Stephen Duncan Photography - Winchester Wedding Photographer: Blog https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog en-us (C) Stephen Duncan Photography - Winchester Wedding Photographer info@stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk (Stephen Duncan Photography - Winchester Wedding Photographer) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:08:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:08:00 GMT https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/img/s/v-12/u273220305-o683421506-50.jpg Stephen Duncan Photography - Winchester Wedding Photographer: Blog https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog 80 120 Bowood Hotel Wedding Preview - Ria & Chris https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/bowood-hotel-wedding-preview-ria-chris Well, I think it's fair to say that Ria & Chris's wedding at gorgeous Bowood Hotel in Wiltshire was a wet one. It absolutely hammered it down for much of the day in fact, but it's a rare wedding when it rains solidly all the way through, and in between downpours we were able to nip outside for a few short photo sessions, and I'm so happy that this absolutely lovely couple was up for it as - so often the case - questionable weather on a wedding day can make for some really special photos. Dramatic skies and incredible light as the sun does occasionally manage to break through coupled with a beautiful, fun-loving bride and groom makes for one happy photographer!

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If you are currently planning your Bowood Hotel wedding and would like to know more about my photography services, availability and package options, please don't hesitate to contact me to discuss your plans and ask me any questions - I'm only too happy to help out however I can.

I hope you enjoyed this little taster of things to come and thanks, as ever, for reading,

Stephen 

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info@stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk (Stephen Duncan Photography - Winchester Wedding Photographer) Bowood Hotel wedding photography Wiltshire wedding golf course rain rainbow wet wedding https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/bowood-hotel-wedding-preview-ria-chris Sun, 02 Oct 2016 13:27:24 GMT
Magnificent Milton Abbey, Dorset - Faye & Collins' Wedding https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/9/magnificent-milton-abbey-dorset-wedding There's no need to hold back when you're describing Milton Abbey in Dorset as a wedding venue - it's absolutely stunning. Everything about it is simply beautiful: the glorious Abbey itself; the wonderful buildings of the public school which the Abbey is attached to; the magnificently maintained parkland grounds - landscaped by Capability Brown no less - in which the school sits surrounded by rolling hills and fields; the picture-postcard village of Milton Abbas down the road... all just magnificent. What a treat to be asked to photograph a wedding there, and it was with great pleasure that I captured Faye & Collins' big day in the height of Summer.

The beautiful old church sits in the grounds of Milton Abbey school, surrounded by parkland landscaped by Capability Brown.Milton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyAbbey exterior Bridal preparations took place at the very pleasant Hambro Arms pub in the neighbouring village, a leisurely trot away if you happen to be arriving in a horse-drawn carriage! More on that in a moment, but as Faye and horses set out on their journey I was able to catch up with our groom as his guests arrived - he'd been keeping himself occupied that morning by playing a spot of croquet on the lawns (rather than indulging in a round of golf on the school's private golf course, some of which you can just about see to the right of the image above. How come my school didn't have its own golf course?).

Mother of the bride, and wedding dress hanging in bedroomMilton Abbey in Dorset wedding photographyBridal preparation at Hambro Arms pub Black and white image of bride during hair and make-upMilton Abbey in Dorset wedding photographyBridal preparation The bride plays with her daughter before the ceremonyMilton Abbey in Dorset wedding photographyBride and flower girl Groom and best man in grounds of the Abbey before the ceremonyMilton Abbey in Dorset wedding photographyGroom and best man The best man straightens the groom's button-hole before the start of the ceremonyMilton Abbey in Dorset wedding photographyFinishing touches inside Abbey Groom and best man inside Milton Abbey waiting for wedding guests to arriveMilton Abbey in Dorset wedding photographyAbbey interior Black and white image of best man reading the order of serviceMilton Abbey in Dorset wedding photographyBest man portrait Black and white photograph of Milton Abbey interiorMilton Abbey in Dorset wedding photographyAbbey High Altar Exterior photograph of main school buildingMilton Abbey in Dorset wedding photographyMilton Abbey School The bridesmaid arrives for the start of the serviceMilton Abbey in Dorset wedding photographyView of Abbey building As the guests took their seats for the start of the service, the horses and carriage swung into view at the far end of the drive to make their way down to the main entrance of the Abbey. Faye made her way down the aisle on her father's arm, led by their absolutely gorgeous little daughter, and the ceremony was in motion. It's a magnificent building, and looks particularly impressive from the rear as you look down the aisle towards the high altar - what a setting in which to make your vows!

The carriage parks up outside the main entrance to the AbbeyMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyBride arrives in horse-drawn carriage The father of the bride drawn the veil over his daughter's face before the ceremonyMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyBride, father and veil The bride walks down the aisle on her father's armMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyBride arrives Guests watch on as the marriage service commencesMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyWedding ceremony Colour images of guests watching the marriageMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyGuests during ceremony The bride and groom hold hands as they exchange their vowsMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyExchanging vows Milton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyMarriage ceremony Best man and bridesmaid watch on as the wedding rings are exchangedMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyExchange of rings The bride sits in a side-chapel to sign the marriage registerMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographySigning the register The newly married couple take a moment together as the formal part of the service is completedMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyBride and groom The bride and groom carry their daughter as they walk down the aisleMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyWalking down the aisle Back out and into the summer sunshine (albeit with some very heavy and dramatic clouds rolling in from the west), and an opportunity for guests to explore the grounds and get started on the canapes as our bride and groom headed out for a tour in the carriage. I don't know much about horses - my wife's the specialist on that score - but these were some real beauties, and what a lovely way to take a few moments after the ceremony to soak it all up.

Drinks and canapes were served on the lawns overlooking the cricket pitch, with those heavenly Dorset views stretching off into the distance, and then for the wedding breakfast we headed in to the school's dining hall. So many beautiful spots, wonderful angles - check out the quadrant for a group photo location - to play with here, I think I could photograph a hundred weddings at Milton Abbey and still be finding new things to work with.

Guests emerge from the Abbey at the end of the wedding serviceMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyView of Abbey and school The bride and groom climb into the carriage for a tour of the groundsMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyHorse drawn carriage The groom celebrates with friends during the reception on the lawnMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyWedding reception Black and white images of the view from the schoolMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyViews across the Dorset countryside Clouds roll in over the cricket fieldsMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyThe cricket pavilion The wedding reception takes place on the lawns outside the main school buildingMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographySchool building Guests enjoy the grounds of the schoolMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyWedding reception The school's formal dining hall is the setting for the wedding breakfastMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyThe dining hall Bride and daughter during the wedding receptionMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyCandid black and white photography The bride and groom are formally announced into the dining room to start the wedding breakfastMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyCouple announced into the room Guests seated in the school's dining hallMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyWedding breakfast Natural light portraits of wedding guestsMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyGuests during wedding reception The father of the bride makes his wedding speech at the top tableMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographySpeeches The groom stands to make his speechMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyWedding speeches Wedding guests watch on as the speeches are made after the mealMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyGuests watching speeches The bride and groom cut the cake with a swordMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyCutting the cake Guests assemble in the quadrant outside the dining hall for a group photographMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyGroup photo in quadrant The bride and groom's daughter plays in the quadrantMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyBlack and white candid photograph As the evening drew in at the end of a gorgeous day I headed back out with Faye and Collins into the grounds for a final few photos of just the two of them, surrounded by the peace and calm of the countryside and that wonderful soft late summer evening light. 

Black and white photograph of bride and groom's first danceMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyFirst dance Guests take to the dancefloor Milton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyStart of the evening celebrations Black and white photographs of couple in the eveningMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyBride and groom portraits in the grounds Bride and groom togetherMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyCouple looking out across the view The bride and groom together outside the wedding venueMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyCouple outside Abbey Huge congratulations Faye & Collins on an absolutely wonderful wedding, and wishing you many very happy years together.

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The images above are just a small selection from the full set. Friends and family can view all of the others, and the slideshow, in Faye & Collins' private gallery (but you'll need to ask them for the password first).

If you are planning your Milton Abbey 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.

I hope you enjoyed this little blog post, and thanks - as ever - for reading. Come back soon for more images from a whole bunch of stunning summer weddings.

Stephen

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info@stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk (Stephen Duncan Photography - Winchester Wedding Photographer) Beautiful grounds Church wedding Dorset wedding photography Milton Abbey wedding photography Public school https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/9/magnificent-milton-abbey-dorset-wedding Thu, 08 Sep 2016 16:54:44 GMT
Winchester Registry Office Wedding - Punam & Liam https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/8/winchester-registry-office-wedding---punam-liam Ahh, such a lovely way to kick off a busy bank holiday weekend of weddings; Punam & Liam on phase one of their wedding story. Earlier this weekend the formal and legal signing of the papers, and a really lovely ceremony to mark it all at the beautiful Basing Room in Winchester (to my mind one of the jewels in the crown of the registry offices across the whole of the UK - I rarely come across any finer) and clearly they're a couple surrounded by friends and family who delight in their coming together. 

A quick preview for the moment, and hopefully a fuller blog post to come because there are going to be plenty of photos from this marriage which I'd love to share. A little glance at the following should give a good idea of what's to come...

Bide make-up at Ageas Bowl Hilton Hotel in SouthamptonWinchester Basing Room Wedding PhotographyBridal preparation Ring bearer and groom in Basing room before start of marriage ceremonyWinchester Basing Room Wedding PhotographyStart of wedding ceremony The bride leaves the interview room just before waling down the aisle with her fatherWinchester Basing Room Wedding PhotographyBride approaching ceremony room Black and white photo of groom as bride enters the Basing Room in Winchester for wedding ceremonyWinchester Basing Room Wedding PhotographyGroom portrait as bride enters ceremony room The bride and groom look at each other as they make the marriage vowsWinchester Basing Room Wedding PhotographyWedding vows Couple posing at Winnall Moor in Winchester for wedding photosWinchester Basing Room Wedding PhotographyBride and groom portrait in black and white If you are currently planning your Winchester wedding and would like to know more about my wedding photography options at the Basing Room and other locations around the city, please do contact me with any questions you might have - I'm only too happy to help however I can.

I hope you enjoyed this little taster from an absolutely gorgeous Winchester Registry Office wedding. Thanks as ever for reading, and come back soon for many more beautiful Hampshire wedding photos.

Stephen

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info@stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk (Stephen Duncan Photography - Winchester Wedding Photographer) basing room hampshire registry office hampshire wedding photographer winchester register wedding winchester wedding photography https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/8/winchester-registry-office-wedding---punam-liam Sun, 28 Aug 2016 22:36:35 GMT
Buriton Wedding Preview - Lisa & Ali https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/8/buriton-wedding-preview-lisa-ali Well we had a bit of weather for Lisa & Ali's Buriton wedding, but nothing that got in the way of everyone having an absolutely fantastic day. Ceremony at the Petersfield village's absolutely gorgeous little church down by the duck pond, followed by a marquee reception at Langrish House Hotel, nestled amongst the rolling hills on the edge of the South Downs. And a bit of cloud cover is rarely a bad thing photographically; I love a bit of moody sky, and you can't beat that lovely soft diffused natural light for a portrait!

So here's a little preview from the day to get things started... Many congratulations Lisa & Ali - can't wait to share the rest of them with you very soon!

Bridesmaids button up the bride's wedding dressPetersfield Wedding PhotographyBridal preparation at home The groom puts on his button-hole in the entrance to the church at BuritonPetersfield Wedding PhotographyGroom portrait Bride and groom make their vows in St Mary's Church in BuritonPetersfield Wedding PhotographyWedding Ceremony The newly married couple walk back down the aisle before friends and fmailyPetersfield Wedding PhotographyWalking down the aisle Black and white image of confetti being thrown at wedding couple outside St Mary's Church in Buriton near Petersfield, HampshirePetersfield Wedding PhotographyConfetti Black and white image of coup;le on hillside at Langrish House Hotel in HampshirePetersfield Wedding PhotographyBride and groom portrait Couple walking in the grounds of Langrish House HotelPetersfield Wedding PhotographyBride and groom together Couple portrait illuminated by flash with heavy clouds in the early eveningPetersfield Wedding PhotographyEvening light couple photo with dark skies  If you are planning your Petersfield wedding and would like to know more about my wedding photography services, packages and prices, please don't hesitate to get in touch - I'm only too happy to help however I can.

I hope you enjoyed this little taster from a wonderful Hampshire country wedding, and thanks as ever for reading. Come back soon for more blog posts, and many more photos!

Stephen

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info@stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk (Stephen Duncan Photography - Winchester Wedding Photographer) Hampshire wedding photgrapher Langrish House Hotel Petersfield wedding photography South Downs St Mary's Church Buriton Winchester wedding photographer marquee reception photos" https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/8/buriton-wedding-preview-lisa-ali Sun, 21 Aug 2016 20:58:45 GMT
Durdle Door Engagement Shoot - Claire & Rob https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/8/durdle-door-engagement-shoot-claire-rob We're still a fair few months away from Claire & Rob's wedding - a christmassey one at Sopley Mill - but we'd long ago arranged an engagement shoot at place very special to them: Durdle Door, that famous and majestic archway of rock on the jurassic Dorset Coast. I'm not going to get too wrapped up in the geology of the landscape here, inspiring as it is (although if you're interested, I can't recommend the film Nuts In May highly enough!), but it's most certainly an absolutely stunning part of the county. And happily, when the rain's coming in horizontally while you're stood on the top of the cliff peering out into the clouds it means it's going to be much quieter down there than on a blazing-blue-skies-and-sunshine kind of day.

Well, troopers that they are Claire and Rob soldiered on down with me and, lo and behold, down at sea level it was all rather lovely. Great fun to chat away to and to photograph, and very willing accomplices, we're going to get some absolutely gorgeous photos in that magical wintry December light - can't wait!

Couple walking along stony shore with cliffs in backgroundDurdle Door Dorset engagement photographyBlack and white portraits of couple alone and together on beach Colour image of bride stood in front of cliffs during pre-wedding photo shootDurdle Door Dorset engagement photographyBride portrait Colour photo of engaged couple facing each other during pre-wedding shootDurdle Door Dorset engagement photographyCouple together Couple looking out to sea on pebbled beach in DorsetDurdle Door Dorset engagement photographyEngaged couple portrait The famous archway of Durdle Door in the backgroundDurdle Door Dorset engagement photographyBlack and white couple photo with Durdle Door Engaged couple stood at viewpoint near Durdle Door on Dorset coast during engagement photo shootDurdle Door Dorset engagement photographyCouple together on coastal viewpoint Engagement shoot on Dorset coastDurdle Door Dorset engagement photographyCouple colour portraits Groom stood on shore at Durdle Door during pre-wedding shootDurdle Door Dorset engagement photographyGroom portraits Couple facing each other with Durdle DOor landmark in background, photographed using off-camera flash for dynamic effectDurdle Door Dorset engagement photographyDurdle Door coastal scene with couple Oh, and we even managed to find the step that Rob was intending to propose to Claire on all those months ago - the very reason that this little stretch of coast means so much to them. Turns out that however rotten the weather was today when we were stood on the top it still didn't come close to that which faced them when they were last here, but happily one way or another the proposal was both made and accepted, and now it's full steam ahead!

Roll on December...

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If you are currently planning your Dorset wedding and would like to know more about my wedding photography services, packages and prices, please do contact me to talk about your plans and ask me any questions you might have. I'm only too happy to help however I can.

Hope you enjoyed the photos, and thanks as ever for reading,

Stephen

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info@stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk (Stephen Duncan Photography - Winchester Wedding Photographer) Dorset engagement shoot Dorset wedding photography Durdle Door wedding photography Pre-wedding shoot https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/8/durdle-door-engagement-shoot-claire-rob Mon, 01 Aug 2016 17:31:47 GMT
Avington Park Wedding Preview with Sarah & Dave https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/7/avington-park-wedding-preview-with-sarah-dave Ah, beautiful Avington Park - most definitely one of the jewels in the crown when it comes to Hampshire wedding venues. This magnificent mansion sits in the most beautiful grounds on the banks of the river Itchen just a few miles from Winchester. It was Sarah & Dave's home for the day yesterday as they made their vows in front of family and friends in a beautiful ceremony in the upstairs ballroom. I was itching to start looking through the photos as soon as I got back, so here is a little preview which I've worked up from the day so far. Stay tuned for the full blog post in a few weeks - it's going to be a beauty!

Bride getting ready in bridal dressing roomAvington Park wedding photographyBridal preparation at Avington Park IMage of wedding dress hanging and bride looking at herself in reflection in mirror in bridal suiteAvington Park wedding photographyBride with dress The bride's father passes her hand to the groom at the start of the weddingAvington Park wedding photographyStart of the marriage ceremony The bride laughs during the wedding ceremony, black and white photo with family members in backgroundAvington Park wedding photographyBride laughing Bride and groom making vows in the opulent ballroom upstairs at Avington Park wedding venueAvington Park wedding photographyMarrying in the ballroom The newly married couple enjoy a few moments alone during their wedding receptionAvington Park wedding photographyBride and groom portrait Photograph of groom stood on avenue of trees to the rear of the venue, with bride in the backgroundAvington Park wedding photographyGroom portrait The couple stand on an iron bridge which spans the river running along the side of the mansion houseAvington Park wedding photographyBride and groom on bridge The bride and groom stand outside the impressive entrance to the house in the early eveningAvington Park wedding photographyLow light evening photograph of couple If you are planning your wedding at Avington Park and would like to know more about my wedding photography packages, prices and availability 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.

Hope you enjoyed this little taster of things to come. Thanks, as always, for reading.

Stephen

 

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info@stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk (Stephen Duncan Photography - Winchester Wedding Photographer) Avington Park wedding photography Hampshire Wedding Photography Manor house Mansion wedding Winchester Wedding Photographer countryside wedding https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/7/avington-park-wedding-preview-with-sarah-dave Sun, 31 Jul 2016 13:03:56 GMT
Highfield Park Wedding with Hannah & James https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/7/highfield-park-wedding-with-hannah-james Up to the North of Hampshire a couple of weeks ago for Hannah & James's wonderful wedding; a ceremony at St Michael's Church in Basingstoke, with secluded Highfield Park near Hook - right up towards the border - the scene for activities either side: bridal prep in the morning, and the rest of the afternoon and evening's celebrations later in the day. Highfield was a new venue to me for wedding coverage, so I'd arranged to meet here with the bride and groom a few weeks previously for our pre-wedding shoot (a few images from that day available to view here as well if you're interested). We'd taken the opportunity to have a really good look around and mark out some favourite locations for the day, although to be honest you're spoilt for choice both inside and out - definitely no shortage of excellent photo opportunities here!

Bride applying make-up and dress hangingHighfield Park Hampshire wedding photographyBridal preparations Colour photo of bride applying make-up before wedding ceremonyHighfield Park Hampshire wedding photographyBridal make-up Bridal party in dressing room getting ready before weddingHighfield Park Hampshire wedding photographyBride and bridesmaids getting ready Floral decorations are added to the hair of one of the flower girlsHighfield Park Hampshire wedding photographyFlower girls The bride hands gifts to bridesmaids and flower girlsHighfield Park Hampshire wedding photographyGifts for bridal party Black and white image of bridesmaids helping bride get into wedding dressHighfield Park Hampshire wedding photographyBride getting dressed The last few moments before bridal party heads to the church for the weddingHighfield Park Hampshire wedding photographyFinishing touches A flower girl looks into a mirror as bride and bridesmaids get readyHighfield Park Hampshire wedding photographyFlower girls in mirror As a change from the usual experience of squeezing into a hotel bedroom with any number of bridesmaids, hair and make-up artists, flower deliveries and so on, the bridal preparations were taking place in one of the larger function rooms down on the ground floor. They still managed to completely take over the room however, so it's probably just as well Hannah had taken that opportunity when it was presented! It was actually Hannah's mother in charge of hair and make-up, and she was just wrapping up after what must have been an immense job as I started to photograph. Everyone was looking absolutely stunning - some real talent there for sure!

The ceremony was to take place in Basingstoke, specifically St Michael's church, right in the centre. I'd only ever seen this church from the outside (it's the one near the Anvil Theatre) and how no idea how absolutely gorgeous it is inside. And huge too! What a hidden gem this church is - definitely an absolutely wonderful choice if you are considering a church wedding in the area. James was there and keeping himself occupied when I arrived, with guests milling around outside and starting to come in and take their seats. A quick couple of photos of him with his groomsmen, and then he was delivered safely to his place at the end of the aisle, ready to receive his bride as she made her entrance...

The outside of St Michael's church in central BasingstokeBasingstoke wedding photography at St Michael's ChurchWedding cars and church exterior The groom is attended at the front of the church by his two best menBasingstoke wedding photography at St Michael's ChurchGroom and best men Family members arrive and take their seats before the start of the ceremonyBasingstoke wedding photography at St Michael's ChurchFamily arriving Wide view of St Michael's Church looking down the aisle towards the altar from the West doorBasingstoke wedding photography at St Michael's ChurchChurch interior The groom waits with his groomsmen at the front of the churchBasingstoke wedding photography at St Michael's ChurchGroom waiting Best man checks his pockets for the rings before the ceremony beginsBasingstoke wedding photography at St Michael's ChurchChecking the rings The bride enters the church on her father's armBasingstoke wedding photography at St Michael's ChurchBride arrives Bride and her father walk down the aisle together at the start of the cermonyBasingstoke wedding photography at St Michael's ChurchWalking down the aisle Wedding party candid photographs during hymnsBasingstoke wedding photography at St Michael's ChurchGuests during ceremony Guests giving readings during marriage serviceBasingstoke wedding photography at St Michael's ChurchReadings The view down the aisle at St Michael's church during wedding ceremonyBasingstoke wedding photography at St Michael's ChurchMarriage service Bride and groom turn to face each other to make their vowsBasingstoke wedding photography at St Michael's ChurchMaking vows Bride and groom exchanging vowsBasingstoke wedding photography at St Michael's ChurchTying the knot Black and white images of bride and groom exchanging rings and receiving blessingBasingstoke wedding photography at St Michael's ChurchExchanging rings Bride and groom receive the blessing following the wedding ceremonyBasingstoke wedding photography at St Michael's ChurchThe blessing Colour photo of bridesmaids and flower girls during weddingBasingstoke wedding photography at St Michael's ChurchBridesmaids watching on The bride and groom step into a side-chapel to sign the marriage registerBasingstoke wedding photography at St Michael's ChurchSigning the register Black and white photograph of bride signing register of marriageBasingstoke wedding photography at St Michael's ChurchBride signs the register Candid photographs of signing of registerBasingstoke wedding photography at St Michael's ChurchRegister The bride and groom emerge from the chapel at the end of the marriage serviceBasingstoke wedding photography at St Michael's ChurchThe end of the service Bride and groom walk back down the aisle as husband and wifeBasingstoke wedding photography at St Michael's ChurchWalking down the aisle Black and white image showing back of bride's dress as she leaves the churchBasingstoke wedding photography at St Michael's ChurchExiting the church Wedding guests greet the bride and groom with confetti as they leave the churchBasingstoke wedding photography at St Michael's ChurchConfetti outside church Immediately after the ceremony (well, once the bride and groom had emerged from the church to a barrage of confetti) we returned to the hotel as we had a pretty tight turnaround between wedding and wedding breakfast. We still managed to squeeze in drinks and canapes, as well as a large group photos of all of the guests, though before everyone was ushered into the main dining room, which was to remain the focus for the rest of the day's events. Happily however, and despite looking clouds and reports of thunderstorms further along the close, we were able to make good use of the extensive and beautifully-kept grounds front and back, not least the gentle hill on which the hotel sits with its views back across what must be most of Hampshire. Amongst these beautiful corners around the venue one space in particular stands out head and shoulders above the rest; the Folly. I already knew that this was high on Hannah & James' list of priorities for the couple photos, and they had gone to a whole load of extra trouble decorating it up for the occasion. It looked absolutely fantastic, and I understand that it's also licensed for outdoor marriages which is a bit of a rarity in the UK, so well worth keeping that one up your sleeve if that's on your wedding wish-list!

Highfield Park Hotel photographed from rearHighfield Park Hook wedding photographyWedding venue extrerior The bride and bridesmaids walk along a gravel path talking togetherHighfield Park Hook wedding photographyBride with bridesmaids The dining room set up ready for the wedding breakfastHighfield Park Hook wedding photographyReception room interior Guests smiling and laughing as they listen to the wedding speechesHighfield Park Hook wedding photographyGuests watching speeches The bride watches on as her father gives the opening speechHighfield Park Hook wedding photographyFather of the bride's speech The groom stands to make his speechHighfield Park Hook wedding photographyWedding speeches Wedding guests watch on as the groom laughs during the speechesHighfield Park Hook wedding photographyGuests during speeches Glasses are raised to the bride and groom at the end of the speechesHighfield Park Hook wedding photographyToasting the couple So whilst the other guests were still seated in the dining room we nipped off to make the most of the quiet grounds - Folly included. A good measure of the photographic variety available at a venue is if you can cover both the pre-wedding shoot and the day itself there, and still come up with different couple portraits each time, and Highfield Park ticks that box, I'm happy to say. As we rolled on into the evening we took the opportunity to capture some family and group photos (pro tip; don't feel that you always have to try and fit these in to the time between ceremony and wedding breakfast, just because it's how things are usually done. Doing it slightly later in the day, as Hannah & James did, can relieve a lot of time pressure if things are a bit squeezed earlier on). And then before we knew it we were throwing bouquets, cutting cakes, and - erm, dancing firsts. A heaving dancefloor soon after the first couple of dances is always a good indicator of a fun party crowd, and it looked like Hannah & James' celebrations were set to continue long into the night...

Portrait of bride and groom in hotel groundsHighfield Park wedding photographyBlack and white couple portrait in gardens Posed images of bride and groom togetherHighfield Park wedding photographyBride and groom photography Portraits of bride and groom at the Folly in the hotel groundsHighfield Park wedding photographyBride and groom soft focus images The folly was decorated by the couple with floral detailsHighfield Park wedding photographyCouple portrait at the Folly Family members gather outside the front of the hotel for group photographsHighfield Park wedding photographyFamily portraits The bridal party outside the front entrance of the hotelHighfield Park wedding photographyBride with bridesmaids The groom and groomsmen take out their hip flasksHighfield Park wedding photographyGroom with groomsmen Bride and groom posed with view of hotelHighfield Park wedding photographyCouple portrait with dramatic skies Colour photos of bride aloneHighfield Park wedding photographyBride colour portraits The bride prepares to throw the bouquet to female guestsHighfield Park wedding photographyThrowing the bouquet Drinks on the terrace after the wedding breakfastHighfield Park wedding photographyIn the grounds of the hotel Bride and groom cut the wedding cake at the start of the evening's celebrationsHighfield Park wedding photographyCutting the cake The bride and groom take to the dancefloorHighfield Park wedding photographyFirst dance Photos of first danceHighfield Park wedding photographyDanding photographs The bride and groom invite other guests to join them on the dancefloorHighfield Park wedding photographyGroom on dancefloor Black and white photographs of guests dancingHighfield Park wedding photographyDancefloor action Bride and groom stand by the ornate staircase in the middle of the hotelHighfield Park wedding photographyCouple by staircase Highfield Park wedding photography Many congratulations Hannah & James on an absolutely wonderful day - wishing you many happy years together - and huge thanks to the couple and all their family and friends for being such fantastic, willing and natural photographic subjects!

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The photos above are just a small selection from the day. Friends and family can view the full set in Hannah & James' private online gallery, but you'll need to ask them for the password first.

If you are currently planning your Highfield Park wedding and would like to know more about my wedding photography services, packages and prices, please do drop me a line to discuss your plans and ask me any questions you might have. I'm only too happy to help however I can.

Hope you enjoyed the photos from this gorgeous Summer wedding, and thanks as ever for reading,

Stephen 

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info@stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk (Stephen Duncan Photography - Winchester Wedding Photographer) Documentary wedding photography Dress Hampshire wedding photography Highfield Park wedding photography Hook Hampshire wedding St Michael's Church Basingstoke wedding Summer wedding https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/7/highfield-park-wedding-with-hannah-james Thu, 07 Jul 2016 15:27:33 GMT
A Sandy Dorset Seaside Shoot in the Sun https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/a-sandy-dorset-seaside-shoot-in-the-sun Are you too struggling to remember what sunshine looks like, now that the Great British Summer has descended on us in all its glory? Well fret not, because Victoria and Laurence's pre-wedding shoot is here to remind us all that up above those brooding grey clouds beams a sun just waiting to radiate its warmth upon us all. Eventually, at least - as I pulled into the car park I could barely see the front of my bonnet through the window, so thick was the sea-mist rolling past. But if there's one thing I've learned as a wedding photographer it's that the weather can change in the blink of an eye; by the time we were down on the sand by those six-figure beach huts and the camera was out of the bag it was blue skies all the way.

Very much looking forward to a gorgeous mid-summer wedding at wonderful Sopley Mill with this beautiful couple!

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Hope you enjoyed the photos from this lovely summery little shoot, and I'll be back with another post soon so watch this space...

Stephen

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Islington Metal Works Wedding with Andy & Becky https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/islington-metal-works-wedding-andy-becky Whenever I cover a wedding in London there always seems to be something just a little bit different happening, so what would Andy & Becky's big day have in store? Well, how about a Mexican Day Of The Dead-themed celebration, with a humanist ceremony led by a Radio Four presenter in a music venue and nightclub converted from a three-storey horse stable? And a mariachi band and a tank. Yep, that should just about do it.

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The Metal Works is a seriously funky venue right next to the Angel, Islington. Most often used as a music venue, it's stuffed with crazy details (bar in a tube carriage, anyone?) and has bags of potential with all sorts of rooms, spaces and corners, all of which had been decked out by Becky & Andy to the Mexican max. Flowers, skulls, pinata... all present and correct. But before we get to all that, a quick re-wind to their flat, where Becky and bridesmaids were getting ready while Andy waited at the venue greeting the arriving guests...

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Massive thanks go to John Erskine for his excellent work as second photographer on this very busy day.

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

I hope you enjoyed looking through just some of the photos from this spectacular celebration. Friends and family can view the full set in Becky & Andy's personal gallery, but you'll need to ask them for the password first.

Thanks as ever for reading, and come back again to see many more wedding photos from what's already an absolutely incredible season.

Stephen

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info@stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk (Stephen Duncan Photography - Winchester Wedding Photographer) Alternative wedding Humanist wedding London Islington Metal Works wedding London Mexican wedding Susan Rae celebrant photography" wedding https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/islington-metal-works-wedding-andy-becky Mon, 13 Jun 2016 21:18:13 GMT
Highfield Park Wedding Preview - Hannah & James https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/highfield-park-wedding-preview-hannah-james Tucked away in the north-east corner of Hampshire, half way between Basingstoke and Reading, sits Highfield Park - a country hotel perched on the top of a small hill with enormous views right back across the county. It was home to Hannah & James for their marriage celebrations this weekend. The ceremony itself took place at St Michael's Church in Basingstoke, (which is absolutely gorgeous inside) with visits to Highfield book-ending it; first for bridal prep and then once again for the reception and party into the evening. Not too many spoilers for now as this is just a little preview blog post, but hopefully it'll give you a bit of a flavour of what's to come in the full, finished set...

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If you are currently planning your Highfield Park 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.

Hope you enjoyed this little preview - do make sure you come back to see the full blog on this wonderful wedding - and thanks as ever for stopping by.

Stephen

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info@stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk (Stephen Duncan Photography - Winchester Wedding Photographer) Basingstoke wedding photographer Black and white wedding photographs Bridal preparation photos Documentary wedding photography Highfield Park wedding Winchester wedding photographer https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/highfield-park-wedding-preview-hannah-james Sun, 12 Jun 2016 18:27:22 GMT
Highcliffe Castle & Sopley Mill with Nima & Craig https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/highcliffe-castle-sopley-mill-nima-craig Highcliffe Castle, way down south on the Hampshire coastline in the New Forest, is a pretty spectacular venue for a wedding. A beautiful, intriguing building set in formal grounds on a clifftop - much as the name suggests - with views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight, its position is stunning. Once derelict, it has been lovingly restored and is now quite rightly one of the most popular wedding venues around. When you photograph here its very obvious why; not only do you have this magnificent setting at your disposal (and you're never likely to run out of photo opportunities here), the ceremony room is absolutely lovely; big and bright and full of light. And it was here that Nima & Craig tied the knot, on a wonderful Spring day.

But before all that, bridal preparation further down the coast in Bournemouth. Nima, friends and family were already looking gorgeous when I arrived ready to cover the finishing touches. So much colour, and loads of laughter (interspersed with a few happy tears - this was obviously going to be an emotional day). A surprisingly busy morning, with various wedding guests coming and going en route to the ceremony, but Nima just sailed calmly through it all (although she did have the advantage of a small army of bridesmaids to support her).

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The room started to fill in anticipation of Nima's arrival, and Craig was ushered to the front along with his best man, ready to receive his bride...

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She walked down the aisle on her mother's arm - Mum really couldn't have looked any prouder as she accompanied her daughter on this hugely important walk, and what a look she gave to Craig as she passed Nima's hand to his when they met at the front of the ceremony room. Eye contact between people tells such a story in a wedding photo - I can't get enough of it! And then, as the ceremony began, I was able to tuck myself away between one of the huge potted plants which provides such a convenient screen at the front of the room, meaning that all the right angles can be covered without my having to make myself obvious to our congregation; all eyes remain firmly on the bride and groom without any other distractions.

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The photos above are just a small selection from the day; friends and family can view the full set, plus edited highlights slideshow, in Nima & Craig's online gallery... but you'll need to ask them for the password first.

If you are planning your wedding at Highcliffe Castle or Sopley Mill 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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Hope you enjoyed looking through the photos from this absolutely magnificent wedding, and thanks - as ever - for reading.

Stephen

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info@stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk (Stephen Duncan Photography - Winchester Wedding Photographer) Christchurch wedding photography Hampshire Highcliffe Castle wedding photography New Forest wedding Sopley Mill wedding reception Wedding Party bridal posing music photographer" singing wedding https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/highcliffe-castle-sopley-mill-nima-craig Fri, 10 Jun 2016 10:17:19 GMT
Wasing Park Wedding Photography - Catherine & Craig https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/5/wasing-park-wedding-photography-catherine-craig Oh what a wedding this was! Wasing Park is an absolute gem of a venue - an beautiful self-contained combination of barns, garden rooms, accommodation and even its own chapel, set in picture-perfect parkland on a country estate in Berkshire. It's got the lot, and on a stunningly sunny late Spring Saturday it was home to Catherine & Craig for a wonderful, fun-filled wedding. Catherine & Craig's friends, it turns out, are quite the party crowd. And boy do they love a dance-off!

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Wedding guests congratulate the bride and groom after the ceremonyWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyCongratulations from guests Wedding guests assembled on the terrace outside the barn for the traditional group photoWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyGroup photograph Drinks and canapes are served on the terrace outside the barnWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyGuests on the terrace Wedding guests enjoying themselves during the drinks receptionWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyCandid photos of guests Guests playing games on the lawn outside the reception venueWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyGarden games The barn for the reception and the ceremony room side-by sideWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyBarn and ceremony room A bridesmaid looks at the bride's new wedding ringWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyBride and bridesmaid Group photograph of bride and groom with bridesmaidsWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyBridal party Colour images of flower girl during drinks receptionWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyCandid moment Bride and groom made their way up sweeping steps to the barn, to a barrage of confetti, just before the wedding breakfast. The seating plan was a great touch - an individual (and often rather compromising) photo of each of the guests which they had to track down from the board in order to find out which table they were sat on. Cue absolutely everyone cracking up when they spotted themselves and their friends - long-lost memories obviously coming flooding back. And as an extra little touch Catherine & Craig had hand-written a message on the back of every single one. It must have taken them ages... I'm so often reminded that it's the little touches which really personalise and make a wedding.

Into the barn, and the next stage of the day started with speeches (and it turns out that Catherine's father in particular has a bright future as a stand-up comedian - absolute gold in that speech, I had to steady myself a couple of times to get a sharp shot, and I doff my cap still to the 'Meet the Fockers' joke). 

Bride and groom make their way up the sweeping steps outside the barn with guests on either side throwing confettiWasing Park Reading wedding photographyConfetti Close image of couple during the confetti throwingWasing Park Reading wedding photographyConfetti throwing in black-and-white Wedding guests laugh as they identify themselves in photographs used for the seating planWasing Park Reading wedding photographyGuests laughing The interior of the barn laid out at the start of the wedding receptionWasing Park Reading wedding photographyBarn reception interior The father of the bride and the bride's mother look at the seating planWasing Park Reading wedding photographySeating plan photos Wedding guests find themselves on the seating plan at the start of the wedding breakfastWasing Park Reading wedding photographyGuests laughing at photographs Natural light photographs inside barn reception venueWasing Park Reading wedding photographyCandid photographs of guests The bride's father and sister take a photographWasing Park Reading wedding photographyTaking photos The bride's sister looks on as her father makes the opening speechWasing Park Reading wedding photographySpeeches Black and white photograph of bride's father during his speechWasing Park Reading wedding photographyFather of the bride The groom's parents look on and laugh during the speechesWasing Park Reading wedding photographyGuest reactions The groom hands out gifts as part of his wedding speechWasing Park Reading wedding photographyGroom's speech Full-length image of the barn used for the wedding breakfast at Wasing ParkWasing Park Reading wedding photographyBarn interior Guests look on during the speechesWasing Park Reading wedding photographyGuests during speeches Candid photographs of wedding guests during speechesWasing Park Reading wedding photographyDocumentary wedding photography A guest wipes away a tear during the speechesWasing Park Reading wedding photographyEmotional moments Black and white photographs before wedding breakfastWasing Park Reading wedding photographyBride and best man A bridesmaid leads a toast before the start of the wedding breakfastWasing Park Reading wedding photographyMaking a toast  As everyone else made their way back outside to enjoy the late evening sunshine and kick back with drinks on the terrace, I stole Catherine & Craig away for a few photos in and around the grounds of the estate. Increasingly at this time of year I really love to take the couple off later on in the day - things are generally so much more relaxed and it relieves a lot of pressure on the more traditional window between ceremony and wedding breakfast when photos are very often taken. But more importantly, the light is invariably gorgeous as you approach an early-summer golden hour - that last little part of the day before the sun dips down over the horizon, and great light makes for great photos...

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The last of the day's sunlight catches the barn used as the wedding venueWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyReception venue in evening light Documentary moment during eveningWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyGuest candid Candid photographs of guests relaxing before the night's partying beginsWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyGuest portraits The barn has a serving hatch which opens directly onto the terraceWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyAt the bar Colour photograph of wedding cake inside barnWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyWedding cake Bride and groom start the evening's celebrations by cutting the cakeWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyCutting the cake The couple take to the floor for the first danceWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyFirst dance Wedding guests watch on as the bride and groom perform their fist danceWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyCouple and guests The groom twirls the bride in the first danceWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyTwirl Wedding guests take to the dancefloorWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyGuests on the dancefloor A wedding guest dances enthusiastically!Wasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyThrowing shapes Wedding guests partyingWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyGuests dancing A limbo pole set up to one side of the room attracts a lot of guests who fancy themselves as flexibleWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyLimbo The bride joins in the limbo and the dancingWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyThe bride Bride and guests in action on the dancefloorWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyParty Bride and groom sunset photograph with turret detailing of reception venue in the backgroundWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographySunset Huge congratulations, Catherine & Craig, and I'm delighted that you're so happy with your photos. Wishing you many very happy years together!

The images above are, once again, just a small selection from the day: friends and family can view the full set and slideshow in our bride & groom's private gallery, but you'll need to ask them for the password first.

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If you are planning your wedding at Wasing Park and would like to know more about my wedding photography services, packages and prices, please do get in touch any time to discuss your plans and ask me any questions you might have; I'm only too happy to help however I can. 

I hope you enjoyed looking through the photos from this magnificent wedding. Thanks, as ever, for reading,

Stephen

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info@stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk (Stephen Duncan Photography - Winchester Wedding Photographer) Barn reception Berkshire wedding photographer Catherine & Craig Couple photography Garden games Gardens Hampshire wedding photography Sunset Wasing Park wedding photography Wedding venue Winchester wedding photographer https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/5/wasing-park-wedding-photography-catherine-craig Tue, 31 May 2016 09:28:41 GMT
Wasing Park Wedding Preview - Catherine & Craig https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/5/wasing-park-wedding-preview-catherine-craig May can be an absolutely wonderful month for a wedding, and the weather gods were certainly smiling on Catherine & Craig up at Wasing Park over the weekend. This really is an absolutely stunning venue, nestled deep in the countryside between Newbury and Basingstoke, and for my money it's at its absolute best at this time of year; the trees bursting into life, the immaculately landscaped gardens a riot of colour, the blossom dusting it all in soft, pastel hues... and for this wonderful day we had the added bonus of blue skies and sunshine, a glorious sunset and the sort of perfect temperatures which see guests out on the lawn swinging croquet mallets around. Perfect.

So many wonderful touching moments to share from this one, so do come back in a few weeks for the full blog post. A little preview in the meantime of this gorgeous couple as they tied the knot in style - huge congratulations Catherine & Craig!

Wedding venue barn and accommodation set around a central courtyard in Spring sunshineWasing Park wedding photographyVenue exterior in Spring The bride is helped into her dress by her bridesmaids in the bridal suite at Wasing ParkWasing Park wedding photographyBride getting into dress The bride and her father make their way to the ceremony room at Wasing Park on foot from the bridal suite, accompanied by bridesmaidsWasing Park wedding photographyBride and father walking to ceremony The groom reacts as he sees the bride walk down the aisle on her father's arm to start the marriage ceremonyWasing Park wedding photographyGroom reaction The bride's father and other guests watch on as the bride and groom make their marriage vowsWasing Park wedding photographyFather of the bride The bride and groom exchange rings as part of the marriage service in the garden room at Wasing ParkWasing Park wedding photographyExchange of rings The bride looks up to her new husband during the wedding ceremonyWasing Park wedding photographyBride during ceremony Wedding guests play games on the lawn outside the reception venueWasing Park wedding photographyGarden games Guests are presented with photos of themselves as part of the seating arrangements in the barn receptionWasing Park wedding photographySeating plan Guests are seated in the old barn watcing on as the groom gives his wedding speechWasing Park wedding photographyThe barn during speeches The bride and groom stand alone in the landscaped grounds of the country estateWasing Park wedding photographyBride and groom portrait The married couple look out across the views of parkland and rolling hills, with the manor house in the backgroundWasing Park wedding photographyBride and groom portrait The sun sets behind the turret-like crenellations of the barn reception venue at wasing parkWasing Park wedding photographySunset over the barn

If you are currently planning your wedding at this magnificent parkland venue and would like to know more about my wedding photography services, packages and prices, please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have; I'm only too happy to help however I can.

Hope you enjoyed the photos (plenty more to follow) and thanks, as ever, for reading,

Stephen

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info@stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk (Stephen Duncan Photography - Winchester Wedding Photographer) Barn Gardens Spring wedding Sunset Wasing Park wedding photography Winchester wedding photographer https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/5/wasing-park-wedding-preview-catherine-craig Tue, 10 May 2016 08:51:58 GMT
Highfield Park Pre-Wedding Shoot with Hannah & James https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/5/highfield-park-pre-wedding-shoot-hannah-james Hannah & James' wedding is fast approaching, and as it's at a venue which I haven't photographed before we thought we'd take the opportunity to pay a little visit for their pre-wedding shoot and get the lay of the land. Well, it certainly didn't disappoint. And neither did our couple, for that matter - what a cracking day this one's shaping up to be! So many beautiful vistas and tucked away little corners, inside and outside the venue, and a really lovely, thoroughly charming bride and groom. Hope the guests bring their dancing shoes on the day too, as it sounds like there's some proper partying to be had!

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If you are currently planning your wedding at Highfield Park 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.

Thanks as ever for reading, and see you again soon for the next blog post (with plenty to come over a very busy Spring and Summer!)

Stephen

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info@stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk (Stephen Duncan Photography - Winchester Wedding Photographer) Engagement Shoot Hampshire Wedding Photography Highfield Park Pre-wedding photography Winchester wedding photographer https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/5/highfield-park-pre-wedding-shoot-hannah-james Tue, 10 May 2016 08:49:48 GMT
Amelia & Aaron's Gosport & Titchfield Wedding - Preview https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/5/amelia-aaron-gosport-wedding-preview Two new locations for me on Saturday, and an absolutely lovely couple to enjoy them with; many congratulations Amelia & Aaron on a really fantastic wedding! All the way down to Gosport for the ceremony, at the gorgeous Holy Trinity Church (with a rather different and very interesting layout; congregation in an oval around the couple who are stood right in the centre, which happily means almost infinite angles for taking photographs without getting in anyone's way - excellent!) and then the Great Barn in Titchfield, ancient and absolutely radiating character and charm from every one of its old beams, for the reception. And as the barn is pretty much next door to the magnificence that is Titchfield Abbey, we were able to spend a little while there too for out couple photos.

A little preview for now, hot off the press, and many many more to come...

Black and white images of dress hanging, and bride applying perfumeGosport and Titchfield Wedding PhotographyBridal preparation at home The groom and his two best men arrive at the Holy Trinity church in Gosport ready for the wedding ceremony Gosport and Titchfield Wedding PhotographyGroom and groomsmen The groom stands in the centre of the church with his best men waiting for the bride to arriveGosport and Titchfield Wedding PhotographyGroom before wedding The bride walks down the aisle on her father's armGosport and Titchfield Wedding PhotographyBride arrives at Holy Trinity Church A bridesmaid raises the veil from the bride's face at the start of the marriage ceremonyGosport and Titchfield Wedding PhotographyLifting the veil The congregation sat in an oval surround the bride and groom, who are positioned centrally in Holy Trinity churchGosport and Titchfield Wedding PhotographyChurch interior Black and white image using natural light of groom resting against a wall at Titchfield AbbeyGosport and Titchfield Wedding PhotographyGroom portrait at Titchfield Abbey The bride shows the movement in her dress in front of the ancient ruined hallway at Titchfield Abbey in HampshireGosport and Titchfield Wedding PhotographyBride portrait Colour photo of couple at Titchfield Abbey for Spring wedding with blue skiesTitchfield Abbey Wedding PhotographyBride and groom portrait at Titchfield Bride and bridesmaids walk up the lane to the Great Barn reception venue in TitchfieldGosport and Titchfield Wedding PhotographyBride and bridesmaids Huge congratulations to you both, Amelia & Aaron, and I can't wait to show you the rest once you're back from your honeymoon. Have a fantastic trip!

Big thanks also to John Watson for his excellent work as second photographer, and all the creative ideas and additional photos he has provided.

If you are planning your wedding at any of these locations and are interested in knowing more about my wedding photography services, packages and prices, please don't hesitate to contact me to ask me any questions you might have - I'm only too happy to help however I can.

Hope you enjoyed this little taster set of photos, and make sure to come back in a few weeks to see the full blog post in all its glory. Thanks, as ever, for reading,

Stephen

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info@stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk (Stephen Duncan Photography - Winchester Wedding Photographer) Gosport Wedding Photography Hampshire Wedding Photographer The Great Barn Titchfield Titchfield Abbey wedding Winchester wedding photographer https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/5/amelia-aaron-gosport-wedding-preview Mon, 02 May 2016 09:37:47 GMT
A Spring Shoot at Beautiful Virginia Water Lake https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/4/a-spring-shoot-at-beautiful-virginia-water-lake Off-camera flash technique with engagement couple posing in countrysideVirginia Water Lake pre-wedding shootENgaged couple stood in front of lake I was tipped off a couple of years ago about Virginia Water Lake - a really beautiful spot just outside the M25 to the East - as a location for a pre-wedding shoot. It's a huge expanse of landscaped and more natural countryside, with woodland, parkland, little streams and of course the eponymous (and massive) lake itself. I hadn't been back there for a fair while, so it was lovely to return and make use of it for Becky and Andy's pre-wedding shoot at the weekend.

This of course is all in preparation for the big day, which will be upon us in just a couple of weeks and is one which which I'm really looking forward to. A new venue for me, right up and across the other side of London at Islington Metalworks. A quirky enough venue anyway, I've got a feeling it's going to look absolutely incredible when they're Mexican-themed wedding hits it, and my poor cameras are no doubt going to take quite a pounding when there's a couple like this who are obviously such naturals in front of the camera! Happy days.

So all that's to come, but at least we have the pre-wedding shoot photos to keep us occupied in the meantime. Many thanks Becky & Andy - I had a fab time catching up with you both. See you very soon!

Black and white portraits of bride and groom separately and togetherVirginia Water Lake pre-wedding photo shootCouple together Individual photos of bride and groomVirginia Water Lake pre-wedding photo shootBride and groom colour portraits Colour photograph of bride and groom in sunshineVirginia Water Lake pre-wedding photo shootCouple colour portrait Leading lines from metal railings draw focus to the coupleVirginia Water Lake pre-wedding photo shootCouple walking away from camera The bride looks towards her fiance as they stand beside some old stones in the parkVirginia Water Lake pre-wedding photo shootBride and groom amongst ruins Engaged couple posed in front of waterfall at the edge of the lakeVirginia Water Lake pre-wedding photo shootCouple by the cascades Couple walking towards camera along a winding pathwayVirginia Water Lake pre-wedding photo shootBride and groom walking Couple stood alone in woodland in early Spring as green shoots and leaves start to appear on the branchesVirginia Water Lake pre-wedding photo shootBride and groom amongst trees Engagement Shoot couple stood in woodland amongst bluebells in early SpringVirginia Water Lake pre-wedding photo shootAmongst bluebells If you are currently planning your London wedding, or simply fancy an outdoor photoshoot with your partner now that Spring is finally upon us, and would like to know more about my photography packages and prices please feel free to contact me any time to discuss your plans and requirements. I'm only too happy to help however I can.

Hope you enjoyed the photos and, as ever, thanks for reading,

Stephen

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info@stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk (Stephen Duncan Photography - Winchester Wedding Photographer) Couple portraits Engagement photography Hampshire Wedding Photographer Pre-wedding photoshoot Virginia Water Lake Winchester Wedding Photographer https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/4/a-spring-shoot-at-beautiful-virginia-water-lake Mon, 25 Apr 2016 20:48:17 GMT
A Rainy Pre-Wedding Shoot in the Woods https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/4/a-rainy-pre-wedding-shoot-in-the-woods There's no such thing as bad weather, so they say - just inappropriate clothing. Happy days then when it turns out that your pre-wedding shoot couple are into the outdoors big time, and turn up dressed to handle pretty much anything nature could throw at them (and their dogs). As many of my past wedding couples will testify, I firmly believe that challenging weather can make for some fab photos, and as it turned out once we reached the spot Amelia & Aaron had suggested - by the old railway track in the woods outside Wickham - they were able to spend much of the shoot sheltered under a bridge while I worked the angles around them.

Wickham Hampshire pre-wedding photoshootBlack and white photo of couple under railway bridge Wickham Hampshire pre-wedding photoshootSoft focus couple with dog in foreground Wickham Hampshire pre-wedding photoshootColour portrait under bridge natural light Wickham Hampshire pre-wedding photoshootIndvidual and couple colour portrait Wickham Hampshire pre-wedding photoshoot Wickham Hampshire pre-wedding photoshootCouple walk along old railway line in southern Hampshire in Spring sunshine Wickham Hampshire pre-wedding photoshootEngagement shoot couple And just as a little cherry on the top, right at the end of the session we suddenly found ourselves bathed in sunshine and blue skies - a little reward for pressing on regardless. In all seriousness, the weather is of course one thing we can't control on a wedding day, but little shoots like this are a timely reminder (especially in April Shower season) that it can still be worked around, and indeed with. Now very much looking forward to a fantastic wedding on the south coast in a couple of weeks - stay tuned...

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info@stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk (Stephen Duncan Photography - Winchester Wedding Photographer) Engagement Photos Hampshire Wedding Photographer Pre-wedding shoot Wedding photography Winchester https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/4/a-rainy-pre-wedding-shoot-in-the-woods Thu, 14 Apr 2016 10:57:25 GMT
Highcliffe Castle Wedding Preview - Nima & Craig https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/3/highcliffe-castle-wedding-preview-nima-craig Wow, wow, wow! What a wedding, and what a fabulous couple Nima & Craig are. A mere thirteen years after getting together they tied the knot, and they did so in serious style! An absolutely gorgeous ceremony at the magnificence that is Highcliffe Castle down on the New Forest coastline, followed by quite possibly the party to end all parties at Sopley Mill, that wonderful exclusive wedding venue which I love so much near Christchurch, on the Hampshire / Dorset border.

So many photos to come from this fabulous day, but just a little taster for the moment while I work on the rest. Big kudos to our couple for braving the elements in the name of moody skies, and for generally just being as much fun and as lovely (and loved up) together as I could possibly hope for in a bride and groom! Hope you like these ones, and I really can't wait to share the full set.

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If you are currently planning your wedding at Highcliffe Castle or Sopley Mill and would like to know more about my wedding photography services, packages and prices, please don't hesitate to contact me to check availability and to ask me any questions you might have - I'm only too happy to help however I can.

Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for many more photos with a busy wedding season to come...

 

Stephen 

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info@stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk (Stephen Duncan Photography - Winchester Wedding Photographer) Hampshire wedding photographer Highcliffe Castle Highcliffe Castle wedding photography New Forest wedding photography Sopley Mill wedding https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/3/highcliffe-castle-wedding-preview-nima-craig Sun, 27 Mar 2016 20:03:08 GMT
Glorious Rhinefield House - Caroline & Alex's New Forest Wedding https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/3/glorious-rhinefield-house-caroline-alex-new-forest-wedding I absolutely love the New Forest. It was my playground growing up, and it always puts a spring in my step now when I return there with a camera. And return there I did, to one of its most beautiful spots right in the heart of the national park: the ornamental drive at Rhinefield - and more specifically Rhinefield House Hotel - home to Caroline & Alex for a wonderful autumn wedding full of dramatic skies and a sunset which pretty much defies description.

Photograph of side elevation of hotel surrounded by the trees of the New Forest near LyndhurstRhinefield House Hotel wedding photographyHotel exterior and grounds in New Forest Bridal prep in the stunning main suite at the hotel (and a very welcome opportunity to catch up with the hugely talented MUA Pamela Moss who just happened to be there doing the hair and make-up). I absolutely love this room - there's so much to play with photographically; so many lines and angles, and the view across the grounds from the large bay window is magnificent. The view today, it has to be said, happened to include some rather moody and dramatic skies. Little smatterings of rain would make an appearance on and off, but nothing which would impact on the day (other than to add even more drama to the photos, as you'll hopefully see a little further on into the blog). Caroline was serene and beautiful in the middle of it all as family members started to arrive (including our almost-too-cute flower girls who took up residence and positioned themselves perfectly at the window for a photo which really just made itself), and how about that dress...

Suite interior with dress hangingNew Forest wedding photography at Rhinefield HouseBridal preparation in suite Bride getting ready in bridal suiteNew Forest wedding photography at Rhinefield HouseBridal preparation in suite Hair and make up by Pamela Moss MUANew Forest wedding photography at Rhinefield HouseBridal preparation in suite The bride is helped into her wedding dressNew Forest wedding photography at Rhinefield HouseBridal preparation in suite Finishing touches are applied to the bride in her dress and the veil is addedNew Forest wedding photography at Rhinefield HouseBridal preparation in suite The ceremony took place in nearby Brockenhurst - a short and extremely pleasant drive along the forest back roads amongst the autumn colours. Really, the New Forest looks great at any time of year, but this particular part of it I believe is at its best at this time of year - a real riot of golds, oranges and reds. St Saviours is a lovely church on the outskirts of this famous Forest town, and Alex was there ready and waiting as I pulled up. We managed to take a few moments to capture some shots of him and his best man - also his brother - as guests started to arrive and take their seats, and Caroline wasn't far behind (in fact, I believe the car had to go off and do a little extra tour of Brockenhurst while the last few guests joined the congregation, so keen was she to get down the aisle!). The choir was in place, and as the organist piped up Caroline made her entrance on her father's arm, looking - it has to be said - absolutely stunning.

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One of the major attractions of Rhinefield House as a wedding venue is having the stunning banqueting hall for your wedding breakfast. This towering, wood-panelled room with its huge stone fireplace makes a wonderful impression, especially when viewed from on high up in the gallery (which is where I took the main group photo from on this occasion). It's beautiful enough on its own, but when it's laid out for a grand meal it really comes into its own. And as a bonus it then forms part of a suite, meaning that you and your guests are all in one place for the rest of the day, so you can kick back and celebrate in style.

Towards the end of the meal Caroline and Alex were also treated to the sight of me hurtling towards them with a big grin on my face, to tell them that I suspected there was just about to be a very serious sunset outside (I've become a bit of a connoisseur of these things over the years and I'd already tipped them off that I had a suspicion that I might be taking them outside for a moment or two. Lo and behold, as the remnants of some very brooding storm clouds swept away to the east a massive double rainbow burst through to our left, while over to our right the sky suddenly lit up like it was on fire. I've seen a few sunsets in my time, but this one really was something else. It just got better and better, more and more incredible, until finally - just as soon as it appeared - it was gone. The whole thing lasted perhaps a few minutes at most. But we got it. Oh yes, we most certainly got it!  Flower girls in hotel gardensNew Forest wedding at Rhinefield House HotelGuests, wedding breakfast and speeches Flower girl in front of wooden doorsRhinefield House New Forest weddingFlower girl portrait Guests in hotel suiteNew Forest wedding at Rhinefield House HotelGuests, wedding breakfast and speeches Room layout in dining hall for wedding mealNew Forest wedding at Rhinefield House HotelGuests, wedding breakfast and speeches Black and white images of table layouts in dining roomNew Forest wedding at Rhinefield House HotelGuests, wedding breakfast and speeches Black and white photos of guests at wedding receptionNew Forest wedding at Rhinefield House HotelGuests, wedding breakfast and speeches Guests in dining room as bride and groom are announced in New Forest wedding at Rhinefield House HotelGuests, wedding breakfast and speeches Bride and groom enter room at start of wedding breakfastNew Forest wedding at Rhinefield House HotelGuests, wedding breakfast and speeches Candid photos of wedding guestsNew Forest wedding at Rhinefield House HotelGuests, wedding breakfast and speeches Main hotel dining room during wedding mealNew Forest wedding at Rhinefield House HotelGuests, wedding breakfast and speeches Black and white photos of wedding speechesNew Forest wedding at Rhinefield House HotelGuests, wedding breakfast and speeches Wedding speechesNew Forest wedding at Rhinefield House HotelGuests, wedding breakfast and speeches Guest reactions during speechesNew Forest wedding at Rhinefield House HotelGuests, wedding breakfast and speeches Groom makes his speechNew Forest wedding at Rhinefield House HotelGuests, wedding breakfast and speeches Guests raise a glass to toast the bride and groomNew Forest wedding at Rhinefield House HotelGuests, wedding breakfast and speeches Couple portrait with sunset double rainbowNew Forest wedding at Rhinefield House HotelGuests, wedding breakfast and speeches Bride and groom sunset portraitNew Forest wedding at Rhinefield House HotelGuests, wedding breakfast and speeches Stunning autumn sunset in New Forest with bride and groomNew Forest wedding at Rhinefield House HotelGuests, wedding breakfast and speeches As day turned to night, the bride and groom cut the cake in the dining room before leading their guests through to the adjoining room to start the evening party off with the first dance. The first of many dances in fact - turns out Caroline & Alex's friends are a definite party crowd! So nice to see a dance floor rammed with people all the way through the night - this celebration most certainly had legs.

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The above photos are just a small selection from Caroline & Alex's day. Friends and family can view the full set in their private online gallery, but of course will need to ask them for the password first.
 
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If you are planning your New Forest wedding and are interested in finding out more about my coverage at Rhinefield House Hotel or any other of the many superb venues around and about, please don't hesitate to contact me to discuss availability and to talk about your plans - I'm only too happy to help however I can.
 
I hope you enjoyed looking through the images from this simply stunning Autumn wedding. Plenty more weddings to come, so do make sure you return to see what else I've been up to. Thanks, as ever, for reading.
 
 
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info@stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk (Stephen Duncan Photography - Winchester Wedding Photographer) Autumn wedding Brockenhurst wedding Documentary Wedding Photography Hampshire Wedding Photographer New Forest wedding photographer Rhinefield House wedding photography St Saviours Church Brockenhurst Wedding photography winchester wedding sunset https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/3/glorious-rhinefield-house-caroline-alex-new-forest-wedding Wed, 16 Mar 2016 17:58:27 GMT
A Winchester Pre-wedding Shoot with Nima & Craig https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/3/a-winchester-pre-wedding-shoot-with-nima-craig A couple stood by trees in nature reserve in WInchesterWinchester pre-wedding shootCouple profile winnall moor The wedding season is fast approaching - hurrah! - and that means that pre-wedding shoot season is already upon us! The first signs of life are just beginning to make an appearance out in the countryside if you look closely enough: buds on bare branches, tiny green shoots and snowdrops poking through... Winnall Moor in Winchester provided the backdrop for Nima & Craig's shoot as it's an area I'm very familiar with and which I have watched and studied closely through all the seasons. I know that it has a wonderful wintry beauty which can match any vibrant green summery nature scene. 

This gorgeous couple have an absolute peach of a wedding lined up too: Highcliffe Castle, right down on the coast, and wonderful Sopley Mill. So two magnificent locations then, but I firmly believe that it's the people which make a wedding photo, and a quick glance at this little selection should tell you everything you need to know about what a wonderful match Nima & Craig are, and how happy and comfortable they were in front of the camera. So much fun from start to finish... I'm champing at the bit!

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Hope you enjoyed this little set and thanks, as ever, for reading. I've got so many incredible weddings lined up for this year I hardly know where to begin... roll on 2016, and brace yourself for many more blog posts (and more importantly, accompanying photos) to come!

Stephen

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info@stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk (Stephen Duncan Photography - Winchester Wedding Photographer) Hampshire wedding photographer Nature reserve Winchester wedding photography Winnall Moor Winchester Winter engagement photography Winter pre-wedding shoot https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/3/a-winchester-pre-wedding-shoot-with-nima-craig Tue, 08 Mar 2016 15:58:03 GMT
Hixter Bankside London Wedding - The First Ever! https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/1/hixter-bankside-london-wedding-the-first-ever  

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One pretty fail-safe way to guarantee that you'll always remember your wedding anniversary (and, for that matter, ensure that you'll always have friends up for a celebration) is to get married on New Years Eve. Anna & Nick did precisely that, with what can only be described as an absolutely epic party in the heart of London, at the very cool Hixter Bankside restaurant, just down the road from the Shard. As if that wasn't enough in itself, this also happened to be the very first wedding ever to be held there, the restaurant having gone out and secured the licence especially for the occasion! And it was very cool indeed...

Detail of bouquet in front of fire placeLondon Wedding PhotographyBridal preparation in Dulwich Black and white photos of bride and bridesmaid getting ready at homeLondon Wedding PhotographyBridal preparation hair and make up The bride's father getting ready before the ceremonyLondon Wedding PhotographyFather of the bride Bride and bridesmaid apply the finishing touches to the father of the bride's suit and tieLondon Wedding PhotographyFather of the bride Colour photographs of bridal party getting ready at homeLondon Wedding PhotographyBridal preparation in Dulwich The bridesmaid helps the bride with her jewelleryLondon Wedding PhotographyBride and bridesmaid The bride's family see her in her wedding dress for the first timeLondon Wedding PhotographyBride and family Bridal preparation took place in Dulwich, an area I'm getting to know pretty well now after several weddings where some or all of the day has happened there, and then it was straight into the centre for the wedding itself. The ceremony was scheduled for late in the afternoon, so dusk was falling as I crept across town. (One thing I've learned about New Year's Eve weddings in London: allow plenty of time for travel. The roads are busy enough anyway, but as you get closer to the centre you also have road closures to contend with!). No problems reaching the restaurant though, and it was looking fantastic as I entered, all set up and ready for our bride and groom.

Nick was already on site, greeting the guests as they arrived and very quickly started to fill the corridor and bar area. We successfully grabbed a few moments downstairs with best man and ushers for a couple of photos, but with Anna not far behind me (in a huge limo, no less) we were soon back upstairs and taking our positions ready for the first ever bride to walk down the Hixter aisle!

Detail of neon sign and restaurant exteriorHixter Bankside London Wedding PhotographyVenue exterior The groom, wearing a dark blue suit, with best man as he straightens the tieHixter Bankside London Wedding PhotographyThe groom Close-up of wedding rings held by best manHixter Bankside London Wedding PhotographyWedding rings Black and white image of groom with best man and ushers in downstairs cocktail bar at Hixter BanksideHixter Bankside London Wedding PhotographyGroom and uishers The groom greets wedding guests as they arrive before the ceremonyHixter Bankside London Wedding PhotographyGroom and guests Wedding guests take their seats in the ceremony room at the front of the restaurantHixter Bankside London Wedding PhotographyGuests seated The groom waits at the front of the ceremony room as his bride arrivesHixter Bankside London Wedding PhotographyGroom waiting There's no other way to describe it - Anna looked stunning, in what I guess I would call a half-wedding-half-cocktail dress. I've certainly never seen one like it, and a quick glance in Nick's direction confirmed that he was pretty floored by it! And so to the marriage...

The bride walks down the aisle on her father's armHixter Bankside Wedding Ceremony PhotographyBride entrance Black and white image of bridesmaid looking on at start of wedding ceremonyHixter Bankside Wedding Ceremony PhotographyBridesmaid The bride arrives at the start of the marriage ceremonyHixter Bankside Wedding Ceremony PhotographyBride arrives Friends and family watch on as the wedding ceremony commencesHixter Bankside Wedding Ceremony PhotographyThe marriage The bride places the wedding ring on the groom's fingerHixter Bankside Wedding Ceremony PhotographyExchange of rings Bride and groom kiss as they are announced as husband and wifeHixter Bankside Wedding Ceremony PhotographyThe kiss Wedding guests watch on and talk amongst themselves as the bride and groom move to sign the marriage registerHixter Bankside Wedding Ceremony PhotographyWedding guests Colour images of bride and groom signing the registerHixter Bankside Wedding Ceremony PhotographySigning the register Bride and groom walk down the aisle as husband and wifeHixter Bankside Wedding Ceremony PhotographyWalking down the aisle And then it was on to the party. Trust me, this is a couple which knows how to put on a celebration! And this is where Hixter Bankside really came into its own - what an absolutely superb space for an all-out wedding reception and New Years bash. Downstairs, a very cool cocktail bar, with drinks and canapes flying everywhere (try the chicken popcorn!), and upstairs a large modern restaurant, with stunning and very eye-catching modern art scattered around pretty much everywhere you look. Seriously, this place has got 'party'written all over it!

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Group photos were taken in the downstairs cocktail barHixter Bankside wedding photographyFamily group photo Groom with his hockey teamHixter Bankside wedding photographyThe Hockey boys Portrait of bride and groom in cocktail bar at Hixter restaurant LondonHixter Bankside wedding photographyBride and groom alone A candid moment during the group photos in the restaurant areaHixter Bankside wedding photographyFamily photo Bride and groom take to the dancefloor for the first time as husband and wifeHixter Bankside wedding photographyFirst dance The evening's celebrations kick off with dancing to the live bandHixter Bankside wedding photographyOn the dancefloor The band set up in the cocktail barHixter Bankside wedding photographyLive music The best man has a chance to relax at the bar now that his speech is safely behind himHixter Bankside wedding photographyBest man Black and white photos of wedding guests on the dancefloorHixter Bankside wedding photographyOn the dancefloor Candid black and white photography during wedding receptionHixter Bankside wedding photographyEvening party The groom chilling out with old schoolfriendsHixter Bankside wedding photographyGroom with the boys Party in the cocktail barHixter Bankside wedding photographyAt the bar Still going on the dancefloor...Hixter Bankside wedding photographyMore dancing Staff at Hixter pose by the bar, and the party continues...Hixter Bankside wedding photographyCast and crew The bride sees in 2016Hixter Bankside wedding photographyNew Year celebration Black and white photo of confetti at New YearHixter Bankside wedding photographyNew Year wedding celebration Confetti canons as the countdown to midnight reaches its peakHixter Bankside wedding photographyMidnight - happy New Year Bride and groom together on the dancefloor as the party continuesHixter Bankside wedding photographyOn with the celebrations A couple find a quiet space as the new year beginsHixter Bankside wedding photographyA quiet moment Hard-working bar staff!Hixter Bankside wedding photographyBack to the bar The bride and groom alone outside the restaurant late in the nightHixter Bankside wedding photographyBride and groom outside venue The couple on the streets of central London with the Shard in the backgroundHixter Bankside wedding photographyThe Shard Black and white portrait of bride and groom at London New Years Eve weddingHixter Bankside wedding photographyBride and groom The photos above are just a small selection from the day. Friends and family can view the complete set in Anna & Nick's private gallery, but you'll have to ask them for the password first.

 

If you are planning your wedding at Hixter Bankside 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.

Hope you enjoyed the photos, and thanks - as ever - for reading!

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info@stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk (Stephen Duncan Photography - Winchester Wedding Photographer) Cocktail bar reception Hixter Bankside wedding photography Hixter wedding ceremony London New Year wedding London restaurant wedding London wedding photography New Years Eve wedding Shard wedding photo Winchester wedding photographer https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/1/hixter-bankside-london-wedding-the-first-ever Mon, 25 Jan 2016 16:43:31 GMT
Lymington New Forest Wedding Photography - Clare & Gareth https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/12/lymington-new-forest-wedding-photography-clare-gareth 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!

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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...

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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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info@stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk (Stephen Duncan Photography - Winchester Wedding Photographer) boldre church hampshire wedding couple photos documentary wedding photography hampshire wedding photography lymington wedding lymington wedding photographer marquee reception new forest wedding photography wedding photography winchester https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/12/lymington-new-forest-wedding-photography-clare-gareth Fri, 11 Dec 2015 16:45:00 GMT
New Forest Wedding Preview - Rhinefield House with Caroline & Alex https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/10/new-forest-wedding-preview-rhinefield-house-caroline-alex There can't be many places more beautiful in the Autumn than the New Forest - I absolutely love it there when those golden colours come through. There can't be many wedding venues in the New Forest more beautiful than Rhinefield House - a stunning manor house right in the heart of the national park, cast under the shadow of some of the tallest and oldest trees in the country. And there can't be many couples more beautiful than Caroline & Alex, who tied the knot at St Saviours Church in Brockenhurst before returning to Rhinefield - a place with strong family ties - for a stunning celebration. We might have witnessed grey skies and showers for much of the day but when we needed it to come good it most certainly did... how about this for a sunset!

Just a quick preview for the moment as I couldn't wait to share... plenty more to come. Huge congratulations Caroline & Alex, have a wonderful honeymoon, and looking forward to sharing the rest of the photos with you on your return!

Pamela Moss make-up artist applies make-up to bride in the morningRhinefield House New Forest Wedding PhotographyBridal Preparation Flower girls sit in the window of the Walker Suite at Rhinefield House HotelRhinefield House New Forest Wedding PhotographyFlower Girls The groom stands at the front of the church as the bride makes her entrance on her father's armRhinefield House New Forest Wedding PhotographyGroom waiting and bride arrival Interior view from rear of St Saviour's Church Brockenhurst marriageRhinefield House New Forest Wedding PhotographyChurch interior Bride and groom exit the church to a barrage of confetti from wedding guestsRhinefield House New Forest Wedding PhotographyConfetti Portrait of groom on steps in gardens of Rhinefield House Hotel wedding venueRhinefield House New Forest Wedding PhotographyGroom alone Bride and groom amongst trees in Autumn in gardens of Rhinefield House HotelRhinefield House New Forest Wedding PhotographyAutumn colour The newly-married couple take to the dancefloor for the first time as husband and wifeRhinefield House New Forest Wedding PhotographyFirst Dance and Party The bride and groom look out across the grounds of Rhinefield House Hotel during a spectacular Autumn sunsetRhinefield House New Forest Wedding PhotographySunset over New Forest If you are currently planning your New Forest wedding and would like to know more about my wedding photography 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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info@stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk (Stephen Duncan Photography - Winchester Wedding Photographer) Bride and Groom Brockenhurst wedding Hampshire wedding photography New Forest Autumn wedding New Forest wedding photography Rhinefield House wedding photographer St Saviours Church Brockenhurst Sunset portrait https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/10/new-forest-wedding-preview-rhinefield-house-caroline-alex Tue, 27 Oct 2015 07:42:58 GMT
London Wedding Photography - Ealing Town Hall with Janel & Bijal https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/10/london-wedding-photography-ealing-town-hall-janel-bijal It's always fun heading up to London to cover a wedding. The destination for Janel & Bijal's celebration was Ealing Town Hall, a really lovely and very versatile old building over on the western side of the city. This was in fact the second half of a two parter for our couple: they had already tied the knot in their official Asian ceremony a couple of weeks previously. Today, in front of a huge number of friends and family, they would be - how charming is this? - making their vows to each other in a ceremony conducted by Janel's grandfather, before marking the occasion with a huge meal and party into the evening.

But before we got to the ceremony we had some bridal prep to cover first and Bijal, bagging himself top old romantic points, had a little trick up his sleeve and had arranged as a surprise for his wife to spend the night in the stunning Cora Pearl Suite at the Grosvenor Hotel. Good work! As a result, this fabulous room was our location for the start of the day, as our bride, bridesmaids and assorted family members got ready. Amidst a whirlwind of activity and flower deliveries Janel was playing it cool and radiating an air of serenity. And looking absolutely beautiful...

black and white photo of bridal preparation at Dorchester Hotel, LondonLondon wedding photography bridal preparation cora pearl suiteBride applying make-up and dress hanging Dress, flowers and wedding shoes displayed in suite at Dorchester Hotel LondonLondon wedding photography bridal preparation cora pearl suiteBridal prep details Bridesmaids finishing hair and make-up at Dorchester Hotel Cora Pearl SuiteLondon wedding photography bridal preparation cora pearl suiteBridesmaids getting ready Wedding photography at Dorchester Hotel LondonLondon wedding photography bridal preparation cora pearl suiteFamily members during bridal prep Bride and bridesmaids apply finishing touches at Dorchester HotelLondon wedding photography bridal preparation cora pearl suiteFinishing touches As the finishing touches were applied at the hotel, it was time for a quick sprint across London to catch up with Bijal and the guys as the guests started to arrive. We had use of much of the Town Hall for most of the day; the main ceremony room (also to be used later for the absolutely epic meal), reception rooms downstairs and various other little suites and hidey-holes, so absolutely loads of variety to make the most of around the venue, inside and out. It also meant that once Janel arrived she could hide herself away up beyond the grand central staircase until everyone was settled, ready for the ceremony to begin.

The grand central staircase beyond the entrance to the Town Hall offers a great view of guests arriving and making their way to the ceremony roomEaling Town Hall London Wedding PhotographyBridesmaids waiting at top of staircase The best man makes sure that the groom looks the part, ready to receive his brideEaling Town Hall London Wedding PhotographyGroom and best man The main ceremony room in the town hallEaling Town Hall London Wedding PhotographyCeremony room, and LOVE letters Groom and guests await the arrival of the brideEaling Town Hall London Wedding PhotographyBefore the ceremony black and white images of family and guests before ceremony in Town Hall ceremony roomEaling Town Hall London Wedding PhotographyGuest candid photography Guests are seated, ready for the start of the ceremonyEaling Town Hall London Wedding PhotographyGuests waiting Ushers welcome guests at the top of the staircase as they enter the main ceremony room ready for the weddingEaling Town Hall London Wedding PhotographyEntrance to ceremony room The main hall is, it has to be said, a fair size and you'd need a lot of family and friends to fill it. Fortunately, Janel and Bijal most definitely have a lot of family and friends! As the final few seats were taken, the bride and her father made their way down the stairs ready to make their entrance, as Bijal stood grinning at the far end of the aisle. Bridesmaids first, and then it was all eyes on Janel as she made her way down on her extremely proud-looking father's arm...

Bride walks down stairs and down the aisle on her father's arm as the groom waits at the frontEaling Town Hall Wedding PhotographyBride arrives Groom and best man stand at the front of the hall as the bride arrives for the start of the ceremonyEaling Town Hall Wedding PhotographyBridal entrance Bride and groom stand together at the front of the ceremony room as the marriage beginsEaling Town Hall Wedding PhotographyWedding ceremony The couple hold hands as they make their vows in front of family and friendsEaling Town Hall Wedding PhotographyMarriage vows Guests watch on as the ceremony continues, led by the bride's grandfatherEaling Town Hall Wedding PhotographyThe ceremony A natural shaft of light illuminates the bride and groom as they sit for part of the wedding ceremonyEaling Town Hall Wedding PhotographyIn the spotlight View of the hall from the back with wooden beams and feature windowsEaling Town Hall Wedding PhotographyWide view of town hall ceremony room Candid photography during ceremonyEaling Town Hall Wedding PhotographyBlack and white ceremony photos The bride's grandfather leads the wedding ceremonyEaling Town Hall Wedding PhotographyMarriage The bride and groom exchange rings to symbolically seal the marriageEaling Town Hall Wedding PhotographyTying the knot Bridesmaids and friends watch the marriage ceremonyEaling Town Hall Wedding PhotographyWedding guests Friends and family watch as the bride and groom confirm their vowsEaling Town Hall Wedding PhotographyGuests The newly married bride and groom walk back down the aisle togetherEaling Town Hall Wedding PhotographyWalking down the aisle Part-way through the ceremony, as the bride and groom were sat together, they were suddenly illuminated by an amazing beam of light which flooded in through the large circular window at the front of the room. I don't think I've ever seen this before - it lit them up like a massive spotlight; absolutely gorgeous lighting - I love it when nature does the hard work for you! Shortly afterwards, ceremony complete, they were walking back down the aisle together as husband and wife, and out onto the Town Hall steps to be greeted by a barrage of confetti.

Bride and groom with confetti at Ealing Town HallEaling Town Hall wedding photographyConfetti on the steps Outside Ealing Town Hall in the summer sunshineEaling Town Hall wedding photographyVenue exterior Guests in the downstairs reception roomEaling Town Hall wedding photographyGuest candid photography Guests in the downstairs reception roomEaling Town Hall wedding photographyBlack and white guest photos Wedding party photos on staircase outside ceremony roomEaling Town Hall wedding photographyGroup photos Groom wish ushersEaling Town Hall wedding photographyGroom and ushers Bride, bridesmaids and flower girl in front of ornate wooden fireplace in town hallEaling Town Hall wedding photographyBride and bridesmaids And as the day ran through into the evening, and with formal photography out of the way, everyone made their way back into the ceremony room which was now set up for the main meal. And wow, what a meal - huge, enormous quantities of the most fantastic Indian cuisine. Endless portions... it's a minor miracle that anyone was able to make it onto the dancefloor later (although party they most certainly did!). Speeches, cutting of the cake, the first dance... and as the light dropped the evening's celebrations kicked off in earnest. What can I say - Bijal and Janel know how to put on a celebration! What an absolutely fantastic day, and a really, really lovely couple!

Details of room set up for mealEaling Town Hall wedding photographyReception room decoration The newly married couple are applauded by their guests as they enter the roomEaling Town Hall wedding photographyBride and groom entrance Guests are seated ready for the mealEaling Town Hall wedding photographyWedding meal Guests during wedding receptionEaling Town Hall wedding photographyGuest candids The chefs prepare naan bread in the town hall's kitchensEaling Town Hall wedding photographyCatering Groom looks on as the bride's father begins his speechEaling Town Hall wedding photographyFather of the bride speech Guests watch on during the speechesEaling Town Hall wedding photographyWedding speeches The groom gets up to give his speech during the wedding receptionEaling Town Hall wedding photographyGroom's speech The best man makes his speech during the wedding mealEaling Town Hall wedding photographyBest man speech Bride and groom cut their wedding cake and lead off the evening's celebrations with their first dance together as husband and wifeEaling Town Hall wedding photographyCutting the cake The bride and groom take the lead before guests join them on the dancefloorEaling Town Hall wedding photographyFirst dance and party Couple portraits of bride and groom at Ealing Town HallEaling Town Hall wedding photographyBride and groom alone The bride and groom in black and white on the steps of London's Ealing Town Hall wedding venueEaling Town Hall wedding photographyCouple together Very many congratulations to you both, Janel & Bijal - what a wonderful way to start your married lives!

The above photos are just a small selection from the day - friends and family can view the full set, plus a little slideshow of selected highlights, in Janel & Bijal's private gallery (but as ever, you'll have to ask them for the password first).

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If you are currently planning your London wedding and would like to know more about my photography services, packages and prices, please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or simply to talk through your plans - I'm only too happy to help however I can.

Hope you enjoyed the photos from this fabulous day, and thanks for reading,

 

Stephen

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info@stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk (Stephen Duncan Photography - Winchester Wedding Photographer) Cora Pearl Suite Grosvenor Hotel Ealing Town Hall wedding photography Grosvenor Hotel Bride London wedding photography Winchester wedding photographer https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/10/london-wedding-photography-ealing-town-hall-janel-bijal Wed, 14 Oct 2015 11:03:56 GMT
Sopley Mill and the Seaside with Jack & Jo https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/10/sopley-mill-and-the-seaside-with-jack-jo A beautiful Summer's day on the south coast with Jack & Jo - a wedding at gorgeous Milford church, a reception at fantastic Sopley Mill, and a little stop-over between the two to hit the beach for some photographs. This beautiful couple's day was about as quintessentially English as you could get (and a total contrast to our central London pre-wedding shoot earlier in the year).

Silhouette of wedding couple at dusk by riversideSopley Mill wedding photography couple silhouetteBride and groom at sunset at Sopley Mill Milford-on-Sea is a lovely little village right on the coast, on the edge of the New Forest. The wedding had largely taken it over for the morning: groom preparations at one end, in the Beach House Hotel; bridal preparation at the other, in Jo's family home, and the very charming All Saints Church right between the two ready to host the ceremony. I do like it when all the preparations are taking place nearby - it's such an advantage when it comes to re-telling the story of the day to have photos from both sides, when you're able to nip between the two. Both the bride and groom were surrounded by various friends and family - absolutely loads going on, plenty of laughter and smiles, and an absolutely gorgeous day outside. Summer sunshine was definitely making an appearance today!

Groom and best man getting ready at Beach House Hotel in Milford-on-SeaNew Forest wedding photography preaparationsGroom getting dressed The Groom adjusts his button holeNew Forest wedding photography preparationsGroom getting ready Groom, best man and usher stop for a photograph in the main reception room of the Beach House HotelNew Forest wedding photography preparationsGroom and Ushers Wedding shoes and dress at Bride's house in the morningNew Forest wedding photography preparationsBridal details Floral details arranged in fireplaceNew Forest wedding photography preaparationsFlowers A few final finishing touches at the family home before the ceremonyNew Forest wedding photography preaparationsGetting ready The bride is helped into her wedding dressNew Forest wedding photography preparationsBride getting dressed Black and white photo of bride with bridesmaids as she gets ready for the weddingNew Forest wedding photography preaparationsAdding the veil With Jack confirmed as being safely at the church greeting the guests, I hot-footed it back around the corner to catch up with Jo ready for the bridal party to begin their walk to the church. Walks to the church are always good fun - the little toots of the horn as drivers shoot by, and also I always get the feeling that it gives the bride just a few extra moments to gather her thoughts and relax into it all. Anyway, this was a lovely little stroll and really, what could be sweeter than walking from your parents' house to the church to get married? And it's a beautiful little church as well. Actually, not so little, now I think about it; in fact just the right size for a wedding with this number of guests - still small enough to feel intimate, but even so with enough space and - my favourite! - side aisles to allow me to stay out of the way and not draw attention to myself.

The groom walks down the central aisle to the front of the churchNew Forest Wedding Photography All Saints Church Milford-on-SeaGroom arriving The best man casts a final eye over the groom to make sure that he's ready and presentable for his brideNew Forest Wedding Photography All Saints Church Milford-on-SeaGroom and best man The bride walks through the grounds of the church with her bridal partyNew Forest Wedding Photography All Saints Church Milford-on-SeaBride arrives Friends and family wait in the church for the arrival of the brideNew Forest Wedding Photography All Saints Church Milford-on-SeaWedding guests The groom is surrounded by family as he awaits the start of the wedding ceremonyNew Forest Wedding Photography All Saints Church Milford-on-SeaFamily at the front of the church The bride walks down the aisle on her father's armNew Forest Wedding Photography All Saints Church Milford-on-SeaBridal entrance The groom takes a final moment with his thoughts before turning to see his brideNew Forest Wedding Photography All Saints Church Milford-on-SeaGroom during bride's arrival The bride joins the groom at the front of the churchNew Forest Wedding Photography All Saints Church Milford-on-SeaStart of the wedding The bride and groom stand together at the front of the church as the marriage ceremony beginsNew Forest Wedding Photography All Saints Church Milford-on-SeaWedding ceremony The couple turn to face each other to exchange vows and ringsNew Forest Wedding Photography All Saints Church Milford-on-SeaThe rings The bride places the traditional ring on the groom's finger, as wedding guests watch onNew Forest Wedding Photography All Saints Church Milford-on-SeaThe ring Wedding guests watch on during the readingsNew Forest Wedding Photography All Saints Church Milford-on-SeaReadings View of the flowers along the central aisle from the back of the churchNew Forest Wedding Photography All Saints Church Milford-on-SeaFloral detail The couple receive the blessing at the altarNew Forest Wedding Photography All Saints Church Milford-on-SeaThe blessing Black and white image of the high vaulted ceilings inside the churchNew Forest Wedding Photography All Saints Church Milford-on-SeaChurch interior The wedding party watches on as the bride and groom sign the marriage registerNew Forest Wedding Photography All Saints Church Milford-on-SeaSigning the register The newly married couple walk together down the aisleNew Forest Wedding Photography All Saints Church Milford-on-SeaHusband and wife The bride and groom are received and congratulated by their guests in the grounds of the churchNew Forest Wedding Photography All Saints Church Milford-on-SeaConfetti Bride and groom meet their guestsNew Forest Wedding Photography All Saints Church Milford-on-SeaHugs and kisses A Routemaster bus was arranged to transport guests between the church and the reception venue at Sopley MillNew Forest Wedding Photography All Saints Church Milford-on-SeaTransport to the reception A classic car provided the transport for the newly married coupleNew Forest Wedding Photography All Saints Church Milford-on-SeaBride and groom transport So Jack & Jo were now husband and wife, greeted by their cheering guests and a barrage of confetti as they stepped out the church. Stunning Sopley Mill was our destination for the celebrations, but - as the guests departed on the Routemaster bus for a little tour of the Forest en route, we had a little planned stop to make first. A couple of stops in fact, as there was no way that we could have a wedding so close to such fab beaches on a day like this, with sweeping vistas across the Solent to the Needles and the Isle of Wight, without catching a few seaside photos ourselves. Jack and Jo already had it all planned and knew exactly where they wanted to go. And just as with the cars tooting as our bride walked to the ceremony, now we were surrounded on every side by holidaymakers cheering and congratulating them both as they made their way down onto the sand. And then, photos taken and sand in my shoes, it was on to Sopley...

Milford-on-sea coastal viewpoint to Isle of WightSopley Mill Wedding PhotographyHampshire beach wedding photography Bride and groom walking along promenade by side of beach near Highcliffe Castle in HampshireSopley Mill Wedding PhotographySeafront wedding photo Bride and groom in front of colourful beach huts on Hampshire coast near ChristchurchSeaside wedding photographyBeach huts The Mill seen in colour from various angles on a sunny summer daySopley Mill Wedding PhotographySopley Mill venue exterior Soft like and exposed brick make for an atmospheric venue at any time of year. The Mill's working can be seen on the ground floorSopley Mill Wedding PhotographyVenue interior and details Table and decoration details on the floor reserved for the dining roomSopley Mill Wedding PhotographyDining room set up for wedding breakfast Cake close-up and decorative details in Sopley Mill dining roomSopley Mill Wedding PhotographyWedding favours and details Guests enjoy the sun-filled grounds of Sopley Mill, with rivers running along both sides of the gardensSopley Mill Wedding PhotographyVenue experior and gardens Black and white photo of Mill from gardensSopley Mill Wedding PhotographyVenue exterior Wedding guests chat and stand to receive the newly married coupleSopley Mill Wedding PhotographyGuests at wedding breakfast Duck races are a popular wedding tradition at Sopley Mill. Here each table decorates their own duck in anticipation of the race to followSopley Mill Wedding PhotographyPainting ducks The father of the bride stands to make the opening wedding speechSopley Mill Wedding PhotographyStart of the speeches The best man's speechSopley Mill Wedding PhotographySpeeches and details Black and white photo of both bride and groom making speeches at the end of the wedding breakfastSopley Mill Wedding PhotographyBride and groom speeches

As the speeches ended and the beautifully soft evening light started to roll gently across the Mill, we took the opportunity to nip out and capture a final few photos of just Jack and Jo, before returning to the rest of the wedding party for the evening's celebrations. There are many things I love about Sopley Mill; as a venue it's absolutely charming, it lends itself so well to the flow of a wedding, it has so many interesting little features to explore (absolute gold for a photographer)... but one of the best bits of all for me is the countryside right on the doorstep - a perfect spot to steal away with the bride and groom, just for a moment or two. A little opportunity for them to catch their breath and let the whirlwind of the day sink in, and a great opportunity for me to provide them with perhaps just one or two little gems to remember their day by...

As we returned to the Mill the duck race was very clearly imminent. One duck per table had been prepared (some, it has to be said, rather creatively decorated) and at the end of something approximating a countdown they were all lobbed into the river to float firstly under the bride, pooh-sticks style, and then - if they were lucky - to continue to bob past the swirling eddies and snagging reeds to the finish line. As the evening drew in the bouquet was tossed (and caught, very importantly!), the cake was cut, the first dance was danced... And just to cap it all, the summer sunshine tipped its hat to us as it left for the night in a final little blaze of glory.

Couple together amongst the long grassesSopley Mill wedding photographyBlack and white photo of bride and groom in water meadows Bride and groom stand at the end of a small track leading towards open countryside in rural DorsetSopley Mill wedding photographyBride and groom alone Portrait of wedding coupleSopley Mill wedding photographyBride and groom kiss Bride and groom walk together along a stone track towards the venueSopley Mill wedding photographyWalking together Wedding guests look on as the ducks are prepared at the start of the raceSopley Mill wedding photographyDuck race! Innocent rubber ducklings are dangled precariously over the swirling riverSopley Mill wedding photographyThe start of the race Bride and groom cut the cake at the start of their evening partySopley Mill wedding photographyCutting the cake The couple take to the dancefloor for the first timeSopley Mill wedding photographyFirst dance Bride and groom together as guests watch onSopley Mill wedding photographyFirst dance The evening party starts to swingSopley Mill wedding photographyEveryone on the dancefloor What an absolutely stunning summer wedding. Huge congratulations to you both Jack & Jo, and I hope you're both loving every minute of married life!

Near Highcliffe Castle, with views across Solent to the Isle of WightHampshire beach wedding photographyBlack and white photo of couple on beach The above photos are just a small selection from the day: friends and family can view the full set, plus the slideshow, in Jack & Jo's private gallery... but you'll need to ask them for the password first, of course.

If you are planning your wedding in the New Forest or at Sopley Mill - or, for that matter, fancy some wedding photos on the beack as part of your day - 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.

 

I very much hope that you enjoyed the photos from this fabulous seaside wedding. As ever, thanks for reading,

 

Stephen

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info@stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk (Stephen Duncan Photography - Winchester Wedding Photographer) All Saints Church Milford Beach wedding photography Documentary wedding photography Hampshire Dorset candid wedding photography Dorset wedding photographer Hampshire beach wedding photographs Milford on Sea wedding photography New forest wedding Relaxed wedding photography New Forest Sopley Mill duck race Sopley Mill wedding photography https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/10/sopley-mill-and-the-seaside-with-jack-jo Fri, 02 Oct 2015 20:36:22 GMT
A Countryside Pre-wedding Shoot with Rebs, Adam and Dogs https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/7/a-countryside-pre-wedding-shoot-with-rebs-adam-and-dogs I've been out and about all over the place recently with pre-wedding shoots (which of course means plenty more weddings to come - hurrah!) and while they've all been a lot of fun - I'll try and get a few more up on the blog in the next few weeks - I thought this one in particular was worth sharing as it features not only one of my favourite local spots, and a really lovely couple in Rebs and Adam, but also a couple of dogs into the bargain. And I love dogs!

Quite a few clients who I've been meeting up with recently have been asking me about the pre-wedding shoot; what's involved, what they can expect to come out of it, what to wear... Hopefully this will give you a pretty good idea. I'd say it's fairly typical of the sort of photos we would aim to capture, but of course really it's all about what you fancy. If you want to dress up to the nines and visit a local manor house that's fine by me. If you're more of a city type, don't mind being in a crowd and would like to make use of urban and architectural backdrops - no problem. If you like to keep things relaxed and casual out in the countryside, maybe down by a river or at a favourite viewpoint, we can certainly do that (and that seems to be what a lot of my couples prefer)... and of course if you want to bring your pups along, well they're more than welcome!

Couple posing together in woodsWinchester pre-wedding photoshootRural countryside pre-wedding photoshoot at Cheesefoot Head with dogs Groom solo portrait black and white natural lightWinchester pre-wedding photoshootRural countryside pre-wedding photoshoot at Cheesefoot Head with dogs Bride and groom natural light portrait in black and white amongst treesWinchester pre-wedding photoshootRural countryside pre-wedding photoshoot at Cheesefoot Head with dogs Bride pre-wedding portrait colour in forestWinchester pre-wedding photoshootRural countryside pre-wedding photoshoot at Cheesefoot Head with dogs Colour photo bride and groom engagement Winchester pre-wedding photoshootRural countryside pre-wedding photoshoot at Cheesefoot Head with dogs Dog portrait using flash in woodsWinchester pre-wedding photoshootRural countryside pre-wedding photoshoot at Cheesefoot Head with dogs Colour photo dog amongst treesWinchester pre-wedding photoshootRural countryside pre-wedding photoshoot at Cheesefoot Head with dogs Couple and dogs walking away from camera towards open countrysideWinchester pre-wedding photoshootRural countryside pre-wedding photoshoot at Cheesefoot Head with dogs Black and white photo couple looking out across views of South Downs with dogsWinchester pre-wedding photoshootRural countryside pre-wedding photoshoot at Cheesefoot Head with dogs Natural relaxed photo groom leaning on gateWinchester pre-wedding photoshootRural countryside pre-wedding photoshoot at Cheesefoot Head with dogs Bride portrait standing in cornfield black and whiteWinchester pre-wedding photoshootRural countryside pre-wedding photoshoot at Cheesefoot Head with dogs Bride and groom individual colour portraits rural backdropWinchester pre-wedding photoshootRural countryside pre-wedding photoshoot at Cheesefoot Head with dogs Couple and dogs black and white photos in countrysideWinchester pre-wedding photoshootRural countryside pre-wedding photoshoot at Cheesefoot Head with dogs Bride and groom headshot portraitsWinchester pre-wedding photoshootRural countryside pre-wedding photoshoot at Cheesefoot Head with dogs Bride and groom with flash dramatic skyWinchester pre-wedding photoshootRural countryside pre-wedding photoshoot at Cheesefoot Head with dogs Bride and groom flash lit photos and view over Hampshire countrysideWinchester pre-wedding photoshootRural countryside pre-wedding photoshoot at Cheesefoot Head with dogs You don't have to be getting married to have your photo taken - I also offer engagement shoots, family and couple portrait sessions... or if you're feeling adventurous following your wedding and have the urge to get back in front of the lens, why how about a Trash The Dress shoot? If any of those capture your imagination, feel free to contact me any time to discuss your plans and ask about packages and prices.

Hope you enjoyed this little taster of a pre-wedding shoot, and as ever thanks for reading.

 

Stephen

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info@stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk (Stephen Duncan Photography - Winchester Wedding Photographer) Dog photography Winchester Engagement photos Pet photography Hampshire Pre-wedding photography Pre-wedding shoot South Downs Winchester portrait photography countryside couple rural viewpoint https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/7/a-countryside-pre-wedding-shoot-with-rebs-adam-and-dogs Mon, 20 Jul 2015 08:05:36 GMT
A Magnificent London Wedding with Imogen & Bobby https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/7/a-magnificent-london-wedding-with-imogen-bobby Wow, wow, wow! Where to begin, with this incredible, beautiful wedding? Put an absolutely wonderful couple like Imogen & Bobby together with the splendour that is Christ's Chapel in Dulwich, and the Dulwich Picture Gallery as a reception venue, and you've got a real feast for the eyes. Add a close friend of the bride's to lead the ceremony, family and friends travelling from the other side of the world to be there, a childrens' choir and a Haka, and frankly my head was spinning by the end of it all. What a day, what a wedding... I hope you like looking at plenty of photos, because I might have got a little carried away with this particular blog post.

Bride and groom posed in front of sculptural feature in the grounds of Dulwich Picture GalleryDulwich Picture Gallery Wedding PhotographyBride and groom portrait in black and white

Dulwich is a lovely little corner of London, and everything was happening very close together (which can be a huge relief if you've ever tried covering a multi-site wedding on a busy traffic day!) - Imogen and her bridesmaids getting ready at her old family home (right across the road in fact from the prep I covered for another wedding this time last year), and Bobby and the guys (and wow, there were a lot of guys) down the road at their new house - all practically around the corner from both the ceremony and reception venues which are essentially two sides of the same coin. Imogen was looking absolutely beautiful and already beaming by the time I arrived, and there were plenty of opportunities to capture photos through the preparation stages and up to the point (one I really love) when she came down the stairs for her parents to see her in her wedding dress for the first time. Huge smiles all round at that point! And it's so nice to have the opportunity to capture candid photos of other family members at this stage of the day as well - so much is always happening in the build-up to the ceremony and there are hundreds of little stories to tell.

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Before heading off though we took a few moments to capture our group photos of family and friends, plus of course the big group photo of all the guests. When you've got this number of people attending your wedding you need a space which can do the group photo justice, and guess what? The steps and cloisters of the Chapel just happen to do very nicely indeed.

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I stepped out for a few moments with Imogen and Bobby as their guests headed through to the reception marquee, so that we could capture some photos of just the two of them (it's incredible on a wedding day how little the bride and groom often actually get to spend any time alone together; sometimes the photo session is the only occasion - with me shooting very discreetly from a distance away and with a long lens on my camera, of course). The gardens and grounds around the Picture Gallery are certainly lovely, but the highlight for me are the wonderful carved stones which feature in the first photo you'll have seen, right up there at the top of the page. I love love love textures and contrasts in images, and as soon as I saw them I knew that they had 'black and white couple portrait' written all over them.

I returned the couple to their guests in the marquee, to see them welcomed in with a huge, very intense and enthusiastic haka. This one was a wedding first for me and it was excellent. What a way to be announced into the room! And so began the evening celebrations... speeches, the wedding breakfast, the cutting of the cake... everywhere I looked people were having an absolute riot (except for a few moments during Bobby's speech where I spotted a few eyes welling up at his beautiful and so obviously heart-felt message) and there was little question that this spirit was going to be carried over into the party. I've said it before and I'll happily say it again - I really do enjoy seeing bands at weddings, and especially when they are of the standard of these guys. The floor dancefloor was heaving from the very moment that the other guests decided that the bride and groom had had enough of the floor for themselves during the first dance, and quite frankly I wouldn't be surprised if a few of them were still there throwing shapes even now...

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The photos above (believe it or not) are just a small selection of the fulkl set which Bobby and Imogen received, and which friends and family can view in full - along with their edited highlights slideshow - in their private viewing gallery. You'll have to ask them for the password first though.

 

If you are planning your wedding at Dulwich Picture Gallery (or anywhere else for that matter) and would like to know more about my wedding photography services, packages and prices, please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have and to discuss your plans for the day. I'm only too happy to help however I can.

 

Hope you enjoyed the photos from this wonderful day and, as ever, thanks for reading,

 

Stephen

 

 

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info@stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk (Stephen Duncan Photography - Winchester Wedding Photographer) Art wedding Christ's Church Chapel Dulwich Picture Gallery wedding Dulwich church Dulwich village wedding Dulwich wedding photography London wedding photography Wedding haka art gallery https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/7/a-magnificent-london-wedding-with-imogen-bobby Fri, 17 Jul 2015 15:43:33 GMT
A Charming Little Winchester Wedding With Faye & Richie https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/6/a-charming-little-winchester-wedding-with-faye-richie 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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If you are planning your Winchester 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.

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

 

Stephen

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Great Hall Winchester Wedding Photography - Hannah & Frank https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/6/great-hall-winchester-wedding-photography-hannah-frank Up at the top end of Winchester, near the Westgate and the old Castle area, you'll find the Great Hall - a huge, ancient and beautiful medieval building which simply oozes character and history. It's a stunning space, with huge flint walls and stone pillars, accessed through a cobbled courtyard, and over the centuries it's seen its fair share of history. And as of a couple of years ago, some lucky couples have been able to get married in it. Earlier in May, Hannah & Frank were one of those couples.

Bride and groom walk down the aisle togetherGreat Hall Winchester wedding photographyWalking down the aisle Both bride and groom were getting ready a little distance away in Fareham - not in the same place, but happily close-enough together that I was able to capture a little of both sides of the story. It's always nice when it's possible to do this, as it's one part of the day which the partner very rarely gets to see. The men were keeping themselves occupied with guitars and the intricacies of cravat-tying (this is a skill that I really should make the effort to learn, as I get asked how to do one at pretty much every other wedding I attend. If you need a button-hole pinning though, I'm your man!). Hannah, bridemsaids, parents and a few others were meanwhile at her family home, coordinating hair and make-up around flower deliveries and the many and varied other components of pre-wedding preparation. I'm always impressed how cool and calm people manage to stay in amongst all this, and Hannah was no exception - simply breezing through it all. Simply put, she was looking absolutely stunning, and as the dress was laced up it was clear that she had chosen one which would look perfectly in place in such spectacular surroundings. This wedding was most certainly going to be a feast for the eyes for the lucky guests there to share in it.

Groom before wedding ceremonyFareham Wedding PhotographyBride and Groom pre-wedding preparations Dress and shoe detailsFareham Wedding PhotographyBride and Groom pre-wedding preparations Bridal bouquet with blue and white colour schemeFareham Wedding PhotographyBride and Groom pre-wedding preparations Groom, best man and usher getting readyFareham Wedding PhotographyBride and Groom pre-wedding preparations Bridal hair and make-upFareham Wedding PhotographyBride and Groom pre-wedding preparations Bridal preparations - bride's hair and make-upFareham Wedding PhotographyBride and Groom pre-wedding preparations Bride gets laced into dress by her mother as father watches onFareham Wedding PhotographyBride and Groom pre-wedding preparations Bride in wedding dress - getting ready at homeFareham Wedding PhotographyBride and Groom pre-wedding preparations And as the absolutely gorgeous Rolls Royce wedding cars pulled up to the drive ready for the bridal party, it was on to Winchester (and all the excitement of trying to find a central parking space on a Bank Holiday Monday - experience has taught me to allow a little extra time for things like this!) and up to the Great Hall to capture images of the guests arriving and exploring the hall, and of course Frank and his groomsmen there to welcome them. The whole venue, inside and out, was looking resplendent in the beautiful Spring sunshine, and even the short walk across the cobbles of Castle Avenue felt special as I approached the arched doorway.

One of the things which struck me most about the Great Hall whilst I was covering this wedding was how it so effortlessly manages to combine a real sense of grandeur in terms of its scale, and intimacy at the same time. I've photographed in some very large churches and other venues over the years and while they can feel very grand, you can sometimes feel just a little bit lost in them. Not so here - the set-up really does give you the best of both worlds. 

The guests arrived and settled, and as the wedding cars pulled up outside Frank took up his position at the front of the Hall - directly underneath King Arthur's Round Table no less (if you like a bit of myth and legend with your weddings) and there aren't many couples who can claim that as a back-drop - ready for Hannah to make her entrance. And it most certainly was an entrance; the enormous wrought-iron gates were opened revealing the staircase beyond (this is a rare sight indeed) and Hannah crossed the ancient hall floor on her father's arm...

The Gereat Hall sits at the far side of a cobbled courtyard on the site of the city's ancient castle, at the top of the hill in the centre of townGreat Hall Winchester wedding photographyView of Great Hall along Castle Avenue The Round Table hangs on the wall at the far end of the Hall, underneath beautiful stained-glass windows.Great Hall Winchester wedding photographyGreat Hall interior Te sign announcing the wedding, the order of service and floral details inside Winchester's Great HallGreat Hall Winchester wedding photographyVenue interior details Black and white photo of groom and best man inside hall to welcome guests as they arriveGreat Hall Winchester wedding photographyGroom receiving the wedding guests Family members take their seats at the front of the Hall as further guests arriveGreat Hall Winchester wedding photographyGuests arriving The wedding cars arrive and park in the courtyard directly outside the Great Hall, signalling that the ceremony will very shortly beginGreat Hall Winchester wedding photographyWedding cars arrive The best man makes a few final adjustments to the groom's cravat to make sure that he is ready to receive his brideGreat Hall Winchester wedding photographyFinishing touches for the groom The bride arrives through the huge iron gates at the far end of the hall before walking down the aisle with her fatherGreat Hall Winchester wedding photographyBridal entrance Colour photo of the Great Hall looking towards the rear as the bride walks down the aisleGreat Hall Winchester wedding photographyBride and groom at start of ceremony The bride and groom at the start of the wedding ceremony, stood at the front of the Great Hall in WinchesterGreat Hall Winchester wedding photographyBride and groom together Candid photographs of family and guests during the marriage ceremonyGreat Hall Winchester wedding photographyFamily and guests watching wedding ceremony The bride and groom watch on as a friend gives a ready as part of the wedding ceremonyGreat Hall Winchester wedding photographyVows and readings The bride and groom make their vows in the Great Hall as friends and family watch onGreat Hall Winchester wedding photographyBride and groom vows The Groom places the ring on his bride's finger to symbolically seal the marriageGreat Hall Winchester wedding photographyExchange of rings Natural light photography in Winchester Great Hall during weddingGreat Hall Winchester wedding photographyMarriage ceremony in Great Hall Great Hall interior, exchange of rings and bride and groom stood together at the front of the Great HallGreat Hall Winchester wedding photographyBlack and white photos of wedding ceremony Bride and groom walk down the aisle at the conclusion of the wedding ceremony in the Great Hall, with the Round Table in the backgroundGreat Hall Winchester wedding photographyBlack and white photo of Great Hall Winchester interior Black and white photographs of guests and wedding couple, candid documentary photography in Great HallGreat Hall Winchester wedding photographyGuests congratulate bride and groom Guests mingle and congratulate the bride and groom after the weddingGreat Hall Winchester wedding photographyAfter the ceremony One of the nice things about using the Great Hall for your wedding ceremony is that you and your guests get to enjoy it and Queen Eleanor's Garden - the little spot just outside - afterwards as well, with drinks and canapes served right there. We had a good amount of time here, meaning that we didn't have to rush straight into the photographs before heading off to the reception; much better this way - everyone wants to give you a kiss and a hug and congratulate you on your marriage, and I always think it's a great shame when the couple has to disappear immediately afterwards and no-one gets to see them. We did indeed get to take plenty of photos as well though - in and around the Great Hall (including on that magnificent hidden staircase), out in the garden and also up in Peninsula Barracks, an architectural gem which backs on to the Hall. And then back out to the front for group and family photos in front of the lovely arched doorway, and a few more candids with friends and family before the wedding cars filled up and moved on to our location for the reception - the gorgeous restored barn at Norton Park Hotel.

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The speeches in particular are always one of my favourite parts of the day to capture - I love the expressions and reactions on the faces of family and friends. Frank's best man took his speech to a whole other level with a song that he had written specially for the occasion which had me as well as all the guests in stitches (I'll do everyone a favour by not re-printing the lyrics here!). And following the speeches, the wedding breakfast and the cutting of the cake, a final opportunity for a couple more time-out photos with Hannah & Frank. A few little spots of rain towards the end didn't deter them in the slightest, which was great news as we were also able to head out into the grounds by the Manor House and the lake beyond for the last few frames. And as sun set and darkness started to encroach, the newly married couple prepared to make their exit and set out on the next chapter of their lives together...

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The photos above are just a small selection from the day - friends and family can see many many more, and order prints and downloads, in Hannah & Frank's private viewing gallery, but you'll need to ask them for the password first.

If you are planning your wedding at Winchester's spectacular Great Hall or at beautiful Norton Park 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. 

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I hope you enjoyed the photos - feel free to leave any comments or messages of congratulations to the happy couple below - and thanks as ever for reading,

 

Stephen

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Tithe Barn Petersfield Wedding Preview - Hannah & Matt https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/6/tithe-barn-petersfield-wedding-preview-hannah-matt The Tithe Barn is an absolutely beautiful old building nestled on the edge of the South Downs on the border between Hampshire and West Sussex, and is well established as one of the premium wedding venues around. It was recently the setting for Hannah & Matt's wonderful, music-filled wedding, and having now covered a wedding there I have to admit that I'm struggling to think of many other local spots with more character and sense of occasion. The weather decided to throw us a few curve-balls along the way, not least when the heavens opened just as we were due to start the group photos, which - along with Hannah & Matt's time-out photos had actually been scheduled to take place in Winchester earlier in the day - but where there's a will there's a way, and as I've pointed out to many a couple even if you do see some rain on your wedding day it's extremely rare for it to come down all day. And sure enough, to compensate for a bit of a morning wash-out we got to enjoy an afternoon of blue skies and sunshine.

Here's a little preview from the day - check out the absolutely amazing space inside that barn; it's huge! Many congratulations Hannah & Matt - very much looking forward to sharing the rest of them with you.

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Dulwich Wedding Photography Preview - Imogen & Bobby https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/6/dulwich-wedding-photography-preview-imogen-bobby Dulwich is an absolutely beautiful little corner of London, and Imogen & Bobby are an absolutely lovely couple who chose to get married just down the road from their new house, at the absolutely gorgeous Christ's Chapel and magnificent Dulwich Picture Gallery. I'm fast running out of superlatives for this one, and I'm not even two sentences in! Just as well this is just a little preview for the moment, and it really doesn't even scratch the surface. Many congratulations to you both, and I can't wait to share the rest with you.

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Hope you liked this little taster; there are plenty more to come! Thanks as ever for reading,

Stephen

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It's always a huge excitement to be back in the big bad city with a camera or two in hand, and I had the added pleasure, after a Saturday in Dulwich (covering the most incredible wedding at its Chapel and Picture Gallery - loads more about that to come. ..) of catching up with the absolutely charming Jack & Jo and taking in a few little local points of significance as part of their pre-wedding shoot.

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Well lucky me: as if the prospect of covering their wedding in a couple of weeks at beautiful Sopley Mill near Christchurch wasn't enough, I also got to spend time with them in a completely different environment; up in the city, having fun exploring and learning about all the little spots along the Thames which have such significance for them as a couple. They very kindly hosted me from start to finish, gave me a guided tour (and a lesson in the technical advances in London Transport (and I'm not kidding - for my readers down here in the sticks, progress is moving in the right direction ;) ) and left me buzzing with ideas about the photos I'll be taking for them very soon.

One of the things I really like about environmental portraiture - as opposed to taking photos in a studio environment - is the way you can be challenged and inspired by the surroundings. As well as considering the lighting and angles, you're also looking at the context, the colours... even the story of the place you're shooting in, and then balancing all of these to create something which only exists for a moment. It's exciting, it keeps things fresh, and it also means that every couple's photos will end up being totally unique.
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The Great Hall in Winchester - Hannah & Frank's Wedding Preview https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/5/the-great-hall-in-winchester-hannah-franks-wedding-preview You're never far away from an incredible wedding venue in Winchester, but even with so many options around you'd still struggle to find somewhere with as much 'wow' factor as the Great Hall. This beautiful, ancient building dates back to the thirteenth century, was part of the original site for the castle at the top end of town, and houses King Arthur's round table. It's huge but still intimate, imposing and absolutely jaw-dropping. And at last, having ticked pretty much everywhere else in and around the city off my list, I got to cover a wedding there. Hannah & Frank's wonderful wedding to be precise, with a reception in the barn at Norton Park, a few miles to the north. So exciting times for me then, but of course nowhere near as exciting as for this lovely, charming couple.

Just a quick preview for the moment, but rest assured there will be plenty more where these came from once they've seen the full set and I put together the main blog post. I couldn't resist sharing just a handful in the meantime though...

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Winchester University Wedding Photography - Hannah & Tim https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/5/winchester-university-wedding-photography-hannah-tim 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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Winchester Pre-wedding-Shoot with Hannah & Frank https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/4/winchester-pre-wedding-shoot-with-hannah-frank Hannah & Frank's wedding at the magnificent Great Hall in Winchester is on the horizon - can't wait for this one. We took the opportunity at the weekend to meet up for a little pre-wedding shoot outside the venue to explore some of the photographic opportunities available to us (photos inside the Hall will have to wait for the big day itself). There are so many fantastic spots around Winchester to take photographs, but this spot up at the top of town is fast becoming one of my favourites (even if it can be a bit of a wind tunnel) - on the one side there are the beautiful old stone walls of the hall itself and the cool steps outside the law courts, and then just up and round the corner you'll find beautiful Peninsula Barracks. 

Hannah & Frank, I have to say, are naturals in front of the camera. Roll on the wedding - I've got a great feeling about this one!

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The wedding season is just about to kick off, so brace yourself for a flurry of blog posts over the next few months - I've got some absolutely great ones lined up!

If you're looking for a Winchester wedding photographer and would like to know more about my wedding photography services, packages and prices, please feel free to contact me any time - I'm always happy to help however I can.

 

Thanks, as ever, for reading,

 

Stephen

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The Aviator Hotel, Farnborough - Tasha & Rob's Christmas Wedding https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/2/the-aviator-hotel-farnborough-tasha-robs-christmas-wedding The Aviator Hotel is an unashamedly modern and extremely cool hotel bang in the middle of Farnborough - practically on the airport's runway, as the name might suggest, and played host just before Christmas to Tasha & Rob's absolutely superb wedding - my final one of the year. I'd actually first met them both a fair while earlier, when they were guests at Laura & Graham's beautiful summer wedding at Audleys Wood. Now it was their turn, and they did it in style. This such a fantastic hotel to photograph at I hardly know where to begin; the architecture, especially inside and across several floors in the lobby area, is stunning and if you have a strong sense of symmetry and geometric interest, sweeping lines and curves and so on, this may well appeal if you are on the hunt for a wedding venue yourselves right now! The venue is still just a backdrop however, and it was because I knew that they were such a great - and very sweet - couple, and a lot of fun to be around, that I was really looking forward to seeing 2014 out with a bang.

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All the bridal preparation was taking place in a suite up on the top floor, and I was able to do a bit of hopping around and whisk Rob away from his guest-greeting duties for a few moments to capture a couple of portraits before the ceremony, while Tasha got into her magnificent dress. The, as the finishing touches were applied, it was time to head downstairs to the ceremony room to catch up with the groom's party in anticipation of that walk down the aisle.

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Very wisely - as while it was a beautiful, sunny day the temperatures outside really weren't amenable to groups of people standing around for too long - Tasha and Rob were happy to take the family photos indoors, and we had the perfect spot lined up in front of a modern fireplace with sofas, deep rich colours and modern art dotted around. The hotel's got so much to play with it seemed a shame not to make every use of it that we could.

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And then back inside for the rest of the meal, before heading upstairs to the evening's reception zone for the cutting of the cake (a beautiful and very different cake, it has to be said, made by Tasha's extremely talented bridesmaid and with added lego characters to boot!) and general chilling out. At this point I grabbed the chance to take Tasha and Rob back downstairs for a few time-out photos (I increasingly enjoy doing these at this part of the day as it's so less disruptive than trying to squeeze them in along with everything else between the ceremony and the wedding breakfast) making use of several little locations indoors and outdoors which had caught my eye through the course of the day. And as we rose through the levels we started to meet up with other friends and family and build them into the photos as we went. My poor flashes had quite a work-out at this wedding!

And as the evening guests arrived we moved through from the top-floor gallery to another private bar for the evening party, which kicked off with the throwing of the bouquet (top tip: low ceilings require a low and gently-tossed bouquet) and first dance, before everyone else hit the floor. Clearly Christmas was just around the corner, as everyone was already in top party mode!

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Hope you enjoyed the photos and, as ever, thanks for reading.

 

Stephen

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Romsey Abbey Wedding Photography - Angela & David https://www.stephen-duncan-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/1/romsey-abbey-wedding-photography-angela-david 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!

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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.

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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.

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