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WEDDING BLOGS

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