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Petersfield Rustic Outdoor Wedding

Rebecca and Ben have known each other for most of their lives, they lived across the street from each other, and their parents were friends even before even Rebecca was born. They didn't like each other very much in those days, with Ben being a stinky boy and Rebecca being a silly girl but as they grew up, they also moved away from each other. Fate had bought them back together in their home town in a packed pub while Ben was pushing his way through the crowds to go to the toilet, and he has been ruled by his bowel movements forever more!

As a child, Rebecca spent much time in West Bay, Dorset. Her family have always owned a holiday home there and has such fond memories of spending time with family members who are sadly no longer with them. She remembers her Mum and Auntie being drunk walking home from the pub singing Dancing Queen to all the fishermen along the promenade and her Dad getting stuck out at sea in a dingy boat and not being able to row, so her Uncle had to strip to his pants and swim in and get him! For this reason, she makes sure always to visit at least once a year, to remember, but also to create more memories. One day Ben decided to ask Rebecca on a random and unplanned trip to West Bay to stay in her Uncles holiday home. During their stay, Ben was up at 6 am marching about, tidying up and wanting to take their Dog for a walk over the cliffs, Rebecca, on the other hand, wanted a well-earned lay-in so proceeded to go back to sleep for a further hour. The cliffs Ben wanted to walk up are part of the Jurassic Coast, and it is beautiful once you scale up to the top, Ben always beats Rebecca up there, so he planned to do precisely that, race to the top and be there on one knee when Rebecca finally got there. However, when Ben finally managed to raise Rebecca from her bed, argue with her that she didn't need tea or breakfast and rushed her to the beach to start the climb, they found that the cliff had been closed off as part of it had fallen away!

Ben's plan was foiled! So they started walking along the beach as the tide was out, it had been a dry morning, but they could see a big rain cloud heading in from the sea, so they quickly marched on, playing with their Dog Jasper as they went. Ben was very undecided of when and how to pop the question as his plan had fallen through, but Jasper kept jumping up at his pocket and took that as a sign that he should stick with it and ask that day! While they were walking, they found the aftermath of the cliff collapsing and were enjoying looking at all the fossils that were in the stone that had fallen. Ben asked Rebecca to come and sit with him on a massive rock, they sat for a while watching the sea and Jasper sniffing about then Ben said there was a reason he had wanted to come down this weekend and put his hand in his pocket and bought out a little black box. Rebecca immediately started to cry, Ben said he wanted this to be special and that this was the only place he was ever going to do it, Ben said he was sorry for being a d**k and taking so long (such a Ben thing to say!) he then got on one knee and asked Rebecca to marry him! Rebecca remembers hugging Ben and thanking him that she had forgotten to say yes! So Ben said, you haven't said yes yet!

Rebecca and Ben got married outside on the grounds of the beautiful Langrish House Hotel in Petersfield followed by their Wedding Reception in the amazingly self-decorated Rogate Village Hall. Their wedding date for the last two weeks was forecast for all day heavy rain, Rebecca was continually checking for weather updates and was worried that their outdoor ceremony would be rained off as so much planning has taken place, Ben eventually had enough and told her to stop checking and to "chill-out". Sensibly, they did have a back-up location inside the house but would've much preferred to get married outside, and luckily enough the rain held out until around 15:00, and by then, everyone was inside enjoying the wedding meal and speeches.

Knepp Castle Boho Outdoor Wedding

Larena went to school with Tom's sister, and so they knew of each other for a few years, but they first met properly when they lived in London (coincidentally very close to where Larena lived), they then started going to concerts together, and one thing led to another! Tom asked Larena to marry him while they were on a camping and canoeing trip down the River Wye, he proposed while they were walking up through the woodland.

Larena and Tom got married outside in a temporary makeshift open-top marquee that was constructed by them and their guests on the grounds of Knepp Castle Estate near Horsham. Their wedding was almost like a big picnic in the sunshine by the riverside while being surrounded by woodland; it had this fantastic tranquil vibe that relaxed all the guests allowing me to photograph everyone naturally enjoying the day.

When Tom first contacted me he told me that he's an architect; he also said that he loved my use of natural geometry and proportion that I use in my photographs. This gave me the excuse to go symmetry crazy, and I instantly wanted to start photographing their wedding like a Wes Anderson movie. I was with Larena and Tom for around 7 hours on their wedding day at Knepp Castle and the time flew by as there was so much for me to document; there was a ton of details, never-ending beautiful scenery, guests playing table-tennis and outside speeches.

Chichester Alternative Outdoor Wedding

Kayla and Les matched on tinder in March 2014 they then spent three months talking, but I refused to meet. Kayla told Les that if they met, then she would end up falling in love and have to move away from Poole because Les was from Southsea, Portsmouth. Funny enough, 2 and a half years later Kayla was living in Southsea, two years later they started planning their wedding. They had their first date in Nandos, Kayla was getting messy, and Les was politely using his napkin to eat his chicken leg, she looked up and thought 'well he's not going to see me again'. After dinner they went for a walk down towards the seafront, it wasn't until Les put his arm around Kayla while sat on the beach that she thought that he might like her too.

Les proposed while they were on their first holiday together alone. They went to Rome in Italy as it was somewhere they've always wanted to go. They had our battles like most couples, so Les thought it was appropriate to propose by the Colosseum one evening in the middle of the holiday. It was a beautiful starry night, and they had a lovely day at the beach and were set ready to go to sleep after dinner. Les said to Kayla "Since we are staying within eyesight of the Colosseum, it would be a waste not to have a little walk down there before bed", they both had sore feet, so Kayla thought nothing of it when Les went to change his shoes after dinner. Little did she know it was so that he could get the ring.

Kayla and Les got married outside underneath a tree, surrounded by nature and their closest friends and family at East Dean Village Hall in Chichester. You couldn't have asked for better weather while they were getting married, the sun was shining while guests sat on hay-bales and watched the nuptials with mason jars filled with cocktails. There was such an energetic vibe at their wedding; everyone was excited and ready to party into the evening - especially when some punk and hardcore rock bands came blaring out of the jukebox, I remember singing along to 'A Day to Remember' while photographing Kayla dancing around the place.

Unfortunately due to a mix of my schedule and distance I don't get to meet many couples face to face before the wedding date but Kayla and Les invited me out for dinner in Portsmouth so we can have a bite to eat, a few drinks and talk about their wedding in more detail... guess where we went?... Nandos!.

Weddings In The Wood Rustic Garden Party Wedding

How Megan and Karl met is probably the most straightforward part of their whole time together. They lived very close together, just down the road in fact, but had never met. They should have gone to the same primary and secondary schools, but never did. Eventually, at a friends seventeenth birthday party, they bumped into each other. It turned out that every one of their friends knew the other already! Megan personally thinks it's a good job they never met as they both would have hated each other at school as they're polar opposites. The best man will claim that he introduced them at this party even though they were already talking. After that party, they met up nearly every day for the whole summer of 2009 and have been together ever since.

Megan has never really travelled., she had been once to France on a school trip to see the battlefields, but Karl has travelled everywhere, and they were determined to have a proper holiday. They settled on spending Christmas in Bruges, Belgium. Megan was extremely excited! Skipping forward, it was their third night in Bruges and were getting ready to head into the city on their bikes for an evening meal. I should say at this point that Megan had banned Karl from ever proposing in public, threatening that she would say no if he did!...

Karl for the last few weeks had been on tour and had been searching for an engagement ring in each place they stopped, he also had been phoning multiple locations in Bruges trying to arrange a time they could be alone, but it was, unfortunately, tourist season. They had just fully wrapped up, ready to brace the cold when Karl casually said "Before we head out...." and presented Megan with a ring box that was hidden in his ridiculous woollen hat. Megan (of course) said yes, and surprised herself with how girly she was for the rest of the evening; nearly crashing into a parked car because she was staring at the ring!

Leeds Bohemian Barn Wedding

Katie and Katy had been mutual friends for years, but they never met. They had heard of each other, but only met at the right time, when they were both in a perfect place! Their friends had suggested to that they would be perfect for each other, and not very long after meeting they realised they were right.

Not that they would ever admit that.

They were on holiday in Malaysia, staying at the most idyllic beach resort when Katy proposed. They were both (unknowingly) trying to pluck up the courage to propose, and trying to pick the perfect moment. Unfortunately, driving rain, bad restaurants, and mistimed sunsets got in the way. Katy eventually proposed on the last night of their holiday in Kuala Lumpur, at the top of the hotel while they were watching a thunderstorm. It was a perfect moment, and yes, they both cried!

Katy and Katie got married inside the cosy, bunting decorated barn at the Cheerful Chilli Cafe in Leeds. I don't often venture this far up North to photograph weddings, but the Bride's (including all their guests) hospitality makes me want to visit so much more! Their marriage had a bohemian festival vibe which contained lots of drinking, games, colour and especially dancing!

Unfortunately not all weddings can be sunny, but we did manage to time the wedding portraits perfectly just before a sudden downpour of rain, soon as it stopped we ventured back out for some more pictures, these girls did not stop the weather ruining their day. Katy and Katie are so stunning, friendly and just a joy to be around that I photographed their wedding for about 10 hours. I had so much fun documenting everyone on the dance-floor and chilling around the fire that I eventually clocked off around the 12th-hour mark; sometimes you can get so absorbed into the wedding that you lose track of time.

Surrey Traditional Country Club Wedding

Hannah and Adrian met at a kitchen party on the 13th floor of the halls of residence where Adrian and Hannah were both staying. The year was 1996, and it was Adrian's first week of his Erasmus year and Hannah's third week of Uni in Frankfurt, Germany. Adrian decided in the name of chivalry that he had to protect Hannah from the Frenchman who was showing decided interest. It then took Adrian nearly two months of hanging around, leaving messages on her door, culminating in going on a single-party with her, impressing her with his dancing to get Hannah to go out with him finally.

The proposal occurred while they were away on vacation in Croatia with some close friends, and it was Adrian's birthday. They had hired a boat together to go island hopping, and Adrian smuggled the ring on board in a sock in his boat bag. Hannah was surprised that Adrian decided to get changed into a white linen shirt before lunch and a little annoyed when he asked her to go for a walk with him around the small island that the restaurant was on (she was hungry and thought he just wanted to explore!). Adrian laughed nervously when their friend Roland asked if he was off to propose as he hadn't told anyone his plan. Upon finding the right spot, Adrian went on bended knee. Hannah said yes. They hadn't spotted that a yacht was in the bay behind them, but the boat had noticed them, and the people started cheering and applauding, which they didn't register. When they went back into the restaurant, their friends had heard the cheering and were already suspicious that they had missed something and when they saw the ring, there was a lot of crying and congratulations.

Hannah and Adrian got married in a very big, relaxed, well-light, symmetrical church in Epsom called Christ Church, very rarely do those preferences all align at the same location, especially churches. Following their beautiful wedding ceremony, Hannah and Adrian got painted with confetti and bubbles by their guests while on-route to the open-top Old-timer bus which took them all to the wedding reception held at Tyrrells Wood Golf Club in Surrey.

The wedding reception at Leatherhead was incredible, the Bride and Groom ushered all their guest into the Country Club gardens to have relaxed group photographs in the sunshine and shortly after we toured the gardens to take some natural portraits. After the speeches and wedding breakfast, I invited Hannah and Adrian to practice their first dance under a tree while the sun was setting - these are my favourite photographs of the day. I photographed Hannah and Adrian for 10 hours on their wedding day, ensuring I captured all the love and excitement especially when they revealed they're custom made foosball table with mini Bride and Grooms at the end of their reception! Combining all the above with such down to earth guests resulted in a fantastic wedding with such an elegant and timeless feel.

Dorset Relaxed Garden Wedding

Freya and Josh initially met in secondary school during the sixth form, just after they had finished their AS exams. They only shared one class, and it happened to be Physics (how romantic) after Josh was wooing Freya with his grasp of thermodynamics and nuclear fusion, they began seeing each other in July 2008, hence their wedding date in early July. Since then they've been pretty much inseparable, even going to the same university (Leicester) where Freya studied something important - Genetics - and Josh dossed about pretending to do an English degree.

Josh admits to nearly messing up the proposal, only a little bit. Having been going out for almost seven years, Josh eventually started saving up for a ring because the time just felt right. However, Josh usually only saves money for something important (or car related) both very much the same in Josh's book. He accidentally let slip one night after a few drinks that he was saving money and, when Freya realised it wasn't for a car, she guessed it might be for a ring. Then they decided to go for a walk along the Dorset coast on New Year's Day, Freya assumed Josh was about to pop the question then but he hadn't purchased a ring by this point, and Freya turned grumpy for the rest of the day.

However, come May, Josh had bought a giant engagement ring which contained a ruby surrounded by a cluster of small diamonds, he then and proposed to Freya down on a deserted beach on their favourite part of the Cornish coast, near Polzeath. While Freya knew a proposal was coming, she didn't realise it was going to be then or there, so she was, at least, a little surprised.

Freya & Josh got married on one of the hottest days of 2016; they held their traditional yet relaxed wedding ceremony at the cosy St Martin's Church in Broadmayne followed by their country fete styled wedding reception that was held in the garden of Freya's parents home in Dorchester, Dorset. Their friend Ben Walters and his son, a local swing/jazz duo provided the entertainment in the evening while all the guests danced around enjoying the endless supply of food and drink. Freya & Josh dedicated a separate garden solely for garden games where I was able to photograph all the children playing together naturally, not forgetting the adults who had a few games after a few drinks...

Kensington Garden Pavilion Wedding

Paris and James met eight years ago while working at Notting Hill Preparatory School, where Paris was a teacher and James was a learning support assistant for a boy in Paris's class. Paris had just moved from Perth, Australia to London and James had just finished University, after a few weeks they became best friends and spent every weekend together.

It took two months for James to make a move finally!

Between September and August, they went travelling around the world, James proposed to Paris on the beach when they finally arrived in Perth, Australia.

Paris and James got married in one of my bucket list photography locations in London, at The Orangery located at Kensington Palace. Paris walked down the aisle towards James to ‘You Are The Best Thing’ by Ray LaMontagne and halfway through the ceremony both Dad's played 'Tupelo Honey' by Van Morrison on guitars. After the ceremony, Paris and James hired a taxi to their wedding reception in Bush Hall, Shepherd's Bush. They hired this venue because quite a few of their favourite bands have played there in the past and it’s got a refreshing mixture of ornate chandeliers and excellent lighting.

Winchester Rustic Barn Wedding

Charlie applied for a job at the bar where Ria was working at while at University. He was filling out an application form at the bar when Ria (being a tad stir crazy from working the day shift) bounded up to Charlie asking if he thought one's belly button went inside your body after you were born. Charlie looked understandably confused and shrugged, after which Ria disappeared off for the summer.

Fast forward a little while later they shared their first kiss on the roof of the very pub, and the rest was history.

The day after Ria's work Christmas party, Charlie took Ria on a surprise detour to Wells in Gloucestershire which is the venue for the Simon Pegg film 'Hot Fuzz' (named Sandford in the film). They both love the film and quote it to each other all the time, so it was a lovely 'impromptu' trip. They wandered around the town and visited all the spots used in the film, much to Charlie's dismay the castle was closed, and Ria kept insisting she wasn't hungry and didn't want to stop for lunch, Ria was single-handedly foiling his well thought out plan. On route back to the car and while hanging around taking in the spot where Tim Messenger gets smoked by the church roof, Charlie said he had a question to ask. Ria was still not catching on, and it was when, after a brief struggle to get a satisfyingly large ring box out of his pocket, he dropped to one knee, she suddenly realised, she laughed out loud before answering his proposal with a resounding 'YES!".

Ria and Charlie got married outside under a canopy which was constructed by both of their families; they said their vows in a private garden located only a few feet away from the large and magnificent West Stoke Barn which housed their wedding reception. I first met Ria, Charlie and their families back in 2014 when I photographed Charlie's twin sister Sarah's Wedding in the New Forest and knew that I would be shooting a lovely easy-going crowd of people, as it shows. Their wedding was all hand-made by their family and friends including the bar, tables and chair decorations, the bottled alcohol and even that excellent sign that sit's symmetrically above the head-table at the end of the barn. I arrived early at the Riverside Cottage in Bransbury to photograph Ria getting prepared for her wedding and left in time to capture their friends putting the final touches to the wedding reception and Charlie witnessing everything coming together.