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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.

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.