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Catherine & Joe’s romantic springtime wedding at Ringwood Hall | April 2010

Now that we’ve met up with Catherine and Joe for their viewing session, we’re thrilled to share our favourite images from their big day.  Where do I start about this wonderful wedding? First and foremost, Catherine and Joe are great people – welcoming, friendly, easy to get along with, and with such an evident love for one another that it was a complete delight to photograph their wedding. In every photograph of the two of them together something leaps out of the image – a real spark that they share.  And real naturals in front of the camera to boot.  Next up, add in some gorgeous weather – the warmest and most beautiful day of the year to date (we topped it in the warmth stakes with our wedding last weekend, but more on that in a future post!) gave the day a relaxed and timeless feel, and some glorious light in the evening for couple shots. On top of that Catherine and Joe were joined by a great bunch of family and friends, many of whom we had the pleasure of talking to throughout the day. The icing on the cake (literally in the case of, well, the wedding cake!) were some pretty details and the top notch organisation of the day by the excellent staff at Ringwood Hall.

As usual I started my day with the bride to capture some candid shots of the pre-wedding preparations.  Catherine’s family were a lovely group of people to spend my morning with, with Catherine’s mum preparing some tasty cheese cobs to keep everyone going.  Catherine’s hair and make-up was expertly done by the lovely Hazel Humphries of Creative Colours.  These are some of my favourite ever ‘getting ready’ shots…

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We had an exceptionally relaxed and enjoyable start to the day, and then it was time to set off…


The gorgeous bride leaving with her proud father Ed.  Catherine looked so excited, it was lovely to see!


Meanwhile Joe and his party met up with Chris for their own photo shoot.  I am really loving Chris’s work here, especially the brilliant candids coming up…


Now, would you like your groomsmen (a) manly and serious…

…Or (b) sweet and smiley?…

We can tell you they’ve gone for option (a) for the album, but as you can see we like a bit of both here at Christian Ward Photography!

Next up, one of the stars of the show…Joe’s gorgeous little boy Stanley.  Is it possible NOT to smile when you look at this photo?




The ceremony was beautiful and it was a real honour for me to capture the moment Joe and Catherine became husband and wife…





The story behind the scant confetti and indeed confetti throwers was Catherine’s (apparently very) strict instructions to guests to bring real petal confetti only!  Stanley wasn’t going to let being the only thrower put him off though, and he carried out this most crucial of duties with great enthusiasm!




A beautiful wedding cake deserves some atmospheric lighting…

After dinner it was still beautifully warm so we went for a stroll round the beautiful Ringwood Hall grounds to take some relaxed couple shots.  I’m really struggling to pick my absolute favourite out of these, but Catherine and Joe were a real joy to work with and all of these photographs are a reflection of that…





A sneaky break from couple shots for these beautiful images of Catherine looking radiant.  And did I mention the absolutely gorgeous light!?


Joe is back in the picture for these final favourites…



Such happiness!



The day passed on into a fun-filled night after a heartfelt first dance…




And I can’t resist finishing with a final favourite couple shot – Chris took this one and I love it!  Thank you to Catherine and Joe, and to all your guests for being so lovely and welcoming – we can’t wait to get started on your album!


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May 26, 2010 - 7:46 pm

Joe and Sue Ellwood - Thankyou for capturing Joe and Catherines wedding day so perfectly.All the photographs are brilliant and we love your comments.You caught some very special moments of their day and you have left us with some very happy memories of their day. Thankyou once again for all your hard work. (Joe’s Mum and Dad)

May 27, 2010 - 9:36 pm

Christian - Thanks Joe and Sue for your lovely comments – we had a great day with you all! Christian & Erica x

May 28, 2010 - 10:06 am

Liz Mollon - Wow – what wonderful photographs which capture perfectly Catherine and Joe’s very special day. We can’t thank you enough for your friendly unobtrusive professionalism which has produced such a stunning record of a day none of us will ever want to forget. My special thanks to Erica who, way beyond the call of duty, came to the rescue when I was trying to lace up Jenny’s bridesmaid dress with fingers that had turned to thumbs! She certainly earned her cheese cobs!! Many many thanks to you both.
Liz and Ed Mollon

May 28, 2010 - 10:06 pm

Erica - Thanks Liz and Ed for your kind words, it was lovely to get your feedback and a pleasure to meet you and your family. And Erica was only too happy to hone her dress lacing skills with you! Best wishes Christian & Erica x

June 9, 2010 - 10:43 am

Joe and Catherine Ellwood - We wanted to add our thanks for taking such amazing photos. We had a brilliant day and you’ve captured it beautifully. We can’t wait to see the finished album.
See you soon, Catherine and Joe xx

June 11, 2010 - 10:53 pm

Erica - Thanks Joe and Catherine – it was a true pleasure to meet you both and you were a joy to work with x

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