A Charming Little Winchester Wedding With Faye & Richie

June 23, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Ever since I first heard about it I've been a very enthusiastic supporter of Winchester Registry Office's relocation to Castle Hill, up at the top of the High Street near the Westgate and the Great Hall. Simply put, it's now housed in an absolutely beautiful building, right in the heart of one of the oldest quarters of the ancient capital of England. Photo opportunities abound inside and out - especially if you decide to use the fabulous Basing Room for your ceremony - and I really think you'd struggle to find a more delightful location for a registry office wedding. And when you've got an absolutely beautiful couple like Faye & Richie to work with you know you're going to work that day with a spring in your step!

Time-out photos of the bride and groom together by one of the ponds in the gardens of Peninsula BarracksWinchester wedding photography at Peninsula BarracksCouple together by fountains Bride and groom photos at top of Winchester near the Great HallWinchester wedding photography at Peninsula BarracksBride and groom portrait Portraits of wedding couple time out photosWinchester wedding photography at Peninsula BarracksBlack and white portraits of bride and groom Black and white image of bride with hair blowing in the breeze in the grounds of Peninsula BarracksWinchester wedding photography at Peninsula BarracksBridal portrait Natural light photography, couple portraitWinchester wedding photography at Peninsula BarracksBride and groom black and white portrait Colour photo of groom posing alone in front of the central fountain at Winchester's Peninsula BarracksWinchester wedding photography at Peninsula BarracksGroom alone portrait Bride and groom posing individuallyWinchester wedding photography at Peninsula BarracksBride and groom colour portraits It's actually a pretty rare occasion when I have a Saturday free for shorter wedding coverage, but every so often through the course of the year I find myself with one open for a last-minute enquiry, and luckily that was the case with Faye and Richie, who had got in touch at short notice just a couple of weeks earlier. The day they had planned was a very small and intimate affair - the ceremony itself, a few time-out photos and a quick couple of groups for the record, and a little capturing of the story as the wedding party then strolled through town on their way to a celebratory lunch at Rick Stein's recently-opened restaurant towards the bottom end of town.

So that's exactly what we did, starting not with the wedding itself, but with a few portrait and couple photos just around the corner in lovely Peninsula Barracks (with Richie's sister on-hand and kindly providing a babysitting service for their bobby wee baby boy) before heading down to Castle Avenue in time for the formalities of the interview. As Faye & Richie were whisked off to the interview room, I got to meet up with the other family members as they arrived, and after a few hugs and kisses (between them, not for me) it was time to get seated before the doors opened to let our couple walk down the aisle together to start the ceremony...


The old stone building which houses the Basing Room and the rest of the Registry Service sits above the ancient CastleBasing Room Winchester wedding photographyView of Castle Hill from the Great Hall courtyard


Family members arrive in the Basing Room as the bride and groom have their interviews elsewhere in the buildingBasing Room Winchester wedding photographyGuests arriving Including the youngest guest of allBasing Room Winchester wedding photographyBlack and whiter documentary photos of guests Natural and relaxed photos taken in a documentary style before the ceremonyBasing Room Winchester wedding photographyCandid photography of guests arriving Guests seated in the beautiful and colourful ceremony room before the start of the weddingBasing Room Winchester wedding photographyCeremony room interior The bride and groom arrive and walk down the aisle together at the start of the ceremonyBasing Room Winchester wedding photographyBride and groom arrival A guest performs the first reading as the bride and groom watch onBasing Room Winchester wedding photographyReadings The registrar begins proceedings at the beginning of the marriage ceremonyBasing Room Winchester wedding photographyStart of the ceremony Guests watch on as the marriage takes placeBasing Room Winchester wedding photographyDuring the ceremony Black and white photo of bride and groom holding hands as they exchange their vows in the Basing RoomBasing Room Winchester wedding photographyHolding hands The marriage takes placeBasing Room Winchester wedding photographyThe wedding ceremony The groom places the wedding ring on the bride's fingerBasing Room Winchester wedding photographyExchange of rings The wedding ceremony approaches its conclusion as the bride and groom complete their vows and the exchange of rings Basing Room Winchester wedding photographyGetting married Black and white photo of the couple immediately after they become husband and wife, with wedding guests watching onBasing Room Winchester wedding photographyNewly married The bride and groom's baby boy is more interested in the camera as the bride and groom sign the registerBasing Room Winchester wedding photographyThe youngest guest Bride and groom sign the official documentation to record their marriageBasing Room Winchester wedding photographySigning the register The certificate is traditionally handed to the brideBasing Room Winchester wedding photographyThe marriage certificate The bride and groom are congratulated by guests in the lobby outside the Basing Room, before heading outside for confetti and photographsBasing Room Winchester wedding photographyEnd of the ceremony A couple of family photographs are captured on the steps at the entrance to the Basing Room building on Castle HillBasing Room Winchester wedding photographyPhotographs on the steps One of the things that I really like about the Basing Room are the rich colours - the whole room itself really is beautiful and has seen a huge attention to detail (at the official launch of the new premises a couple of months ago I got into a conversation with the person responsible for the refurbishment and I was amazed to hear quite how much work went into it, from the design of the wallpaper to the sourcing of the bespoke carpet, and the hanging of the chandelier - they've really done a superb job). It photographs fantastically, especially in the afternoon once the sun has passed to the other side of the building and the whole room is filled with sift, indirect light. All of the photos you see here were taken without the need for any flash, which is perfect as it means I can do my best to blend into the background (well, as far as possible - it's still not a huge room) rather than draw attention to myself or distract from the ceremony.

The rich, warm colours theme continued for the final little part of the day, as the bride, groom and wedding party processed down through town in the direction of their restaurant for their celebratory meal. Having what I would consider to be a fair bit of local knowledge I had offered to take them on a little route which took in some of the back-streets and sights along the way, winding down towards the Cathedral and past the Dean Garnier Garden - where we stopped off briefly for a final couple of family photos. And as the other guests made their way to Rick Stein's, I took Faye & Richie off in a slightly different direction to wrap up with just a final couple of photos of just the two of them before they headed off to the party and the rest of their day's celebration.

The historical western entrance to the city sits at the top of the hill, right nest to the Basing RoomWinchester wedding photographyOutside the Westgate The bride and groom lead the small procession through the back streets of the city towards the CathedralWinchester wedding photographyWalking through Winchester The bride and groom lead their guests towards the CathedralWinchester wedding photographyThe Cathedral Grounds The bride and groom walk past the cloisters on their way towards the restaurant following their wedding in the Basing RoomWinchester wedding photographyOutside the Cathedral The bride and groom walk together through the iconic cloisters on the south side of Winchester CathedralWinchester wedding photographyCathedral cloisters Black and white photos of bride and groom together by the small water garden to the east of the CathedralWinchester wedding photographyBride and groom alone Candid photographs of the bride and groom as they walk through the back streets of the city of WInchesterWinchester wedding photographyBlack and white street photography The bride and groom head towards the centre of Winchester from the Guildhall buildingWinchester wedding photographyOutside the Guildhall A really lovely, charming wedding... and an absolutely beautiful couple, I'm sure you'll agree! Many congratulations to you both, Faye & Richie - wishing you many happy years together.

The above are just a selection of photos from the day... friends and family can view the full selection in their private wedding gallery, although you'll have to ask the happy couple for the password first.

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I hope you enjoyed looking at the photos from this lovely little wedding, and - as ever - thanks for reading.




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