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Claire & Ian’s Sunshine Wedding in Midhurst, West Sussex

100 people had their fingers crossed for some sunshine before Claire & Ian’s big day after a very very long winter. And after all the waiting it was glorious! I have gone from worrying about freezing cold brides in hunters to squinting guests in one weekend..

The beautiful All Saints Church in Steep and the Spread Eagle Hotel in Midhurst were the settings on this sunny day. Thanks to all the staff there for looking after them and being very good at their jobs. It felt 5 star.

I think this wedding must be awarded best Best Man Speech, best ‘Belting out of ‘Jerusalem” and ‘cutest child hogging the limelight during a reading’ and its only April! Oh and the best bell ringing I have ever heard. But not surprising with the bell ringing pedigree that was there..

Congratulations Ian & Claire! Your friends and family were divine..

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Zoe & Kevin : A Wedding in Alresford, Hampshire

Finally this wedding had come round! I was very honoured to be shooting this wedding at St.Johns Church in Alresford, Hampshire.  Even though it was horrid weather in the morning,  as always on a wedding day, the sun came out at exactly the right moment.  So as the Maid of Honour and I ran through Alresford high street after finally getting some parking karma, we got into the church just as the heavens broke but noone cared at that point. All eyes were on Zoe walking down the aisle.  It felt like the whole town came out to celebrate with them and their daughters, including Zoe’s reception class where she teachers. The children were perfectly behaved unsurprisingly  – their parents were with them and the church was full of teachers too.  But this was a church with a difference as at the end of the ceremony, their school friends had surprised everyone with champagne and delicious cupcakes for everyone. Best church service ever.

Zoe wore an amazing dress from the famous Two Birds company with a stunning pin to set it off perfectly.  And what better way to whisk you to the church but in a sunshine blue VW campervan to take you to the church?  A really lovely day, and all finished off stylishly at Norton Park Hotel in deepest Hampshire for a quiet evening with close family. Congratulations!

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Emma & Mick: Rivervale Barn, Hampshire

The first sunshine of the year! what a day to start off the weddings on 2013. I had been waiting all winter to see Emma & Mick, and was hoping for either full on snow or sunshine but nothing in between.. huzzah.

Congratulations Emma & Mick! What an amazing day.  Hope your smile muscles have stopped aching already! Everyone was on such wonderful form.  I adored all the special touches you made that day – and so did everyone else. It just shows how considerate you both are, first the va va vroom Mustang you organised as a surprise for Mick and the very special table details in tribute to Mick’s adored Dad (this is why I wear waterproof mascara)

We are already looking at best man speech of the year and we haven’t got to December yet!? Very wonderful speeches as always and no dry eyes in the house.  Well done to everyone at Rivervale Barn too – a sleek operation.

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The Grange Park Opera Pre Wedding shoot, Alresford, Hampshire

I was thrilled to find out we were able to get the keys for inside the crumbling Grange Opera building. Its a English Heritage house in Hampshire that holds the Grange Opera for 7 weeks a year. Its part crumbling building and part opera theatre. A strange and wonderful place.  Really looking forward to this wedding in 2013! So looking forward to hearing what you have planned Ian & Claire.. Check out next years opera schedule – wonderful! www.grangeparkopera.co.uk/

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2013 Wedding Industry Awards

How wonderful! I have been shortlisted by  my amazing bride and grooms this year to win Regional Wedding Photographer. Really rather lovely!! I’ll keep you posted!

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Rosie & Dan’s Wedding; The Chainstore, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London

A venue overlooking the Thames and the O2 you say? lovely jubbly. I miss London terribly now that I have moved out to the Shire and take every opportunity to race back in – especially for a Wedding. Today Rosie & Dan got married at the St Mary & St Micheal Church, Shadwell and then onto The Chainstore at Trinity Buoy Wharf.  It was a stunning summers day in October. Dreadful weather all week and then the sun shone all day for them. The venue was a empty space before Team Rosie arrived, but by the end of the night before the place had transformed into an amazing place. So much detail and beautiful flowers everywhere. Everyone helped and it showed. Well done one and all for a very special day. Congratulations to Rosie and Dan and good luck to Carly!

Beautiful dress by Sabina Motasem and custom made shoes by the brilliantly named Shoes of Prey

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Laura & Ryan’s Swallowfield Wedding in Berkshire

Its not often you get to shoot a wedding in your old neighbourhood and for some dear neighbours so I jumped at the chance to shoot Laura’s wedding to Ryan. I have known Laura since she was little so its been great watching her grow up from across the road and see all the things that her parents did with me! (eek) Anyhoo, a super day in Wokingham and the Mill in swallowfield. Thank you everyone for a splendid day!

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Ella & Max’s Olympic Wedding, The Savile Club and Grosvenor Chapel, W1

A hot Olympic opening weekend in the heart of London. What a fabulous day for the wedding of Ella and Max.  We started at the calm surroundings of The Savile Club and then went calmly over to the Grosvenor Chapel thinking there was going to be crazy olympic opening weekend traffic. But no. London was polite and orderly with pleasant tube staff and purple wearing volunteers. There was such a happy vibe in the city and in Ella & Max’s friends and family. Everyone smiled and laughed all day. It was a pleasure to shoot and thanks to everyone for such a fun day.

The beautiful flowers arranged by Chantal Flores

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Lucy & Matt’s Beautiful Surrey Garden Wedding

When Lucy first told me about her ideas for the wedding I did have a little yippee moment. It sounded amazing, beautiful garden setting, real attention to details (Lucy is a designer so it was always going to be good!) and 3 teepee tents.  They really wanted their team – bridesmaids and groomsmen – to be colourful and memorable, so each had a stunning colour to choose from. They looked fantastic.  So the scene was set and at last the day came around.  It turned out to be a perfect shooting day for me – slight cloud cover, so no one was squinting or in dark/light shadows anywhere but the sun shone at all the right moments like it always does!.  The table and tent decorations were amazing, oversized balloons, great artwork on table names and information… The wedding breakfast was roast lamb that a host on each table carved for everyone (complete with complimentary apron (SUCH a great touch) and the mouth watering cake that was made by her sister.. beautiful.

Thanks everyone for being so generous and so chatty! loved it!.. and Best man Will (1 yr) for being the life and soul of the party!

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Emma & Mark’s Stunning Dordogne Wedding, France

0-6 months planning. THIS can be done! How amazing is this place? We all flew to Limoges, France to join Emma & Mark for their amazing wedding. This beautiful place is the Chateau la Duranite in deepest Dordogne.   Friends and family arrived for a long weekend away from rainy England to enjoy the sunshine and see one of their favourite couples get married.  These two are adored by everyone and you can see why.

The planning for this wedding ensured a stress free and easy day. I don’t think anyone needs to be put off by organising a wedding abroad as most of the work is the same with any wedding, maybe 20% is extra (is that all you say!) but seriously – this was carefully done to ensure family and friends were hosted perfectly. Emma & Mark should be professional event people the way they did this. They had a great partner is (English) wedding planner in the Dorgdogne Joanna Burgess and most suppliers all were English but based there. Not that it was an issue for fluent bride and grooms!

I could have posted double the amount of shots but this hopefully gives you a style and feel of the weekend for them all. Congratulations!

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Leela Bennett Photography. Leela Bennett is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Hampshire, covering London and Home Counties and all of the UK. She specialises in natural reportage photography. Contemporary wedding photographer, lifestyle photographer, portrait photographer in Surrey, Farnham, Guildford, London, Hampshire, Middlesex and Sussex. Documentary & reportage style photography, family photography, parties and headshots for commercial or private use.