Brenizer Method portrait of groom holding bride's face in pine grove on Rhinefield Ornamental Drive during New Forest wedding portraitsChris & Phee – Chic New Forest Wedding

Oh, this day…. I don’t even know where to start. A few weeks back, I shared this highlight video from Chris & Phee’s memorable day. If you’re a video lover, hit the link:

This wedding was one of the greatest instances of serendipity I’ll likely have in my life. A wedding timed just right to coincide with our Christmas trip to the UK. A simple question led to me having an amazing second shooter for the day. A gorgeous forecast meant no one got too cold. Faith in my skills meant that we got explore one of the most gorgeous settings I’ve ever been able to photograph. The simple and symbolic presence of a robin at the reception brought people to tears.

Chris and Phee’s chic New Forest wedding took place at Highcliffe Castle and Rhinefield House. Both are gorgeous locations in their own right and I’d love an excuse to go back to both spots.

Keith Bridle and I joined Chris and his guys at the Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa for prep in the most perfectly-located room. With morning light streaming through the windows, we had a bit of a field day capturing their preparations for the day ahead. Phee’s room was bursting with activity when we arrived. Hair and makeup finished, everyone left…. and the silence that filled the space made for a peaceful break in an otherwise hectic day. Her mother quietly helped her into her bespoke bridal gown before her family and bridesmaids came to join her.

After a beautiful ceremony at Highcliffe, we headed off to the Ornamental Drive to do some exploring together. We had the softest diffused light filtering down through the pines in a surprisingly empty forest. Keith and I had a wicked time guiding Chris and Phee through the trails while we stopped for photos. Sometimes, at spots we’d picked out; sometimes, at spots that caught our eye along the way. Their portrait session really felt like an exploration of the area, rather than a checklist.

During the reception, we really saw the “character” come out in this party. There had been celebrations and life throughout the day, but things really kicked off during dinner. Each table had toys to play with, which seemed to entertain even the most senior of guests. (The costumes for the DIY photo booth also caught Keith’s attention, as you’ll see. ;) ) Being that the wedding took place the week before Christmas, there were festive touches throughout the day – carols, mulled wine, minced pies, an absolutely enormous Christmas tree. The carol singing efforts after dinner had me doubled over in stitches as two sides of the room tried – with futility – to get through the songs on the same rhythm.  The dance floor opened with a lively first dance from Chris and Phee, and then the band kicked in and things stayed rocking into the wee hours.

There were plenty of high-fives and so much laughter on this day – when I think about about it, that’s the sound that fills my ears (well, that, and discordant singing….). Chris and Phee,  my heartfelt thanks for having me there to capture such a wonderfully memorable day. Huge thanks to Keith for joining me on that day. It wouldn’t have been the same without you, my friend!

Here are some of my favourites that tell Chris and Phee’s story:

Man stands on dock looking at mist over the water and late dawn breaking at Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa groomsman removes tag from tie during groom prep at Christchurch Habour Hotel & Spa groomsmen and groom use mirror to help tie ties and fix hair during groom prep at Christchurch Habour Hotel & Spa groom holds out tie with tying it during groom prep at Christchurch Habour Hotel & Spa groom ties tie in dramatic window light during groom prep at Christchurch Habour Hotel & Spa groom stands with ushers and father on dock during groom prep at Christchurch Habour Hotel & Spa groom laughs with mother during groom prep at Christchurch Habour Hotel & Spa detail photo of bride's sparkly stiletto heels and borrowed emerald ring during bridal prep at Christchurch Habour Hotel & Spa bridesmaids drink prosecco and laugh together during bridal prep at Christchurch Habour Hotel & Spa bride holds out sleeves of dress and looks at bespoke wedding gown in backlight from window during bridal prep at Christchurch Habour Hotel & Spa hair and makeup artists work on bridesmaids while framing bride in background during bridal prep at Christchurch Habour Hotel & Spa mother of the bride uses crochet hook to fasten buttons on chic New Forest wedding gown during bridal prep at Christchurch Habour Hotel & Spa mother of the bride fastens sleeve buttons on bespoke bridal gown while bride's face shows in mirror during bridal prep at Christchurch Habour Hotel & Spa bride holds lace detail from veil in front of her face during bridal prep at Christchurch Habour Hotel & Spa grooms looks at laughing bride when she reaches top of the aisle with father during chic New Forest wedding at Highcliffe Castle wedding ceremony flower girls wears flower basket on her head during chic New Forest wedding ceremony at Highcliffe Castle Groom celebrates ring exchange and bride laughs with groom during chic New Forest wedding ceremony at Highcliffe Castle groom kisses bride on head after first kiss during chic New Forest wedding at Highcliffe Castle groom hugs bride after first kiss during chic New Forest wedding ceremony at Highcliffe Castlemother of the bride sings enthusiastically during Highcliffe Castle wedding ceremony bride and groom with flower girl in groom's arms after Highcliffe Castle wedding ceremony Bride with grandmother after Highcliffe Castle wedding ceremony groom embraces bride on pathway after chic New Forest wedding ceremony at Highcliffe Castle groom pulls bride close while they stand in path cleared between pines on Rhinefield Ornamental Drive during New Forest wedding portraits bride stands in front of groom while he wraps arms around her amongst trees on Rhinefield Ornamental Drive during New Forest wedding portraits groom places hand on bride's neck and nuzzles her amongst pines on Rhinefield Ornamental Drive during New Forest wedding portraits bride flings dress dramatically in pine grove on Rhinefield Ornamental Drive during New Forest wedding portraits groom touches bride's shoulder while standing amongst trees on Rhinefield Ornamental Drive during New Forest wedding portraits groom bends to kiss bride's neck amongst trees on Rhinefield Ornamental Drive during New Forest wedding portraits bride and groom cuddle amongst tall trees on Rhinefield Ornamental Drive during chic New Forest wedding portraits bride tilts head back while groom nuzzles her neck in forest on Rhinefield Ornamental Drive during chic New Forest wedding portraits bride and groom hold hands while standing on road and looking up at trees on Rhinefield Ornamental Drive during chic New Forest wedding portraitsBride holds dress and groom's hand while walking through the leaves on Rhinefield Ornamental Drive during New Forest wedding portraitswomen gather round bride and look surprised while touching her bum during wedding reception at Rhinefield House woman stands and holds little girl in white dress who squeezes groom's nose during wedding reception at Rhinefield Housewoman in formal dress wears cardboard cutout on her face of big toothy grin during wedding reception at Rhinefield House mother of the bride looks up and wipes tears away during wedding reception at Rhinefield House groom hugs father of the bride after speech during wedding reception at Rhinefield House group of men laugh enthusiastically during wedding reception at Rhinefield House Bride looks down bashfully while groom gives speech during wedding reception at Rhinefield House Groom holds mic in the air during speech while bride waves arms in the air from her seat during wedding reception at Rhinefield HouseDinner guests laugh boisterously during dinner reception at Rhinefield House man and woman sing enthusiastically during wedding reception at Rhinefield House Bride and groom share modern first dance during reception at Rhinefield House Groom holds bride close during slow dance at start of evening wedding reception at Rhinefield House Man dances enthusiastically with woman who bends backwards during wedding reception at Rhinefield House wedding guests dance with big arm gestures during wedding reception at Rhinefield House Little girl plays with sparkler while bride and groom make a sparkler tunnel exit during reception at Rhinefield Housewedding photographers getting up to mischief on wedding day Men stand in front of entrance late into evening during wedding reception at Rhinefield House

I’m Ang. I’m a Cornwall, Ontario-based photographer offering wedding and documentary family coverage locally and worldwide. Visual storytelling is what I do best. I’m an avid traveler and my passport is always up-to-date. I have dual citizenship with the UK and I’m ALWAYS ready for an adventure. Laughter is important in my life and in my work. I love working with couples who are emotionally present on their wedding day and whose goal is to spend time laughing with loved ones. Whether you’re looking for an at-home newborn session, coverage for your own chic New Forest wedding, or photos that document your time with family, please explore more of Moment.us Photography‘s site to see more of my wedding and family photography.