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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Wedding at The Pub With No Name

Andy & Charlotte's wedding reception was at The Pub With No Name. As if that wasn't confusing enough, it you approach if from the A32, it turns out that it's off The Road With No Name...both in the Middle of No-where!

Way before we had to worry about that particular seemingly impossible navigational challenge, Charlotte had her Bridal Prep in her parents' cottage.

Once everything was perfect, her Dad (who had been staying out of the way all morning) was let in to see her.

Nobody had expected him to be very emotional about seeing his daughter dressed in her wedding dress but how wrong could they have been, a more delighted and proud father of the bride would be hard to find.

Father and daughter were driven to Hambledon Church in a wonderful little green Austin 12.

The ceremony itself was delightful and included readings as well as a piano accompanied song during the signing of the Register.

After the ceremony the weather was perfect...

...and her dutiful bridesmaids removed the confetti from Charlotte's hair ready for her photographs.

Then it was off to find the Pub With No Name, down the Road With No Name in the middle of Who Knows Where.

We've no idea how but we all arrived without at the right place at the right time...

...and in time to see the wonderfully traditional sight of Morris Dancers doing their thing outside a traditional country pub.

We just had time for a few quick romantic portraits before the sky clouded over...

...and it was time to go in for their meal.

...and the Morris Dancers offered to form an archway on their way into the could they refuse.

Andy and Charlotte's wedding cake was a cheese cake...complete with felt bride and groom mice.

After the meal there was more Morris Dancing...

...and then it was time for their First Dance as man and wife in the beautifully elegant marquee at the Pub With No Name.

It was a wedding of tradition, of touching moments and wonderful jokes & giggles. Andy and Charlotte are a fabulous couple and they had a wonderful day. We wish them our most heartfelt congratulations and good wishes for their future.

...and the really strange thing about the Pub With No has a's The White Horse!

by Jacqui and Steve

Sunday 17 August 2014

Sailing Club, London Bus & Jazz Wedding

Jon & Fiona had their evening celebrations in a sailing club and were rewarded with the most beautiful evening sky, perfect for portraits on the sailing club slipway.

Fiona's day started with bridal prep in a local hotel. Her room was wonderfully spacious, light and airy which really helped to set her up for the most fabulous of weddings.

Fiona was given away by her father at the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Portsmouth.

Her Flower Girl never put a foot wrong and her bridesmaids were stunning.

The Cathedral's architecture is magnificent and imposing, a total contrast to the ceremony itself which was intimate and friendly.

Just before the ceremony started the weather was appalling with thoroughly unpleasant rain. By the time Jon & Fiona were married you would never have known the weather had been so bad, it was bright sunshine and calm winds.

Then it was off in their car for their Reception meal...

...and speeches.

Then it was off in the big red London bus to the sailing club for their evening celebrations.

It was a fabulous evening and perfect for some evening sky portraits on the slipway...

...they're such a lovely couple it was so nice the weather was perfect for them.

...and their sense of playfulness permeated the whole's a moment re-enacted from a famous film.

...and here's a lady absolutely determined to catch the bride's bouquet.

At the sailing club, the couple had booked a fabulous jazz quartet...the music was absolutely brilliant...

...until the girls decided they wanted to play.

Eventually the bride was coaxed away from the double bass and Jon & Fiona took to the dance floor as man and wife for the first time.

They are a lovely couple who had a fabulous wedding full of fun and blessed with perfect weather. Congratulations Jon & Fiona, we wish you a very happy and long life together.

by Steve Dunster
16 August 2014

Friday 15 August 2014

Don't Tell The Bride...about the Guns, Vintage & Jazz

Mark and Gina had a wedding day full of fun and surprises. Gina had given Mark the job of organising their wedding...all she knew was her wedding dress, her photographers (that would be us) and her colour scheme.

There was never any doubt as to her colour scheme, red is her favourite colour and would have to play a major part in her wedding.

...and what a part it played, it was vivid and vibrant, stunning and stylish...just like, in fact, the rest of their wedding.

The first surprise for Gina was her venue...Fort Nelson, Museum of the Royal Armouries.

Shoes, it turns out, was a big part of the styling for the day, for both the youngsters...

...and the grownups.

There were so many running jokes throughout the day but one of the most notable was involving a teddy bear so it seemed a given to have a ring shot with said bear.

Their ceremony at Fort Nelson, was just like the rest of the day, full of fun...

...and affection.

After their ceremony, they both took it in turns to fire one of the guns at the museum...

...which went down well with the crowd and Gina alike.

Then there was just time for a few bride and groom portraits around the fort...

...and amongst some of the guns

...and then it was time to move on to their next venue, yet another secret that Gina had no idea about.

Mark had organised their reception to be at the Concorde Club in Eastleigh, home of British jazz.

It was wonderfully stylish. Mark had used Gina's chosen colour of red to stunning effect.

It didn't just look good, with the red and black, it felt good with a fabulously vintage feel.

Mark had got a gramophone...

...complete with a red (of course) vinyl record with a "Gina & Mark" label.

He had an old typewriter and the copy sticking out of it was the Guests' Seating Plan.

Their cake looked wonderfully vintage...

 ...even their photo-booth was vintage...

...and of course their band was vintage.

After the meal they had a children's entertainer who had the youngsters mesmerised. He didn't just do balloon dogs...he did bazookas and jet packs!

Then, after a quick change, he did the most amazing things with fire...

...including fire breathing!!!!

Then inside for the chocolate fountain...

...and then their First Dance as man and wife...and this of course was fun and stylish...and jazz!

...they thrilled their guests to an amazing dance the all time jazz favourite...

..."I'm the King of the Jungle"

...which was well received by the "judges".

This was an amazing wedding, meticulously planned and full to the brim with style...but more than all of that...this was a wedding overflowing with fun and affection.

Well played Mark...well played. We wish you both a long, fun and affectionate marriage.

by Steve Dunster
14 August 2014