Just a few days before Christmas saw us at the imposing Elvetham Hotel, for the wedding of Giles & Hayley. Their’s was an intimate wedding, with family and friends. The Bride got ready in the huge Seymour room, which has windows along it’s length. But since we were all women the piece de resistance was definitely the magic mirror which made everyone look two dress sizes smaller – everyone had a go and there was much murmuring about taking it home! Hayley had all her little bridesmaids with her getting dressed, as well as Mum and aunts to help. The little ones were great fun and kept us all on our toes. I have to mention of course having an aunt who is a professional hairdresser comes in handy and she did a beautiful job of everyone’s hair.

Once ready, Hayley was escorted downstairs by her father to meet her waiting groom, Giles, in the Oak room. There were tears during the emotional ceremony, which included a reading by the bride’s sister and eukele playing by a family friend, while the register was signed. The Elvetham is a wonderful backdrop for a wedding and the staff were helpful, allowing me to use an upstairs bedroom to photograph the whole wedding party. After group photos, I was able to whisk the bride and groom off into the remarkable Hotel grounds for some photographs. Then some candid shots of guests mingling in the warmth of the bar and it was time for me to leave. Many thanks to Giles and Hayley for allowing me to document their wedding day – congratulations!

Thanks to the Team at the Elvetham for their assistance, special mention for Ant.

Hair by Lindsey Hewitt-Dutton of First Impressions Hair Salon

Make-up by katecauston.com

Dress by Tilly Mint Weddings

Magician was Rod Type

Flowers by yourstrulyflowers.co.uk

winter wedding at the Elvetham in Hartley Wintney

wedding shoes hanging in the window at the Elvetham Hotel in Hartley Wintney

wedding dress hangs in the archway at the Elvetham in Hartley Wintney

wedding dress belt detail shimmers in the sunlight at The Elvetham near Hartley Wintney in Hampshire

white wedding shoes diamante buckle at The Elvetham near Hartley Wintney in Hampshire

wedding rings nestled in red roses at The Elvetham near Hartley Wintney in Hampshire

bride having make up done at the Elvetham in Hartley Wintney

bride having make up done at the Elvetham in Hartley Wintney

black and white photo of bride having her hair sprayed at the Elvetham in Hartley Wintney

mother of the bride helping the bride with her dress at the Elvetham in Hartley Wintney

bride putting on her earrings at the Elvetham in Hartley Wintney

bridesmaid having fun at the Elvetham in Hartley Wintney

bridesmaid getting ready at the Elvetham in Hartley Wintney

friend rearranges the groom's wedding buttonhole at the Elvetham in Hartley Wintney

groom portrait next to the christmas tree at the Elvetham in Hartley Wintney

young groomsmen chilling at the Elvetham in Hartley Wintney

bride walks down the aisle at the Elvetham in Hartley Wintney

bride meets her groom at the end of the aisle at the Elvetham in Hartley Wintney

bride and groom laughing at the Elvetham in Hartley Wintney

winter bride and groom kiss at the Elvetham in Hartley Wintney

Christmas bride and groom sign the register at the Elvetham in Hartley Wintney

Christmas bride and groom walk back down the aisle at the Elvetham in Hartley Wintney

Christmas bride and groom celebrate with champagne at the Elvetham in Hartley Wintney

Winter bride and groom celebrate with champagne and confetti at the Elvetham in Hartley Wintney

bridesmaid enjoys fun and games at the Elvetham in Hartley Wintney

three tiered white wedding cake decorated with red lace icing and roses and ivy at The Elvetham near Hartley Wintney in Hampshire

bride and groom at the Elvetham in Hartley Wintney

bride and groom at the Elvetham in Hartley Wintney