Christmas wedding at the Kings arms

Christmas wedding at the Kings arms

CHRISTMAS WEDDINGS AT THE KING ARMS

A Christmas wedding at the Kings arms is a very special occasion. I might be a bit biased as it is my local but the hotel does it so well. I love a good wedding at Christmas time. Everyone is wanting to have a good time at this time of the year but throw into the mix a good celebration it is the ultimate party time!

The King arms is a fabulous hotel in my local town of Christchurch. There is two parts to have a wedding at the hotel. Firstly you have the Pavillion. This is opposite the hotel near the ruins and is where you can have a good gathering for your wedding. Inside the hotel is set for for your party and your food.

The time and attention spent on decorating the hotel in lights and christmas decoration was fabulous and really added to the festive vibe.

The Kings arms Pavillion
The Kings arms hotel

BACKGROUND TO THE DAY

It is amazing to think what we all went through in 2020 and 2021. Covid was rampant and just doing the normal things was difficult and stressful. Trying to organise a wedding at this time was incredibly difficult. Not knowing if it will happen or wanting to get excited but didnt want the disapointment of having to start again. Roxy & Ben had to cancel in 2020 but thankfully rearranged for the following year and even though Covid was all around the day went ahead.

THE WEDDING DAY

With all the background of what was happening all around us THIS wedding went ahead and for one day only the awful virus was forgotten and there was a huge celebration of love and family.

Looking back on the day I just remember laughing most of it. There was so many moments where I tried to keep my camera steady from all the jokes and stories in the speeches and the  handing over of the rings.

It will live in my memory banks for years to come.

THE SUPPLIERS

Dress – Cherished Bridal Wear (https://www.cherishedbridalwear.co.uk/)

Hair – Grace Bailey Bridal Hair (https://www.facebook.com/gracebaileybridalhair/)

Make up – Laura McGrugan

Venue decorators and flowers – Simply Flowers (https://www.simplyflower.co.uk/

Cake – makesandkakes (https://www.facebook.com/MakesAndCakes/)

Band – Skylark acoustics (https://www.skylarklivemusic.co.uk/)

SLIDESHOW OF THE DAY

THE WEDDING

If you are having a Christmas wedding at the Kings arms or organising an event in the Dorset area please get in touch.

Wedding at the Connaught hotel

Wedding at the Connaught hotel

WHAT A DAY

This Wedding at the Connaught hotel in Bournemouth was a fantastic celebration of two European cultures. Throughout the day there was a lovely mix of traditional English and Flander. With my highlight of when Paul & Esther entered their reception to flying napkins to the song ‘Lac du Connemara’ . From the beginning to the end the real party atmosphere  of the day was present and was so much fun.

 

We got in touch with Charles to take photos at our wedding. My partner and I have been blown away by how fantastic Charles has been through the whole process.

He made us feel completely at ease and comfortable with having our picture taken. We thoroughly enjoyed the pre-wedding shoot and had so much fun with Charles on the day of the wedding.

We are immensely happy with the final package of photos we have received. He got great pictures of us with our family and so many amazing moments that we were too busy to see on the day.

We would unreservedly recommended Charles to anyone for any event, especially a wedding.

Paul & Esther

WEDDING AT THE CONNAUGHT HOTEL

The Hotel is situated in the centre of Bournemouth. Quick walk from the beach and the town centre. It has different sized rooms to fit the amounts of guests coming to your wedding celebration and is amazingly supported by great staff.

THE SUPPLIERS

The venue – The Connaught hotel and spa / https://www.theconnaught.co.uk/weddings/

Wedding dress – Beautiful brides / https://beautifulbridesmidlands.co.uk/

Grooms suit – Sawyers & Hendricks via Slaters / https://www.slaters.co.uk/clothing-brands/sawyers-and-hendricks

Hair & Make-up – Barnett & Boatrace / https://www.barnetandboatrace.com/

The wedding cake – Sweet indulgent fancies / https://sweetindulgentfancies.co.uk/

Flowers – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/StempleShop?ref=yr_purchases

 

SLIDESHOW OF THE DAY

These are my highlights of this emotional rollercoaster of a day at The Connaught hotel.

Music by Luke Barents

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2022 – My year in pictures

2022 – My year in pictures

PHOTO DIARY OF 2022

This is my year in pictures in 2022.  A diary of every time I have gone out with my camera in 2022. I have been taking photographs since my early teens. Since the beginning I love how photographs portrays the world in an instant. It is a constant reminder of what you were doing that day. For me, personally, photography has been my soul mate and my friend and I love the buzz after getting a good picture. It is also a journey as photography is about learning new techniques and new ways and that is why I am doing this constant changing blog. It is a reminder of what I took on a certain day but also an incentive to get out more and enjoy taking more pictures. Hope you like the photos and my journey this year.

Thank you very much for your interest in my photography. If you would like to know more please fill in the form below and I will get in contact with you as as soon as I can

We looked long and hard to find the right person to photograph our wedding day and Charles was the perfect choice. He was a pleasure to work with, meeting us for a lovely pre-wedding shoot, helping us to plan everything out in the run-up to the big day and then providing us with a beautifully presented final set of photos once we returned from honeymoon. On the day itself he put us at ease right from the start, blending in seamlessly with our guests and other suppliers. We were really impressed at the way he worked with the bridesmaids and ushers to guide us all smoothly and very efficiently through the organised group photos but were also so pleased with his gorgeous candid shots of some really lovely moments during the day. Thank you Charles, we will treasure these photos for a long time to come!

Tom & Amy (September 2019)

To see more of my blogs from weddings close to Christchurch. Please take a look at this wedding from The Kings arms in Christchurch. 

or take a look at this small affair at the Christchurch harbour hotel

Chewton Glen Wedding Photographer

Chewton Glen Wedding Photographer

CHEWTON GLEN WEDDING

WHAT DID THEY SAY ABOUT ME

Thank you so much for sending our photos through, we are struggling to find the words to say how absolutely incredible they are. You have captured our day so perfectly and we have relived our wedding time and time again through your photos. Not only are they photos but they really are works of art; from the cheeky smiles of the flower girls to the raw emotion we both felt on the day and everything in between.

We have had so many comments from all our guests about how lovely you were on the day quite honestly we all forgot you were there. You directed us when we all needed it and as a result the photos are perfect.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being so understanding in times of covid when we had to move our date time and time again. Never once did we feel like you would let us down. Our pre wedding shoot enabled us to gain excitement for our big day and you ensured it happened when we both felt down about our first wedding postponement.

We are genuinely over the moon and we cannot wait to show all our family and friends our wonderful day and to relive it over and over again.

Dan & Martha (July 2021)

HOW I PLAN YOUR DAY

pre wedding shoot

Having feedback like the above means so much. 25 years of experience of being a wedding photographer has taught me to never take a couples wedding day lightly. It is treasured by the couple so everything has to be right. Planning is the key and I do this in several ways.

Firstly, a part of all my packages is a pre wedding shoot. This essential element is so important as we all hate our photograph taken. This is mostly because we are never taught how to have a nice picture. How best to stand? What to do with feet and hands? Is it best to look at the camera? The most important thing is to feel comfortable infront of the camera. If you are relaxed then lovely photographs are easy. Why leave anything to chance and doing this on the most important day of your lives? On the shoot I will give you some ideas and tips on what may work for you so on your wedding day. We will have some fun along the way with potentially some dancing.

Secondly, we make a plan. This might sound quite obvious but having a timeline of what is going to happen? Which group shots you would like? How many guests are coming? What shall we do if it rains? Everything is discussed so on the day we all know what is happening and how best to get the right picture. Nothing is done by chance as your day is so important.

 

THE WEDDING DAY

This wedding was originally going to take place in May 2020 but of course was taken over by the pandemic and the lockdown. It was then going to take place in early January this year and it looked like it was going to take place but within hours of meeting up  at the end of December we heard the news that again we had another lockdown. Another date followed with disapointment in May but optimism was growing that soon weddings would return so a further date in July was booked. It happened!

What an amazing sunny day it was. From dawn to dusk we had warm sunny conditions. The Gods really smiled on both of them and the relief showed on their faces the whole day.

So many memories of this fantastic day but one that really sticks in my head is when they came out of the main ceremony room with pure delight on their faces. So happy to finally get across the line and say they’re a married couple.

 

 

SLIDESHOW OF THE DAY

Enjoy this short video showing the fantastic wedding of Daniel & Martha.

CHEWTON GLEN HOTEL WEDDING’S

Chewton Glen is a beautiful Hampshire wedding venue which provides the ideal country house setting for your special day. This award-winning 5 Red Star Hotel is recognised as one of the finest luxury wedding venues in Hampshire, and is superbly located within the stunning New Forest countryside.

The venue can accommodate up to 140 guests for a wedding banquet and 200 for a wedding ceremony or drinks reception.

This venue is absolutely fab and am I lucky to call this one of my local venues. Proud to be a Chewton glen wedding photographer.

For more information Chewton Glen hotel please take a look at their website

https://www.chewtonglen.com/get-married/

To see my front page please take a look here

https://charlesthornephotography.co.uk

To see more of my blogs from weddings close to Christchurch. Please take a look at this wedding from The Kings arms in Christchurch. 

or take a look at this small affair at the Christchurch harbour hotel

Thank you very much for your interest in my photography. If you would like to know more please fill in the form below and I will get in contact with you as as soon as I can

We looked long and hard to find the right person to photograph our wedding day and Charles was the perfect choice. He was a pleasure to work with, meeting us for a lovely pre-wedding shoot, helping us to plan everything out in the run-up to the big day and then providing us with a beautifully presented final set of photos once we returned from honeymoon. On the day itself he put us at ease right from the start, blending in seamlessly with our guests and other suppliers. We were really impressed at the way he worked with the bridesmaids and ushers to guide us all smoothly and very efficiently through the organised group photos but were also so pleased with his gorgeous candid shots of some really lovely moments during the day. Thank you Charles, we will treasure these photos for a long time to come!

Tom & Amy (September 2019)

highcliffe castle wedding photographer

highcliffe castle wedding photographer

Highcliffe castle wedding photographer

HIGHCLIFFE CASTLE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Capturing happy memories as a Highcliffe castle wedding photographer is easy. Most bride and grooms want a castle wedding looking over the sea. This place has it all. Gorgeous ceremony room, vast banquet room that can fit all your guests and access to an amazing beach at the bottom of the garden.

For 20 years I have been doing wedding photography at Highcliffe castle. Initially it was just the ceremony room which was open for couples as over 50 years ago there was a huge fure in the castle which totally gutted the building. Over the years, they have been rebuilding and opening new rooms. Believe me if you are a couple looking for that little bit extra, this has it.

THE VENUE

Highcliffe castle is situated on the boundary between Dorset and Hampshire on the coast. When you arrive you have this amazing stone drive to the main front door. It is one of the biggest doors you will ever see. Bridal portraits are often taken in this area before walking round to the main entrance for the wedding ceremony. Some brides come by different transport including horse and carriage and grand old cars. It must be an amazing experience coming by horse and carriage up the long drive to the entrance!

As you come round the building to the back you have the stairway to the Ceremony room. The room is floor to ceiling with windows . The room can fit 100 people, It is amazing sight seeing the bride come in through the doors and going down the isle.

If you follow round to the back entrance of the castle you see the full extent of this magnificent building and you can look down the garden towards the beach. Lot of my main group shots are taken with the castle in the background.

HISTORY OF HIGHCLIFFE CASTLE

The architecture is Grade 1 listed and dates to the 1830’s.  Much of the stonework is Norman and Renaissance, shipped from across the channel.  It has intricate Gothic revival features and stained glass that make it appear older than it actually is.

The castle was the dream and realisation of Lord Stuart de Rothesay, a distinguished diplomat and the gardens were laid out by the infamous Capability Brown.

This style flourished at the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century. The castle played host to many important guests during its glittering heyday with royalty from France, Germany, Holland, Spain, Greece, Italy, Sweden and Norway visiting which amounted to six Kings, ten Queens, ten Princes and twelve Princesses visiting.

The local council bought the property in 1977 and has slowly renovated the castle.

HIGHCLIFFE CASTLE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY MEMORIES

Bride infront of large front door at Highcliffe castle
Highcliffe castle wedding ceremony room
Dream weddings at Highcliffe castle
Bridesmaids group shot at a highcliffe castle wedding
Speeches at a wedding at a Highcliffe castle wedding
Bride and father infront of large front door at Highcliffe castle
excited brides at a Highcliffe castle wedding
Bridesmaids entering ceremony room at a Highcliffe castle wedding
Tears at a wedding at Highcliffe castle
Register photo with all the guests in the background
First dance at a highcliffe castle wedding
Entering ceremony room at a Highcliffe castle wedding
Bride and Groom on Highcliffe castle beach
Bride and groom leaving the ceremony
Highcliffe castle wedding candid group shot
letting your hair down at a wedding at Highcliffe castle

HIGHCLIFFE CASTLE BLOG

Romantic couple on the beach