Millhouse Hotel Weddings | Leigh and Dave

An Intimate Spring Wedding near Swallowfield in Berkshire.

I first met Leigh and Dave a few months ago, we’d swapped emails and they had come to visit me at my studio to chat about the wedding. They’re a lovely couple, it was the second time around for both of them and it was clear during the wedding that they’d found the love of their lives. For some of us, that might take a while but all that matter is that you get there in the end. I could see on the wedding day that they were really good friends as well and it was terrific to be there to photograph the day.

A small wedding

It was a small wedding, just close family and friends attending. The atmosphere at this kind of celebration is always more intimate and cosy. The late spring weather was bright and breezy and it was nice to get outside for the family photography. The Millhouse Hotel is small but has a really nice garden alongside the River Loddon. After the family photography Leigh, Dave and I took a walk through the gardens for some bride and groom portraits. This part of the wedding photography is nice for my couples – a break from the limelight and a chance to be together with each other.

My day finished not long after the serving of afternoon tea which looked great. I was only with the couple for a short time but I’m really pleased with the photographs which I am sure they will come to treasure in the years ahead.

A Motorcycle Honeymoon

Leigh and Dave are off on honeymoon to the West Coast of the U.S.A. and part of their trip involves hiring motorcycles and touring the region – I’m super jealous!

I hope you have a great time Leigh and Dave – catch up with you when you get back.

The Millhouse Hotel in Swallowfield on a spring afternoon
This beautiful orange colour was the theme for todays wedding flowers.

Orange flower blossom in a jar

Todays man of the moment – a quick portrait of Dave in the marriage room.

Groom at a Millhouse Hotel wedding

Upstairs, Leigh gets ready in the bridal suite.

The bride, her friend and mum get ready at the hotelThe brides mum doing up her dressThe brides friend lacing the wedding dressThe bride hugging her mumHelping with her mums fascinatorThe bride and friend messing around

Leigh’s custom nail job – just for Dave.

Her custom wedding nail varnishHere she is in the bridal suite


Time to go.Descending the stairs to the wedding

There’s nothing quite like that moment when you see each other for the first time.

The groom sees his bride for the first timeThe bride crying during the ceremonyThe couple kissThe bride and groom leave the ceremony

Outside, the spring weather was just about perfect for drinks with the guests. A thumbs up by the way for matching drink and bouquet. I’ve only just noticed.

The couple and guests in the hotel gardenThe brides son hugs his mumwedding guests at the millhouseA beautiful orange bridal bouqetwedding reception candid black and white photographsthe couple cut the cakethe bride and groom in the mirror at the bar

Afternoon tea was served at the wedding – a lovely sociable way of enjoying the afternoon.

Afternoon tea is served

We took a walk around the grounds of the Millhouse Hotel. Cool sky and a killer dress.

The couple in the hotel garden with a stormy sky

Wedding portrait of the couple along the lane by the Millhouse Hotelbride and groom and friends in the hotel bar

I noticed the couple taking a little walk by themselves later on and shot this image through the window of the hotel bar. Nice to have a few minutes to yourselves on the day.

The couple take a walk by themselves and kiss by the marquee

Thanks again Leigh and Dave – I am sure the honeymoon will be amazing.

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