A Sopley Mill Wedding - Mr & Mrs Miller
Every wedding is beautiful but the attention to detail of this day took my breath away. From the perfectly chosen winter flowers and matching button holes, to the photographs dotted around the beautiful venue of their lives so far.
Andrew & Megan came to me for their engagement session in the winter before their wedding, we captured some beautiful natural moments of them together walking through the forest in Lepe. It was a perfect opportunity for them to meet me in the lead up to their wedding day and get used to being photographed by myself too.
Fast forward to the wedding day, when I arrived to the 19th century mill on the morning of the 19th of November 2016. I took my chance to have a look around before I went up to the bridal party. It was a very wet day but the sun came out for a moment which really showed off the beauty of the building, after getting some shots I went inside to meet the girls!
I was met by some lovely friendly faces as the girls were getting their hair and make up done by the amazing Julie Ellen Beauty. The bridal suite has beautiful wooden beams throughout it which really expresses the amazing style of this venue. I took this time to capture some lovely natural moments between the bride, her Mum and her best friends as they prepared for the big moment. The details of the day are very important to me as a photographer and to my clients, as these are the small things that made your day so perfect but can be easily forgotten about once everyone has gone home. Whilst capturing the bridal party getting ready I snuck in some detail shots of the ring, shoes and even the perfume she chose for her day as these shots to me add such a personal touch to the final gallery and wedding album.
Once everyone was ready and Dad had seen his beautiful daughter as a bride it was time to go up to the ceremony room which was the second floor of this three floor mill. It's a stunning light and airy room with a very vintage feel to it, the exposed brick walls and white wash floor are the great backdrop to a ceremony and required next to no decorations to make it perfect. Upstairs I met with Andrew and the Groomsmen and took some great shots of them trying to work out how to fasten on their button holes.
The ceremony went without fault and the bridesmaids read some beautiful poems, one about a dinosaur meeting his mate which everyone loved and it brought a few tears to some peoples eyes as well as a lot of laughter! After the ceremony the wedding party went down to the ground floor for winter pimms whilst the 3rd floor was turned into a beautifully vintage wedding breakfast room with a log fire and beams trailing with fairy lights.
Whilst everyone was enjoying their drinks I took the opportunity with a break in the weather to get the group shots of the Bride and Grooms closest family and friends, on a little wooden bridge over a river that runs through the Mill. This location was truly breath taking and perfect for photos from every angle, whilst still outside I captured some really lovely moments between Megan and Andrew which really show how much love they have for each other and what their day and their family coming together is truly about.
Once everyone had gone upstairs to the cosy third floor to eat I saw some lovely moments between guests that really showed how much they were enjoying the day. The posed group photographs are tradition and so important but I think capturing the most natural laughs and smiles is just amazing. I absolutely loved the 'Great British Bake Off' table that Andrew & Megan had come up with to have instead of the traditional cake. Guests entered their cakes into the competition and a winner was revealed after dinner and they all enjoyed a slice of home made cake!
Whilst upstairs, the middle section of the mill where the ceremony had taken place only a few hours earlier had been transformed into a dance room with open space, a dance floor, bar and a DJ! As the night went on and the evening guests arrived, drinks were being poured, more and more people ventured onto the dance floor. It was so great to see everyone having such a laugh and a great celebration for their friends marriage! The first dance was a perfect moment and after a few minutes everyone flooded onto the dance floor with the Bride & Groom to share the moment with them. It was after the first dance that it was time for me to leave the party to it, I am sure they had a fantastic night!
I had a great time photographing this wedding for the friends and family to look back on and relive those memories for years to come. It was clear how much time and effort had been put into making the day perfect and it truly was.
Thank you for staying with me, this is a much longer blog post than average for me, I would love to know what you think!
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