Louise & Lewis's Autumn Wedding at Marwell Hotel
Updated: May 17, 2019
First of all I'm a big fan of autumn weddings, I mean who doesn't like those autumnal colours?! Louise and Lewis had their wedding at Marwell Hotel near Winchester www.marwellhotel.co.uk back in November 2018. Now I maybe a bit biased about this venue, not only did my wife of nearly 10years and I have our day here, but I am also a recommended supplier yay! 🤗
Anyway back to their day, it all started with bridal prep. Louise had a beautiful dress from www.thebridalmill.co.uk in the nearby village of Botley. Hair was by Abbie @abs.life2 who I have worked with a couple of times and always does a super job!
Louise wanted to capture her dad's first look, an ever popular thing to do now which I really enjoy! If possible I try to include other family members, so this time Louise's sister, also maid of honour, covered dads eyes and then ready 3....2....1....
I always just love the reaction, I just click away and no-one even notices. Dads just spellbound by the sight of his beautiful daughter standing infront of him in her wedding dress.
This is another shot I love to take, brides bouquet with wedding dress, making a lovely soft background. Naturally I will take one of the grooms buttonhole and suit to offset - makes for a beautiful 2-page spread if you're having a wedding album.
Louise chose for her dad to give her away at the ceremony at Marwell Hotel, sat among candles, confetti and twinkling fairy lights.
We then went into the woodland behind Marwell for a confetti line, group shots and bride and groom portraits.
I love to shoot natural shots, so I stand well back with a longer lense and capture those natural moments of the happy couple having their first time alone together as husband and wife, plus I have a few tricks up my sleeve to invoke some reaction! But I'm afraid these are trade secrets, as if i told you now it wouldn't work if I used them on your day 😆. I also like walking shots because what's more natural than walking....right?!
Amongst other favours, Lewis and Louise placed bubbles on their tables which is always a good distraction for guests whilst I walk around and sneak some candid shots before the speeches.
Inbetween the main and desert, we headed out for some sunset shots or as we photographers say golden hour. Now I have my own methods of capturing sunsets which gets quite techie so I won't bore you with all the details, I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves.
Lewis and Louise headed back in to finish their desert and mingle with their guests. Whilst we were waiting for the DJ to set up, we headed back out to the woodland for some sparkler shots. Top tip - if you are having sparklers, go online and buy the long ones meant for weddings and plenty of BBQ lighters, otherwise by the time the last ones are lit, the first ones have already gone out!
Lewis and Louise were lucky with their weather and there was a clear sky, so why not make the most of this and capture a portrait or two under the stars.
First dance is usually where I finish my coverage, their's was as romantic as ever with lots of fairy lights and a light up dancefloor from http://www.luminiqueevents.co.uk
Of course I always stay just that little bit longer for some shots of your guests enjoying a dance or two!