Rhinefield House Wedding Photographs
Since our last wedding at Rhinefield House wedding venue as New Forest wedding photographers we have been getting excited about shooting Tom and Kemisha’s Rhinefield House wedding photographs for a while now. You can see why in their engagement photo shoot.
As wedding photographers in Hampshire, Rhinefield House Hotel is one of our favourite wedding venues. Even the drive through the tree-lined ornamental driveway itself is breath-taking.
Rhinefield House Wedding Bridal Preparation Photographs
Despite the slightly scary weather forecast I arrived at the stunning 19th Century wedding venue in glorious sunshine.
Kemisha and her bridesmaids were to be found in the midst of their wedding morning preparations in the huge bridal suite.
As hair and makeup were busily styled I found myself thinking “If these girls are this beautiful before now, how stunning are they going to look when they finished?!”
All the girls were about as chilled as the ice cooled champagne they were drinking. Funky music played, hair was styled and makeup applied. All against the backdrop of the huge four poster bed and the sun drenched bay window overlooking Rhinefield House’s stunning grounds.
Within the surroundings of the gorgeous bridal suite I was able to use the incredible unidirectional light to its full photographic potential.
I couldn’t help noticing the tasteful array of gold wedding shoes punctuated by the iconic red soles of Kemisha’s Christian Louboutin wedding shoes.
Whilst the girls changed into their dresses I took the opportunity to further explore Rhinefield House. I had a peek at the Grand Hall being set up for the day ahead.
Tom and Kemisha certainly had an eye for detail. Their personal touch was everywhere, from a Liverpool FC symbol on the cake to wooden name lettering above the fireplace.
The huge bunches of blue flowers from Judy Webb florist were an eye grabber,They were held aloft each table in tall martini vases filled with sweets.
Back in the bridal suit Kemisha’s bridesmaids were in their striking cobalt blue dresses. Kemisha was being laced into her beautiful white wedding dress, all still very chilled and jovial about the day ahead.
Tom had sent Kemisha a bag of gifts and a heartfelt wedding morning card. Her reaction to which almost had us all in tears. Kemisha had also arranged a surprise Links gift for each of her bridesmaids.
Outside the wedding venue a jaw dropping 1968 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Limousine from Premier Carriage Wedding Transport arrived. It would transport the girls as it had Indian Royalty and Heads of State in the past.
Rhinefield House Wedding Groom Preparation Photographs
Meanwhile 15 miles away, Tom and the groom’s party were busy in Tom’s Parents house in Romsey. A ‘smartening’ transformation slowly occurred around her as ties were tied and buttons holes placed into suits.
Fortunately for the chaps the walk to Romsey Abbey involved passing the local pub. This was more than too tempting for a ‘swift wedding morning pint’.
Wedding Ceremony Photographs at Romsey Abbey
I arrived at Romsey Abbey to find a mass of guests arriving for the wedding service. It was my pleasure to meet the wonderful chaps from Video 4 a Day. They seemed to have more cameras set up around the venue than there were kneelers in the Abbey!
With all of the guests now settled inside the huge Norman Abbey Kemisha and her bridesmaids arrived in style. Joined by her Mother, her tiny flower girl and page-boy, the wedding service began.
Romsey Abbey is one hell (excuse the pun!) of a wedding venue to photograph. It is huge, light and allows for a great field of hidden movement within a service. All of the vicars and wardens we have worked with their always have a great sense of humour. They cannot do enough to help wedding photographers and videographers.
Again Tom and Kemisha’s love of detail and design came into play. The custom designed order service was to be found on each chair inside a blue candy stripe bag along with some sweet treats for guests.
The service itself was a lovely mixture of heart-felt sentiment, religious tradition, well-chosen speeches, laughter and love.
From having her veil lifted to the time they left as a married couple Kemisha spent the entire time beaming her contagious smile.
Outside the abbey a ‘hug-a-thon’ then occurred with their guests. We had just enough time before returning to Rhinefield House to visit ‘Love Lane’ for a photograph with the road sign.
A bride and groom with their two photographs a videographer and a huge classic Rolls Royce must have been an unusual sight for Romsey high street’s Saturday morning shoppers!
Rhinefield House Wedding Reception Photographs
The drinks reception was in full flow in the luxurious grounds of Rhinefiled House, along with an impromptu game of croquet.
The sun shone down on all of the cheery wedding guests. We took the opportunity to steal the happy couple away for a well-deserved break and some Rhinefiled House wedding photographs.
One of the challenges we face on a wedding day is balancing time. Leaving enough time before group photographs that the guests have had a chance to drink and eat and relax and not too much time that they arrive to wedding breakfast late.
We couldn’t have been more accurate with Tom and Kemisha’s chosen groups. As we finished the last group the rain started to descend, just in time for the wedding breakfast to be called.
Rhinefield House Wedding Breakfast Photographs
There was then a first for us. Tom and Kemisha had devised the most unusual table plan we have ever seen at a wedding.
Those sweets in vases I mentioned earlier came into play. Each guest found their name atop of a small sweet jar. The sweets inside corresponded to the table they were sitting at.
I’ve said it before and I will say it again. An MC can be an invaluable part of a wedding, especially when it comes to organising the guests.
Rhinefield House’s Toastmaster Derek Drew did not disappoint. He expertly conducting the hilarious and tear jerking speeches and wedding breakfast.
Rhinefield House Wedding Speeches Photographs
Richard Beesley, Sax Player entertained the guests from the Grand Hall balcony whilst they ate. Once wedding breakfast had finished the guests moved to the bar room, complete with a wedding photo booth .
Rhinefield House Wedding Evening Reception Photographs
The wedding band – Danny & Matt took to the stage. Surrounded by hundreds of guests Tom and Kemisha gracefully whirled about the dance floor under the multi-coloured lights for their first dance.
The entire room was filled with dancing guests for the rest of the evening. The band produced some of the best covers we had heard in a long time.
We knew we were going to be working an extra-long day when we discussed night-time sparklers with Tom and Kemisha.They were well worth the wait, with overly enthusiastic guests running and dancing about the gardens. They drew love hearts and wrote their names with burning sparklers.
After capturing the stunning wedding venue with some ‘painting with light’ we left. We are so happy that we had been a part of and able to capture the emotion of such a personal, beautiful wedding day.
You can see what Kemisha & Tom think of our Hampshire wedding photography services without time limits in their review of Rhinefield house Wedding Photographers.
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