Southdowns Manor Winter wedding - Moments to Remember

January 27, 2017  •  2 Comments

Laura and David's wedding ceremony was at St Lukes Church in Milland , West Sussex. St Luke's Church has been in use since 1880 and is known as "the Church in the Woods", so very apt and pretty with new spring blooms and for the beautiful newly married couple. Their Wedding reception was held at Southdowns Manor, Trotton, nr Petersfield; A previous manor house hotel which is now a pure wedding venue, purpose made for events and guests to stay the night.

This was to be a wedding to remember with so many great moments and so while some of these have been in the blog before this post remembers those moments further with the added stories.

For their wedding weekend spring showed us all it could deliver. We had rain, wind, hail snow and sunshine. It was very much a winters day but as I always find the weather really doesn't affect a wedding, it always works out, especially for Laura and David where the return to winter weather for the day was barely noticed by anyone. The light always shone on Laura and David for their wedding day, the weather doing the right thing at the right times with everyone staying dry.

Bridal Preparation
Laura prepared for her wedding at her parents house with family. I photographed the day in my documentary style so they could all get on and enjoy themselves, allowing me to capture the details as well as the all important moments as they happened naturally.

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The flower girls were a little camera shy. So that wouldn't hamper any photos later in the day we went to another room for a little individual fun shoot. They then got used to me being around taking photos during the day and turn a blind eye. This allowed me to capture a lot more of them having fun later.  Southdowns Manor Winter Wedding by Sainte Croix PhotographySouthdowns Manor Winter Wedding by Sainte Croix Photography

Using candid photography to not change the reality of the last few moments of Laura's preparation as her sister helped her to put on the dress. I love these moments, the brides realisation of the importance of what she is about do beginning to show. Laura looking so beautiful in her dress too.
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The Arrival 
As we all drove to the church the skies darkened and let down rain, hail and even a little snow but it didn't impede on the brides journey. The groom, David was already waiting in the church with his 2 best men; a close friend and his son.

As the time grew near there was a moment that showed the building tension in David's face
but he heard Laura arrive at the church door
and turned to listen.

As the doors opened the change in David's face was just the perfect moment. He wasn't to turn until she was by his side but he knew his bride had arrived.

You will see this unfold as I captured the story.

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The Church Ceremony

The ceremony was beautiful. Loving and fun in all the right places. You can see those moments happening naturally as the ceremony unfolds and the married couple walk back down to the aisle together as husband and wife. Southdowns Manor Winter Wedding by Sainte Croix PhotographySouthdowns Manor Winter Wedding by Sainte Croix Photography Southdowns Manor Winter Wedding by Sainte Croix PhotographySouthdowns Manor Winter Wedding by Sainte Croix Photography Southdowns Manor Winter Wedding by Sainte Croix PhotographySouthdowns Manor Winter Wedding by Sainte Croix Photography Southdowns Manor Winter Wedding by Sainte Croix PhotographySouthdowns Manor Winter Wedding by Sainte Croix Photography Southdowns Manor Winter Wedding by Sainte Croix PhotographySouthdowns Manor Winter Wedding by Sainte Croix Photography Southdowns Manor Winter Wedding by Sainte Croix PhotographySouthdowns Manor Winter Wedding by Sainte Croix Photography Southdowns Manor Winter Wedding by Sainte Croix PhotographySouthdowns Manor Winter Wedding by Sainte Croix Photography Southdowns Manor Winter Wedding by Sainte Croix PhotographySouthdowns Manor Winter Wedding by Sainte Croix Photography Southdowns Manor Winter Wedding by Sainte Croix PhotographySouthdowns Manor Winter Wedding by Sainte Croix Photography Southdowns Manor Winter Wedding by Sainte Croix PhotographySouthdowns Manor Winter Wedding by Sainte Croix Photography Southdowns Manor Winter Wedding by Sainte Croix PhotographySouthdowns Manor Winter Wedding by Sainte Croix Photography

As the ceremony ended so did the worst of the weather, perfect timing for David and Laura to meet their guests for the first time as husband and wife. Some very touching moments, especially the look of joy on a wheel chair bound ladies face as she see's the bride properly for the first time that day.

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There were signs the weather was about to turn again and so before it did we grabbed the opportunity to capture some portraits at a few locations around the church, just a few shown here though I worked very quick to get the best in a short amount of time so as not to upset the flow of the wedding day and also to beat the weather! We had previously planned to use the interior at Southdowns manor if weather stopped us so there was no pressure felt for the bride and groom.

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The skies cleared for a few moments just in time for everyone to get into Southdowns manor for the reception drinks. There was a receiving line for the family to welcome guests in to the wedding breakfast. So lovely to see how the family laughs and embraces, especially the brides parents with their grandchildren.

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The Wedding Breakfast
With the room styled elegantly everyone found their seats for the bride & groom to enter and the wedding breakfast served...

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...including the first sight of the amazing wedding cake! This was the part of the day that was David's job; love the style, very unique and great fun!  Southdowns Manor Winter Wedding by Sainte Croix PhotographySouthdowns Manor Winter Wedding by Sainte Croix Photography

The Speeches
Of course a great time of the day for the fun moments. The Brides father started, followed by the groom with a touching message for his so and then another story clearly raising a laugh with Laura! Also with the  bestman's speech which included stories prompting Laura to cover her husbands ears!
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With the speeches complete it was time to relax after the meal. Those that had enjoyed the desserts found new energy to burn in the venues unique spacious layout.

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and as for being camera shy, that soon changed, this was at her request! Southdowns Manor Winter Wedding by Sainte Croix PhotographySouthdowns Manor Winter Wedding by Sainte Croix Photography

 

The First Dance
The last official moment for the big day was Laura and David's first dance and they had a surprise in store for everyone. The time taken in dance lessons showed with a brilliant performance. I am so happy to have captured these moments for them on their special day. When you get to the last of these three you will see just what I mean!

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A message from Laura and David:
"Hi Adam the photos are a masterpiece we absolutely love them thank you so much...

[and in reply to asking for some of these extra details for all that helped to make the day]
 ...and last but not least our outstanding photographer who worked tirelessly all day capturing memories that we shall treasure forever, thank you".

Thank you Laura and David! So many special moments, a pleasure to photograph your wedding story.

 

Amazing list of credits!

Church: St Luke's "Church in the Woods" Milland, (Near Liphook)
Ceremony: Rev Trish Bancroft 
Reception: SouthDowns Manor, Trotton, near Petersfield, West Sussex.
Dress: Suzanne Neville
Shoes: CHristian Louboutin
Suits: for David and best men by David Groves at Room Ten
Dark teddy: Bruin (bride's)
Light Teddy: Big Cheddar (Hazel's, blonde bridesmaid)
Makeup: Bally
Florist: Findlay's of Liphook
Cake: Choccywoccydodah 
Dance Teacher: Heather Frewer
Photobooth: ShutterboothUK
Car: 7 series BMW from Vines of Guildford (of course!)
and...
Photographer: Adam de-Ste-Croix (thats me!)

 

THANKYOU!

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Comments

2.Mary Fee(non-registered)
Love the final shot, swept off her feet!
1.Steve Hughes(non-registered)
Fantastic series of photographs they really capture the story of the day. Well done.
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