I love photographing small and intimate weddings, where I get to feel really welcomed into the fold. It really helps that I get some awesome couples to work with. Julie and Rob were so much fun, I had such a great day in sunny Winchester it hardly felt like work at all.
Julie and Rob flew in from the USA to get married in Rob’s hometown of Winchester with a small gathering of friends and family. I joined them getting ready at the South Winchester Lodges in the countryside, with Julie getting ready in a short vintage dress and petticoats, spiced up with shiny red heels and a birdcage veil. They travelled together to be married at Winchester Registry Office, in a sweet and smiley ceremony. We walked down to the Westgate for family photos before leaving the group to explore Winchester’s historic city centre. Julie and Rob gave me loads of time for photos and it was really fun and relaxed strolling around the Great Hall and gardens and down to the Cathedral and Cloisters on a beautiful summer’s day. We met everyone again for a champagne picnic in the park before everyone walked down to the Chesil Rectory for dinner.
Winchester Wedding Photographer Amy Wass
One of the things I love about doing wedding photography is the people I meet, and its really special to be an observer to that one day when they are most happy and with all those who love them. I knew my old work colleague Robin in the context of supply chain, spreadsheets and management meetings, so it was really nice to step away from that and see him marry the lovely Becky, with a big group of friends and family.
They were married at St Mary’s Church in Winterbourne Abbas, a country church where Robin grew up. After the vows and a few photos dodging the drizzle, the party moved on to Lulworth Castle in Dorset for their reception. Part destroyed and then restored, Lulworth castle is a beautiful open space inside, lit by fairy lights, and livened up by the bright cerise pink colours of the their flowers and decor. Guests enjoyed bubbly and canapes, before sitting down for a colourful wedding breakfast and some funny and emotional speeches. As everyone moved through to the other room for the evening reception, Becky and Robin kicked off the party with a choreographed first dance culminating in a Dirty Dancing Lift to much applause.
Dorset Wedding Photographer Amy Wass
Tom and Sarah were married on a scorching May day in a little village outside of Salisbury, with a country church ceremony and amazing Tipi wedding reception. Sarah’s parents turned over their home and garden to the wedding, and I joined the bride and a house full of bridesmaids and family getting ready that morning, while outside caterers and florists put the finishing touches to the Tipi erected in the field out back. Everything looked so pretty in the sunshine, with such unique and colourful flowers, and the tree decorated with ribbons was so simply done but really one of my favourite features.
Just up the road, guests were arriving at the pretty village church in Stratford sub-castle, greeting Tom and his family. It was such a warm sunny day Sarah was able to walk to the church with her father and entourage of navy blue bridesmaids, and arrived with locals looking on and waving good luck. After the service everyone walked back down through the village and joined the happy couple for drinks in the garden before sitting down for the wedding breakfast in the stunning Tipi. The house is set in a most beautiful location overlooking old Sarum and so as guests were seated we were able to sneak away for some photos in the fields and garden. Into the evening, the lanterns, candles and firepit were lit and everyone partied hard to one of the best wedding bands I’ve seen so far. (I’d recommend them but I confess I cannot remember their name, so remind me if you are reading this!)
Here’s how it went down…
Wiltshire Wedding Photographer Amy Wass- available for wedding photography in Salisbury and Wiltshire. Especially awesome ones like this 😉
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…
Nina & Simon had a pretty English Country garden wedding in the quaint Somerset village of Norton Sub Hamdon. Nina’s amazing lace dress was made by her mum and she was accompanied by her sisters as bridesmaids in colourful floral print dresses. They were married at the village church, and rode on the back of a steam tractor to the reception at Simon’s parent’s B&B. The marquee in the garden of the mill was decorated with haybales and bunting and colourful meadow flowers in welly boots on the tables. When the guests arrived they were greeted by the Yeovil Town Brass band and enjoyed Pimms on the lawn before sitting down for an Afternoon Tea, served on mismatched vintage china, with favours of homemade chutney. Here are some photos of their beautiful day.
Somerset Wedding Photographer Amy Wass- English Country Wedding
With autumn bringing rainy grey days and dark evenings, its lovely to look back at Claire and Dave’s bright, summertime wedding at Elmers Court. The New Forest venue has a lovely patio overlooking the long lawn down to the sea, and can host the wedding ceremony outside in the sun. It was only fitting that Claire strolled down the aisle to ‘I’m walking on Sunshine’. It all felt very Mediterranean, with spanish guitar, tie-less floral shirts and zingy orange accents. After the happy ceremony, friends and family enjoyed Pimms and canapes outside, as the kids raced around causing mischief. We had a quick stroll down to the deceptively long lawn for some photos overlooking the sea at Lymington, before everyone sat down for dinner. In the evening Claire and Dave did a brilliant first dance, and then everyone doce doed into the night to the ceilidh band.
Here’s some highlights from their fun and relaxed wedding, the perfect end to my 2010 summer season. The full gallery is online for friends and family here. Congratulations Claire and Dave!
Claire and Dave’s outdoors wedding was possible because the actual ceremony where the bride and groom stood took place under a fixed roof. Completely open air weddings are not lawful in England which is rubbish. If you think so too please support the Any campaign and sign the petition to legalise marriage anytime, anywhere.
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