All tagged Outdoor Wedding

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!.