countryside was no exception.  There’s something about going back to the house where you grew up to celebrate tying the knot with all your loved ones, it’s just so laid back and fun.  Laura & Theo went with Brooks Marquees and I loved how it was decorated with so many fab Chinese lanterns of all different sizes.  It looked fantastic and set on top of a hill with the most breathtaking of back drops too!  Now, I want to say we were lucky with the weather, you know how I always like to mention the weather right?  I’m British after all!  We were lucky, I mean it didn’t rain but it. was. sooooo. hot!  I did melt a little!!  Not that I minded though as it meant for a stunning sunset that evening across the fields behind the marquee.  Absolutely beautiful and worth every single melting moment!

The girls started the day getting ready at home.  Sophie from Master Cutters in Tenterden did a wonderful job with everyone’s locks and Laetitia from Makeup Angel made everyone look stunning too.  Laura chose a beautiful up-do and very natural make up and she looked absolutely gorgeous.  I loved the soft blue of the bridesmaids’ dresses too, they looked beautiful.

It was such a home made affair, Laura’s mum did all the catering and flowers with a little help from her aunt, sister and friends.  I must say the veggie tagine I had was delicious and the flowers looked so pretty, they did amazingly well.  The cake was fantastic too – so many tiers and it did well to withstand the heat and not topple over!

Whilst all the preparations were going on at home Theo was waiting patiently at the church for Laura and it was great to catch up with him just before the ceremony to wish him good luck.  (Not that he needed it, cool as a cucumber he was…!)  The service itself was beautiful, again, there’s something about being married by the vicar you’ve known for years and who’s friends with the family.  So special.

Then it was all back to the house for drinks, canapés, more drinks, photos, celebrations and a couple more drinks!

The happy couple were introduced into the marquee by a relative playing the Bagpipes, incredible…!  The meal and speeches rolled on into the night as we all stepped outside to watch the sunset … then it was into the little barn for dancing and a few more drinks!  The Hotrox Band totally smashed it as always and I don’t think there was a single moment that the floor wasn’t rammed with guests dancing their little socks off.

I had so much fun, it was such a fantastic day and I’m pretty sure Laura & Theo would agree.  Oh I almost forgot to mention how lovely it was working with Gary again from Short Film Company, I can’t wait to see the wedding video he made for them.

So without further ado… I give you Laura and Theo ❤

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