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Destination Wedding Photography | My Italian Workshop

Destination Wedding Photography | My Italian Workshop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

xX Fiona Xx

Destination Wedding Photography | My Italian Workshop

Destination Wedding Photography

Destination Wedding Photography

Destination Wedding Photography

Destination Wedding Photography

Destination Wedding Photography

Destination Wedding Photography

Destination Wedding Photography

Destination Wedding Photography

Destination Wedding Photography

Destination Wedding Photography

Destination Wedding Photography

Destination Wedding Photography

Destination Wedding Photography

Destination Wedding Photography

Destination Wedding Photography

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding | Natalie & Marc

Southdowns Manor Wedding | Natalie & Marc

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

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

Southdowns Manor Wedding

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

Southdowns Manor Wedding

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

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding Photographer

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

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

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

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

Southdowns Manor

Southdowns Manor

Southdowns Manor Wedding

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

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

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

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

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

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

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

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

Southdowns Wedding

Southdowns Manor

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

Southdowns Wedding

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

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

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

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

xX Fiona Xx

Southdowns Manor Wedding | Natalie & Marc

 

 

 

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer | Kerry & Craig

Two Woods Wedding Photographer | Kerry & Craig

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

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

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

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

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

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

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

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

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

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

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

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

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

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

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

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

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

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


Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

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

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

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

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

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

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

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

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

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

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

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

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

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

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

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

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

Two Woods Wedding Photographer

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

xX Fiona Xx

Two Woods Wedding Photographer | Kerry & Craig

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

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!)

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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.

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

Fiona xx

FionaMillsArt | West Dean Gardens Wedding Photographer | Caroline & Geoff

Southend Barns | Wedding Photographer | Geoff & Jess

Southend Barns | Wedding Photographer | Geoff & Jess

Wow. I cannot believe it has taken me nearly 11 months to write this blog! This year has been busy!! You may remember this lovely couple from their engagement shoot last year at Bishop’s Palace Gardens? Click here for a refresher.

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Geoff and Jess have had an amazing love story. They met two Novembers ago when Jess arrived for a job interview in Geoff’s company. It seemed their informal interview lasted a lot longer than half an hour and by the end of the month they were a formal couple!! In May the following year (2016) I met them, newly engaged, to document this exciting part of their life. Between us we had an army of mutual friends and wonderfully hit it off from the beginning! In fact, Geoff and Jess even asked my husband and I to have the very responsible job of their “pre-maritals”. This is when a couple marrying have sessions prior to their wedding, over a variety of subjects, to open up the opportunity for any tricky issues, unexpected areas of difficulty, or potential challenging hotspots of the future to be brought to attention. Enabling us all to discuss and support this in a safe environment.

Fast forward to November of last year (still 2016) Geoff and Jess had arrived at their wedding day. Their ceremony was booked at Chichester Baptist Church where they had both started attending as a couple, followed by the reception at the stunning Southend Barns. As Jess and her bridal party were busy preparing at a good friend’s house, Geoff and his family were ensuring the church was all set up and ready to go.

Southend Barns Photographer

Southend Barns Photographer

These stunning flowers and floral displays were created by Bridal Flowers Direct. A perfect tone to complement the bright autumnal colours around and I just love these personalised robes, ideal for a chilly November morning.

southend Barns Photographer

Southend Barns Photographer

I absolutely adore the moments when the girls get their first peek of Jess in her dress. The emotion is evident!

Southend Barns Photographer

The image below is a personal favourite of mine. Jess is alone in the room while the make-up artist provides some finishing touches. The simplicity and serenity of this shot is what draws me. It also happens to have been awarded a Merit in a Regional Print Competition with the Master Photographers Association, and as well has received a Highly Commended Award in a National, monthly Master Photographers Association competition.

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Southend Barns Photographer

Southend Barns Photographer

The service at Chichester Baptist Church was a very personal service with people conducting different parts of the ceremony that they have close relationships with. A great testimony to their faith. I loved how Geoff chose his Dad to be his Best Man. What a touching gesture.

Southend Barns Photographer

While the guests enjoyed a light fish and chip tea at the church, Mr & Mrs Youngs and I popped to Southend Barns a little early to take some quiet moments for their portraits. Although in the midst of a downpour, the great thing about Southend Barns as a wedding venue is the abundance of photogenic indoor space as well as their stunning outdoor space. Once the guests arrived they were treated to mulled cider by the Field & Fork catering team to warm themselves back up before supper.

Southend Barns Wedding Photographer

Southend Barns Wedding Photographer

Southend Barns Wedding Photographer

Southend Barns Wedding Photographer

Southend Barns Wedding Photographer

Southend Barns Wedding Photographer

Southend Barns Wedding Photographer

Southend Barns Wedding Photographer

Southend Barns Wedding Photographer

Southend Barns Wedding Photographer

The venue was dressed to perfection with lovely book related touches and quotes and name placings, menus and table decor all linking back to the stunning bridal bouquet. The speeches had everyone laughing out loud, especially when Jess’ Dad, Pete, brought out the “Sofa Fund” box and various other props to help them prepare for married life.

The Killer Groove played a lively, party-starting set in the evening, but not before Jess’ sister, Ciara, sung them in for their first dance. The party was stomping with a full dancefloor and lots of sweaty bodies!!

Southend Barns Wedding Photographer

Southend Barn Wedding Photographer

Southend Barn Wedding Photographer

Southend Barn Wedding Photographer

Southend Barn Wedding Photographer

Southend Barns Wedding Photographer

Geoff and Jess decided to upgrade their album choice to include their entire day in print (not just the highlights) by having a Graphistudio Duet Album. There’s some more details of what this entails here, but I think you’ll agree from the picture below that it looks stunning, bringing in details from their wedding invitations and colours from their day to really personalise their albums. Something to treasure and look back on forever.

Southend Barns Wedding Venue

Speaking of forever…. things seem to happen in November for this couple as their first baby is due this November!! Here is a little peek from their Bump Shoot at West Dean Gardens, I will be sure to keep you updated when Baby Youngs is here and the Bump to Baby blog is up! Most importantly, however…. these fabulous Youngs have also asked my husband and I to be Godparents. What an absolute honour and I cannot truly convey how much of a friendship we have built up since meeting for that engagement shoot back in May ’16! This is perhaps the thing I love most about my job, is the relationships that can truly develop from something so personal as taking someones photograph.

Bump to Baby photography

xX Fiona Xx

FionaMillsArt | Southend Barns Wedding Photographer | Geoff & Jess

Dorset photographer

Dorset Photographer | Sopley Mill Pre-Wedding Shoot

Dorset Photographer | Sopley Mill Pre-Wedding Shoot

Dorset Photographer | Sopley Mill

I just love new venues (to me) and Sopley Mill in Dorset is no exception. My photography spidey-senses went on overdrive when visiting here last week! The grounds and landscapes around Sopley Mill are stunning, as are the tranquil villages you pass through to get here after the M27 runs out. Wild horses, chocolate box houses, meandering streams and village pubs a plenty.

Lorraine and Andy are getting married here this coming Sunday, so in amongst our crazy schedules we booked in a slot to have a recce, practise posing and create a timeline of the day. Here’s some previews of what we got up to as we explored the environment.

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Dorset Photographer Sopley Mills FionaMillsArt

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I met them through recommendations of mutual friends and I’m surprised our paths hadn’t crossed before now. Lorraine and Andy are a great couple, fun loving and lively. Their wedding day is bound to be a craic courtesy of Lorraine’s Irish family, full of live music organised by Andy and plenty of timed opportunity for more drinks! Eager to have some input in their photography style, they were very keen to show me some poses they had also been practising for their big day, so we will be sure to include that in their newlywed portraits!

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dorset photographer

I can’t wait for Sunday and hope for the most fabulous day for them both and their guests. I’m sure they will be beautifully looked after at such a beautiful venue.

Big Love

Fiona xx

Dorset Photographer | Sopley Mill Pre-Wedding Shoot

Sussex Photographer

Sussex Photographer | India & Russell’s pre-wedding shoot

Sussex Photographer | India & Russell’s pre-wedding shoot

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I just love it when the seasons come together to create the ultimate in high blooms! When planning in the diary for a pre-wedding test shoot for India and Russell I was hoping for the Bluebells to still be around, we could not have timed it better to get the maximum carpeting that surrounded us in the quiet spot of Angmering Park Estate.

Sussex Portrait Photographer

Sussex Portrait Photographer

India and Russell were using their pre-wedding shoot as a two-fold exercise. Firstly, as part of the complementary service I offer all my wedding clients, we invest a little time into getting comfortable in front of the camera and I, talking through good and bad posing techniques, hand signal communication I might use on the day and generally getting ourselves more acquainted with one another. Secondly, they loved the idea of using their images in an album which they will use as a guest signing book on their wedding day. As a Sussex Photographer seeing my work in print and displayed as it is meant to is one of the reasons I do what I do.

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With that in mind we set about using the textures and landscapes of the Bluebell Woods. I honestly don’t think there is another wild flower that leaves me in utter awe like this one. India and Russell looked great together as they posed and played around with each other. It was brilliant to see their personalities come out as our session developed and the camera became less of a “thing”! I can see their wedding day is going to be filled with great love and laughter!

Sussex Photographer

Sussex Photographer

Despite the tiredness kicking in (modelling is hard work you know!) India and Russell willingly agreed to go on another journey with me, this time to a glamorous lay-by in Houghton while the Rape Fields were in full bloom…. I take all my clients to the fanciest places!! I’m so glad we made that quick stop as the contrast of the yellow against the session in the Bluebells is so bold and colourful! I love it!

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sussex photographer

The main difficulty after the images are ready is choosing favourites for the signing book! I think you will agree that the GoBook by Graphistudio in Italy is a perfect album for this purpose. Encased in a Box Frame that will stand upright displaying their favourite image on the front, they will treasure for years the messages of love and congratulations from their wedding day.

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I’m looking forward to their wedding day, capturing more of those precious memories!

Big Love, Fiona x

FionaMillsArt | Sussex Photographer

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