On Saturday, Alan and I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of Helen and Miles at the wonderful New Place Manor in Shirrell Heath, just outside Southampton. The crisp winter weather really added to the Christmas theme of this wedding and a special visit from Father Christmas during the wedding breakfast certainly delighted the many children who were invited to share their wonderful wedding day.
The celebrations began for me, at New Place where Helen and her bridal party were getting ready. Helen’s dress by Hollywood Dreams was magnificent and this was complimented perfectly by her choice of bridesmaid dresses in red chiffon with cream sashes from Dessy Designs. Also part of the bridal party were Helen’s adorable niece and nephew, twins Evelyn and Evan, who were quite possibly the best behaved attendants we have ever seen! Alan met up with the boys at the Meon Valley Marriott Hotel, where a nervous Miles was accompanied by his best man Phil, his ushers and his Dad who had flown over from Australia especially for the occasion.
Soon it was time for the ceremony to begin. Helen entered on the arm of a very proud father who handed her to Miles. The vows were exchanged and the couple married. The party could then begin, and after some very seasonal mulled wined the guests were escorted to the terrace for the group photograph and confetti. Helen and Miles stayed outside for just a little bit longer for some more photos in the stunning surroundings.
The wedding breakfast took place in the Arden Suite that was decked out in red and white, with a beautiful cake that had been lovingly created by Helen's mother. The lighting wall made the whole room seem very Christmassy!
After the meal, speeches , and a visit from the man in a red suit, it was time for the band to set up for the newly weds’ first dance. It really was a wonderful day; made to run all the more smoothly due to the expert planning and on the day management from Melanie from Bellissimo Wedding and Event Planning, who really did a splendid job.
Helen and Miles jet off to the Maldives for their honeymoon. Thank you guys for choosing us to photograph your wedding, we had a great time! We wish you well for the future. Please feel free to leave a comment should you wish.
Donna and Alan XXXX