Last normal photo

Last normal photo

Last 'Normal' photo

This is the last normal photo on my camera before lockdown. Being a photographer I take a lot of photos of my boys. The poor devils! They have lived with me wanting to take pictures their whole lives!

DAY BEFORE LOCKDOWN

March 22nd will always stay with me. The lockdown was happening the following day and I wanted to get out of the house before we were stuck in it.

Over the years the Purbecks has been my place of choice when wanting to have some real fresh air. This day definitely deserved that choice. My wife went to see her mum and I went with the boys to Chapman pool. This was the first time and it didn’t disappoint. Parking at Worth matravers we went across the fields to Emmett’s hill. It was such a windy, sunny day but as we walked down the hill the wind dropped and we arrived at the bottom to have tea. With the boys fed we moved around the valley to Houns Tout. The sun was setting beyond our line of sight so I was determined to see it before it past the horizon. The climb up Houns Tout was incredible. Only for the crazy and the silly. We reached the top with the full force of the wind and this is what we saw. What a sight.

So my last normal photo before lockdown is a sunset on normal times looking over the most gorgeous scene and my eldest, Tom, looking towards his future.

THE FUTURE

I expect this is not what I wanted to portray at the time. Just wanted a nice photo of my boy infront of the view but now 3 months later it means so much to have this photo. It is a memory of better times. It reminds me that we will get through this and come out of the other side stronger.

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Gorwell Barn Wedding

Gorwell Barn Wedding

So this week I have Tom & Amy’s magical Gorwell Barn Wedding for you. This gorgeous venue is set in the heart of the Dorset countryside close to Hardy’s monument. I have so many memories of this great day but the main thing that shone through was their connection with each other. ‘LOVE’ is such a strong and vibrant word but you could tell from the first time we met that if any couple is made for each other, it was this one. They giggled there way through the whole day. Their jaws much of ached the next day.

PREPARATION

Meeting my couples before the big day is so important. As Tom and Amy live in London we couldn’t meet up straight away so we arranged to meet up at a gorgeous village called Powerstock. Which is where the church service was going to take place. The plan was to do a recce and do our pre wedding shoot. Powerstock is around 5 miles from Bridport and is where Tom was brought up. We spent a couple of hours all around the village and it was an absolute scream. There is to main places close to Powerstock. Eggardon Hill, which is an old fort looking over west Dorset and the common.  My favourite being below.

GORWELL BARN 

Gorwell Farm is found in a secluded wooded valley just 2 miles from the village of Abbotsbury and Chesil Beach. As you enter the farm the views of the Jurassic coast is outstanding. The drive down the farm lane leads to a central valley with the barn being at the forefront. It is a lovely venue with fantastic staff. Further details will be found below

TOM & AMY’S FAVOURITE MOMENTS

‘Has to be when Tom gave me his wrong hand when putting his ring on’

‘Hazel, the little flower girl wouldn’t stand still when doing the group shots’

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)

TOM & AMY’S WEDDING SUPPLIER’S

Dress: Cilla by LouLou bridal from Heritage Brides http://www.heritagebrides.co.uk/

Hair: Gemma Davis of Dorchester Bridal Hair https://dorchesterbridalhair.co.uk/

Suits: Moss Bros

Cars: Wedding Cars Dorset https://www.weddingcarsdorset.co/

Venue:  Gorwell Barn https://www.gorwellfarm.co.uk/the-barn/

Catering: Bea Atkinson @ Holway Farm Kitchen https://holwaykitchen.co.uk/

Flowers: Charlie Ryrie @ Real Cutflower Garden http://www.cutflowergarden.co.uk/

Band: The Fiction https://www.wedding-bands.co.uk/acts/the-fiction

Furniture/ Lighting/ Setup: Taddle Farm Tents https://taddlefarmtents.co.uk/

VIDEO SLIDESHOW

Sit back and relax and watch a video of the day between Tom & Amy at Powerstock church and Gorwell barn

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To see another wedding in the west of Dorset, please take a look at this one in Beaminster – Rob & Kate

West Dorset wedding

West Dorset Wedding

West Dorset Wedding

This West Dorset Wedding was a complete joy from beginning to end. Being on one of the hottest days of 2019 made it a day not for the jackets but of shade and the fizzy stuff. We originally met in the beautiful West Dorset seaside town of West Bay. We walked down the scarily beautiful beach with cliffs that went for ever. From right at the start I could see that they were a very easy going couple who were ready for some fun. After walking down the beach we went up the slope to see the sunset and I got them dancing and chatting amongst the buttercups. Being a wedding photographer you do have to love watching people. I get a real thrill from it and it is probably why I have been doing it for nearly 25 years.

PREPARATION

A couple of weeks before Kate and Rob’s big West Dorset wedding we met up at the family farm in Beaminster. With all my couples the final prep is the most important day. We sit down and go through the day and get ideas of how best to photograph it. It is also a good chance to get to know each other and get tips on what their likes and dislikes are. Rob and Kate wanted a storybook of their day with memories of their family and friends. Family was mentioned a lot in our meeting and it was clear to see that every member had an important part to play. Before leaving the farm they pointed out Gerrard’s hill  which was where they got engaged. Ideas were brewing in my head.

pre wedding shoot in west bay

THE BIG DAY ARRIVED

Due to living on the other side of Dorset it was important to leave with plenty of time to spare. The idea was to walk up Gerrard’s hill before the festivities got underway and take some photographs from the top. Good intentions sometimes get the best of you. The hill was an absolute killer and although being a fit man it soon came clear that sweating was going to be an issue! It was all worth it though as the view from the top was outstanding. The early mist was still in the air and the beauty of the valley was apparent.

When making it back to the farm things were definitely shifting at pace and Rob and the boys were getting the marquee ready. It was a good opportunity to get into my finer clothes and take in what was happening. It soon came to leaving the farm to join the girls at the Ollerod Hotel in town. The Ollerod was a beautiful place to stage the getting ready for the wedding and would definitely recommend it. The peace in the girls room was lovely. There was no nerves on show just enjoyment of each others company. The stunning Gillion Million dress was on the back of the  wardrobe door. The fan was on at full pelt which was cooling the gorgeous Lavender Blue flowers.

THE MEMORIES OF A GREAT DAY

Looking back at a wedding can become quite distant but this West dorset wedding was so much fun and have so many good memories of the day. The clear highlight was the amazing 111 year old Rover Tourer which had been in the family for 80 years. Until the wedding it was in one of the barns and was brought out of retirement for the day. It had a new splash of paint and a complete overhaul. The joy in the families faces watching kids playing with the horn was clear to see. The other memory was the speeches. Never laughed so much!

‘Charles was our photographer for our wedding in Beaminster in August 2019 and we couldn’t recommend him more highly. From a fun filled pre-wedding shoot on the beach at West Bay, mapping out our plans for the event, co-ordinating the shots on the day itself and finally sending us our amazing pack of photos so quickly afterwards, Charles did everything possible to make our day run smoothly and make us feel at ease throughout. We now have a fabulous set of photographs which capture the highlights and emotions of our day perfectly. Thank you Charles!’

Rob & Katie (August 2019)

THE MAIN SUPPLIERS

Flowers – Lavender Blue http://lavenderblueflowers.com/

Marquee – The Marquee Hire Company https://themarqueehirecompany.com/

Food – Fossil Foods https://www.fossilfoodcatering.co.uk/

Wedding Dress – Gillian Million http://www.gillianmillion.com/

Cocktails – https://www.cocktailarts.co.uk/

Catering Equipment – https://www.southwesteventhire.co.uk/

Enjoy the pics! Definitely check out Mark & Kirby’s Christchurch Harbour hotel wedding day or Darryl’s and Louisa Magical day

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)

Christchurch harbour hotel wedding photos

Christchurch harbour hotel wedding photos

This Christchurch harbour hotel wedding may of been a small affair but it was full of character and emotion. The hotel was filled with laughter from the moment they arrived, reverbrating around the room. It was such a warm and friendly wedding which has stayed with me ever since.

When knocking on Kirby’s hotel door in the morning it was so peaceful. The room was full of relaxed tones and gentle laughter.

Both Mark & Kirby come from the Midlands and come to Mudeford quite a few times a year. They both have happy memories and wanted to spend their big day here instead of back home. The only guests were their close family and you could tell they loved each others company. It was quite infectious and found myself in tears of laughter through out the day. By the end of the day I felt a part of their family and found it difficult to leave.

CHRISTCHURCH HARBOUR HOTEL

The Christchurch Harbour hotel is a friendly place with lovely staff. The hotel is readily accessible from London Waterloo, Bournemouth Airport, or Southampton Airport. Christchurch station is a 5-minute taxi ride. The main draw to the hotel is the stunning backdrop looking over Christchurch harbour.

BRIDES FAVOURITE MOMENT

 ‘The story that comes to mind is thinking I had lost my dad’s sixpence (past through his family) on Avon beach only to find it in the bedroom when I went to put my pyjamas on! Thank god I went back in the room. ‘

MARK & KIRBY’S WEDDING SUPPLIERS

Dress – Wed2b ‘Amore’ https://www.wed2b.co.uk/amore

Suit – Mark Darcy https://marcdarcy.co.uk

Flowers – https://www.angelk.co.uk/

Hair and Makeup – https://jennydmakeup.co.uk/

Famous pink pj’s! https://www.thewhitecompany.com/uk/

Rings – https://www.diamond-heaven.co.uk

Cake – https://www.facebook.com/JJCelebrationCakes/

Invitations and place cards – Tree of Hearts – https://www.treeofhearts.co.uk/

Doughnuts – Krispy Kreme – https://www.krispykreme.co.uk

Doughnut bags – https://m.facebook.com/ballardcrafts/

The Hotel – https://www.harbourhotels.co.uk/christchurch

Thank you so much for everything, Charles. We are so pleased with the pictures you captured of our special day; they truly document the day in its entirety and we can see the story behind each image. From initial contact through to receipt of our photos, the service you provided was first class. You are a lovely, talented man who made us feel totally at ease. We consider ourselves so lucky that we found you as we could not have asked for better

Mark & Kirby (Sept 2019

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The Christchurch Priory & Kings Arms Hotel

The Christchurch Priory & Kings Arms Hotel

Christchurch wedding photographer
christchurch wedding photography

CHRISTCHURCH WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

 Taking Wedding photograph’s in Christchurch is nothing without the Priory and the Kings arms Hotel. They go so well together and it is always the highlight of every year photographing there.

CHRISTCHURCH PRIORY

Since my childhood Christchurch priory has been close to my heart. When going into the church for a wedding the realisation of having such an amazing backdrop always excites and never fails to fullfill it’s potential. With its amazing architecture and it gorgeous ambience there isnt many churches that gives so much.

SUCH A HAPPY DAY

This was a lovely wedding in August 2019. The original weather forcast wasn’t looking good. Which I was really gutted as we had such plans for the day. As the day got nearer the forecast got better and better and when the day came it was nearly perfect. Beautiful sunny skies with a bit of a keen breeze. In the mid afternoon the wind calmed down and the skies got a lovely milkiness as if it was in the golden hour. I was getting as giddy as a school boy. Loved every minute of it.

The below images are my ‘storybook’ of the day. So many memories that the couple will treasure for years to come. Please click on an image to increase the size.

Thank you so much for our beautiful photo’s and for being so amazing, not only on the day but on the lead up too. You really put us at ease and you were so patient. You are brilliant and we are so happy we had you as our photographer!

Darryl & Louisa (August 2019)

CHRISTCHURCH WEDDING FAVOURITES

groom party in christchurch town centre
Bridal portrait at kings arms hotel christchurch
Christchurch priory wedding photographer
Christchurch wedding photographer
Confetti shot on a windy day at the Priory
christchurch wedding photography at the side of the Priory
Christchurch wedding photography
christchurch wedding photography on the Mound looking over the Priory
hristchurch wedding photography on the old bowling green
Dorset wedding photographer

Have a look at Christchurch Priory website – https://www.christchurchpriory.org

To find out more about the Kings Arms Hotel in Christchurch please take a look at their website – https://www.harbourhotels.co.uk/kings-arms

To see more of my work Here is a link to my home page – https://charlesthornephotography.co.uk

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)