The pretty village of Durley, the lovely rural Hampshire setting, the floral details, together with the glorious summer day all combined to give Clare and Matt the quintessential English country wedding day – and lots of visual treats for the wedding photographer !
Matt and Clare had booked me 20 months or so before the wedding day, so a great deal of work and planning had gone into this sumptuous wedding in that time – I hope the photos show it off !! Clare’s parents hosted the reception at their Hampshire farm, with a splendid marquee in a field and I started off here, shooting lots of details of the decorations and beautiful floral pieces designed by Jay Archer.
Then some photos of Mrs Collins fastening Clare’s very beautiful dress (see Brides of Winchester) as the farmhouse got ‘busy’ with the bridesmaids getting ready (checking/counting petticoats), Dad directing and Clare’s brother searching for his cravat…..
Off to meet Matt and the boys at Durley church which offered some cool relief from the warm July sunshine. A bit of pre planning team talk involving pitchforks, tractors, pocket watches and a chimney sweep (I had been forewarned) and we were fit to go.
A subtle vintage wedding theme had been created – with the bridesmaids looking fab in their colourful flowery numbers and with high levels of cuteness factor surrounding the pageboy and flower girls, the bridal party was dazzlingly ‘ready’ to escort Clare down the aisle. I managed a shot or two through the doorway (no photos in church) and then the newly wed couple stepped out through the pitchfork line up. The tractors were revving up to transport bride and groom and bridal party off to the farm on decorated trailers. All went off without a hitch (scuse pun) to cheers and waves.
The reception party flowed with relaxed splendor in the sun kissed countryside, photos here, there and everywhere. Matt and Clare and myself slipped off to a secret romantic location for some atmospheric photos – all will be revealed in due course……come back later!
A truly amazing wedding day ! see the whole day in my newly weds section – click here
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