Today I am thrilled to share this stunning Hampshire Mansion House Wedding with pretty soft pink and blue details.
Images were captured by Devonshire Photographic.
Carrie is a young, passionate photographer based in Camberley, Surrey offering a mix of traditional and contemporary approaches to photography.
Specialising in weddings, portraits and commercial photography, Carrie covers Surrey, Hampshire & Berkshire with nowhere being too far to travel.
Carrie says of the couples day…
Late May saw Angela & Nick’s amazing wedding day at the stunning Elvetham.
I was so looking forward to their big day as they have been clients of mine for a while and I was honoured when they asked me to photograph their special day.
I started the day with Angela as she got ready while Dan met Nick and the boys for a few shots.
We photographed their beautiful ceremony in the stunning morning room of the Elvetham before some group shots on the lawn.
After those we headed around the grounds for with the couple to capture some portraits.
After a particularly hot and sunny few days, the weather was perfectly overcast for some lovely shots in the venues awesome grounds!
We left the couple are their speeches to enjoy the rest of their wonderful day…
I hand over to beautiful Bride Angela….
How did you meet?
Nick and I have both been married before, but where do you meet someone now a day when you’re 30 something? We both turned to Match.com.
I was reluctant at first, but with some persuasion from friends and seeing that several of my work colleagues had met their partners online, I thought I’d give it a go.
After a few months and a few dates that didn’t go anywhere, I say Nick’s photo pop up, one evening when at a friend’s.
I really hoped he’d give me a ‘wink’, but better than that, he sent me a message.
Our first date was a lovely dinner, quickly followed by another, quickly followed by date three which was an invitation to a family friend’s wedding, where I met all of Nick’s family!
Four years later we have a perfect little boy, another on the way and have had the most beautiful wedding.
We’d discussed getting married……(ok maybe me slightly more) but it was more in that “oh I’d like to get married there” or “I’d like that at our wedding”.
There was never any talk of when.
One cold Valentines Day, Nick suggested we to go Saville Gardens, a place I’ve always liked to go on a sunny day for something to eat and a wander.
It was surprisingly busy, and unbeknownst to me, Nick was scanning for somewhere quiet to propose.
He eventually found a little bridge next to the pond that we’d never found before.
Looking out over the pond, I was probably talking about something silly, only to look round and Nick is on one knee saying he’s got something to ask me.
I’m not sure if I actually said yes out loud but I gave him a huge hug and quickly put the ring on. I think he knew what the answer would be.
He told me that he’d asked my Dad if he could marry me months ago.
He had sat outside my parent’s house for a while, too nervous to go in.
Luckily my parents said yes and then my Mum got involved with when and were it would happen.
Tell us about your Planning Journey…
We had 2 years to plan our wedding, so after the initial excitement, it all went a bit quiet for about a year, in that time we had our son, so our focus was purely on him.
In 2017 we started looking for venues.
We visited a few local hotels and even a converted chapel in Cornwall, but my heart was always with The Elvetham in Hartley Wintney.
I’d always dreamt of getting married there, one of those “when we get married” conversations, but I never dreamt it would happen!
As this is a second wedding for both of us, it was always going to be a small wedding and luckily The Elvetham offer these, as well as hiring the whole hotel.
We went to look around and I got my dream of confirming our date with them.
Working with them was very relaxed and nothing was too much trouble. I’d regularly send e-mails or give them a call and they were always very patient with a slightly control freak bride.
The Morning Room where we had the ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening party is a beautiful room with painted ceilings, a large fireplace and huge windows overlooking the gardens.
Due to this we didn’t need much decoration as it was already perfect.
After booking the venue the next job was to find our florist.
We made a few bookings with local suppliers, some didn’t get back to us or took months to quote, this was disappointing as it was the start of the process and we wondered why wedding suppliers would do that, but also, is this how everyone is going to be!
Luckily not as we found the wonderful Lucie at Petal and Stem in Farnham.
I went to see Lucie with pictures I’d found online and on Pinterest and not really knowing what the flowers were, other than peony’s,
I left it all entirely in her hands and her and her team didn’t disappoint at all. The bouquets and button holes were beautiful and exactly what we wanted.
I changed my mind a few times about the table centrepieces, emailing photos of storm lanterns and bird cages I was finding on trips out.
Nothing was too much trouble and she was so patient with me. I gave the centrepieces to family afterwards and they all contacted me afterwards to say how lovely they were and how much they were enjoying them.
I had in my head I wanted a T length dress, I love the look and a lot of my research had been on this style.
I’d seen the dresses online from a company called Bridal Indulgence in Crondall.
The dresses were stunning, so when it came time to trying some on, I made an appointment with them.
Their dresses really are dream dresses and Kerri is brilliant, her knowledge of the dresses and advice couldn’t have been more helpful in narrowing down exactly what I was looking for.
I narrowed it down to two dresses, both beautiful, but the comment “what makes you feel more like a bride?” sealed the deal. I’d found my perfect dress.
Even knowing it was perfect, I felt like I should look elsewhere as well. I went to a few more shops with my Mum, but nothing compared to the first one.
Then my wonderful Mum told me to stop looking as we were going back to get the first dress!
We thought we’d make our own cake. We wanted a simple Victoria sponge covered in butter cream., easy we thought!
As time went on I started worrying about the logistics of making a three-tier cake in our small kitchen, storing it, icing it and getting it to the venue in one piece.
After a lot of panicking we eventually decided we needed ‘professional help’ and started searching for cake makers.
Again, we had the problem of some not getting back to us with quotes, but luckily for us the brilliant Catherine from Cake Maid got back to us straight away.
Even though she was busy she said she could help us and made us the loveliest cake and exactly what we wanted.
We were never too sure on what to do about entertainment, do we do a disco, but with a small wedding, would people dance? Lawn games, but they rely on good weather? Nothing, just extend the wedding breakfast?
We went backwards and forward on this for months, many sleepless nights, getting advice from friends and Googling, we asked Nick’s friend Dan, who’s a part time DJ, to do a small disco for us, then if no one danced, he could come and join us for drinks.
We needn’t have worried as Dan was amazing and even had my Dad up on the dancefloor!
There was never any question on who we would ask to be our photographer, it would always be the amazing Carrie from Devonshire Photographic.
We met Carrie when she photographed our son when he was 8 days old for his ‘Watch Me Grow’ photoshoot all the way through to his 1st birthday.
Carrie’s photos are beautiful and her eye for the prefect shot is second to none, making us both feel relaxed as we aren’t very comfortable having our photo taken.
Whilst we were having our couple’s shots, Dan, Carrie’s Assistant took relaxed shots of our guests, capturing moments we missed.
The Fingerprint Tree
When we came to decide what we would do regarding a guest book, we contacted the lovely Emily from Bubba Bear Keepsakes.
We met Emily just after our son was born, she printed his feet when he was 8 weeks old and made them into the loveliest picture. She did the same for us when he was 1.
Having discussed this with her, she painted a beautiful oak tree, with our table names on each branch, woven into the branch.
She then matched the colours of the inks that would be used to our wedding colours, a small detail that we really appreciated.
The picture now has pride of place on our wall.
What was the Best Part of the Day?
The whole day was amazing and it’s really hard to choose a favourite part, but having talked to Nick about this, we both agree that the ceremony itself was completely perfect.
As it was a small wedding, we had everyone there who are special to us.
My niece carried our rings, my now step children gave us our rings and our sisters did the readings.
The Registrars we had were fantastic, making us feel so special with their words and making it a really personal ceremony.
Most importantly it was us finally getting married, bringing our families together and me finally becoming Mrs Peters!
As the day started getting closer, I got more and more worried about putting all my trust in other people to make the day happen.
Being a bit of a control freak, it took all my power not to turn up on the morning and do it myself.
I didn’t need to worry, as I should have always trusted our amazing suppliers as they made sure everything was perfect for us, they are the experts. I may have smothered things with a few hundred post-it notes.
What advice would you give to future couples?
I would really recommend doing lots of research to get it clear in your head what you like and don’t like.
A great tool for this is Pinterest. I’ve heard people talk about their actual wedding and then their ‘Pinterest Wedding’.
Get recommendations. Speaking to someone who has first-hand experience of a supplier will save some time and reduce the number who maybe don’t get back to you, like happened to us.
Only invite the special people who you want there. Don’t get sucked into feeling like you need to invite Auntie Ethel who last saw you when you were 2.
Don’t worry about the weather, it’s the one thing you can’t control.
If you’re not going away on honeymoon straight away the next day can feel like an anti-climax.
We didn’t go away until four days afterwards, so just going home the next day felt very strange.
Venue: The Elvetham Hotel
Photography: Carrie Burnie – Devonshire Photographic
Second Shooter: Daniel Robinson Photography
Dress: Kerri – Bridal Indulgence
Suit: Moss Bros
Florist: Lucie – Petal and Stem
Cake: Catherine – Cake Maid by Catherine
Makeup: Alice Porter Makeup & Hair
Entertainment: Grooms friend Dan (DJ)
Fingerprint Tree: Emily Tongeman – Bubba Bear Keepsakes
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