I have photographed several weddings at the Elvetham and on this occasion it was a cold November day.
My day started with the girls in hair and make up with CJ Beauty
The bride and bridesmaids got ready in the light filled Seymour room. She wore a lace and satin sheath dress with buttons down the back, which showed off her amazing figure. Her dress was from The Farnham Boutique.
It’s good to capture the details during the bridal preparations, like her flowers and putting on her shoes and jewellery. But I also love the little impromptu moments for example this one of the flower girl practising carrying the bride’s train.
Of course some couples will ask for specific wedding photos, like these of the bride with her flower girls under her veil.
And I love the natural, unposed moments, like the the father of the bride seeing his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time. As well as them walking down the stairs together.
I used the Morning room as the backdrop for the photographs of the bride with her bridesmaids.
The groom chose to get ready at home. Then they popped into the Bell Inn opposite the church for a pre wedding drink. My second photographer accompanied them.
All Saints Parish Church, Odiham
The groom had portraits with his groomsmen in the church grounds.
The wedding ceremony
Everyone smiled when the little flower girl and page boy walked down the aisle hand in hand. And the groom shed some tears when he saw his bride for the first time.
After the recessional, the whole wedding party posed for a group shot, taken from the balcony. Next everyone went out of the church and lined the path with confetti in hand. I love the expressions and guest reactions during the confetti.
The Couple photographs
The drinks reception was in the Gloriana bar. Meanwhile I took the couple outside for some photos before the November light faded. I think that it is more important to get the wedding portraits done in the natural light. I can always do the group photos indoors with flash.
There is such a huge variety of beautiful spots in the grounds. Everything from bridges to gateways to arches. As well as having the backdrop of the building. Since it was Autumn we made sure that we got some of the autumnal leaves in the photos too.
With the group photographs taken, after that we photographed the Library set up ready for the wedding breakfast.
The bride and groom cut the cake and their guests watched from the stairs. Afterwards the newly weds surprised everyone with an amazing choreographed first dance in the Morning Room.
Finally the evening was rounded off with sparklers and evening photos at the front of the building.
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