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The beaded giraffe and the setting sun {Spencer & Christine}

Spencer and Christine’s South Farm wedding was a celebration of the closeness of family, and a perfect connection between friends. There were many moments when I was moved by the understanding and love these people had for one another.

One of my favourite moments was watching Spencer’s son Elliott during the ceremony. Elliott is a seriously good kid. Bright and polite and not afraid to ask questions…and a budding photographer. A smart groomsman, he handed Spencer and Christine the rings as they said their vows.

It was a day of colour. Overarching themes of creams and purples ran through the details. Beautiful milk churns overflowing with flowers, and spring flowers bound to chairs with ribbons gave a beautiful rustic feel, which fitted the farm setting so well.

There were lovely individual and personal details. Their favours were little beaded animals from South Africa, where Spencer is originally from. They looked dandy carefully stood up in the centre of lotus flower napkins.

Spencer had mentioned, at their engagement shoot at South Farm, that he hoped for a red setting sun on their wedding day, and someone was listening. Glimpses of afternoon sun gave spirit to the spring colour in the winter garden, creating a glowing backdrop. As the day drew in, the sun burned through the clouds and gave the most glorious sunset. That light makes me feel alive.

Spencer and Christine, I hope you had a beautiful honeymoon and that these images bring back some precious memories from your glorious South Farm wedding day.

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Spencer & Christine’s creative team for their South Farm wedding day:

Christine’s dress: Paloma Blanca
Makeup: Alison Whateley, www.makeupbyalison.co.uk
The Bridesmaids dresses and details: Debenhams
Flower girls dresses and details: Monsoon
The bouquets, buttonholes and reception flowers: Dana Young, www.danayoungflowers.co.uk
Spencer’s suit and details: Colin Bell of Stamford, ww.colinbellmenswear.co.uk
Stationary: By the Mother of the bride, Geraldine

A heartfelt thank you to Deirdre who helped me out on the day in Jake’s absence.

Ria Mishaal PHOTOGRAPHY

Based in Chandler's Ford, Hampshire

Ria mishaal portraits

chandlers ford, hampshire