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Hampshire Moroccan Wedding

Claire and Jonathan first met in a bar in Winchester called Bar 31 although Jon can't remember the meet in the bar as he had had a few too many drinks. Later he even said, “oh its lucky me bumped into each other outside!”. After a few more drinks they walked to the kebab shop and then Jonathan walked Claire home. It’s all very romantic (haha!)

Later they went on holiday to Morocco for a short break, Jonathan had previously purchased an engagement ring and had brought it along hoping to ask the question while in Morocco. While in Morocco they decided to adventure around the Atlas Mountains, and Jonathan had the ring safely securing in his backpack for the entire day throughout the hikes waiting patiently for a good enough location to propose, he sadly couldn’t find anywhere special enough. They later went back to their hotel, it was reasonably quiet that evening, so they decided to go for a walk around the grounds of the hotel, and this is when Jonathan got down on one knee and asked Claire to marry him while kneeling in the rose garden; she said yes!

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.

Winchester Springtime Town Hall Wedding

James and Jess had known each other through friends and nights out for a few years since they were late teens, they cannot remember ever speaking face to face before their first date! They had got talking initially through Instagram and Jess had arranged for James to come up to London for a drink. James agreed and got the train up into central London, they were both very nervous, but after an hour they seemed to warm to each other, and there was never an awkward silence. They had drinks at a bar in Shoreditch called 'The Drunken Monkey' and then went for dinner at Pizza East, this is where they both knew they had found someone special. After the meal they walked back to the tube station and shared their first kiss at Whitechapel, they both went their separate ways home and have been inseparable ever since.

One day James got back from work late and asked Jess if she wanted to go for a walk later after dinner, Jess thought that would be an excellent idea as they often went for walks at night because it's usually peaceful and relaxing. As that night got later, James decided to drive to Bournemouth for their walk, they walked along Bournemouth beach front and at midnight James told Jess that he had dropped something and Jess thought it was his phone and panicked as it was quite dark! Jess got her phone out to use the flashlight to start searching for it and found a spoon on the beach.

Jess said to James, "you've dropped a spoon, why do you have a spoon!?."...

She picked up the spoon, turned it over, saw that it wasn't one of their spoons and engraved on it said: Jessica will you marry me. She then spun round saw James on one knee where he repeated the question, and she was in shock and speechless for about a minute before he asked Jess again and she, of course, said yes!

James and Jess got married in King Charles Hall at Winchester Guildhall; their ceremony was decorated with falling petals to simulate springtime when Jess started walking down the aisle towards James one of their guests was playing his guitar. Although it had been raining outside during their wedding ceremony the room was full of light beaming in from the massive windows which created some amazing photographs, when the register was being signed James' Dad favourite song "That's entertainment - The Jam" was being played on the guitar as remembrance which caused a few tears and smiles.

The reception was held in The Courtyard at Winchester Guildhall where James and Jess had made everything by hand, from the invitations to table names and all stationary. Their first date was a Pizza restaurant, and they wanted to incorporate that into their wedding, so they decided to have Pizza table names and about 100+ Domino's Pizzas' delivered in the evening!

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.

Portchester Shabby Chic Traditional Wedding

They both met at work (Kao UK). Helen started in June, and then Andi joined in November, they got on well with chatting about music and their shared appreciation of Jarvis Cocker from Pulp. They got together at work drinks on a Friday in the local work pub located in Carnaby Street, London and starting dating in March, they both still work at Kao but in different departments.

The night before Andi proposed, they were walking through Hatton Garden in Holborn and Andi pretended he didn't know it was an area you can buy engagement rings, putting Helen off the scent! On Good Friday, they were meant to be going on a pub crawl with a couple of friends in the afternoon, and Andi told Helen that he'd booked a surprise brunch to line their stomachs and needed to leave for a table across the river in Fulham. They walked to the river, and Helen asked Andi if the ferries run on Good Friday, they went to look. There was a lovely boat with two captains at the end of Putney Pier, they introduced themselves, and Helen thought there had been a mistake as we weren't getting a boat, but they took her hand and led her onto the ship.

Andi carried on pretending it wasn't anything special. During the boat trip, they went out the back of the boat and going past MI5 on the Thames, Helen said 'I bet there are many secrets in there' Andi replied 'Actually, I have a secret of my own', and he got down on one knee, showed the diamond ring and asked for Helen to marry him. Helen said yes and was crying as the captain bought out the champagne and took photos. The boat pulled in to Westminster Pier, where 8 of their friends were waiting, cheering and clapping, they all got on the ship and the 10 of them continued the boat trip to Greenwich and back for the next 2 hours, with champagne and food and then went to various pubs in Putney afterwards to carry on celebrating. The rest of the Easter weekend we spent visiting their parents and families.

Helen & Andi got married inside St Mary's Church which is located in the grounds of Portchester Castle in Hampshire, I've always wanted to photograph a wedding in Portchester as it is such a beautiful setting and only a few minutes drive from where I live. Helen & Andi choose to get married in the same church where Helen’s parents were married 40 years ago to the week, they had the traditional entrance and exit music at the wedding ceremony as it was such a conventional setting and during the wedding they also had the choir sing Amazing Grace (which was also at Helen’s parents’ marriage). Their wedding ceremony was a traditional service, but their wedding reception at Upper Parsonage Farm in Petersfield was a very laid-back and relaxed occasion, mixed with a Shabby Chic style it created a unique intimate yet cool vibe throughout the day which created emotional moments followed directly with laughter and smiles.