Francesca Secolonovo Photography Competition Winners…

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Photos by Francesca Secolonovo Photography

Lorna & Chris…

A little while back I was asked by Mr & Mrs Unique supplier Francesca Secolonovo to run a competition and of course I said yes!!

The competition was for one lucky couple to win their wedding photography with Francesca. The chosen lucky couple turned out to be Lorna and Chris who wanted a relaxed family affair. They celebrated on the beach, had BBQ buffet and the wedding had lots of dancing and special homemade details. Here Francesca tells us why she chose them as winners, which is followed by Lorna and Chris telling us a bit more about their day.

The couple: Lorna and Chris

Location: Poole

Wedding Venue: The Guildhall, Poole,  Dorset

Reception Venue: Branksome Dene Hall, Bournemouth, Dorset

Why you love this wedding…

“I really loved photographing Lorna and Chris’s wedding as firstly the location was just amazing. Right by the beach with a matching beach theme with shells scattered on the tables and not forgetting that beautiful quartet playing at the ceremony at The Branksome Dene Hall!  

From the minute i read Lorna’s emailed me i could just tell that we would get on and i loved everything about her story from how she and Chris met to the description of the big day. Their story was very honest and very true and loved how they wanted the day to be intimate and all about uniting their two families together. 

I just couldn’t wait to meet them and when it came to the day i just could not believe how super chilled they both were! I think they are probably the two most chilled out and relaxed people i have ever met and too top things off the weather turned out perfectly.

Lorna said photography was important to them and when she was willing to get her wellies on in her wedding dress and head down to the woodlands to get some awesome portrait images i knew she was my kind of girl!

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To me the most important thing out of it all and what makes it all worth while is the fact Lorna and Chris loved their images. To me there is no greater reward and i feel privileged that i could be apart of their day”.

Lorna & Chris…

Tell us how you met and got engaged…

Chris and I met on a dating website at the beginning of August 2012, we spent three months getting to know each other before introducing our children to each other. Chris proposed to me in July 2013, he took me for a walk around the local park and got down on one knee on the bench where we first locked eyes….of course I said yes.

What was your theme for the wedding day…

There was a very laid back sea side theme to our big day. I made all the invitations and decorations myself and Chris and I decorated the reception venue the night before with the help of our maid of honour and best man.

 

What was your favourite part of the day…

Dancing the evening away with my husband and our children

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Other special details from the day…

My Father collected the bridesmaids, ring bearer and myself in a retro VW camper van. We had the most beautiful string quartet playing as I walked down the aisle and through the ceremony.
Chris and I went to the woods in our wellys for our couple shots and the sun shone. The view from our reception hall was fantastic and the weather was beautiful. We had a laid back BBQ and an ice cream tricycle to feed our guests.

What was it like working with your photographer…

Honestly… it was like having another friend at our wedding. Francesca did an amazing job of capturing the day and all it’s finer details. She was friendly and professional and a joy to work with.

Advice to any couples about to get married…

Don’t aim for perfection and things will run much more smoothly. The more you demand,  the more chance you have of things going not quite to plan. Relax and enjoy every single minute of planning it and make the most of your big day. Getting married is about a life long promise, not just the party at the start.

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