Intimate, Elopement Style, Wedding – Winchester

Since my last blog post SO much has happened but I figure it would take far too long to go through it all but the important thing is that I’M BACK!

With a little more time on my hands now, I’ve decided I’m going to indulge in a blog or two and be better about posting images on social media as this has, until now, slipped WAY down my priority list!

On that note…here are a selection of images from Rhiannon and Tom’s incredibly elopement style wedding. They decided to marry at Winchester Registry Office with just their Mum’s present (as their witnesses) and it was one of my all time favourite ceremonies. Given that Rhiannon and Tom are childhood sweethearts, it was a really special moment and I felt so INCREDIBLY privileged to be part of it.

The followed up their ceremony with informal celebrations for all their friends and family; complete with a stunning buffet and fabulous ice cream!!

Enjoy. x

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Rhinefield House Wedding Photography, New Forest Wedding Photographer: Rhinefield House Wedding, Katia & Adam

Rhinefield House Hotel was the perfect location for Katia and Adam’s beautiful Winter Wedding;  set in the heart of the New Forest, friends and family from far and wide enjoyed exclusive use of this stunning Wedding venue.New Forest Wedding Photography_Rhinefield House Hotel_0001.jpg

Stepping into the hotel room on the morning of the Wedding, I remembered clearly my first ‘meeting’ with Katia and Adam.  It was through the magic medium of Skype and we excitedly got to talking about weddings (obviously!) and whilst hearing about their engagement and the plans for their special day, I sat back and watched.  I quietly noted the way that she leaned into him as she spoke, the way he looked to her when he answered questions and how their bodies were subtly intertwined all the time; this, combined with their obvious happy-smiley nature, helped me make a super-swift assessment… I was going to LOVE working with them.  On her wedding morning, Katia pulled me in for a huge hug and asked me all about my little ones and how I was…as if that was even important on HER WEDDING DAY!  She checked that we had parked OK, that Geoff was alright and welcomed Chloe (our assistant photographer) with such warmth that, right then, I was so full of thankfulness that I had the pleasure of spending the day with her and Adam.New Forest Wedding Photography_Rhinefield House Hotel_0111.jpg

I am tremendously fortunate to spend a huge amount of my time with the kind of couples that don’t worry about the traditional formalities of weddings.  The couples that seem to seek me out are the ones that have a zest for life, that are looking to document the fun and the romance of the day along with the honest-to-god, full of emotion, moments that have everyone welled up – including me.  Few couples could be more like this than Katia and Adam, whose enthusiasm and love pour out of them in abundance.  I could not have started my year any better than by spending time with them.

Now, onto the pictures.  Enjoy!
Abi
x

P.S  This is a long blog with a lot of pictures but honestly…it’s worth it for the pictures of Katia and her Father dancing at the end. Perfect.

Thank you for stopping by.  If you love the pictures or know anyone in them, feel free to share this blog on social media!  If you are on the hunt for a photographer and would like to chat with me about your special occasion, you can get in touch via the contact form.  If you know someone getting married who is full of life and love and you think I might be a good fit for them, a word of mouth referral is, by far, the greatest compliment.  Thank you.xx

With special thanks to the great team at Rhinefield House for your hospitality and to our assistant  photographer, Chloe Smith. x

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When the Registar told them that, despite having not said their vows yet, they were ‘officially’ married already… Katia’s face. 💛New-Forest-Wedding-Photography_Rhinefield-House-Hotel_0081.jpg New Forest Wedding Photography_Rhinefield House Hotel_0082.jpg
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Taking a few minutes to eat canapes together…in your Wedding trainers.  Awesome.

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I love this next one…

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Winchester Wedding Photographer: Avington Park Wedding Photography, Rebecca & Matt

All this chilly wintry weather has made me pine for sunshine! Amongst designing albums, meeting couples and planning the year ahead I decided it was time to take a look back at some of last years wedding…and post a few blogs!

N.B  Please do not say I haven’t warned you…this post is quite a long one…a very long one.   You might want to get a cuppa…and a biscuit?!  Also, if you make it to the end of the post, I probably owe you a drink (!) but you will be glad you did, it’s worth seeing all of this wedding in all it’s beauty. x

Rebecca and Matt have style..honestly…full on style, from the stationary and florals right through to the breathtaking dessert table (not to mention the gorgeous outfits!) this was one breathtakingly beautiful wedding!  It was a beautifully warm day and with sunlight pouring through the windows, The Wykeham Arms in Winchester was a great place for the Bride and Groom to get ready.  Becky and her Bridesmaids hid away in the gorgeous Annexe and, over the road, the chaps enjoyed a few drinks in the secluded garden…the perfect start to the day!Winchester Wedding Photographer_Avington Park Wedding Photographhy_0001.jpg

Amongst the getting ready chaos (that was surprisingly unchaotic!) and excitable chatter, Becky remained impossibly calm and relaxed, even when time ticked away and we found ourselves against the clock; she just took it all in her stride! I always love to see Brides being helped into their dresses and this was no exception – stepping into her stunning Caroline Castigliano gown, Becky absolutely shone.

Weddings at St Cross Church in Winchester are really quite special; there is something about the tranquil calm within the walled garden that really moved me…it really is beautiful.  The walls steeped in History and the drama of such a grand church…it’s quite awe inspiring.  Following a moving and heartfelt ceremony with their nearest and dearest, within the walls of this amazing place, Becky and Matt headed out into the sunshine – as Husband and Wife (!) to endless embraces and lots of confetti!!Winchester Wedding Photographer_Avington Park Wedding Photographhy_0016.jpg

If you’re on the hunt for a Wedding Venue in Winchester then Avington Park is definitely worth a visit!  It is honestly a treat to spend time in such a wonderful building set within such expansive grounds.  It was an absolute treat to work there again so soon after Maxine and Kevin’s beautiful day (you can see their special day here…they too had a church ceremony but ended the day with a blessing by the river, it was really special.)

This day was full of sunshine, lawn games, ridiculously yummy puddings, incredibly beautiful florals and the company of some really wonderful people… there was no doubt about how loved Becky and Matt are as the room was just fit to bursting with joy…I think I grinned all day.Winchester Wedding Photographer_Avington Park Wedding Photographhy_0047.jpg

I know I’m late posting the blog but I am wishing this beautiful couple every happiness in the world in their married life together.  And all the luck in the world with the building work they are currently undertaking…’cos that’s a test for any marriage!!! 😜 xxxx

Sidenote:  If you like what you see and you are either a featured supplier, someone who is getting married or a friend of someone getting married, please feel free to share this blog…it’s the greatest compliment you can give!! x

Featured Suppliers:
Ceremony Venue: St Cross Church, Winchester
Wedding Reception Venue: Avington Park in Winchester
Florals: Jenni Bloom
Hair Styling: The Bridal Stylists
Stationary: Blush and Gold 
The Brides Dress & Belt: Caroline Castigliano, purchased from Exquisite Brides in Winchester
The Veil: Olivia the Wolf (Becky purchased via Etsy)
Hairpiece: Tannia Marras (Becky purchased Via Etsy)
The Grooms Attire: Suit & Waistcoat, Grooms Hire in Southampton
Cravats & Pocket Squares: The Cravat Company
Entertainment: The Sound Outs
The Cake: Reilly Cakes
Catering: Country Cuisine
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Rhinefield House Photography, Katia & Adams Pre-Wedding Photography in The New Forest

After watching the weather forecast non-stop for about three days I called Katia and said ‘Have you seen the forecast?’ It was AWFUL!  I couldn’t bear the thought of Katia and Adam driving down from London to get utterly soaked on my account; so we rescheduled for the following weekend….and guess what? The weather was just the same!!

Katia and I were texting one other as they queued in traffic along the M25, whilst I waited for my children to finish ballet and all the while we gradually edged closer to The New Forest and, in doing so, we also shared titbits about our lives, how our mornings had been and discovered a mutual love of dance! When we clapped eyes on each other in the bar at Rhinefield House we embraced warmly, like old friends and headed for a drink before venturing out into the grotty February weather.

Following some easy chit-chat whilst we ate and drank, these two brave souls didn’t bat an eyelid at venturing out into the elements so we took a stroll through the grounds of Rhinefield House. The wind was definitely against us and the rain continued to pelt on down….it was pretty biblical if I’m honest…but they were all smiles and cheerfully admitted that they are pretty fond of the rain, which eased my guilt a little! The plus side of this for me was that I really do enjoy a good blustery/rainy walk and in the company of these guys, I was at my happiest as not only are they easy to chat to but they are entirely comfortable together and in themselves…you can’t ask for more than that!

I cannot wait to photograph Katia and Adam’s Wedding at Rhinefield House in just a week or so…we really are going to have an absolute blast!!!

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Avington Park Wedding Photography Winchester: Maxine & Kevin

Internet, this is Maxine and Kevin, the smiliest, happiness, most joyful couple I have ever photographed….honestly….they didn’t stop smiling all day; not once! I am pretty certain that I’m not the only person who left their big day with a skip in my step, beaming from ear to ear; their personalities are infectious like that. I remember being blown away by their ‘togetherness’ at our pre-wedding session but their wedding day just took the biscuit…I’m not ashamed to admit that I actually wept with joy as they met at the altar, they were literally giddy with happiness.

The day started with Maxine getting ready (with her best friend, and Bridesmaid, Anna) at Lainston House in Winchester which is a beautiful, tranquil, spot for relaxing bridal preparation …and Maxine picked a room with garden access which was perfect for drinking tea in the sunshine! Once ready, Maxine headed to their church, in Colden Common, where Geoff had been spending a little time with Kevin and his best man, Tony;  it was here that they tied the knot, surrounded by their nearest and dearest. As dedicated Scout leaders, it was especially wonderful that they left church to a Scouts Guard Of Honour and a ton of confetti!!! They continued their celebrations at Avington Park in Winchester which provided the perfect backdrop for their photographs and reception.

One of my absolute favourite things about this day was that Kevin and Maxine decided to have a sunset blessing by the river. Gathering everyone together, as the light softened, enabled them to include their evening guests in a little more of the magic from their day…it was so beautiful. I particularly loved that, following the blessing, the band struck up and the dancing started right there on the river bank! It was fabulous!

As we wrapped up our photography for the day, I was buzzing…I don’t think I could have stopped grinning if I tried! To have met so many kind and joyful people and to leave Avington Park by dancing my way out of the front door was a sure sign that it had been a corker of a day….and boy was it!!

Thank you to the following suppliers:

Sarah Bullen of Avington Park

Catering: Becka Cooper

Floristry: Imogen Carter at www.imogencarterflowers.co.uk

Make Up: Evie Skinner at www.madeup.co.uk

Hair Styling: Tori Fuller at www.riothairdressing.co.uk

Entertainment: www.greatscottband.com

The Brides Attire: Phase Eight Ella Rose dress

The Grooms Attire: Debenhams Suit Hire
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Orchardleigh House Wedding Photography, Somerset Wedding Photographer: Isabelle & Dominic’s Elegant Wedding

After meeting at a mutual friends wedding in Spain, Isabelle and Dominic began a long distance relationship that enjoyed both the magical highs of ‘date weekends’ all over Europe but also the horrible lows of delayed flights, long distance phone calls and a lot of counting down the days until they would next see one another.

With their many hours spent flying to see one another, Isabelle was pretty stunned when Dom surprised her with a holiday in Dubai…though she was more stunned when she discovered that they were only spending 3 days there before going to the Maldives!  Here, Isabelle talks about the proposal in her own words…

   “On the second day in the Maldives, Dom organised a private boat tour to watch dolphins at sunset with champagne and so on… at that point I thought that he might propose, but he didn’t, so I relaxed and was sure then that he wouldn’t propose.  Later, we walked along the beach to the restaurant (in the dark) and I found we were approaching a table with lots of candles and another bottle of champagne … it took me so long to realise what was happening that he was already down on one knee! He proposed in French (Isabelle is Swiss!) which was soooo lovely but also a little confusing as I was not expecting it!!  It was such an amazing proposal!! “

Well, suffice to say with an engagement that incredible, the Wedding was always going to be a corker!!

It is always a HUGE honour when Groomsmen and Bridesmaids from previous weddings come to me for their photography and so it was with great happiness that I got to catch up with Dom again after having met him at Tom and Rebecca’s Wedding a year or so ago.  (If you’d like to check out their pictures, they celebrated their wedding at Hengrave Hall in Suffolk, it was STUNNING!  You can check out the images here!)  I was absolutely enchanted by Isabelle and Dom’s relationship, their love and respect for one another is so beautiful and they really are a hoot to be around.

Thank you, both, for such a fabulous day….enjoy the pictures!! x

(PS If you like what you see, happen to know someone on the hunt for a photographer or just plain feel like sharing the love and boosting business for little ‘ole me….please feel free to share this to social media. You’re a gem!)

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Stunning Wedding Florals by The Lily Locket

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Both Isabelle’s stunning dress and veil were from Naomi Neoh
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Rebecca Green was the talent behind Isabelle’s hair and make-Up design.  Together they had decided to create a soft, asymmetric, up-do with loose plaiting and gentle curls.  Isabelle’s make-up was kept natural with subtle definitiom to highlight her naturally great complexion and stunning, Green, eyes.

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Orchardleigh House in Frome is an incredibly beautiful Country Estate in Somerset.  With the ability to host indoor, outdoor, religious and non-religious ceremonies it really does cater for all!  Plus, the house can accommodate 85 guests and there are Estate Cottages which can be booked too! This place is a little bit special.
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