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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

Inspiring wedding photography ideas on Pinterest



Where do you go to see inspiring wedding photography ideas?  Have you tried Pinterest?


We’re collecting some of our favourite wedding ideas together using Pinterest and we’ve been organising them so they’re easy to browse if you need inspiration in a particular part of your wedding.  A lot of our brides are using Pinterest to make their own sort of computerised mood board to develop detailed ideas for their unique wedding based on their overall theme and colour scheme.  If that sounds like a bright idea to you then why not browse through our Boards, follow us, and get inspired!

We’ve also put up a few quirky Boards – our Image of the Week, our professional qualification panel of 20 images, and our portfolio of our favourite and best Dorset and Hampshire wedding photography.

It’s all in the early stages at the moment. We are adding to Pinterest steadily and it is turning into a real resource for our brides and for people from around the world who drop by and like our stuff!

So it’s over to you, you can choose to follow all our Boards, comment on our photos, re-pin them to boards of your own, and generally fill your boots with inspiration.  If that even makes sense.

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East Close Hotel Wedding Photography – Hayley & Vytas

In June we had a great time with East Close Hotel wedding photography.  It was the wedding of Hayley and Vytas who had chosen the gorgeous East Close Hotel for their special day.  The East  Close Hotel is just outside Christchurch on the road to Lyndhurst.

East Close Hotel sign

East Close Hotel Wedding Photography – The Girls Getting Ready

The first thing I did when I got to the East Close Hotel was to see how the girls were getting on.  Hayley was helped by her three bridesmaids Emma, Kristina, and Nicky.

Hayley getting ready for her wedding at the East Close Hotel

Hayley getting ready for her wedding at the East Close Hotel

Portrait of Hayley before her East Close Hotel wedding

 East Close Hotel Wedding Photography – The Boys Preparing

Vytas and his best man Rob were also getting ready at the East Close Hotel.  I arrived just in time for some candid shots of the preparations.

Getting ready - Vytas and best man Rob at the East Close Hotel

Getting ready - Vytas and best man Rob at the East Close Hotel

Rugby themed cufflinks for Vytas

Wedding rings, East Close Hotel

Portrait of Vytas the groom before his East Close Hotel wedding

Sorting out buttonholes

Wedding Photographer East Close Hotel – The Ceremony

The ceremony was in the Gallery Room.  This was decked out beautifully and has some lovely old mirrors on the walls which add light and character.  Vytas and Rob waited for Hayley who was walked up the aisle by her Dad.

A nervious moment before the wedding ceremony

Groom Vytas sees his bride for the first time

Hayley’s flowers were by Joanne Fleet at Bluebell Lane

East Close Hotel wedding ceremony

Portrait of Hayley during her wedding at the East Close Hotel near Christchurch

Wedding ceremony East Close Hotel near Christchurch

Wedding photography East Close Hotel near Christchurch

Wedding Photography East Close Hotel – Portraits in the Gardens

After the wedding Hayley and Vytas’ guests enjoyed a drinks reception with Pimm’s, and we organised the group photos in the lovely gardens.  Then we went for a walk around the grounds for some East Close Hotel wedding photography.

Portrait of Hayley and Vytas just married

Portrait of Vytas at the East Close Hotel

Portrait of Hayley at the East Close Hotel

We love a panoramic photo – it really says something about the wedding venue!

Panorama portrait of Hayley and Vytas at the East Close hotel

Wedding Photography East Close Hotel – The Reception

Speeches were in the marquee, then everybody sat down for a delicious meal.

East Close Hotel set out for a wedding breakfast

Wedding breakfast at the East Close Hotel

Reaction to the speeches at Hayley and Vytas

Following the meal we grabbed a little more time with Mr and Mrs J!

Wedding photographer East Close Hotel - a tender portrait of Hayley and Vytas

The macaroon cake was by the Bridge Patisserie in Winchester.

Macaroon wedding cake from the Bridge Patisserie in Winchester

Speeches were in the marquee, from Hayley’s Dad, Vytas, and best man Rob.

Wedding speech from best man Rob in the marquee at the East Close Hotel

Reaction to the wedding speeches

After the meal and speeches the party started in the bar next door with Hayley and Vytas’ first dance!

East Close Hotel wedding photography - First Dance

The East Close Hotel near Christchurch

East Close Hotel Wedding Photography Review

After their wedding we were ever so pleased to receive this note from Hayley and Vytas about their East Close Wedding Photography.  We particularly like it because it points out everything we aim to achieve in our work!

We hope you enjoyed the unforgettable story of Hayley and Vytas’ East Close Hotel wedding photography.  If you or a friend are looking for East Close Hotel wedding photography then please get in touch!

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Wedding Photography Christchurch Harbour Hotel

Wedding photography Christchurch Harbour Hotel is always great fun, and in this article I’d like to tell you the story of Sarah and Lloyd’s special day.  The Christchurch Harbour Hotel is a very stylish venue in a unique location on the shore of Christchurch Harbour, in the village of Mudeford a short walk from FourT4 Photography HQ.

View from the Christchurch Harbour Hotel overlooking the water

It was a huge honour for me because Sarah’s Dad had died very recently, and at short notice Sarah’s brother Andy, himself a terrific Dorset wedding photographer, had changed role from being a photographer. Now he had become the person giving Sarah away and supporting her on her big day.  Very generously Andy recommended me for Sarah and Lloyd’s wedding photography Christchurch Harbour Hotel, and after a meeting with me Sarah and Lloyd kindly agreed that I would be their photographer!

Christchurch Wedding Photographer – The Girls Getting Ready

I started in Christchurch with Sarah and the girls getting ready at her Mum’s house.  Sarah’s bridesmaids did a great job helping her to prepare.  I always love to be there when the flowers are delivered and to catch some photos of everyone’s reaction to a boxful of gorgeous bouquets and buttonholes being opened.  In Sarah’s case her colour theme was pink and cream roses and they looked so fresh!  Meanwhile Andy was dashing around ironing, putting on his tie, and getting himself ready so I had some great candid photos of all the preparations.  As the hour approached, two beautiful Jaguar Mark 2 saloons from Superwed Cars drew up outside, one white, one sky blue.  After some final portraits outside the house, we got in and headed to the Christchurch Harbour Hotel!

Pink rose bouquet for Sarah and Lloyd

Christchurch Harbour Hotel wedding - Sarah, her brother Andy, and her bridesmaids arrive


Wedding Photography Christchurch Harbour Hotel – The Guys Prepare

Meanwhile our good friend Howard Lucas was with Lloyd and the men as they got ready at the Christchurch Harbour Hotel.  Usually I can work alone but there are times when it really helps to have a second photographer, the most obvious being when I can’t physically be in two places at once!  This is most commonly the case when the girls and the guys are getting ready at the same time but in different places.  I love the way Howard’s style compliments mine to produce a consistent ‘look’ to our wedding photographs.  Howard got some great close ups of the guys getting ready, adjusting ties, sorting out buttonholes, and rounding up everyone for some more wedding photography Christchurch Harbour Hotel with a group photo on the hotel balcony!

Christchurch Harbour Hotel wedding photography - Lloyd and his groomsmen ready to go. Photo courtesy second shooter Howard Lucas.

(Photo courtesy Howard Lucas)

Wedding Photography Christchurch Harbour Hotel – The Ceremony

The ceremony was very moving with readings from Lloyd’s mum and from Sarah’s brother Andy.  Again having two photographers during the ceremony is helpful because we can cover the same event from a variety of angles.  The ceremony room at the Christchurch Harbour Hotel is nice and light so the guests can be seen in the photos as well as the couple – this isn’t always the case with the darker Dorset wedding venues!  Sarah and Lloyd exchanged rings and vows overlooking Christchurch Harbour with their friends and family looking on.  I particularly love Howard’s telephoto shot of Sarah and Lloyd’s kiss.

Christchurch Harbour Hotel wedding photography as Sarah and Lloyd exchange vows


Wedding photography Christchurch Harbour Hotel; thanks to second shooter Howard Lucas

(Photo courtesy Howard Lucas)

Christchurch Harbour Hotel Wedding Photographer – Spending Time in the Sun

After the ceremony everybody made their way out into the warm sunshine for champagne and canapés in the gardens of the Christchurch Harbour Hotel, relaxing by the water’s edge and in the sun loungers!  Sarah and Lloyd mingled with their guests saying hello to everybody and receiving their congratulations.

The guests relaxing at the drinks reception for Sarah and Lloyd

After everyone had had some refreshment and a chance to talk to Sarah and Lloyd we found a lovely shady spot under a large pine where we could take some formal group photos from the hotel balcony overlooking the harbour.  This approach to wedding photography Christchurch Harbour Hotel kept everybody cool and also allowed for better control of the light rather than being out in the strong sunshine.  Poor Sarah felt a bit faint at this point so we took it easy – no point ordering everyone around if the people in the photo are uncomfortable!

Christchurch Harbour Hotel wedding photography - a large group photo in the shade of a tree overlooking the harbour

Christchurch Harbour Hotel Wedding Photographer – Mudeford Quay Photo Shoot

After the group photos we piled into the Jag and popped around the corner to Mudeford Quay for a half hour photo shoot alongside the harbour.  Unfortunately the weather had turned cloudy by now but it was still nice and warm so we walked past the cottages and up to the seafront for some portraits.  This was great – so many people came up to congratulate Sarah and Lloyd and it really put them in a great mood for some fun portraits despite the clouds!

Wedding photography Christchurch - Sarah and Lloyd return to their Jaguar after a Mudeford Quay photo shoot

Christchurch wedding photography with Sarah and Lloyd on location at Mudeford Quay

During Sarah and Lloyd

Christchurch Harbour Hotel Wedding Photographer – The Reception

With the harbour-side portraits completed we headed back to the hotel for Sarah and Lloyd’s reception.  The hotel had come up with a delicious buffet barbeque and everybody tucked in.  After the barbeque, toastmaster Bob McCarthy did an excellent job of steering people through the speeches and leading the toasts.

The Christchurch Harbour Hotel team made a terrific barbeque salad

Toastmaster Bob McCarthy prepares for the speeches

Andy starts off the speeches at Sarah and Lloyd

Christchurch Harbour Hotel wedding photography - fun during the reception

Finally, Sarah and Lloyd cut their beautiful wedding cake, a really simple three tiered design but set off by gorgeous pink roses.

Wedding cake with three tiers and rose decoration
There was time for a few more photos before the evening party, like this silhouette of Sarah and Lloyd against the harbour in the gathering gloom!

Silhoutte of Sarah and Lloyd at the Christchurch Harbour Hotel

Wedding Photographer Christchurch Harbour Hotel – The Evening Party

For a wedding photographer Christchurch Harbour Hotel provides a lot of variety in terms of locations and lighting, and the evening party was no exception.  Held in the basement for noise reasons, Sarah and Lloyd had decorated the party with fairy lights and the disco added to the amazing lighting.

Christchurch Harbour Hotel wedding photographer Jon Roach

There was a huge cheer as Sarah and Lloyd took to the floor for their first dance!

Christchurch Harbour Hotel wedding photographer - Sarah and Lloyd

We hope you’ve enjoyed the unforgettable story of Sarah and Lloyd’s Christchurch Harbour Hotel wedding.  If you’re getting married and need a Dorset wedding photographer, or you know someone who is, please get in touch!

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March 26, 2013 - 6:54 pm

Stephen Shefrin - These look great. Good job

March 30, 2013 - 9:54 pm

admin - Thanks Stephen, it’s one of our favourite venues!

Bournemouth Wedding Photography Langtry Manor

It was a great day to do some Bournemouth wedding photography at Langtry Manor!   Paula and Martin’s Bournemouth wedding at the Langtry Manor Hotel was going to be terrific fun and a day really in keeping with their personalities.

Langtry Manor Hotel in Bournemouth, a romantic wedding destination and a great venue for a wedding photographer Bournemouth

This was my second visit, I knew from my recce visit that Langtry Manor in Bournemouth was a beautiful venue with some really romantic historical charm.  Nowadays Langtry Manor is a boutique hotel in a quiet corner of Bournemouth, but behind the ornate Edwardian decadence is a royal romance with a whiff of scandal!  It’s one of the best places in town to be a wedding photographer Bournemouth.

Wedding Photographer Bournemouth – Getting Ready

I started the day with Paula and her bridesmaids, who were having a ball making the most of the lazy morning to get ready together.  Being there with a bride as she prepares for her wedding day is a real privilege because sometimes she can be feeling a little vulnerable and so it takes a bit of sensitivity to work out how each bride is feeling as I knock on the door.  Good for Paula and her bridesmaids they were having a fun and happy time so I got some fun candids as hair, make-up and nails were arranged to perfection.

A fun wedding photograph of Paula getting ready for her wedding!

Langtry Manor Wedding Photographer – The King’s Room

While this was going on I popped across the hall to the King’s Room where in the wonderful light streaming through the window I got some still life shots of the flowers and Paula’s stunning dress hanging on the door.  The King’s Room is truly gorgeous and I spent quite some time taking photos there to record all the little details of this beautiful hideaway.

Detail of a simple cream rose wedding bouquet from wedding photographer Bournemouth Jon Roach


The amazing four poster bed in the King

Wedding Photographer Bournemouth – Final Touches at the Langtry Manor Hotel

As the preparations intensified there were some wonderful moments where the girls were lined up behind one another each doing the next girl’s hair or fixing a dress, which made for a lot of natural relaxed photos with a lot of interest.  Just the job for a wedding photographer Bournemouth!  Meanwhile, Martin and his best man put in an appearance, arriving outside the Langtry Manor Hotel in Martin’s immaculate Honda decked out with pink ribbon for the occasion!

Martin and the boys arrive for his Langtry Manor wedding in Bournemouth

While Martin and his groomsmen relaxed outside, I nipped back to catch the last few finishing touches to Paula’s outfit and then down she came with her Dad, ready for her wedding.

Paula and her Dad come down the staircase of the Langtry Manor Hotel for her Bournemouth wedding

Langtry Manor Wedding Photography – The Ceremony

The weather was beautiful, dry and warm, so the ceremony was held in the garden gazebo.  It was especially moving because Paula lit a candle for her Mum who had passed away, and then as the ceremony finished the celebrations could start!  This is where having a professional wedding photographer Bournemouth meant that the guests could relax and enjoy themselves without too much hanging around.

Paula and Martin exchange vows, captured by wedding photographer Bournemouth Jon Roach LBIPP


Garden wedding ceremony at the Langtry Manor Hotel

We took a series of fun group shots on the red carpet while the guests enjoyed their Buck’s Fizz, and then it was time to go over to the nearby Langtry Lodge to continue the fun!  You can read more about the wedding reception in this post.

Bournemouth Wedding Photography – everything set up for the reception

Following the ceremony we headed over to Langtry Lodge, where Paula’s friends had made a huge effort to get the venue looking perfect for Paula and Martin’s wedding reception.  The tables were decked with butterflies and confetti, and each was named after a particular wine.  After getting some photos of the room setup and all the little details of the table settings for the reception, I stopped and lingered by the truly elegant cake, in three tiers with sugar flowers and a beautiful dancing couple as the cake topper.

Bournemouth wedding photography of Paula and Martin


Details of the butterfly table settings from Paula and Martin


Wedding Photography Langtry Manor – the wedding breakfast and the speeches

Paula and Martin came over and were touched by how beautiful everything looked, and invited all their guests to join them, by way of an emotional receiving line with a huge number of hugs.  Following a delicious meal the speeches started, beginning with a short but impromptu one from Nigel, a great effort from best man Doug, a quick speech from Martin, and a grand finale from Paula!

Bournemouth wedding photography capturing the moment as Nigel starts the speeches and toasts during Paula and Martin


A candid moment during the wedding reception speeches


Langtry Manor wedding photographer – the evening party

After the speeches and toasts, everybody relaxed in the inviting gardens of Langtry Lodge and enjoyed the summer sun.  We took Paula and Martin away for a portrait session back at the Langtry Manor Hotel, using the gardens and also in the King’s Room.  This is one of the aspects of Bournemouth wedding photography I really enjoy, using the venue to its full potential.

Weddings at the Langtry Manor Hotel in Bournemouth


Afterwards we headed back for some more fun in the gardens of Langtry Lodge.  Paula and Martin cut that beautiful cake together, and rounded off the fun with a terrific bouquet toss and a wonderfully romantic first dance.  Then as the evening drew in and the party got into gear I took my leave of Paula and Martin and headed home – congratulations Mr and Mrs Rowley and best wishes for a long and happy future together!  Thanks for letting me document your wonderful day through Bournemouth wedding photography!

Paula gets ready to throw her bouquet in the garden of the Langtry Lodge


First dance for Paula and Martin

If you’ve enjoyed our Bournemouth wedding photography telling the unforgettable story of Paula and Martin’s Langtry Manor Hotel wedding in Bournemouth, and you or someone you know needs a wedding photographer, please get in touch!

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Meet Hampshire wedding photographer Milton Barns Open Day!

If you’re looking for a Hampshire wedding photographer Milton Barns, New Milton, there’s an Open Day on Sunday!  Do pop along and explore this terrific venue, chat to a great range of wedding suppliers, and let us know how we can help tell the unforgettable story of your wedding day!  Milton Barns is a gorgeous converted barn with a rustic feel and is just a gorgeous place for your wedding reception.  We hope to see you there!
Hampshire wedding photographer Milton Barns

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February 14, 2013 - 3:04 pm

Adam - I like the wedding reception very cool and light

February 25, 2013 - 2:52 pm

Catherine Skinner - Hiya, saw you on BIPP fb page. I’m a lifestyle photographer based in Winchester, I love your blog, & it’s a great tool for creating new business! I really need to get one up & running … !

February 26, 2013 - 6:52 pm

admin - Thanks Adam, I can’t wait to shoot another wedding there!

February 26, 2013 - 6:55 pm

admin - Hi Catherine, thanks for getting in touch!