Rachael and Garry’s Valentine’s day Botley Park Hotel wedding was something special and a day full of emotions as the Bride and Groom tied the knot on the same date that they first met 10 years ago. This stunning Hampshire wedding venue is always a pleasure to photograph at with stunning views across the 18 hole golf course and wonderful staff to make your special day there something to remember for all the right reasons.
As a Hampshire wedding photographer who focus’ on documenting the day from bridal preparations through to the first dance it was to be that my day started at Rachael’s home in Southampton to get the natural photographs of the girls getting ready. The make up artist had placed Rachael right in front of the big French doors leading to the garden which gave lots of beautiful natural light for me to use and give Garry and Rachael some beautiful contrasty images from the morning. I was also fortunate enough to have a little helper on the day, Rachael and Garry’s eldest son, taking lot’s of photographs with me on his little iPad. A real help and I am sure he captured some beautiful photographs too ;).
After leaving Rachael and the girls it was time to head to the church, St John the Baptist, and meet Garry. When I arrived the final preparations were being made before I could enter the church and so captured some beautiful photographs of guests arriving and wishing Garry luck for the big day. The day was flying and it was suddenly time for Rachael to arrive and the serious business of the day to get underway. The ceremony was beautiful with a reading from Garry’s sister and a church choir creating quite a lovely atmosphere in this grand old church.
After leaving the church I headed over to Botley Park Hotel to capture the Bride and Groom arriving. Unfortunately the storm clouds had opened while we were in the church however it was dry when Garry and Rachael arrived so I quickly whisked them off to the golf course to capture their ‘time alone’ photographs in the stunning setting of the Hampshire countryside. The rest of the day ran beautifully with a surprise bagpiper organised by Garry’s sister and some wonderful fleeting moments that created a beautiful collection of photographs for the happy Bride and groom.
Needless to say this Botley Park Hotel wedding is one that will live long in my memory and I hope you like the small collection of photographs I have selected below which briefly touch on the story of Rachael and Garry’s wonderful Valentine’s day wedding.
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