What a absolute beautiful day to celebrate a wedding at Southdowns Manor. Today was the day when Charlotte & Luke tied the knot in front of their family and friends and the weather gods were on their side.
It wasn’t long since Charlotte & Luke had booked me to photograph their special day and earlier in the year we had a tester shoot down Old Portsmouth with their favourite little man, Albi.
But to set the scene for you, it was a beautiful sunny Sunday May bank holiday weekend in the heart of South Downs National Park, there’s a slight breeze in the air and a wedding on the horizon. I started the morning with Charlotte and her team of bridesmaids Kasey, Jade, Sophie and Scarlett. Here are some images I captured of the girls and their preparation….
Luke was planning to get ready away from the mayhem, at their family home and then make his way to the venue with his best man who also happened to be his Grandpa, Reggie. They all arrived in good spirits but it was apparent that his cravat tying skills had alluded him and come to think of it, everyone at the venue, including myself!
After finally getting the cravat tied, button hole in place, it was time for a little photo shoot of the groom. Here are a few images we captured of Luke as he made the finishing touches…
So back up to the ladies and by this point they were adding their own finishing touches. But time was catching up with us and it was time for us all to step up a gear.
One thing I do really love about Southdowns Manor, is their attention to detail and especially the facilities and bespoke service they offer to their couples in the build up to their ceremony. Charlotte did the majority of her preparation in the “Changing Room” which is a photographers dream as it has loads of mirrors and all beautifully in keeping with the decor of the venue. For those of you that know my style of photography, know I love a mirror and especially during the bridal prep!
It was time thou for Charlotte to get into her beautiful dress which was from one of my favourite wedding dress supplier in Portsmouth, Creatiques on Albert Road, Southsea. Ladies if you are planning a special day and looking for a bespoke wedding dress service, the guys at Creatiques are the guys to go too.
Here are some images I captured of Charlotte as she took those final steps as Miss Penfold to become the new Mrs Corbishley…
I would just like to say a huge thank you to both Charlotte & Luke for letting me document their special day. Although it was one of the hottest days of the year and I made the stupid mistake of wearing black, it was also one of the most beautiful days of the year as I got to spend it with such a great couple and the love they share with their friends and family. Here’s to many years of happiness together as a couple but mainly as a complete family with little Albi by their side.
A big thank you to all your friends and family as well for the great laugh we had throughout the day and the relaxed way I was able to approach the day. I’ve always been very lucky in my photography career with having such great wedding guests and may this hopefully continue… (smiley face!)
Before I go though, here are some more beautiful images of our lovely couple. Also, one last thing… If you are currently in the process of planning your special day, or even know someone who’s planning theirs… if you like what you see, please feel free to recommend me. It makes the world of difference to us as self employed folk.
Lots of love
WEDDING VENUE - Southdowns Manor
DRESS - Creatiques
HAIR - Bexs Appeal Hair & Beauty
FLOWERS - Blossoms
MAKE UP ARTIST - Ashley Charlotte Odey
CAKE - Amazing Grace’s Bakes
Together, Forever, Believe & Achieve