Samantha and David got married on a beautiful August summer day at Warbrook House in Hampshire. The sun shone all day and it was such a great wedding from start to end.
I had met Samantha and David at a wedding fair, and we had met up again to chat more about their wedding and the photography. We got on really well and I was thrilled when they asked me to be their wedding photographer.
Warbrook House is a stunning wedding venue on the Hampshire/Berkshire border and is a Grade I listed country estate. The house was designed by renowned architect John James in 1724 and it is such a beautiful setting and looks amazing in wedding photos.
Wedding ceremonies can take place in a few different spots at the hotel. Inside the main house and they also have a marquee wedding option. I have also seen recently new for 2020 is a beautiful pavilion for outdoor wedding ceremonies.
Bride Samantha was getting ready at Warbrook House the morning of the wedding along with her bridesmaids and Mum in The Morning Room. This room is so spacious with a lovely conservatory it was a perfect space for the wedding party to get ready.
During the morning I took some time to photograph Samantha’s beautiful wedding dress, shoes and bouquet. I was a huge fan of the bouquet with all the vibrant colours. Samantha explained she was very undecided on which colour to go for in her bouquet, so she instructed the florist to use all of them. It worked out so well it was beautiful.
The ring bearer and best man for the ceremony was going to be Samantha and David’s son Josh, however the bride explained she didn’t want him carrying the rings around with him all morning, so she kept them with her. I took the opportunity to photograph the wedding rings as well during the morning.
The ceremony was taking place in one of the function rooms at Warbrook House, so I wanted to photograph the room all set up. The room looked so elegant with the white draping, matching chair covers and lanterns lining the aisle.
Groom David arrived at Warbrook House with his brother and they were helped with their button-hole flowers by the wedding coordinator. I headed back to The Morning Room and it was soon time for Samantha to get into her wedding dress. She was assisted by her bridesmaids and her mum and there was a lot of smiling and laughter. The brides veil was added, and final touches were made to hair and make-up, then it as time for the short walk to the ceremony room.
Samantha was walked down the aisle by the Mother of the Bride and they both looked very happy and emotional as they headed towards David at the front of the room.
The wedding ceremony was so wonderful and full of love, laughter and beautiful readings. It was such a pleasure to photograph a wonderful couple getting married.
The newlyweds left the ceremony room beaming with joy and we then headed out to the front of Warbrook House for the confetti throw. We then did some group photos in this same spot as it is a lovely backdrop having the house in the background.
As wedding guests headed to the drinks reception myself and the bride and groom hopped onto a golf buggy with one of the Warbrook House staff and headed away for some photos of the newlyweds together.
There are 121 acres of Grade II listed gardens at Warbrook House and they are amazing for wedding photos. The Versailles-style canal being a personal favourite of mine. There is a gorgeous spot through the woodland with a view of the house in the distance beyond a lake. The golf buggy was vital so to not get the brides dress and grooms suit dirty walking in the woods. There was so many lovely spots for wedding photos I was spoilt for choice.
As the bride and groom enjoyed some champagne and canapes at their wedding reception, and were congratulated by their guests, I headed inside to where the wedding breakfast was going to take place.
The wedding breakfast room at Warbrook House was set up beautifully and the glass fish bowl style table centrepieces matched Samantha’s bouquet. The 4-tier wedding cake also had matching flowers and it looked really spectacular set up at the side of the room.
Guests made their way into the room, then as the bride and groom made their entrance guests twirled their napkins around their heads. This looked so good in a photo. The speeches took place before the meal and they were so much fun. Their son Josh did a great job as the MC between speakers.
As the wedding breakfast was served it was time for me to have a sit down and have some food myself. By this point on a wedding day a good meal and a big drink is very welcome.
On a bright sunny wedding day as the sun begins to set, one thing I am always keeping an eye on is the sky. The sun was setting beautifully at the back of Warbook House and as the bride and groom had finished their meal we headed outside for a few photos. It was such pretty setting in the warm summer evening and Samantha and David looked so happy and relaxed.
Back inside Warbrook House it was time for the cutting of the wedding cake. The bride and groom stood in the middle of the dance floor and were surrounded by their guests as the DJ did a count down. The newlyweds then had their first dance together as man and wife and were joined by their friends and family on the dance floor. Some lively music came on next and the dance floor filled up. Including some inflatable instruments and microphones.
A little later in the evening there was due to be some wedding fireworks on the lawns at the back of Warbrook House. Bride Samantha had told me this was the first fireworks at a wedding they’d had at this venue. I love photographing fireworks at weddings, and this was super special it would be the first ones at Warbrook House.
I took some time outside setting up my equipment and tested it to be sure it was all ready to go. Wedding guests started to make their way outside and I asked the bride and groom to stand in the spot I had planned in order to get the photo of them looking into the distance at the fireworks display. The fireworks were spectacular, and the guests loved them.
Back indoors everyone was full of energy and the dance floor was packed. I don’t think I saw the dance floor empty for the rest of the evening.
Samantha and David’s Warbrook House wedding was so amazing and such a pleasure to photograph. This really is an enchanting wedding venue which I would love to work at again.
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