A Beautiful Summer's Wedding at Denbies Wine Estate 28/7/18

Denbies Wine Estate

It was beautiful…arriving at Denbies Wine Estate for Rachel & Stuarts Wedding. A really gorgeous location, lots of spacious room to move and a tour of the estate in between your wedding breakfast…what more could you ask for.

Denbies Wine Estate

Rachel & Stuarts Big Day

I arrived to a sparkly and vibrant Rachel, eager to put her beautiful dress on and meet her husband to be down the aisle. They actually chose to be married outside in the wonderful courtyard. I was loving it, seeing the guest arrive and ready to witness a momental moment.

The ceremony went really well, a few gusts of wind didn’t stop any of the romance from happening and the final I will’s they became MR & MRS. Simply Wonderful

LadyLissy Flowers
Rachel & Steward Wedding
Cheeky Wedding Smiles
Brides Tears
Denbies Wine Estate First Dance


All in All, It really was a special day not just with the weather but with so many people who made their day incredible.

I’d would like to thank…

Flowers: LadyLissy floristry

Dress: Ozone Bridal, Brighton

Venue: Denbies Wine Estate

Music: The Deloreans

Cakes: Celebration Cake, Cranleigh

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Much Love

Kieran

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Lauren & James Wedding

I've known Lauren for 13 years, so to be asked to do her wedding was a real honour for me. After the great relationship we built during her engagement shoot with James, I knew the wedding day was going to be amazing.

It so it was...

Starting at The Navigator Inn, I met the beautiful bride, preparing for her big day. We then arrived at the wedding ceremony then back to the Navigator for some lovely photos, food and cake.

All in all a fantastic day. Here are some incredible images of Lauren and James Wedding

 

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Wedding Ring
Wedding Car
Bridal Preparations
Ice Cream Van
Wedding Dance
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If you have any comments about the day, memories or kind words, do feel free to write a comment :D

 

Kieran x

1 Very Important Point to Consider When Booking Your Wedding Ceremony...

So you've gotten engaged, flicked through the bridal magazines and finally zeroed in on your perfect wedding ceremony.

For most of us, booking a wedding can be an incredible experience, once you start putting the big parts of the jigsaw that is your wedding day together, you can finally piece together the small bits and gain a sense of pride and accomplishment too.

However, there is 1 key element which can be neglected, not thought about or even mentioned until the very day of your wedding.

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Photos...

More specifically as a wedding photographer, where and when, you can take photos during a wedding ceremony.

Often I've arrived at a ceremony full of life, camera in hand, ready to capture the most intimate, powerful and precious moments as the bride and groom declare their love for one another in front of their friends and family...only to be halted by the minister.

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Depending on where you choose to marry, there are venues in which the vicar/minister/officiate will explain where photos can and can't be taken.

In one wedding, the couple didn't know they couldn't have the ceremony captured and only found out when I explained that the vicar wouldn't allow me to take any photos of the wedding.

I was granted access to 1 photo of them signing the register and the rest of the time I had to sit in the back in complete silence.

For this couple it was heartbreaking, and it was for me too. Knowing they had paid all this money yet they couldn't have the most precious moments captured.

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I've had requests not to take photos during the vows, right the way through to only being able to take photos on the top tier away from everyone.

My biggest encouragement to you is...don't get caught out. Ask those questions when you speak to the venue coordinator. Ask them what photos they are allowed to have captured. I will always encourage my clients to put me in touch with the ceremony hosts, this allows me to ask those questions without stressing you out. 

And consider this, are the photos of your moments declaring you love to your spouse important to you...I would say absolutely. If a ceremony venue won't budge on allowing photos then consider looking elsewhere perhaps.

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I'm fully aware this may not always be able to happen, due to availability of venues, cranky mothers insisting you get married in the only church in the village, or the general costs of funding the wedding of your dreams.

However, I would encourage you to be brave, ask questions, stay true to whats most important to you on the day, and most importantly enjoy the process of planning your day. 

My heart for you, is that you don't get caught out at the last minute, and to eliminate as many stresses leading up to your amazing day.

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Do you have any stories similar to this?? I'd love to hear from you, consider writing your experience in the comments section below.

Kieran Boniface

Claire and Ashleigh

What a stunning wedding. Full of sun, love and laughter. One of my favs 

Check out these incredible images

 

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Sunset Kiss
Sunset Group Image
Bouquet Catch
Love Perfection

I'm sure you can agree, some stunning images displaying love in its most purest 

 

Kieran x

 

Jenny & Paul

Wowser...what a crazy summer it's been this year.

How beautiful that summer was with Jenny & Paul on a hot and baking day.

Jenny and Paul

I met Jenny and Paul at their home a few months before the wedding and I knew then just how special this day would be to myself as much as for them.

Weddings come in various shapes and sizes, from massive full-on banquet type affairs to small and dainty. This felt like it had it all and then some.

Why do I love wedding photography? because people forget that I'm attending their wedding and just let themselves be. It free's me to capture an incredible story.

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I don't think there's a wedding that goes by where I'm not holding back the tears, thing is its ok when you're the guest but extremely hard to see through a camera with tears in your eyes.

 

With the summer weather, 2 beautiful people saying their vows, a lot of incredible food and many laughter and tears, it made for one stunning wedding.

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I get asked sometimes if I do wedding photography for the money? I say not really...I do it for the people. Capturing people showing commitment too each other in front of their loved ones is the single greatest honour and feeling in the world, no amount of money could buy that.

 

 

 

Lauren and James

I have always found engagement shoots an immense joy to behold. Though a great chance to get to know each other, there is always a sense of nerves and expectations that come with the territory.

Lauren and James

What comes naturally to me, is the ability to settle even the hardest of nerves, through fun, laughing and a lot of jokes, I make space for people to just be themselves.

I met with Lauren and James on a blustery Saturday evening in Victoria Country Park in Southampton. We headed for the beach and hopefully the sunshine and began shooting what was to be an incredibly beautiful time with these guys.

 

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I love a moody sky, one that shows off the dark clouds overhead...it makes for a more poignant message of love. Couple willing to stand together maybe in conditions that aren't ideal and be willing to continually walk together in love.

I've known Lauren for many years now and it's been a pleasure watching her mature into a strong and passionate lady. I could sense the pride in James looking at her from time to time. 

 

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Love can't be bottled up and sold...but it can be captured, one picture at a time

 

Kieran

Dannielle & Nick

The Unknown

Engagement shoots present a wonderful opportunity to get to know your couple before their big day. Inevitably there is a sense of the unknown before meeting them. It's always good to present yourself in the truest form possible.

Loving Engagement Shoot

It is safe to say this couple did exactly that...I met them for their engagement shoot that they won as we heading to the woods for some beautiful photos.

Nick is a breath of fresh air, you can tell if a couple is great for each other, by the way they handle one another's personalities. 

Dannielle just laughs off the electric and vibrant character that her husband oozes. I sense of sheer joy and apprehension a wash on her face as they embrace the incredible love they have for one another.

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As a photographer, there is something so beautiful and intrinsic about framing and capturing couples joy for each other.

For that hour the world simply stops...and we witness beauty and love meet for the camera to see.

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We journey through the woods, finding gorgeous areas to capture their love. Conversations flowing, laughter heard everywhere. It was such a pleasure to capture such beautiful people.

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They say a camera can never lie...which I would agree with 100%. I say what I captured in the woods was nothing short of beautiful, loving, real and vulnerable. People continue to amaze me that through whatever challenges we may face, we can achieve so much together.

Kieran

Kaylee & Nigel

Engagement Shoot

I've recently dipped my toe in the 'Engagements Water' so to speak and I have to say I've loved every minute of it.

It's a great way to get to know your couple before their wedding day, find out what makes them laugh and allow for them to ask any questions.

I met with Kaylee & Nigel this week to capture their beautiful engagement shoot and to celebrate their love for one another.

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Oh...I forgot to mention...They bought their beautiful DOG!!! You may or may not know this, but I'm a sucker for dogs. I love them so much, they are my spirit animal, I've decided.

Well, this engagement shoot just got a whole lot more awesome. We strolled through the beautiful Common in Southampton. A lush place for some great images.

The image below has to be one of my Favs 

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The dog was very much in there element and wanted know part to play in this mussy kiss. But I captured it anyway haha. 

One thing I love about my job as a Photographer is simply watching people be free, to share love and express it in their way, not forced or contrived. 

What a beautiful couple. Fact

Kieran

Karren & John

In case you were wondering...I love weddings. Theres something to pure and emotional as a photographer witnessing loved ones declare their love to one another.

It's like the whole world stops for that day and watches in on an incredible beautiful time. 

Huge congratulations to Karren and John, you rocked it so hard :D 

I saw them a few weeks before the wedding and could tell stresses where high, I mean...lets put it into perspective. Your planning a major event, trying to keep everyone happy, meet expectations, have all the planning nailed to a 'T'. Weddings are stressful. And then it happens...the day arrives and something beautiful takes over from the stresses of wedding planning...LOVE.

 

Love wins...

 

Karren & John Wedding Kiss

I asked John how he was feeling leading up to the ceremony on the day, he said..."nah I'm all good"

Karren looking as cool as a cucumber, swans into the ceremony all majestic, ready to meet the man of her life.

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The entire day ran so smoothly. Without a hitch, or care in the world. Two people very much in love, dedicated to the cause.

 

 Love always Protects, Trusts, Hopes and always Perseveres  

Love always Protects, Trusts, Hopes and always Perseveres  

After some incredible food it was time to PARTY!!!

In the words of Shania Twain...Looks Like We Made It

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Here's to a beautiful couple. May love, live longer and prosper. Never forget the journey you've come from and rejoice in the journey you walk together into the future.

Kieran

13 Points To Remember When Planning a Wedding

1: Create A Budget Plan

One of the crucial areas of wedding planning to think about is how much you can afford to spend. Whether your budget is £1000 or £100,000, you can be sure that there are services out there that will suit your needs — and are within your budget.

Couples can choose to pay for their wedding themselves, where as others split the cost with their family, or if your lucky, parents are happy to fund the whole day themselves. Be mindful of exactly how much your willing to spend, and stick to your guns.  

 

2: Find The Perfect Wedding Venue

So…you have a date, and your ready and fired up to tackle ‘THE WEDDING VENUE’. Experience teaches us that, unless you are planning an exact date, years in advance, the availability and choice of venue can impact the actual date of the wedding.

Choosing the perfect wedding venue will certainly take time and a lot of patience, but with the help of google and word of mouth you will find a perfect setting for your big day. If you choose to get married in a beautiful church or require a local registrar, then be sure to seek the advice of your local Register Office. When both the ceremony and wedding venue arrangements are cemented, your whole day should technically fall into place.

One important area to remember will be your first night together as a married couple. Not every reception venue has hotel facilities. Planning your first night together should be something too think about when viewing wedding venues.

 

3: Look into Wedding Insurance

An average UK wedding costs somewhere between £15,000 and £20,000. Think about the cost of wedding rings, a wedding dress, catering and the many other wedding essentials and you will soon see how much they add up to.

While it is not very romantic to think about what might go wrong with your wedding, it is best to be prepared. Purchasing Insurance from the moment you start spending money on your wedding could really help with peace of mind for both your wedding, and honeymoon.

 

4: Wedding Rings

So, you’ve set a date and purchased wedding insurance you can begin to buy all of the accessories that will bring your beautiful day together — including wedding rings that will symbolise you love to one another forever. Legend has it that the tradition of wedding rings comes from the circular shape meaning an endless commitment too one another.

Another legend has it that a vein runs directly from your wedding finger to the heart, connecting the two of you together. Whatever legend you believe, when selecting your ring you are not just choosing a beautiful piece of jewellery that will look lovely on your finger, you are also taking another step towards bonding yourselves together forever.

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5: The Wedding Invite List

The truth is you have probably already thought about it. When you were younger did you dream of the fairytale wedding or was yours a smaller, more cosy affair?

When you planned your wedding budget earlier in step 1 presumably you have agreed on the amount you will be spending on your reception venue. And, as you have selected your venue it’s safe to assume that you have a good idea of the size of your wedding list. At this point, do not worry about the actual number of people you have down but think more about not overlooking anyone.

Once you are convinced you have everyone included, you can start eliminating people off the list or at least categorising people into daytime and evening guests. Be prepared to give and take a little when discussing people with your partner and try to be as accommodating as possible. That being said, remember that it is your day and if there is somebody there that will really make your day, stand strong.

 

6: The Dress

Buying a wedding dress can be one of the most fun and exciting parts of the whole wedding preparation process. No matter what shape or size you are, there are a multitude of dresses to be found in this world, not to mention all the accessories you’ll need to make yourself look the part.

Groomswear, ushers, bridesmaids, flower girls, pageboys and every other member of the wedding party will also need to be considered, so be prepared to spend some time making sure the complete wedding party is coordinated.

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7: Wedding Stationary

Whilst you’ve probably already told everyone you know about your up and coming marriage, now is the time to make it official.

Your initiations should be sent out approximately 3-6 months in advance of your beautiful day, but it’s never too early to choose a design or style of stationery that you love.

In order to give your guests as much notice as possible, why not send out ‘save the date’ cards to announce your wedding and ensure that your guests keep that date free, with an ‘official invitation to follow’ in the near future.

 

8: Honeymoon

Having dealt with various wedding suppliers, bridesmaid issues, months of stress and trying to make the biggest day of your life perfect you will need a holiday.

Your honeymoon is normally your first few weeks alone with your new partner, so it should be truly exciting. If you’ve not built your honeymoon spend into your main wedding budget then decide between you both how much money you can allocate for your honeymoon, and where you’d like to go. A honeymoon is generally taken with in the first few days of being married.

However, depending you your wedding date you may find booking your honeymoon a couple of months after your wedding may help the purse strings. I got married in August and had our official honeymoon in October. We saved over £600 going to Turkey.

We had a mini break after our wedding to allow us to sleep. Changing your name on the passport is best left until after you return from the holiday, but if you don’t own a passport with a least 6 months validity left on it, it would be advisable to get one sooner rather than later. Depending on where you travel to you may need to check whether or not you require a visa.

 

9: Book a Wedding Photographer

Through out your wedding day you will experience so many wonderful moments that you will want to remember forever. By booking a good wedding photographer or videographer you’ll be able to look over your favourite moments time and time again and they will be a treasure to keep forever.

 

10: Wedding Gift List

Whilst you are getting married for love, one nice ‘bonus’ is all those lovely presents you are going to receive. And even better, you get to pick them all out yourself!

Most ladies love shopping so going in to a store or online and choosing anything you want for your guest list will be amazing, and is also a smart idea because it avoids you being given 3 toasters or 9 blenders.

 

11: Table Plans

If you’ve made use of the ‘save the date’ cards, most of your guests should be well aware when your wedding is and will be eagerly anticipating the invitation landing on their doormat. You should send out your invites a minimum of 8 weeks before your wedding however sooner is often better.

If you are inviting a lot of overseas guests it would be advisable to send them early in order for replies to come back to you.

There is nothing more frustrating than not knowing how many people to cater for or where to seat who if you are unsure of your final numbers.

One way around this is to have a ‘reserve list’ of people that you would like to invite if numbers permit. Your table plan will need to be arranged as soon as you have all of your RSVPs back from the guests you invited.

Table List

 

12: Stag & Hen Nights

Also known as ‘the last night of freedom’ the stag and hen nights will be a night or weekend celebration with your best friends to celebrate your future wedding.

Whether your party be at home, out on the town or abroad, your stag or hen party will be all about you, and will be a celebration to remember forever.

 

13: Finishing Touches

Every couple’s wedding is unique to them so it is difficult to put into words exactly what final touches you will need to take care of. Things to think about are your wedding breakfast, order of service, rehearsals, speeches, reading, poems, music, transport

 

I won’t have covered everything that takes place in setting up your perfect day. But here is a little snap shot for you to take away with you

 

Kieran