Romsey Abbey Wedding Photography - Angela & David

January 21, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

An absolutely stunning winter's day for a beautiful wedding at Romsey Abbey and a reception in the heart of the New Forest...

Bride and groom together on a winter's evening near Beaulieu in the New ForestRomsey Abbey Wedding Photography couple portraitCouple portrait at sunset in the New Forest Very often when couples approach me about winter weddings, one of their questions - perfectly reasonably - is what sort of impact the reduced daylight and possibly inclement weather can have from a photographer's point of view. Of course there's always the risk (and this is true for any time of year really) that the weather isn't going to play ball, and one thing you can certainly guarantee is that the sun will be setting much earlier and as a result any outdoor photos will need to take this into account, but I'm always keen to point out that an out-of-season wedding doesn't have to mean any compromise on the wedding images. Far from it - in many ways winter light is the most dramatic and exciting of all, with the sun that much lower in the sky and the potential for some incredible sunsets. And as Angela & David's beautiful wedding at Romsey Abbey, followed by a reception at the Beaulieu Road Hotel in the New Forest, so amply demonstrates you might just find that you're actually getting married on one of the most stunningly sunny days of the year anyway!

Images of bouquet, dress hanging and shoesRomsey Abbey wedding photography bridal prepDetail shots during bridal preparations at home Bride's wedding braceletRomsey Abbey wedding photography jewelleryWedding jewellery Black and white photos of bride and flower girl during preparationsRomsey Abbey wedding photography bridal preparationBride with flower girl Getting ready at homeRomsey Abbey wedding photography Bridal preparations Bride and usherRomsey Abbey wedding photography Bride handing out gifts Bride getting into dressRomsey Abbey wedding photography Getting dressed I'd been looking forward to this wedding for a long time - my first one at Romsey Abbey, which is an absolutely beautiful church in the heart of this gorgeous Hampshire market town. Bridal preparations were taking place at Angela's parents' house, a stone's throw from the town centre, and it was action stations with tonnes of people coming and going throughout the morning - all the while with Angela as an island of calmness and serenity in the middle of it all. A beautiful blue winter's sky outside and the sun shining... happy days. Much of the morning seemed to be taken up with the handing out of gifts before Angela suddenly realised once the house had cleared and pretty much everyone else was already on the way to the church that perhaps she'd better get into her wedding dress...

Meanwhile, over at the Abbey... 

Happily, David was safely inside the building, which was a bit of a relief given that he'd apparently spent much of the previous 48 hours in hospital having a fair chunk of his ear sewn back on after a bit of pre-wedding excitement. It all seemed to be there again, so the worst he had to endure was an endless barrage of ear-related puns throughout the day. No matter - much more importantly he looked absolutely excellent in full Scottish regalia (have I mentioned before that I really like to see Scottish dress at a wedding? Once or twice, i suspect) and everything seemed to be running to plan. The sun was positively streaming in through the windows casting the most beautiful directional light over everyone. The Abbey itself is an absolutely beautiful building both inside and out; a real sense of grandeur and occasion - highly recommended for a visit whether you're actually planning on getting married there or not.

Exterior photograph of Abbey as guests arriveRomsey Abbey wedding photographyChurch exterior Interior and exterior of the magnificent architecture of the churchRomsey Abbey wedding photographyRomsey Abbey black and white Wedding images inside Romsey Abbey in DecemberRomsey Abbey wedding photographyWinter wedding church interior Thistles included in wedding flowers as part of Scottish themeRomsey Abbey wedding photographyDetail shots of flowers and rings The groom's side of the wedding party waiting at the church for the arrival of the brideRomsey Abbey wedding photographyGroom, best man and ushers Black and white image of groom with guest inside church before the ceremonyRomsey Abbey wedding photographyGroom and guest Bridesmaid and flower girl waiting by the church door as the bride arrivesRomsey Abbey wedding photographyBride arriving Colour photo of groom alone at front of church before ceremonyRomsey Abbey wedding photographyGroom waiting Groom with best man and vicar as the bride arrives at the back of the churchRomsey Abbey wedding photographyBride arrival The bride is escorted to the front of the church by her fatherRomsey Abbey wedding photographyBride walks down the aisle The bride meets her groom at the front of the church to start the wedding ceremonyRomsey Abbey wedding photographyBride arrives Bride, groom and guests during the serviceRomsey Abbey wedding photographyThe wedding ceremony Candid shots during wedding ceremonyRomsey Abbey wedding photographyGuests during the service Mother of the bride and bridesmaid watch on as guests give readings during the wedding serviceRomsey Abbey wedding photographyThe readings Bride and groom make their wedding vowsRomsey Abbey wedding photographyThe vows The bride watches on as the vicar leads the wedding ceremonyRomsey Abbey wedding photographyThe marriage The newly-married couple receive the wedding blessing at the front of the churchRomsey Abbey wedding photographyThe blessing The bride and groom's families see them for the first time after the marriage as they gather to sign the registersRomsey Abbey wedding photographyCongratulations Bride and groom make it official by signing the documentationRomsey Abbey wedding photographySigning of the register A side chapel within the Abbey is the magnificent location for the signing of the registerRomsey Abbey wedding photographyIn thwe side chapel The newly-married couple walk back down the aisle together as husband and wifeRomsey Abbey wedding photographyWalking down the aisle

One exchange of rings, two sets of vows, two readings, several hymns and one signing of the register later, Angela and David were walking back down the aisle together as husband and wife. With daylight now at a bit of a premium for the rest of the day, we'd agreed to capture the main family and group photos outside the Abbey given that it was such a lovely location, which we duly did, before heading out into the New Forest en route to the reception venue - the Beaulieu Road Hotel - for some time-out photos of the happy couple. Now correct me if I'm wrong, but with that incredible warm light, the rich forest colours, the heathland and heather, and David's kilt it's only the absence of mountains which stops those photos from looking like they were taken in the height of summer in the Scottish highlands. Oh, and fewer midgies of course.

Winter sunshine, laughter, smiles and bagpipesNew Forest wedding photographyWedding guests outside the church Portrait of bride outside door to churchNew Forest wedding photographyBride alone Bride and groom on New Forest heathlandNew Forest wedding photographyCouple together Bride looks back over her shoulder as the couple walk along a Forest road in the Winter sunNew Forest wedding photographyOn the road Landscape portraits of bride and groom togetherNew Forest wedding photographyWinter sunshine Couple together in sunshineNew Forest wedding photographyBride and groom Individual photos of bride and groomNew Forest wedding photographyBride and groom portraits And on to the hotel, just a few hundred yards from our photo spot, for the reception - kicking off with a grand confetti entrance before drinks and speeches, the wedding breakfast and finally a few more group photos (all very relaxed and informal - I find that taking this approach really works well, especially for couples who are keen to have something a bit different with their friends compared to the perhaps more traditional family photos earlier in the day) and then - joy! - a Ceilidh! I've never seen a Ceilidh at a wedding which wasn't absolutely brilliant, and I love the way so many people get so into it right from the start. No danger of the dancefloor clearing one or two tracks after the first dance here - these guys were in for the long haul!

Bride and groom greeted with confetti at wedding receptionNew Forest Wedding PhotographyBeaulieu Hotel Wedding confetti Black and white photos of couple outside hotelNew Forest Wedding PhotographyBeaulieu Hotel Wedding exterior Guests relaxing with drinks in the hotel loungeNew Forest Wedding PhotographyBeaulieu Hotel Wedding reception Guests are welcomed by the couple and their families at the start of the wedding breakfastNew Forest Wedding PhotographyBeaulieu Hotel Wedding receiving line Black and white photos of guests during the speechesNew Forest Wedding PhotographyBeaulieu Hotel Wedding speeches Groom and father of the bride giving wedding speechesNew Forest Wedding PhotographyBeaulieu Hotel Wedding speeches The best man gives his speechNew Forest Wedding PhotographyBeaulieu Hotel Wedding best man's speech Colour candid photos of guests during the speechesNew Forest Wedding PhotographyBeaulieu Hotel Wedding guests Guests relaxing in the lounge after the wedding breakfastNew Forest Wedding PhotographyBeaulieu Hotel Wedding in the lounge Bride and groom with friends outside the hotelNew Forest Wedding PhotographyBeaulieu Hotel Wedding friend group photos Bride and groom cut their wedding cakeNew Forest Wedding PhotographyBeaulieu Hotel Wedding cutting the cake The couple on the dancefloorNew Forest Wedding PhotographyBeaulieu Hotel Wedding first dance The start of the ceilidh at the evening partyNew Forest Wedding PhotographyBeaulieu Hotel Wedding party Wedding guests learning the moves as they goNew Forest Wedding PhotographyBeaulieu Hotel Wedding dancing action Bride and groom on the dancefloorNew Forest Wedding PhotographyBeaulieu Hotel Wedding bride and groom dancing black and white Wedding guests starting to get the hang of traditional scottish dancingNew Forest Wedding PhotographyBeaulieu Hotel Wedding dancing What an absolutely fantastic wedding, what a wonderful couple and what a day! Many congratulations to you both, Angela & David, and I can't wait to see how your photos look printed up in your album.

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If you are planning your wedding either at Romsey Abbey or out in the New Forest and would like to know more about my wedding photography services, packages and prices, please feel free to contact me any time to discuss your plans and ask me any questions you might have - I'm always happy to help however I can.

I hope you enjoyed the photos and, as ever, thanks for reading,

 

Stephen


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