A Colourful Froyle Park October Wedding
Yesterday I had the absolute pleasure of documenting Laura and Sundeep’s wedding at Froyle Park Country Estate near Alton in Hampshire. It was a colourful wedding with wonderful people who shared love, friendship, and cultures, and the rain just could not spoil it!
Both Laura and Sundeep got ready at the venue, so it was nice and easy to pop between the two to capture some final preparation shots. This was a real family wedding with the couple’s children involved throughout the day, as you will see. It made for some super fun and seriously cute photographs!
Laura looked so beautiful with her hair and makeup by Suzanne Dusek, sparkly shoes by LK Bennett, and a delicate cream bouquet. The atmosphere was laid back and relaxed with Laura pitching in to get little Evie ready for her big day! Meanwhile Sundeep and his son Sachin were getting ready with the boys down the corridor. They looked fantastic in their traditional dress with Sundeep sporting a fabulous blue velvet Sherwani coat and shoes with intricate gold embroidered detail, and cream ivory silk kameez.
Everything was ready for their ceremony in the great hall with more fabulous cream flowers by Fiona Curry, and twinkly candles lining the aisle, and a harpist playing contemporary music. The ceremony began with a traditional Punjabi Milni ceremony. The name Milni translates as ‘coming together’, and so the members of Sundeep’s family exchanged flower garlands with Laura’s family. Following this the couple made their vows with Sachin playing the important role as Best man and ring bearer, and Evie providing support and encouragement throughout! 🙂
Following the ceremony we headed off for some bride and groom portraits. The rain didn’t let up for a minute, but we found some lovely locations indoors. Froyle Park is blessed with great light, a covered area with plenty of day light, and a plethora of pretty sofas for some intimate and beautiful couple’s portraits, so we were pretty spoilt. When planning your wedding, make sure you consider the indoor space at a venue as you never know what the weather is going to do. Froyle Park has some beautiful outdoor areas, but you’ll see that actually what’s most important is not the backdrop, but you and your loved ones and all ‘the feels’ of your day.
The wedding breakfast took place in the ballroom. The meal included a celebratory butter chicken, Palak Gosht, Kofta and Daal. Then the couple’s beautiful semi naked wedding cake (by Designer Cakes By Elle), provided the perfect dessert with flavours of zingy lemon, cherry Bakewell, and white chocolate and vanilla. It went down very well, so I had to try some to see what all the fuss was about. 😉
The first dance was especially memorable as the couple were joined by a little guest, much to everyone’s delight. I left shortly afterwards and the party was just getting started!
This was such a lovely day to photograph. Laura and Sundeep both have such lovely welcoming families, and the most beautiful children. I wish them both a lifetime of love and happiness.
Here is your preview. J x
Venue – Froyle Park
Flowers – Fiona Curry
Hair & Makeup – Suzanne Dusek.
Bridal shoes – LK Bennett.
Semi Naked Cake (did I mention how delicious it was?) – Designer Cakes By Elle.
An elegant and sunny outdoor wedding at the Four Seasons Hampshire
Leanne and Michael had a brilliant day yesterday at the Four Seasons hotel in Hampshire. This beautiful Hampshire hotel is the perfect setting for a wedding at any time of year, but is particularly good for fine weather weddings. Apart from 500 acres of parkland, including lakes brimming with wildlife, there’s also a 16th century walled garden for marriage ceremonies and outdoor receptions. Planning an outdoor ceremony in this country can be a little hit and miss (we can literally get ‘four seasons in a day’), so Leanne and Michael absolutely struck gold with the weather.
I started the day with Michael and his groom’s party who were heading to the terrace for a drink before the ceremony in the walled garden. Once they headed off to the walled garden to meet the guests, I went to see the bride and her party as they put the finishing touches to their wedding look.
Leanne and the girls looked so beautiful. Leanne chose a fitted lace frock from Californian couture house Enzoani. This was worn with an additional ‘A’ line satin skirt worn for the ceremony and part of the day. Later she was able to remove the skirt to create a different evening look. Her wedding attire was completed with ballet pink Jimmy Choo ‘Dochas’ with jewel trim, and a pretty cream bouquet from the Fine Flowers Company.
The bridesmaids wore on trend blush pink with matching shoes, and carried complementary bouquets of cream and pink. They all looked stunning, and the colours were perfect for a sunny wedding.
With guests assembled, the bridal party made their way to the walled garden, the registrar and guests, and an emotional groom! It was a beautiful ceremony with two fantastic personal readings from the couple’s friends, and ended with a dazzling confetti exit.
After group shots we made our way in the hotel’s 4×4 down to the lakes for some bride and groom portraits. As always, this is a moment for my couples to spend some time together on their big day, and Leanne and Michael enjoyed the breather and a moment to reflect on their day so far. A wedding day is so filled to the brim with special moments, as well as reunions with friends and family, but it’s so important to connect and take some time out to be together. I’ve never known a couple not enjoy this short time away, and it’s fair to say we had fun!
After portraits, Leanne and Michael hitched a ride on a Four Seasons golf buggy, while Ashleigh (the videographer) and myself headed back in the 4×4. The guests were all ready assembled in the ballroom and received the bride and groom with an exuberant welcome. After great speeches (so funny), and a delicious wedding breakfast, the cake was cut and the dancing began.
The couple had planned the staging of their evening reception so well. They had a sparkling dance floor, dry ice and sparkulars provided by Farnham Sound & Light, and top DJ and saxophonist Dan Goode just to top it all off. With a great first dance, and a boys vs girls sing-off to Grease hit ‘Summer Lovin’, the reception was absolutely buzzing.
This was such a great day to shoot, and I’m sure everything this lovely couple had hoped for. It was also my second Four Seasons wedding and I hope not my last. The staff could not have been more helpful and pleasant and took great care of myself and Ashleigh.
Leanne and Michael, thanks so much for asking me to document your special day. It was an absolute pleasure. Enjoy your previews! J x
Venue – Four Seasons Hampshire
Bridal shoes – Jimmy Choo ‘Dochas’.
Flowers – Fine Flowers company.
Staging – Farnham Sound & Light.
DJ & Saxophonist – Dan Goode.
Wedding Cakes – Cakes By Nina.
Alma and Ross’s sun filled September wedding at beautiful Hampshire wedding venue Lainston House
Alma and Ross chose to marry at the beautiful church of St Stephen’s in the village of Sparsholt, and held their reception just down the lane at the stunning Lainston House. This was my second trip down to Lainston House this season, as I also photographed the venue for their parent company Exclusive earlier this year. It was the perfect way to have a look around the venue ahead of the couple’s wedding, and I was really looking forward to returning. It’s so pretty and its grounds extensive. It reminds me a little of a very grand doll’s house!
The couple are super organised (they booked me a year and a half ago), and this was a perfectly planned and very relaxed and easygoing wedding. We had previously chatted only by email, but I instantly warmed to this lovely couple who were an absolute treat throughout the day. This may be because like me, they are animal people (Ross will soon begin veterinary studies). Oh and their friends and family were also lovely and great fun. It really was a super day and the perfect country wedding.
I had been advised that I wouldn’t be able to take any photographs during certain parts of the service, but I have to say the Reverand Jax was wonderful. She suggested lots of places to stand, and invited me to move forward during various parts of the ceremony so that I might get some great angles. It was totally unexpected, and I’m so grateful for her helping to ensure Alma and Ross have some lovely photographic memories of the ceremony, as well as this beautiful church.
The weather was a huge bonus. Not too hot, but bright and sunny with the kind of sky we photographers love! Both the church and Lainston House looked magnificent in the sunshine, and we got to take full advantage of both settings for their photographs.
Alma and Ross are keen ballroom dancers, so the wedding breakfast had a ballroom theme with the tables being named after various dances. The top table was called the ‘Judge’s Table’, and later the couple treated their guests to a beautiful first dance. I would say what type of dance it was, but I’ll probably get it wrong and then look a bit of a twit, but lets just say I’d give it 4 10’s! 🙂
Now it’s September, the nights are really drawing in, so to get some golden hours shots you’ve got to be quick. I grabbed the couple for an extra 15 minute portrait session after their main cause, and simply love these soft, romantic images. It was so worth them delaying their dessert! Alma looked incredible in her beaded lace and satin dress. Her hair and makeup were just perfect from start to finish, and her bouquet so fresh and pretty looking.
Alma and Ross, it really was such a gorgeous day and I hope it was everything you dreamed it would be. Have a wonderful honeymoon, enjoy your new puppy, and I hope you love these previews. J x