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Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer | Sam & Amanda

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer | Sam & Amanda

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

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

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

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

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

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle wedding photographer

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

Farnham Castle Wedding

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

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

Farnham Castle First Dance

Farnham Castle evening party

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

graphistudio wedding album

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

xX Fiona Xx

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer | Sam & Amanda

Farnham Wedding Photographer

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

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… 

west sussex photographer petworth park

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

West Dean Gardens Wedding Photographer

West Dean Gardens Wedding Photographer | Caroline & Geoff

West Dean Gardens Wedding Photographer | Caroline & Geoff

You may remember an engagement shoot from last year featuring Caroline and Geoff in one of their favourite places, West Dean Gardens… Click here for a reminder. Well, Caroline and Geoff got married this year!

West Dean Gardens Wedding Photographer

What a pleasure to continue their journey with them. While Geoff was getting ready with the boys at their home (and catching up on chores and a mini jamming session) Caroline and her ladies were being pampered and preened at their best mates house. With one of her closest friends, Kelly,  being the proprietor of Dimensions, Kelly and Bonnie Leigh were in charge of hair & makeup.

West Dean Gardens Wedding Photographer

West Dean Gardens Wedding Photographer

West Dean Gardens Wedding Photographer

West Dean Gardens Wedding Photographer

The ceremony was being held at St Mary Magdalene in Bognor Regis. A beautiful building with glorious light filling the pews. Caroline was met by her son, Kyle who was a very professional ring bearer, taking his role very seriously! Flanked by her Dad and followed by her ladies, the ceremony was an emotional affair. Filled with love and laughter and beautiful readings provided by Carolines multitasking friends!

West Dean Gardens Wedding Photographer

West Dean Gardens Wedding Photographer

West Dean Gardens Wedding Photographer

West Dean Gardens Wedding Photographer

West Dean Gardens Wedding Photographer

West Dean Gardens Wedding Photographer

West Dean Gardens Wedding Photographer

Naturally some family formal shots took place outside this lovely church before Caroline and Geoff, driven by Phil of White Roller, detoured to the beach for a few portraits.

West Dean Gardens Wedding Photographer

West Dean Gardens Wedding Photographer

West Dean Gardens Wedding Photographer

West Dean Gardens Wedding Photographer

West Dean Gardens Wedding Photographer

West Dean Gardens Wedding Photographer

The reception was held at The New Town social club, a venue large enough to hold their guests while drinking, eating, speeches, merryment and dancing was had!

West Dean Gardens Wedding Photographer

West Dean Gardens Wedding Photographer

West Dean Gardens Wedding Photographer

West Dean Gardens Wedding Photographer

Caroline & Geoff had previously expressed how fond they were of West Dean Gardens, so managed to arrange for us to visit there a couple of days after their wedding. As a West Dean Gardens Wedding Photographer this was music to my ears as the grounds and landscapes there are beautiful. We had planned their timeline on the wedding day for maximum candid photo opportunity knowing we would be spending a leisurely few hours in the gardens to create some stunning portraiture for them.

West Dean Gardens Wedding Photographer

West Dean Gardens Wedding Photographer

West Dean Gardens Wedding Photographer

West Dean Gardens Wedding Photographer

West Dean Gardens Wedding Photographer

West Dean Gardens Wedding Photographer

West Dean Gardens Wedding Photographer

When planning their photos, Caroline and Geoff knew they wanted to include a Graphistudio Duet Album. This is a bespoke, personally created album which encompasses two albums contained and presented in a handmade box. Their 100 page album (Primo Book) contained their entire wedding gallery in print, in a magazine style, A3 hardback book. As a West Dean Gardens Wedding Photographer, I was exceptionally pleased that they had chosen to dedicate the second book, the 30 page Young Book, to their West Dean Post-Wedding shoot. Printed in High Definition and presented on thick, glossy pages, this album screamed luxury! The box was finished in Black Maple, White Leatherette and Silver Linen to complement the colours they had chosen on the day.

West Dean Gardens wedding photographer

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Logan, I look forward to the next chapter in your lives!

Fiona xx

FionaMillsArt | West Dean Gardens Wedding Photographer | Caroline & Geoff