New Forest Wedding Photographers at Rhinefield House in Lymington
As New Forest wedding photographers we first met Oliver and Agnieszka on a cold dark winter’s evening last year. As a landlord and landlady they are incredibly warm and welcoming. The unrelenting cold rain lashed horizontally against the windows outside. We talked of dream stately home weddings in the heat of the summer sun, Pim’s in the grounds and croquet on the lawns.
What I didn’t realise is just how accurate our whimsical musings were to be. One of the many reasons we love being New Forest Wedding Photographers.
New Forest Bridal Preparation Photographs
The morning of her Rhinefield House wedding and Aggie was to be found sat with her wedding make up artist in a room at the Lyndhurst Park Hotel in the New forest. Almost immediately her dry sense of humour had me in stitches. “I do not smile” said in a fairly stern sounding Polish accent, creating a worried look on our faces. Ironically Aggie has a stunning natural smile and an incredible natural grace about her.
The standard wedding morning glitches were got over with a level of teamwork rarely seen in professional sports. Bridesmaids laced the bride into her dress as they themselves were being sewn into their dresses by other bridesmaids. They in turn were having their hair done (as the photographers distributed the morning champagne!). The logistics of the operation were a little mind boggling, but all made for fabulous photographs.
New Forest Church Wedding Ceremony Photographs
After a blessing by her parents the oldest Silver lady we have ever seen arrived to take the bridal party to St Edward the Confessor church, Lyndhurst.
Now we have never met a vicar like Rev Stephen Short before. Not only was he incredibly down to earth and welcoming of all faiths but included a vibrant sense of humour into his service. The service was packed full of laughter. Afterwards we found him standing in a small enclave looking like a string puppet. Ringing all of the churches bells on his own whilst chatting to the wedding guests.
New Forest Wedding Photographers at Rhinefield House Hotel
A few group photographs later and we headed through the beautiful winding roads of the New Forest to Hand Picked Hotel’s Rhinefield House Hotel. Built with an eye for detail in 1887 and set in 40 acres of beautiful grounds. We could have spent days and days taking pictures of the buildings alone. This is one hell of a visually spectacular wedding venue, loved by all New Forest wedding photographers.
Aggie and Olie were met by Michael Judd, Toastmaster. Who (as we found out) was an invaluable addition to the smooth running of the day, from timings and guest liaison to speeches and toasts.
Rhinefield House Hotel Wedding Couple Photographs
The wedding party drifted out for the drinks reception into the bright summer sun in Rhinefield House Hotel‘s sun terrace. The bride and groom slipped away to explore the landscaped gardens.
The intricate wooden carvings, organ and armada scene above the fireplace were almost enough to distract you from the beautiful wedding table layout in the Kings Room. Michael Judd seamlessly co-ordinated the cutting of the cake, the meal and speeches.
Rhinefield House Hotel Evening Reception Photographs
Into the evening we discovered yet another one of Rhinefield House Hotel‘s hidden gems, the Smoking Room. It is designed as an exact replica of the Alhambra Palace in Granada. It is embellished with Persian onyx, copper and bronze detailing, and hand-cut mosaic tiles. This New Forest wedding photographers secret has to be seen to be believed. Olie and Aggie were only too happy to take some ‘time out’ to relax in here.
As the sun lowered and the deep orange light of the evening beamed through the giant Canadian redwoods. The groom and a group of ‘the lads’ broke open the cigars. Clouds of illuminated sweet smelling smoke drifting above the chatter of the wedding guests.
Back inside the DJ had set up and after the sun set it was time for the first dance. Eyes still bulging from a day of exceptional detail we left the guests dancing away into the night.
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