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New Forest wedding – Claire & Robin

A New Forest wedding last Saturday for childhood sweethearts Claire and Robin. A wedding centred around Claire’s parents’ home, with a ceremony in the church where she was christened. Before the service, Claire was getting ready at her parents’ home with family and friends. At this point the weather was cloudy and looking rather disappointing. But by the time of the ceremony and certainly at the reception, the sun came out, giving that fantastic late summer evening light which was perfect for the speeches outdoors.

The church was a short trip back down the A31, near the turning to the Rufus Stone ( that notorious bottleneck on the way to Dorset from the M27 ) and south to the village of Minstead. Not only did Claire have a family connection to the church, but also Robin’s uncle was the visiting vicar for the day and performed the ceremony. All Saints church in Minstead is an unusual little church. T-shaped or is it L-shaped? Along with an L-shaped balcony and one of the shortest aisles any bride would have to walk down. Underneath many additions over the centuries is a 12th century church and it’s an intimate space for a wedding when crammed with wedding guests. ( Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is buried in the churchyard ) You know you are in the New Forest when you encounter a cow blocking the road into the village as you enter and then a horse in the same spot when you leave.

Ceremony completed, Claire and Robin exited the church and immediately walked around to the back and an open side door. It’s great when a couple can do this. It lets the guests get out of the church and form a formidable avenue, clutching confetti. The couple can then emerge once again from the church for the bombardment.

Back at the house, a deer watched from across the lake, as the reception was bathed in golden sunlight. ( Robin was even persuaded by his bride to have some pictures taken as this light lasted! 😉 ) It was then time for speeches, outdoors. The light was perfect for this, soft and just about to drop away completely. As a photographer, if the space and light is right, speeches outdoors are so much better than in a marquee or hotel dining room. Not long after everyone was in the marquee the light disappeared – the nights are drawing in now.

Before cake cutting and the dancing ( with marshmallow toasting next to the braziers outside as an alternative ) there was a short, quirky monologue by a family friend – check out the ‘angel’ shot. A spooky play.

A perfect late summer wedding. Here are a few images from the day…

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Bride's dress haning on the window

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Bride and her niece

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Photogenic bride with her head down

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Bridesmaid doing up the bride's dress

Bride getting ready

Bridesmaids inspect the bride's garter

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All saints church in Minstead in the new Forest

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Ushers remove the no parking cones before the bride arrives

Last minute makeup for the bride in the wedding car

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Bride and her father walk to the church

Bride with her father walking to the church

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Wedding at All saints in Minstead

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Minstead church wedding ceremony

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Friend sings during the register signing

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Bride signing the register

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Bride and groom exit All saints church in Minstead Hampshire

Bride and groom exit All saints church in Minstead Hampshire

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Bride and groom kiss at the back of the church

Bride and groom share a quiet moment after the ceremony

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Confetti run at a New Forest wedding

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Bride waves from the wedding car

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Bride and groom appear at a window

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Different wedding group shot

Bridesmaids hold up the groom

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Bridesmaids and the bride laughing

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Bride and groom portrait

Bride and groom bathed in golden sunlight

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Late summer evening New Forest wedding reception

Cute waitress at wedding reception

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Bunting hanging from the trees at a wedding reception

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Sunset at the wedding reception

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Outdoor wedding speeches

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Outdoor wedding speeches toasting

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Outdoor wedding speeches

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Outdoor wedding speeches

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Wedding marquee in the New Forest

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Bride dancing with her bridesmaids

Bride dancing with her bridesmaids

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Bride dancing with her bridesmaids

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[…] There is something about the New Forest and the month of September, that finds me photographing weddings there – often in glorious sunshine. This wedding, for Phoebe and Stephen, got the autumn sun too. […]

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