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Sunday, 23 April 2017

Wedding with Owls at Old Thorns

Paul and Katie's entire wedding was at Old Thorns near Liphook and... 

...they had owls that flew down the aisle with their rings...

...posed for photographs...

...and flew back up the aisle to their handlers CSR Falconry, who we have to say are the very best at a wedding we've ever worked with. 

The owls were not only pretty and well cared for but seemed so happy to be around the guests...

and loved being handled.

CSR Falconry stayed around after the ceremony so the guests could handle the owls and have photographs with them.

But, of course, their wedding had so much more to it than just the amazing owls. Katie had gorgeous shoes...

...and they had stunning rings.

Katie had her bridal prep in one of the rooms at Old Thorns

Katie is a hair-dresser and works in a salon with her friends. Most of her bridal party seemed to be hair-dressers too and at one time I'm sure I counted four of them working on her hair at once.

When it was all done...

...she looked absolutely stunning.

As well as owls, Paul and Katie had a fabulous harpist who really set the mood for the ceremony, in the new Old Thorns Chapel Room.

We all went out on a golf buggy to get some romantic portraits of them both.

They were lovely together.

They are a perfect match and they both looked amazing...

...and the weather was kind too. Just after this photograph it did start to rain and we needed to dash for the buggy, but the rain stopped as quickly as it started and it didn't interfere with the day at all.

Their cake was fabulous and the decor at the Old Thorns' Gatsby Bar is breath-taking.

We loved this little detail on the cake table.

We did some evening romantic photographs by the red telephone box...

...and in the covered walkway.

Then it was on to the First Dance on the amazing Gatsby Bar dance floor.

Paul and Katie are an absolutely amazing couple and it was a real pleasure sharing their fantastic day with them. We wish them a long and happy future together.

by Steve Dunster


Saturday, 5 December 2015

Togetherness at Taplins

Matt and Alison had their wedding ceremony in St Mary's Church, Eversley and their wedding breakfast and party in Taplins Place, Hartley Wintney near Hook.

St Mary's is a lovely church with wonderful architecture and the arches at the top of the aisle looked fantastic as Alison walked up with her Dad to her groom.

Throughout the entire ceremony, Matt couldn't take his eyes off his bride...

...and to anybody who hadn't noticed, Matt made his intentions very clear to everybody, except Alison, by writing "CAN'T WAIT" on the soles of his shoes - I'm guessing she may have found out later.

It was perfect weather for their wedding...

...and the grounds of the church made a fantastic place for photographs...

...and confetti

Then it was off in their wedding car...

...to Taplins

...for drinks and good company around Taplin's wonderful grounds.

The dancing was magnificent all evening helped along the way by their professional DJ friend from a radio station.

It was an absolutely brilliant day, with perfect weather and a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere amongst the gardens of Taplins and finished off with an amazingly energised dance floor...

...but the real story of the day though was just how much Matt and Alison felt for each other. They're a wonderful couple and it was brilliant to be with them on their wedding day. We wish them many years of devoted happiness together.

by Steve Dunster




Monday, 30 November 2015

Winter Wedding Laughter at Elmer's Court

Dan and Sarah were married at the fabulous Elmers Court near Lymington in the Winter months of 2015. As with many Winter weddings, by the time their ceremony was over there was very little natural light for outside photography...

...but with the help of our lights we were able to do some stunning romantic portraits of them both despite it being almost dark.

We were just in time to catch the vestige of blue in the sky and a full-moon through leafless branches and the rain soaked stones for a reflection on the distinctive semicircular Elmer's Court patio.

Whilst it was our intention to shoot romantic portraits of them, they were having so much fun together, it was actually much easier to photograph them when they were laughing...

...but between laughs we did manage to get this lovely picture of them snuggling.

They had a VW Camper Van for their wedding transport and it was beautifully decorated inside.

One very welcome visitor during the Group Photographs was a duck who came waddling up who  took a great interest in the bride and her bouquet.

And the speeches had just as much laughter as the rest of the day.

Sarah looked absolutely fantastic throughout...

...which sadly is more than can be said for poor Dan! Sarah's late father had bought a bottle of rum to be opened on her wedding day and it was a poignant moment when all the guests were given a tot from the bottle. But the solemnity of the moment was brief, unfortunately Dan had never tasted rum before and downed it in one! 

We had a great time with The Boys larking about on the patio...

...as well as inside when they were "admiring" Dan's wedding ring.

And just like the rest of the day, their First Dance was full of laughter too.

Dan and Sarah are a lovely couple and it was a real privilege to be with them for their wedding day. We wish them many long years of laughter together.

by Steve Dunster



Sunday, 29 November 2015

An Amazingly Scottish New Year's Eve Wedding at Tylney Hall

Murray and Demelza had the most fantastic of weddings at the amazing Tylney Hall. Murray and his family are very Scottish so what better day for their wedding than New Year's Eve.

Before they went to Tylney Hall their ceremony was in their local Parish Church of Odiham, walking distance from their cottage.

As Demelza entered the church she was serenaded from the rafters by some really nice flugel and trumpet playing.
At the back of the church, their lovely old faithful golden labrador lay patiently... 

...listening to the proceedings...

 ...until it was his time...when he walked up the aisle to give Demelza and Murray their wedding rings.

And bless him, he was even there with them when they came out of the church, for the first time as Man and Wife. 

Then we had time for some quick group photos outside the church... 

...before Murray and Demelza alighted their wedding carriage and Murray took some traditionally Scottish preventative measures against the cold...

... and then the drive to Tylney Hall for their Reception meal and New Year's Celebrations.

The horse and carriage looked perfect in front of the period architecture of Tylney Hall...

...and Murray looked magnificent in his traditional Scottish attire and...

 ...Demelza looked a million dollars in her bespoke design wedding dress and cloak.

 
The speeches were hilarious...and Scottish...

 ...but in amongst the hilarity (and there was plenty) there were many, many touching moments. They are such a lovely couple!

Murray and Demelza later treated their guests to a wonderfully entertaining dance routine... 

 ...which brought the house down and really set the mood for the evening.

When it came to "seeing out the Old and seeing in the New"...the Scottish really know how to do it. At midnight, Murray and Demelza were piped onto the dance floor...

...and then everybody linked arms to Aulde Lang Syne. What better end could there be to such a wonderfully Scottish day.

Murray and Demelza are a fantastic couple and their wedding was brimming with fun and affection and Scottish tradition. 

It was a brilliant day and an amazing New Year's Eve party to boot. 

We wish Murray and Demelza as much fun and happiness through the rest of their lives together as they had on that amazing day.

by Steve Dunster