Its two weeks before Christmas, its cold, the sun has taken leave of the country for weeks/months/until 2016, and the world is grey. What better way to liven it up than a cosy, stylish & downright Christmassy Winter wedding in the wilds of Hampshire? Winter weddings can be a challenge for a wedding photographer, I can’t deny it, it gets dark early and few venues are set up to provide the kind of light you would want. Equally it means you can (as Andrew & Sarah did) embrace the cold by having spiced hot chocolate on arrival, tiny mince pies, and Christmas themed decor. Sarah & Andrew are (I have to admit, like me) people who do not enjoy having their photo taken. They wanted good images of their day, but didn’t want to be followed around, didn’t want any formal, group, or posed couple shots, and wanted their photographer to blend in as much as possible (although I may have snuck in a formal at the altar – its practically the law, people). Much as I adore taking portraits, it was really freeing to work in a purely photo-journalistic manner, and their wedding was so lovely. Around 40-50 of their friends & family met to witness their marriage at the lovely St Mary’s Church in Froyle, and our Vicar for the day was the warm, welcoming & funny Rev. Yann Dubreuil. The church was filled with misteltoe and we sung Christmas carols (I was possibly too enthusiastic at this point, both Mia & I tried the descant on Come All Ye Faithful. Hers was better.), and were guided by a beautiful choir.
After the service we headed to The Anchor Inn – this was my first time at the Anchor & I loved it – its a perfect venue for a winter reception – all log fires and comfy sofas and cosy & quirky decor. The staff were also efficient and really friendly, and the food was perfect. I was totally jealous of Andrew & Sarah’s wedding – it had all the perfect ingredients of being welcoming & fun, but low key and stylish (did I mention Sarah’s Temperly gown yet? Wowser. Or the glass bauble favours?…).
Thanks you so much for having me along, A & S. And thanks so much to Mia Hooper, who was an amazing second shooter on the day – a few of the the photographs below are hers.
Right! I am off to eat chocolate & watch Elf snuggled with the kids on the sofa. Merry Christmas everyone!