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Destination Wedding Photography | My Italian Workshop

Destination Wedding Photography | My Italian Workshop

In my 12 years of business, I regularly take time out to invest in my own growth and development, Something I feel is vital to my creativity and keeping the inspiration flowing. Last year I had the pleasure of attending a weeklong photography workshop in Italy run by the fantastically talented Scott Johnson and Paul Fowler. The icing on the cake for me was that this workshop was being hosted by Graphistudio, the album company that I partner with.

So I headed off by taxi to Gatwick in the wee small hours of a May morning to jump on a plane to Venice in the hope of being picked up on the other side! Thankfully, Scott and Paul were nicely organised and along with Martin from Graphistudio we were all met and transported through the beautiful scenery to a village called Pielungo (with a much needed stop-off en route for some delicious antipasti and local red wine!)

As we were transported through the foothills of the Dolomite mountains we were told the history of Graphistudio and how they came to be in ownership of Castle Ceconi, their beautifully renovated, neo-Gothic Castle. I love sharing this story when I meet people and tell them about the albums they will receive! This was to be our learning base for the next 4 days…. I’ll save the history lesson until we’re face to face!

Scott and Paul took us through an intense period of learning and workshops. We shot around the castle, were shown different techniques and inspired to look at locations differently. Our hearts were opened by Fundy (the company who provide my album design software) to help us understand the essence of why we provide the service we do. We had business advice, live critiques on our images and also the opportunity to play with new camera systems courtesy of Fuji and Lensbaby who were on hand for us to try new things.

In addition to all this learning, a highlight for me was visiting the Graphistudio workshop where I saw one of my albums in production (I cried!) and was able to make changes under the advice of the creative team to the positive outcome for the album! We could see how hand made these pieces of photographic art really are.

To say this was exhilarating, tiring, inspiring and brilliant is an understatement! Along with the rest of the delegates, we stayed in a small hotel in the village where after our days of learning we would drink incredible Prosecco, dine on the best pizza and pasta dishes and bond. I can honestly say I made firm friends. Some even put up with me dragging them out for morning runs in the mountains, through the stunning waterfalls and landscapes after very late nights of sampling the local produce! Over 18 months on, we’re all still in regular contact!

For the final days of our workshop we relocated to Venice for a sunrise shoot with our very patient models (a real life couple and previous bride and groom of Scott). The sunrise was hidden behind some very heavy rain clouds, but how perfect it was! To actually shoot live in the most awful conditions and still create something beautiful is fantastic.

Although I haven’t taken on Destination Wedding Photography in recent years while my children were still very young, I’m so thankful to have visited Italy to flex that muscle again, be challenged and inspired by some incredible photographers, have my business plans checked, and make great friends. Now my kids are a little older I’m looking forward to visiting overseas more for work in the future.

If you’re a photographer and considering investing in your development, all I can say is DO IT!! Your future self will thank you for it. You can only grow from these things! I’d been professionally shooting for nearly 12 years at the point of the workshop and I still learnt so much (and have still so much more to learn!). These guys run annual workshops at Graphistudio HQ, invest in their training sessions, it’s worth it!

Here’s some of my favourite shots from my time on the workshop (some under the tutelage and inspiration of Scott & Paul, others using my own time spent with the models) I hope you like them too!

xX Fiona Xx

Destination Wedding Photography | My Italian Workshop

Destination Wedding Photography

Destination Wedding Photography

Destination Wedding Photography

Destination Wedding Photography

Destination Wedding Photography

Destination Wedding Photography

Destination Wedding Photography

Destination Wedding Photography

Destination Wedding Photography

Destination Wedding Photography

Destination Wedding Photography

Destination Wedding Photography

Destination Wedding Photography

Destination Wedding Photography

Destination Wedding Photography

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer | Velma & Rob

Wiston House Wedding Photographer| Velma & Rob

I have known Rob, the Groom for many years through mutual friends and church, so it was a great joy to shoot the big day for him and his beautiful bride, Velma.

After booking me the first thing we put in the diary was the engagement shoot. This was set for a very wintery day in Arundel finished off with tea and cake whilst we put plans to paper! Here’s one of my favourite shots from that session.

Wiston House Photography

Velma and Rob met at university in 2009 and instantly hit it off with their shared interests. Rob proposed to her on their 6th anniversary of dating on a beach in Zanzibar. There were musicians and a sunset to set the scene……so romantic!

Everyone got ready at Wiston House. The bride and her bridal party naturally assigned the most beautiful room big enough to host her girls and her family. The atmosphere was lively with drum and bass blaring from a speaker somewhere, whilst everyone bustled to get ready! The girls did each others hair and make-up in their matching silk robes, which was a lovely moment to capture.

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

As Velma got into her stunning mermaid style gown by Paloma Blanca which showed off her figure perfectly, the women present broke into spontaneous songs of blessing as she got into her dress. This was such an emotional moment and I struggled to hold back the tears! After a few shots with Velma’s mum I captured some moments with the Bride, one of which became a winning image… I had entered a number of wedding photographs into The Master Photographers Association 2018 regional print comp… I came both first and second place in two categories: Classic Wedding Photography and Documentary Wedding Photography. This particular image won Silver in the later category.

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Whilst the bridal party made their final preparations, I popped down to see the boys before they left for the church. I found them finishing off some details in the Reception room before moving into the grounds to take some portraits. For a Wiston House Wedding Photographer the inspiration for portraiture is plentiful. The Groomsmen looked sharp in their blue suits and plum ties, to match the Bridesmaids, Rob standing out as Groom with a waistcoat. The look completed with Maasai print pocket squares from Kenya. The groomsmen were more than happy to pose for a formal shot or two.

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

As a coincidence, this image below won the second place silver in the same print competition, this time for the Classic Wedding Photography.

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Once the boys had set off I returned to Velma to capture the most beautiful scene of the women in the room surrounding her in a moment of prayer. For Rob and Velma their faith was a very important part of their celebrations, it was an honour to photograph such an intimate tradition.

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Before Annie, my second shooter, and I left for the church we captured Velma by Wiston Chapel to compliment the images I took earlier of Rob. All of my couples are provided with an album so I often shoot with a mind of how this will look in their album. As you will see I have earmarked this spot to create a portrait of them together later.

Rob and Velma chose to marry at Opengate Church in Bognor Regis, this is where Rob attended before he moved away. Before the arrival of the Bridal party, Rob spent some time with his Dad. Velma arrived shortly after with her parents, unbeknown to her Rob had organised to sing to her as she walked down the aisle once the bridesmaids had completed their procession. What a brave and touching thing to do.

Opengate Wedding Photographer

Opengate Wedding Photographer

Opengate Wedding Photographer

Opengate Wedding Photographer

Opengate is such a light, bright and airy church to shoot in and versatile to decorate so that it is in-keeping with your theme. The service was led by Jamie Fredricks, someone whom Rob admired greatly as he represented their values. Leading the worship band was my late husband and other close friends of the couple. It was an emotional celebration and you could see and feel the love and joy in the room.

Opengate Wedding Photographer

Opengate Wedding Photographer

Opengate Wedding Photographer

Opengate Wedding Photographer

Once Rob and Velma had signed the register (during which one of the bridesmaids sung), using the wide space and light room we created a group photo before the final blessing. Rob had one more surprise up his sleeve, with confetti cannons hidden around the room ready to go off as they walked up the aisle as husband and wife. The guests remained for tea and cake whilst we returned to Wiston House for some newlywed portraits.

Opengate Wedding Photographer

Opengate Wedding Photographer

Opengate Wedding Photographer

Opengate Wedding Photographer

As a Wiston House Wedding Photographer it is amazing to shoot here. The venue is beautiful and the grounds are vast, giving me the opportunity to create many varied memories of the big day. The happy couple arrived in a Rolls Royce with a personalised number plate and I was ready to capture this moment! The countryside grounds created a perfect backdrop for portraits of Rob and Velma, and not forgetting the chapel door that I mentioned earlier to create these stunning shots.

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

After taking shots in the grounds we also wanted to capture the grandeur of Wiston House itself so we moved to the main house where we took a few more portraits whilst they waited for their guests to arrive.

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

As the guests arrived they were greeted by a string quartet playing classical music. It was a lovely Spring day so the wedding party were able to use the stunning grounds for lawn games and drinks. The bridal party put beautiful handmade traditional Maasai jewellery on each other which was such a tribute to her cultural traditions.

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House has an impressive Great hall used for the Wedding Breakfast, once the guests were seated the happy couple arrived to a rapturous applause. The speeches were given before dinner and it was lovely hearing the Groom, Father of the Bride and Best man regale kind and loving stories of each other. Rob asked his friend and mentor Jo to lead Grace before the wedding breakfast was served.

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

While the room was being set up for the evening, and many of the guests returned to their rooms to freshen up, we made the most of the stunning sunset and went outside to get more shots of Rob, Velma and their bridesmaids. We wanted to make the bridesmaids feel special and like they were part of a Vogue photo shoot! We definitely achieved this, they were all naturals and they all got their glam on!!

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Before the evening party got started we embraced the period features of the house and created a couple more portraits before it was time for the first dance.

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Rob and Velma booked an East African band for their party, embracing the Kenyan side of the wedding. They had a slow first dance before the band kicked off and the dance floor exploded! The moves on the dance floor were unbelievable, the room was full and the party was in full swing.

Annie and I left shortly after to head home for the next stage of our wedding photography service of culling, editing and designing the album. This was certainly not a chore as it was such a vibrant and colourful day to go back through. We completed their collection with a handmade Italian Album by Graphistudio a perfect way to view your photos back in the highest definition and print quality possible.

Graphistudio Young Book

Thank you so much Velma and Rob for letting us share your big day with you! Wishing you all the happiness in your future together.

xx Fiona xx

Wiston House Wedding Photographer| Velma and Rob

Incase you missed it! Here is a list of the suppliers used.

Venue: Wiston House

Cakes: Kasserina Cakes

Dress:Paloma Blanca

Flowers: Rococo Florist

Transport: Phantom Hire

Stationary: Hobby Craft

Entertainment: Kmusic/kaleidoscope string quartet  and Ugandan Band: jo@sebentege.co.uk

Catering: Wiston House

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

 

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding | Natalie & Marc

Southdowns Manor Wedding | Natalie & Marc

I met Natalie & Marc in Guildford for our consultation as it was somewhere in the middle of both our towns. I don’t know what it’s like for the couple, but as a photographer there is always an element of anticipation as you don’t really know whether you’re going to click or whether it’s going to be the most awkward “blind date” in a professional sense.

Natalie and Marc were both very easy going, so thankfully there was a click! It was amazing to hear their story where they’d already been engaged for 23 years by that point. They had two older children and Natalie had already changed her name by deed poll 20 years previously. They were finally planning the wedding they’d always hoped for.

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Nestled in the middle of Petersfield, West Sussex lies Southdowns Manor, perfect for a wedding. A venue which provides exclusive use, rooms for guests and stunning landscapes that change and evolve with the seasons. It ticked all of Natalie & Marc’s boxes who were very excited for their Southdowns Manor Wedding.

Southdowns Manor Wedding

The colour theme for the day was blush and rose-gold. A lot of thought had gone into so many of the little details to incorporate this theme, from the table deore, seat placings, even the beautiful flowers by Micah Marshall.

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding Photographer

The bridal suite is a gorgeous blue room with a light and bright four poster bed, perfect for the final preparations once the stages of hair and make-up are complete, with plenty of space for some finishing touches before spending some precious moments as the ceremony draws closer. There were so many personalised details here, can you spot them?

The girls in their blush dresses convened here for Natalie to finally put on her gorgeous Helena Fortley wedding gown. She looked like a style icon with her intricate updo and subtle make-up.

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Marc got ready with his groomsmen and son, decked out in vibrant blue suits, the groom standing out in a slightly brighter shade of blue in his tailor made suit by King and Allen. They all looked superb lined up in the sunny July weather for the outdoor ceremony.

Southdowns Manor

Southdowns Manor

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Collected by her father, Natalie and her bridesmaids began the journey to their outdoor ceremony. The space decked out beautifully in light and fresh floral features with glimpses of soft pink roses to complement the theme. It was clear that Marc, through all his cheeky banter was lost for words as he watched his bride walk towards him. Such an emotional moment for them to say their vows in front of their friends and family.

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

After the ceremony, the newlyweds and the guests enjoyed their surroundings, entertained by a magician, drinking cocktails that fit the colour theme and perusing the well stocked bars Southdowns Manor has to offer. We used this downtime to capture some group shots as well as some candid happenings. The bright, window lined walkway providing the perfect backdrop for a confetti walk too!

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Mr & Mrs Turrington were led into their wedding breakfast to a great applause. The food at a Southdowns Manor Wedding is divine, as a regular photographer there I can attest to how delicious it is. One of my favorite moments is the extra dessert the couple receive by way of the sweetest choux-pastry swans. By this time, everyone’s appetites have been sated and bubbly flowing ready for the speeches. I love this time, being able to settle back and watch the hilarity and tears co-exist in the same sentence.

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

With the heat of the day still present in the early evening, it was a golden opportunity to take a few moments with Natalie and Marc to capture a few more portraits while they waited for their evening guests to arrive.

One of the things I love about a Southdowns Manor Wedding is how the landscape and surrounding fields change throughout the year. I can visit a few weeks apart and see something totally different to use as a backdrop for a portrait. Natalie & Marc had also chosen one of my favourite videographers, Chloe Rose to capture their day in a complementary medium. It’s great to work with a fellow creative who enhances the legacy of memories the couple receive.

Southdowns Wedding

Southdowns Manor

The evening was finished beautifully with the cutting of the cake and their first dance. The lighting at Southdowns Manor a soft pink and lilac to complete their theme.

Southdowns Wedding

Once the day has ended and the guests have returned home, my work continues! The images go through various stages of quality control and culling before the editing flow begins. This is quite a long process and often involves a gallon or two of fresh coffee and fresh air to avoid ocular burnout from the computer screen. A worthy process however, as once complete, the digital images, although delivered to the couple, are actually completed with the photographic wedding album.

I partner with Graphistudio in Italy, where every album is handmade. The quality of finish is superb and a must for those who value their memories being a legacy which can be passed from generation to generation.

Natalie and Marc’s album was designed to complement the fresh, bright feel of their day finished with blush linen and rose-gold foil personalised embossment. A perfect completion to their perfect day.

Southdowns ManorWedding

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Turrington, thank you for sharing your day with us, it was a pleasure 🙂

xX Fiona Xx

Southdowns Manor Wedding | Natalie & Marc

 

 

 

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer | Sam & Amanda

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer | Sam & Amanda

I met Sam and Amanda at a wedding fair on a hot, sunny day at Goodwood… when most sensible people are sitting in a pub garden enjoying a nice cold beer! I’m very glad we’re not all sensible people mind you! Sam and Amanda booked me for their lovely Farnham Castle wedding. As with most of my wedding collections, we start with a little “getting to know each other” on a pre-wedding shoot. I met them at a stunning lake near Petersfield which was a regular spot for them both in their early dating days. Here’s a little peek of that!

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Amanda is a keen historian with a passion for archaeology working in a brilliant West Sussex museum. It came as no surprise then that she chose a castle venue for their wedding. Farnham Castle is steeped in history, with the keep still standing and open for visitors. The rest of the modernised venue remains in keeping with the stately nature, whilst providing a versatile space for weddings and events. Both Sam and Amanda got ready at the venue, Amanda at the gatehouse while Sam had one of the rooms. Personally, I feel that the morning of preparations is one of my favourite parts to capture… the excitement, anticipation, and the first look of the beautiful dress that until now has been kept hidden and treasured. Amanda had previously found THE dress on a chance visit back to Leeds with her family, but logistically it was too far to make repeated trips for alterations, but with a little communication was able to source the dress from Proposals in Chichester. The Groomsmen also looked very dapper in their suits with cravats to complement the purple and lilac hues of the colour scheme.

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Sam and Amanda opted for a civil ceremony in the bright and airy Lantern Hall. The thing I love about being a Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer is that there is great flexibility on where you can marry there, offering both a Civil Ceremony in the Lantern Hall and a Church of England service in the Norman Chapel. I don’t know many other venues that can boast that dual option.

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle wedding photographer

After the ceremony, Sam and Amanda were showered with confetti before settling on the steps for a group portrait and some family photos. The team here at Farnham Castle are well versed in keeping their guests fed and watered, seamlessly moving from drinks and canapes to the Great Hall for the wedding breakfast. We worked with Sam and Amanda to find quiet moments for their portraits that didn’t keep them from their waiting guests too long. The newlyweds have the pleasure of having the Castle Keep to themselves once opening hours have finished, so we made sure to get some portraits befitting a princess in the castle. The wedding breakfast looked amazing…. Amanda presented a person from each table with a butchers apron where they then discovered they were in charge of carving the roast for their table! A great way to break the ice if you don’t know whom you’re seated with!  The Speeches made for some great entertainment too with some hilarious photos of Sam, courtesy of the Best Men popping up for the guests to enjoy!

Farnham Castle Wedding

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

The evening celebrations opened with Sam and Amanda cutting their beautiful cake before heading to the dance floor for the most amazingly choreographed first dance, They wowed the crowd with their ballroom moves. This also enabled me to get the shot that won me The Master Photographers Association | Reportage Photographer of the Year (South Central Region). They had the moves, I was very glad to have captured them. As the evening went well on into the night, John and I said our goodbyes and started the journey back to prepare for the next stage of editing and album design.

Farnham Castle First Dance

Farnham Castle evening party

Sam and Amanda opted for the Duet by Graphistudio… A double album consisting of the included 30page Young Book and an additional 100 Primo, a larger A3, magazine style album which enables the whole day to be printed, not just the highlights. They also treated their families to a Parent Copy each, a wonderful Christmas present to give in that first year of marriage!

graphistudio wedding album

Thank you so much for having us share your beautiful day! We wish you every happiness in your future together.

xX Fiona Xx

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer | Sam & Amanda

Farnham Wedding Photographer

Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer

Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer | Diana & Paul

Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer | Diana & Paul

Diana & I go waaaaaay back, and I mean, way back. We used to walk to school together as teenagers and remained firm friends ever since, bonding over bottles of cider in the park, secretly smoking in the woods and generally getting up to usual teenage girl shenanigans.

Over the years our friendship has continued, our children playing together and of course, when we’re not socialising over a BBQ in their Brighton garden, there are family portraits being created too! When Diana and Paul set the date for their nuptials, as a Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer I was honoured to shoot it, carrying on their photographic legacy at this beautiful venue.

Diana got ready in her home with her sis-in-law Amy, her two nieces and her daughter, Leela who made up the bridal party. Diana’s parents and Aunt & Uncle were also on hand. It was a lovely relaxed atmosphere with brunch and bubbles being served before Di got into her gorgeous Novia D’art dress from Mode Bridal in Hove.

Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer

Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer

Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer

Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer

Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer

At Pangdean, the barns were set up beautifully. Fairy lights creating atmosphere whilst the flowers in Diana’s favourite colours adorned every space possible. Paul and his best man making sure they looked their best before the bridal party arrived. Paul’s waistcoat even had a nod to Diana’s favourite roses with it’s yellow rose finish. Diana & Paul’s son, Jack, was also looking the part while they waited for the girls.

Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer

Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer

Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer

Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer

As the June weather was superb, Diana and Paul had the pleasure of an outside ceremony. It was gorgeous to be able to capture this outdoor space being used for this. Wth a canape and drinks reception straight after, the guests really made use of the glorious sunshine. Giant garden games were played with while the group photos were being taken. Jack looked great in his car to match his Grandad’s scooter, their daughter Leela was ready for a nap and found the perfect beanbag to crash on,  whilst Di’s brother Ian was clearly happy with his wife’s outfit!!

Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer

Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer

Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer

Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer

Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer

Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer

Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer

Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer

Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer

The catering here is superb, and as a Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer I can attest first hand to its quality. The new Mr & Mrs Barker were welcomed in to a rapturous applause kicking straight off with the speeches. Jack took over the mic right at the end asking for a show of hands for “anyone here like cheese?” It was certainly a moment to remember. The barns had a lovely chill out area, which as you can see was being used well by a group of teenagers, eagerly chatting to each other…. through their phones haha!!

Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer

Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer

Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer

Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer

Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer

Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer

Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer

Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer

Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer

Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer

As the daylight hours were long and the air warm, the guests enjoyed a lot of their evening outdoors, chatting, drinking and catching up with each other. We managed to pull Paul away from the Jagerbombs for a quick trip to the cornfields for some final portraits as the sun was lowering over the downs. The cake cutting and first dance followed soon after which was met with some hilarity again… Jack needed to be extracted by his Uncle Ian as he was hiding under Diana’s dress while dancing to Bob Marley for their first dance, “I wanna love ya”. We left soon after where I’m sure there was more drinking and dancing through the night.

Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer

Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer

Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer

Diana and Paul chose to upgrade their wedding collection to a Duet. Two handcrafted Italian wedding albums in a beautiful colour coordinated presentation box by Graphistudio. A perfect way to see your whole day in print. I’m a firm believer that photographs are only photographs once they’re printed. Keeping something which is only accessible via a USB is quite short sighted when we realise how fast technology changes and how easily digital files can be lost or corrupted. The Duet is a great way to preserve your photographic legacy for future generations to look back on and enjoy.

Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer

Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer

Thank you so much Di & Paul for entrusting me with your most precious of days. I will treasure those memories forever my beautiful friend.

xX Fiona Xx

Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer | Diana & Paul

Venue: Pangdean Barn

Dress: Novia D’Art from Mode Bridal | Monsoon (Bridesmaids)

Hair: Room 5 Hairdressing

Shoes: Jenny Packham Bridal (hers) | Barker Shoes (his)

Suits: Moss Bros

Flowers: Bettie Rose Flowers

Cake: Bunston Bakes

Pangdean Barn Wedding Photographer

 

 

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer | Kerry & Craig

Two Woods Wedding Photographer | Kerry & Craig

On meeting Kerry & Craig, it was clear that their love of all things nature was going to be the presiding factor of their day. Their engagement shoot was held in the stunning West Sussex Bluebell Woods. Their wedding was planned for Two Woods in Pulborough which is perfect for those loving the outdoor vibes!

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Kerry and Craig’s ceremony was held in October, which has to be one of my favourite months to shoot. Autumn is my visual highlight of the year as the colours change into the most firey of tones. Add in the choice of venue, as a regular Two Woods Wedding Photographer I was truly excited for this one! The creative couple that they are, I found out later that they had designed their own stationary and had done much of the decor themselves.

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

The Bridal Barn is a light and airy space, perfect for your group to get ready in. Kerry had provided lovely gowns for her and her girls, we couldn’t resist making sure these was part of the picture! The bridal party itself was made up of family members and their spouses, who were also their closest friends, making it a really lovely, intimate feel.

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

It seems Kerry is a very organised bride, she had sourced her wedding dress a few years before planning their wedding from Whyte Weddings in Worthing. How she kept that a secret, and didn’t keep visiting it and wearing it I don’t know! Shelly Bond Bridal was in charge of the hair and make-up for the day, which also included floral hair pieces and crowns designed by Brandon at Flowers4, also in Worthing.  The bouquets were sumptuous, perfectly complementing the Autumnal colours that were everywhere.

The girls got ready swiftly in their Asos dresses and opened their gifts. Stunning earrings which again, fitted the natural theme of the day to perfection. Helping Kerry into her dress, the girls primped with final details before getting ready for the ceremony being held in the Redwoods.

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

The boys were already at the Redwoods greeting their guests and checking the final details. Craig looked incredibly dapper in his tweed suit from Greys Suit Hire, Worthing. His groomsmen in blues which further complemented the natural orange tones of the season.

It was easy for the guests to find their way through the estate to the Redwoods as Kerry and Craig had thoughtfully marked the way with many handwritten signs and arrows!

It was lovely for Lee, my second shooter to have been able to catch the boys in a moment of calm before they took their places to await Kerry and the girls.

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

I love how Kerry was escorted to the Redwoods from the Bridal Barn in an open jeep, a great way to travel in style for your day!

One of the most gorgeous things I see as a regular Two Woods Wedding Photographer is the epic aisle! I mean WOW! What an entrance as you round the corner and start making your way to your beloved under the canopy of these beautiful Redwoods! I’m not surprised to see many a tear shed and Craig was no exception to a display of emotion as his bride glided towards him. With music provided by Jade Woodhouse, The Sussex Cellist, it was truly a serene moment.

The outdoor ceremonies held at Two Woods are just gorgeous, regardless of the time of year. Sheltered from the harsh sunlight by the natural canopy overhead, with rustic seating. You can really make it your own. With an unplugged wedding like this, you can really see the emotion and love in the guests as they watch their friends take their vows.

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

As I often do, rather than a disorganised shamble of a group shot, I find myself taking the group shot just after the signing of the register. That way the guests are all still present and visible while they are seated. This not only looks far neater (in my opinion) but takes less than a couple of minutes compared to longer when you try to reconnect everyone after they have dispersed and found the bar!


Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

The guests enjoyed the bar after the ceremony while we completed the requested group shots within the Redwoods. A perfect spot for those precious photos with parents and your bridal party. It was lovely for the wedding guests to enjoy some mingling time with each other in this space while it remained wonderfully warm.

While the guests were ushered to the barn ready for their afternoon tea and speeches, Kerry & Craig held back for some couple portraits. When planning your photographic timeline, we try to choose the time spent with the couple to fit within those moments where there is either down time, a room is being turned around, or just simply… to get the rest of the guests from A-B! Often catering, especially when hot, is on a precise schedule. If we take the newlyweds out of view for a few moments it enables the team to usher the guests to the next part of the day in a timely manner, also allowing the couple a few moments of quiet to just “be” in that moment.

The short walk back to the barns provided the perfect backdrop for portraits that complemented their natural theme of the day.

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

The barn was set up for afternoon tea by Karen from Henry’s Kitchen, which was kicked off with some hilarious speeches by the best men! The rest of the bridal party also got involved with voicing some words for the happy couple!

I loved the foxy theme used within much of the decor too, from the table displays, to the wedding stationary. Even Craig’s lapel pin was on-point! As the afternoon tea finished, the room was turned around for the evening celebrations. The children played outside, making masks and enjoying the freedom and space the venue allowed.

After a minor mishap with the dress, Craig’s sister Helen thankfully works for a bridal boutique, so there was also a little room for her to apply her skills, ensuring Kerry’s dress was lifted and fastened securely for the evening party! They all looked very relaxed during this impromptu sewing session!

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

The Bridal Party used the Bridal Barn upstairs to take some photographs. As they were all either siblings or couples, Kerry and Craig had asked if we could create some quick portraits of each couple, which of course was a pleasure to do. We couldn’t help but make sure that the newlyweds got their own Bridal Barn Portrait too!

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

The evening kicked off with a bang to the First Dance: God Only Knows by The Beach Boys. A favourite of mine and one that holds many special memories for me. The 88’s band were in charge of the party and didn’t fail to get the party tunes rolling out! A brilliant band that sounds incredible at every wedding or event! There was a pizza van later in the evening proving some more delicious food for the guests.

During a quiet moment I managed to also get a closer look at Kerry & Craig’s rings. As Kerry works in the medical profession, she is unable to wear anything with stones, so Timothy Roe jewellers in Chichester had made her a bespoke ring with an entwining leaf pattern so she could wear something more unique in her day to day working life. I think you’d agree it is a perfectly befitting piece of jewellery for her.

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

I had such joy shooting Kerry & Craig’s wedding. It was a beautiful and happy day filled with my favourite Autumnal colours. No wedding is complete however without an album!

We designed their Graphistudio album to complete the natural feel of their theme. Using a Dark Brown Maple finish for the Original Wedding Album and Design Box, finished with a Burnt Sienna linen lining. I think you’ll agree, a perfect fit for this Two Woods Wedding.

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Thank you again for choosing me Mr & Mrs Bendell, may you have a lifetime of happiness!

xX Fiona Xx

Two Woods Wedding Photographer | Kerry & Craig

Russets Country House Wedding Photographer

Russets Country House Wedding Photographer

Russets Country House Wedding Photographer | Cressy & John

You may or may not remember it was about this time last year I took Cressy and John to my favourite secret spot for their engagement shoot. With bluebells galore and gorgeous yellow rapefields, we maxed out on the scenery. Here’s a little look back…

bluebell shoot

Although West Sussex based, Cressy and John had their summer wedding in the most stunning Surrey venue. Russets Country House. A privately owned venue, which also serves as the family home, sitting with stunning views over the Surrey Downs. The interior is gloriously and artistically decked out to make the most of the light coming through its many windows.

Cressy and her girls got ready in a divine master suite. Her dress, sourced from the Southampton based Ava Louise Bridal Wear was incredible. Delicate lace detailing with a full back reveal, yet classically simple in design. Simply beautiful and fitted Cressy like a glove. The girls were all in charge of each others hair and make-up, which of course means that a selfie or two must be captured to mark the results!

Russets Country House Wedding Photographer

Russets Country House Wedding Photographer

Russets Country House Wedding Photographer

Russets Country House Wedding Photographer

John and his groomsmen were kitted out in stylish Herbie Frogg suits from Havant based Astares Menswear. From their brogues to their handkerchiefs the boys matched the girls in style!

As they guests started to arrive, the warm weather and welcoming venue set a president for the happy and excited vibe that was filling the place. The ceremony was held in a light and airy room which didn’t fail to enhance the impact as Cressy was walked down the aisle  by her father towards an awaiting John. As a Russets Country House Wedding Photographer, these moments of anticipation and joy never lose their sparkle. Fun and giggles with the rings and vows, it wasn’t long before Cressy and John exited the room as Mr & Mrs!!

Russets Country House Wedding Photographer

Russets Country House Wedding Photographer

Russets Country House Wedding Photographer

While the guests filtered out to the lawns for drinks and canapes, we quickly went the other way to capture a few moments alone with the newlyweds. This gave them a little breather to process and enjoy their new marital status before heading back to their guests. With a selection of group shots requested, I think one of my favourite photographs is the one where Cressy’s nephew stole the show!! Kids have a great way of breaking the ice at a wedding!

Russets Country House Wedding Photographer

Russets Country House Wedding Photographer

Russets Country House Wedding Photographer

While the guests enjoyed their wedding breakfast by Just Jane catering, we recharged and reloaded ourselves. Returning for the speeches was hilarious. Cressy’s dad had the whole room in stitches, while John and his father both gave really emotionally charged speeches. As the guests filtered out into the warm late-afternoon sun, we took another brief moment to capture Cressy and John for some more portraits. The sunlight dipping down was gorgeous.

As we re-joined the party it seems the guests really did get into the spirit of things with their own prop-laden photo booth! It wasn’t long before the cake was cut, the magician pulled multiple tricks out of the bag and the dancefloor filled. This was a wedding that had something for everyone. Fun, games, love and laughter. It was clear that all those there were very much loved by the happy couple.

Russets Country House Wedding Photographer

Russets Country House Wedding Photographer

Russets Country House Wedding Photographer

Russets Country House Wedding Photographer

Russets Country House Wedding Photographer

Russets Country House Wedding Photographer

Russets Country House Wedding Photographer

Before long the time came for us to head home. It was such a pleasure shooting this wedding and is often the case, we don’t usually want to leave there’s too much fun to be had!

Thankfully the work doesn’t stop there. Once all these images were processed, the next stage was to design the wedding album. Using only the handmade, quality albums from Graphistudio in Italy, the Young Book was created to complement the colours from Cressy & John’s day. I think you’ll agree it looks stunning. A real heirloom for them to carry forward into their future.

Graphistudio Wedding album

I received the most lovely feedback from Cressy & John. Although this job is most definitely a passion, to hear your couples love your work as much as you loved creating it is always the icing on the cake!

“We can’t believe it was a year ago today we first met Fiona and went on our test shoot! Fiona is such a lovely and professional person we felt at ease straight away. We’re rubbish when it comes to having photos together so having the pre wedding shoot made us feel so much more comfortable and reassured when it came to the big day. It was such a laugh and we enjoyed it so much and loved the outcome of the photos. We spoke a lot prior to our wedding day. Fiona always updated us and helped us with decisions. She was just fabulous. When it came to the day Fiona and Lee took charge of all our guests so we got all the photos we had asked for which isn’t an easy job! Fiona and Lee were very good at taking us off little bits at a time so we didn’t feel like we were missing out on anything. They are such lovely people it was like having two extra wedding guests. We were over the moon when we got our wedding photos it was like replaying the whole day again and we honestly wouldn’t change anything and we’re so glad Fiona was recommended to us. We were so pleased with our album too and glad our package included this as well as the online gallery. Such precious memories to have and look back on.
We couldn’t recommend Fiona enough and will definitely be using her again.
Thank you
Cressy & John “

Anyhow, wishing you both all the very best for your future, and I hope to see you again to capture the next stages!

xX Fiona Xx

FionaMillsArt| Russets Country House Wedding Photographer | Cressy & John

Worthing Wedding Photographer

Worthing Wedding Photographer | Worthing Pier’s Southern Pavilion

Worthing Wedding Photographer | Worthing Pier’s Southern Pavilion

Worthing Wedding Photographer

Oh my goodness, I do love a bit of historic architecture. Sensitively restored back to it’s 1930’s glory, Worthing Pier’s Southern Pavilion is a dream for a Worthing Wedding photographer! With glorious sunsets, sea views and a classic seaside prom, it’s an ideal venue for a wedding or event!

Maddy & Rob met me back in Spring of 2016 and were an absolute joy to get to know! They knew what they wanted and their ideas for their day were sumptuous. A bespoke wedding photography collection was created to fit their needs perfectly. It started with their Pre-Wedding Test Shoot…. you may remember it from this blog, but here’s one of my favourites from the shoot.

The bridal prep wasn’t high on Maddy’s photography wish list, opting for a more portraiture based documentary of their day, so my day started at the pier in the most glorious weather. Capturing Rob and his Groomsmen while we waited for Maddy and her Bridal Party to arrive. The Pavilion was resplendent in 1930’s art-deco themed styling. Blacks, golds and whites being the befitting colour palate. The tables adorned in gold cutlery, the stationary and fonts thoughtfully represented the era of the building, tying the glamorous theme together.

Their personal styling was on-point too. Maddy wore a simple and elegant gown from Proposals, Chichester, her bridesmaids in gold Jenny Packham dresses. Hair and make-up provided by Claire Beever and Becky Howie. The groomsmen in stylish suits from Greys Suit Hire.

Worthing Wedding Photographer

Worthing Wedding Photographer

Worthing Wedding Photographer

Worthing Wedding Photographer

Worthing Wedding Photographer

A fantastic feature of the building is its depth. Many venues only have a short aisle… Here, Maddy’s long entrance was epic. Waiting for the music to start, the bold yellow doors open, the bridesmaids start their traverse. Rob’s aprehension tremendous, his emotion clear! There were tears of love and joy as Maddy glided down the aisle on the arm of her father. As a Worthing Wedding Photographer, this is great! A real opportunity to capture this moment in full glory, allowing time for the bride’s entrance everyone’s full attention. With readings from their bridesmaids and a violinist providing the music during the service, dry eyes were not an option. Another feature of the wedding was the beautiful signwriting by J.B.Traditional Signwriting, a perfect backdrop.

Worthing Wedding Photographer

Worthing Wedding Photographer

Worthing Wedding Photographer

Worthing Wedding Photographer

Worthing Wedding Photographer

Worthing Wedding Photographer

Worthing Wedding Photographer

Worthing Wedding Photographer

Worthing Wedding Photographer

The heavens opened during the family and group portraits. Thankfully we had blue sky on one side so it still made for a perfect backdrop! Maddy and Rob embraced the rain wanting to ensure the beautiful venue was included in their shots! When planning the photography for the day, we always take time to consider the groups. Who and where, because despite documenting the day in the most natural and organic way, what many don’t realise is if you just shoot candidly there is no control to ensure certain key people are captured together, quite often it’s during the couples portraiture that the bride and groom actually have time to stand and talk with one another for the first time. This is scheduled to be as fun, fast and pain-free as possible with lovely memories of your family to be treasured forever as a result.

Worthing Wedding Photographer

Worthing wedding photographer

Worthing Wedding Photographer

The speeches were held in the main halland were fabulous and funny! For a Worthing Wedding Photographer, this venue has great space, for instance some rooms are crammed so closely with tables it’s hard to move around to capture the atmosphere from around the room. Here I could use the gallery above, the sides, the middle. Perfect for capturing a broader view. Maddy and Robb cut their incredible cake, made by a family member. Stunning in it’s Art Deco design. A white sparkly floor was a hit for the dancefloor with Simon Horn of After Dark Productions leading them into their first dance. With so much influence from Pinterest, they really pulled their theme together.

Maddy and Rob wanted to embrace their newlywed portraits, so rather than one big session we chose small moments as the light changed during the day. This resulted in a great collection of newlywed portraits that truly honoured them and the venue they had chosen. A few of these were entered into some Master Photographers Association competitions which led to a number of Highly Commended Awards and Merits!!  As with all wedding collections, Maddy and Rob had a stunning Italian made album by Graphistudio to complete the memories of their day.

Worthing Wedding Photographer

Worthing Wedding Photographer

Worthing Wedding Photographer

Worthing Wedding Photographer

Worthing Wedding Photographer

Worthing Wedding Photographer

Worthing Wedding Photographer

Worthing Wedding Photographer

Thank you so much for having me! It was a pleasure getting to know you both.

Fiona xx

FionaMillsArt | Worthing Wedding Photographer | Worthing Pier’s South Pavilion

 

 

West Sussex Winter Wedding | Emma & John

West Sussex Winter Wedding | Emma & John

After a break from blog writing for a while, I thought it was about time I played catch up with what I’ve been shooting. First up is the West Sussex Winter Wedding of Emma and John. This is a massively personal blog for me to write for many reasons. Firstly, it’s down to Emma, the beautiful bride! She is a really close friend of mine who moved into our home in 2009 until 2017, becoming as close as a family member to my family. Despite now marrying her off, she’s still a sister from another mista!

The first thing we do once I’ve sealed the deal as your wedding photographer is we book in a pre-wedding shoot! Emma and John were no exception. We took a stroll round Hotham Park during the golden hour, hung out, chatted and got comfy in front of the camera! It’s such a wonderful time to capture the joy of the engagement period, a time often spent rushing and planning. Let’s honour it, and document it while also helping you feel less camera shy!

So, Emma being very close, was caught in the quandary of having me as her bridesmaid or photographer! We decided to go for it and try being both (in secret I was quite bricking it, but then I tried to convince myself that as this is my profession, of course I can handle it haha!!). The beauty of this is that I got to hang out with Emma wedding dress shopping, chatting about plans etc! I feel rather proud that I can lay a claim on spotting her gown first at Bijou Bridal Boutique in Barnham! Emma got ready at my home (which was also hers for many years) and it felt soooo lovely! The rest of her bridal party were either friends or family, their nephews were page boys and my daughters, flower girls. It was a fun morning, a gaggle of girls getting ready, enjoying the prep time together! I feel I got the best of both worlds… getting ready with the gang and shooting it simultaneously, curling the hair of some bridesmaids while thrusting my camera to the florist to take a shot with me in it!

West Sussex Winter Wedding

West Sussex Winter Wedding

West Sussex Winter Wedding

Sussex Winter Wedding

Emma and John chose the most gorgeous colour palate for their West Sussex Winter Wedding. Deep reds, mink and white offset with evergreen foliage. Emma gave her bridesmaids a colour palate and asked us to choose our own style of dress from Asos, although her sister Laura found the most exquisite Karen Millen dress that no one could have turned down! John and his groomsmen wore suits from Marks & Spencer.

West Sussex Winter Wedding

West Sussex Winter Wedding

Sussex Winter Wedding

Sussex Winter Wedding

Arriving in a striking gold VW Camper van, the ceremony was held at Opengate church in Bognor Regis. Again, keeping with the personalised day, Emma’s father Graham was the pastor of this church up until a recent move. He had the honour of walking his daughter down the aisle before turning around to conduct the service, marrying them! I loved the intricacies that went into the planning  of how we were all going to “aisle walk”. I snuck down with my flowers in hand and my cameras strapped on before the music started, turning to shoot the rest of the bridal party! My biggest fear…. high heels and a long dress, followed by the paranoia that my own kids would do something crazy at their turn to walk haha!! Seeing John and his uncontained, joyful emotion as Emma was preceded down the aisle was just lovely. Very emotional to watch as you see someone you love preparing for one of  the biggest days of their life!

West Sussex Winter Wedding

Sussex Winter Wedding

Sussex Winter Wedding

West Sussex Winter Wedding

Sussex Winter Wedding

Their faith being a major part of their life, John and Emma kicked off the service with worship. Sophia, one of the bridesmaids got up to join the band as they sung through the first part of the ceremony. The worship was lead by the Push Community, a community of Christian singers and songwriters that Emma was a part of, set up by my late husband Tom (you see, this really was becoming a very very personalised wedding!) And a cheeky behind-the-scenes shot of me taken by my lovely friend Toby, who also helped press the trigger when I was in the group shots! It was a service filled with love and joy!

Sussex Winter Wedding

Sussex Winter Wedding

Sussex Winter Wedding

Sussex Winter Wedding

Sussex Winter Wedding

Sussex Winter Wedding

Sussex Winter Wedding

It was so beautiful to watch Emma and John be married by her Dad. A wedding ceremony is a brilliant thing at the best of times, but it really isn’t every day you get to something where so many are intimately involved. The delicious cake that was cut before their first dance was made by her other very talented bridesmaid, Charlene!

Emma and John flipped their wedding day upside down! After the ceremony and a short time for some family portraits the party kicked off with a hog roast by Great Big Pig and an early disco with Nick, supplied by Toast Functions. Quite considerately, Emma realised that as many of her guests would be there with young children, so instead of many having to go home or find sitters, they went for a relaxed and early finish. A small group of us headed to Bailiffscourt Hotel for an intimate Wedding Breakfast (and a conveniently beautiful place for John and Emma to spend their wedding night!). It was all decked out with Christmas trees and fairy lights, a perfect West Sussex Winter Wedding venue!

Sussex Winter Wedding

Sussex Winter Wedding

Sussex Winter Wedding

West Sussex Winter Wedding

Sussex Winter Wedding

Sussex Winter Wedding

Sussex Winter Wedding

West Sussex Winter Wedding

West Sussex Winter Wedding

West Sussex Winter Wedding

West Sussex Winter Wedding

Due to the close timings and light on their wedding day (a factor that is necessary to consider with a West Sussex Winter Wedding) we had planned in advance to focus on their newlywed portraits after their sunny honeymoon in the Maldives! In homage to the beach we went down to the Witterings on a cold, but dry day. Armed with wellington boots, a sherpa blanket, a flask of coffee and some Prosecco we got some beautiful portraits of the two of them. A couple of which even netted me some prestigious awards! Not bad for multitasking as a bridesmaid and photographer!

West Sussex Winter Wedding

West Sussex Winter Wedding

Award Winning Wedding Photographer FionaMillsArt

Award Winning Wedding Photographer FionaMillsArt

I’m so so very glad to have been a part of their day (and life in general). It is an honour that my family have been able to do life with them in so many ways. There is now a very cute addition to their family, by way of an adorable little boy called Finn…. I’m sure you will see more posts with him included in the future!

Thank you so much Emma and John for trusting me to multitask so massively! It really was a huge honour!

Fiona xxx

FionaMillsArt | West Sussex Winter Wedding

Weald & Downland Wedding Photography

Weald & Downland Wedding Photography | Featured Shoot

Weald & Downland Wedding Photography | Featured Shoot

Back in October, Holly Boult of The Wedding Suppliers Group had the inspiration to put together a styled shoot using some of the South Coast’s most talented wedding suppliers. We were very lucky that the shoot in question was to be held at The Gridshell, an amazing piece of architecture at The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, in West Dean near Chichester, West Sussex. If you were planning a wedding here, you would actually get to have your photos in the actual Open Air Museum. How cool is that??!! What would inspire you for your Weald & Downland Wedding Photography?

The theme here was an opulent woodland wedding, using the most stunning colour palate of gold, blue and teal. This worked perfectly with the natural textures the venue had to offer. I realise that when you are planning your big day, you will often have a colour or theme in mind. For those with time and inspiration on their side (and a crafty touch), I hope that you will find these featured shoots useful for inspiration and ideas, but should the styling of your day and how it all comes together be a whole different world to you and you have 2 left thumbs, please consider hiring a professional to create the potential of your ideas!!

As a wedding photographer, I’ve found that having multiple themes that don’t connect with each other, or just one colour used randomly, can create a visually disjointed look. Think about how to use your colours or theme in your wedding stationary, your flowers, table details and venue dressing. Even your hair and make-up can complement the theme, bringing it all together seamlessly. Informing your suppliers in advance of whom else you are hiring can help them communicate with each other for the benefit of your day. This shoot, for instance, even had the most perfectly colour matched confetti and stone setting in the engagement ring!! Those little details make a big difference!

How you dress also makes a big difference. For this particular style, an ostentatious princess gown in heavy satin or a super sharp tuxedo would have looked out of place. Instead, the gown befitted the theme and the suit, the style. Working with your suppliers and communicating your needs well will help them source that perfect something for you.

I will leave you to look through the images. The links to all the fabulous suppliers who worked together are listed below. A perfect example of how to get your wedding team to create something bespoke and perfectly coordinated.

Organiser: Holly Boult, The Wedding Suppliers Group

Venue: The Gridshell, Weald & Downland Museum, West Dean, Nr Chichester, West Sussex

Photographer: Me! FionaMillsArt

Stylist: Sara Ellis, To Have and to Hire | Weddings & Events

Cake: Sugary Occasions

Stationary: Claire Louise Creates

Additional Event Hire: Place Settings

Suit: Astares

Wedding Dress: Bijou Bridal

Hair & Make-up: Toni Todd Hair & Make-up

Jewellery: Aurum Designer Jewellers

Flowers: Nell’s Flowers

Confetti: Confetti Wishes

Models: Jess Benson & Joel Passmore

Weald & Downland Wedding Photography
There’s always a behind-the-scenes, set up shot, right?!
Weald & Downland Wedding
The Team!!
Weald & Downland Wedding Photography
While the others were hard at work setting up, we had a little stroll around the museum
Weald & Downland Wedding Photography
Finding perfect spots to highlight the beautiful dress…
Weald & Downland Wedding
And the suit.
Weald & Downland Wedding Photography
There are photo opportunities a-plenty here
Weald & Downland Wedding Photography
This is a great idea for how to use this space as your wedding ceremony. What stunning scenery!
Weald & Downland Wedding
A bouquet is often overlooked at how it can pull your theme together. Don’t underestimate the use of feathers and berries to make up the textures and colours.
Weald & Downland Wedding
Ombré lip, a bold choice, but one that can work so well for your special day.
Weald & Downland Wedding
It’s as if this ring were made for this shoot! Designer jewellers can create the perfect, bespoke ring just for you.
Weald & Downland Wedding
I love how the local features are even able to be used for resting places/photo ops!
Weald & Downland Wedding
From a ceremony, to a wedding breakfast location. How perfect is this venue?! A dream for Weald & Downland Wedding Photography!
Weald & Downland Wedding
The details here are lush, tying the whole colour palate together to feel totally opulent, but not overdone.
Weald & Downland Wedding
If you get the right season, who’s to say you can’t spray your pumpkins and use them for your centrepieces?
Weald & Downland Wedding
I’m loving the trend for marbling cake decoration. Exquisite!
Weald & Downland Wedding
Do consider your details, gents. The cuffs, the shoes and your button holes are all important, as is your neckwear.
Weald & Downland Wedding Photography
Consider your hair ladies! It should help show off your features and dress, not hide the details.
Weald & Downland Wedding Photography
When you have a dress that’s stunning all round, you want to show it off from every angle.
Weald & Downland Wedding
Have you considered using the same stationary as your invites for your place settings and menus?
Weald & Downland Wedding Photography
The confetti is colour matched to a tee! You could always use this as table sprinkles too.
Weald & Downland Wedding Photography
As the lights go down, the floating candles become more apparent. Such a cool feature to bring to your day.
Weald & Downland Wedding Photography
Wouldn’t you feel so special sat dining at a table that looked like this?

I hope you feel inspired for your wedding day? Pinterest is a great source of inspiration and ideas, so if you’ve not yet looked it up, get on the app store now and have a browse!

Big Love,

xX Fiona Xx

Weald & Downland Wedding Photography | Featured Shoot | FionaMillsArt | Photographer