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Two families becoming one at Southdowns Manor in Hampshire

It was a lovely and warm April day that two families came together at Southdowns Manor in Hampshire. I was thrilled to climb up the beautiful driveway and see the outside space set up with chairs and gorgeous florals. Southdowns Manor was able to accommodate different ‘getting ready’ rooms which I absolutely love as it enables me to take those special dress and details photos away from the hustle and bustle of everyone getting their hair and make up done. 


Once everyone was ready, it was out to the ceremony, adorned with bright white blossoms and a strong quartet to complete the set. The personal vows brought tears to the eyes of the guests and the aisle kiss really was a memorable moment. 


There were personalised table settings, an incredible speech sung by the maid of honour- a rewritten version of an 80s hit- and a sparkler celebration too. There’s too many highlights to list off, let the photos speak for themselves!



Second photographer


One thing I really loved about this wedding is that Emily and Alan opted for a second photographer as part of their package. The biggest perk of having a second photographer is not to get MORE photos, but rather ALTERNATE photos. I was perched at the head of the aisle, next to the couple throughout the ceremony. With no side aisle, it was not possible for me to sneak past the couple before their first kiss. Thankfully, James, my second photographer was at the back of the aisle, poised and ready to capture that moment: and what a photo it was! James’s photographs are intertwined with mine in the full album offering different perspectives of key moments and alternate photos that were happening simultaneously- can you spot the difference?


Pinterest inspiration


Ahead of the big day, Emily had spent time putting together some inspiration photos that she had for her wedding. These included some photos of the bride and groom but also some really fun group photos too with their bridesmaids and groomsmen- check those out, they’re great entertaining. Gaining inspiration before your wedding can be a really great way to get excited for your wedding photos- something that a lot of people find daunting. If having photo prompts makes you feel better, get onto Pinterest and let me know what you’re thinking, I would love to work with you to create the vision you’ve always wanted. 


A surprise photo


After Emily and Alan had their sparkler aisle, some of their bridal party were very sneaky and stole a few sparklers to give the newlyweds a surprise photo. The group approached me during the reception to ask if I would come with them outside to capture them writing the word ‘LOVE’ with the sparklers. The key thing here being that they didn’t want the bride and groom to know, they just wanted it to be presented in their final album as a surprise. I love how the photos came out and the sentiment behind them makes them that bit more special!


All together, this was a glorious day, our first time photographing at Southdowns Manor and I’m thrilled to say I have already been invited back. It’s such a hidden gem but a venue that ticks all the boxes.

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