Winchester University Wedding Photography - Hannah & Tim

May 05, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Hannah & Tim tied the knot on a beautiful Spring day at West Downs Campus, part of the University of Winchester, very recently. It's always a special moment for me when I return to this venue - it's the scene of the first wedding I ever photographed, and it remains one of my favourite places in Winchester for a ceremony. Everyone who lives in Winchester will be familiar with the very attractive building as they'll all have driven past it many times; oppsite the hospital on the Romsey Road - the main route out of town to the West. What many people don't realise though is that this lovely brick-and-flint building, now home to the University's art gallery and business school, also contains an absolutely beautiful wood-panelled chapel with vaulted ceilings - a hangover from its previous life as a public school (don't quote me on that, but it's the story I've been told at least). 

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Bride and groom portraitsWinchester West Downs Campus Wedding PhotographyCouple photos in University grounds by Masters Lodge Groom alone portraitsWinchester West Downs Campus Wedding PhotographyCouple photos in University grounds by Masters Lodge Colour photos of bride and groom togetherWinchester West Downs Campus Wedding PhotographyCouple photos in University grounds by Masters Lodge Black and white portrait of bride and groomWinchester West Downs Campus Wedding PhotographyCouple photos in University grounds by Masters Lodge Bouquet detail with bride and groom in backgroundWinchester West Downs Campus Wedding PhotographyCouple photos in University grounds by Masters Lodge And then on to the ceremony itself, up in the chapel. An interesting little feature of this venue is that, while it was originally a religious venue, it's now licensed for civil ceremonies. The little give-away here is that in the group photos above you'll notice the iconography in the screens in the background - for the ceremony itself these are covered up to remove any religious connotation. (The team at the University will take care of all of this for you, and I happen to think that the little gold panels they cover them with look superb as well). Hannah walked down the aisle on her father's arm, with the beautiful Spring sunlight flooding in through the tall windows to the chapel, accompanied by her sister playing the violin. We had charming readings and a beautiful ceremony, vows were made and rings exchanged, and Hannah & Tim were suddenly Winchester's newest husband and wife.

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Many congratulations to you both, Hannah & Tim, and wishing you many happy years together!

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If you are planning your wedding at Winchester University 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 - I'm only too happy to help however I can.

 

Hope you enjoyed the photos of this wonderful occasion and, as ever, thanks for reading,

 

Stephen


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