Rachael and Adam’s Hampshire Wedding

small england sticker on barn doorRachael and Adam got married today in Eversley Church. They both live and work in Dubai and flew in for their beautiful summer wedding in leafy (and slightly damp) Hampshire which must have been an interesting contrast to their normal lives. The wedding reception was held at the bride’s parents house near Eversley in Hampshire.

The MOB and FOB too, live abroad an normally rent the house out but took possession once again for the wedding celebrations which was lovely as it was a place that Rachael had grown up in and it’s always nice to have a personal family connection with the place that you have your wedding reception. It was a fantastic place for friends and family to gather and the weather was kind and the rain only made a brief appearance that morning but was gone pretty quickly. Rachael told me it was a relief to be finally married as apparently you’re not technically allowed to live together when you’re not married. At last the couple had a marriage certificate and could relax a little.

St. Mary’s in Eversley is a 17C church out in the Hampshire country side and it’s always a lovely place for wedding photography. It was not far from the house, down some winding country lanes, so it was great for everyone to able to get back to the wedding reception quite quickly. The wedding coach for the guests unfortunately broke down but a fleet of taxis was quickly organised and everyone was at the church in time for the ceremony.

Back at the house, everything was perfect for a lovely summers afternoon wedding reception. The huge marquee dominated the garden and it was nice to see it had plenty of space for the meal, relaxing and socialising and with a great dance floor and stage for the band. There were garden games for the guests, a great magician (Anthony John), Mario the cocktail master and a terrific band (The Crimson Six). An old friend Mark Shipperley did his usual sterling job with the video coverage. The amazing marquee was courtesy of Robert at Time Marquees.

I’m pleased to report that everyone had a great time (no one fell in the pool) and the couple are now honeymooning in Sri Lanka.

It’s lovely to reflect the location and setting for a wedding party, I’m always aware that the bride and groom will be showing these photographs to people who weren’t at the wedding and it’s nice they get a sense of the time of year and in this case, the lovely English countryside. Living in the Middle East I hope that the photographs bring back some lovely memories of England and their summer wedding.

Rachael and Adam were terrific to work with on the day, relaxed and happy and I think that shows in the photographs. It was lovely to see their family and close friends with them on the day.

I love picking my favourite wedding photographs for my blog and it was a tough job with this wedding. Here’s just a few from the day that caught my eye.

collage of summer flowers

The setting for the wedding reception, a beautiful farm cottage deep in the Hampshire countryside.

Farmhouse set in Hampshire countryside

A detail shot of Rachael’s wonderful wedding bouquet.

The wedding bouquetBridal dress hanger

The lace detail in Rachael’s wedding dress was beautiful.

The brides wedding dress

Unusual wedding shoes- these looked comfortable as well. Given that it was a country wedding I think they were a great choice :)

wedding shoes

Some favourite getting ready shots of Rachael and everyone at home.

The bride getting her hair doneFinishing touches to the brides hairBridesmaids smiling at each other

The bridesmaids approve (L)          MOB/FOB (R)Bridal preparations and portrait of the brides parents

The floral decorations outside of the church in Eversley were a lovely way to welcome guests to St. Mary’s.

The lych gate at St. Marys Church in Eversley

Today’s groom. Looking very relaxed.

Adam the groom outside the church

Best man Andy sorts Adam out.

Best man tidies up the groom at the front of the churchblack and white photographs before the ceremony

Lovely flowers all around at the wedding.

The bridesmaids flower bouquets

Rachael arrives, almost on time :)

Bride arrives at the church in vintage carThe bride and her father in the car

It’s a good look Phil!

The brides father holding two bouquetsThe bride and her father walk to the church door

That moment when you see each other for the first time at the wedding ceremony.

bride sees groom for the first timeThe couple smile at each otherPhoto from the back of the church

I love this black and white shot of Rachael exchanging glances with Adam.

Bride smiles at groom during the ceremony

The deal is sealed.

The wedding couple kiss at the altarBride and groom leave the churchThe wedding guests outside the churchThe bride kisses the groomLots of confetti!

Back to the house for the marquee wedding reception.

Back at the house for the wedding receptionPhotograph of the wedding couple by the carBlack and white photograph of the bride and groomColourful wedding canapés

There was a great crazy golf set up on the lawn and some impressive athletic skills demonstrated.

wedding guests play crazy golf

Some favourite candid shots of the wedding reception guests.

wedding guests by the poolcandid photographs of the wedding guestsGrandmother enjoys the wedding receptionFather and son at the receptionWedding guests play table tennis

The wedding meal set up looked great in the clear sided marquee with a lovely floral touch in the form of the ceiling display.

Interior photograph of the marqueeBlue satin bows on the chairsThe marquee set up for the wedding breakfast

We took a little walk to shoot some relaxed and natural wedding photographs around the garden and the fields surrounding the house.

The bride and groom outside the farm houseClose up of the wedding couple holding handsThe couple kiss in the fields behind the houseBride and groom chat by the fenceThe bride and groom in the wild flowersHolding hands by the streamAnother kiss in the field


Everyone! A must have wedding photograph in my opinion.Big group shot of the wedding party

In to the wedding marquee for the meal.Lewis announces the bride and groom in to the wedding meal

Candid photographs during the wedding breakfast

Speech time with Phil kicking off the proceedings.

Father of the bride speechPhil continuing his speechThe groom starts his speechAnother photograph of the grooms speechThe bride laughs during the grooms speech

Here we see the traditional wedding stitching-up of the groom by the Best Man.

The best mans speechThe couple cut the wedding cakeArms around each otherGuests take pictures of the couple

Time for the first dance – Rachael and Adam put on a great show.

Black and white photograph of the bride and groom dancing.The groom smiles at the brideThe couple dance watched by the guestsBride and groom dancingThe couple dance with the band behind themThe groom picks up the bride at the end of the dance

Mario doing his thing.

The cocktail waiterCocktails by the dance floorThree wedding guests take a selfieGarden candlesThe couple hug at sunset under a treeThe bride and groom take a walkPhotograph of a beautiful warm sunset

The day was over (for me at least) far too soon. Thanks again Rachael and Adam for having me along :)

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