Bournemouth Hilton Hotel wedding photography

Dave & Karen’s day at the Bournemouth Hilton Hotel was my first visit at the hotel for a wedding photography assignment and I believe one of the first weddings to take place at the Sky Bar on the roof of the venue. It was a glorious sunny summers day and ideal views across to the Sea from the awesome windows. I was only with Dave & Karen for a short time as it was a small gathering for their wedding and so I wasn’t needed for the long haul. I loved being a small part of their big day and getting to see inside Bournemouth’s newest hotel and very impressive it was. I can wait to return there as Dave & Karen were happy with just photos around the bar area, but on my way in to the hotel I had spotted some awesome architectural/contemporary locations for striking wedding photography.

 

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Eastclose Hotel wedding – Relaxed Star Wars theme

Relaxed photography was the order of the day for Marc & Jay’s big day at Eastclose Hotel in the New forest with a Star Wars theme running through the day. Have a look through the images and enjoy the glorious sunny day and the lovely subtle Star Wars elements. Marc & Jay are big on the Comicon scene and as part of their registry signing they changed their name to Kenobi, if your not a Stars Wars fan this wont mean anything to you. For their engagement shoot I had put special effort into making that memorable and in keeping with their big day and can be seen here.

There were also a few aspects of Harry Potter in the big day as well, all far too much to share here, but there are a few bits. Also Marc had recently started a gaming business/cafe and as part of the table decor entertainment there was a customized game which used the images from their engagement shoot.

A few photo ideas had made their way onto the must not miss shot list and this shot of all the bridesmaids phones was the first of the day.  eastclose,hotel,wedding eastclose,hotel,wedding eastclose,hotel,wedding eastclose,hotel,wedding eastclose,hotel,wedding eastclose,hotel,wedding eastclose,hotel,wedding eastclose,hotel,wedding eastclose,hotel,wedding eastclose,hotel,wedding eastclose,hotel,wedding eastclose,hotel,wedding eastclose,hotel,wedding eastclose,hotel,wedding eastclose,hotel,wedding eastclose,hotel,wedding eastclose,hotel,wedding eastclose,hotel,wedding eastclose,hotel,wedding eastclose,hotel,wedding eastclose,hotel,wedding

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Parley Manor relaxed natural Dorset wedding

Got to love a wedding on a glorious sunny day at Parley Manor with all the awesome and very professional staff, but the day started off deep in the New Forest for bridal prep at Gemma the bride’s parents house. This wedding produced some absolutely stunning natural and relaxed wedding photography. Lots of gorgeous details and a McLaren which delivered the groom Glen. From the first shot of the day which was the dress to the last of the first dance the whole day produced some real top draw wedding photography. parley,manor,wedding,relaxed,natural parley,manor,wedding,relaxed,natural parley,manor,wedding,relaxed,natural parley,manor,wedding,relaxed,natural parley,manor,wedding,relaxed,natural parley,manor,wedding,relaxed,natural parley,manor,wedding,relaxed,natural parley,manor,wedding,relaxed,natural parley,manor,wedding,relaxed,natural parley,manor,wedding,relaxed,natural parley,manor,wedding,relaxed,natural parley,manor,wedding,relaxed,natural parley,manor,wedding,relaxed,natural parley,manor,wedding,relaxed,natural parley,manor,wedding,relaxed,natural parley,manor,wedding,relaxed,natural parley,manor,wedding,relaxed,natural parley,manor,wedding,relaxed,natural parley,manor,wedding,relaxed,natural parley,manor,wedding,relaxed,natural parley,manor,wedding,relaxed,natural parley,manor,wedding,relaxed,natural parley,manor,wedding,relaxed,natural parley,manor,wedding,relaxed,natural parley,manor,wedding,relaxed,natural parley,manor,wedding,relaxed,natural parley,manor,wedding,relaxed,natural parley,manor,wedding,relaxed,natural parley,manor,wedding,relaxed,natural parley,manor,wedding,relaxed,natural

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Eastclose Hotel New Forest wedding

So it is that time of year again when I can start blogging all the weddings I have been very busy with this year in 2017. Aymen and Rose are up first for their wedding at the Eastclose hotel in the New Forest. A lovely day with some very gorgeous details and lots of detailed image requests that have made an amazing story of the day blog post to open up with. Eastclose hotel was my most visited wedding venue this year and I also have the pleasure of being able to attend their open days on a regular basis. I have been able to show here lots of wonderful black and white images mainly concentrating on emotion and the reportage aspects of the day. I think we have achieved very relaxed and natural images and there were so many more that I could of included but cant squeeze them all into a blog post. eastclose,hotel,new,forest,weddingeastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,weddingeastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,weddingeastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,weddingeastclose,hotel,new,forest,weddingeastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,weddingeastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding eastclose,hotel,new,forest,wedding

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Star Wars engagement shoot

star,wars,engagement,shootThe other week I had the pleasure of completing a unusual request for an engagement shoot, Star Wars themed. Jay & Marc are having a Star Wars themed wedding, not full costumes at the wedding, just details and table plans paying homage to the great films. This styled shoot was reenacting homage to the more recent films, as Jay and Marc attend Cosplay events being massive Star Wars fans. I think they have come out really well and know that Jay & Marc love the shots and will be using them for their big day in June, cant wait.  star,wars,engagement,shootstar,wars,engagement,shoot

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Italian Villa wedding photography | Sneak peek Emma & Seb

Italian,Villa,wedding,photography,Sneak,peekEmma & Seb’s Italian Villa wedding photography day yesterday and they both decided on going for this little moment which I think will prove really popular this year when possible, the “bride & groom first touch”. This can be a really emotional moment, and the emotion got the better of Seb here and Emma loved it. Seb trying to hold back the tears and Emma just loving the moment with everyone at the bridal prep house looking on. All that planning and this moment feels and brings the true reality to the critical moment before the main ceremony. The idea behind this photographically is that this raw emotion is much more present in the image when done like this than it is during the first look at the aisle of the ceremony, where the groom will do all he can most of the time to hold back emotionally as he is in front of everyone at the ceremony. This is only the second time I have done this shot and both times the emotion has been terrific for the image. I wont always prompt couples to opt for this shot, so if your a potential client of mine, feel free to ask me for it, as it can be done anywhere. I chose to crop out the hands in these shots as I wanted focus just on the expression of face, but sometimes you can make more of a feature of the hands in shot.

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Bournemouth Dorset wedding photographer | Sneak peek Barry & Kym

Bournemouth,dorset,wedding,photographerA little wedding photographer sneaky peek of Barry and Kym’s big day in a Bournemouth church in Dorset last weekend. Their first look colour images are all edited and ready for them to view, but as they are still away on honeymoon I don’t expect to hear from them for a while about their further editing. I have done a bit of editing on these two images, black and white specialty above and a bit of high art below. The black and white shot was done with just natural lighting and a tiny bit of fill in flash bounced off a nearby wall, and the below image used one off camera light which just picked out the bride and groom and I under exposed the surroundings to highlight them both. When photographing inside a church as a wedding photographer, it is important to not just concentrate on head and shoulder shots, but also include the majestic nature of the surroundings, this is really important and so easily over looked. The patches of white on the floor in the below image is from the candles that sometimes are used inside the church, so big piles of wax.

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Eastclose Hotel wedding show 2017

I have been commissioned for many weddings at the Eastclose hotel over the years and many couples fall in love with the charming decor of the venue, there are also extensive grounds over looking farmland.

Their packages available on selected dates throughout 2016 & 2017 – INVITING 50 DAY GUESTS TO YOUR WEDDING COSTS FROM JUST £1975.00

Their testimonial page.

 

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Rhinefield House New Forest wedding photographer | 2016 Review

Rhinefield,House,New,Forest,wedding,photographerRhinefield House in the New Forest was a pleasure to be the wedding photographer at quite a few times during  2016, and of course it makes my review for last year. I love this first photography moment which I always tend to get at most weddings a close up of the bridal bouquet including the bride and groom at the signing of the register and loving life at this critical moment. This image is made that bit more special as I love the natural sunlight flaring through the large window which enhances that moment of the sun is shining and all is well with the world at this moment. A moment I hope they can look back on for years to come.

TOP TEN TIPS FOR A PERFECT WEDDING DAY

Rhinefield,House,New,Forest,wedding,photographerI included this black and white photography shot as I love the over exposed natural light flowing through the door from the outside and hitting the groom’s face and the bride’s face being lit from the reflected light from the grooms face, a small but very crucial little tiny details I spot. Also another aspect of this shot that is unusual and unique is where I am photographing the location. This is the entrance to the Rhinefield House and it has a very awesome ceiling, which I never see other photographers taking advantage of as they get mesmerized by the scale and beauty of the rest of the venue and overlook the smaller niche details of this wedding venue. This is just a quick moment in the whole day while their guests vacate the ceremony room and make their way into the grounds and the happy couple relax for a few minutes drinking their Champagne.

TOP TEN TIPS FOR A PERFECT WEDDING DAY

Rhinefield,House,New,Forest,wedding,photographerOften I have to explain to couples that the romantic couple shots only take around 10-15 minutes and these sort of shots above I can achieve with ease after nearly 20 years experience in the wedding photography field. This moment is created, but has the air of being spontaneous, and that is the most challenging aspect of natural wedding photography. My job as a wedding photographer is to enable people to relax in front of the camera, and that’s all about being a people person! Besides all that, I love this image, especially after my high art treatment of it with light pastel tints added, giving it a high key beauty and fits the delicate nature of the content….love.

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Rhinefield,House,New,Forest,wedding,photographerThis again is a semi posed shot, just guiding the couple where to stand and not fussing. Being critical of this shot, I would of preferred the bride’s hand being a bit straighter,  holding the flowers lower down, but thats just me, sometimes I fell the moment and don’t want to ruin it by interfering, other times the moment can be right for me to add a suggestion. I obviously have done allot of work on this image post editing for their high art versions and it has given a more timeless feel to the image.

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Rhinefield,House,New,Forest,wedding,photographerThis makes this blog post as it is so rare for me to see a smoke machine at a wedding, you cannot beat a bit of smoke to create an atmosphere, its very primordial! Put a few back lights in the mix, which are my off camera lighting and you have an absolutely awesome first dance image, while including some of the ambient lighting and also all the guests watching on…classic.

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Rhinefield,House,New,Forest,wedding,photographerNow this is a wedding image you wont see every day of the week, and most certainly hardly ever in Dorset, as this requires allot of tech patience to set up. I love night time or dusk photography, and I have created allot of truly amazing shots like these at Rhinefield as it makes such an amazing backdrop. I remember first starting wedding photography and really wanting to photograph a wedding there, and I had to wait years, but it was worth it. Of course since then weddings have moved on allot! Now I also look forward doing more shabby chic and rustic and festival weddings as they are the new and up and coming wedding trends.

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Creative and unique Dorset wedding photographer Nigel R Ware LRPS

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