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    Unforgettable stories told by Jon Roach LBIPP (photographer) and Becky (album designer). We specialise in wedding and portrait photography in Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire including Bournemouth, Southampton, and Salisbury. This is where we post our news, special offers, and highlights. For portfolios and pricing, head over to our website. To get in touch, use the email link at the top of this page or the contact link on our website. Enjoy looking around

RNLI College Wedding Fair 15th January 2012

It’s the first wedding fair of 2012 for Dorset wedding photographers FourT4 Photography!

RNLI College Poole Wedding Open Day 2012 Poster

Meet Dorset wedding photographer Jon Roach at the RNLI Lifeboat College, Poole, wedding open day, on 15th January 2012

 Our first wedding fair of the New Year is at the RNLI College, Poole, next Sunday.  Come and see this unusual and exciting waterfront venue.  If you’re a nautical sort of bride (or groom) you can even arrive by boat!

There will be a great selection of local suppliers, particularly super organised wedding planner Melanie Kiani of Bellissimo Weddings and Events.  Chat to Mel and let Bellissimo take the strain!

And of course wedding photographer Jon Roach will be there to answer your questions about wedding photography in Dorset.  Jon will also have album samples and a portfolio slideshow on the go, so you can see several complete weddings and see the quality and consistency of Jon’s work.  This is our only exhibition in Poole this spring so make sure you drop by and say hi!

As if that wasn’t enough, there’s free admission, free parking, two fashion shows and a drink and canapes on arrival!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Natural Wedding Photography from Dorset wedding photographer

 

Natural wedding photography is something of a speciality of mine, blending in discreetly to capture the day as it happens without undue interference.  Earlier this year I was the photographer for the wedding of Alison and Tristan, somewhat off my usual “patch” of wedding photography in Hampshire, Dorset and the New Forest.  Tris and I have been friends since university and I was delighted to hear that he and Alison had got engaged, not least because it meant that they were looking super-positive despite Alison’s recent diagnosis with a rare form of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.  Two years later, and with Alison feeling much better, she was recuperating, taking things easy (that should probably be “celebrating”) by organising a wedding for 140 guests.

Here are some of my favourite shots of their day reflecting our natural wedding photography style.

All aboard the Wedding Bus

Reflecting Tris’ London roots, he and Alison hired a London Bus for the day, which drove around town collecting the guests and delivering them all to the Zoo gates. Here are the boys as we leave the centre of Chester.

 

Bridesmaids reflected in bus mirror

During the bus journey I noticed this mirror which made a great frame for a shot of the bridesmaids as they made their way off the bus.

 

Tristan waiting in Oakfield House

With all the guests assembled, there was nothing to do but wait for Alison to put in an appearance.

 

Gorgeous dark blue Roller

Alison, her father and sister arrived in a gorgeous peacock blue Silver Shadow and were the centre of attention as they cruised through the zoo on their way to Oakfield Manor!

 

 

Entering The Trap

In homage to Tris’ love of running, Alison came down the aisle on her Dad’s arm to “The Trap”, the London Marathon theme tune!

 

Alison and Tris having a laugh during the ceremony

Some of my favourite weddings have been the really relaxed ones where there isn’t that crackle of tension in the air. Alison and Tristan’s was no exception. Sorry, everyone else, but I don’t think I’ve seen a happier couple.

Tris making his vows to Alison

There were serious moments too… it never fails to amaze me how fast the mood can swing during a wedding ceremony.

 

Coming down the aisle

And then they were wed – and came back down the aisle to “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” – perfect for a zoo!

Incidentally, do check out Alison’s story for Brides Up North – there are more of my photos there including the look of utter joy on Ali’s face as she leaves the ceremony room punching the air with delight.  I was so glad I could be there to catch that for her and Tris.

Best man and drinks

To make sure the newlyweds got some time together, we took a slow cruise through the zoo in the Silver Shadow and ended up at the bus which Alison was really keen to see. Before we could get going, though, best man Paul did a sterling job of poking his head through the Roller’s window with refreshments!

Roller, bus, Alison and Tris

Once out by the transport it was time for a few shots together – a lovely couple and an incongruous pair visit the zoo!

Scones!

Perfect for a June wedding, scones with lashings and lashings of cream and jam. Perfect for filling a hole between the ceremony and the evening barbeque!  (Pimm’s not shown…)

Alison and Tris

Alison and Tris’ butterfly theme made it onto this incredible Sachertorte. Just looking at the photo still makes my mouth water.

In the Japanese Garden

Oakfield Manor has a gorgeous Japanese Garden which is perfect for wedding photos. It’s a short walk from Oakfield Manor which is a boon in heels (I imagine…) but the constantly changing flowers and plants will make everyone’s photos unique.

More from the Japanese Garden

Alison’s dress is by Jenny Packham, headdress by Flo and Percy.

Speeches

When you have 170 guests there’s only one place for the speeches, and that’s outside on the terrace, with a PA system! Alison’s Dad gave a moving speech full of warmth for both Alison and Tris..

Best man

I love to shoot people’s reactions to wedding speeches, and Paul didn’t disappoint. My favourite part was the letter from Tris’ team, Brentford FC…

Tris and Alison laughing through Paul

There are times in a Best Man’s speech where you wonder how often the groom will crumple up in surprise. All I do is be there so that when it happens, the couple has a reminder of another chapter in a brilliant day.

 

Crowds at the Zoo Safari

After normal hours, Alison and Tris enjoyed a Zoo Safari on foot with an expert Zoo Keeper to keep everyone informed.

 

Giraffes, Chester Zoo

Just one to prove we went to the zoo!

Alison and Tristan

Alison and Tris’ first dance. And then the party really started, but I won’t be blogging those photos…

My overwhelming memory of the day is one of unadulterated joy, which is hardly surprising given the previous two years that Alison and Tris had been through.  Congratulations, good luck and best wishes to you both!

I hope you enjoyed the story of Alison and Tris’ Oakfield Manor wedding.  If you like our natural wedding photography style, and you’d like to have a chat and find out how Hampshire and Dorset wedding photographer Jon Roach could tell the story of your wedding, please get in touch.

You might also like to follow Alison’s eclectic and ever-entertaining blog, It’s a Wonderful Life.

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November 5, 2011 - 11:48 am

Tristan Pocock - This is a lovely summary of our wedding Jon! We’re starting to realise what a huge job it is to whittle the photos down to a reasonable number to put in the album. You did a fantastic job on the day and have really captured the joy and laughter – I’m so pleased that we hired you and would certainly recommend you to friends. Thanks again. Tris

Testimonial for Hampshire Wedding Photographer

It was an absolute delight to photography Hayley and Vytas’ wedding at the East Close Hotel back in the summer.  Keep watching our blog, we’ll post some photos soon!  I was really touched to receive this hand written thankyou note in the post.  If you’d like your wedding photography to be like this, please get in touch.

East Close Hotel Wedding Photography Testimonial

East Close Hotel Hampshire Wedding Photography Testimonial

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Meet Bournemouth wedding photographers

Come and visit Dorset wedding photographers FourT4 Photography at this weekend’s Wedding Fayre at the East Cliff Hotel, Bournemouth.

Tell us about your wedding plans, browse our portfolio of beautiful wedding stories, leaf through our gorgeous album samples, find out about our services, and let us put together a package of products and services that suits you!  We’ll also be running a special offer on wedding bookings for 2012 and 2013!

As if that wasn’t enough, there’ll be a great selection of Dorset’s amazing  wedding suppliers, food, drink and fashion shows.

Hope to see you there – it’ll be great to meet you!

2011 Bournemouth wedding fayre at the East Cliff Hotel

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