Rachael 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.
The setting for the wedding reception, a beautiful farm cottage deep in the Hampshire countryside.
A detail shot of Rachael’s wonderful wedding bouquet.
The lace detail in Rachael’s wedding dress was beautiful.
Unusual wedding shoes- these looked comfortable as well. Given that it was a country wedding I think they were a great choice :)
Some favourite getting ready shots of Rachael and everyone at home.
The bridesmaids approve (L) MOB/FOB (R)
The floral decorations outside of the church in Eversley were a lovely way to welcome guests to St. Mary’s.
Today’s groom. Looking very relaxed.
Best man Andy sorts Adam out.
Lovely flowers all around at the wedding.
Rachael arrives, almost on time :)
It’s a good look Phil!
That moment when you see each other for the first time at the wedding ceremony.
I love this black and white shot of Rachael exchanging glances with Adam.
The deal is sealed.
Back to the house for the marquee wedding reception.
There was a great crazy golf set up on the lawn and some impressive athletic skills demonstrated.
Some favourite candid shots of the wedding reception guests.
The wedding meal set up looked great in the clear sided marquee with a lovely floral touch in the form of the ceiling display.
We took a little walk to shoot some relaxed and natural wedding photographs around the garden and the fields surrounding the house.
Everyone! A must have wedding photograph in my opinion.
In to the wedding marquee for the meal.
Speech time with Phil kicking off the proceedings.
Here we see the traditional wedding stitching-up of the groom by the Best Man.
Time for the first dance – Rachael and Adam put on a great show.
Mario doing his thing.
The day was over (for me at least) far too soon. Thanks again Rachael and Adam for having me along :)