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Southdowns Manor Wedding Photographer | Megan & Leigh

Southdowns Manor Wedding Photographer | Megan & Leigh

I’m a lover of all seasons, but I have to say being able to capture the spring fields of gold and blue for Megan & Leigh’s engagement shoot coupled with the summer blooms for their wedding, I feel I really got the best of sceneries for them both! I love being able to get to know a couple better during this relaxed time together… Here’s a peek at their E-Shoot:

Engagement Shoot

Megan and Leigh chose the gorgeous Southdowns Manor for their wedding. A beautiful venue which provides the perfect spots for everyone to get ready, plus rooms so the guests can really let their hair down without having to worry about the journey home!

It felt like a spa with Megan and her girls in their matching robes and slippers having their hair and makeup done! The bridal suite was free to hold the gorgeous dresses and accesories away from the risk of mascara smudges and rogue directional hairspray! I love being able to capture the details… so much thought has gone into everything, it’s very easy to forget once the day has passed. I think it’s wonderful when people choose a special scent to wear on their wedding day… using that perfume or cologne again at a later date can really evoke the senses bringing those memories back to the surface!

The flowers were beautifully put together with their soft colours and tones, I adored the juxtaposition of their delicacies against the industrial outside fire-escape and roof tiles!

The boys were busy bustling together to all get dressed in another room… although there was calm, there was definitely a touch of chaos too!! Being a big group of boxers, there was also a lot of fists and growls as they cheered each other on! The bridal party and groomsmen also consisted of Megan & Leigh’s children, so it was lovely to see them in their parental roles helping their kids whilst also getting ready themselves!

The bridal suite at Southdowns Manor is decorated in stunning soft blues with a four poster bed taking pride of place. Clear from the clutter of the earlier hair and make-up prep it made for an incredibly peaceful (and photogenic) space for Megan to be helped into her dress.

Southdowns Manor Wedding Photographer

Southdowns Manor Wedding Photographer

Southdowns Manor Wedding Photographer

Southdowns Manor Wedding Photographer

Southdowns Manor Wedding Photographer

Southdowns Manor Wedding Photographer

The venue was all set up for an outdoors ceremony, which was perfect on such a warm and sunny day… there was not a cloud in the sky! The flowers and decor fit the soft white and pink tones of Megan’s colour schemes while the boys offered up a contrast in their blue suits. Leigh showing pride of place in his tweed finish.

You could absolutely feel and see the joy on both Megan and Leigh’s faces as the ceremony started. Thankfully sheltered from the harsh sun under the canopy of Southdowns Manor’s outdoor ceremony space, they just looked a picture of radiance as they said their vows to each other.

With the team on hand with cold beers, bubbly and refreshments the guests were completely looked after. The weather and outdoor space providing the perfect setting for a relaxed celebration once the vows had been exchanged!

Southdowns Manor Wedding Photographer

Southdowns Manor Wedding Photographer

Due to it being the height of summer, we had planned the group and newlywed photos in stages. As a Southdowns Manor Wedding Photographer it’s important to recognise the seasons and how the light plays into that… making the most of the light available whilst ensuring the couple don’t feel they’re on a constant photoshoot! The bonus of summer is the days are long so we can schedule in short bursts throughout the day.

I tend to choose shaded areas to keep people of of the direct sun, not only for comfort, but generally it’s far more flattering to have the softer light on us rather than squinting eyes or sunglasses being the order of the day!

First up, the family groups and a quick newlywed session while they’re on the flush of that adrenaline high! With their children playing a major part of their day it was great to incorporate them into the group shots, but also capture what they (and the other guests) were up to while they were patiently waiting for their turn!

Southdowns Manor Wedding Photographer

Southdowns Manor Wedding Photographer

Southdowns Manor Wedding Photographer

Southdowns Manor Wedding Photographer

It was time for the wedding breakfast and speeches, so making the most of the wonderful walkway at the venue, Megan and Leigh walked through a cloud of confetti before greeting their guests in turn using their stunning flower wall. As always, the food at Southdowns was absolutely delicious and the team serving with a professionalism that surpasses many restaurants.

The speeches were met with tears of joy and laughter (and maybe a little shame courtesy of the cheeky best man who proved himself to be a worthy orator). I love listening to the speeches, sometimes I get so caught up in the emotion of it all I have to remind myself I’m their photographer!! To be honest, I’m usually brimming with some sort of emotion throughout the day while I’m feeling all the feels!

Southdowns Manor Wedding Photographer

Southdowns Manor Wedding Photographer

Southdowns Manor Wedding Photographer

Southdowns Manor Wedding Photographer

While the room was being turned around and prepared for the evening party, many of the guests used this time to pop to their rooms to refresh. It’s so convenient having this facility on site, us girls love to touch up our hair and make-up!! I’m sure the guys take advantage of the space too checking out the two fully stocked bars available (of course, I’m generalising here, but you get my gist!)

This was the perfect time to take Megan and Leigh away for their newlywed portraits. I knew that Megan and Leigh wanted a combo of a candid document of their day plus some killer shots for their album of the two of them looking their finest, so we got to work! The sun was still high in the sky, but the light and tones around the grounds were just perfect.

Humble brag, I’ve picked up several awards from The Master Photographers Association from this session with Megan and Leigh including Wedding Photographer of the Year in my South Central Region. I love being able to create art for my couples, and their happiness is always my main objective, but I’m very happy to also be recognised professionally for my work.

Southdowns Manor Wedding Photographer

Southdowns Manor Wedding Photographer

Southdowns Manor Wedding Photographer

Southdowns Manor Wedding Photographer

Southdowns Manor Wedding Photographer

Southdowns Manor Wedding Photographer

Southdowns Manor Wedding Photographer

Southdowns Manor Wedding Photographer

The evening celebrations continued with guests relaxing in the grounds, soaking in the warm air… although the warmth could have come from the cigar smoking endeavours haha!! The cutting of the cake and first dance followed into the evening with the resident DJ providing the tunes. The guests partied hard and really seemed to take the whole relaxed and party vibe in their stride! It was like they were made for this wedding!!

We took a final stroll around the grounds with Megan and Leigh as the sun lowered, giving them some time to just enjoy each others company. It really is such a versatile and beautiful venue to marry in, it’s hard to not take advantage of all the opportunities! The flower wall proved to be a perfect place to capture some portraits while guests rested from all that heavy dancing!!

Southdowns Manor Wedding Photographer

Southdowns Manor Wedding Photographer

Southdowns Manor Wedding Photographer

Southdowns Manor Wedding Photographer

Southdowns Manor Wedding Photographer

As we bid our goodbyes to the happy couple and guests, we embarked on the next stage of our photographic mission…. the uploading of files, editing and album design!

Megan and Leigh chose the Italian handmade Young Book by Graphistudio, a stunning contemporary album designed with the soft tones of their colour scheme in mind. It looked absolutely gorgeous and will stand the test of time as they look at this legacy of memories for years to come.

Thank you so much for choosing me to capture the memories of your day! It was a gorgeous day filled with so much love, laughter and friendship. A true pleasure to witness.

I wish you all the best for your future,

xX Fiona Xx

Southdowns Manor Wedding Photographer | Megan & Leigh

Venue: Southdowns Manor | Dress: Proposals | Shoes: Dune | Bridesmaids: Opulence & Grace| Suits: Astares & Herbie Frogg | Flowers: Rose Cottage Flowers | Hair & MUA: M.E.Hair & Make-up | DJ: Mark Winter | Cake: Caked Away Kelly 

Southdowns Manor Wedding Photographer

Southdowns Manor Wedding Photographer | Megan & Leigh

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer | Siobhan & Matt

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer | Siobhan & Matt

I met the lovely Siobhan and Matt during a wedding fair, where we got chatting about the plans for their day…. It turns out that they had actually seen a shot online from a previous Farnham Castle wedding they loved, which happened to be one of mine that I’d won with for the Master Photographers Association “Reportage Photographer of the Year” for my South Central region (see, entering these competitions can come in handy!) … it’s highly likely we also chatted about subjects totally irrelevant to weddings or photography… This often happens!! After a further telephone consultation away from the sensory overload of a fair, I was super excited to be booked to capture the memories of their day.

As with most of my wedding photography collections we continued our journey together with an engagement shoot. The weather and location on our side, West Witterings was perfect for a stroll and a chat while we shot. Here’s one from that session… they had chosen their favourites to be presented in a GoBook Album by Graphistudio as a lasting memory of this time in their lives.

As a Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer, Siobhan and Matt couldn’t have chosen a more beautiful venue…. there’s a little Disney inspired story that led to their choice. It seems Disney and castles in particular had played a major part in their lives over key dates and proposals, so it was only befitting that they marry in a castle.

Naturally, Siobhan and her bridal party got ready in the Gatehouse while Matt prepped elsewhere with the boys. Siobhan has a love for detail, textiles and design so there were so many aspects and details found during the day that tied their theme together perfectly. With gifts galore too, it was lovely to see how the couple had thoughtfully considered their friends and family in their plans.

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

With Siobhan in the final stages of getting into her gown and the boys all ready and casually sipping on their hip flasks (I mean checking all details are correct and guests happy!!) we were almost ready to get into that nervous anticipation of the ceremony. Farnham Castle has either the Norman Chapel for CofE services, or the Lantern Hall for civil ceremonies. It’s great to have a venue with that flexibility. Siobhan and Matt had chosen a CofE service for their wedding, and the chapel looked beautiful adorned with flowers in their soft colour palate of pinks, whites and blues. This was continued into the Great Hall where we peeked in and noticed every table was named after bands which the couple had seen live… I’ve got to admit, I had some serious gig-envy going on there with some of the names present!

I absolutely love that moment where the father of the bride sees his daughter for the first time, and this was no different. The love and adoration was so very present and heartfelt.

A short walk to the chapel for the Bridal Party and a few extra moments of nervous waiting from Matt and his boys, then a clearly excited Siobhan was ready for her entrance!

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

The lovely ceremony included readings from Siobhan’s mum and a very personal address from the Vicar. Before the newlyweds were presented to their waiting guests to be assaulted with handfuls of confetti, after the ceremony they were whisked off through the back way to see their decorated Great Hall and have a moment to themselves, celebrating with a glass of fizz.

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

For a Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer, it is not unusual to use the steps for a group shot straight after the confetti! It’s a perfect way to keep the crowd together before they get tempted by the drinks and canapes! This was also a great time to spend 10 minutes with Matt & Siobhan around the grounds from some newlywed portraits after their family shots… Check out the gorgeous generational image of Siobhan with her Mum & Nan (and grandad waiting patiently lol!!)

I love how the scenery changes so much with the seasons at Farnham Castle, seeing the gardens in full bloom in June is a wonderful sight!

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Once the guests were seated in the Great Hall, Siobhan & Matt were welcomed in to a rapturous applause before sitting down to a divine wedding breakfast. The catering at Farnham Castle is superb, and as a supplier who is always well fed there, I’m not just relying on the couples feedback!! The speeches followed with much hilarity as both best men re-told stories from their adventures with Matt, yet despite the ribbing, it was clear he was truly loved by his friends.

While the Great Hall was being turned around for the evening celebrations, many of the guests took the opportunity to pop to their rooms (another super bonus of this venue, incase you need more, they have rooms!!). We used this lull in the day to whisk Mr & Mrs Freeman up to the original castle ruins for some portraiture using the historic features available.

I find that rather than doing one long formal portrait session during a wedding, I much prefer to break it into a couple of smaller, yet well timed sessions. Making use of natural breaks in the day, whilst enabling the couple to actually have some time with eachother alone…. I say alone, I’m often using a long lens at times to give the couple space and distance from me where they can have privacy in their conversations during the portrait session.

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

The wedding cake had super subtle nods to Disney, can you spot them amidst the mini Mr & Mrs Freeman? With a swift cutting of the cake, we moved on to the first dance before the dance floor was mobbed to the tunes of the live band!

Siobhan & Matt has also chosen to have a photobooth to enable Matt to include his other love…. Marvel!! This was a great hit, with many choosing the booth and others choosing to also grab a more classical portrait with their loved ones!

It was a truly superb wedding day and the service provided by Farnham Castle did not disappoint! What a wonderful way to get to know a couple better than to walk on this journey with them

After the day was finished, our job was not yet done. Once the images were edited it was time to curate these into a collection for Siobhan and Matt that consisted of multiple albums…. The Duet by Graphistudio is hugely popular. The initial 30 page A4 Young Book album containing all their super favourite portraits and moments of the day in the highest quality of paper and printing techniques. From that we create another album, The Primo… 100 A3 pages all bound beautifully into a coffee table style book, enabling so much more of the day to be printed. This is handmade and created to fit both into a bespoke Design Box. The collection was completed with some mini-parent copies and a personalised USB to match the books and box design. Truly, a stunning way to display and view your albums.

Graphistudio Wedding Album

Thank you so so much for putting your trust into me to capture your day, we had a blast and it was lovely getting to know you. I can’t wait to hear about the next chapter in your lives and be on hand to document your journey again!

xX Fiona Xx

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer | Siobhan & Matt

Venue: Farnham Castle | Dress: Berkatex Brides (no longer operating) | Bridesmaids: Tilly Mint | Suits: Moss Bros | Cake: Suzy Blake Cake Atelier | Florist: Sarah’s Floral Designs | MUA: Liz Patey | Accessories: Ivory & Co | Rings: Ernest Jones | Stationary: Infinity Creative Studios | Band: Festival Nights | Lighting: Jim Party Lights

 

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall | Charlotte & Rob

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall | Charlotte & Rob

Gosh, I am years out of date with blogging this wedding from 2017, but I just loved Charlotte & Rob’s theme and styling I couldn’t resist bringing it out of the archives to share it!

To say this is non-traditional is an understatement… I swung by to see Charlotte in her final stages of getting ready, and I just loved her mermaid dress and her bespoke revolver & skull necklace bearing her new moniker ” Mrs Coops”. Her bouquet was handmade with seashells and her blue swirled Irregular Choice shoes just finished off her look perfectly!

Her bridesmaids were wearing bold blue & red rockabilly tea dresses, which proved to be ideal for swishing on the dancefloor later! A quick pose with Dad before heading into the VW Camper to head to Arundel.

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

The boys were ready and waiting with enough time to grab a couple of portraits with Rob and his boys…. I loved Rob’s Ben Sherman suit coupled with some super shiny Dr Martens… he was totally rocking his styling! Clearly his groomsmen were nursing hangovers and trying to recover with the hair of the dog while they waiting for the girls to arrive!

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall I’ve found are unique to each couple, and this was no exception! While Rob waited for his bride, the beautifully coordinated bridesmaids and flowergirls came walking down the aisle.

Charlotte was clearly taken with emotion as she saw her groom for the first time. With an wonderful service, with words being spoken by their daughters it was finished off with Rob fluffing his lines to much hilarity to Charlotte and their guests.

This isn’t the first time I’ve photographed this group of friends, previously it was Vicky and Tom’s wedding… So it was good to see Tom getting in on the action to make sure he had the first selfie with the newlyweds! It was also great to see some of the guests remember me and feel *totally at ease* with their posing LOL!! I have to say though, I ABSOLUTELY LOVED Charlotte’s Garter Flask… I don’t know where you get these from, but I think I need one in my life!!

After some drinks and photos on the outside deck of the Town Hall, Charlotte and Rob had hired a bus to take them and the guests to their next destination of Boxgrove Village Hall.

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

The lovely draw of Boxgrove Village Hall is that not only can you totally personalise the styling and decor to your own needs, there is the added bonus of Boxgrove Priory being just over the road, a great spot for some group photos.

We took the Bridal Party over there for a quick session before returning to the hall, which you can see was decked out with beachy vibes, deck chairs in abundance, sea themes and handmade table placings in the shape of boats. Each bottle on the table had a little message in it explaining why the Table Name of a specific beach was so important to the couple.

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

Charlotte and Rob continued their celebrations with a Fish & Chip van, a chill out room where people could hang out away from the music with the sound of seagulls filling the room! Speeches were as usual, filled with hilarity before the cutting of the cake… two versions with hand painted cake toppers that were un-ceremoniously placed on the top upside down! After the first dance action the dancefloor soon filled up, leaving me to admire the incredible cheese platter that had snuck it’s way into the room!!

Chichester wedding photographer

Chichester wedding photographer

Being familiar with these Dirty Low Down Dubbers…. I knew without a doubt that the night would end in a human pyramid. I was not disappointed!! Despite the alcohol consumed (or maybe because of it?) these guys NAILED IT with no injuries whatsoever!! I sure wouldn’t wanna be that bottom layer mind you!

I hope you’ve enjoyed re-visiting this wedding from the archives, I absolutely loved getting my memory back into this day!

Thank you again for having me there!!

xX Fiona Xx

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall | Charlotte & Rob

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

Brookfield Barn Wedding

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

Emma and I had crossed paths a number of years ago when she had her own photographic-studio near where I used to live… I was really honoured that I was the photographer who came to mind to shoot her wedding to Steve (there’s something really special about shooting another photographers commision!)

I didn’t expect their day to be quite as epic as it was…. the more we talked the more the theme came out. In the first instance, we were looking at a lovely, post-Summer September wedding set in the beautiful rural West Sussex countryside at Brookfield Barn… THEN out came the love for all things Disney…. THEN out come the deeper thread of The Walking Dead which was to play a HUUUUUUGE part in their day! THIS WAS AWESOME!!!! I was in, a zillion percent!

First things first we hung out for their Engagement Shoot… Climping Beach during the golden hour is totally lush, but we couldn’t resist checking back at home to make sure Barns and Pancake (their dogs) got a look in too…. if you don’t already know, I’m an absolute sucker for animals!!

Fast forward through the planning sessions and preparations that go into planning a wedding… suddenly we’re there! A Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve the awesome hosts! The venue is geared up for a seperate Bride and Groom prep so no secrets are given away and no accidental bumpings happen!

Emma was getting ready upstairs with her crew and man of honour (who also doubled up as MUA and Hairdresser for some of the girls) while the fab Toni Todd created the masterpiece that was Emma’s hair with the black and white nod to Cruella D’Ville. The touches of Disney threaded within the day were subtle, yet awesome! From tiny teapot earrings from Beauty and the Beast, to 101 Dalmation Converse wedding shoes. Emma’s dress was a gorgeous adapted dress from Catherine Francis Bridal Boutique. Their rings made by their talented friend.

Steve and his boys were getting ready downstairs, settling into their suits by Astares Menswear... Steve was surprised by a ride in a Mustang to the venue which was an absolute beast of a car! It sounded epic! I loved the details on Steve’s suit, a nod to UP with the grape soda badge, and the colour theme of white, silver, black and deep red running through.

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

The outdoor ceremony couldn’t have called for a more beautiful sunny day! The aisle was topped with the house and balloons from Up… the boys all waiting with their monogrammed sunglasses (a seriously wise move in the high sunshine!) As predicted, Steve would be the one getting emotional, and true to form it was hard for him to hold it together as he watched his bride walk towards him carrying Lucille as her bouquet…. the bat from The Walking Dead, entwined with blood, barbed wire and the added addition of a spray of red roses! Truly unique!

A lovely ceremony in a gorgeous setting followed by a confetti tunnel, it was a really joyous affair as you can see from all the smiles on their faces!

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

While the guests enjoyed the sunshine and bar opening, we were able to have a little look around at the other incredible details that had been considered for their day! The reception room at Brookfield barn was decorated with sooo many nods to The Walking Dead…. from the red uplighters, graffiti on suspended sheets, bottles of Jack Daniels holding flowers and locations from TWD as table names…. Lucille taking centre stage on the newlyweds table… the history behind Lucille and how they acquired her in the first place. There was also the subtle Disney touches too, from name placers in Belle’s red rose, to personalised wedding favours in the shape of UP’s grape soda badges. There was just so much for the eye to see and take in. The speeches were also truly personal, from Emma’s mum, to the obligatory revealing Best Man speech to the unexpected song that had been written for them too. I love the emotion on Dad’s face too as he’s presented with a handmade gift. Sooo much love present here!

Between the canapes, the drinking and the speeches we were able to blast through some portraiture too…. Emma and Steve wanted a mixture of classical newlywed and family portraits coupled with some inventive shots which was more befitting to their theme. On a little recce we had found a dilapidated old barn. Yes, the floor and ceiling was caving in, yes, there were probably more spiders than hairs on my head…. and yes…. there were zombies. Erring on the side of “best to ask forgiveness than permission”…. off we went!!

After the speeches, well timed with the start of golden hour, Emma and Steve had planned to take some time out for some more adventurous portraiture…. so while the rest of their guests assembled for the “Zombie Run’ we took the scenic route across the golf course for some quick portraits. The scenery and light was just gorgeous. Instead of standard shots, we try to capture the portraits to fit the couples style and theme as best as possible. This led to some epic power poses for Emma and Steve before we had to run to escape the zombies!! With a drone in use as well, and a few takes, we were all pretty breathless from running, tripping over own own feet and generally enjoying 15mins of hilarious madness in the middle of their wedding day!

The thing I LOVE about weddings is they are often totally unique! To be able to explore, get creative and just have fun during a pretty important day is the icing on the cake! When you get on enormously with the couple who are trusting you with everything they have, well that’s the cherry on top!! Check out these shots from that time….

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

Oh! Did I mention that Brookfield Barn has a cheeky laser clay pigeon shoot option??!! This wedding was seriously getting more awesome by the hour!! After a spot of sunset fun with the guns, a cake cutting of machete proportions, a Mr & Mrs game, the most brilliantly choreographed first dance, an amazing playlist by DJ Brian Mole consisting of all my rock and alternative favourites (yeah, I know, their playlist wasn’t created for me…. but it could have been ya know!!) we had one last request to fill……

Emma and Steve wanted to see if we could create some darkness scenes from The Walking Dead…. using a spot of imagination, whatever random lights we could find in our kit bags, some serious vaping for some smoke and a whole lot of luck, we did it! Eeeny meeeni, miny mo…..

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

Although I don’t have a picture of Emma and Steve’s wedding invitations, they were originally created by their friend and awesome artist Dan Hull. After completing their wedding edits…. the next task at hand for me was to design their wedding album. Now, keeping with their theme of giving me creative control, I worked closely with Dan to create a personal finish to their album. Drawing from his original invitation, Dan created the artwork which I had laser etched into their wedding album and box…. totally bespoke to them. They didn’t know what colours would be used or what it would look like until I turned up with it on their doorstep. A beautifully personalised Young Book, hand made in Italy by Graphistudio. Judging by the tears on opening (yep, Steve’s again) they were *really* happy! Simply stunning and personal to them!

Graphistudio Album

I can’t believe this blog has taken me soooo long to write, but this wedding has been incredible and so good to reflect back on and revisit!

Thank you so much Emma and Steve for trusting me with your day, it was one I’ll never forget!

xX Fiona Xx

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma and Steve

Faily Photographer Chichester

Family Photographer Chichester | The Youngs

Family Photographer Chichester | The Youngs

I’m very fortunate in my line of work. I get to meet some awesome people, and when I’m really lucky, these awesome people become my friends! Take the Youngs family for instance… Despite having many mutual friends, we met properly on their Engagement shoot. This led to shooting their wedding (and even doing some solid marriage prep with them in the interim, cause, you know… I’m a guru 😉 LOL!!)

Fast forward a little, along came their first bump to baby shoot with Amos, to whom I’m now a proud Godmother! Here’s a little throwback to those sessions with a peek at their totally bespoke Graphistudio Album to preserve that moment:

Family Photographer Chichester

Family Photographer Chichester

My friendship with the Youngs has continued to grow stronger, we even managed a cheeky Caribbean Cruise together last year where they announced their pregnancy with Baby no.2! My family photographer Chichester brain kicks in so we’re already planning the next shoot whilst sipping a mojito (me) and ice water (Jess) in the presence of the turquoise Caribbean waters!

Jess’ first experience with childbirth was traumatic which led to some adjusting as she prepared for the next one. In my mind, I wanted her to reclaim her power as a woman, to feel like a strong Queen who was in charge of her body and this beautiful change that was happening. Photography for me isn’t just about capturing a moment in time, it’s psychological. I want my subjects to feel empowered and stronger by the journey we take together to create these photographs.

The first part of this was to get Jess on her own, I wanted the first session to be ALL about her. The buzz words in my head were: Queen; Warrior; Strong; Gentle; Sensual; Feminine; Maternal; Expectant… I wanted her to claim these words as hers and own them. So, with that in mind, off to West Wittering we went…

Family Photographer Chichester

Faily Photographer Chichester

The weather was just perfect! A cool sea breeze, warm sun on our faces. It was a lovely way to spend an afternoon.

The next session was in the studio… we wanted to just quickly capture a moment with Amos and his parents before little one arrived! This was quite a funny session as my girls and Amos adore each other, so the concept that this was a photoshoot came with its challenges haha… who wants their photo taken when you could just play instead!!

Family Photographer Chichester

Family Photographer Chichester

Family Photographer Chichester

Family Photographer Chichester

The day of Josiah’s birth came! This was brilliant news! Jess felt empowered, in control and superbly happy to have had a more positive experience second time around. It also came with a brand new Godson for me!! As with all things babies, you can’t really control when they come or when you’re going to feel up for visitors, so with careful (ish) planning around my holiday plans, I was able to swing by to see Josiah and capture a quick newborn portrait on the way to the airport. What a cute and cheeky looking chappy he is (and I wasn’t late for my flight either!!)

Family Photographer Chichester

Capturing your life and those that are important to you within it is high on my list of things to do within my work, be it a standard family shoot, something more creative, considered and empowering, or just something totally on the fly to create that legacy of memories to look back on in years to come. What’s on your list to capture that you haven’t yet? Give me a shout, we can make it happen!

xX Fiona Xx

Family Photographer Chichester | The Youngs

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer | Emmy & Paul

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer | Emmy & Paul

I first met Emmy a number of years ago when I photographed her mum’s 50th birthday party. I felt very privileged to have been called back to capture this wonderful part of their lives!

As with all my wedding day services, we start with a consultation. This is a great way for us to get together, chat about the day a couple are planning, what their moods, interests and vibes are going to be. I remember meeting Emmy and their baby Isla on a gorgeous sunny day! Fast forward to Autumn and we’re hitting Swanbourne Lake in Arundel for their Engagement shoot. The great part of an E-shoot is that not only do the couple get over the camera-shy state that the majority of the population seem to have, but we go over tips and tricks for looking your best and most natural in-front of the camera ready for the big day. Coupled with a lot of chatter, it’s a great way to all get to know each other better before the wedding.

December rolled around pretty fast! With the candlelight festival scheduled for the same day, we had a bonus of many of the streets being car-free! Arundel can be busy at times with so many scenic spots to take in. Evren (my second shooter) and I headed first for Arundel Town Hall to see how the space was decorated. It was stunning!!

Emmy and Paul totally embraced the Christmas theme, with baubles, handmade decorations, Christmas trees and a huge amount of red to fit the theme. As a regular Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer it’s great to see how different couples choose to personalise this gorgeous space.

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

With the plan being that Emmy was getting ready in the bridal suite at the Norfolk Arms (where they would later hold their reception), Paul had no choice but to stay out of the way. The best place to do this is to settle down in the pub over the road!! This was great for Evren and I as we could flit between the two with minimal disruption to the logistics and timings of the day. The girls were being looked after by Bonnie-Leigh (MUA) & Holly Dormer (hair) while the boys were supported in the best way possible by the bar staff!! I loved seeing the interactions between both groups. I bet Paul never imagined his adult son would be helping tidy his suit on their wedding day. Emmy’s dress: Maggie Sottero from Proposals, Chichester | Paul’s Suit: Moss Bros

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

While Emmy prepared to put her stunning dress on and greet her father for a first look, the boys took a stroll round the corner to Arundel Town Hall, ready to greet their arriving guests.

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

With a few final tweaks, Emmy grabbed her bouquet and headed down the stairs for her walk to the Town Hall. Her stunning Christmas themed flowers were courtesy of Manor Farm Nursery and looked striking against her white dress. The rain on the day did nothing to dampen the joy and excitement that all were feeling that morning!

Their daughter Isla had already been taken to the ceremony room ahead of the others and was steadily practising her own poses for the day!! Such a cutie, it’s hard to not let the little ones steal the show!!

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

I just love the sudden change of atmosphere that happens when the bride arrives to her venue. It’s as if the air knows and changes. Anticipation heightens, people stop chattering! It’s incredible. It was no different on this day as their Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer.

While the registrars finalised their checks and details, we had a few moments to capture the girls in the crypt before the wedding, then, just like that, the music starts and all that planning and preparation comes into play.

Arundel Town Hall

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

I love to create a group shot just after the signing of the register, it’s a fail-safe way to get all your guests in one shot before they start disappearing for a drink or the loo!! Arundel Town Hall has such a beautiful interior for this too 🙂

Arundel Town Hall has a wonderful patio area overlooked by the Castle and overlooking the views over the South Downs. A perfect place for some family portraits. We were against the weather on this one, but with some champagne fuel and a stoic ignoring of the wind and rain we got there!! We make sure to use a variety of spots for portraits during the day, but there are always some faves too in venues you know well!

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Emmy and Paul had planned to process down the hill in Arundel from the Town Hall to the Norfolk Arms, the driving rain was no deterrent!! These guys were fueled by excitement and love! It was brilliant to also watch the general public get in on the buzz, handing out hot cups of coffee and cheers as they walked by!!

As everyone settled into the dry safety of the reception, Paul paused for some portraits while Emmy re-touched up her make-up after the rain! For someone who “doesn’t like having my picture taken” I think Paul was in his secret element!!

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

With rain forecast for the rest of the day, Evren and I had planned to use the interiors of the Norfolk Arms to create Emmy & Pauls portraits…. until suddenly a slither of sun appeared! Being totally up for it, out we ran with the newlyweds before the rain started and the sun set! I’m so glad for this short moment because it meant we were truly able to use more of the stunning Christmas scenes in Arundel and the Castle walls themselves. Having the streets car-free was an added bonus!!

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Arundel Wedding Photographer

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Arundel Wedding Photographer

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Arundel Wedding Photographer

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Arundel Wedding Photographer

As the guests settled into the banqueting hall for their meal and speeches, it was clear to see all the attention to detail Emmy had thought about when dressing the room. From individual place settings made up with a personalised photo and a memory of that person (courtesy of Mum) to Christmas stocking table plans, but also Christmas decorations, candy-canes, Christmas tree napkins and lots of fairy lights!!

The speeches were highly emotional and well received. Then the power point came up and the Best Men took control…. even a personal video from Ainsley Harriott made an appearance! Hilariously done!!

Arundel wedding photographer

Arundel Wedding Photographer

Norfolk Arms Wedding

While everybody was eating, I pinched their rings by Taylor & Hart for a moment to take some shots of them within the Christmas Tree! Nothing like using as many Christmas objects in one shoot as possible!!

Next up on the day’s events was the cutting of the cake (by Elaine Celebration Cakes) and the first dance. The band were the incredible Deloreans, these guys really know how to bring the party to your party!

Little Isla was still going strong, captivating the attention of those near her!! With lots of music, coupled with photo props, the dance floor had an incredible vibe!! I loved that everyone just seemed to get into the celebrations regardless of whether they were on the dance floor or chatting in the quieter areas!

Wedding Photographer Arundel Town Hall
Arundel photographer

Wedding Photographer Arundel Town Hall

Wedding Photographer Arundel Town Hall

Wedding Photographer Arundel Town Hall

Wedding Photographer Arundel Town Hall

Wedding Photographer Arundel Town Hall

Wedding Photographer Arundel Town Hall

Emmy and Paul chose to upgrade their wedding collection to a DUET album by Graphistudio, this encompases two albums within one box. The first is a smaller sized Original Wedding Album with thick paper containing their absolute favourite parts of the day, printed in the highest quality HD techniques. The other is a larger, A3 Primo Book with at least 100 (thinner) pages designed in a more magazine-style story of the day. Containing all those photographs you possibly wouldn’t normally get printed, but you know you’d forget about those moments should you leave them as digital images on a hard drive somewhere. As someone who loves photographs, this option was perfect for Emmy! We designed the box using different textures around their wedding colours and finished the set with woven spines and laser engraved personalisation. A true treasure box of photographic memories.

Graphistudio Wedding Album

A superb day for a superb couple!!! Many thanks for having us on your beautiful day. They kindly left us the following review:

“AMAZING. Don’t know where to start. Fiona had been amazing from the very first phone call to helping us timeline our day to our engagement shoot. She made us feel so at ease (Husband hates having his photo taken so was so great for him!!!) She is so friendly and can’t do enough to help. Totally amazing on the day, great photos and photos we didn’t even know where being taken! Just had our wedding album back the photos and the album are outstanding Fiona did everything for us to totally personalise our album. We would totally recommend Fiona to anyone having a wedding wanting an amazing photographer. she’s great 😊

Lots of love and hope to capture more memories for you in the future,

xX Fiona Xx

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer | Emmy & Paul

Christmas wedding photography

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer | Alex & Sammie

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer | Alex & Sammie

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer

What a gorgeous Autumnal day for Alex and Sammie to have chosen for their wedding. They got married at the Harbour Hotel in Chichester, West Sussex. A stunning venue that has gone through a recent refurbishment and inclusion of a spa! Perfect for a pre-wedding massage!

Whilst Alex prepared with his boys at their home, Sammie and her best girls spent the morning sipping champagne while they beautified themselves in the cottage attached to the hotel. Their makeup look created by Arleta D. Striking yet classic to complement the pure white wedding gown by Proposals, and deep red bridesmaid dresses.

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographe

Alex and his Best Man waited patiently at the top of the aisle in the ceremony room at the hotel. A light, bright and airy space, it’s a really versatile room, ready to be dressed in a way that suits your wedding styling. Sammie and Alex had stayed with the crisp white, adding touches of red and green.

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer

The ceremony was beautiful, vows shared and rings by Timothy Roe exchanged. Alex looking so smart in his grey tails from Astares. As a Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer, you see many styles through the year. I loved this fresh and vibrant look!

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer

Alex and Sammie chose to have some of their portraits taken in Priory Park with their families, then detouring through the streets of Chichester with their bridal party. Variety was a key player in the planning of the portrait sessions, and as it was an October wedding, we also had to consider the available natural light.

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer

After the wedding breakfast and speeches Sammie and Alex were totally up for a quick stroll down the road to the conveniently timed Sloe Fair, an annual tradition in Chichester! This made for some incredibly atmospheric pictures!

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer

We returned ready for the party, with DJ from Cloud & Sun DJ Services. People partied hard! We made sure to pop upstairs in the hotel as the newlyweds wanted to take some images to remind them of the hotel features, not just the local available grounds. The lift in the reception made for some very intimate shots!! Ooooh errr!!

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer

To finish off their collection, Alex and Sammie chose a Young Book by Graphistudio using the deep red of the bridesmaid dresses as their accent colours. I think you’d agree it looks stunning!!

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer

Thanks so much for having me on your wedding day, a truly beautiful day.

xX Fiona Xx

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer | Alex & Sammie

Destination Wedding Photography

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