On Saturday 29th June, 2013, Toni Durrant and Lee Hind said 'I do' to become Mr & Mrs Hind. A huge congratulations to them both. Two wonderful families have been joined by these very kind and very, very funny people. I'm simply overjoyed that I was invited to photograph their big day.
This was a very special wedding for all involved, but also for me as a photographer too: I met Toni & Lee at the very first wedding I ever photographed! It was after delivering the photographs to Toni's Sister, Nicki (who was the bride at that first wedding) that Toni decided that she would hire me too. I feel very much like I've become somewhat a family photographer for these guys!
When I arrived at Toni's Mum's house that morning to photograph the bridal preparations i was greeted with warm and open arms. I'd been there before at Nicki's wedding and it was great to see so many familiar faces that I hadn't seen for quite some time. It was also brilliant to see so many photographs in frames and hanging on walls in Jackie's house (Toni's Mum). It's clear to see that Toni and her family consider photographs to be very important. And rightfully so!
The Wellington Arms Hotel
The Wellington Arms Hotel is a hidden gem. It's a place I've driven past many times as my Sat-Nav takes me to the South Coast of England for weekend breaks and things like that. From the front you see a clean, crisp and smart looking country style restaurant of sorts. But it's only when you step inside and look around the grounds you realise there is so much more than meets the eye. An ample Garden area, plenty of large, plushly furnished rooms and a very nice country-style bar area serving food and drink. To one side is the wedding reception room that is very swiftly transformed after you've walked back down the aisle into an an area suitable for 100+ guests, a DJ, buffet and a large dance floor for your guests to enjoy themselves!
So, congratulations to Toni & Lee. Wishing you all the best and many happy memories in the years to come. Please, enjoy these special moments from your very special day:
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