I have been fortunate to photograph many, many wedding venues over the last 12 years, this was my first Sopley Mill Wedding and I truly hope I get the opportunity to head back there soon. Sopley Mill is a beautiful converted water mill on the edge of the New Forest, it has charm, it’s quirky yet chic and on a beautiful and very warm September day, it really was the perfect backdrop for Rosie and James wedding.
From bridal preparations you could see the day was going to be a relaxed, no last minute bridal prep craziness and James’s two best men ensured he was calm, no last minute nerves. The ceremony room was tastefully decorated and Rosie and James had written their own vows. I do love it when a couple personlise their wedding vows my husband is a man of few words so I don’t imagine he would have created such perfect vows 🙂 The parents reactions were priceless too, these are special moments which fly by on a wedding day, it’s so important to document them.
Post ceremony the guests were treated with Pimms as they relaxed on super comfy outdoor sofas and amazing canapes whilst taking in the stunning views of the Dorset countryside. The environment and vibe was perfectly suited to documentary photography, real emotions and laughter. Rosie, James and I disappeared off for 5 minutes of couples pictures, but with the sun being so high in the sky (and hot!) we kept it simple, completing the main couples and family pictures later in the evening when the sun provided the most beautiful golden hour of light. This is without doubt the best light, creating natural warm creamy tones, lush!
Hope you enjoy this sample of pictures from Rosie and James Sopley Mill wedding adventure ♥