Steam off for a vintage Southampton wedding for Paul and Justine’s special day! Two intriguing venues, plenty of creativity, oh and bucket fulls of rain….read on….
I was quite excited, first time stepping out as a wedding photographer in Camden for Lynsey and Scott’s wedding at The Prince Albert pub. Sounded great fun ! I think I felt ‘married’ to the pub back in my misspent youth ?! But this was very different…..the pub here providing an excellent atmospheric setting (but not the main love of Scott’s life!).
As a Hampshire Wedding Photographer, all I need for a great wedding shoot are some simple ingredients – a couple in love, pretty village church, Hampshire countryside setting, a barn, summer sunshine and a party.
First time for an Oaks Farm Wedding, and what a little gem of a place for wedding photography. Situated just outside the hustel/bustle of Croydon, the pretty walled gardens, barn, fruit trees, pond provided a great tranquil backdrops for Harry & Siobhan’s wedding with a vintage flavour.
Yippee !! Another perfect spring day for wedding photos in west Hampshire and the Dorset coast !
I met up with Lianne and her trio of bridesmaids Christine, Kim and Emma at The Kings Hotel in Christchurch. There was another separate wedding party getting ready in a nearby room, but after several enquiries and snooping past doorways, I was fairly confident that I had the correct one. Preparations were pretty well at the final stages by then; odd hair tweak here, shoe strap there, sip of bubbly here, there and everywhere.
The ceremony took place at St Katherine’s church in Christchurch, nice and cool inside from the hot sun. Slight noise distraction outside just as things got underway, with a team of tree fellers on full throttle with their chainsaws, but there was nothing to spoil the vision of Lianne looking drop dead gorgeous as she walked down the aisle and I enjoyed capturing Justin’s transfixed face too !
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…..