I’m so grateful to Abi & Ian for asking me to be their wedding photographer for their day at Tournerbury Woods Estate in Hayling Island.
Abi & Ian are, it’s easy to say, unique. From the moment we first met, in London earlier in the year, I could tell that their relationship was very special. They both are creative souls, Abi having been in a band when they first met. Both are serious about their music which is something that binds them. I should have guessed at that moment that Abi would write and perform her own Ucalaly solo speech on the wedding day, (pictures of that further down the page!!).
Their day was one of the hottest days the UK has experienced, which isn’t all that hot in the scheme of things, but still 35 degrees shooting a wedding is tough! Luckily Abi & Ian had thought about this in advance and there were Ice Lollies and Ice Cream to hand. Their day was always going to be unique in their own way. Being set in the great outdoors in the UK is always a risk, but being set in nature was important. Music was another important part of the day, with a great guitarist setting the mood all afternoon, playing for hours in the scorcing Sun, legend! Some other very creative, music related ideas featured in the day.
Abi is a bit of a hippie at heart. So she created a BoHo look by drawing together subtle and relaxed elements to produce her look. Loose flowing hair, relaxed off the shoulder dress, subtle but effective makeup, minimal jewellery. All finished off with a piece of gold headware.
Professional Makeup Artist Kimberley Dredge was the brains behind creating the makeup look. If you are interested in how Abi’s makeup was created you can contact Kimberley at ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’.
The skills behind creating Abi’s flowing BoHo hair was Charlotte from Polkadot hair & makeup. If you would like her to create something for you, you can contact Charlotte at ‘email@example.com’.
Abi & Ian are a creative pair, they were involved in the music scene in the South London area in their youth, so music had to play a role somewhere in the wedding day. Scroll down to later in the day to see Abi’s secret musical contribution to the speeches!
The vibe was set before the ceremony began by an awesome guitarist. He sent out chilled acoustic sounds to compliment the gentle breeze blowing through the trees. I loved how he just sat there, knocking out a solo session, improvising anything to suit the moment. It was great, and remined me of a Spanish guitarist I had seen earlier that year while shooting a wedding in Mallorca.
Of course no day would be complete without a relative in a crazy hat. These can be found at all good zany relative stores.
The idyllic wooded setting of Tournerbury Woods Estate. On a day like this it’s a beautiful place to have you wedding ceremony. With the breeze blowing through the leaves, and when the day becomes a bit too hot, it’s a short walk to be beside the water, where the sea breeze cools everyone down.
Umbrellas out! But thankfully, on this day to keep off the sun and not the rain.
What a place to be on a scorching Summers day. A Tournerbury Woods Estate wedding is blessed with this view, hidden away at the far end of the estate. It was 35 degrees but the cool breeze, Ice cream and lollys helped cool things down.
Honestly, hats off to this guy! Sorry, I didn’t catch your name Mr guitarist, you did a stirling job sir. I know what it’s like shooting a wedding, you have to keep your cool and composure whilst nearly dying of exhaustion and dehydration. This guy carried on sessioning all morning and afternoon. I did my best to ship across drinks and ice cream, hopefuly he survived!
Exploring Tournerbury Woods Estate
The day had been a packed schedule, so it was quite late on in the day that Ian, Abi and myself ventured out into the wilds of this Hayling Island wedding venue to create some weding photos that they would remember. Spontaneous moments are the best, so this unplanned exploration encouraged spontanious moments between Ian & Abi. Also a little lubrication by alcohol after the speeches did no harm!
From a photographers point of view I found Tournerbury Woods estate as a little treat of a location to shoot at. What I like about the place is that it is untamed. I find that the very manicured venues don’t really appeal to my style of photography. I prefer the wild, rutic and untouched look, that all adds to the natural charm and romanticism of a place.
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