The Four Seasons …. One of the most beautiful wedding venues in Hampshire
Sophia and Tom’s romance started six years ago, on their second day of university, when Tom bought Sophia an ice lolly!
Their relationship continued to develop and in July 2014 Tom had planned a very romantic proposal, a picnic on Boxhill, alas his plans were scuppered when they arrived and entrance was closed! So following a stop for a hot chocolate, Tom and Sophia went home to her parents and sat in the garden. But this romantic hero was not deterred, and there must have been something in the heavens that night, because as they looked upwards a shooting star blazed its trail across the night sky, and Tom fell to his knee and produced a diamond ring! Of course Sophia’s answer was yes.
Tom and Sophia have started their own family and have the very gorgeous 19 month old Alfie, who of course took the very important role as page boy on their wedding day.
I arrived at The Four Seasons, one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Hampshire to take some getting ready shots of Sophia as she had her hair styled and make-up expertly applied by Anna Durston in one of the hotels suites. Sophia wore a beautiful Suzanne Neville wedding dress.
Tom and Sophia were married at their local church, All Saints, in Odiham, which is a Grade l listed building. The Doomsday book records that a church has been on that site since the 11th Century and there are parts of the current church that date from the 13th Century. The church has two stunning windows designed by Patrick Revnitien in 1969 and the six bell peal was renovated in 1997.
Tom waited for his bride with his best man Chris by his side and his five ushers; Jonathan, Simon, Christian, Will and Isaac. Sophia kept up the traditions with arriving at the church twenty minutes late in a vintage white Rolls Royce to be greeted by her maid of honour Rebecca and bridesmaids Natasha, Letitia, Amy, Lauren and Ellie.
A lovely service was conducted by the Reverend Lynn Power, who turned out to be a very jolly character, not a dusty old reserved Reverenced at all, she made me laugh as she waited outside the church with the groom and best man, she happily tucked into a lollypop – of course I had to catch a picture of this!
The hymns were led by the church choir including ‘Give me joy in my heart’, ‘Amazing Grace’, and ‘Make me a channel of your peace’, which sounded amazing.
The couple then joined their guests back at The Four Seasons, Hampshire, a restored historic Georgian manor house set in a 500 acre English country estate. Wedding coordinator, Emma Westacott had ensured every detail was attended to so that Tom and Sophia could relax and enjoy their special day.
All the wedding flowers were provided by florist flowers by Andy at Wildabout. Sophia’s bouquet was a gorgeous mix of white roses and calla lilies, with the traditional wedding flower stephanotis and studded with tiny crystals. The bridesmaids wore a simple headdress of deep pink roses which complimented their elegant dusky rose dresses.
The top table had a magnificent display of twisted willow decorated with pink flowers and hanging candles and then smaller vases with roses and other flowers in pinks and white. The guests’ tables were beautifully decorated with stunning of vases of white and pink flowers hung with candles, and rose petals were carefully scattered amongst the white and silver place settings and crystal glasses. I took some detailed shots of the favours which were beautifully presented with wooden hearts tied to them. I spent some time ensuring these beautiful details of their room was recorded before the guests took their places.
The guests enjoyed a delicious four course meal including a selection of local Hampshire cheeses.
The three tier cake looked stunning and was topped with an elegant statue of a bride and groom, and looked great in their wedding photographs.
Tom and Sophia started the evening off with their first dance ‘Build a House’ by the Cinematic orchestra, before they were joined by their guests to dance the evening away on a sparkle dance floor to the musical talents of The Revue Band. I was able to take some lovely natural shots of Tom and Sophia as they embraced and danced together, and then of their guests as they joined in with the dancing.
Two of my favourite shots from the day of Tom and Sophia were taken in the grounds, on naturally lit during the day as they paused together walking across the bridge, a quiet moment alone, the other in contrast was a photograph of them set against the sunset, providing a dramatic backdrop.
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For other wedding venues in Hampshire – look at my wedding photography Tylney Hall for inspiration, amongst others.