Hampshire Wedding Photographer

I shoot a lot of the big venues in Surrey, Hampshire, and so on. It’s great. It really is. It’s a pattern that I like – I’m good at it, and I thrive on firing pin all cylinders like you have to do.

But then I sometimes get the one-offs like this one. A garden party at Lottie & Paul’s home in Farringdon in Hampshire.

It’s always nice to be invited to a wedding, but when it’s also held at someone’s home it feels like even more of a privilege. From the moment I met Lottie and Paul I knew they were going to be a lot of fun – really relaxed and generous of spirit. We had their e-shoot at the house (Clyders) too which was the first time I’d get to see the location for the Marquee.

Now I’ve shot a bunch of garden weddings before, and they’ve all had that something special, but seeing Clyders completely knocked me off my feet. Basically, I fell in love with the house and the people within the first 5 minutes of arriving. Set in the beautiful Hampshire village of Farringdon Paul & Lottie’s home looked like something out of a property magazine – all authentic rustic charm and the feel of a real and humble family home, which is exactly what it was. Stylish without the styling.

I couldn’t wait to shoot the wedding.

The weather helped. A glorious day set us up for a bit of high glamour in the countryside. Paul’s children were to play a big part in the day from the start, the girls helping out with Lottie’s preparations while his young son took on the role of ‘Best Man’, and played the part very well I must say.

The church was everything you’d expect from an ancient village pitching the tone for how the rest of the day would look and feel. Emotions were already running high as tears were in full flow in the church, more of which to come.

A perfect afternoon with the right people, this was an easy wedding for me to blend in to as a guest and from a stylistic point of view too. Everywhere I pointed the camera there was something or someone beautiful to photograph. A really nice balance of kids and adults too, and it all just felt very natural and personal.

The wedding breakfast was punctuated with probably the most emotional speech from Paul that you will hear at any wedding and yes, it was one of those occasions when I found myself hiding behind the camera with a few tears in my eye too. Extremely humble, very heartfelt, and resonating with his children especially and of course everyone there.

As the evening eased into night and the party got under way it was time for me to leave. The party was theirs – I was just lucky enough to be invited in for a moment.

 

 

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