Happy Easter Monday everyone! The rain has taken over today so I have retreated back into our lounge, in front of the fire. Netflix is on (of course!) and I thought I would share with you some photos from this pre-wedding shoot I did last weekend. Emma + James booked me last year for their upcoming wedding this month (April!) and Emma was really keen to have a shoot before the wedding so that they could have some practise being in front of the camera. I would totally recommend these shoots to all my couples! They are great fun, super relaxed and give us a chance to get to know each other better before the big day. They also help build trust between you and I, as you get a feel for how I work and what it’s like to be photographed by me. The relationship it allows us to build allows you to truly relax during your wedding and will allow for more connection when we spend time taking those romantic, personal portrait photos of just the two of you.

Emma + James have spent lots of time walking along the beach at Lee on the Solent and so it seemed fitting to them to have it as the setting for their pre-wedding shoot. I loved that the location meant something to them, and enjoyed hearing stories about their times visiting with James’ family. I think Emma was a little nervous about the shoot but they were both absolute naturals and so utterly lovely (and in love!) and so it felt completely natural photographing them. The weather almost rained the shoot off! But we are so glad we went ahead, because despite the drizzle we were gifted with some beautiful low fog over the sea! It was so nice to spend some time with them before the wedding, and now I feel even more exited for their celebrations at the end of this month.

This morning I was lucky enough to get to have a little nosy around the stunning newly renovated Coldeast Mansion. Coldeast has recently been beautifully restored and transformed into an elegant new Wedding Venue in Hampshire (near Salisbury Green). As soon as I got chatting to the events team there I knew I wanted to pop in and poke my nose around! The girls there are lovely (Wise Catering are in charge of hospitality!) and it was great to learn about the wonderful new space. I can’t wait to see this venue in wedding season, bursting with lots of wonderful Bride and Grooms! If you are looking for a wedding venue in Hampshire definitely check Coldeast Mansion out. Not only are all of its rooms licensed for civil ceremonies, but it also has a licensed bergoda down in the garden for outside weddings too. There are 27 apartments for your guests to rent and stay in, all with little kitchens and bathrooms! And for the Bride and Groom there is a stunning Bridal Suite on the lower floor, where the ladies can also get ready in the morning! The rooms are all bright and full of light with the most gorgeous huge windows framing every room. Lots of the original features of the building remain, as well as some of the pretty floors and cute doorways. Take a look –

Last year I had the pleasure of working along side a total goddess and very talented photographer who I have been a fan of for years. Katie Julia is a Fine Art Photographer based in Peterborough and when she posted that she needed someone to help her on a wedding I was very quick to offer my services! This wedding was one of Katie’s best friend’s so she needed an extra pair of hands to help with changing her film’s and shooting on the day. It was a flippin’ wonderful experience shooting for her, getting to know her and learning about how she works. I think each and every one of us tog’s works differently, we all have our own ways and own styles and it’s such a nice thing to work with other people in the industry. Here are a few of my snaps from the gorgeous day, styling by the incredible Lily & Sage. Massive congratulations to Gemma + Mark xKatie_Julia_Wedding-1Katie_Julia_Wedding-4Katie_Julia_Wedding-8Katie_Julia_Wedding-9Katie_Julia_Wedding-14Katie_Julia_Wedding-23Katie_Julia_Wedding-27Katie_Julia_Wedding-24Katie_Julia_Wedding-25Katie_Julia_Wedding-26Katie_Julia_Wedding-40Katie_Julia_Wedding-41Katie_Julia_Wedding-42Katie_Julia_Wedding-46Katie_Julia_Wedding-48Katie_Julia_Wedding-58Katie_Julia_Wedding-64Katie_Julia_Wedding-69Katie_Julia_Wedding-74

Trying to only select a few images of Kate + Kyle’s wedding was a near impossible task! So apologies in advance that there are so many images in this post! But there are so many awesome parts to this wedding, epic decorations (the flowers mostly!), singing ‘policemen’ and happy people that I just couldn’t cut the images down any more. Enjoy!

Shout out to Wise Catering for the awesome food, drink and event planning.