Sam and Luke’s Taplin’s Place Wedding

bride and groom walkingWhen you are writing about a wet weather wedding you’re tempted to lapse into clichés like ‘the rain failed to dampen spirits’ or ‘the bride and groom smiled through the rain’ but at Sam and Luke’s vintage styled wedding at Taplin’s Place near Hartley Wintney in Hampshire I am pleased to say that genuinely was the case. Having half an hour of rain, neatly showering the ceremony, could have ruined lesser weddings but Sam and Luke and their wonderful guests didn’t let it bother them a bit. The wedding umbrellas were out in force of course and fortunately the rain stopped at the end of the outdoor ceremony so all was well.

Sam did an incredible job of styling the wedding. You could see her creative touch everywhere, both on the lawn behind Taplin’s Farm House and the marquee, which was a riot of colour, vintage details and fun touches everywhere. There were some refreshing bold choices for colours which looked fantastic. I always love photographing weddings where it’s clear the bride and groom have made so much effort to make things their own. There’s nothing wrong of course with handing the wedding styling arrangements over to the professionals but I think that weddings like Sam and Luke’ celebrations are so much more memorable for everyone who attended.

The bride and groom were great to be around. From my point of view they had a great time and it shows in the photographs. Fun fact: today was only the second wedding in my twenty year career as a photographer where the groom dispensed with a tie. That set the scene for a relaxed and laid back afternoon that everyone is going to remember for many years.

My thanks go to the bride and groom of course (who should be sunning themselves in Sorrento by now) and also the families and friends who were so great to work with.

vintage wedding accessories

groom before wedding at taplins place
Luke the groom and Barry (from the venue) work out the final details.
wedding lawn games at taplins farm
The lawn games were very popular with the guests. Luke and the boys limber up. 

groom and best man before the wedding ceremony

Groom before wedding ceremony
Five minutes to go…


rainy wedding day
The lovely Sam arrives in style.
bride and parents arrive for outdoor wedding
A dry bride is a happy bride :) Sam’s parents escort her to the waiting guests.


bride arrives in the rain for hampshire wedding

wedding umbrellas at the ceremony

rainy outdoor wedding ceremony at taplins farm

taplins place wedding ceremony

register signing at taplins farm

wedding procession bubbles
Bubbles are a great idea when confetti is not allowed.

wedding bubbles at taplins place reception

Wedding reception at Hampshire Wedding

Daisy’s Ice Cream Van was very popular – what a terrific idea for a wedding.

Bets are laid as to the outcome.
wedding cake assembly
Check out the expressions of concentration…
Vintage wedding reception details
More beautiful wedding details made and organised by Sam.
No idea what’s going on :) I just love the expressions.
groom and best man drinking beer
Some advanced free-style drinking moves from the boys.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. kerry holden

    Stunning pictures! brilliant photographer, so nice to have met you! (maid of honour!) xx

  2. simonkempadmin

    Thanks Kerry, it was a pleasure!

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