New Forest Engagement Photographs at Bucklers Hard

We are often asked how we choose locations for our New Forest engagement photo shoots. The truth is that about 60% of the time our wedding couples have somewhere in mind. Usually somewhere that is special to them, a beach from holidays together, a forest walk they enjoy, the ruined chapel where the proposal happened etc.

The remaining 40% of the time we recommend a venue, and it turns out we have been collecting engagement photo shoot locations for a very long time.

Basically we use the excuse of an New Forest engagement shoot to visit somewhere beautiful, always somewhere we have been before. Have you ever thought- ‘I really like it here, I wonder what it would be like… when it isn’t full of people?’ or ‘when the sun sets’?

Well those are the places I have been cataloguing over the years. Obviously it needs to be chosen with a photographer’s eye and the wedding couple in mind, but visiting gorgeous locations is another reminder why we have the best jobs in the world!

A few years back one of my good friends took me for a bike ride across the New Forest, I really didn’t fit the bike I was loaned, couldn’t keep up and kept falling off! The one good thing that did stick in my mind that day was when we stopped to rest at a stunning place by the water called Bucklers Hard.

Despite the throngs of summer tourists I fell in love with the place, its waterside view, its history and its buildings- I have been longing to visit with a camera ever since. The perfect location for a New Forest engagement photo shoot!

So it was with great relish that we drove through the green winding roads of the New Forest to Bucklers Hard to meet Emma and James.

Emma and James are a truly lovely and loving couple. We instantly hit it off, Emma so sweet and funny and James with a bizarre sense of humour, almost the same as my own.

I tend to like to chat to a couple about their wedding day plans and feelings before and engagement shoot, not only out of interest but to help them relax in front of my camera.

The sun, however waits for no man and had already started to set- Emma and James were straight out of the blocks into their engagement photo shoot.

Even after speaking to them for the 2 minute walk across Bucklers Hard I could tell that they had no worries having their photographs taken and they were as relaxed and jovial during the shoot as after.

With the amber glow of the evening light we opted for a variety of backgrounds, warm brick houses, a flowering tree, the panoramic view across the water and (avoiding sea weed and mud) the green slime coated wooden embankments.

Once we felt we had captured the essence of the location and Emma and James’ characters it was time to go over their exciting wedding plans. A New Forest engagement shoot would not be complete without a pint of New Forest ale of course.

Emma and James have chosen not one but two of our favourite wedding venues for their big day. Their ceremony will take place in the stunningly grand surroundings of Highcliffe Castle’s Winter Garden room, with time for drinks and a visit to Highcliffe Castle’s beach.

Even though it is only down the road they have a classic car from Christchurch Wedding Cars to dive them to the Lord Bute.

As with Highcliffe Castle we love taking wedding photographs at the Lord Bute, the boutique hotel is simply lovely. With a light, flowing yet intimate space the Lord Bute has been the venue of choice of some of our favourite weddings. The service and food are exceptional, the outdoor space so private and charming and the accommodation deserves every one of its five stars.

I’m not certain that Emma has a precise theme in mind for the wedding but from her description ‘English Garden’ seems closest. A mixture of pastels intersected with navy blue in dresses, details and flowers.

We can’t wait to see the wedding guests reactions to the Mojito flavoured wedding cake (well one layer anyway) from Lucy’s Sugar Shack!

Wedding band Encore will be supplying the musical entertainment, when it comes to great wedding bands we always find it difficult not to dance!

Having spent some time with Emma and James I predict an extremely jovial wedding, we can’t wait to see them again at some of our favourite wedding venues.

engagement photo shoot one thousand words
You can see Emma and James’ Highcliffe Castle Wedding Photographs here

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