A Wedding in the Woods, with Sarah & Neal

July 08, 2014  •  1 Comment

I've always loved the New Forest. This was my playground when I was growing up, and it's fair to say that it's pretty magical at any time of year - each season brings its own pleasures. For a Summer wedding though it's something else: a riot of greenery, a wonderfully relaxed feel, and a real sense of intimacy and romance. The perfect setting then for Sarah & Neal's gorgeous, chilled-out ceremony and celebration at the hidden gem that is Weddings In The Woods, a little spot nestled amongst the trees just outside Lyndhurst.

Wedding in the Woods Walking hand-in-hand down a country lane into the forestNew Forest Weddings In The WoodsWedding in the Woods Bride and groom together This was an occasion which had the bride and groom's personality stamped all over it, as all of the guests I chatted to agreed. No formality, no stressing over the little things - everything was simply geared towards bringing together all of their friends and family in a beautiful location and having a fantastic time. And they most definitely managed to tick all of those boxes!

Before heading on to the venue Sarah and her bridesmaids were to be found getting ready at The Pig in Brockenhurst, a restaurant with rooms in a beautiful manor house way out in the forest - somewhere I'd heard much about but hadn't had the pleasure of going to before, and which has since gone straight to the top of the list of places I want to stay for a couple of days doing nothing more than eat and relax. Excellent choice! As I captured a few photos of the bridal preparations family members started to arrive and the activity increased, building up to the grand departure of the bridal party in a very funky old Ford Prefect (you don't see many of those around these days) and relocation to our home for the rest of the day.

Wedding in the Woods Black and white photo of bride getting ready by window and dress hanging in roomThe Pig Hotel Brockenhurst wedding phtoographyWedding in the Woods Bridal preparation Wedding in the Woods Black and white photo of bridesmaid working on details for the weddingThe Pig Hotel Brockenhurst wedding phtoographyWedding in the Woods Bridesmaid Wedding in the Woods Colour photo of summer bouquet on a banquette, shot in natural lightThe Pig Hotel Brockenhurst wedding phtoographyWedding in the Woods Bouquet Wedding in the Woods Cool wedding shoes - sandals - and wedding flowers in a basketThe Pig Hotel Brockenhurst wedding phtoographyWedding in the Woods Bridal prep details Wedding in the Woods The bride touches up make-up and puts on jewellery before the weddingThe Pig Hotel Brockenhurst wedding phtoographyWedding in the Woods Bride getting ready Wedding in the Woods A quick natural portrait of the bride and bridesmaids together before they leave for the weddingThe Pig Hotel Brockenhurst wedding phtoographyWedding in the Woods Bride and bridesmaids Wedding in the Woods A classic Ford Prefect as the wedding carThe Pig Hotel Brockenhurst wedding phtoographyWedding in the Woods The car Wedding in the Woods Exterior of the venue for bridal preparations in Brockenhurst, New ForestThe Pig Hotel Brockenhurst wedding phtoographyWedding in the Woods Bridal prep venue exterior And so on to the venue. Weddings in The Woods is literally the name of this beautiful little spot a few miles outside Lyndhurst, and quite simply it does exactly what it says on the tin. It's the most charming, down-to-earth location for a wedding; huge, towering trees bursting with vibrancy and standing tall over a clearing, in which you'll find a gorgeously rustic barn and marquee, shepherds' huts scattered around the site which serve as accommodation for the guests (an easy stagger back to your bed at the end of a hard day's celebrating), a huge fire-pit, and - if you're quiet and patient enough - little glimpses of the fauna which makes the Forest such a special place (well, I saw a couple of deer crash through the undergrowth in the distance on this occasion, and I've definitely seen wild pigs in this neck of the woods before). It's always nice when you get the chance to use a word like idyllic. I've got no hesitation in rolling it out for this one - it's a wonderful spot, off the beaten track, and for anyone looking for something slightly alternative and very chilled out as a wedding venue in Hampshire I'd highly recommend throwing this one into the mix.

Wedding in the Woods Guests assembling in anticipation of the start of the weddingNew Forest Weddings In The Woods PhotographyWedding in the Woods Venue exterior Wedding in the Woods Sign announcing the wedding and some of the huts which serve as on-site accommodationNew Forest Weddings In The Woods PhotographyWedding in the Woods Venue details Wedding in the Woods Gorgeous hand-knitted table names representing different forest creatures - it's the little touches which make all the difference when it comes to personalising your wedding!New Forest Weddings In The Woods PhotographyWedding in the Woods Reception details Wedding in the Woods Guests investigate the details of the setting for the wedding breakfast while waiting for the ceremony to beginNew Forest Weddings In The Woods PhotographyWedding in the Woods Marquee interior Wedding in the Woods Bridemaids and flower girl having a final check before their big momentNew Forest Weddings In The Woods PhotographyWedding in the Woods Flower girl Wedding in the Woods The groom (sitting) occupies himself in those final few moments before his bride arrivesNew Forest Weddings In The Woods PhotographyWedding in the Woods Groom and best man

Wedding in the Woods Groom and best man waiting before wedding ceremonyNew Forest Weddings In The Woods PhotographyWedding in the Woods Groom and buttonhole Wedding in the Woods Forest flowers and hand-knitted flags as decorationsNew Forest Weddings In The Woods PhotographyWedding in the Woods Wedding decorations Groom waiting at the front of the aisle as the bride arrivesNew Forest Weddings In The Woods PhotographyBridal entrance Wedding in the Woods The bride walks down the aisle on her brother's armNew Forest Weddings In The Woods PhotographyWedding in the Woods Bride arrival Wedding in the Woods Bride and groom together as a guest gives a reading at the start of the wedding ceremonyNew Forest Weddings In The Woods PhotographyWedding in the Woods Readings Wedding in the Woods The bride and groom exchange rings as part of the marriage ceremonyNew Forest Weddings In The Woods PhotographyWedding in the Woods Exchange of rings Wedding in the Woods Reading and vowsNew Forest Weddings In The Woods PhotographyWedding in the Woods Wedding ceremomy Wedding in the Woods Family and friends watch onNew Forest Weddings In The Woods PhotographyWedding in the Woods Guest candids Wedding in the Woods The bride and groom share a smile as friends, family and bridesmaid watch the wedding ceremonyNew Forest Weddings In The Woods PhotographyWedding in the Woods Getting married Wedding in the Woods Candid shots of the completion of the official paperworkNew Forest Weddings In The Woods PhotographyWedding in the Woods Signing the register Wedding in the Woods Bride and groom walk down the aisle as husband and wifeNew Forest Weddings In The Woods PhotographyWedding in the Woods Walking down the aisle And before you know it (believe me, it all happens very quickly when you're the one stood there at the front; I can speak from experience here!) they were husband and wife, and walking back down the aisle together. With a thoroughly charming - and very personal -  ceremony behind them, they and all of their guests could turn their thoughts to the rest of the day; namely, celebrating! With the summer sun roasting down on us, and plenty of people ducking for shade whenever the fluffy white clouds parted for a while, we squeezed in a few family photos (and a few more with that very cool car) amongst the many hugs and kisses that they spend their time receiving. And then, as afternoon moved into early evening people started to retire to the marquee in anticipation of the speeches and wedding breakfast - a family-style spit-roast lamb buffet with all the trimmings (I completely understand when people opt for chicken for the meal; a path-of-least-resistance crowd-pleaser naturally, but a whole sheep on a spit wins hands-down in my book every time!).

Wedding in the Woods Bride and groom are congratulated by their guestsNew Forest Weddings In The Woods PhotographyWedding in the Woods Congratulations Wedding in the Woods Tucked away at the edge of the clearing, the car is waiting for a couple of photos with the bride and groomNew Forest Weddings In The Woods PhotographyWedding in the Woods The car is back again Wedding in the Woods Enjoying the venue's beautiful grounds in the sunshineNew Forest Weddings In The Woods PhotographyWedding in the Woods Candid photos with guests Wedding in the Woods Guests mingling after the wedding ceremonyNew Forest Weddings In The Woods PhotographyWedding in the Woods Friends and Family Wedding in the Woods The bride's brother opens the speeches before handing over to the mother of the brideNew Forest Weddings In The Woods PhotographyWedding in the Woods Start of the speeches Wedding in the Woods Guest reactions as the groom makes his speechNew Forest Weddings In The Woods PhotographyWedding in the Woods Groom's speech Wedding in the Woods Bride's reactions as the groom and best man make their speechesNew Forest Weddings In The Woods PhotographyWedding in the Woods More speeches Wedding in the Woods A spit-roast lamb serves as the centre-piece to the wedding breakfastNew Forest Weddings In The Woods PhotographyWedding in the Woods Dinner is served Wedding in the Woods Guests relax in the marqueeNew Forest Weddings In The Woods PhotographyWedding in the Woods After the meal Wedding in the Woods Photos of the couple in the woodland surroundingsNew Forest Weddings In The Woods PhotographyWedding in the Woods Bride and groom portraits Wedding in the Woods Bride and groom together in the woodlandNew Forest Weddings In The Woods PhotographyWedding in the Woods Hand in hand Wedding in the Woods The couple together, black and white photosNew Forest Weddings In The Woods PhotographyWedding in the Woods Bride and groom alone Wedding in the Woods Natural and relaxed portraits of the groom against a wood-themed background in black and whiteNew Forest Weddings In The Woods PhotographyWedding in the Woods Groom posing Wedding in the Woods Bride and groom togetherNew Forest Weddings In The Woods PhotographyWedding in the Woods Laughter Wedding in the Woods Bride and groom sit together in front of the site's campfireNew Forest Weddings In The Woods PhotographyWedding in the Woods Fire! Wedding in the Woods A few little touches are applied to the bride's dress as people get ready for the evening partyNew Forest Weddings In The Woods PhotographyWedding in the Woods Start of the evening Wedding in the Woods Bride and groom cut their woodland-themed wedding cake with an absolutely massive machete!New Forest Weddings In The Woods PhotographyWedding in the Woods Cutting the cake Wedding in the Woods The newly married couple take to the dancefloorNew Forest Weddings In The Woods PhotographyWedding in the Woods First dance Wedding in the Woods Black and white photos of the first danceNew Forest Weddings In The Woods PhotographyWedding in the Woods Couple dancing A heaving dancefloor as the band gets into full swingNew Forest Weddings In The Woods PhotographyParty! I'm not sure I can remember the last time I saw so many people having fun at the same time - what an absolutely fabulous wedding! Huge congratulations to you both, Sarah & Neal; you really did it in style!

 

If you are planning your Wedding In The Woods in the New Forest and would like to know more about my photography services, packages and prices, please don't hesitate to contact me at any time to discuss your plans and ask me any questions you might have.

 

As ever, many thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this little story from the day,

 

Stephen


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The Blooming Workshop(non-registered)
Delighted to have been the florists for this relaxed and natural wedding that suited this couple perfectly and has been captured so well by Stephen
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