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Matt and Kate's Autumn Wedding in the picturesque Cotswolds

August 03, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

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Matt and Kate were married in the Autumn on October 28th, with a civil ceremony and wedding reception at Hyde Barn in the picturesque Cotswolds. 

 

Matt & Kate’s Hyde Barn Wedding Day

 

I started the day with Kate photographing bridal preparations before I went next door to find Matt for groom preparations in Hyde House. One of my favourite images of the day was captured during this “getting ready” time. Kate was very calm that morning and was relaxed enough that I was able to capture a genuine laughter from her when she was having fun with her bridesmaids. Real moments like that make for the best photographs.

 

Right from the start, I loved the atmosphere that the Hyde Barn brings to a wedding, nestled in a tranquil Cotswolds landscape with traditional architecture and an elegant, contemporary finish.  The perfect back drop to their wedding memories.

 

The Cotswolds are one of my favourite places in the UK. All that golden stone and those rolling hills!  Add autumn colours and wow! Kate added seasonal accents of pumpkins, acorns, pine cones, conkers in her decor and floristry.   With the oranges and golds in the wedding party attire and you had a gorgeous autumn wedding. 

 

Matt and Kate were also sure to include plenty of details that gave a nod to Matt’s avid love of biking. Matt brought his bike to the wedding reception and even had it in pole position during the wedding breakfast, he was dedicated!  What’s more, the tables were even named after famous motorbikers. 

 

Kate & Matt, thank you for choosing me to capture your wedding memories. I hope you look back on these images and remember how wonderful your day was!

 

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Wedding Vendors

Wedding venue: Hyde Barn

Florist - All about flowers

Cake - Simplicity cakes by Sarah

Make up - Gemma Mulrooney

Bride’s Dress - San Patrick

Bride’s shoes - Ajvani

Grooms cufflinks - Dalaco

 

 

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Annabel Farley Photography offers natural, romantic wedding and portrait photography in Berkshire, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire. Click here to view my wedding portfolio or contact me for availability and pricing.


Faye and Ben's Outdoor Summer Wedding at Lainston House

July 17, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

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Faye and Ben were married on August 8th, with an outdoor ceremony at the pavilion on the lawns at Lainston House.  These two met at university and have seen each other through everything that has come their way since then. Now, I’m pleased to be part of their celebration of love and unity.

Faye and Ben’s Lainston House Wedding Day

It was a gorgeous summer’s day when I arrived to photograph Faye and Ben special day. I had so much beauty to work with, the stunning outdoor setting with a beautiful pastel floral palette of blush pink roses, baby blue hydrangeas, and pale mauve delphiniums. Lainston House is a charming 17th century William and Mary country mansion situated in Winchester, located in 63 acres of picturesque Hampshire parkland.  With Faye in a stunning Essence of Australia dress, I was spoiled as a wedding photographer. After all, there’s nothing better than the combination of a breath-taking venue, a stunning bride, and loving attention to details. I was never at a loss for something amazing to photograph.

 

Of course, a wedding is about more than looking good—it’s about the people and the celebration as well. A delicious wedding breakfast was served in the Dawley Barn and It was plain to see that Faye and Ben’s friends and family were thrilled for them and ready to show it with hilarious moments like when the best man let off a confetti cannon for the first dance. 

 

I also appreciated the nod to Ben’s Italian heritage. In Italian tradition, guests bang their glasses with spoon to encourage the bride and groom to kiss several times during the wedding breakfast. Such a fun tradition—and Faye and Ben were happy to oblige.

 

Thank you, Ben & Faye, for allowing me to be part of your wedding day. Thanks also to Helen at Willow and Blooms florist in Newbury for recommending me to Faye and Ben.

 

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Wedding Vendors

Florist - Willow & Blooms

Wedding planner at Lainston house - Danielle Lewis

Part of the Exclusive Hotels Group

Bride's dress designer -Essence Designs

Bride's shoes - Jenny Packham

Hair and make-up artist - Jo Cable

Wedding stationery - Norma & Dorothy

Cake - Cakes by Katie B 

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Annabel Farley Photography offers natural, romantic wedding and portrait photography in Berkshire, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire. Click here to view my wedding portfolio or contact me for availability and pricing.


Holy Trinity Church - Privett, near Alton Hampshire

April 26, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

 

The spire of Holy Trinity soars high over this beautiful part of the Hampshire countryside.  This church is a Victorian gem, grade II listed and funded in the 19th century by a local business man and gin distiller, William Nicholson. Liz and Richard choose this redundant church as the perfect backdrop to their DIY wedding with theme 'a day in the countryside' complete with picnic hampers and lawn games. It's perfect to put your own stamp on!

 


12 Things You Should Do After You Get Engaged

April 12, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Congratulations, you've said yes!! What an amazing time in your life! As a wedding photographer and wife, I can honestly say that you're about to embark on a wonderful journey. It all starts with that shiny diamond ring that you likely can't stop staring at but it's so much more than that. Marriage is a wonderful adventure that is full of discovery and experiences. My husband and I have celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary this year, but it still feels like yesterday to us! We wish we could do it all over again! You've got so much to look forward to.

But first, it's time to plan!

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In the next few months you'll be planning the very first day of your lives together and, although it will be so much fun, it can be slightly overwhelming, too. As a wedding photographer, I know a thing or two about weddings so today I thought I'd share with you a few tips on things you should do after you get engaged. Here we go!

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1. First things first: celebrate! Whether you go out with friends or have a celebratory dinner with family, make sure you take some time to celebrate this joyous occasion. 

2. Set a budget. Once you've celebrated, you'll want to start planning all the beautiful details of the day, but it's important to not get swept away before sitting down to calculate a budget. After all, you don't want to fall in love with a venue or even wedding dress that's not in budget. Setting a budget can be challenging, especially if your parents haven't broached the topic yet, but figuring out numbers is the most important thing you can do in this initial period in the planning process.

3. Draft a guest list. Once you have a budget, you'll need a guest list so that you can determine how much you can spend per plate for your reception. Having a guest list will also allow you to know the size of the venue you should be looking for.

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4. Research venues. Now comes the hardest part of wedding planning, in my opinion. But don't fret, because there are lots of tools to make this process easier. My favorite resource for checking out venues is Hitched. At the click of a button, you can find out tons of helpful information on each venue.

5. Think about an appropriate season. Once you have a budget and venue in mind, you'll be able determine what season would be best for your wedding. Venues have different price points during different times of the year so it's important to plan your wedding at a time when venue prices can accommodate the budget you've allocated. 

6. Gather inspiration. Now that you've got your venue, head to Pinterest to create an inspiration board to start brainstorming color palettes and design elements for your wedding. This will be largely based on season and location but you can find so many unique ideas on Pinterest to fit any taste. 

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7. Select your bridal party! This part can be so fun! Think about how you will ask your bridal party to be a part of your big day and try to make it unique and memorable. You can invite them all out on the town or if they're not local, send them a special package in the mail with a thoughtful note.

8. Book your photographer. Out of all the vendors you'll need to book, I highly recommend booking your photographer immediately after reserving your venue. Photographers tend to get booked out a year or two in advance. Plus, you'll want to do an engagement session soon and the best person to do that with is your wedding photographer. This will allow you to get to know each other before the big day so that you're completely comfortable with their approach to posing. Another benefit to booking your photographer early on is that you'll have plenty of time to get your engagement images printed so that you can use them for your save the dates.

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9. Schedule your engagement session. Now that you've got your photographer, it's time to schedule that engagement session. Pick a location that is meaningful to you or pick one that is especially picturesque!

10. Go dress shopping! At this point you've done so much work, you deserve to do something fun! Make a date with a couple of the special ladies in your life and go try on dresses. Remember to try on all types of styles because you just don't know what a dress will look like on you until you've tried it on. Countless brides have told me that they ended up going with the dress that they least expected! 

11. Research wedding fairs and put a few of them on your calendar. Wedding fairs are a great place to get ideas and get to know vendors in person. Be sure to bring along something to take notes, like a cute notebook or wedding planning guide.

12. Have a date night. Remember to focus on each other during your wedding planning. It's too easy to get wrapped up in the planning so make sure you are setting time aside to spend time together talking about anything *except* wedding planning! 

There you have it! I hope these twelve tips are useful to you in your planning. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions and if I can be of any help. 

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Annabel Farley Photography offers natural, romantic wedding and portrait photography in Berkshire, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire. Click here to view my wedding portfolio or contact me for availability and pricing.


Wasing Park Wedding Photography - St Nicholas Church | Victoria and David

March 15, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

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All weddings are special to me but Victoria and David's in particular stands out because of one simple but wonderful reason: it took place where my husband and I were married, too! It was such a pleasure to capture their wedding memories and be reminded of ours too.  I'm so glad that Victoria and David found me and chose me to capture their day because it was certainly one of the most special weddings I have captured to date!

The Wedding Day

Victoria and David met during a night out in Newbury. When they were ready to tie the knot, they found me thanks to one of their wedding guests who recommended me and I'm so very thankful for that.

The ceremony took place at St. Nicholas, an ancient church dating back to the 15th century. Love is in the walls there! It's such a pretty and serene location, just perfect for a wedding. Once we were ready to start the celebrations, the guests headed over to the Garden room for Pimms and canapés.  The wedding breakfast was served in the Castle Barn which was adorned with beautiful white floral arrangements and blue accents.  Lots of details that worked well with the couple's theme navy and gold. The speeches were full of emotion and laughter, it was truly special. The cake was made by the bride, it was outstanding!  Everyone had a wonderful time celebrating with the newlyweds. You'll see it all in the images below!

There are so many spots for great photo opportunities.  For the couple's portraits, we used the Victorian summer house and secret walled garden at Wasing Park and it was just lovely.  Check out the highlights of the day in the recap below! 

Victoria and David, a heartfelt thank you for allowing me to capture your wedding. It was a wonderful reminder of how wonderful it is to love and be loved.It’s always a joy to return to Wasing Park and I can’t wait for my next wedding there!

Wasing Park Wedding Photos | Victoria and David

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Wedding Vendors

Wedding Venue | Wasing Park

Church - St Nicholas Church

Florist | Cherubs

Wedding Cake | The bride herself!

Wedding Dress | Chanticleer

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Annabel Farley Photography offers natural, romantic wedding and portrait photography in Berkshire, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire. Click here to view my wedding portfolio or contact me for availability and pricing.

 

 

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