Beaulieu Abbey Wedding Photography - New Forest
Updated: Sep 27, 2019
Beaulieu Abbey Wedding Photography
There is only one word to describe Kate and Paul’s unique wedding… Classy! But how could it not be when you choose to get married at the incredible Beaulieu Abbey Wedding Venue in Hampshire? I had met Kate and Paul a few months earlier for their adventurous engagement shoot, a RIB ride with the fun-loving, adrenaline-junkie couple, which was a great excuse for a Hampshire Wedding Photographer to make the most of the gorgeous views across the Solent! As a result, I couldn’t wait to shoot this September wedding!
New Forest Wedding Photographer
I began the day by joining Kate as she prepared with her family at the gorgeous Chesnut Cottage in the heart of their New Forest wedding location, which was jam-packed with everyone getting ready. It was moving to see everyone become emotional as Kate revealed her incredible backless wedding gown.
Meanwhile, Paul was getting ready with the groomsmen at his home. We soon met up with them at Beaulieu Abbey church, an incredible New Forest wedding location, which was built in the 13th Century, for the ceremony. He greeted the guests jovially while Kate made her way in a gorgeous vintage car. Soon, it was time to make her way down the aisle along the regal red carpet, high archways and red crucifix of the surrounding décor of this impressive Beaulieu hotel wedding venue. The guests were treated to live music from a Guitarist & Saxophonist as the register was signed and then the couple were bombarded with confetti as they exited the New Forest church as man and wife.
As the guests headed to the Cloisters and Domas of the Abbey for the wedding reception, I headed off with the couple in the vintage car so that they could enjoy the moment and for some good-old New Forest Wedding Photography along the Beaulieu ponds. After re-joining the guests, it was time to enjoy the beautiful grounds surrounding the Beaulieu Abbey and get some picture-perfect shots!
Next followed the meal and then it was onto the speeches… which were incredible! Both Kate and Paul had such heartfelt tributes paid to them by the father of the bride and the best men. Having both been involved in life changing accidents prior to meeting one another, it felt as though the entire room could appreciate how lucky they were to be there and to have found one another (on tinder no less!). Not only that, but it turned out that Paul had met one of his best men by saving his life! Once the speeches were done, I was left with a sense that the two of them make quite an extraordinary couple.
There was no cutting-of-the-cake but instead, a massive pork pie for a cake! And after the first dance, the party got started with a very modern live band and flashing lights juxtaposed against the tapestries and high-oak-beams of this ancient venue. Finally, we stole the couple away for one last shot in the darkness of the evening, where we strategically lit the arches in the cloisters to highlight them and the gorgeous couple as they shared a moment together.
I felt that my excitement leading up to this shoot was justified. What a day! The September weather may have been overcast, but that certainly didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits. Kate and Paul exude class & elegance and radiate a passion for life & sport that make them a pleasure to be around. Congratulations to the bride & groom and I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed being your New Forest wedding photographer!
Flowers - Janet Powell
Dress - Proposals of Chichester
Rings - Pravins Southampton
Wedding planner - Alex Witchell