Elmers Court hotel Hampshire wedding photography | Tracy & Jamie

 

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Elmers Court hotel deep in the heart of the New forest in Hampshire was the wonderful wedding venue for the photography commission of Tracy and Jamie. Elmers Court is a fantastic wedding venue with extensive grounds leading down to views of the Solent and the Isle of White, with hundreds of rooms and a very large leisure centre attached. Now that’s the wedding venue “where” sales pitch done, onto the wedding!

As always, the wedding dress to start with, one word, gorgeous, and Jimmy Choo shoes as well, just these two items alone tell me we are in for a stylish glam wedding. Meeting everyone at the hotel room at Elmers Court, bridesmaids and bride Tracy everything seemed calm, but with the normal underlying excited tension of a wedding day, with the hopes that everything goes to plan. Bridesmaids did a splendid job keeping things upbeat and relaxing Tracy, and to me this is the number one job of bridesmaids at the start of any wedding day.

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Ceremony

Tracy was hoping for an outdoor ceremony but was alas beaten back by the unpredictable weather, no surprise there! I to was looking forward to photographing an outdoor ceremony as I always get room to get various angles and of course the lighting is always better outside. But when I got into the ceremony room I could see with the various decorations for the ceremony and the ambient lighting we were going to still get awesome images. Groom Jamie was patiently waiting upon his future wife’s arrival and seemed very relaxed and laughing and joking and chit chatting to guests. I could tell straight away that Jamie was going to love having his photo taken, and there for, make my job a piece of cake for the day. Looking back at the ceremony photos now, especially with the high art extra editing I have done the images are beautiful and stylish. On the emotion, we had tears and laughter, which just makes my day for images.

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Relaxed

The weather was to play its part in the group photos but before it began to affect us,  I got the main group shot of all guests in a heart shape which is what Tracy and Jamie wanted, and while I was up from above I decided to zoom in for the confetti shot which where ever possible I often choose to do as I know it was one of the most popular shots I see on Pinterest. The rain only briefly effected our group shots and we soon got to work on some more fun group shots which everyone was up for and making the most of.

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Wedding breakfast

The main room for wedding breakfast just looked awesome and so beautiful, the decorations worked so well with the room and its lavish interior décor. Some wedding venues make my job so easy! The large letter love sign was to play a crucial role in some of the wedding photos, and we certainly made the most of it. I loved the idea for wedding table favour gifts for the guys and girls, you can’t go wrong with a bit of alcohol, and if there are any guests who are alcoholics, then give them chocolate. The cake also was stunning and looks fantastic in the images. Bride and groom had a bit of a wait for various guests to sort themselves out which is often the case while guests set themselves up for the sit down meal. I use this occurrence sometimes to get some more shots of bride and groom, I got some really arty ones and then realised I could get one of my favourite shots using the doorway at the front of the hotel, these shots came out really stylish. Speeches were full of allot of laughter, mainly at the groom’s expense and I loved the effect of my extra off camera lighting which has really given these images a stylish, glamour, sharp look.  I love the photos of all the guests huddled around an iPad to view embarrassing photos of the groom that the best man had sorted out where once again my off camera lighting has really given these images extra impact.

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Romantic relaxed

Onto shots of bride and groom and they look very natural and relaxed in front of the camera and they have got some truly stunning wedding images here utilizing the background of the very photogenic location. I have used off camera lighting again in the vast majority of these romantic couple shots to give far more style and glamour to the flat days lighting from overhead cloud. We got lucky from our walk in the hotel grounds with a bit of sunshine coming through some broken cloud and there was a bit of a breeze blowing and we have some very stylish and dramatic shots here which I am really pleased with, and this was especially possible with Tracy determined not to leave the shot location until I said I had the “perfect” shot, love you Tracy! As well as dramatic looks in style, often at weddings I will mix up the styles unless told otherwise and I have included more whimsical looks as well with more delicate less dramatic lighting and effects. Why stick to one style when it is possible to render and supply many looks and styles in one shoot, with just a quick adjustment to the lighting and composition I can achieve, at speed, a good variety. The more comfortable bride and groom are in front of the camera, the more images we often end up with, so here on the blog we have just a very small sample of the supplied images.

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First dance

There are allot of first dance photos here with a mixture of dramatic and also moody images for the first dance. First dance is one of my favourite shots of the day, and no, not because its nearly home time, but because I get the chance to really excel in my night time lighting opportunities. Obviously one key element besides bride and groom in these shots is also the huge love sign which I tried to use in the composition allot. I have side lighting, back lighting, front lighting, in fact all the possible lighting here. These evening pictures are stunning and love the finishing evening reception off with guests relaxing and dancing. Tracy and Jamie were fantastic clients and the whole day was very, very enjoyable for me! Hopefully will see them both again sometime in the future at another wedding!

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Creative and unique Dorset wedding photographer Nigel R Ware LRPS

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