Weddings at Warbook House: Libby and Paul were in touch quite some time ago with regards to me photographing their wedding at De Vere Venue Warbrook House down in Hampshire. Now, I’m writing this blog post two weeks before Christmas. My studio is full of albums ready for collection and delivery and my kids are going completely insane with OMGItschristmasimsoexciteditus. I’m listening to Shakin’ Steven’s Merry Christmas Everyone on the record player (yes, I’m of “that” era!) and its very, very cold outside.
So, writing this post reminds me of the glorious July weather we had for Libby and Paul’s wedding. Apart from one monumental down-pour, it was lovely and that is not an attribute for the weather alone. The whole day was lovely. I was made very welcome by Libby and her bridal attendants during the preparation photography. As always, I’m totally non-intrusive and simply shoot the scenes as I see them with my eye – telling the story of the day. The girls had a giggle and helped each other get ready before I headed over to the other side of the hotel to where Paul and the rest of the guests were preparing for the ceremony.
I’ve photographed a lot of weddings and, this being my first time at Warbrook House, I was told that weddings at Warbook House are often lively affair and the staff and registrars are always extremely welcoming. And this was no exception. I did manage to get a single shot of Paul being interviewed by the registrar before the wedding. I often think this must be the most nervous point for a groom (it was for me). You are taken away from the comfort and support of the best man and friends to be officially “interviewed”, in private by the registrar.
It’s a shot I’ve always wanted to obtain, but the moment is nearly always enacted behind closed doors and because of the legal nature, photographers are certainly not welcome (which is understandable). I was glad to see a crack in a door and snap an image of Paul during this daunting time though and it has become one of my favourite images of the year to date.
The wedding proceeded of course, and both Libby and Paul looked amazing in their wedding attire. After spilling out onto the forecourt for confetti the guests mingled inside while the shower ran its course outside. Anybody who knows me, know’s that I thrive on the very intimate moments that exist at weddings. I’m constantly looking for touch, eye contact, laughter and emotion and this wedding was full of it in abundance.
After the wedding breakfast I was back on duty capturing some very memorable speeches. Libby’s bridesmaid (who had flown in from Australia especially) put together a very moving video montage which had a lot of people in tears….but tears of joy of course.
The first dance came and it was time to depart. Weddings at Warbook House are ones I’ll certainly be looking forward to in the future.
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As usual, a small selection of my favourites from Libby and Paul’s wonderful wedding. Please feel free to share on social media or leave a comment below. They are all appreciated.