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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

Poole Wedding Photography – RNLI Lifeboat College Wedding Fair

Hi, please come and chat to us about your Dorset and Poole wedding photography and let us know how we can help make your wedding day!

We will be exhibiting at the RNLI Lifeboat College Wedding Fair in Poole on Saturday 13th January 2013.  This was a brilliant show last year so we really hope to see you there!

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New Forest Wedding Photography at the Rhinefield House Hotel

New Forest wedding photography at the Rhinefield House Hotel – just a quick peek from Sunday with Nicola and Dan – we all had an amazing day!

More to follow soon!

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Civil Partnership Ceremony – Royal Crescent Hotel, Bath

Here’s a quick look at some of the highlights from Mike and James’ civil partnership ceremony at the Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath.

I really enjoy shooting at a civil partnership ceremony, they’re usually a little more relaxed than a straight wedding.  I don’t know what it is, possibly that both sides of the room are really supporting the couple rather than the bride or the groom.  This was my first trip to the Royal Crescent Hotel and I made the most of the amazing architecture as well as my documentary people-photography.

I joined Mike and James well before their ceremony, shot all their getting ready, meeting the Registrars, lots of the little details that went into their day.  The civil partnership ceremony was really atmospheric, with the dark sky outside and the room crammed with guests, Registrars, photographer, and even Mike and James’ cat had joined in!  Afterwards the guests enjoyed all that this luxury spa hotel had to offer, and I wandered around some more marvelling at the hotel, before we all met up again for the evening meal in the Dower House Restaurant, which featured a pug dressed for dinner and a fantastic three tiered pork pie cake.  Mike and James had booked the Royal Crescent exclusively for their civil partnership ceremony and the whole weekend, so the whole hotel was making sure everybody had a great time.

I always like to produce a panoramic photo of the venue, and this was crying out for a panorama.  Our album design for Mike and James had a double page spread of that view of the Royal Crescent.  I’m also very happy with the quality of the black-and-white  photos, the slideshow includes even more than usual because of the rich tones and textures of the hotel, but also the way it emphasises the emotions in the photos of the civil partnership ceremony itself.

If you like the photos and you know someone in need of civil partnership ceremony, or gay wedding, photography in Dorset, or anywhere else for that matter, please send them a link to this post and encourage them to have a look through our website.  I’d love to help.

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Wedding Photographer Bournemouth at the Chine Hotel Boscombe

Being a wedding photographer Bournemouth is a really rewarding and fun way to work! Fiona and Steve’s Boscombe wedding at the Chine Hotel was a perfect example.

Fiona and Steve were from Boscombe and wanted a local wedding so that the place they married would always be close to them. They chose the Chine Hotel for its extensive grounds and sea views.

Getting Ready Photos – Wedding Photographer Bournemouth

We started with Steve, his best man Biff, and the ushers Jock and Mo. They were getting ready at the Chine before heading off to Urban Beach for a pre-wedding drink. We got some shots of the details of the RAF uniforms and some more candid photos of Steve and his groomsmen getting ready.
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Then we set off for some drinks at Urban Beach, where we met a few more of Steve’s RAF mates and big Jock put his dagger in his sock – I like to think this was decorative and ceremonial!




Bridal Preparations – Bournemouth Wedding Photography

We left the guys to enjoy their drinks and headed back to the Chine Hotel to find Fiona getting ready with her Mum and sister Sandy. As a wedding photographer Bournemouth I love the way emotions change through the day, and with the girls things were swan-like calm on the surface with a little paddling underneath!  We got some close up detail shots of Fee’s accessories, including her Union Flag make-up bag. Once they were ready, we moved to the stairwell, which has wonderful window light, for some more formal portraits of Fiona and her family.

















The Ceremony – Wedding Photography in Bournemouth

As the hour of the wedding came round, we all headed down to the Pineview Ballroom for the ceremony.  Of the many venues I’ve visited as a wedding photographer Bournemouth, the Pineview Ballroom is one of the nicest hotel venues with lots of natural light for your photos.  A few last tweaks for Steve’s outfit – he was getting increasingly nervous! But then here came Fiona up the aisle with her Uncle Jim, and after a short ceremony Fiona and Steve were married and Steve started to relax again!







The Drinks Reception – Documentary Wedding Photography in Bournemouth

After the ceremony Fiona, Steve and their guests stepped out onto the terrace for drinks and nibbles, and we blended in with the crowd to get some more informal photos of Fee and Steve chatting with their guests. We also took the opportunity to get some formal pictures in the marvellous garden under the pines.








Formal portraits – Bournemouth wedding photography

Fee and Steve were particularly keen to use all the gardens for photos, so we took them down the various levels of the garden until we found the little pond with its waterfall. It was a good opportunity for Fee and Steve to spend some time alone together chatting and reflecting on what had happened so far in their day, and we got some lovely portraits.  The gardens of the Chine Hotel are great for a wedding photographer Bournemouth to get some relaxed and natural shots.





RAF themed wedding details

Fee and Steve had spent a great deal of time on decorating the Pineview Ballroom for their reception, so we made sure we captured all of the little details that they’d spent so much time on. Enjoy looking through all the little details, they are amazing!












The Wedding Breakfast and Speeches – Wedding Photography in Bournemouth

Fiona and Steve’s wedding breakfast was a delicious barbeque bookended by honeydew melon and profiteroles – yum! The speeches that followed were kind (Jim), tender and heartfelt (Steve), and utterly hilarious (Biff) – sometimes it was hard to take pictures because I was laughing so hard! I guess you had to be there, but I do like a good best man’s speech that cuts to the groom’s character without being completely smutty!










First Dance – wedding photographer Bournemouth

The meal was cleared away and it was time for Fiona and Steve’s first dance, after which we ran our photo booth until late into the night and the party guests came and dressed up in all sorts of gear from the Sergeants’ Mess jumble bag – but for the photos of the groom’s mother wrapped in the Union flag and wearing a Star Wars stormtrooper helmet, well, we’re saving that for another blog post!



I hope you enjoyed the story of Fee and Steve’s wedding at the Chine Hotel Bournemouth. If you’re looking for a wedding photographer Bournemouth at the Chine Hotel or elsewhere, please get in touch and we’ll be delighted to help!

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January 7, 2013 - 4:06 pm

Sam - Such a pretty wedding. Love your detail shots too. The bride and groom’s reactions in the third last photo is priceless.

January 8, 2013 - 8:00 pm

admin - Thank you Sam, you’re very kind!

March 8, 2013 - 11:10 am

Albert - Stunning! love all the details

March 8, 2013 - 1:21 pm

admin - Thanks Albert, the details were fantastic, so much to enjoy!

Wedding Photography Christchurch Dorset – Dawn & Adam at the Priory

I was really looking forward to being Dawn and Adam’s wedding photographer in Christchurch Priory. Wedding photography Christchurch Dorset is what I love and I was all set!

Dawn and Adam’s Engagement Shoot

We had first met at the Carlton Hotel wedding fair in Bournemouth, and Dawn and Adam had since taken up my offer of an engagement shoot. We spent a fun hour of Christchurch portrait photography getting to know one another! Dawn and Adam used the time to get used to the camera and check out some locations around Christchurch Priory with a view to using them again for some wedding day portraits. Now, standing on a table at their reception venue, a framed photo from their portrait shoot in Christchurch awaited the guests, who would sign the border, turning the framed photo into an unusual wedding guestbook that would hang on the wall as a reminder of their family and friends’ love and best wishes.

The Boys at the Boathouse

Our wedding photography Christchurch Dorset started on a brisk September morning. My assistant Mark and I chatted over coffee. We’d agreed to meet first with Adam and his groomsmen at the Captain’s Club in Christchurch, but they were running a little behind so instead we met them at the Boathouse Cafe, a stone’s throw from Christchurch Priory.  Wedding photography Christchurch Dorset is always fun when our clients are having fun, and this was no exception.  Adam seemed very relaxed and calm, clearly enjoying the occasion and the company of his brother and close friends. We took some candid photos of the guys, and borrowed the rings from Alex, the best man, for a close-up, starting our work of making sure we had great photos of every detail of the day. As the hour approached, we all left the Boathouse, posing the guys outside Christchurch Priory for one final photo before they went inside to greet their guests.



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The Girls Arrive

Soon enough a beribboned silver Range Rover appeared and out stepped the bridesmaids, looking lovely in lilac. While they waited for Dawn we got some great formal and not-so-formal portraits with the Priory as backdrop.

And then a beautiful blue Rolls drew up, Dawn’s Dad stepped out, and Dawn’s bridesmaids gathered to help Dawn out of the car and arrange her wedding gown.


If you’re planning a big wedding and you’re struggling to find a beautiful venue with lots of room, take a look at Christchurch Priory. It’s a wonderful setting full of gorgeous architectural details set off by the marvellous light that floods in from above.  What a great venue for Wedding photography Christchurch Dorset.

At the end of the ceremony, Dawn and Adam set off down the aisle together. I love the “recessional” – after the mad blast of guests’ photos during the register signing, it’s really the first time the newlyweds look all their guests in the eye, and there’s always a great photo to be had.
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We took some formal group photos outside Christchurch Priory; I was really pleased to have Mark’s help at this point because the peal of bells was deafening! Without Mark’s help, it would have been impossible to organise the groups swiftly and politely!

Once we had the formal group photos, we let the guests depart to the reception and had a great time doing a portrait session with Dawn and Adam all around the Priory grounds and down to Christchurch Quay.  For wedding photography Christchurch Dorset there are so many great little niches and some wonderful textures around the Priory grounds.








After our portrait shoot, we made our way back to the Rolls waiting outside the Priory, which whisked Dawn and Adam off to their reception in style.  This wrapped up our wedding photography Christchurch Dorset and we were off to Crow!

The Reception – Off to Crow

Dawn and Adam’s wedding reception was in a marquee in a large field in Crow, near Ringwood. The floor was boarded to keep out the water, the roof was lit with chandeliers, and the catering was courtesy of one of Dawn and Adam’s close friends. In-between courses, the guests enjoyed the trivia quiz that Dawn and Adam had provided on each table.

I loved some of the little candid details like the impromptu sweepstake that the groomsmen organised trying to guess the length of the best man’s speech!
The groomsmen did Dawn, Adam and I a huge favour by taking around the signing frame for everyone to leave a message for the newlyweds.






Every girl deserves a pot of bubble mixture on her wedding day!
Another nice little detail – the guests had a trivia quiz to keep them entertained between courses!


The Speeches

After the meal, the speeches were very entertaining, especially best man Alex who pointed out that now Dawn was married, she’d have to adopt her husband’s football team. Alex presented Dawn with a custom Arsenal team shirt with “DAWN” across the back – Dawn’s face said it all!



First Dance

Dawn and Adam’s first dance was wonderful – just a lovely couple dancing to the band – and then the party really started when the tambourines came out!


Thanks to Mark for his excellent assistance, and congratulations to Dawn and Adam on their wedding day!
If you’re planning a Christchurch wedding and you’d like us to tell the unforgettable story of your day, please get in touch!

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