We were pleased to be The Elvetham wedding photographers for Hannah and Steve’s wedding earlier this month. Steve is an Australian and Hannah met him when she was travelling in Australia nearly 10 years ago. They have been together for so long and it was great to see them married at The Elvetham. Friends and family came to The Elvetham from the UK as well as Australia for the wedding.
The Elvetham Hotel must be quite a different place compared to some wedding venues in Australia. There was one thing in common with Australian weddings, however. Hannah and Steve were able to get married outside in the grounds!
The Elvetham is a historic place and the building was first mentioned as far back as the 11th century in an entry in The Doomsday Book. Indeed, many British monarchs have stayed at the venue. Over the years, Elizabeth 1st came and, notoriously, the infamous Henry 8th did too. The Elvetham was the residence of the Seymour family and it is where Henry first met Jane Seymour. Jane became Henry’s third wife.
Hannah’s brother, Zak, was the wedding officiant. He went on a course to qualify as an officiant specially so that he conduct the marriage ceremony for his sister! After the ceremony and the group shots we walked around the grounds of the hotel to take some portraits. There are 35 acres of beautiful Hampshire countryside to choose from! I met Hannah and Steve at the hotel the day before the wedding to plan this part of the day. Time was tight and I am glad we had put this extra work in because we were able to get a good number of shots in a short space of time.
After the speeches and the meal were over everyone was ushered outside on the pretence of sparklers. There were sparklers. But, that was only a way to get people outside for the main event which were the fireworks. Steve had no idea at all that there was going to be a fireworks display. I love shooting fireworks. It is fun to get the off camera lighting just right and you still never know what creative effects you are going to get. I had a lot to choose from at the end of the day and I have added a couple at the end of the gallery which I hope you enjoy. It was well worth lying down in the dirt to get the right angles!
Soon Hannah will take the big step of relocating to Australia. I can not imaging how hard long distance marriages must be. They have a house already ear marked and I wish the all the luck in the world.
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