It really felt like summer had properly arrived for Louise and Huw's wedding in the beautiful Hampshire countryside. This was my first visit to Hill Place - it's such a perfect venue with a very welcoming and homely feel and stunning views across rolling hills to the Isle of wight in the distance. It seemed all very chilled and relaxed in the morning as I arrived with Louise and her bridesmaids getting ready upstairs. Meanwhile the boys relaxed by playing rugby on the lawn, before a quick shower and change and down to the pub next to the church for a quick pint or two before the ceremony.
The church was a few miles down the road from Hill Place, so the couple had hired a beautiful vintage bus to make the journey - it felt as if we had traveled back in time as the 1946 Bedford carefully threaded its way through the picturesque villages. After a joyful service, the congregation emerged into brilliant warm sunshine.
The bride and groom arrived to a shower of confetti, then we took a short walk around the gardens for some photographs - including some on the roof where guests are allowed up to make the most of the views. The wedding breakfast was roast beef - carved by a nominated guest at each table, with varying degrees of skill, it has to be said! A perfect evening followed with croquet on the lawn as the sun set before the ceilidh band set up to get the evening part started.
I received a lovely note from Louise and Huw after the wedding: "...Thanks so much Nick they are amazing!!! So many great ones in there especially in the evening light..."