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First day of British Summer time with Stuart and Niki @ the Montague arms Beaulieu

Well its been a long cold winter which seems to have dragged on and on despite spending january in Florida but yesterday was the first day of British Summer Time and even tho it was only March 30th we woke to the most amazing day imaginable Which I think we all needed.  Stuart and Niki booked their wedding a while ago and we had spoken about the various weather scenarios and in fact Sue and I had gone to the Montague arms to do a reckkie just in case of bad weather but I am pleased to say it was just perfect.

We started our day with Niki and the girls and things were more than a little tense with the girls so we spent the first hour or so getting seriously creative with the details which we always love to do, we played with the rings, dress, shoes and bubbly as well as all the other wedding details whilst Niki was made up and the day got underway.  We spent our time between Niki and Stuart who was in the bar enjoying a couple of well earned pre-wedding beers with his best man Duncan. As we approached wedding time we headed back to Niki to photograph her getting into her dress and then headed down to the rather crowded ceremony room.  The room Stuart and Niki had chosen was only registered for 60 guests and they totalled 66 so 6 had to miss the first part of the ceremony but it all worked out.  The ceremony went well and was over in no time at all and we all headed out to the gardens where we spent out time photographing all the guests as well as getting some nice portraits of the parents and bridesmaids as well as the guys and there partners before we took the family shots with thanks to the amazing weather were just beautiful.  After the family groups we took Stuart and Niki out along to the beautiful Beaulieu river for some portraits walking along and of course on the bridge which were amazing in the sunshine with the horses and the swans before returning to head in for dinner.

Dinner was served and Sue and I headed off for our munch and when we returned we photographed the speeches, Duncans was awesome and made me lol and always makes for great photos.  As we were running a little behind at this point the guests were asked to return to the gardens for an hour to allow the band to set up.  During this time it was nice to photograph the kids playing on the lawns (and the bigger kids grandad) and generally catch people chilling.

We then headed in to cut the cake and enjoy the first dance sang by the band.  Sue and I held around for a few songs and eventually headed off home exhausted after a very long and warm early summer wedding.

The weather had been amazing and where better to enjoy it than in the heart of the New Forest at this beautiful old venue. It was our first Montague Arms wedding and it was an amazing place to work, the staff were amongst the best I have ever worked with and the surroundings just lovely and I cant wait to return later this year.

Sue and I only photograph 20 weddings each year, this keeps us fresh and excited about each wedding we attend and I hope this shows in our photographs,  if you would like to chat with us about your wedding Please feel free to contact us here 02380 767084   julianporter@mac.com    or txt  07720325336   so that we can get together for a coffee and a chat.

Jules and Sue X

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Our last wedding of 2013 and WOW what a finish :-)

On Friday we joined Jamie and Kate for their wedding at the ever popular East Close Hotel Nr Christchurch in the new forest and it was an extra special one for Sue and I for a couple of reasons,  firstly it was our last wedding of 2013 and its been an awesome year and secondly because we hit it off with Jamie and Kate so well when we first met that we have been uber excited about this one.

Sue and I absolutely adore our weddings and by only taking on 20 weddings each year means that we can give each one the attention it deserves and that means on the wedding day, before and after and just like with Jamie and Kate this helps us getting to know our lovely couples,  This year we photographed 24 amazing wedding and I can honestly say that I would be happy to go our for a coffee ( that really means cider ) with any of our couples and in fact already have with a couple 🙂  its such an honour and privilege doing what we do and loving it and I am thankful everyday.  None more-so than arriving home from this wedding to a message from a lovely couple who had come to see us last week about their big day from Bedfordshire “We really enjoyed meeting you both and it added to the excitement to know that you liked our ideas for the day and there would be some good creative opportunities. We love your approach and style and are very happy to know we have found what we were looking for”   That one brings us almost to capacity for 2014 which is exciting.

Getting back to Jamie and Kate’s wedding,  we started our day arriving at East Close just as Jamie arrived so we managed a quick “hello” as he dashed inside to remain unnoticed before we had a coffee and headed up to see Kate and the girls.  We spent about an hour with Kate and the girls photographing some amazing details including Jamie’s  present to Kate a beautiful Tiffany’s necklace and then we headed off to meet with Jamie and the boys.  After a few shots with the boys and the rings of course (we do love our details) I headed back to see Kate and Sue to see the registrars.

Soon after that we were all heading into the beautifully prepared ceremony room for a lovely ceremony complete with a few tears and sweeping shafts of sunshine from the beautiful crisp day we were enjoying,  then out into the bar for hugs, kisses, champagne and canapés and not necessarily in that order 🙂 before we headed outside onto the lawns for our family groups which only took a few minutes but were gorgeous with the last remaining colour still on the trees.

After this we took Kate and Jamie off for some lovely portraits in the gorgeous walled gardens before heading inside to warm up and into dinner, followed were some fun speeches and cake cutting,  I am chuffed that I got some gorgeous “chefgary type” reflections during the cutting which is never easy because we are surrounded by so many people clicking away,  We then had another hour or so in the bar before the first dance which again I managed to play with the mirrors for some reflections and again i am very happy with them.

This was an awesome wedding and a perfect way to finish a perfect year and lest rope 2014 will be as good, I have high hopes and expectations already !

Those of you that know me will know that I always say, “weddings are about people NOT places” and this year has been about people, lovely lovely people and that makes me very happy, Jamie and Kate thank you for helping us finish on a high.

Jules X

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Matt and Hannah’s beautiful country wedding

On Saturday we joined Matt and Hannah for their beautiful summer country wedding and it was amazing,  When we met with them we felt that it was going to be a great day and I can hand on heart say that we were not disappointed 1 bit 🙂  The weather, the venue, the people, all perfect.

We started our day with Hannah at Mum and Dad’s house in Lyndhurst on what turned out to be the hottest day of the year and we started off capturing a few beautiful details of the marque because the wedding reception was also here. We then went along and photographed a few of our usual and very popular prep shots with Hannah and the girls for an hour or so before we had to get on the wedding bus ready to head over to Lymington for the ceremony, we were so pleased that Hannah suggested we go on the bus because it meant we avoided any traffic and parking problems and got a few lovely bus photos too, to be honest this was fairly typical of the whole day, Hannah, Matt and their families were so thoughtful towards everyone including Sue and I that we all felt like we were family, absolutely nothing was too much to ask.

Once we arrived at Lymington it was market day so we all had to walk a half a mile or so to the church which again made for some lovely photos, we were welcomed into the church in the same manner that Mum had welcomed us earlier, we could get used to this 🙂  After a few more shots with the lads Hannah arrived in a lovely Merc and we grabbed a few photos with her and dad before heading on into the church. The ceremony was just perfect, friendly and very personal and Hannah smiled continually like a cheshire cat it was just beautiful to watch.  After the service we headed outside to photos in the gardens which were lovely, we spent about 30 minutes a the church even tho we were expecting to stay for an hour but we were all mindful of the blazing heat and people wanting to get back and relax. We headed back to the bus but this time with Hannah so the walking up the high street was both interesting and great to photograph.

Once on the bus we were soon back to Lyndhurst and the party began,  the kids all hit the pool starting off with the “hook the ducks” game but after a short while they were all swimming and who could blame them,  after a few more relaxed photos it was soon time to head into dinner and although it was warm everybody was ready to sit down, after the dinner it was speech time and they were brilliant and kept everyone entertained. Sue and I then setup our funtime wedding photobooth which because of the heat we decided to setup outside in a lovely shady corner which suited us and all the party goer’s. we spent a couple of hours taking some real fun photos, if you head over to our funtime website using the link below you can see them and download them for free.  We took a break from funtime to take Matt and Hannah into the New Forest for some lovely portraits, this was ideal because it was just too hot earlier and the evening light was just right. Then we photographed the first dance and finished with some more funtime before saying our goodbyes and heading home exhausted but very happy after a long hot fun day.

Matt and Hannah you guys were amazing as was everyone at your wedding, we had so much fun (you could probably tell) and thank you so much to everyone for making our day great too and especially Mum and Dad for being so welcoming and hospitable towards us, we really did feel like part of the family.

Jules and Sue X

If your getting married please contact us now to secure your date or if you know someone who is and wants amazing photos please send this page to them, Sue and I only shoot a limited number of weddings each year and we would love yours to be one of them:-)

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Nathan and Stephanie get married at East Close Country Hotel

On Saturday we joined Nathan and Stephanie for their wedding at the beautiful hampshire wedding venue the East Close Country Hotel which is situated in the heart of the New Forest national park here in Hampshire. The East Close Hotel A spectacular refurbishment of a Grade II listed 18th century mansion, this intimate country hotel combines understated elegance with an irresistibly laid-back comfort – the elegant accommodation evoking the graciousness and grandeur of a bygone age. History also floods into the Conqueror Inn, the adjoining gastro pub named after William the Conqueror who has strong links to the local area. The restaurant is complimented by its extensive bar area, surrounded by leather sofas and a wood burning fire, to make it perfect for socialising with friends or chilling after a fab wedding like Nathan and Steph’s.

We started our day with Steph in the bridal suite for preparations and a few lovely details before heading downstairs to meet with Nathan and the boys who had arrived in a vintage Rolls Royce which was a surprise for him, after a few shots with the lads I headed back to Steph whilst Sue photographed the hundreds of beautiful wedding details and flowers which looked amazing and filled the East Close with an amazing scent perfect for a lovely summer wedding. After another hour or so it was ready to get married and Steph was led to the ceremony room by her very proud Dad and the ceremony commenced,  lots of emotion especially from the lovely bridesmaids Steph’s best friends and lots of tears and laughter from the guests too.

Afterwards we were led into the garden by the new Mr & Mrs Meys for a couple of hours in the beautiful sunshine, this is what summer weddings should be like, Pimm’s on the lawn and everyone just chilling and enjoying the afternoon. We shot a few family groups which was fun and then we took Nathan and Steph for some portraits in the meadows and around the grounds which were lovely, Nathan and Steph chose an engagement shoot with us which made the wedding photos that little bit more comfortable for them, After the wedding portraits we did an everybody wedding shot from the upstairs window and confetti photos we were called to speeches which were outside under the large beech tree which was the perfect setting for informal speeches.

We were then called into dinner and the start of a lovely chilled evening.  Dinner was served and the Sue and I setup our FuntimeFoto’s wedding photo booth in the lovely ceremony room much as we did at last weeks East Close wedding. After dinner people once again drifted out into the sunshine but it was not long before people started to come into our FuntimeFoto’s wedding booth for some amazing fun photos,  We started with our beautiful flower girl Maddison who along with her family we met at Scott and Kim’s Rhinefield house wedding last year. Maddison just kept coming back again and again and again and every time with her cute little smile it was so much fun.

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We then did a few evening shots in the bar and the first dance before heading back to finish off our funtime wedding booth.

Sue and I have known Steph and her parents since She went to school with our son Andy so it was lovely to be part of her day,  We would like to thank everybody for looking after us yesterday we have rarely been offered so many drinks and so much food at a wedding and it was heartwarming.

Lovely summer wedding with lovely people, you guys all of you should be very proud, Nathan and Steph it was the most amazing wedding and you should be very proud of them,  to everyone else, you made this a proper good wedding and you all deserve a pat on the back too 🙂

Top day…

If your getting married please contact us now to secure your date or if you know someone who is and wants amazing photos please send this page to them, Sue and I only shoot a limited number of weddings each year and we would love yours to be one of them:-)

Please feel free to contact us here 02380 767084   julianporter@mac.com    or txt  07720325336

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Nathan and Steph’s engagement shoot

More of our East Close weddings

2013 wedding packages and prices from hampshire wedding photographers jules and sue

2014 wedding packages and prices from hampshire wedding photographers jules and sue

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15 reasons why you should book us to photograph your wedding………all photographers are not the same! 

 

 

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Ruth and Chris get married at Rhinefield House in the New Forest

This bank holiday monday sue and I joined Chris and the lovely Ruth for their wedding at Rhinefield House Hotel,  Rhinefield House is set deep in the New Forest National Park, among tall conifers and scented pines, this beautiful hampshire wedding venue may have come as a surprise. With its steeply pitched roof, redbrick chimneys and leaded windows, the design is a blend of Tudor and Gothic, old and new, the romantic and the eccentric built in 1887 and set in 40 acres and we had all of it to enjoy.

Sue and I have photographed dozens of weddings at Rhinefield House since 2005 and know it very well, I would say that its our most popular venue and has long been a favourite place for us to shoot, today was always going to be great because Sue and I have known Ruth for many years, she has worked with us many times and she has always been one of our favourite models as many of you who follow our work will know,  Sue and I both love Ruth and were so chuffed when she asked us to photograph her marrying the man of her dreams Chris.  We started our day with Ruth at Rhinefield House for preparation photos in the Munroe suite whilst we waited for the Walker bridal suite and took a few lovely details shots and then after a little while we headed off to see Chris with the lads all X Army so as you can imagine it was a lot of fun,  We did the usual lads shots and the rings which were beautifully inscribed with an elfish saying “finally complete” which was amazing and very apt. We then headed back to the walker suite for Ruth to dress and finally walk down the stairs to get married.

First down the Isle were Ruth’s 2 boys Jake and Finley and then the 2 flower girls followed by Ruth looking amazing being led down by her uncle to her waiting man Chris who was at this time full of smiles 🙂  and then the ceremony started, it was a beautiful service with a nice reading and then it was out onto the lawns to enjoy the bank holiday sunshine for an hour, everybody made the most of the wonderful weather and drank champagne and nibbled canapés on the beautiful Rhinefield lawns,  the boys played croquet and the girls sipped chilled champagne what could be more perfect for an english wedding.  We took a few lovely family groups and then went for a walk with Ruth and Chris for photos before being called into dinner.

The grand hall was laid up with one long banqueting table and looked lovely, after the meal we had speeches and cake cutting followed by another chilled time in the afternoon sun on the lawns before everyone was called in for the evening music which was a band with a 1940’s duet by the Air Raid Sirens which was fun so after the first dance we took a few shots of the singers before heading home after a very long but very rewarding weekend.

I am so pleased that Ruth and Chris had such an amazing wedding and such fantastic weather. Overall this has been an amazing weekend, 4 wonderful weddings with 4 awesome couples 2 of which we have known for many years and once again I feel blessed that we have such an amazing job.  I sit back and think about this weekend and my heart fills with joy that we had 4 such beautiful weddings and all so very different,  2 days before our next 2 weddings then a break in June 🙂

If your getting married please contact us now to secure your date or if you know someone who is and wants amazing photos please send this page to them, Sue and I only shoot a limited number of weddings each year and we would love yours to be one of them 🙂

Please feel free to contact us here 02380 767084   julianporter@mac.com    or txt  07720325336

Some more of our Rhinefield Photos from the past few years

2013 wedding packages and prices from hampshire wedding photographers Jules and Sue

2014 wedding packages and prices from hampshire wedding photographers Jules and Sue

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15 reasons why you should book us to photograph your wedding………all photographers are not the same! 

We hope you enjoy these photos from Ruth and Chris’s wedding day, first a few favourites then a slideshow.

 

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