Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding Morning Photographs

We arrived in the heart of the New Forest for Toria & Dave’s Balmer Lawn Hotel wedding on a recent sunny summer’s morning. Avoiding cows and ponies aplenty we were gifted with the visual feast of the New forest at its verdant best. Murray found Dave sipping his first tea of the day at the nearby Holands wood campsite. He had spent the night under canvas.

Bridal Preparation Photographs at Balmer Lawn Hotel

Further down the road I joined Toria in her hotel room. She was incredibly relaxed as she had her wedding hair styled. To say that Toria was heavily involved in the planning and delivery of her big day would be a huge understatement. Firstly she had organised most of it from 1200 miles away in Sweden. Secondly most of the decoration and physical aspects of the day were crafted by her own (or her guests own) hand. In addition she had handmade the her beautiful wedding dress which now hung in the bathroom doorway.

Hand Made Wedding Dress at Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding
Hand made Wedding dress lace and ribbon detail photograph

Toria’s hair was in curlers as she wrapped bouquets of gypsophila (from Triangle Nursery) in blue and white ribbon. This tied in perfectly with the nautical themed detail for her Balmer Lawn Hotel wedding. Hair and make-up magic transformed not only Toria but her bridesmaid and cheeky flower girls who all wore matching navy blue dresses. Karon Harris, hairdresser extraordinaire worked her magic as Rodney the dinosaur looked on.

Wedding guest watches flower girl's hair being styled on wedding morning
Bride in hair curlers makes gypsophila wedding bouquets on wedding morning
Flower girl has hair sprayed as bride makes gypsophila wedding bouquets
Bride covers her eyes in Balmer Lawn Hotel room during wedding preparations
Bride applies makeup in mirror on Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding morning
Black and white photograph of bride in mirror preparing for Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding
Flower girl has hair styled for Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding
Bride smiles with hair in curlers on Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding morning

Possibly The Most Amazing Wedding Cake!

Now we have to dedicate some the wedding cake hand-made by Dave’s step father Dig. Sat in the bar room was possibly the most amazing wedding cake ever! The three-tiered iced wedding cake featured striped ribbon and two sailing boat toppers framed in a heart. ‘Yes’ - you might think, ‘this sounds like an OK nautically themed wedding cake’. Then you would take a step around the cake and realise that the heart was actually made from two of an octopus’ tentacles. The uber- realistic owner of which was to be found scaling the backside of the cake!

Amazing octopus wedding cake for nautical themed wedding

While the guests gathered in the bar area wondering at the cake Toria serenely stepped into her gorgeous wedding dress and slipped on her turquoise wedding shoes.

Bride has hair sprayed during Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding preparations
Finishing touches to bridal preparation at Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding
Turquoise wedding shoes and matching nail varnish
Black and white photograph of bride in handmade wedding dress that she made

Outdoor Groom Wedding Morning Preparations

Meanwhile that morning, back at the campsite Dave, his best man and one of his ushers donned their swimming trunks and headed across the lawn in front of the hotel for a morning dip in Lymington river. Murray, also jumped in to document the calm if not chilly experience armed with his waterproof camera housing.

Back from their swim they enjoyed a sparkling breakfast in the dappled sunshine outside Dave’s Mum’s camper van. Dave began to don his wedding attire of matching navy blue bow tie and jacket teamed with pale blue shirt and brown suede shoes. A hint of the nautical theme was seen in his anchor detail socks and pale trousers. He truly looked like was about to step onto his yacht.

Blue wedding suit and blue wedding bow tie detail photograph
Groom puts on wedding shirt and bow tie in New Forest Campsite
Custom made silver wedding cufflinks with blue wedding shirt
Grooms nautical themed socks with anchors for nautical themed wedding

Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding Detail Photographs

Over to the Balmer Lawn Hotel wedding ceremony location of the Beaulieu Suite. The room had been decorated with blue denim and ribbon bunting. The same blue and white ribbon was also paired with and Knot of thin rope for the gent’s buttonholes. White chair covers with blue sashes filled the room. Guests arrived to a huge fishing net sporting family pictures of Dave and Toria. A vintage suitcase and Toria’s grandfather’s travel chest were placed to receive for cards and gifts. This well-travelled family heirloom had accompanied him and his family on many of his civil service postings around the world - Tristan da Cunha, Bermuda, the Falklands and much of Africa!

Nautical themed blue and white wedding buttonholes made from ribbon and rope
Blue wedding chair shashes at Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding
Family photographs pegged to fishing net at nautical themed wedding
Wedding guest looks at family photographs fof bride and groom hung in fishing net
Things to release at a wedding ceremony comedy graph table decoration
Vintage wedding suitcase and vintage travel chest for wedding cards and gifts

Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding Ceremony Photographs

The Beaulieu Suite filled and Dave awaited patiently, joking with his best man (his brother) at the top of the aisle. The room was full of smiles as the flower girls walked up the aisle. They were followed by bridesmaid and finally Toria (beaming from ear to ear) was escorted by her father.

Mother of bride and mother of groom photograph at Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding
Groom and best man waiting at Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding ceremony
Groom and best man laughing before Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding ceremony
Flower girls in blue dresses with gypsophila bouquets and dinosaur teddy bear
Flower girls in blue dresses with gypsophila Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding ceremony
Bridesmaids in Navy blue dresses at Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding ceremony
Groom's first look at his bride at Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding ceremony
Bride is walked up the aisle by her father at Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding ceremony

The civil ceremony was full of smiles and laughs and a reading from Kenneth Grahams’ Wind In The Willows. The happy couple walked back down the aisle as husband and wife to rapturous applause.

Bride with gypsophila bouquet and groom in blue wedding suit jacket
Best man in blue wedding suit at Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding ceremony
Wedding vows photograph at Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding ceremony
Groom wears bow tie at Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding ceremony
First kiss at Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding ceremony in The New Forest
Bride and groom at Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding ceremony
Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding ceremony black and white wedding photograph
Bride and groom walk down the aisle at Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding ceremony

Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding Drinks Reception Photos

The drinks reception was held in the garden and confetti was thrown showering the newly weds. We took the wedding party to the Sylvan Pavilion for some group photographs. After which we stole the wedding couple away from their guests for some photographs of just the two of them.

Wedding guests at Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding drinks reception
Wedding confetti photograph at Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding
Bride and groom kiss during group photographs at Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding
Wedding flower girl in blue dress at Balmer Lawn Hotel gardens
Mother of the bride portrait photograph at Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding
Bride with oak beamed Wedding Pavilion at Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding

As we headed out of the front of the hotel we noticed that a cricket match was about to commence and managed to borrow some cricketing paraphernalia. Toria and Dave happily messed about with a bat and ball while we took photos.

Bride and groom kiss infront of blue wooden slatted wall
Bride and groom on cricket pitch outside Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding venue
Bride and groom at Brockenhurst Cricket Club

After returning the sporting equipment we returned to find the Beaulieu Suite ‘turned around’ and ready for the wedding breakfast. The venue was beautifully  decorated in blue and white in addition to the nautical themed items such at bottles of rum and wooden boat centerpieces.

Nautical themed wedding table name and photograph
Wooden boat table decoration at nautical themed wedding
Kraken Rum table decoration at nautical themed wedding

Wedding Breakfast Photographs at Balmer Lawn Hotel

The guests were busy enjoying the garden games (one of which, a traditionally Swedish game looked amazing) and Pimms outside in the hot sun. The call went out for wedding breakfast and everyone took their places for the new Mr and Mrs to be introduced. First of all Toria’s father led the speeches followed by Dave and finally Dave’s brother. Every face had teary eyes and huge grins from laughing so much.

Swedish lawn games at Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding reception
Child wedding guest plays a game of chase with his father at New Forest Wedding
Wedding guests laughing during Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding breakfast
Bride and groom wait to be announced into Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding breakfast
Bride and groom are welcomed into Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding breakfast
Father of the bride calls for silence during Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding speeches
Animated groom's speech with blue bunting at Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding
Best man's speech dictionary prop at Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding speeches
Bride and groom react to best man's speech at Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding Speeches

Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding Evening Reception Photographs

After wedding breakfast the guests enjoyed more drinks in the garden as another room was filled with board games and a home made nautical photo booth was erected.

Wedding guests in sunset gardens at Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding reception
Female usher enjoying drinks reception at Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding
Parrot crow prop from nautical photo booth at Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding
Wedding guests laugh at bride and grooms family photographs

A1 Discos had set up their rig and lighting and the amazing wedding cake was moved to the center of the dance-floor. The newly weds cut it and then took positions for their first dance together as husband and wife.

Wedding guests watch cutting of the cake at Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding
First dance wedding photograph of bride and groom at Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding
Bride and grooms first dance routine at Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding
Bride and groom kiss after first dance at Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding
This well practised first dance routine was performed excellently. Soon many other guests both young and older joined them on the dance floor. Finally we left them all dancing under the disco lights, merrily playing games and laughing away in the photo booth.

Mother and father of the bride dancing at Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding
Wedding guests slow dance at Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding evening reception
Bride and groom on dance floor at Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding
Flower girl dances in blue disco lighting at Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding
Wedding guests play board games at Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding
Flower girls dance at Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding
Hand made photo booth with nautical theme at Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding
Wedding guests play giant Jenga garden game at Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding
Wedding guests dancing at Balmer Lawn Hotel Wedding

 

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