Elvetham Wedding for Julie & Matt

 

Julie and Matt’s Elvetham Wedding was one of my highlights of the year. Alongside me shooting today was Rachel from Rachel Elizabeth Photography. There was so much going on at this wedding with plenty of detail and planning evident.

The bridesmaids and groomsmen were all adorable children and under the watchful eye of the bride kept the day running smoothly.This was my first time capturing a wedding at the Elvetham Hotel. The 19th century architecture and 35 acres of beautiful grounds and gardens were just relentless in providing backdrops for photography. I am not use to being so spoilt and by no means am I complaining. Julie and Matt came over from the states to marry and the wedding party was a mixture from around the globe.

Rachel captured the groom and boys getting ready and I stayed with Julie and the girls. As you can imagine there was much excitement building throughout the morning. We had some time to get some lovely shots of the children before the ceremony. The weather was warm and some scattered clouds created the perfect soft-boxes for us photographers. The guests gathered for the outside ceremony on the lawn and Julie walked down to Matt alongside her Dad. With so much space to move around discretely we managed to get some great angles of the wedding. After the wedding the guests gathered by the hotel and scattered their confetti all over the bride and groom as they came round the corner. After some canapés and drinks I took the bride and groom round the grounds for a few discrete shots where they had a bit of time to themselves and could relax and enjoy some closeness. Just as we were done the toastmaster ushered them into library where the room was full of all their family and friends waiting to cheer them in.

Everyone had a break between courses when the speeches took place and there was not a dry eye in the room. As expected some emotional history was stirred up. It even got me going and I hear a lot of stories of how couples unite in my trade. The cake was cut in the great hallway by the staircase and this was followed by some time out for guests to explore the beautiful grounds and admire the architecture. For those of you that know your history and Henry VIII’s wives would be please to hear that the Elvetham became home to the Seymour family and Edward Seymour entertained King Henry VIII here in 1535.

As the Evening approached the band set up and got everyone onto the dance floor in no time and even some of the guests joined together and sang and played creating some beautiful memories. After some food the bride took her husband out onto the lawn and everyone followed. She had surprised him with a private fireworks display. Its always a challenge to nail this shot and I delivered the goods in good true fashion. After some more dancing and getting some great shots of the children running around letting of steam we retreated back to Dorset and backed up all or images from the day. A truly memorable day and since have delivered an amazing portfolio of wedding albums to Julie and Matt with parent copies for their families in the UK and the States.

 

 

Elvetham Wedding

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