A fairytale wedding - Robyn & Luke
Robyn & Luke's wedding day started bright and early on the 23rd September, I LOVED photographing this bride getting ready. Not only because we were surrounded by lots of gorgeous fluffy dogs but because I used to work with the lovely bride and her hilarious bridesmaid Amanda so I knew we would have a great time. I won't fib, I did get very watery eyes when the brides dad came into the living room to see his beautiful daughter for the very first time as a bride. What a special moment that was and they both set each other off too! Her dress was like a fairy tale dress, with a princess style fit and flecks of sparkles all the way down, Robyn said it was like a dress from Frozen and she was so right!
The venue was the King's Arms in Christchurch which has a perfect mixture of areas that create an amazing variety of photos without you leaving the site! From the beautiful bright pavilion for the reception, to a bowling green to mingle with your guests with plenty of space to have your group photos done. The green sits right in between two stunning castle ruins, one of which has a river running along the side of it and the other had a huge set of stairs leading up to it, they made one of my all time favourite locations for couple shots. Just over the road was the main building which had a trail of fairy lights inside leading everyone up the stairs to their private function room. I have never seen so many fairy lights before! Draped from the middle of the ceiling right down to the floor and all the way around the room, they looked unbelievably pretty when it got darker!
The ceremony had such a lovely atmosphere in the pavilion. It is a small cosy room but with lots of windows all around and white walls, floorboards and beams making it feel bright and airy. Great for photographs! It was another gloriously sunny September day allowing us to venture out of the pavilion and onto the green for a huge group photograph and some smaller family moments before heading off into the two castles for photos of the Bride & Groom.
Afterwards we joined the rest of the guests in the main building as they enjoyed reception drinks in the downstairs room. I took this opportunity to sneak upstairs to photograph the main reception room and all its stunning decorations and details before anybody else went in. This room was another beautifully bright room with plenty of windows giving views over the bowling green and castles. The wedding cake and cupcakes were made by their very talented bridesmaid Amanda and it matched the mint green colour scheme perfectly. Another fairytale touch was the wedding favours which consisted of a beautiful little metal carriage full of chocolates, a lovely decoration which also doubled as a little gift for each guest!
The speeches were so lovely, full of humour and a few tears too. You could tell how much everyone helped with organising this day over the last year or two as the Bride handed out thank you gifts. We did the cake cutting and not only did the cake smell absolutely delicious, the cupcakes below disappeared very quickly so they must have tasted amazing too!
The afternoon was lovely and relaxed with people chatting in the upstairs room, downstairs and outside.
Later on the DJ started to set up to transform the downstairs into the dance floor ready for the first dance which was to 'Tale as old as time' from Beauty and the Beast (a film I love!). After the first dance it was time to head home after an absolutely lovely day celebrating the marriage of Mr & Mrs Crouch!
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