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WEDDING BLOGS

 

So it all started on a sunny day at a wedding fair at The Innlodge in Portsmouth, this is where Ami and I first met the the lovely couple.  A couple of days later Louise contacted me to enquire about a wedding package I had talked about at the fair.  They knew exactly what they wanted from the word go and it was a honor to be chosen to be a part of their special day.  Originally Louise didn't want me to photograph the full day but i knew that it would make it so much more special if I was able to document it from start to finish.  The day started at her parents house in Porchester where it was clear on arrival that her dad was a avid Warrington Wolves supporter and I was soon to enter the world of characters from up north.  After meeting her lovely mum and receiving the best compliment ever..... I think it was something along the lines of "Louise your photo guy is here...... He's quite a dish!!" we got the day under way.  The lighting at Louise's parents was perfect and I knew from the start that this was going to be a very productive day.  Here's a image of Louise's dress, it was a classic strapless wedding dress with minimal detailing through out with a cluster of diamante and sparkle on the front.

So now it was time for the hairdresser to do her thing and for the wine to be cracked open.  I had to refuse unfortunately, 10.21am just seemed a little early to be having a tipple plus wonky photos just don't go down too well.  In between all the activity of Louise getting her hair done, mum filling up everyone's drinks when ever it half way mark and makeup being applied I thought this would be a good time to sneak off and convince Kevin to let me photograph him.  When I arrived at Kevin's the house seemed very relaxed and child free which was always a bonus.  One by one the ushers and page boy arrived and it was time to get them dressed and hopefully create something they will remember. 

So back to Louise's parents house to photograph Louise getting into her dress and capture that moment that would never be forgotten by her and her parents.  It was beautiful to watch as Louise got laced into her dress and her dad looked at her with such pride and a tear in his eyes.  Those images I am going to keep for Louise and her dad to enjoy first but here is a lovely image of Louise in her dress and the detailing of the back and lace.

So now it was time for me to leave the parents house for the last time before Louse became Mrs Houghton, next stop St Paul's and St Peter's Church in Portsmouth.  I had never photographed here before and its always a exciting/nervous feeling when shooting on new territory. Especially when its your job to capture something for them to cherish.  The church is a lovely twelfth century building with lovely stonework on the outside and a traditional structure on the inside.  Outside the tree's were in blossom and the sun was shining as the guests started to arrive and Kevin's nerves heightened.  The ceremony itself was a very traditional but there was something quite beautiful about it, i think it may have been due to the fact that Kevin and Louise never stopped smiling at each other all the way through it and it was clear that the love they had for each other was blossoming even more...... Plus the singing to the hymns was first class and would rival that of a full choir.

I leave you know with a few more images to end this blog.  It was a absolute pleasure to be apart of Kevin and Louise's special day, this is one of the reason's I love being a wedding photographer, you get to meet and be apart of such a special occasion for two great people.  Here's to the future guys and many years to come.  Together Forever!!

 

 

 


I first met Gemma & Liam back in 2013 at my old studio in Southsea and I knew from the start that this was going to be a wedding to remember.  Gemma originally from Swindon and Liam born and bread in Portsmouth, live together with their lovely little family of Harry & Nancy.  The wedding was to take place on the 5th April 2014 and the setting was to be the south coast. 

Gemma, her bridesmaids and numerous little people started their day on Hayling Island at a very spacious apartment next to the seaside.  The bride seemed very relaxed and was tucking into a bacon roll as we arrived.  As the preparation progressed  the natural beauty started to appear. Gemma wanted to have a vintage look about her hair and this was achieved with a vintage hair roll and a vary vibrant bottle of red hair die a few days before.  The dress was a beautiful Halter-Neck, V-Shaped neckline with very simplistic detailing throughout.  On the front of the dress was a beautiful arrangement of diamantes and sparkle.  Here is a little sneak peak at on of the images we made of Gemma before the main event...

After leaving Gemma and heading down the road to St Mary's Church on Hayling Island, I met up with Liam and his bestman Dan for our own little modelling shoot with the beautiful natural backdrop of the medieval church.  As the minutes progressed and Liam became more relaxed about the fact he was soon to marry the love of his life, we had some great fun creating some images just for the men.  Here's one of Liam, Dan and Mr Nerves...

So that was a short version of the build up to the wedding, it was now time for the main event.  Liam had been prepped by the vicar and refused his last chance to make a run for it, Gemma was now safely in her VW Camper and making her way to the church.  Ami and I were eagerly perched ready for her arrival.  Just to give you a little insite into the wedding itself and the structure of the venue, here is a little sneak peak of a image from the ceremony itself...

I just want to take this time to now congratulate Gemma & Liam on their amazing day and beautiful wedding.  It was a absolute pleasure for Ami and I to photograph you both and the natural bond you have.  Unfortunately as much as i'd love to put all of my favourite photos into this blog, its only fair that the lovely couple get to see them first.  Here's one last one of my favourites but please keep your eyes pealed and i'm sure Gemma & Liam will be sharing the rest of their images very soon.


Oh one more then...

So I first met Melissa roughtly 20+ years ago..... we went to the same school and she was in my brothers year.  She contacted me a few months back and mentioned that she was getting married and was interested in having a professional photographer.  We obviously jumped at the chance to be a part of their special day and what a day it was.  We met up with Peter and Melissa a few days before the big day to get the final arrangements and the plan on paper.  We started the day at the golf course with Peter, his brother Jim and witness Gavin. A golf course is always a funny place to photograph as Ami and I have no concept of the golf etiquette. There's me thinking about staging a few shots off the tee whilst a load of fellow golfers grumble about their tee off time...... 7.56am..... who in their right mind wants to tee off at 7.56am!! is 8.00am really that different!! Cor blimey!!  So as you can imagine we didn't get much done at the course so i'll save the ones we did for the guys to review their swing.

So we then headed off to meet up with Melissa at their family home where she would be getting ready.  Its at this point of the day that we like to capture all the little details and bits that sometimes go unseen by the wedding guests.  Here are a few images that we captured of the finer details.

   

As you can see from the above images, the attention to detail throughout the wedding was totally on point.  They were planning to have the ceremony at the registry office in Portsmouth and then the reception at their home.  They had erected a marquee in the garden and boy did it look beautiful.  It was so personal and bespoke to their special day so we wanted to get this across into the images as well.  Here are a few images of Melissa getting dolled up....

So now it was off to meet up with Peter and his best man Jim aka his brother.  They had pulled out all the stops and hired some fancy dress for the day ...... unfortunately it hadn't arrived so they decided to wear their Marines Uniforms instead.  There's something quite special about photographing a wedding for someone who is in the armed forces, even if it is only playing the recorder hehe. Peter's brother actually out ranked him so there was definitely plans for a saluting photo later, by special requests of all his fellow marines.  Here is a image we captured of Peter before the big event....

Back to Melissa we go and time for the finishing touches and the donning of the dress.  We always like to try and capture the nerves, but to be honest sometimes it looks more like wind, but I think Melissa in this one hides them quite well...

Here are a few more of Melissa and her bridesmaids helping her into her dress, this is always the part where all hell breaks loose and they realise the time.... ahhhhhh they did not disappoint with only a hour till the ceremony,  we only had Jackson the ring bearer, half into his suit.  One out of six is ok thou, the bride is aloud to be late, just blame the photographers....

As always with our blogs we keep the ceremony photos for the couples to first view by themselves.  But here is one of them leaving the registry office, I love this photo as it really captures the moment... Love is in the air!!

Oppps sorry guys I nearly forgot this one.....

After the ceremony Melissa & Peter wanted to head down to Old Portsmouth to capture some images.  As photographers we like to use textures and architecture to capture that special moment, it didn't prove difficult at all with Melissa and Peter.  It was clear from the word go how in love they were and this worked wonders in the photos.  Here are a few more images we captured....

I'd just like to ay a huge thank you to Melissa and Peter, your day will always stay in our memories as being such an amazing wedding.  It was clear from our first meeting how much you both were in love.  Thank you so much for choosing Ami & I to be a part of your special day and we would both like to wish you many happy years together.

Chris & Ami

xxx

Oh here's a few more.....

 

So with Christmas fast approaching and the weather slightly changing and getting a chill in the air.  The day had arrived for Maria & Gareth to tie the knot and celebrate their wedding.  I first met Maria quite a few years back........ actually a lot of years back as we went to school together.  They both got in contact last years and asked if we would be their wedding photographers.  Obviously we jumped at the chance as it is always a honor to be a part of such a special day.  One of our goals on a wedding day is to capture all of the hard work that goes into the preparation.  Maria had a real eye for detail and the theme was vintage, buttons and Alice in Wonderland.  Here are a few images that we captured early on of the finer details....

An amazing photographer once taught me about lines and how different lines effect the image.  For instance straight angled lines are very masculine with curved dainty lines being very feminine.  The image above really gives you a sense of the femininity within the images and I just love the s-curve of the veil.  Maria's dress had a very delicate vintage feel about it, whilst still in keeping with the 21st century feel.  She finished it with an amazing full veil that just captured her innocence.  Whilst at the house we also captured some images of Maria having her hair and make up done.   Here's a few images....

So now we headed to Gareth's Mum' house where he and their little Oscar was getting ready.  What a great character Oscar is, a right little cheeky chappie, reminds me of myself a little!! ha ha.  It can be quite difficult with children on such a special days as they really feel the nerves, it's very daunting for them when I turn up and stick a camera in their faces.  For me it's all about establishing a fun rapport - when they are bouncing off the walls I need, at times,  to be serious to allow me to capture those very special shot that parents hold in their hearts forever.  Always take yourself down to a child's level (height wise) and just be silly and hopefully they become putty in your hands.  Here are a few images of Gareth and Oscar, they have an amazing friendship...

When photographing the groom for the first time it's important for me to capture emotion and nerves whilst also keeping it cool.  It's important that the groom i.e. Gareth thinks to himself when he views this image simply "God i'm good looking" hopefully we succeeded on this one, let me know Gareth.


Back to Maria and for the final preparations before becoming Mrs Lloyd.  This bit we always love as it near enough always a mad rush, we love a bit of hectic!! Ha ha enjoy....

Maria and Gareth had chosen The Royal Marines Museum in Portsmouth to stage their big day. It really is a lovely setting and has plenty of places to take some amazing images.  It's totally in the hands of the photographer to think a little out of the box, sometimes the suggestions you come up just get the strangest of look, and I spend half the time trying to persuade or assure people that there is method in my madness.  Not gonna lie, this happened quite a few time at Maria and Gareth's, some images of which never made it into the camera.  We still caught some absolute crackers thou.  Here are a selection of my favourites from the rest of the day, starting with a cracker of Gareth and his best man Rich....

One of my favourite moments from the day and which brought a tear to my eye when i edited it, was the following images.  Oscar had a gift for Maria and Gareth, and wanted to present it to them.  It was just truly beautiful and the most amazing bond became apparent....

Few final words to the lovely couple, thank you so much for such an amazing day and for making us such a special part of it.  It was an absolute honour to spend time with your amazing families,  here's to the future and many years of happiness to come.

Couple more images to get the juices flowing....


Love

Chris & Ami

xxx