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It was a beautiful sunny April day for John and Rachel’s wedding at the stunning Old Thorns Golf Country Estate in Liphook, Hampshire. Old Thorns is one of our favourite wedding venues and one which we visit most often (usually around 8-10 times per year).
Rachel was getting ready in the Surrey Apartment – a gorgeous, spacious part of Old Thorns’ accommodation with the main room flooded with natural light through the floor-to-ceiling windows. It’s almost always a lovely atmosphere capturing the bridal preparation photographs – the sense of excitement and anticipation as the big moment draws closer! John was also getting ready at Old Thorns so while Elaine stayed with Rachel, her bridesmaids, mum and flower girl, I set off to find the boys and capture some images of their preparations. Admittedly, the groom’s preparations are usually over much more quickly than the bride’s… but they’re no less important!
The wedding ceremony took place in the Hampshire Suite with windows running the length of the room, overlooking the grounds. After a very emotional ceremony, John and Rachel made their way out to the courtyard and were met with flurries of confetti plus celebratory glasses of bubbly!
As wedding photographers in Hampshire, we really are spoilt by the abundance of photo opportunities at Old Thorns. Luckily, John and Rachel were keen to really make the most of this great venue and to capture lots of romantic moments together. After some shots on the Old Thorns regal thrones and in the sun terrace area, we hopped aboard the trusty golf buggy and made our way up to the top tee for some photos with the signature view that makes Old Thorns so memorable.
Despite their desire to spend time capturing romantic couple photographs, John and Rachel had insightfully built in extra time to their wedding day plans to also allow time for them to mingle with their guests and enjoy the reception drinks and canapés. This also enabled us to really go to town on the candid, reportage photography. This is our favourite atmosphere to work in – capturing natural, unposed and spontaneous photographs of people really enjoying the occasion and completely without any of the inhibitions and reserve that can sometimes crop up when photographs are staged. After a few important family shots that John and Rachel had requested in one of our pre-wedding meetings, it was then back into the Hampshire Suite for the wonderful wedding breakfast.
The speeches were a hoot – John’s two best men really did him proud with the perfect combination of sentimentality and hilarious stories (without embarrassing him too much!) and then it was time to indulge those guests with a sweet tooth as the wedding cake was cut and also the deliciously decadent chocolate fountain was set up! John and Rachel’s first dance was beautifully romantic and heartfelt but soon afterwards the dancefloor was overrun by their lovely guests keen to party the night away! Congratulations John and Rachel… and thank you for including us in your special day.