The historic Town Walls have taken pride of place in Southampton for hundreds of years. So, with the venue being so near, to make use of them for pictures at the beautiful wedding of Jen and Lee on 1st April, was a no-brainer!
The wedding took place at the Southampton Holiday Inn. It’s in a prime location: with the old walls to one side, and the stunning water front views of the Mayflower Park, to the other.
Some awesome photo opportunities then!
Quick mention for the fantastic staff at The Holiday Inn, who were exemplary in their desire to make sure everything ran smoothly – as indeed it did!
The beautiful bride, in her stunning gown, walked into the ceremony to the music of the famous Elvis Presley song “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” played by Alison, a very talented violinist.
At our pre-wedding get together with the lovely couple, we had ambled across to the old walls, which we all agreed would make the perfect setting for some of their pictures.
On the day itself, we had everything crossed for good weather. As indeed we do for every wedding we photograph of course, but especially so this time! The plan was for the majority of the wedding party to make their way from the hotel to the walls, via a very busy main road (thank goodness for the pedestrian lights!). Torrential rain would have made things very tricky!
Luckily, the sun shone and it all worked even better than anticipated, despite the somewhat gusty wind. To experience the fascinating Old Town Walk with the bride and groom and their family and friends, was brilliant. The group shots turned into a bit of an adventure!
We took the “all guests” photo at the hotel first – there’s a perfect spot to the side of the hotel with lots of steps, so I could get to a good high vantage point. Everyone in view!
At the walls we could concentrate on the rest of the family and friends’ shots. We stopped at different locations along the walk, to make the most of the variety of fabulous scenic views.
The guests made their way back to the hotel as and when their photographs were done. When everyone had eventually filtered away, it was only the lovely couple with the children, their pageboys and flower girl, remaining. We took a couple of fun shots of them all by the arches, otherwise known as The Arcades.
The walk is also home to the 15th Century Tudor House, one of Southampton’s most haunted buildings, apparently! The outside of the building is perfect for romantic couple shots – no paranormal beings spotted!
Once everyone else had gone back to the hotel, dark clouds had started to appear. The impending rain meant a quick change of plan and the proposed evening shots in the Mayflower Park with the newlyweds were brought forward.
It turned out to be the most amazing time of the day to take the shots. The sun was low creating some beautiful light and rays. The water absolutely sparkled! A perfect atmosphere for some very romantic pictures.
As the happy couple strolled hand in hand back across the park, the hotel could be seen in the distance. Perfect to feature in the pictures to add to the story and set the scene.
Everything fell into place so very well. We were back at the Holiday Inn in good time for the wedding breakfast!
Loved the bride’s gorgeous red shoes!!
Sticking with the historic theme … check out this swash-buckler of a sword for cutting the cake!!
Awesome cake eh! Made by the clever folk at http://www.specialitycakes.biz/ – and chosen by the groom himself!
The happy newlyweds then took to the floor for their first dance.
A truely special and wonderful day!
Made all the more special by the amazing talents of :
Violinist, Alison Rowley http://www.morrismonday.com/
Flowers by Sarah Grist at Penny Lane Flowers https://www.pennylaneflowers.com/
Dress by Ann, Sue and Dee of Mayflower Bridal http://www.mayflowerbridal.co.uk
Cake by Speciality Cakes http://www.specialitycakes.biz/
Congrats to the new Mr and Mrs!!