Christchurch quay with the bride and groomI was super-excited about this wedding as Lauren and Tom are from Christchurch near Bournemouth, where I also grew up and they were getting married in Christchurch Priory, a magnificent church (which is more like a cathedral, really) with 12 bells, two of which are amazingly still in use from the 1300s  – so when the bells ring out you really hear them far and wide – a wonderful way to announce a newly married couple – especially locals like Tom and Lauren. Anyway, enough of the history lesson. Suffice to say, knowing the place as well as I did, I’d thought constantly of how best to capture it for Lauren and Tom.

I started the day at the couple’s house, which Lauren, her bridesmaids, mum and two flower girls had taken over. Lauren works at Toni and Guy so she had the best people doing her hair.  A VW Camper Van pulled up outside and the bridesmaids jumped in to be taken to church –  whilst Lauren opted for a classic vintage silver Jaguar with her Mum and Dad, arriving at the church in style.

After the service, we took group and confetti shots outside the priory, the incredible building heightening the sense of occasion. Guests then were transported to Christchurch Quay to have drinks by the river, an inspired place to refresh after the service, so very picturesque with the boats and the water. We got some great shots of Lauren and Tom with her veil being lifted by the breeze. I was able to squeeze in a bit more time with them here as the guests stepped onto a double-decker red London bus, off to the reception at The Three Tuns, a local quintessential village pub with a thatched roof. What really struck me about Tom and Lauren’s day was how they celebrated the town, not taking for granted all the incredible places in and around Christchurch, in fact, centring their day around them.

The pub had set up a lovely marquee with a grey theme and lots of mirrored signs telling guests the order of the day and the seating plan. A brilliant band got everyone moving – even before the food was served with grown men and women trying to learn the floss – even Lauren gave it her best shot. No mean feat in a svelte, lace gown like hers!

A BBQ was served up – ideal fare for the warm summers day and the speeches got underway. Tom, who had admitted to feeling a little nervous about getting a potential roasting from the best man’s speech, needn’t have worried at all. Instead, it was very funny and really quite emotional. Excellent best man choice Tom!  Phew!

I captured their first dance before the floor was crowded by everyone getting their groove on, good times indeed. And then took my leave, taking a few last shots of family and friends beaming from ear to ear celebrating the lovely Lauren and Tom.

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To see more images from their day, watch Lauren and Tom’s wedding slideshow


Wedding details:

Florist: Flowers by Design

Caterers: The Three Tuns 

Wedding cake: Clare’s Cupcakery