The Wedding of Alex and Brad / Ufton Court Wedding / Hampshire Wedding Photographer

Ufton Court Wedding Venue

Alex and Brad chose to hold their wedding reception at the beautiful Ufton Court Wedding Venue in the Berkshire countryside. Ufton Court is a Grade 1 Tudor Manor House, with most weddings being held in the 16th Century Tithe Barn on the same site.

It might interest you to know that the profits raised by hosting weddings is used to help fund the Ufton Adventure Programme, which aims to enrich the lives of disadvantaged children through residential visits, based around outdoor learning. So as well as having your wedding in a stunning setting, you are also helping fund this fantastic charity. Win win!

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Bridal Preparations

Alex chose to get ready for her wedding at home, along with her four fabulous bridesmaids and Chewbacca, her and Brad’s rather inquisitive cat. With avocado on toast, clouds of hairspray and Alex’s best friends, it was a super chilled, fun morning.

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Groom Preparations

While I hung out with the ladies, Annabel headed over to meet Brad, to take a few photos of him with his Best Man and Ushers, before the main event.

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The Wedding Ceremony at St Michael and St Mary Magdalene, Easthampstead

Alex and Brad were married at St Michael and St Mary Magdalene, a really special choice, as Brad’s own parents were married in the same church.

The ceremony was heartfelt and emotional, I’m sure there wasn't a dry eye in the house when the guests saw Brads reaction to Alexandra walking down the aisle towards him.

After the lovely pair said “I do”, it was time for a few photos at the church, before heading off to Ufton Court for the Wedding Reception.

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The Wedding Reception at Ufton Court

After leaving the church, Alex, Brad and all their lovely guests headed straight for Ufton Court, for an afternoon drinks reception. After the newlyweds headed into the gardens to a shower of confetti, their guests made the most of the sunshine and spent a lovely hour or so chatting, laughing and enjoying the pretty grounds that Ufton Court has to offer.

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The Bride and Groom

Towards the end of the drinks reception, we took the newlyweds off for a wander round the grounds, so they could enjoy a little bit of time to themselves and take a few minutes to reflect on the day so far.

Of course, we also took this opportunity to take some fabulous, chilled out portraits of the happy couple.

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Dinner and Speeches

The wedding breakfast was served in Ufton Court’s Tithe Barn, which had been decorated beautifully by the Bride and Groom. It’s definitely one of those venues that doesn’t need very much in the way of extra decor, so the paper lanterns, photo bunting and delicate flowers were the perfect addition to this rustic barn.

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After dinner and into the evening

After dinner, the wedding guests made the most of the evening sunshine and headed out into the gardens for some space hopper fun, before making their way back inside for the cutting of the cake and the newlyweds first dance.

As the sun began to set, Alex and Brads guests were treated to the most amazing pizza’s from the wood fired pizza oven, (yes - I did try one myself!) What a fabulous end to the day.

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**Congratulations Alex and Brad - you were awesome!**

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The Wedding of Lorraine and Mark / Groomes Farm Wedding Venue / Hampshire Wedding Photographer

Groomes Farm Wedding Venue

Well, I don’t even know where to start when it come to describing Groomes as a Farm Wedding Venue. It is simply stunning. From the outdoor ceremony setting overlooking the rolling countryside, to the pretty gardens for your drinks reception, the luxury rooms for your guests to stay in to the endless photo opportunities, it really is a PERFECT wedding venue.

Not only that, the whole philosophy of this family run venue is something that I really love.

After the house became rundown following the death of Pete’s Grandmother, and having stood empty for 25 years, Pete took on the job of renovating. Being a listed building it was real labour of love, which shines through in all the details you see today.

The farm is a carbon neutral site, producing all it’s own electricity, heating and hot water. They also operate a fresh food policy, using only fresh ingredients in all their dishes, many of which come from the grounds of the farm itself or the neighbouring land.

If you are looking for a farm wedding venue is the Hampshire Countryside - look no further!

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Bridal Preparations at Groomes

I met Lorraine, her sister, her daughter and a few other friends and family at the wedding venue, to photograph the last hour or so of everyone getting ready.

Before long guests started to arrive and everyone was ready for the main event!

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An outdoor wedding ceremony on the farm

Making the most of the fabulous sunshine and amazing views. Lorraine and Mark chose an outdoor ceremony for their wedding. They said their I Do’s in front of all their family and closest friends, not to mention one of the cutest dogs I’ve had the pleasure to meet at any wedding.

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A drinks reception in the gardens

Once the ceremony was over and we had a new ‘Mr & Mrs’ we all headed into the pretty gardens for a drink and a chat. I also took the time to have a great catch up with the lovey Sarah and Daniel, whose wedding I had the privilege of photographing a few months previously. I love bumping into previous couples at a subsequent wedding and hearing what they’ve been up to.

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Couple portraits around the Farm

I was SO spoiled for choice when it came to couple portraits. Fields, grassy meadows, cool outbuildings, blue skies and haystacks. We had it all! Of course, it was a huge help that Lorraine and Mark were just SO happy! I swear they didn’t stop smiling all day :-)

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Dinner and Speeches

The wedding breakfast was served in a pretty marquee in the gardens of Groomes Farm.

With a magician circling the tables there was no end of shocked gasps and laughter from the guests. Not to mention the reactions to the speeches. What a brilliant afternoon.

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Into the evening

Now usually, the evening section of a wedding consists of a few more drinks, lots of laughter, the cutting of a cake and some crazy moves on the dancefloor.

This is the only wedding I have EVER been to where there was the added attraction of a trip in a hot air balloon! Yep, you heard me right - a hot air ballon. Did I go up in it? You bet I did.

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Thanks so much Lorraine and Mark for choosing me to photograph your big day!!

If you would like Sarah to photograph your Hampshire Farm Wedding

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The Wedding of Nicole and Simon / Meade Hall Wedding / Hampshire Wedding Photographer

Meade Hall Wedding Venue at The Crown and Cushion

Meade Hall is an impressive 16th century, medieval style banqueting hall situated next to The Crown and Cushion Pub in Minley, Hampshire. With its dramatic high ceilings, flagstones floors and a pretty courtyard garden, it’s a perfect setting for your wedding reception.

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Bridal Preparations at The Aviator, Farnborough

Nicole got ready for her wedding at The Aviator Hotel in Farnborough. This was such a fun morning, with Nicole, her Mum, her daughter and her bridesmaids all getting ready together. I always love a busy, laughter filled morning of Bridal prep and this was exactly one of those mornings, with people popping in and out, clouds of hairspray and a few glasses of bubbly. The morning flew by!

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Groom Prep at Home

While I spent a lovely morning hanging out with the ladies, Annabel headed to the home that Nicole and Simon share, to grab a few photos of the boys getting ready for the big day.

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While I spent a lovely morning hanging out with the ladies, Annabel headed to the home that Nicole and Simon share, to grab a few photos of the boys getting ready for the big day.
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The Wedding Service at Our Lady & St Dominic Church

Nicole and Simon chose to get married at their local church, in front of their closest family and friends.

Nicole was walked down the aisle by her lovely Dad, and with Simon and Nicole’s daughter giving one of the readings, it was a real family affair.

I know some may think it’s not the ‘traditional’ way of doing things, but I think it’s SO lovely when a couples children are able to be present to witness the marriage of their parents. It makes for such a happy occasion.

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The Wedding Reception at Meade Hall

Following the I do’s, Nicole and Simon headed to Meade Hall at The Crown and Cushion for their wedding reception.

Unbeknown to Nicole, the previous day Simon had created an amazing Yellow Brick Road for her to walk along to make her entrance into the venue. The Wizard of Oz is Nicole’s all-time favourite film - she even wore a pair of ruby slippers under her wedding dress. Ah Simon, you big romantic!

The guests were able to enjoy their reception drinks in the sunshine, while the kids burnt off some energy on the cricket pitch next to the venue. Fab.

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The Bride and Groom

Meade Hall is the enviable position of being surrounded by fields on one side, and woods on another. On this fabulously sunny June day, we decided to head to the grassy fields next door, to take some relaxed couple portraits of the newlyweds.

Simon and Nicole had been together 15 years, (and engaged for13), at the time they got married. They have been through an awful lot together over the years, not least of all bringing up three children, but they are still totally in love with one another and they had the happiest of days.

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Dinner, Speeches and into the evening

The guests were all seated at the long banqueting tables for the wedding breakfast, which was followed by some really heartfelt speeches. I think Simons brother managed to bring a tear to the eye of pretty much everyone in the room!

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Congratulations Nicole and Simon - wishing you and your lovely children all the happiness in the world.