Finally it was that time of the year for our 2017 Competition Winners to step forward and have their special day. I had spent quite a bit of time with Amy & Brad over the past few months with their tester photo shoot and then also their wedding consultations, which are key to getting a good understanding of their day. They had planned their day to be fully held at Southdowns Manor which is set in the heart of the Southdowns National park and is absolutely stunning this time of year. The weather wasn’t going to disappoint and with the major heat wave hitting the south coast, we knew today was going to be extra special.
I started the morning with the girls in the dressing room at the venue, before they moved into the honeymoon suite. The nerves were calm and there was excitement in the air. This is one of my favourite parts of the day as I always get to meet loads of new personalities and then watch them unfold throughout the day as the alcohol takes effect and the nerves start to calm even more. Today was no exception and their were smiles all round, for one of the most anticipated days in their friendship calendar. Mainly because Amy had been counting down from day dot and keeping everyone up to date via social media for as long as anyone can remember.
Amy had chosen to go for a stunning dress by Maggie Sottero from Proposals, Chichester. The dress was simply elegant and finished with stylish lace detail throughout. Flowers were by one of my favourites in the south, Mrs Bouquet, I'd highly recommend getting in contact with her if you are looking for that extra special touch when it comes to floral designs etc. Here are some images of the girls preparation and all those little details that they’ve bee planning through out the year…
Brad and his merry men were planning on arriving at the venue in style, in a stretched Limo! Very stylish! I was hoping for a pink, leopard print interior Limo, but unfortunately it was already fully booked, so the guys went for the classy all white. I planned to meet up with the guys before they got into the wedding suits, so it was just a short visit and quick photoshoot with the Limo. Here are a few images I captured before they headed off to make the final preparations…
It was back to Amy whom by this point was having the final details applied to her hair & make up. She had chosen to have her hair done by her sister Charlotte, which always adds such a special touch to the day when family are involved and what a stunning job she did. Simple elegant curls that complimented Amy’s final look so well, I think you’ll agree. Along with Charlotte as her maid of honour and bridesmaids Megan & Mel, Amy’s team was on time and looking beautiful. Make up was by Devon Atkins from Beauty HQ and here are a few images I capture before heading back to the gents…
The gents were now in the honeymoon suite and under strict orders not to mess it up. Luckily they were all on best behaviour and everything was going to plan. Brad seemed calm and everyone was in good spirits. Its always good at this point to throw around a bit of banter and get the lads on your side as I might need to call on their help later. It was a pleasure to meet them all and Brad had a great team behind him with his two best men Jack & George and his two ushers Mav & Matt. There’s always one of the grooms team with his top off and the guns out when they see the camera and today was no exception…. Not mentioning any names Mav!
Time was passing quickly thou and the gents needed to get their final preparations done and dusted. Here are a few images I captured of the gents…
So after the gent had left the honeymoon suite, it was time for the girls to take their final steps as team bride and get their bride down the aisle to see her groom. Here are some images I capture of Amy as she became the breath taking bride you see before you…
This is the point in my blog where I would like to say a huge thank you to both Amy & Brad for letting me be a part of your special day. It must be nerve racking when you win a competition and to intrust your whole day into someone like myself. The day was so special and you two as a couple are just beautiful and so amazing. I left your day with a huge smile on my face after meeting so many great people and your wonderful family.
Before I go thou, here are plenty more images for your viewing pleasure and here’s to many years of happiness as the new Mr & Mrs Baldwin. A quick shout out to all of your friends and family for making my day fun and full of laughter. If you are currently planning your special day and like my style of photography, please don’t hesitate to get in contact.
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Lots of love
WEDDING VENUE - Southdowns Manor
DRESS SHOP - Proposals, Chichester
DRESS DESIGNER - Maggie Sottero
MAKE UP - Devon Atkins from Beauty HQ
BRIDES HAIR - Charlotte Cheasley - Hair for all Occasions
BRIDESMAIDS & MOTHER OF THE BRIDES HAIR - Jazz Rawlins Bridal Hair & Make Up
FLOWERS - Mrs Bouquet
SUITS - Astares Menswear
CAKE - Carl Christian Cakes
VIDEOGRAPHY - A Day In The Life Videography
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