Hannah and Dan at the Elvetham Hotel

Hannah and Dan at the Elvetham Hotel

January 9, 2012  |  Weddings
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The last wedding of 2011 was always going to be a bit special.  Even though it’s quite a way out of Kent, I knew the venue the Elvetham Hotel well. weddings  Hannah and Dan at the Elvetham Hotel

I photographed the Madeline Isaac-James 2011 collection there a year or so ago.  I’d met Nikki, the bride’s mother (and several of her friends) when they had popped over to the gallery earlier in the year.  I even knew the dress pretty well (Victoria from the Madeline Isaac-James 2012 collection).

But when I set off for the venue on a dull morning just after Christmas. I hadn’t actually met the bride.  Or the groom.

Hannah was pretty easy to find.  She was in a vast meeting room surrounded by her “hand maidens” getting ready.  They were, of course, eating cocoa pops.

weddings  Hannah and Dan at the Elvetham Hotel

Her bridesmaids helped her out with a beautiful headpiece and one of the biggest veils of the year.  Then it was that moment.  When everybody else is busy.  And it goes quiet.  And you realise that with 85 minutes until the wedding.  It’s time to get ready for real.

weddings  Hannah and Dan at the Elvetham HotelAnd then just a few minus later, Nikki came back to help with the dress called Victoria and to get her daughter ready for her wedding.

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Yep, looks ready to me….

weddings  Hannah and Dan at the Elvetham Hotel

That’s either the last “wow” of 2011 or the first of 2012 – depending how you count them.

There was some wonderful transport laid on for friends and family.  The bridal party travelled to St Michaels aka Farnborough Abbey by vintage Rolls Royces.  But the guests had some rather nice buses.

weddings  Hannah and Dan at the Elvetham Hotel

OK.  So I’ve met the bride.  Hannah’s instructions for the next bit were pretty easy.  “Just go to the abbey and find the best looking guy in a bow tie.”  Simple.

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In fact, the dress code was black tie.  So pretty much all the guys were wearing the same.  weddings  Hannah and Dan at the Elvetham Hotel

And everybody else had their best skirt on……

weddings  Hannah and Dan at the Elvetham Hotel

I just hope it’s not too draughty.  The abbey is built of stone.  And on a winter’s day significantly colder than the balmy temperatures outside.  Still, as with everything, Hannah and Dan were prepared.

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Then it was just a matter of waiting.

weddings  Hannah and Dan at the Elvetham Hotel

For that moment when Hannah walked down the aisle to marry Dan.

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I knew there were going to be LOTS of pictures from this wedding – so I’m going to split it into 2 parts.  This is the end of part 1 with Hannah and Dan leaving the church.

weddings  Hannah and Dan at the Elvetham Hotel

Part 2 has Empress Eugenie, Napoleon, Terracotta warriors, eating, drinking and of course lots and lots of pictures.  You can see part 2 here….

 


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  • http://www.facebook.com/howardlucas1 Howard Lucas

    I’m looking forward to seeing part two, part was looks like a lot of fun, great emotions during the ceremony. I love the singing ones.

  • John Starns

    Lovely collection of images Jonathan.  I love the monochrome one of the Bride getting ready, and the veil shot. Really special.  Oh, and I want one of those buses!

  • Greg Thurtle

    Great photographs! Can’t wait to see part 2! 

  • Matt Fryer

    Cracking set of images Jonathan. Particularlly like the monochrome bride getting ready shot, has a sense of realism about it you don;t often see in wedding images. Love it, I also like the kiss shot at the altar. A great moment captured well.

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  • http://www.karenflowerphotography.com/ Karen Flower

    Gorgeous winter wedding photos Jonathan. The b&w getting ready shot is one of my favourites.

  • Anne Rogers

    I love the 3rd picture down. Fantastically atmospheric, esp with the church spire in view through the window.

  • Gareth Heesom

    Wonderful set of images Jonathon. These tell a wonderful story.