Today I am excited to share this incredible music and literature inspired Wedding with Dr Who aspects at Rhinefield House.
Images were captured by Martin Bell Photography.
Martin Bell is a Wedding and Portrait Photographer based in Hampshire.
He says of his work, and the couple…
“Before starting my wedding photography business I was a professional ballet dancer performing with Northern Ballet for nearly 10 years.
“This unique dance company had an emphasis on storytelling and is why I photograph weddings the way I do.”
“Whether you would prefer to call my style of photography documentary, reportage or even wedding photojournalism, it all amounts to the same thing – natural, uninterrupted moments to remember your special day as it happened.”
“You will barely know I’m there, which means you can enjoy the day fully.”
“For me it is so important that your story is told through your wedding photographs, and that the day remains as uninterrupted as possible.”
“My aim as a documentary wedding photographer is to record a collection of photographs which will sit alongside your memories of the day, taking you back to it every time you look at them.”
“I photograph the majority of my weddings in Hampshire and Dorset whilst occasionally travelling across the UK to photograph them too.”
“I have also been fortunate enough to photograph weddings as far away as Italy too.”
“Natalie and Terri’s wedding was so much fun to be a part of.”
“They got married at Rhinefield House in the New Forest in February this year and their wedding was a Doctor Who theme with an emphasis on literature and music.”
“They hand made a few of their details including an amazing book arch as well as some of the centre pieces and the their origami bouquets.”
“Their Photo Booth was a Tardis and they had fireworks to finish off the celebrations in the evening.”
“All round this wedding was awesome from start to finish and the two ladies were so easy to work with in achieving some amazing photographs from their wedding day.”
I now hand over to one of the stunning Brides, Terri…
How did you meet?
“We actually met online! Natalie’s profile picture kept appearing whenever I logged onto the site.”
“After a couple of days of this happening I thought why not and sent her a message.”
“After a few days of chatting online we decided to go on a date. Our first date was at the O2 arena in North Greenwich.”
Tell us about the Engagement…
“Natalie proposed on Bournemouth beach, during storm Desmond on our first anniversary, 5th December 2015. We didn’t have a very long engagement, just over a year and two months in fact, but we managed to fit an awful lot into it!”
“We travelled to Peru so that I could meet more of Natalie’s family and set to finding and creating all of the centre pieces and wedding decorations.”
Tell us about your wedding planning journey
“From the very beginning we had a very clear idea of what we wanted for our big day and we were keen to make it as personal as we possibly could.”
“We immediately began searching through charity shops and car boot sales for various small items and props.”
“What we couldn’t find, we made. I hadn’t realised until this point quite how creative and talented Natalie is.””
“She hand-crafted so many of the detailed items which formed such a special part of our wedding day and are now treasured items in our home.”
“Not everything went smoothly; there were occasions when what we had pictured in our heads wasn’t reflected in the reality of what we were achieving.”
“We designed and printed our own wedding stationery only to find small imperfections on the final edition so we did it again…and again…and again! ”
“There was a similar story with the Order of Ceremony. But we persevered, together. We took small breaks from ‘wedding crafting’ and then returned to it with renewed vigour.”
“Having this shared vision and creating something together filled with love only enhanced our excitement about getting married and also, most importantly taught us how to be patient and encouraging with each other.”
“Our flat soon became so full of wedding ‘stuff’ that we even had to put our spare room out of action for a couple of months. It was full of models and props to be used in the wedding.”
“In order to get to our venue, we even hired a man with a van and a storage unit nearby to store everything in. We certainly didn’t do things by halves!”
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
“The theme of our wedding was music and literature.”
“Natalie plays the double bass and is very keen on classical music and I love reading so we decided to combine these passions of ours.”
“Each of our tables had a different theme, mostly books or authors but there were a few of our other loves thrown in too.”
“Our top table was Doctor Who themed, as was our wedding cake. The other tables were: Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter, Roald Dahl, Charles Dickens, Disney, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Comic Books, Sherlock Holmes and Fairy Tales.”
“We also had an arch made out of books over our wedding cake to help tie the theme together.”
“The bridesmaids had hand-covered personalised shoes tying in with the centre pieces and matching our usher’s cufflinks, socks and handmade button holes.”
“We even had a life-sized police box (TARDIS) as a photo booth in the evening.”
“Our colour was ‘TARDIS’ blue (royal blue) to tie in with the Doctor Who theme.”
What was the best bit of your day?
“The best bit of our day has to be when we walked into the Wedding Breakfast room hand in hand and could see the reality of what we had both worked so hard to achieve.”
“We were now officially married and any nerves from the morning had now gone.”
“The room was full of all the most important people in our lives and they were marvelling at all of the small touches that we had worked so hard to achieve.”
“It was at that point we truly realised what we had actually created together and that nothing could stop us doing anything that we set our minds to. I was so proud of Natalie in that moment.”
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
“If you have a vision of what you truly want for your wedding day, don’t give up on it and if something isn’t working out the way you expect it to, don’t be afraid to speak up and say what you really want.”
Thank you so much to Martin for sharing his extraordinary photography, and to Terri & Natalie for sharing their beautiful music and literature inspired wedding.
What a lovely story and a stunning look into their stylish and personal celebration.
Love the amazing themed centrepieces and the book arch and cake are spectacular. And what can you say about the Tardis Photobooth…Out of this world!
Venue – (Ceremony and Reception) – Rhinefield House Hotel
Photographer – Martin Bell Photography
Bridesmaid Gowns – Amazon (DressTells)
Suit Hire – Formally Yours
Cake Maker – Michelle’s Wedding Cake Boutique (Michelle Matthews)
Florist – Exclusively Weddings (Linda Robson)
Rings – Etsy (FANatic Creations)
Stationery – Bride and Bride (Natalie and Terri)
Make up/Hair stylist – Bridal Hair in Hampshire (Michelle Crosser)
Make Up – Made Up (Evie Skinner)
To Contact Martin Bell Photography
Website – http://www.martinbell-photography.co.uk/
Email – email@example.com
Phone – 07834 686633