The bride Diana was getting ready in the dual aspect split-level bridal suite at Highfield Park situated at the top corner of the building is ideal for the bride to get ready before the wedding ceremony, we took an amzing shot of her stunning dress hanging from the rails above. When we finished taking wonderful bridal prep shots the day really heated up! 35 degress was bikini weather not formal attire!
The weather was amazing but HOT, Diana and her party made their way accros the hotel to St Michael’s church in Heckfield. This is literally 2 minutes walk from Highfield Park. I do like a church wedding, that shot exchanging their wedding rings is priceless.
Churches are usually somewhat more restrictive for wedding photography than a hotel. St Michael’s Church is fine though. The vicar ran through the usual restrictions which we worked to with no problem and great emotional photos were had of the service itself went without a hitch and then we moved outside to take a few shots before moving to Highfield Park. This is always a nice time as there is a natural high following the service. Trying to arrange a few organised shots proved quite challenging because of the church bells!
Immediately after the ceremony (well, once the bride and groom had emerged from the church to a barrage of confetti) we returned to the hotel as we had a pretty tight turnaround between wedding and wedding breakfast. We still managed despite the extreme heat to squeeze in drinks and canapes, as well as a large group photos of all of the guests, though before everyone was ushered into the main dining room, which was to remain the focus for the rest of the day’s events. Happily however, and despite the heat and reports of thunderstorms, we were able to make good use of the extensive and beautifully-kept grounds front and back, not least the gentle hill on which the hotel sits with its views back across what must be most of Hampshire. Amongst these beautiful corners around the venue one space in particular stands out head and shoulders above the rest; the Folly. I already knew that this was high on Diana and Davids list of priorities for the couple photos, and they had gone to a whole load of extra trouble decorating it up for the occasion. It looked absolutely fantastic, and I understand that it’s also licensed for outdoor marriages which is a bit of a rarity in the UK, so well worth keeping that one up your sleeve if that’s on your wedding wish-list! We finshed the shot with some amazing sunset photographs at Highfield Park...Great day!