Millhouse Hotel Swallowfield Wedding | Nikki and Russell

After a week of (mostly) rain, I was delighted that Nikki and Russell’s wedding day dawned clear with blue skies. With an outdoor wedding ceremony planned at The Millhouse Hotel in Swallowfield, it’s understandable that the weather was perhaps a greater concern than usual.

I do love photographing an outdoor wedding ceremony. It’s a totally different atmosphere of course than the usual indoor wedding and it’s great to be able to capture different angles and viewpoints much more easily than in a church or a hotel function room. It was my kind of wedding – a beautiful day, blues skies, a relaxed bride and groom, a great band, plenty of children to keep the adults on their toes and lots of fun with garden games on the lawns behind the Millhouse Hotel during the wedding reception.

The wedding meal was held, as is usual in the warmer months at the hotel, in the marquee at the bottom of the garden. I was asked to record the audio from the wedding ceremony and the speeches for inclusion in a Photofilm. This is a combination of words from the wedding day along some favourite wedding photographs and is a great way of bringing an extra element to the stills slideshow.

Nikki and Russell were great, pretty relaxed as mentioned, and I could tell they really enjoyed this short time together with their family and friends. As you can see from the photographs, they’re having a great time with everyone. Along with most of my brides and grooms, the wedding day probably went really quickly. I hope they enjoy reliving it with the wedding phtographs. It will be fun to check it out also in ten or twenty years time.

They are now on honeymoon, enjoying a road trip along the west coast of the U.S.A (pretty jealous!) and I do hope to see them again soon to plan a lovely wedding album of the day.

Here’s just a few favourites, more soon!

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It’s always good to start off with a few wedding details

Nikki’s beautiful flowers and dress in the bridal suite at the hotel.

Some finishing touches…

Always a lovely moment when your dad sees you in your dress for the first time.

Meanwhile, a far too relaxed Russell is ready for his bride.

The outdoor wedding cermony begins.

A beautiful setting with perfect weather.

I like to be discreet during the ceremony and the lovely thing about it being held outdoors is that I’m able to get cool angles on the action without being in the way.

The deal is done…

…and the paperwork completed :)

A well earned drink awaits.

A few candid shots in and around the wedding reception

Time for some relaxed bride and groom portraits in the gardens of the Millhouse Hotel.

Russell does a little DIY photography of his own.

I’ve spent a fair bit of time hanging out the window of room 10 at the Millhouse Hotel – worth it though to get a great shot of everyone at the wedding.

The bridal party, ready for the wedding breakfast.

Speech time. Nikki’s dad kicks things off.

Cute notes from when Nikki was very young.

Time for Russell’s speech.

Alex, Richard and Andrew in their collective Best Men role finish things off.

I love the long days of summer weddings; it’s great the guests can finish the meal with lots of daylight left to enjoy the reception.

Charlie Luffrum and band did a great job on the day, well recommended.

It’s not often you get a talented bridesmaid joining the band, she did a great job.

Marina, the groom’s mum did an amazing job with the cake.

Just time for a couple of final shots of the brand new Mr. and Mrs. before I left.

Thanks again Nikki and Russell, have a fabulous honeymoon :)

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