I first met Alex and Hazel at their home in Wimborne, Dorset. Alex and Hazel live very busy lives with Alex working for a leading Accountancy firm and Hazel running her own business - yes it was difficult to tie them down for their engagement shoot ! but we eventually agreed to meet in May at Compton Acres, Poole. These gardens were founded in 1920 and are privately owned. They offer truly spectacular walks and views (and therefore also great photo opportunities) from The Italian Villa and Italian gardens, a wooded valley, rock and water gardens, heather garden and finishing via a sculpture trail with the amazing Japanese Gardens - with just leaving us time to discuss wedding photography plans in the very upmarket cafe tea rooms! A fun and enjoyable experience had by us all (www.comptonacres.co.uk). For this shoot we were very lucky with the weather and really could not have asked for a better day. We took some great shots all over the entire park with the highlight of the day being a fantastic shot with them in the Japanese Gardens and again looking right over the entire gardens.
Alex and Hazel's wedding then took place in June at Parley Manor, near Bournemouth, Dorset. (www.parleymanorweddings.co.uk). Again fantastic weather and clearly they were getting some divine inspiration on choosing venues,dates and the weather! Parley Manor is a magnificent Georgian manor house set in 4 acres of parkland and again with fantastic gardens. The venue and gardens were truly spectacular on Hazel and Alexis' day and provided a truly romantic and thoroughly enjoyable day for both them and their guests. The civil ceremony took place in the beautiful Pavillion and because the weather was good this was partly open to the gardens - magnificent! The wedding reception was held in an elegant marque situated in the Italian walled gardens. So not only did we have some great opportunities to capture those precious memories that will last a lifetime but we were also able to throughly enjoy the day with them as well! Congratulations to Hazel & Alex!