Lymington New Forest Wedding Photography - Clare & Gareth

December 11, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

It's time to share some of the images from Clare & Gareth's beautiful wedding day earlier this year - a wonderful celebration down in the New Forest. It was my first time photographing at St John the Baptist Church in Boldre - it turned out to be an absolutely delightful little hidden gem - with the rest of the day spent at the Clare's family home right on the sea wall in Lymington, the views stretching out across the Solent to the Isle of Wight. A fabulously sunny day for a country wedding and a marquee reception, idyllic locations, and an absolutely gorgeous couple - this one had it all!

Early evening skies as the newly married couple embrace by the waterside in LymingtonLymington New Forest Wedding PhotographyBride and groom by the sea at Lymington waterfront

The house was very much base camp for the day, and I caught up with Clare and the bridal party there early in the afternoon to cover the final stages of the preparations (by this time I had already bumped into our groom down by the quayside, when we had both had the idea of grabbing a quick fish and chip lunch to power ourselves up before everything began in earnest). It was in an absolutely wonderful secluded spot, with a garden which backed down onto the waterfront (the vast majority of said garden being taken up by the mini tented village) and was most definitely a hive of activity by the time I arrived. Somewhere in the middle of it all I found Clare, grinning from ear to ear and clearly loving every moment of her wedding day so far! There's always something really charming about home wedding receptions, and it always seems like such a sweet touch when the bride can get ready in the very house she grew up in, surrounded by friends and family, in before heading off to the local church. And that church was to be the next stop, after a quick trip down the garden path to take family photos with the Island in the background. One of the hardest things here was to not get too carried away and use up all the spots, as I knew we'd be coming back here again later for some time-out photos with just Clare and Gareth. Easier said than done, though, when it's such a beautiful spot and the soft light was just perfect!

Detail shot of bride's bouquet in gardens of reception venueLymington New Forest Wedding PhotographyBridal Preparations Details of wedding dressLymington New Forest Wedding PhotographyBridal Preparations The bride is helped into her dress by the female members of her familyLymington New Forest Wedding PhotographyBridal Preparations - bride getting dressed Black and white photo of bride's father looking on as his daughter is buttoned into her wedding dressLymington New Forest Wedding PhotographyGetting ready Black and white images from pre-wedding preparationsLymington New Forest Wedding PhotographyBridal Preparations Bride applies make-up as a flower girl gets readyLymington New Forest Wedding PhotographyBridal Preparations Bride and bridesmaids getting ready in the family homeLymington New Forest Wedding PhotographyBridesmaids Bride and bridal party in family photos before leaving for the wedding ceremonyLymington New Forest Wedding PhotographyBridal Preparations - Family photos Bride and bridesmaids walk along the sea wall on the outskirts of Lymington, with the Isle of Wight in the distanceLymington New Forest Wedding PhotographyBridal Preparations St John the Baptist Church in Boldre really is out in the sticks - down long winding country lanes a distance from the village, which is pretty small and tucked away in it its right. And it's absolutely gorgeous - really, the quintessential rural parish church. Gareth, his best man and ushers had safely arrived by the time I got there and were keeping themselves occupied while they waited for the first of the guests to arrive. We were able to take a few moments to set up some shots before the Ushers were called upon to start performing their duties, at which point I was able to slip into stealth mode and focus on candids as the church began to fill.

View of exterior or St John the Baptist Church, Boldre, from the South side as wedding guests congregateNew Forest wedding photography Boldre ChurchChurch exterior Portrait of groom with details of buttonhole and engraved hip flaskNew Forest wedding photography Boldre ChurchThe groom The groom stands outside the door to the churchNew Forest wedding photography Boldre ChurchGroom, best man, ushers The best man displays the wedding rings, as guests start to make their way into the churchNew Forest wedding photography Boldre ChurchRings, and guests arriving Guests start to take their seats before the ceremonyNew Forest wedding photography Boldre ChurchGuests arriving Flowers on display inside the church, and a ceremonial sword which will feature later in the proceedingsNew Forest wedding photography Boldre ChurchFloral details Further guests arrive and greet each other outside St John the Baptist Church in BoldreNew Forest wedding photography Boldre ChurchGuests outside church Bridesmaids and page boy waiting outside the church with the vicar before the ceremony beginsNew Forest wedding photography Boldre ChurchBefore the ceremony A flower girl excitedly jumps off the gate as the wedding car arrivesNew Forest wedding photography Boldre ChurchFlower Girl The bride and her father arrive at the church in a classic Rolls RoyceNew Forest wedding photography Boldre ChurchThe wedding car The bride exits the car and makes her way along the church pathNew Forest wedding photography Boldre ChurchBride before the wedding Family and friends wait inside the church for the bride's arrivalNew Forest wedding photography Boldre ChurchInside the church The best man gives the groom a final check to make sure that everything is in place ready for the wedding ceremony to beginNew Forest wedding photography Boldre ChurchGroom and best man An advantage of the long approach to the church is that there was plenty of time to make sure that everyone was safely inside before the wedding car pulled up to the gates. Clare arrived and stepped out of the gleaming Rolls on her father's arm looking absolutely radiant, and as she and her bridesmaids took a final moment to catch their breath I headed down to the front of the church to position myself ready for her to make her entrance...

Groom and best man wait at the front of the aisle as the bride arrivesLymington New Forest Wedding PhotographySt John the Baptist Church Boldre - Groom & best man The groom turns to watch as his bride walks down the aisle on her father's armLymington New Forest Wedding PhotographyBride walks down aisle at St John the Baptist Church Boldre Bridesmaids at the start of the wedding ceremony, and the view from the back of the church down the central aisleLymington New Forest Wedding PhotographyStart of ceremony at St John the Baptist Church Boldre Bride and groom hold hands during the wedding serviceLymington New Forest Wedding PhotographyMarriage at St John the Baptist Church Boldre The bride and groom make their vows as part of the marriageLymington New Forest Wedding PhotographyWedding at St John the Baptist Church Boldre Bride and groom exchange ringsLymington New Forest Wedding PhotographySt John the Baptist Church Boldre The vicar blesses the coupleWedding at Boldre Church New ForestThe blessing The bride and groom kiss upon completion of the formalities of the wedding ceremonyLymington New Forest Wedding PhotographyFirst kiss St John the Baptist Church Boldre The groom is congratulatedLymington New Forest Wedding PhotographySt John the Baptist Church Boldre Bridesmaids show some emotion as the wedding register is signedLymington New Forest Wedding PhotographySt John the Baptist Church Boldre Bride and groom sign the marriage registerLymington New Forest Wedding PhotographySigning the register at St John the Baptist Church Boldre Bride and groom walk down the aisle as husband and wifeLymington New Forest Wedding PhotographyWalking down the aisle at St John the Baptist Church Boldre The bride and groom are greeted outside the church with confettiLymington New Forest Wedding PhotographyConfetti at St John the Baptist Church Boldre Black and white photographs outside church following wedding ceremonyLymington New Forest Wedding PhotographySt John the Baptist Church Boldre The bride and groom get into the wedding car ready to head to the reception venueLymington New Forest Wedding PhotographyWedding car at St John the Baptist Church Boldre The wedding car parked outside the churchLymington New Forest Wedding PhotographySt John the Baptist Church Boldre The wedding car leaves down the country lanes, heading for the receptionLymington New Forest Wedding PhotographySt John the Baptist Church Boldre

And so, back in convoy to the house and marquee for the wedding reception, with drinks and nibbles around the pool and some time-out photos with our bride and groom down on the waterfront. It was a beautiful summer's afternoon and evening, with soft warm gentle light. The mid-afternoon ceremony meant that the light was already starting to fade as guests seated themselves in anticipation of the speeches which were to start the wedding breakfast, and as the dark encroached the log fires were lit to add an extra dimension to the beautiful, intimate sense of occasion...

Wide-angle photos of grounds and gardensLymington New Forest wedding photographyWedding reception exterior viiew Candid photographs of wedding guests at receptionLymington New Forest wedding photographyGuests at reception The house pup looks on keenly as canapés are servedLymington New Forest wedding photographyCanapes Lymington New Forest wedding photographyBlack and white documentary photography of wedding guests The view from the end of the garden stretches across the Solent to the Isle of WightLymington New Forest wedding photographyView to the Isle of Wight Bride and groom walk hand in hand along the waterfrontLymington New Forest wedding photographyCouple alone Black and white images of bride and groom with veil blowing in the windLymington New Forest wedding photographyBlack and white portraits Portrait session with bride and groom by Lymington waterfrontLymington New Forest wedding photographyBride and groom time-out Bride and groom photo session in LymingtonLymington New Forest wedding photographyColour portraits of bride and groom Details of flowers and name places in reception marquee`Lymington New Forest wedding photographyReception marquee details Close-up details from wedding cakeLymington New Forest wedding photographyCake details Wedding guests enjoying the gardens during the receptionLymington New Forest wedding photographyWedding guests Black and white documentary photos of wedding guests at receptionLymington New Forest wedding photographyMonochrome guests Guests reflected in the blue waters of the swimming poolLymington New Forest wedding photographyDrinks by the pool The bride's father gives the opening speechLymington New Forest wedding photographyStart of the speeches Bide and groom laugh as they listen to the speechesLymington New Forest wedding photographyBride and groom reactions The groom stands to give his speechLymington New Forest wedding photographyGroom's speech The formal speeches take place before the wedding breakfastLymington New Forest wedding photographyBefore dinner Wedding guests during the receptionLymington New Forest wedding photographyGuests at reception Laughter and smiles during the wedding breakfastLymington New Forest wedding photographyGuest reactions The bride's aunt congratulates her on her marriageLymington New Forest wedding photographyBride and aunt As the wedding breakfast drew to a close and the cake was cut, guests were directed across the gardens and (carefully) around the pool to the next marquee, complete with band, for the start of the evening's partying. This was definitely a party crowd - the dancefloor was absolutely heaving right from the start, and it certainly looked as though Clare, Gareth and all their guests had a long night ahead of them. And most deservedly so - what an absolute belter of a wedding! Fabulous bride and groom, wonderful friends and family, stunning food, gorgeous locations... this is a couple who really know how to do things with style!

The marquee stands illuminated in the deep blue skies of the late evening lightLymington New Forest wedding photographyMarquee in the evening light Bride and groom cut their wedding cakeLymington New Forest wedding photographyCutting the cake Lymington New Forest wedding photographyBlack and white photo of bride and groom cutting cake The newly married couple take to the floor for their first danceLymington New Forest wedding photographyFirst dance The bride's dress flows as she dances with her husbandLymington New Forest wedding photographyDancing The bride and groom invite their guests onto the dancefloorLymington New Forest wedding photographyParty Bridesmaids hot the dancefloorLymington New Forest wedding photographyGuests on the dancefloor Black and white photos of wedding guests in the dance tentLymington New Forest wedding photographyGuests dancing The couple dance surrounded by friends and familyLymington New Forest wedding photographyBride and groom dancing A wonderful, wonderful day - huge congratulations to you both, Clare & Gareth, and wishing you many very happy years together!

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The photos above are of course just a small selection from the day: friends and family can view and purchase the complete set, along with a slideshow of edited highlights, in Clare & Gareth's wedding gallery... but you'll need to ask them for the password first.

If you are planning a New Forest wedding and would like to know more about my wedding photography services, packages and prices, please don't hesitate to contact me to discuss your plans and ask me any questions you might have - I'm only too happy to help however I can.

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I hope you enjoyed the photos from this magnificent celebration. As ever, thanks for reading!

 

Stephen


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