It's a mid-November's day and I'm on my way to the absolutely amazing Burley Manor in the New Forest. Wow, what a venue! Upon arrival, the fields surrounding this building are surrounded with wild horses and deer. Such a beautiful area for a wedding. And what can I say about the weather? Quite mild for this time of year and DRY!
Now, this is my last wedding of 2017 and my last before maternity leave. It's also the wedding of a long-term friend, Emma and her lovely partner Cameron (who wore a Moss Bros suit). I've known Emma for many years now through our mutual love of music. (And I didn't even realise later on in the evening that she also liked Verka Serduchka's hilarious but catchy Eurovision song 'Dancing Lasha Tumbai' which came on during the reception and instantly made me smile - Eurovision fans will relate!!).
Anyway, back to the wedding itself! The Barn behind the main manor house was where the ceremony took place. It was decorated beautifully with lots of candles, trinkets, foliage and flowers. The couple collected and purchased lots of different items to decorate the venue and make it as personal as possible. There were bride and groom puffins from Iceland, a home-made seating plan, bunting and Nightmare Before Christmas ingredients jars amongst various other things. Some of the vases, candle holders and terrariums / plant pots were provided by Joey at The The Wild Fox who helped to decorate the tables along with the Burley Manor staff.
As Emma walked down the aisle in her Maggie Sottero dress (from The Red Cross Bridal Shop, Dorking) and Irregular Choice shoes, Cameron couldn't hide his emotions. Emma looked just amazing (and totally rocked the flower crown)! There were readings from friends and afterwards, guests were lead down to the manor house for welcome drinks, canapés and congratulations. We carried out group shots outside the manor with the deer park in the background and the sun shining down on us. Bridesmaids wore dresses sourced from Amazon. Flowers were created by Joey at The Wild Fox.
After newlywed portraits, Mr & Mrs Ashley-King were introduced into the room where their guests were waiting. The timings by this venue were perfect and they were great at keeping me informed of everything that was going on at all times - something I love in a venue! Excellent organisation!
After the wedding breakfast came the speeches and boy were these both emotional and funny. One of my favourite parts of the day! Teas and coffees were served in the heated marquee next to the barn whilst the room was turned around for the evening party and a rockabilly band played after a fantastic playlist chosen by the couple had finished (note the Verka track above, if you've not heard of it, go to YouTube and check it out - I dare you not to smile when you hear it!).
The cake was just amazing (created by The Fairy Cake Company) - can you tell there's also Harry Potter theme throughout here? Absolute magic!
After the cake was cut, the first dance and father-daughter dance followed before the newlyweds and their guests danced their way into the night. Firstly with a playlist created by the couple themselves and then a rockabilly band, The Orbitones played an awesome set!
Mr & Mrs Ashley-King; Thank you for having me photograph your wedding - you're such a fantastic couple and I wish you all the best for the future!