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Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall | Charlotte & Rob

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall | Charlotte & Rob

Gosh, I am years out of date with blogging this wedding from 2017, but I just loved Charlotte & Rob’s theme and styling I couldn’t resist bringing it out of the archives to share it!

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

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

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

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

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

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

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

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

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

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

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

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

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

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

Chichester wedding photographer

Chichester wedding photographer

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

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

Thank you again for having me there!!

xX Fiona Xx

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall | Charlotte & Rob

Weddings at Arundel Town Hall

Brookfield Barn Wedding

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

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

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

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

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

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

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

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

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

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

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

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma & Steve

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

Graphistudio Album

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

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

xX Fiona Xx

Brookfield Barn Wedding | Emma and Steve

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer | Emmy & Paul

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer | Emmy & Paul

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

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

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

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

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

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

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

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

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

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

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

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

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

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

Arundel Town Hall

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

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

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

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

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

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

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

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

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Arundel Wedding Photographer

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Arundel Wedding Photographer

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Arundel Wedding Photographer

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Arundel Wedding Photographer

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

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

Arundel wedding photographer

Arundel Wedding Photographer

Norfolk Arms Wedding

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

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

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

Wedding Photographer Arundel Town Hall
Arundel photographer

Wedding Photographer Arundel Town Hall

Wedding Photographer Arundel Town Hall

Wedding Photographer Arundel Town Hall

Wedding Photographer Arundel Town Hall

Wedding Photographer Arundel Town Hall

Wedding Photographer Arundel Town Hall

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

Graphistudio Wedding Album

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

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

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

xX Fiona Xx

Arundel Town Hall Wedding Photographer | Emmy & Paul

Christmas wedding photography

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer | Alex & Sammie

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer | Alex & Sammie

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer

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

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

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographe

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

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer

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

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer

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

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer

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

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer

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

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer

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

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer

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

xX Fiona Xx

Harbour Hotel Chichester Wedding Photographer | Alex & Sammie

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer | Velma & Rob

Wiston House Wedding Photographer| Velma & Rob

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

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

Wiston House Photography

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

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

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

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

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

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

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

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

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

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

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

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

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

Opengate Wedding Photographer

Opengate Wedding Photographer

Opengate Wedding Photographer

Opengate Wedding Photographer

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

Opengate Wedding Photographer

Opengate Wedding Photographer

Opengate Wedding Photographer

Opengate Wedding Photographer

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

Opengate Wedding Photographer

Opengate Wedding Photographer

Opengate Wedding Photographer

Opengate Wedding Photographer

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

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

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

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

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

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

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

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

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

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

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

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

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

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

Graphistudio Young Book

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

xx Fiona xx

Wiston House Wedding Photographer| Velma and Rob

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

Venue: Wiston House

Cakes: Kasserina Cakes

Dress:Paloma Blanca

Flowers: Rococo Florist

Transport: Phantom Hire

Stationary: Hobby Craft

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

Catering: Wiston House

Wiston House Wedding Photographer

 

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding | Natalie & Marc

Southdowns Manor Wedding | Natalie & Marc

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

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

Southdowns Manor Wedding

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

Southdowns Manor Wedding

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

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding Photographer

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

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

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

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

Southdowns Manor

Southdowns Manor

Southdowns Manor Wedding

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

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

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

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

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

Southdowns Manor Wedding

Southdowns Manor Wedding

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

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

Southdowns Wedding

Southdowns Manor

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

Southdowns Wedding

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

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

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

Southdowns ManorWedding

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

xX Fiona Xx

Southdowns Manor Wedding | Natalie & Marc

 

 

 

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer | Sam & Amanda

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer | Sam & Amanda

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

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

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

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

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

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle wedding photographer

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

Farnham Castle Wedding

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer

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

Farnham Castle First Dance

Farnham Castle evening party

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

graphistudio wedding album

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

xX Fiona Xx

Farnham Castle Wedding Photographer | Sam & Amanda

Farnham Wedding Photographer

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

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

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