Such a pleasure being part of Trudi and Luke’s wedding photography at The Elvetham in Hartley Wintney. If you’ve never been to this place, you’re missing out! It is nestled in the market town of Hartley Wintney and is 35 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens, has it’s own church and a Tudor mansion, which was home to none other than Jane Seymour (Henry VIII third wife). This was in fact where Henry VIII met his wife, I do love a piece of history.
It was a glorious start to the day. The sun shone brightly as Trudi and her many bridesmaids prepared for her big day in the huge prep room at the Elvetham. The champagne corks popped and the smell of hair spray and perfume filled the air.
Luke, the groom, arrived with his grooms men all looking rather dashing in their linen suits, absolutely perfect for the weather.
There are so many moments throughout a wedding day I love, one of the key ones for me is always when a bride sees her dad for the first time in their wedding clothes. Even the most reserved of Dad’s can’t help but get emotional. I know when my time comes to watch either of my children get married, I’ll be a teary mess!
The ceremony took place the Oak room. This room has a wall of windows, the natural sun light streams in creating a warm glow and perfect for photography. Trudi and Luke have three children together, each one played an active role in their big day. The two boys were the most stylish page boys I’ve ever seen and their daughter was so composed as the flower girl.
The ceremony was simple and filled with smiles and nervous laughter. I think it’s great that Registrars have ceremony options available. Some couples don’t want to be the centre of attention and the shorter 15 minute ceremonies work perfectly for this.
The couple were greeted with a plume of confetti, I love a confetti shot, everything about it just shouts wedding day! Drinks and canapes were served on the lawn – lot’s of mini food, this is always popular with the adults.
There are many stunning areas around the Elvetham grounds for relaxed couples pictures. I especially love the weeping willow, iron gates and stream and of course the tree lined walkway. My couples pictures focus on relaxed guidance on posing with lot’s of emotion, real smiles and laughter and always fun.
The rest of the evening was a mix of heartfelt speeches, crazy tales from the groomsmen and more than a few head in hand moments!