Newhouse Estate wedding photography near Redlynch in the New Forest. Well, where do I start really with this most magnificent of weddings. Hattie and James tied the know at the jaw-droppingly beautiful Newhouse Estate, a Jacobean manor house up in the northern reaches of the New Forest. What an absolutely stunning venue, and wow – did we see it at its best too. Blue skies and blazing sunshine at the height of Summer, and the happiest and most beautiful couple you could hope to spend a day photographing. I really do love my job.
All the action was up in this little corner of the New Forest, so far up and away from the big ticket areas around Lyndhurst and Brockenhurst that it almost falls out the side. For my money this area is one of the most beautiful and overlooked parts of the whole New Forest – get up there and have an explore if you get the chance is my advice. It was a homecoming for Hattie and the bridal party, with bridal preparations taking place at the family home a short trot away from the venue. An absolute houseful of family, friends, flower girls and bridesmaids all flitting around each other. (And thankfully the mother of all pork pies to feed them when lunchtime struck). I really enjoy capturing the bridal prep (groom prep too if I get the chance) – there’s always such a buzz about it and I find that photographically it helps so much to set the scene for the rest of the day to come.
James meanwhile was up at the venue greeting guests and generally looking cool as a cucumber on the outside at least, however he might have been feeling on the inside. I have to admit though I didn’t envy the guys being in a full three piece suit get up on what I’m pretty certain was the hottest day of the year so far…
What a beautiful room to get married in – lovely high ceiling, doors thrown open to let the very welcome breeze drift through and then this wonderful bay window at the far end to frame the couple as they made their vows. Absolutely perfect. As ever it was all over in a flash – no matter how many readings, personal vows and other elements you build in (Hattie and James had a lovely moment with their mothers lighting candles) it always just seems to fly by and before you know it they’re skipping back down the aisle as husband and wife. Every couple says the same to me and I remember it being just like that for my own wedding too. (At least they’ve got one or two photos now to help bring back all those memories).
Outside then and into the Summer sun. I’m no expert but I reckon with was pushing about three hundred degrees by then, which was actually great news for me as everyone bolted for the cool shady spots under those beautiful tree canopies where the shade casts such flattering light. And I got to stand in the shade for a bit as well – phew. It’s a pretty physical gig this wedding photography lark you know. But yes, really we all want to see those incredible blue skies and sunshine. Thank you once again to the weather gods who I really must have been good to last year as they’re really smiling on me so far for 2019.
Any time I get to make use of that wonderful golden evening light for couple portraits I’m a happy wedding photographer. I was very happy at this wedding. We strolled away from the marquee once the meal and speeches were finished, back down to the front of the house and down the gently sloped lawn to the lake and the tree-lined driveway beyond. There’s just so much to work with here, I reckon I could shoot a hundred weddings and still not take the some photo twice. Utterly gorgeous grounds with their walled garden, long grasses, hills and valleys…
And we got a sunset. Well, half a sunset perhaps, but definitely enough to work with and merit getting the big gun flashes out as day passed to dusk passed to night and the party properly kicked off. Any time you see a circle of hay bales and a fire pit in the middle you know your wedding couple have their evening priorities sorted.
Awesome. Just awesome. Congratulations Hattie & James, you really did it in style!
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Making it possible…
Venue: Newhouse Estate
Dress: Angelica Bridal
Suit: Hawes & Curtis
Catering: Bread and Flowers
Flowers: Rachel Leary
Hair: Tiffany Parker
I hope you’ve enjoyed this snapshot of Hattie & James’s stunning day. Friends and family can view the rest of the photos and an extended slideshow in their private viewing gallery, but you’ll need to ask them for the password first.
If you are currently planning your Newhouse Estate wedding and would like to know more about my wedding photography services, packages and prices, please do get in touch to check availability and ask me any questions you might have. I’m only too happy to help however I can.
Thanks as ever for reading, and come back again soon for many more photos from many more beautiful weddings!