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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 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

 

Brighton Wedding Photographer

Brighton Wedding Photographer | Nikki & Jim

Brighton Wedding Photographer | Nikki & Jim

I met Nikki a couple of years before her wedding through a mutual friend (I was having my brows micro-bladed FYI, a treatment I would highly recommend!) Becky who did my brows, was trained by Nikki under her Flawless moniker,  multitasked with being not only Nikki’s trusted makeup artist, but a guest too. Here’s her site, you should check her out: Rosebud Makeup

As Nikki prepared to shimmy into her dress, she appeared calm and collected, enjoying the moment with her girls. Her dress (from Wed2B) looked like it was created for her. The most stunning, form fitting dress EVER. With her flawless makeup, hair coiffed to perfection down the road at Electric and an amazingly intricate array of tattoos trailing her back and arms, the only way to describe this bride was HAWT DAMN!!!

Brighton Wedding Photographer

Brighton Wedding Photographer

As Nikki glided down the staircase of Hotel du Vin to meet her father, the look of love in their eyes was tangible. A few moments outside to create some portraits, then off for a stroll through the lanes to their destination, Brighton Town Hall. Check out those gorgeous flowers by Brandon at Flowers4

Brighton Wedding Photographer

Brighton Wedding Photographer

Brighton Wedding Photographer

When I arrived at the Town Hall, I could see that Jim was making the most of the scene in the council chambers! It was a real family affair with Nikki’s son (and son #2) playing them in, while Jim’s daughter was part of the Bridal Party together with Nikki’s best friend. Set in a real life court chamber, it is a cool and unique venue for a wedding!! The staircase as you traverse the building is just stunning, we couldn’t resist creating some portraits here while the guests gathered outside preparing their confetti.

Brighton Wedding Photographer

Brighton Wedding Photographer

Brighton Wedding Photographer

Brighton Wedding Photographer

Brighton Wedding Photographer

Brighton Wedding Photographer

Brighton Wedding Photographer

Brighton Wedding Photographer

Brighton Wedding Photographer

Brighton Wedding Photographer

Brighton Wedding Photographer

A quick walk through the rain to the first pub of the celebrations, All Bar 1 just by the Pavilion. I loved the personal touch of Nikki’s new leather jacket which read “Mrs Davis” on the back, how cool!! I love how rain or shine, these guys were celebrating the entire day! At the pub, we discovered Jim’s mum had made her entire outfit, including her hat… This prompted a game of a photo taken with every guest wearing the hat. To take things further, Nikki & Jim felt so impacted by the Hat Game that they ordered an additional photo album, to complement their main one, containing *just* the hat pictures!

Before we parted company we gathered the Bridal Party and parents under a dry spot at The Pavilion to create some quick portraits (some serious, some not so…..) while the rest of the wedding party gathered themselves for the next stage of the bar crawl. As a Brighton Wedding Photographer it is very handy to have some lovely outdoors, but dry, locations up your sleeve for portraits!! As the party continued for Mr & Mrs Davis, we returned home and started the upload and editing process.

Brighton Wedding Photographer

Brighton Wedding Photographer

Brighton Wedding Photographer

Brighton Wedding Photographer

Brighton Wedding Photographer

Brighton Wedding Photographer

Brighton Wedding Photographer

Brighton Wedding Photographer

A fan of neutral colours, Nikki chose both of her Graphistudio albums to be finished in greys and whites. A GoBook for their wedding, which stands up on their shelf to be seen by all. A Baby Book for the hats! A great addition to the collection.

Brighton Wedding Photographer

Thanks so much for having me along to shoot your wedding, I enjoyed every second! Congratulations Mr & Mrs Davis, here’s to the next pub crawl!!

xX Fiona Xx

Brighton Wedding Photographer | Nikki & Jim

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer | Lorraine & Andy

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer | Lorraine & Andy

Lorraine & Andy had chosen the stunning 19th Century converted water mill, Sopley Mill as their wedding venue. What a great decision that was. In a chocolate box village in Dorset, surrounded by well manicured landscapes, flowing rivers and an abundance of fields (with the occasional roaming cow!)

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

We had spent some great time getting to know one another during our test shoot and planning session, also at Sopley Mill, do check out their antics here… Lorraine is a hilarious, vibrant lady with amazing energy complemented by her distinct Irish accent. Andy is cheeky yet thoughtful, both continually chatting and bantering with each other and me… we almost needed to book in extra sessions just for the chat! It was awesome getting together!

Lorraine and her Best Women prepped and preened at The Captains Club Hotel, Christchurch. It was very chilled and peaceful as Lorraine had her hair teased into vintage style waves and striking make-up to compliment her features and styling for the day.

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

While Lorraine was finished up her prep, Andy was in charge of setting up the PA, the booze and the PA some more. His best man, David, was in charge of making sure Andy got dressed properly!

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

As a Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer, it’s always a pleasure to see wedding guests enjoying their surroundings throughout the day. This particular day happened to be perhaps the hottest of the year. Guests were refreshed continually, looked after in shady or sunny spots depending on their preference and entertained with lawn games while they waited to be called to the ceremony room.

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

While Andy awaited his bride with the calm confidence of a man who’s got this under control, Lorraine arrived with the company of her father to a brood of eagerly awaiting nieces and nephews. She looked absolutely stunning! The layout of the venue meant we were able to take a few moments for a portrait or two before she headed upstairs with her entourage!

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

Lorraine and Andy had planned the most personal and intimate wedding ceremony. The Vicar was a close friend of Andy’s, the music performed by friends and Paul, one of the Ushers, and readings read by family members. You couldn’t hide the joy on their faces as they married in front of their nearest and dearest.

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

While the guests shimmied down to the grounds to drink Pimms, Champagne and various other refreshments while enjoying the lawn games available, Lorraine and Andy joined us for a short stroll to take some newlywed portraits. One of the things I love about having my second shooter with me during a portrait session is not only are they invaluable at holding lights/gear/reflectors but the shoot time is faster as they can operate from alternative angles and help with dress/suit arrangements, leaving more time for the happy couple to spend with their guests and each other.

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

The image below was taken while Lorraine and Andy were waiting for their guests to be ushered into the dining room upstairs. It was one of my favourites of the day and one of their sneak previews. I loved it so much I decided to enter it into a couple of competitions and and proud to say I won the Gold Award for the Master Photographers Association Wedding-Photographer-of-the-Month as well as receiving a Merit Award in the South East Regional Print Competition with the Master Photographers Association. I would love to know what they are saying to each other as there is a definite sense of mischievousness in their expressions! I am very pleased to be a Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer taking award winning images at their venue. The venue themselves have just picked up a “Best Countryside Venue” award in this years wedding awards too. They certainly deserve it!

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

The eagle eyed among you may have noticed a pirate and a fairy as part of the guest list. No, this was not a fancy dress wedding, they had actually procured the services of a local team of childrens entertainers to entertain and feed the children while the grown-ups wined and dined. What a great idea! It went down an absolute treat!

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

The early evening entertainment was by way of some live jazz outside with a plentiful open bar. Children and adults frolicked and relaxed on the lawns, people chilled indoors and out. The feel was friendly, informal and relaxed. Exactly as Lorraine and Andy had described their intentions. The speeches also came as the heat of the day lowered. With vibrant and entertaining speeches from all, the prize to most emotive speech however has to go to Lorraine’s sister and Best Woman, Caroline. She not only managed to hit the tears button, but the laughter and shock button too as you can see for their ther sister’s reaction in some of the shots!!

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

As the sun was setting, we took the opportunity to capture a few shots of Lorraine and Andy’s families together. There was a point when gathering the nieces and nephews was has hard as herding cats as they had all spread around the grounds exploring the wonders and nooks and crannies of Sopley Mill! A quick shot with the lowering sun before heading inside to their night time party!

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

The first dance and the rest of the music was brought to the guests by way of Our Dad, a band made up of 4 kids and their dad (when I say kids, I do mean proper grown-ups!) and a couple of other musicians too. These guys are awesome, playing some epic grooves getting everyone up on the dance floor. Andy works in music, so his input to ensure the musical ambience was set properly throughout the day was spot on! The bar had a steady flow of custom and the other areas of the mill were being used well. A cake bar and sweetie counter, fish & chips outside and pumping music in, it was a superb day that created a party for everyone to be a part of.

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

As Lee and I set off for our drive home, we reflected on how much of a truly awesome day we had. It’s hard to believe that we can have such fun days while we are working, but it really is a pleasure to shoot each and every wedding. The relationships built with the couples on their planning journey make for some lovely friendships that develop.

As part of my service, an Italian Handmade Album by Graphistudio is included. To know that these albums are going to be treasured forever and thumbed through, laughed and cried over (and maybe even mocked in 30 years time when their fashion senses and hairstyles are questioned) is the icing on the cake of what I do. To hand over just the digital files to get lost on a USB or a corrupted hard drive just isn’t worth it to me. The memories are just too valuable to treat so loosely. Andy and Lorraine had chosen the contemporary Young Book in silvers and blues to complement the colours of their day. I used metallic pages for their album to really make the colours pop. It looked fantastic. With some Parent Copies delivered too just in time for Christmas!

Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer

Thank you Mr & Mrs Chamberlain for having us on your precious day, we loved every minute!

xX Fiona Xx

FionaMillsArt | Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer | Award Winning Photography

Bailiffscourt Wedding Photographer

Bailiffscourt Wedding Photographer | Featured Shoot

Bailiffscourt Wedding Photographer | Featured Shoot

Bailiffscourt Wedding Photographer

As a photographer, I have always been fascinated by telling people’s stories in the images I create. The love, the passion, the emotion. As I child I was surrounded by art and in later life studied with the ambition of becoming an artist. Sandro Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” fascinated me… The story and the composition captivated me. Equally, abstract cubism and surrealism had me transfixed. When I create an image I want the viewer to be drawn into that moment and photography has been the perfect medium to realise my artistic vision.

I have been shooting weddings for the last 11 years and love working with a bride and groom to capture their story. Many couples place their trust in me, allowing moments of artistic license to get ‘the’ shot in their collection. I have been privileged to have my work recognised in the form of awards and accolades (including this one in the collection) and proud that this particular shoot made its way into a published feature by Your Sussex Wedding magazine.

Bailiffscourt Wedding Photographer

Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa is a stunning venue, one I have frequented over the years. After each visit I have felt compelled to shoot there. The modern gothic architecture of the building, the secret tunnel, the meadow… it all cries out for fine art images to capture the spirit and story of the venue. Thankfully the team at the hotel caught my vision too! Calling on some highly recommended and sought after wedding suppliers in the Sussex area, we were able to create a shoot that captured the look I had in my mind. Without these guys, this would still be but an idea:

Venue Stylists: To Have and To Hire | Bridalwear: Anna Tumas gown from Mode Bridal | Bridal Accessories: Lulalupin | Groomswear: Astares Menswear | Jewellery: Aurum Designer Jewellers | Flowers: Nordic Twigs | Cake: Foxwood Wedding Cakes | Hair: Clare John Wedding | MUA: Rosebud Makeup & Beauty | Models: Jessica Benson & Joel Passmore

I loved this floral headdress by Lulalupin as Jess was getting ready!

Bailiffscourt Wedding Photographer

We had the use of Baylies to prepare and photograph in, it couldn’t have been more sumptuous with its four poster bed, his & her tub bathroom, spacious seating areas and great views over the courtyard area in one direction and peaceful Sussex landscapes in the other.

While Jess was being primped and made up by Clare and Becky, Joel was getting in to the first of his suits. A top hat and tails, complete with cufflinks, pocket-watch, cane and shoes all from Astares. Jess was wearing an Anna Tumas Gown, provided from Mode bridal which fit her beautifully. The full length lace arms giving a gothic twist to the wedding dress. Caroline from Nordic Twigs had made a smaller headpiece to complement the buttonhole and main bridal bouquet. The colours were amazing and complemented beautifully by the red and white gold, handmade rings from Andrew at Aurum Designer Jewellers

Bailiffscourt Wedding Photographer

Bailiffscourt Wedding Photographer

Bailiffscourt Wedding Photographer

Bailiffscourt Wedding Photographer

Bailiffscourt wedding photographer

Bailiffscourt Wedding Photographer

While we were all playing dress up, Sara (To Have & to Hire) and Caroline (Nordic Twigs) were busy dressing the Music Room which was being set up for a banquet and the 13th Century Chapel, ready for a blessing ceremony. Tara from Foxwood Wedding Cakes had dropped off this delicious looking cake, complete with Gold Leaf, just perfect! The golds and red tones throughout the styling working together to deliver opulence in its highest form. I love the gold birdcage being used as a card collector. What a different idea!

Bailiffscourt Wedding Photographer

Bailiffscourt Wedding Photographer

Bailiffscourt Wedding Photographer

As a Bailiffscourt Wedding Photographer, the grounds are a dream to shoot in during any season. Fields and flowers, walls and archways and even a beach a very short stroll away, it is an exceptionally versatile venue for your wedding. Sara added to the swing here by styling it with some vines and flowers. Jess & Joel, a real couple, spent much of their time wedding planning here. They have got engaged since this shoot, but that’s another story….

Bailiffscourt Wedding Photographer

Bailiffscourt Wedding Photographer

With a quick change for Joel into a Herbie Frogg suit and accessories from Astares we continued to explore the grounds starting with my favorite… The Underground Tunnel, which has a rich and romantic history: It is said that in the 1930’s, Lord & Lady Moyne (who were madly in love) used the tunnel to meet one another for secret trysts despite high society discouraging such passions! I wanted to create an image that befitted the story. 

Bailiffscourt Wedding Photographer

How perfect is this venue for a wedding?! The luxury and variety held within make Bailiffscourt such a sought after venue. The original 13th century chapel, the dramatic bridal suite, the multi-functional music room and the surrounding grounds provide a stunning variety of settings for creating your newlywed portraits. Don’t forget the 5 star restaurant and spa and an array of luxurious rooms for your guests! 

Bailiffscourt Wedding Photographer

Bailiffscourt Wedding Photographer

Bailiffscourt Wedding Photographer

Bailiffscourt Wedding Photographer

Bailiffscourt Wedding Photographer

Bailiffscourt Wedding Photographer

Bailiffscourt Wedding Photographer

Bailiffscourt Wedding Photographer

How could I forget to add a little mention to the resident Peacocks. You can’t guarantee a shot with them, but this fella, I’m pretty sure, knew there was something interesting going on!

Bailifscourt Wedding Photographer

Thank you for reading my “Bailiffscourt Wedding Photographer | Featured Shoot” Blog. If you want to know more about the featured suppliers, their links are also listed below.

Venue: Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa | Venue Stylists: To Have and To Hire | Bridalwear: Anna Tumas gown from Mode Bridal | Bridal Accessories: Lulalupin | Groomswear: Astares Menswear | Jewellery: Aurum Designer Jewellers | Flowers: Nordic Twigs | Cake: Foxwood Wedding Cakes | Hair: Clare John Wedding | MUA: Rosebud Makeup & Beauty | Models: Jessica Benson & Joel Passmore

xX Fiona Xx

Award Winning Photography by FionaMillsArt | Bailiffscourt Wedding Photographer | Featured Shoot

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

Farbridge Wedding Photographer | Natasha & Neale

Farbridge Wedding Photographer | Natasha & Neale

You may remember the Pre-wedding shoot I did with Natasha & Neale at Petworth Park? I spent much of the time not believing the little specs in the distance were indeed hundreds of deer, until we got closer and I had to concede that Neale’s eyes where indeed better than mine! Here’s a link back to that shoot… 

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I first met Natasha and a big gang of her girlie friends at a wedding fair put on by The Bridal Planners, which is a great online resource for those planning their wedding. We arranged to meet up pretty soon after to have a more indepth chat about the wedding she was planning with Neale. Wedding fairs are great to meet people and get an initial feel, but there’s nothing like taking your time over a cuppa or a glass of vino to really ascertain if you are a fit for eachother.

Natasha and Neale chose Farbridge, near Chichester as their wedding venue. It really is a stunning location. With views out to the South Downs of a landscape that changes with the seasons, as well as a perfect blend of traditional barn settings with a modern contemporary look, you’d be hard pushed to find something you didn’t like. What really sets this apart is that there are also rooms available for guests, not just the one main Bridal Suite. The Bridal Suite is, however, absolutely gorgeous. Natasha & her ladies got themselves primped and made up there, Hollie Turner being the incredible Make-Up Artist. There was plenty of room for all and enough variety to ensure the girls could take their selfies in good light, even if it meant the help Natasha had to get into her Wedding Dress was left up the only man in the room! Natasha’s wedding dress was a full Princess style gown from Proposals in Chichester. It fit like a glove and looked beautiful on her.

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

While the girls were getting ready there was plenty happening elsewhere. Caroline from Nordic Twigs was busy preparing an abundance of floral displays, while The Toast Events wrestled in a heavy, bespoke wooden arch they had created for the wedding ceremony, which would later be part of Natasha & Neale’s garden furnishing. The team at Farbridge were setting up the main hall and ceremony room, which was also adorned with a cake display created by one of their friends Gill. Neale added a number of creative, personalised touches before dashing off back home to retrieve the rings that had been forgotten! We made sure Natasha was oblivious to this minor detour!!

Neale and his best Man Dan wasted no time in getting their suits on and hot-footing it to the ceremony room ready for the arrival of the Bridal Party. The colour theme was a lovely soft sage green and pastel pink, which complemented the soft colours in the flowers and greenery throughout. The girls looked beautiful as they paraded down the aisle to Neale, as he waited patiently.

Farbridge Wedding Photography

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

Farbridge Wedding Photography

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

After the ceremony, the guests enjoyed the lovely outdoor space which, in the height of a summers day, was lovely and warm! With drinks flowing, canapes seemingly never-ending and lawn games for all, it was a lovely spot to create some portraits previously requested by Natasha and Neale without taking them too far from the party! While the guests were ushered into the Main Hall to be seated for the wedding breakfast, we used a few moments to take some portraits of the Newlyweds before they made their grand entrance.

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

It is lovely to see the individuality put into each wedding. As a Farbridge Wedding Photographer covering Surrey and Hampshire as well as Sussex, you see a lot of variety and unique spins in the way the day is presented and ordered. Here, rather than starting with the meal, Natasha and Neale walked in together to cut the cake first before diving straight into the speeches. I have to say, Neale’s rendition of how Natasha “wooed” him after meeting at Sheiks Nightclub one Christmas weekend had us all in stitches!! Needless to say, Natasha got exactly what she wanted, but it made for the most hilarious story. Dan, the Best Man didn’t go easy on Neale either! I’m not sure its a wise thing for a camera to be brought on a stag do….

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

Farbridge served the most delicious meal of chicken and vegetables cooked perfectly and finished with a flavoursome jus. The team there really do look after all the guests that are being catered for, and the service providers like myself, the videographer, DJ etc. It’s a real treat to shoot there.

The interim time after the meal, before the evening party really kicks off, is a perfect time to pop away for some quick portraits with the couple. Natasha and Neale had always known that they didn’t want a zillion formal group shots, but rather just ensure them, their immediate family and bridal party were captured intentionally, the rest being candid and documentary style. This is a great way to capture the vibe and flow of the day without spending too long keeping guests waiting for “their turn in a shot” but still ensuring those important portraits aren’t missed either.

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

On my rece of Farbridge I had noticed near the disused dairy (which is a popular photo spot) was another derelict space. I fell in love with it and knew we needed to make some time to take Natasha & Neale up there. Thankfully, the rest of the Bridal Party hadn’t quite started hitting the tequilas so were up for it as well. The light was just perfect, my second shooter, Lee, and I split up while there so we could work on double the amount of combos at the same time. We are always aware that most bridal parties would rather be back at the bar or hitting the dancefloor than spending too long having their photo taken!

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

Farbridge Wedding Phtographer

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

For this image below, I just wanted to do an edgier edit of one of the portraits. I just loved the juxtaposition of this beautiful couple in all their finery, alone, in the midst of a disused and derelict space. The love they have for one another surpassing surface beauty, enduring through cracks, bumps and hurdles. Exactly what marriage is about.

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

All said and done, however, a Farbridge Wedding Photographer cannot fail to include the natural beauty of the location itself. The rolling hills as the sun lowers in the sky, the green land, pastures and fields in the distance. All creating the beautiful Vista that is the Farbridge Estate.

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

The evening party continued with music from Epic Lyte Sound, Mike spinning the tunes on the decks and guests enjoying the last of the warm sun. It became apparent that Lee’s beard had also attracted a lot of attention, many guests wishing to pose with him and his beard (it is a very nice beard!)

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

Natasha and her Dad kicked off the dancing with a lovely Father/Daughter dance, before Neale joined for some quick moves! It wasn’t long before the rest of the party joined on the dance floor!

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

As the moon rose from behind the hill, we left the newlyweds to the last part of their celebrations and started our processes of backing up and importing the images. The editing process is just as important part of the job as the planning, prep and shooting. It’s so important to know that the images you deliver to the couple are the best document of their day. All of my photography collections include an album. On this occasion Natasha and Neale had toyed with the idea of having their images printed on Fine Art Paper or Deep Matte (depending on the album style). When they came over to discuss specifics so I could start the design, I recall Neale saying he remembered the album that contained everything printed (The Duet) and he knew he didn’t want that. With a subtle arch of Natasha’s brow we looked at the options….

Naturally, Natasha & Neale chose to upgrade to The Duet!! An A4 30pg Fine Art Young Book containing just their portraits plus a 100pg Primo Book, a magazine style A3 album, containing every element of their day. A true story telling album. The albums sat together in a colour coordinated Design Box, finished with an ennoblement on the lid which I designed around their wedding invitations. As you may know, for me a photograph is not a photograph until it is printed, so having the whole day in a tangible, hard copy form is always the best option in my opinion. Something to treasure forever. A digital image is similar to a negative from a film. A back-up of the photo you truly value. Something to post on Facebook, or email your Australian Aunt.

Once you include the extra Parent Copies of the Primo, Design Boxes to house them and some Fine Art framed prints for gifts and their home, Neale certainly did get everything printed (but I have a sneaking suspicion Natasha knew that would have been the case all along!)

Farbridge Wedding Photographer

It has been so lovely to have got to know Natasha and Neale further, as the journey from choosing their photographer to receiving their photographs took it’s time over the year or so. I feel like I have genuinely made new friends! I’m really looking forward to seeing the next stages of their life together and hopefully photograph some babies in the next couple of years!!

Big Love,

xX Fiona Xx

FionaMillsArt | Photography | Farbridge Wedding Photographer

Chichester Guildhall Wedding Photographer

Chichester Guildhall Wedding Photographer | Julie & Lewis

Chichester Guildhall Wedding Photographer | Julie & Lewis

You may remember Julie & Lewis from our very monochrome Pre-Wedding Shoot on a foggy day at West Witterings? Here’s the link to that day. Thankfully their April wedding last year was on a warm and sunny day… our fingers and noses were very happy for this!!

Julie chose the Chichester Harbour Hotel & Spa as their venue to get ready in, a fantastic choice as not only does it have the most stunning Georgian features with sleek, sympathetic interiors… It is mere meters from their Wedding Venue, The gorgeous Guildhall in Priory Park.

Chichester Guildhall Wedding Photographer

Chichester Guildhall Wedding Photographer

As Julie, her parents and bridesmaids were getting ready, I noticed something hugely profound (for me). Julie’s parents were looking back on a photo album that had been brought along on the day. Now, if we have had a conversation, you will likely know that I am a self confessed “Print Diva”! I love printed images, I really believe we as photographers are doing our future generations a disservice if we are only offering digital files. These precious images get lost on a tiny USB, the files corrupted, or even worse the technology has changed over the years and they no longer fit our computers. ALL of my couples get a wedding album, no matter what. It is something I believe passionate about, future generations looking back through their family history with real printed images. Anyhow, I digress! Here’s some more of their getting ready!

Chichester Guildhall Wedding Photographer

Chichester Guildhall Wedding Photographer

As a Chichester Guildhall Wedding Photographer I know the area pretty well. Very handy when you’re popping back and forth between two venues! I nipped across to The Guildhall to see how Lewis was getting on with his greeting of the guests. The venue had been set up beautifully in their colours of Cadbury’s purple and blue with a drop of fuschia in the flowers. A vase on display made by Julie and her girls during one of her hen activities and some other hand made decorations finished it off beautifully. I love how close Julie and Lewis are with their families. The tenderness shown to one another is palpable.

Chichester Guildhall Wedding Photographer

Chichester Guildhall Wedding Photographer

Chichester Guildhall Wedding Photographer

Chichester Guildhall Wedding Photographer

Just before Julie left the Chichester Harbour Hotel and Spa to take the short stroll to the Chichester Guildhall for their ceremony we took a few moments to capture some portraits before she presented herself to her waiting Bridesmaids.

Chichester Guildhall Wedding Photographer, Chichester Harbour Hotel

Chichester Guildhall Wedding Photographer, Chichester Harbour Hotel

Chichester Guildhall Wedding Photographer, Chichester Harbour Hotel

Chichester Guildhall Wedding Photographer, Chichester Harbour Hotel

Chichester Guildhall Wedding Photographer, Chichester Harbour Hotel

Chichester Guildhall Wedding Photographer, Chichester Harbour Hotel

Chichester Guildhall Wedding Photographer, Chichester Harbour Hotel

If you’ve not been in the Chichester Guildhall you will find it is as impressive inside as it is outside. Built in 1282 it has a rich history but became a wedding venue for the first time over 730 years later in 2015! With vast, tall ceilings and filled with windows, it is a beautiful bright space. Perfect for your wedding ceremony!

I love the moments caught just before a bride begins her journey down the aisle. Nerve wracking for many, Julie just looked full of joy! The emotion as Lewis waited for his bride to walk down the aisle was clear to see. The moments caught between them capturing their love, playfulness and adoration towards each other was so warming. Family played a key part in the ceremony, from bridesmaids to witnesses and readings.

Chichester Guildhall Wedding Photographer

Chichester Guildhall Wedding Photographer

Chichester Guildhall Wedding Photographer

Chichester Guildhall Wedding Photographer

Chichester Guildhall Wedding Photographer

Chichester Guildhall Wedding Photographer

Chichester Guildhall Wedding Photographer

Chichester Guildhall Wedding Photographer

Chichester Guildhall Wedding Photographer

Chichester Guildhall Wedding Photographer

Chichester Guildhall Wedding Photographer

Chichester Guildhall Wedding Photographer

For the family portraits and group photos, as a Chichester Guildhall Wedding Photographer, using the grounds in Priory Park is a perfect choice! We stayed for a little while here to capture various combinations of the family groups while also being on hand to capture some less formal shots of the guests as they milled around. It’s always funny when the boys get together, mischief seems to follow….It didn’t take long for Lewis to be back by the side of his gorgeous wife mind you 😉

Chichester Guildhall Wedding Photographer

Chichester Guildhall Wedding Photographer

Chichester Guildhall Wedding Photographer

wedding photographer chichester guildhall

Chichester Guildhall Wedding photographer

Julie and Lewis had hired Boxgrove Village Hall for their wedding reception, a versatile hall with large grounds set just outside Chichester in the village of Boxgrove. Well placed to also make the most of the other features the hamlet has to offer….Boxgrove Priory and the ruins there being the obvious.

Like with the decor for their ceremony, there were personal and handmade details throughout their reception. Table names were mocked up from Disney films, showing their love for Walt and his crew. The cake with its dinosaur theme made by the talented couple too! The guests enjoyed afternoon tea before heading into the speeches where again, the love and respect they have for each other and their families was clear for all to see and hear. With tears and laughter the speeches were finished by the best man presenting the newlyweds with a card sent over from Disneyland itself, signed by many of their characters!

Chichester Guildhall Wedding Photographer

Boxgrove village hall wedding photographer

Wedding photographer chichester guildhall, boxgrove priory

Chichester wedding photographer

While the room was being turned around we popped over the road to Boxgrove Priory to capture a few more portraits. The scenery there changes with the seasons, but the ruins remain the same. A great piece of Sussex history to complete the trend throughout the day with historic buildings!

Chichester wedding photographer

chichester wedding photorgrapher

chichester wedding photography

Chichester wedding photographer

The evening went on with more food, dancing, ice-cream and jolility! My second shooter, Lee and I invite the guests to register their details on the ipad for the online gallery. A great tool to have that enables us to notify the guests with a click of a button when the images are ready (after the newlyweds have seen them first of course!)

Chichester Guildhall wedding photographer

fionamillsart

award winning photographer

While Julie & Lewis went off to enjoy a beach soaked honeymoon, the work continues for us! All the images are gathered, uploaded and backed up before the editing processes begin. My editing happens in 3 stages: Colour correction; Main edit; Final tweaks. Once this is done and the couple see their gallery for the first time, we then work on their photo album. All my wedding albums are handmade in Italy by Graphistudio. A family run company based in the foothills of the Italian Alps.

Julie and Lewis were also driven by the idea that having printed copies of their images was highly  important so they opted to upgrade their collection to the Duet Album. A bespoke creation combining 2 albums in a personally designed box. Using their invitation logo and favoured typography to personalise the box and book covers, this really is a collection that not only holds their whole day in print but represents the theme and styling used on the day too. To complete their collection Julie and Lewis also added Parent Copies to give as gifts. A truly wonderful way to store and present their memories of the most beautiful, love filled day.

Award Winning wedding photographer

I look forward to the next chapters in the Branson Household and wish them every happiness!

Fiona xx

FionaMillsArt | Chichester Guildhall Wedding Photographer