We are so lucky to live in Portsmouth and work as wedding photographers. Not only do we have access to stunning beaches and historic landmarks, we are also based near some of the most beautiful and unusual wedding venues on our doorstep. In fact, if you are looking for a wedding venue that is steeped in history, provides beautiful photography backdrops and epitomizes timeless romance then look no further than The Mary Rose Museum. Situated at Portsmouth’s infamous historic dockyard you can say your vows on a balcony right next to the historic ship remains surrounded by twinkling lights all around.
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It can be tricky trying to find a venue to suit all your needs: a licensed venue; a room with a large capacity; an outdoor space for photographs; a wow factor for your wedding guests to enjoy celebrating with you.
Having photographed a number of weddings and events at The Mary Rose Museum I can vouch for the fact that this is one of those gems where you can tick a lot of boxes that may well be on your list. And…it helps that we love the variety of settings and lighting, as well as the fantastic staff members who treat the brides and groom, the guest AND the wedding photographers, like royalty! Well, it is a historic venue there to preserve and celebrate a rather famous time in our royal family too!
Please see our wedding video for an example of a recent wedding we photographed there or click here to read more about our weddings at The Mary Rose Museum
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It has been a wonderful long summer of weddings and the wedding season certainly has not finished for us with some lovely September and October weddings to look forward to. Admittedly, between shooting, editing, album desiging and our portrait work as well as other social media updates this blog has been neglected recently but better late than never so here are highlights to follow.
April was a lovely month for weddings and one highlight was capturing the wonderful Jen and Nigel as they said their wedding vows at Rhinefield House Hotel in The New Forest. The drive up to this stunning hotel is one of the most impressive we have seen and the interior and exterior grounds do not disappoint either.
When Nigel came to collect their wedding album a couple of months after their wedding, we did have a giggle together as we browsed through the pages and he pointed to a photo of wiping away a tear after seeing his lovely bride walk down the aisle. Apparently, as Jen looked at him at this poignant and highly emotional moment she said, “Man up princess”. Priceless!
Loved capturing this beautiful Christmas wedding of Emma and Ashley at The Royal Marines Museum. This was a such a special day full of excited children and a beautiful poem written and read out during the ceremony by their son Jack. Here are a couple of my favourites when the couple bravely stepped out on to the balcony in the December cold for their couple photographs.
A fantastic November and December for outdoor family portraits on the beach in Southsea. Just posted off the last of the prints and cds today to be delivered and placed under the Christmas trees in many family homes. Merry christmas everyone!
This year more than any other I have enjoyed the benefits both professionally and personally of being in such a personal service provider business which is the nature of wedding and portrait photography. The biggest part of this is that once a wedding album has been handed over, the relationship with a couple invariably will not end there which is so lovely. I have photographed four pregnancy shoots this year with couples who already knew me as their trusted wedding photographer. I have also been asked to return to photograph family birthday events, christenings and retirement celebrations. Most recently, I was delighted to go up to Winchester to meet Jen and Nick’s newborn baby, Freddie. Jem and Nick got married in Norton Park Hotel in Sutton Scotney, Winchester in 2012 and Julian and I were there from the bridal prep to the first dance to capture their special day.
This August we got together again to take some lovely sunset photographs on Southsea Beach of Jem at the end of her pregnancy. So as soon as I was invited we arranged a date to capture the new parents with their gorgeous baby boy.
Just designing a beautiful new sample album to add to my ever growing wedding album portfolio. Couldn’t resist the beautiful new Young Book album from Graphi Studio Albums. Always tricky to choose a wedding to feature but decided to focus on one the gems of the Portsmouth area where I live…HMS Warrior. Such a unique venue and Julian and I love photographing weddings there.
I loved reading this article with its insight into the life of a wedding photographer. I always say you need to be a real people person to enjoy this job. I would never suit being a landscape photographer for example but I can honestly say I feel privileged every time I am invited to capture a wedding day, a pregnancy in its final stages, a newborn baby’s first photo shoot or a family celebration. It is a daily reminder of people enjoying being in love with their partner or baby or family member. What’s not to love about that?
I love variety in photography and seeking out new locations and venues and of course in the models themselves – whether they are bride and grooms, expectant mothers, excited toddlers or even much loved pets. However, at this time of year I find that when I am planning my pre wedding shoots I am consistently drawn towards my old and trusted favourite friend…..the beach. Fortunately, living in Portsmouth, I not only have access to lovely pebbled beaches with slimy rich green seaweed walls but also the nooks and crannnies of the old tower and castles along the historic seafront.
The soft and flattering light provided by the arches and the shelter from harsh sunshine and coastal winds further justifies my reluctance to move too far away from such a reliable and beautiful source for portrait and pre wedding shoots.
Just leaves me more opportunity to concentrate on having fun with the children I am photographing or the nervous bride or groom who hate having their photo taken. So, if you see any crazy dancing going on around this area by a gal with two cameras strapped around her neck….strong chance it is me!
Happy Summer everyone.x