Wedding anniversary celebrations


As a wedding photographer it’s bound to happen at least a couple of times each year. When couples whose weddings I’ve had the privilege of photographing celebrate their anniversary on the same day. Gone are the times when weddings were mainly held on Saturdays, with the occasional civil ceremony during the week. And years ago it would have been unthinkable that couples could marry on a Sunday, but today it’s commonplace. I suppose that means I don’t get all of the anniversaries falling on a handful of dates! 🙂

It’s not only the days on which weddings take place that’s changed. It’s also the style of weddings. To a great extent, the formal nature of weddings has given way to a more relaxed style. Documentary wedding photography that reflects the events and the emotions of the day, rather than just posed, formal groups of family and friends. In my opinion it’s much nicer. It’s also more enjoyable, not only for the couples but also their guests, who don’t have to endure hours of hanging around whilst the formal photographs are being taken!

Anyway, let’s look back at two couples celebrating today  – Tessa and Charles, and Hannah and Neil ….

Beach Weddings Bournemouth – Tessa and Charles

In contrast to today’s beautiful weather, the sun didn’t shine for Tessa and Charles’ day with Beach Weddings Bournemouth two years ago. In fact, the cloud cover was total and the raindrops fell. But that didn’t stop Tessa and Charles having a great day. They were determined to enjoyed themselves. Not for them a staid, measured walk back down the aisle. No, they danced down to their favourite music. Twice! Yes, they enjoyed it so much that they went back up to the wedding hut and danced down again! It may have been raining outside but that didn’t dampen their enthusiasm.

It was such a fun day and one to remember – happy anniversary guys 🙂 xx

A little bit of rain never spoils a beach wedding!


Fun and laughter!



Sopley Mill wedding – Hannah and Neil

In contrast to Tessa and Charles’ wedding 12 months earlier, Hannah and Neil had beautiful weather for their wedding at Sopley Mill. The sun shone, the birds were singing and the Avon Valley looked positively stunning as I made my way to the Mill. Hannah and the girls were there when I arrived. Naturally there was a bottle of bubbly on hand (well, it would be rude not to!) & the mood was light-hearted, with plenty of laughter. No nerves for this Bride, who was cracking jokes with the Registrar as they went through the details! Sopley Mill looked lovely in the Summer sunshine, bunting in abundance and lots of personal styling touches. With a perfect English Summer’s day, Hannah and Neil’s wedding was a resounding success. Loads of fun and laughter, space-hopper races , an ice cream van and, of course, the odd Pimms or two.

It was a real pleasure to witness such a lovely day, recording it for posterity. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of it & congratulations 🙂 xx

You can read more about their wedding at Sopley Mill here.

Sopley Mill Summer wedding


Ice cream and space hoppers – perfect for a Summer wedding!


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Ian is one of Dorset’s leading wedding photographers. Based in Bournemouth and with over 20 years of experience photographing weddings across Dorset and Hampshire, Ian’s the perfect choice for couples who want unobtrusive, discreet wedding photography that captures the emotions of their special day. Read more about his own personal style of documentary wedding photography on this website.

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