Confetti Moment

Most vicars or church wardens that I have come across are happy for guests to throw natural rose petals as confetti at Bride and Grooms when they leave the Church.

But when the bride and groom comes out of the Church they are the first people to leave so no one has had a chance to line up yet.

I use moment this moment as a great opportunity to take some just married portraits in a couple of pre-arranged spots in the Chuchyard before heading back into the Church via a side door. It is such a lovely moment to be with the bride and groom who have literally just become man and wife and are so happy!

Meanwhile the ushers are organising the whole congregation into a line and handing out baskets of colourful confetti so that when the bride and groom re-emerge through the main exit for the 2nd time they are liberally sprinkled with sweet smelling petals.

This tradition started in Italy where flowers or rice grain were thrown on the happy couple to signify prosperity and fertility.

In the images below, Hermione and Benjie come out of the Church ahead of their friends and family and we walk around the church for some informal portraits while the confetti line is organised by their ushes and bridesmaids. They then they re-emerge and walk down their avenue of friends and family who shower them in petals.

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Hermione and Benjie

I have been lucky enough to photograph some friends’ children marrying recently.   Hermione and Benjie’s wedding last Summer was one such and it was a beautiful day to be a part of. The wedding was at their stunning home in Somerset where they’d cleverly installed a Marquee inside a barn.  The sun shone all day and night; Hermione looked stunning in her wedding dress made by the very talented Emma Victoria Payne; the ceremony was perfect and the speeches terrific.

Flowers were done by the very talented Baz –  stunning wild flowers which were perfect in the country setting.   www.flowersbybaz.co.uk/contact

Hair by Louise Always and and make up by Lucy Davis

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Leonie and Andy at the Tithe Barn on the Symondsbury Estate

Leonie and Andy at The Tithe Barn on the Symondsbury Estate

Often when I photograph a wedding the most rushed part of the day is after the bride has put her wedding dress on and before the wedding ceremony begins.

But at Leonie and Andy’s wedding in October last year, not only did we have amazing weather but we had enough time to do some stunning portraits on the beach before the ceremony with Leonie and their little daughter Eva.

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Higher Orchard Wedding Receptions - Perfect wedding location!

I recently did a Wedding Photo-shoot at Higher Orchard, a stunning new venue for Wedding Receptions near Sherborne in Dorset. This is a beautiful, private location with lake, lovely gardens and wonderful views set in the magical Dorset countryside.

If you want a country house wedding, but don’t have a country house, then this is the place for you.

Hosts Fiona and Roger Potter could not be more empathetic or relaxed. As well as offering their amazing gardens, they can also provide an architect-designed cottage for the bride and groom to stay in, secretly concealed behind a log façade.

With acres of fields in which guests are welcome to camp and a flat lawn for a MQ, the Potters have everything you need for a truly stylish country wedding.

Many thanks to :

Susan Hinckley from Parham House Brides for supplying the beautiful wedding dress : ‘Rosabella’ dress by Suzanne Neville – made of Italian Matt crepe with hand appliqued embroidery. It has a sweetheart neckline and soft fishtail shaped skirt.

Thanks too to Astaires for kindly lending us a morning suit; Gemma and Matt & my daughter Jessie for modelling plus Ignacious & the Potters, and Milly the Labrador!

Also thanks to Elouise Abbott for makeup and Helen Cass for hair design.

Finally, a Big thanks to Emma Urquart from Brompton Buds for the fabulous bouquet and the Potters for making us all feel so at home.

To contact Higher Orchard please visit higherorchard.co.uk or call Fiona or Roger Potter on 01963 220 773 or 07708 842 553 or Auriole Potter on 07864 692945

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Charlotte and Dan's Wedding

Charlotte and Dan’s wedding at St Audries Park in Somerset was a wonderful day with much love, laughter, music and croquet!

Charlotte, the lovely bride, looked stunning with her hair done by Racehl Drakely, from Clara Mann Hair Designs.

The ceremony took place in the idyllic St Etheldreda’s Church, a short sunny walk from the impressive Manor House and in full view of the resident herd of deer.

The guests enjoyed canapés in the Victorian Orangery, followed by a sit-down wedding breakfast in the banqueting hall.

Charlotte’s brother played the flute as the guests took their seats, passing by the lovely tree seating plan.

We were blessed with a lovely sunny day and Charlotte and Dan took full advantage of St. Audrie’s Park’s manicured lawns with an evening game of croquet before the dancing kicked off.

"From the moment we met you we felt you were going to be the right photographer for us and you proved us right.  You're awe-inspiring, creative, imaginative, passionate and unique.  We cannot thank you enough for capturing our day in the way that you did.  Your professionalism and dedication made your participation in our day as successful as it was.  Thanks to you we will always be able to share and reflect on our happy day through your images." Charlotte & Dan.

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Venue : St Audries Park Manor House (http://www.audries-park.co.uk). This is about 10 minutes from my studio!

 


Hannah and Jonathans wedding at Hornsbury Mill

Hannah & Jonathan, August 2016

Hannah and Jonathan couldn’t have picked a better day for their wedding in August, 2016. The sun shone all day the vintage car behaved impeccably and the grand piano Hannah had installed for the afternoon was played to perfection by their friend Alastair.

None of the guests got lost between the Church and the venue, the fabulously friendly Hornsbury Mill, and the peacocks even posed for us! They even had a doggy bag of wedding cake, a gorgeous pavlova made by their friends Tareg and Leota to take on their honeymoon at The Scarlet Hotel in Cornwall.

'They were serenaded throughout the day by the wonderful sounds of the Melegari String Quartet' - www.melegaristringquartet.co.uk

Hair and makeup - www.lisawant.co.uk

Florist - Suzy Cage at www.bloomingdivine.co.uk

Piano provided by Dixon's Piano Services - www.dixonspianoservices.co.uk

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Scarlett and Tom, August 2016

Scarlett and Tom had a stunning country wedding at Cothelstone, next to where I lived for many years. I’ve known Scarlett since she was a teenager when she used to babysit my little girls so it was such a joy for me to be chosen as her and Tom’s wedding photographer.

Scarlett and Tom held their reception in a beautiful marquee on the banks of Cothelstone lake www.thelakesideweddings.co.uk and inspite of changeable weather were able to walk from Cothelstone Church, where their ceremony took place, through the lovely parkland to the marquee. The settting was completely idyllic, complete with a pair of swans on the lake!

Scarlett’s dress was by Sassi Holford (is that right) and hair was done by Hair by Lianne Arden (Hair by Lianne on facebook).

Their brilliant band was called Blue Juice and you can find them www.functioncentral.co.uk

Scarlett and Tom said...

'It was such a pleasure and comfort to have Emily as our photographer. She was thoroughly professional whilst being a really relaxed presence throughout the day. We wouldn't have known she was there! Her effortless friendliness helped to capture the happiness of everyone involved in our day perfectly and the prints were as wonderful as we could have hoped.'

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Harriet and Sam's Wedding

Sam and Harriet, both doctors, had the most lovely wedding in Kingston St. Mary Church, near Taunton and then afterwards at Harriet’s family’s home and beautiful gardens.

In spite of torrential rain the week preceding their big day, the sun shone brightly all day for us and not a puddle was in sight.

Harriet’s dress was by local designer Sassi Holford;  her hair was done by Kelly from The Mount Salon, Wellington and Katie Allway did her make up.

This country wedding had stunning table decorations, a magical umbrella tree and a little pond lit up with floating fairy lights!

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Bex and Sean

Bex and Sean were married late in August at the cosy Combe House Hotel on the beautiful Quantock Hills in Somerset.

We were so lucky as after a sodden Friday, the sun shone for most of Saturday, only disappearing briefly when Sean and Bex and I went for our 10 minute walkabout.  This was particularly welcome as Sean and Bex could then have a stunning outdoors ceremony in front of the hotel and champagne on the lawn afterwards.

Without doubt, the Combe House Hotel’s chef provided the best wedding breakfast I have ever had!  Thanks for looking after us so well!  And Sean and Bex never stopped smiling the whole day! Just perfect! Thank you for asking me to be your wedding photographer and thanks too to my able assistant Paul.

Lovely Lianne Ardren (HairByLianne) did Bex and her bridesmaids’ hair and the dress was by Maggie Sottero from Rookery Manor.

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Lucy and Charlie - Wedding

I was particularly thrilled to be asked to photograph Lucy and Charlie’s wedding this Summer since it was my 2nd wedding for Lucy’s family – Her lovely sister Sophie got married a few years ago and I was lucky enough to be her wedding photographer then so it was fantastic to see all the family again.

Lucy and Charlie were married in Luppitt Church in Devon and had their reception at the stunning Deer Park Country House Hotel. It was the most fabulous day with much laughter and joy, fabulous speeches and two bands. Lucy’s stunning dress was from Kate Walker in Honiton.  Fay Venner did makeup and Ellie Greensmith of Elk Exeter did a fab job on Lucys hair.

Lucy and Charlie spent their first night in Deer Park’s funky and luxury Tree House.

Many thanks to Mark Cox who who was my second photographer.

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