What a fabulous wedding yesterday and certainly a wedding with a difference!
Meeting the bride at the Captains Club Hotel in Christchurch for getting ready pictures, leaving one car there, then a drive to St Leonards Church in Bursledon to capture pics of the groom and best men (he had two!) and ushers etc, guests arriving, groom with mum and dad.
Bride arrival - and because of the long drive from Christchurch to Bursledon in a limo, and first day of school holiday traffic, bride and bridesmaids made a mad dash to the ladies prior to ceremony!
A very sweet little church, our couple were getting married at 12noon and the next wedding was booked for 13.30! Hence not a lot of time for the group shots that our bride and groom had requested along with the confetti shots and they had also wanted some pics of just the two of them in the Church grounds.
(Jan make a mental note to ensure other couples know that nowadays even churches book weddings one after the other and with any delays - ie traffic hold up, pee breaks there may not be the time after the ceremony for the shots they really want outside the church!)
So from church to Swanwick Marina to board the party boat Ashleigh R, one of the Blue Funnel fleet. There we left our other car to be picked up later, after our day's photography was over.
The weather was on our side - well most of the time, until the boat passed a huge ship and we got caught in the wash - a few wonky horizons (well some photographers do those anyway as a modern day thing!) we don't usually specialise in these and a couple were purely accidental! May straighten them in photoshop just in case anyone gets seasick looking at them! :) Anyway, that was enough going up and down to make most people go down below!
Fish and chips on Ashleigh R (and we were very kindly catered for too). All serenaded by the lovely Mosaic_Jazz, Richard and Mandy both on Saxophones! Brilliant musicians, definitely recommend them!
We got some lovely shots of the bride and groom and some fun group shots too on the boat.
Off the boat at Lymington, Berthon Marina where we had arranged for a colleague to take some photos of the boat coming in as a special treat for our bride and groom - they were thrilled! We always try to give a little extra!
Malcolm then boarded the launch, Nauti Girl, with the bride and groom and back to sea for them! I boarded one of the coaches with other guests to return to The Captains Club, where I would need to take pics of the tables settings etc. The flowers were lovely and done by Tanya at Floral Creations and the wedding cake gorgeous with red hearts and a lovely icing bride and groom sitting on the top created and made by Inspiration Cakes.
And then another delay not expected - Nauti Girl was an hour late getting to Hotel because of, shall we say, less than calm seas and people aboard getting rather wet!
Finally they returned to land, and we quickly did some shots on the small beach and a fake cake cutting before they sat down for their wedding breakfast.
I have to say that The Captains Club staff were absolutely brilliant! Even though everything was running late they remained professional, calm and efficient.
We found time to do all the shots as the day progressed, but sometimes there are constraints that no-one is aware of until the day ie.another wedding immediately after yours, or the wedding car driver saying he has to go off to another wedding about 100 miles away and needs to be gone at a certain time - let's hope he got to the next bride in time!
When you book us for your wedding, rest assured the day is yours and we are always flexible with our time knowing only too well that things don't always go according to plan and we are ready for anything!
Finally we went off to pick our second car up from Swanwick Marina!
We enjoyed every minute of our day and have some stunning images to show for it!
We may be able to share pics of some of the lovely wedding suppliers soon. Unfortunately, we are unable to publish pics of this lovely couple as they have asked for privacy.:( Such a shame as they are stunning!
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