Gemma and Andrew were married at the National Trust estate Hinton Ampner near Alresford this summer. It’s a grand old house, with beautiful flower gardens and formal hedges and lawns overlooking the most stunning views. Gemma had a busy morning with her troupe of 6 bridesmaids and family bustling to get ready for the wedding. She arrived at Hinton Ampner in a grand Rolls Royce, wearing an elegant lace dress, her bridesmaids in red. The emotional ceremony was held in the main hall of the country house, with personalised vows and readings. Afterwards guests enjoyed the sunny afternoon on the lawn looking out over the Hampshire countryside. The wedding had a loose Victorian theme, and Gemma & Andrew added lots of vintage touches to the decoration of the marquee, with a black, white and burgundy colour scheme. We had talked about their theme when we met up first, and it was cool that they managed to build the picture frame wall that we planned. Guests were able to grab a Victorian paper mask or top hat and pose for photos in the empty frames. Gemma and Andrew wanted a formal but fun feel to the day, and I think managed to pull off the elegance and occasion befitting the location, while enjoying a relaxed and happy wedding. Here are some photos from their day…
Kelly & Phil’s wedding has to be the most fun wedding I have been to. They created a very fun, very ‘them’ day, full of quirky details, silly moments, and most important of all they had a brilliant time of it. They got married at Taplins Place in Hartney Witney, on a beautiful sunny day. Kelly arrived in a van, from Kelly Van Hire of course, while Phil and the guests sat down on the patio for the outdoor ceremony. As Paul McCartney’s The Frog Song played out Kelly’s bridesmaid walked up the aisle, followed, much to everyone’s surprise by a willing volunteer riding a giant duck. (ok so the pictures explain this better) After an emotional and funny ceremony, everyone enjoyed drinks in the garden, with kids and adults alike having a go on the bouncy castle.
Inside, the room was set up with a sweetie buffet, origami cranes, bunting, and the self professed Best Table Plan in the Whole World. Fact. I loved that Phil and Kelly named their table’s after things they like, such as Reading Festival, Red Dwarf, Dinosaurs, Cats and the Rik Mayall Appreciation Society. After speeches, the cutting of the porkpie cake, photos in a field and some sour sweets, it was time for the evening reception. Instead of an evening buffet, guests could get something from the kebab van. Libby and I had a hilarious evening with the Photobooth set up in the summerhouse, and everyone rocked out to the band, including a little performance from the groom himself.
Due to the fact I spent literally half my day laughing, and for this to still be ‘work’, this was perhaps one of The Best Weddings in the Whole World. Fact.
I met up with Allie & James on a sunny evening at Royal Victoria Country Park in Southampton for their pre-wedding portraits. Looking forward to their summer fete wedding at Bradgate Manor this August.
Lucy & Matt’s beautiful flower filled summertime wedding was a photographic feast. They got married at St Mary’s Church in Bishopstoke and celebrated their reception in the grounds of Jermyn’s House at Hillier Gardens in Romsey. Lucy’s mum is a florist, and put so much love and attention into the pretty country theme, with stunning purple and yellow wildflowers, bunting and sweet apple place names. The church and the marquee looked so amazing. It was one of the few sunny days in May, and everyone drank champagne on the lawn of Jermyn’s House, which sits in the middle of the beautiful gardens at Hilliers. After the wedding breakfast we took a walk in the grounds and got some lovely portraits with Lucy and Matt who are just so sweet together. Congratulations Mr & Mrs Howell! Here are some photos from the day..
Outdoor weddings are amazing! Alex and Nick got married on a sunny April day in a field looking out across the rolling Hampshire countryside. They did the legal bit at the registry office the day before, so were free to have the ceremony out in the sunshine. It was so lovely being out in the fresh air and hearing the birds singing while they said their vows, with their friends and family providing the readings, music and leading the ceremony. Afterwards they went for a drive in the vintage Rolls Royce and we did some photos in the pretty bluebell woods on Farley Mount. They returned to the celebrations, held in a huge teepee tent, decorated with so many colourful flowers. Guests sat on reindeer furs on the long benches, tucking into pie and mash, and as the sun set, a fire was lit, and the summertime festival became a warm and cosy party. One of my favourite weddings to photograph, the outdoors setting was gorgeous, everything was so well put together and so personal, without interference from a church, council official, hotel or venue, and Alex and Nick were such a fun and chilled out couple. Many Congratulations Alex and Nick!
Big news in the Wass world: We have moved to Southsea.
A fresh start by the seaside, in a beautiful Victorian house, nearer to our friends and family, and my favourite curry house. Jeff and I were both born in Portsmouth, grew up in Havant and have spent a lot of time here since we first got together at Chaos on the pier back in the day. The city is full of character and history, there is a brilliant creative scene here, and lots of cool independent shops, bars and restaurants. We will ride our bikes along the promenade, walk to the pub for Sunday lunch, eat cake at the Tenth Hole and take our posh pink BBQ to the beach in the summer. 2011 was a bit crazy in our personal world, so we are looking forward to our new life in Pompey.
I photograph weddings all over Hampshire, Dorset, West Sussex, Surrey and Wiltshire, so although I am 20 miles down the road, there should be no change to where I will be being a wedding photographer. Portsmouth is awesome for portrait locations, and I’ve found a few cool spots for meetings too, so come on down and I will show you our fair city.
Next news: I haven’t blogged a wedding for about a year! Things have been pretty busy and disrupted around here for a while and blogging has been low on the priority list so I have a big backlog to share. Planning a massive best of 2011 post soon and then on with 2012…