Gina & Ben had us down to their beautiful house a few weeks back, for their magnificent, fun and relaxed fun fair wedding. They wanted a different take on the traditional wedding, and wanted to make it fun for everyone – so they had had an entire fun fair to entertain their guests, from a coconut shy to a ring toss, a strength tester, ice cream van and street food… and of course, an actual, full size, fully amazing, FERRIS WHEEL. I love weddings with a big focus on the guests having an amazing time – we’ve had a few weddings with circus games, fete style games and even one with flying pigs… but a full sized fun fair was certainly a first for us!
A few weeks ago, I celebrated my 30th Birthday, & what better way to celebrate your birthday, than by doing something you absolutely love! I had the pleasure of documenting Chloé & Dave’s special day & I cannot think of a nicer bunch of people to spend the day with!! They are such stars they even gave me a special Birthday shoutout in their speeches & then brought me out a stunning cake!
It also marked the first time Heather & I have photographed a wedding together since Robyn was born, 7 months ago – strangely she has been busy up until this point & unable to be my second photographer, but we’re pleased to say we are now back to normal! (Albeit normal +1!)
Anyway, enough about us – back to the lovely Chloé & Dave… They are complete family people, they love their families & children, & they filled their day with both! They had around 20 children for the day (which I think may be some kind of record), one of which being their own daughter Flo – who absolutely stole the show!
Katy and James’ East Meon wedding was an absolute corker! Scorching hot weather, a fabulous couple, mega friendly guests, a beautiful location and tons of gorgeous details.
Katy and James wanted dual coverage so they booked both Heather and I for their big day. When we checked the weather reports the day before and saw the possibility of heavy thunder storms/sun we decided to pack welly boots (luckily we didn’t need the wellies!) and sun tan lotion before heading off to East Meon in Hampshire to meet up with Katy and her bridal party who were getting ready at the local B&B.
Chloe and James are a mega creative couple and their Firle Place wedding, which took place in the grounds of Firle Place and Firle Riding School in Sussex, had a lovely village fete theme, complete with loads of outdoor circus-style games to keep their guests amused during the reception. They even had a mini tightrope – how awesome is that?!
We find ourselves travelling all across the country, with recent weddings in Bath, Bristol, Wales and the isle of wight – in addition to our usual locations of London and Surrey – It was a real treat to be a part of one so close to home!
Chloe the bride plays horn in the Uckfield Concert Brass band and her band chums played throughout the ceremony at the church and then again later at the wedding reception. But as an extra special touch the band was joined by Chloe herself on the horn. Seriously, she is one talented lady!
In a break from the traditional three course wedding breakfast Chloe and James laid on a fish and chip supper for the guests, all made fresh on site by a mobile fish and chip company, complete with optional mushy peas and lashings of tomato ketchup, salt and vinegar. As a chip connoisseur I can confirm they were utterly delicious.
And as a final awesome touch Chloe and James had hired some Charleston dancers to teach their guests a dance routine. The dancers were incredible and by the end of the night everyone was out of their seats and dancing their socks off. I bet there were some very sore feet the next day!
Chloe and James your wedding was utterly awesome. Thank you so much for letting me be a part of it and inspiring me to try my hand at juggling! x
If you like your weddings with a touch of grandeur, like Firle Place – you might also like weddings at Goodwood, one of Sussex’s other legendary estates.