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I have been looking forward to this wedding for a very long time. Today the day had finally come for Samantha & Phil to tie the knot at The Balmer Lawn Hotel near Brockenhurst in the New Forest. This venue is one of my favourites as it takes me back to my cheffing years when I lived in the hotel. The weather was perfect with it not being overly hot but nice and bright with a little cloud cover.

Samantha & Phil had loads planned for their guests through out the day and I was to start the morning with Samantha and her bridesmaids. They started the morning early with hair being done by Laura from Laura’s Hair Corner and make up by Amy from Blush & Beauty.. It was a lovely chilled morning with loads of laughs and banter flying around and here are some images I captured of the mornings preparations and all the little details….

Phil and his rabble of merry men were getting ready in the hotel as well, so it was only a short journey down the corridor and up a flight of stairs. When I entered the room there was the sweet sweet smell of Lynx Africa in the air and a impression collection of whisky’s on display. Its always nice to meet the gents for the first time on the day as its always a clear indication of how the day is going to roll out. It was clear with these guys that they were full of life and up for a laugh. The banter was in full swing and here are a few images I captured of Phil getting ready….

Samantha had planned for her car to pick her up around 11.30 for a short drive around the New Forest with her dad before she took her final steps down the aisle as a Miss. This is the point in the day when all hell starts to break loose and the panic starts to kick in, simply because there never is as much time as you think. For me though, its always about staying calm and taking one thing at a time.

Next on the list to attack, was the dress. It was time for Samantha to get into the dress of her dreams before she headed off on her new adventures with Phil. Here are a few images I captured of her in her final minutes…

My favourite part of my blog, when I get to say a huge thank you to the new Mr & Mrs Proctor for letting me be a big part of their special day. Your day was absolutely amazing and I had such a great time working with you both to get some stunning images and definitely some that will be making my portfolio. As a creative person sometimes it very difficult to constantly be creative and at times it can be a very lonely place but when you meet couples like the two of you and you see the love you both share for each other, it really does give you a new lease of creativity.

I would also just like to say a huge thank you to all of your lovely bridesmaids and amazing groomsmen who helped play such a huge role in the day. We all had a great laugh together and it was a pleasure to meet you all. Now time for your guests…. What can I say…. You guys were great and made my job so easy all looking dapper and dressed to impress!! If any of you are currently planning your special day and looking for a wedding photograph, look no further, I would love to be a part of your special day too. Like what you’ve seen? give me a shout! ;)

Everyone raise a glass to the new Mr & Mrs Proctor!! Please feel free to leave a comment below or little message to our lovely couple.

Lots of love





Chris

xxx

P.S There are loads more images for you to see below.

WEDDING CEREMONY & RECEPTION - The Balmer Lawn Hotel

DRESS - Brides Of Southampton

FLOWERS - Dawns Flower Box

MAKE UP - Amy @ Blush & Beauty

HAIR - Laura @ Laura’s Hair Corner

SUITS - Royal Cavendish in Romsey

 

 

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