Oakley Hall Basingstoke Wedding Photography
by Darren Matthews – Hampshire Photographer
Lynne & Steve’s recent wedding day at the very elegant Oakley Hall in Hampshire was such a privilege to capture, all set within the 18th Century architecture & modern, contemporary interior design of this wonderful wedding venue. We followed the entire day from Lynne getting ready with her Bridesmaids & Little Flower Girl through to the start of the evening entertainment & their spectacular first dance. A truly beautiful day with all the Oakley staff being the perfect hosts.
Oakley Hall is a pleasure for us as dedicated wedding photographers & offers a near endless amount of locations throughout the grounds to capture both classic & contemporary images at every wedding. Here are just a few highlights from Lynne & Steve’s day to show some of the variety of photography we take with a naturally informal approach & style.
We are pleased to be part of Oakley Hall’s bi-annual wedding fayre & look forward to exhibiting there again in the future.
Southend Barns Chichester Wedding Photography
By Darren Matthews – Wedding Photographer
Southend Barns near Chichester offers a great location for a barn style wedding day with outdoor areas for everyone to relax & enjoy the wedding day events. From the stunning 200 year old Threshing Barn, the Dairy Barn to the landscaped gardens & hidden courtyards this was the perfect location for Jill & Shaun’s July wedding.
They chose Southend Barns because Jill & Shaun very much wanted an outdoor, English countryside feel to their wedding day with plenty of open & sheltered areas for them both to spend time with all their family & friends. They both fell in love with this stunning venue the first time they made a visit as a potential venue for their big day.
Although not a strict requirement for their guests, Jill asked any attending to come in 1950’s dress & many did, which looks amazing & vibrant, bringing something special to much of the photography. They also had birds of prey (just love the close up taken of Jill with the owl) along with plenty of garden games for everyone to enjoy.
As you can see from this gallery Jill & Shaun had also arranged to have a full-size fairground carousel which was an absolute scream & enjoyed even more by the adults than the children. A complete & wonderful wedding day for the Bride & Groom, their guests & so much fun for their photographers too!
Rivervale Barn Wedding Photography by Darren Matthews Hampshire Wedding Photographer
No ordinary barn I must say, Rivervale is a contemporary wedding venue that we have attended as professional wedding photographers & a location that offers so much when it comes to creative photography.
Your day can start in the wonderfully rustic Cornerstone Cottage for bride & bridesmaids to get ready, a very impressive oak chapel style civil ceremony, followed by a drinks reception in the Rivervale gardens or Mediterranean garden courtyard.
We love the Dining Barn with it’s rustic simplicity & such a spacious area for all your guests to enjoy the wedding meal. As Rivervale Barn Photographers we can move unobtrusively to capture all the natural, candid moments during the meal, the speeches being given, to you both greeting & chatting with your family & friends at every table.
As the sun sets & into what we call the “golden hour” in photography we can still head outside for some more fun, more relaxed photography before heading back into the reception barn area to relax, chat, dance & throw some shapes on the dance floor.
Some fantastic & contemporary photography at a contemporary barn wedding venue. The perfect match.
~ New Place Hotel Southampton Wedding Photography~
~ Hampshire Wedding Photographer Darren Matthews ~
New Place Hotel at Shirrell Heath nr Southampton has been another popular venue for our couples & seeing us, as a Hampshire Wedding Photographer, capture a number of weddings here over the years. It’s a great location with photographic opportunities outside, in their extensive grounds but also inside the hotel with ornate stonework & wood panelled rooms.
In this blog gallery I have included highlights from 2 very different wedding days, to show the range of photography available any time of year at this venue. We start with Leanne & Tim’s gloriously sunny & warm summer’s day wedding when we were able to spend the majority of the day outside & into the beautiful low light of the evening as the sun was setting.
This is followed by highlights from Kelly & Darren’s winter wedding held in December just before Christmas when daylight is restricted but we still managed to capture some of the action outside, even for this time of year.
If you are planning your glorious wedding day at New Place Hotel then contact me on Tel. 023 8027 6828 or email me at email@example.com for further details & I can present more wedding photography from this location.
~ Careys Manor Brockenhurst New Forest Wedding Photographer ~
~ Hampshire Wedding Photography by Darren Matthews ~
Tucked away in the leafy world of the New Forest is the charmingly classic wedding venue of Careys Manor in Brockenhurst & the beautifully sophisticated setting for Samantha & Andrew’s October wedding day.
With an intimate wedding planned with all their close family & friends, Samantha & Andrew chose Careys Manor not only for its elegant country manor charm but also for the feeling of exclusivity they are able to offer to every wedding, with undivided attention to detail throughout the day, not just for them but to all their guests too. A relaxed, fun & informal wedding day, all with a sense of style was this Bride & Groom’s main criteria for their big day.
From our pre-wedding meeting Samantha & Andrew wanted us to capture everything from Samantha getting ready through to the speeches being given before the start of the wedding breakfast. With a single location, this is a half day photography option & available for all winter weddings as a Digital with Wedding Album Option which Samantha had already chosen, so we knew we were going to be designing a fantastic wedding album for them to cherish for years to come. Digital Only Options are available too.
It was unseasonably warm so this autumn wedding gallery shows how magical the sunlight can be at this time of year in Southern England, it’s all about using the perfect studio lighting that mother nature gives us for free. It’s a dream & almost like you can point the lens in any direction & get fantastic results. Ok. Sure. It’s not that easy, but making it look easy is the reason for having a professional Hampshire wedding photographer in the first place.
We had fun using Careys Manor secret garden with the floral art created by Little Lilies & of the children enjoying the day followed by the personal & funny speeches given by the bride’s father, the groom & the best man.
If your wedding day is at Careys Manor in the New Forest then contact me for a copy of our wedding photography brochure by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the contact page at www.sdmimages.co.uk
~ The Tithe Barn Ditcham Petersfield Wedding Photography~
~ by Darren Matthews Hampshire Photographer ~
Tithe Barn in Ditcham near Petersfield was the perfect setting for Abbie & Aaron’s gloriously sunny, summer wedding in August & a venue we have had the privilege to attend many times over the past 12 years as professional Hampshire Wedding Photographers.
Our photographic journey with Abbie & Aaron started around 2 years before their wedding day with a Pre-Wedding / Engagement Photography Session held on the coast at Lee-On-Solent here in Hampshire, so I have included a few of these at the start of the gallery, to show the full story we love to tell in our photography & for all our clients.
Tithe Barn as a Grade II listed building is a stunning backdrop for couples looking for an exclusive venue for their wedding day events, for them both & all their wedding guests too. Tithe Barn is also registered to hold civil marriage ceremonies & so a perfect venue for bride & groom’s looking for a single location wedding. It’s another venue that we work closely with on every wedding day to ensure everything runs smoothly & for everyone to relax and enjoy the day.
We started the day at the amazingly rustic Dunhill Barn just a few miles away to capture Abbie getting ready helped by her mother, bridesmaids, flower girls. It’s a great start to the wedding photography story, showing all the preparations & build up before the ceremony and the events that Aaron (the groom) did not get to see. We instantly knew that the moments captured here were going to be the impressive start to their storybook wedding album.
Then on to Tithe Barn to meet up with Aaron, his father (who was also his best man) & the Ushers all ready for just 5 mins photography, suited & booted and looking very cool. We could then step back and see them meeting & greeting the wedding guests as they arrive & the last-minute preparations before the Bridal Party arrive. This candid, photo-journalistic photography is essential to us as professional wedding photographers, as it tells the real wedding day story.
From our pre-wedding meeting with Abbie & Aaron 6 weeks before we had already confirmed with them the events & timings of the day, which ensures nothing is missed, the group photos they requested were weaved naturally into the day’s events & made fun for everyone too. Our 15 mins of bride & groom photography time results in something truly magical, without taking them away from their guests for too long. Most importantly we know what has been planned, so we can look for the unexpected, unplanned & unique wedding day moments.
After the wedding breakfast & speeches we were blessed with truly beautiful evening sunlight, which is so magical and a dream for every photographer & a great time to grab the bride & groom just for a few minutes but also for photo requests from family & friends too. We then headed back inside to see Abbie & Aaron do the traditional thing of cutting the cake & hit the floor for their first dance.
We are pleased to say our journey does not end here with Abbie & Aaron, shortly after presenting their photography we were contacted by Grace & Ollie to photograph their wedding day in June 2018. Grace is Abbie’s sister & bridesmaid in this gallery & Ollie was one of the good-looking ushers. We have already met up in the New Forest for their Engagement Photography Session & looking forward to writing a post about their wedding day at Old Thorns Hampshire in 2018.
If your wedding day is at The Tithe Barn nr Petersfield then contact me for a copy of our wedding photography brochure by email at email@example.com or via the contact page at www.sdmimages.co.uk
~ Montagu Arms Hotel New Forest Wedding Photography by Darren Matthews Hampshire Photographer ~
The Montagu Arms Hotel at Beaulieu in the heart of the New Forest is another great venue we are pleased to include in our portfolio as Hampshire & New Forest Wedding Photographers. We love the intimacy this location offers to all couples looking for a venue dedicated to their wedding day events & turning their 4 star hotel into your exclusive country house “home from home” wedding venue for everyone invited to celebrate the day, enjoy the opulent rooms & elegantly romantic gardens.
We captured Pamela & Andrew’s wedding day events on a wonderful summers day towards the end of June, starting with Pamela & her bridesmaids getting ready just a few miles away & then meeting up with Andrew & his best man at Monty’s Inn next to (& part of) the Montagu Arms Hotel.
Our objective is to follow, capture & tell the real wedding day story just as it happens, with a natural, non-intrusive, photo-journalistic approach with wedding guests arriving, meeting & greeting, Pamela’s very stylish arrival in her father’s bright red E-Type Jaguar, capturing Andrew the groom just as he is, informal & relaxed laughing & joking with all the guests.
Pamela & Andrew wedding ceremony was held in the elegant Oakwood Room with it’s perfect natural lighting for photography followed by reception drinks and canapés in the hotel gardens. Having plenty of time to meet & greet all of their guests together we were then able to spend 15 mins or so with the group photos they had requested during our pre-wedding meeting 6 weeks before, an entire group photo plus some very stylish confetti throwing shots too. All taken with a sense of fun to ensure everyone enjoys the experience & wanting to be part of the photography.
The Montagu Arms offers some fantastic & very stylish locations for the Bride & Groom Only photography too & another reason why we love this venue so much. From inside the hotel with it’s oak panelled walls & staircase, the terraced gardens plus we had a E-type Jaguar parked at the hotel entrance – we couldn’t have had a more stunning classic setting for their wedding photography.
3 very good speeches were given before the wedding breakfast, but we were still there throughout the meal to capture the bride & groom, plus other members of the wedding party getting up in between courses to laugh & chat with all their family & friends around the other tables situated in The Terrace Restaurant.
The early evening was time for everyone to relax in the Magnolia Lounge, see the evening guests starting to arrive & a great time for any other group photo requests. Requests are so much fun at every wedding as most guests have had a glass of wine or 2 by this stage, as you can tell by the stag night guys photo in this gallery.
We completed the day with Pamela & Andrew’s First Dance followed by everyone hitting the dance floor to throw some shapes & kicking off the start to the evening entertainment. A truely amazing wedding day, a fantastic Bride & Groom and a stunning wedding venue!
If your wedding is at Montagu Arms Hotel in the New Forest then contact me for a copy of our wedding photography brochure by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the contact page at www.sdmimages.co.uk
Lainston House Wedding Photography by Darren Matthews – Hampshire Wedding Photographer
Lainston House in Sparsholt nr Winchester here in Hampshire is another luxury 17th Century Country House Hotel that is right on our doorstep & another venue that, as Hampshire wedding photographers we have had the privilege to capture several couples very special day in our creative photography style.
Less than 10 miles from where we are based in Chandlers Ford, Lainston House is a dream for wedding photography with plenty of locations to be used both inside the main country house, the archways of the courtyard to the 63 acres of Hampshire parkland & sweeping views of the surrounding countryside.
With reserved areas for your guest’s arrival, after ceremony drinks reception & wedding meal in the Dawley Barn this location gives a feeling of exclusivity for both you & all your family and friends, even if you have not booked the house exclusively. With extensive garden areas for you to relax & enjoy your day with your guests & with a choice of ceremony location either in the Dawley Barn or the outdoor Pavilion this is a very versatile venue. It also has the option for a marquee on the South Lawn for over 300 guests.
In this blog post gallery, I am going to focus on Lainston House as the single location for the wedding day starting with bride & bridesmaid’s preparations in the wonderful Silverhorn Suite, the wedding ceremony in The Dawley Barn, all the natural & informal photography from the wedding reception & meal plus some stunning Bride & Groom images. As an alternative to this, I will be posting a blog from a wedding day with a ceremony at Romsey Abbey & Lainston reception & will place a link in this blog once that is ready to view.
This gallery shows some of the highlights from Vicky & Lee’s wedding, a genuinely fun couple who enjoyed a marvellous day at this venue with all their family & friends. It was great to be chosen to as their wedding photographers, we thoroughly enjoyed the day’s events & one of my personal favourites is towards the end with them walking away from the helicopter. Hey, who’s to say that’s not how they arrived!
Most importantly our clients were both extremely pleased with the final results ….. “such wonderful memories, you captured the day so beautifully & massive thanks to you both” Vicky & Lee
~ Norton Park Hotel Wedding Photography by Darren Matthews Hampshire Photographer ~
Norton Park Hotel on the outskirts of historic Winchester is another popular wedding venue for us as Hampshire based Wedding Photographer, it’s a very special venue for hosting weddings & for creative wedding photography plus we have the privilege of being one of Norton Parks preferred wedding suppliers, with us exhibiting at the marvellous wedding fayre held here in February & October every year.
This venue offers all the comforts of a modern 4 star hotel & spa resort combined with historic Manor House dating back to the 16th century & a 17th century traditional Tythe Barn, all of which look amazing as a backdrop to the wedding day events. Set in 54 acres of landscaped gardens with a willow tree edged lake giving endless photographic opportunities & a dream location for us as wedding photographers wanting to create something special for every couple, from the stunningly classic to the uniquely contemporary.
Having attended many weddings here as professional photographers Norton Park is another venue that we work very closely with before & on the wedding day to get everything right for the Bride & Groom, too ensure every event & detail is captured in creative photography & to maintain an natural & informal flow of the photography throughout the day.
From civil ceremonies held in both the Tythe Barn & the Manor house to a Hand-fasting ceremony held next to the lake we have a fantastic variety of wedding photography taken here & have included some of the highlights into this gallery, showing our natural, informal & photojournalistic approach along with some classically stunning photography that works so well at this location.
If you have booked Norton Park as your wedding venue or you know someone how has, please get in touch to discuss your wedding day photography at this wonderful location.
Bartley Lodge Hotel New Forest Wedding Photography by Darren Matthews Hampshire Photographer
The Bartley Lodge Hotel in the New Forest National Park is another favourite venue & we have captured the wedding day action & events here many times over the past 12 years as a professional Hampshire Wedding Photographer. Tucked away in the Cadnam woodlands this 18th century country lodge has both personality & charm from the extensive patio and gardens, the high-ceilinged Crystal Dining Room to the classically oak-panelled Baronial Hall & its elegant chandeliers, all of which looks fantastic as a backdrop to all wedding photography.
What we like is the potential this venue has for great photography locations, both inside the Lodge itself, in & around the extensive grounds plus the option to take a short journey to nearby locations in the New Forest if time permits. Bartley Lodge Hotel is also another venue that we work very closely with the staff & wedding co-ordinator on the day to ensure the smooth running of the day’s events ensuring every bride & groom is comfortable in the knowledge that everything covered so they can relax & enjoy the day’s events with their family & friends. This allows us to capture the natural informal flow of the wedding day in the photojournalistic style that we most enjoy, some bride & groom only time to capture something stunningly different & those must have group photos too.
This gallery contains some of my work from just a few weddings attended at Bartley Lodge as a professional new forest wedding photographer & shows the variety of photographic locations this very homely venue has to offer for wedding photography any time of year.