New forest wedding photographer

New forest wedding photographer

The kiss on Rhineifields ornamental drive. On the way to reception at Rhinefield house

NEW FOREST WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

As a New forest wedding photographer I do feel rather blessed with the most amazing venues on the south coast. From Rhinefield house, Chewton glen, Balmer lawn, Burley Manor, The Domus at Beaulieu. The list is huge. Here you will see some of my favourite photographs that I have taken all around the New forest and some blogs that I have done of some of my favourite venues.

As I am very lucky to have the New forest on my doorstep I do go and visit a lot. Sometimes to take photographs or to just go for a walk. Below you will find some of my favourite places.

NEW FOREST WEDDING VENUE MAP

It must be incredibly daunting looking for your wedding venue. You know that you want to get married in the New forest but have no idea of where to start. Here is a map of the New forest with all the best wedding venues. Underneath the map you will see some web links of some amazing hotels

NEW FOREST WEDDING WEBSITE LINKS

NEW FOREST VENUE BLOGS

As a new forest wedding photographer I have been to many of the brilliant venues. There has been loads of absolutely fantastic days. Here are 3 of my favourite days over the last couple of years. I do hope you find them useful.

Rhinefield house in the Autumn

RHINEFIELD HOUSE

This hotel has given me amazing memories over the years. On a personal note being best man for a good friend and professionally when helping another photographer out and he fell into the lake at the back of the hotel! 

the Three tuns Christchurch

THE THREE TUNS

This wedding  at The Three Tuns Christchurch was an absolute joy. It was a gorgeous warm sunny September day in the New forest. We had everything including some sparklers after the first dance. 

Chewton glen wedding photographer

CHEWTON GLEN HOTEL

This wedding was originally going to take place in May 2020 but of course was taken over by the pandemic and the lockdown. After numerous attempts of rebooking the wedding took place.

NEW FOREST WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER FAVOURITES

Montagu Arms traditional Bride wedding shot
New forest wedding photographer
Couple going down the Beaulieu high street
'We are married' at the Chewton glen
New forest wedding photographer
Family group shot at the Domus
Candid moments at the Burley manor
New forest wedding photography
Couple outside the gates of beaulieu
First dance at Rhinefield house
Autumn wedding at the Balmer lawn hotel

FAVOURITE PLACES IN THE NEW FOREST

Castlemaine trail in the New forest

CASTLEMAIN TRAIL

This used to be an old railway line which ran through the New forest until the Beeching cuts in the 1960’s. It is now a gorgeous walkway. I must go down every month or so as the light has an amazing way of playing with the trees. This part of the walk is from Holmsley tea rooms and runs a couple of miles to a car park near Burley.

Tea rooms at Holmsley website – https://www.stationhouseholmsley.com/

 

Hatchet pond at sunset

HATCHET POND

Hatchet Pond was created around 200 years ago when a causeway was built to dam the Hatchet Stream, flood previously present marl pits and in the process, provide power to drive the wheels of Hatchet Mill, a corn mill located across the causeway. Now, there is a car park and you can walk around the lake. In summer you can see gorgeous sunsets, like this one.

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NEW FOREST WEDDING TESTIMONIAL

Thank you so much for sending our photos through, we are struggling to find the words to say how absolutely incredible they are. You have captured our day so perfectly and we have relived our wedding time and time again through your photos. Not only are they photos but they really are works of art; from the cheeky smiles of the flower girls to the raw emotion we both felt on the day and everything in between.

We have had so many comments from all our guests about how lovely you were on the day quite honestly we all forgot you were there. You directed us when we all needed it and as a result the photos are perfect.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being so understanding in times of covid when we had to move our date time and time again. Never once did we feel like you would let us down. Our pre wedding shoot enabled us to gain excitement for our big day and you ensured it happened when we both felt down about our first wedding postponement.

We are genuinely over the moon and we cannot wait to show all our family and friends our wonderful day and to relive it over and over again.

Dan & Martha (July 2021)

MORE ABOUT ME

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Connaught hotel wedding

Christmas wedding at the Kings arms

Christmas wedding at the Kings arms

CHRISTMAS WEDDINGS AT THE KING ARMS

A Christmas wedding at the Kings arms is a very special occasion. I might be a bit biased as it is my local but the hotel does it so well. I love a good wedding at Christmas time. Everyone is wanting to have a good time at this time of the year but throw into the mix a good celebration it is the ultimate party time!

The King arms is a fabulous hotel in my local town of Christchurch. There is two parts to have a wedding at the hotel. Firstly you have the Pavillion. This is opposite the hotel near the ruins and is where you can have a good gathering for your wedding. Inside the hotel is set for for your party and your food.

The time and attention spent on decorating the hotel in lights and christmas decoration was fabulous and really added to the festive vibe.

The Kings arms Pavillion
The Kings arms hotel

BACKGROUND TO THE DAY

It is amazing to think what we all went through in 2020 and 2021. Covid was rampant and just doing the normal things was difficult and stressful. Trying to organise a wedding at this time was incredibly difficult. Not knowing if it will happen or wanting to get excited but didnt want the disapointment of having to start again. Roxy & Ben had to cancel in 2020 but thankfully rearranged for the following year and even though Covid was all around the day went ahead.

THE WEDDING DAY

With all the background of what was happening all around us THIS wedding went ahead and for one day only the awful virus was forgotten and there was a huge celebration of love and family.

Looking back on the day I just remember laughing most of it. There was so many moments where I tried to keep my camera steady from all the jokes and stories in the speeches and the  handing over of the rings.

It will live in my memory banks for years to come.

THE SUPPLIERS

Dress – Cherished Bridal Wear (https://www.cherishedbridalwear.co.uk/)

Hair – Grace Bailey Bridal Hair (https://www.facebook.com/gracebaileybridalhair/)

Make up – Laura McGrugan

Venue decorators and flowers – Simply Flowers (https://www.simplyflower.co.uk/

Cake – makesandkakes (https://www.facebook.com/MakesAndCakes/)

Band – Skylark acoustics (https://www.skylarklivemusic.co.uk/)

SLIDESHOW OF THE DAY

THE WEDDING

If you are having a Christmas wedding at the Kings arms or organising an event in the Dorset area please get in touch.

Wedding at the Connaught hotel

Wedding at the Connaught hotel

WHAT A DAY

This Wedding at the Connaught hotel in Bournemouth was a fantastic celebration of two European cultures. Throughout the day there was a lovely mix of traditional English and Flander. With my highlight of when Paul & Esther entered their reception to flying napkins to the song ‘Lac du Connemara’ . From the beginning to the end the real party atmosphere  of the day was present and was so much fun.

 

We got in touch with Charles to take photos at our wedding. My partner and I have been blown away by how fantastic Charles has been through the whole process.

He made us feel completely at ease and comfortable with having our picture taken. We thoroughly enjoyed the pre-wedding shoot and had so much fun with Charles on the day of the wedding.

We are immensely happy with the final package of photos we have received. He got great pictures of us with our family and so many amazing moments that we were too busy to see on the day.

We would unreservedly recommended Charles to anyone for any event, especially a wedding.

Paul & Esther

WEDDING AT THE CONNAUGHT HOTEL

The Hotel is situated in the centre of Bournemouth. Quick walk from the beach and the town centre. It has different sized rooms to fit the amounts of guests coming to your wedding celebration and is amazingly supported by great staff.

THE SUPPLIERS

The venue – The Connaught hotel and spa / https://www.theconnaught.co.uk/weddings/

Wedding dress – Beautiful brides / https://beautifulbridesmidlands.co.uk/

Grooms suit – Sawyers & Hendricks via Slaters / https://www.slaters.co.uk/clothing-brands/sawyers-and-hendricks

Hair & Make-up – Barnett & Boatrace / https://www.barnetandboatrace.com/

The wedding cake – Sweet indulgent fancies / https://sweetindulgentfancies.co.uk/

Flowers – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/StempleShop?ref=yr_purchases

 

SLIDESHOW OF THE DAY

These are my highlights of this emotional rollercoaster of a day at The Connaught hotel.

Music by Luke Barents

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Chewton Glen Wedding Photographer

Chewton Glen Wedding Photographer

CHEWTON GLEN WEDDING

WHAT DID THEY SAY ABOUT ME

Thank you so much for sending our photos through, we are struggling to find the words to say how absolutely incredible they are. You have captured our day so perfectly and we have relived our wedding time and time again through your photos. Not only are they photos but they really are works of art; from the cheeky smiles of the flower girls to the raw emotion we both felt on the day and everything in between.

We have had so many comments from all our guests about how lovely you were on the day quite honestly we all forgot you were there. You directed us when we all needed it and as a result the photos are perfect.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being so understanding in times of covid when we had to move our date time and time again. Never once did we feel like you would let us down. Our pre wedding shoot enabled us to gain excitement for our big day and you ensured it happened when we both felt down about our first wedding postponement.

We are genuinely over the moon and we cannot wait to show all our family and friends our wonderful day and to relive it over and over again.

Dan & Martha (July 2021)

HOW I PLAN YOUR DAY

pre wedding shoot

Having feedback like the above means so much. 25 years of experience of being a wedding photographer has taught me to never take a couples wedding day lightly. It is treasured by the couple so everything has to be right. Planning is the key and I do this in several ways.

Firstly, a part of all my packages is a pre wedding shoot. This essential element is so important as we all hate our photograph taken. This is mostly because we are never taught how to have a nice picture. How best to stand? What to do with feet and hands? Is it best to look at the camera? The most important thing is to feel comfortable infront of the camera. If you are relaxed then lovely photographs are easy. Why leave anything to chance and doing this on the most important day of your lives? On the shoot I will give you some ideas and tips on what may work for you so on your wedding day. We will have some fun along the way with potentially some dancing.

Secondly, we make a plan. This might sound quite obvious but having a timeline of what is going to happen? Which group shots you would like? How many guests are coming? What shall we do if it rains? Everything is discussed so on the day we all know what is happening and how best to get the right picture. Nothing is done by chance as your day is so important.

 

THE WEDDING DAY

This wedding was originally going to take place in May 2020 but of course was taken over by the pandemic and the lockdown. It was then going to take place in early January this year and it looked like it was going to take place but within hours of meeting up  at the end of December we heard the news that again we had another lockdown. Another date followed with disapointment in May but optimism was growing that soon weddings would return so a further date in July was booked. It happened!

What an amazing sunny day it was. From dawn to dusk we had warm sunny conditions. The Gods really smiled on both of them and the relief showed on their faces the whole day.

So many memories of this fantastic day but one that really sticks in my head is when they came out of the main ceremony room with pure delight on their faces. So happy to finally get across the line and say they’re a married couple.

 

 

SLIDESHOW OF THE DAY

Enjoy this short video showing the fantastic wedding of Daniel & Martha.

CHEWTON GLEN HOTEL WEDDING’S

Chewton Glen is a beautiful Hampshire wedding venue which provides the ideal country house setting for your special day. This award-winning 5 Red Star Hotel is recognised as one of the finest luxury wedding venues in Hampshire, and is superbly located within the stunning New Forest countryside.

The venue can accommodate up to 140 guests for a wedding banquet and 200 for a wedding ceremony or drinks reception.

This venue is absolutely fab and am I lucky to call this one of my local venues. Proud to be a Chewton glen wedding photographer.

For more information Chewton Glen hotel please take a look at their website

https://www.chewtonglen.com/get-married/

To see my front page please take a look here

https://charlesthornephotography.co.uk

To see more of my blogs from weddings close to Christchurch. Please take a look at this wedding from The Kings arms in Christchurch. 

or take a look at this small affair at the Christchurch harbour hotel

Thank you very much for your interest in my photography. If you would like to know more please fill in the form below and I will get in contact with you as as soon as I can

We looked long and hard to find the right person to photograph our wedding day and Charles was the perfect choice. He was a pleasure to work with, meeting us for a lovely pre-wedding shoot, helping us to plan everything out in the run-up to the big day and then providing us with a beautifully presented final set of photos once we returned from honeymoon. On the day itself he put us at ease right from the start, blending in seamlessly with our guests and other suppliers. We were really impressed at the way he worked with the bridesmaids and ushers to guide us all smoothly and very efficiently through the organised group photos but were also so pleased with his gorgeous candid shots of some really lovely moments during the day. Thank you Charles, we will treasure these photos for a long time to come!

Tom & Amy (September 2019)

highcliffe castle wedding photographer

highcliffe castle wedding photographer

Highcliffe castle wedding photographer

HIGHCLIFFE CASTLE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Capturing happy memories as a Highcliffe castle wedding photographer is easy. Most bride and grooms want a castle wedding looking over the sea. This place has it all. Gorgeous ceremony room, vast banquet room that can fit all your guests and access to an amazing beach at the bottom of the garden.

For 20 years I have been doing wedding photography at Highcliffe castle. Initially it was just the ceremony room which was open for couples as over 50 years ago there was a huge fure in the castle which totally gutted the building. Over the years, they have been rebuilding and opening new rooms. Believe me if you are a couple looking for that little bit extra, this has it.

THE VENUE

Highcliffe castle is situated on the boundary between Dorset and Hampshire on the coast. When you arrive you have this amazing stone drive to the main front door. It is one of the biggest doors you will ever see. Bridal portraits are often taken in this area before walking round to the main entrance for the wedding ceremony. Some brides come by different transport including horse and carriage and grand old cars. It must be an amazing experience coming by horse and carriage up the long drive to the entrance!

As you come round the building to the back you have the stairway to the Ceremony room. The room is floor to ceiling with windows . The room can fit 100 people, It is amazing sight seeing the bride come in through the doors and going down the isle.

If you follow round to the back entrance of the castle you see the full extent of this magnificent building and you can look down the garden towards the beach. Lot of my main group shots are taken with the castle in the background.

HISTORY OF HIGHCLIFFE CASTLE

The architecture is Grade 1 listed and dates to the 1830’s.  Much of the stonework is Norman and Renaissance, shipped from across the channel.  It has intricate Gothic revival features and stained glass that make it appear older than it actually is.

The castle was the dream and realisation of Lord Stuart de Rothesay, a distinguished diplomat and the gardens were laid out by the infamous Capability Brown.

This style flourished at the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century. The castle played host to many important guests during its glittering heyday with royalty from France, Germany, Holland, Spain, Greece, Italy, Sweden and Norway visiting which amounted to six Kings, ten Queens, ten Princes and twelve Princesses visiting.

The local council bought the property in 1977 and has slowly renovated the castle.

HIGHCLIFFE CASTLE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY MEMORIES

Bride infront of large front door at Highcliffe castle
Highcliffe castle wedding ceremony room
Dream weddings at Highcliffe castle
Bridesmaids group shot at a highcliffe castle wedding
Speeches at a wedding at a Highcliffe castle wedding
Bride and father infront of large front door at Highcliffe castle
excited brides at a Highcliffe castle wedding
Bridesmaids entering ceremony room at a Highcliffe castle wedding
Tears at a wedding at Highcliffe castle
Register photo with all the guests in the background
First dance at a highcliffe castle wedding
Entering ceremony room at a Highcliffe castle wedding
Bride and Groom on Highcliffe castle beach
Bride and groom leaving the ceremony
Highcliffe castle wedding candid group shot
letting your hair down at a wedding at Highcliffe castle

HIGHCLIFFE CASTLE BLOG

Romantic couple on the beach

Rhinefield house wedding photographer

Rhinefield house wedding photographer

RHINEFIELD HOUSE WEDDING’S – A PHOTOGRAPHER’S DREAM

As a Rhinefield wedding photographer you are completely spoilt for choice to where to take photos inside and outside the hotel. Rain or shine you dont have to look far.

Rhinefield house wedding’s has given me amazing memories over the years. On a personal note being best man for a good friend and professionally when helping another photographer out and he fell into the lake at the back of the hotel! That was one of the first wedding’s I ever photographed it is always great being thrown into the deep end!

TIME OF YEAR

For me, my favourite times of the year are May and end of October. Both full of colour for different reasons. In May, we have the warm long evenings with the new life on trees and on habitat. The expectation of the summer to come and time spent outside. At the end of October we have the end of the summer but generally you have one last ‘hurrah’ with some final warmth in the sun before the long evenings but you also do have the colour in the trees which October 2019 defintely didn’t disappoint. Colour in the trees was exceptional throughout the new forest. Rhinefield house wedding’s with a backdrop like that is what all bride and grooms want.

Rhinefield house in the Autumn

THE WEDDING DAY

Looking back to this celebration at Rhinefield house is incredible in so many ways. The amount of fun this wedding party had was amazing. Long lost friends who hadnt seen each other for years from all over the world. No worries of social distancing or wearing a mask. Just pure fun.

Day started with the pitter patter of rain, actually it was incredibly heavy. The forecast changed very last minute so Plan B came out with some photos being inside. Weather didnt dampen anything, far from it, their personality was all over the weather as the photo above shows.

The wedding itself was at a beautiful church in Sopley, outside of Christchurch. Umbrellas were everywhere when entering the church but inside we had the warmth of candles and laughter. It was such a lovely service. My favourite memory was watching the page boy and flower girl coming up the isle with all the audience watching them. The Bride beaming behind them with an adoring father holding her arm. It was such a lovely moment which I will treasure in my memory banks.

After the service we had a quick discussion about the confetti shot which they wanted to do even with the rain pouring down and I am so glad we did as the emotion was on full view for everyone to see.

Rhinefield house wedding's

RHINEFIELD HOUSE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Rhinefield house is a small journey into the New forest. We planned to stop on Ornamental drive to get some photos of the colour in the forest with the goregous car they were driving in. The rains stopped just in time with a glint of light coming through the trees. With cars behind me I was thankful for a bit of social distancing and was able to get a shot on the road. Time was close to 3pm by the time we arrived at the hotel and with the light completely changing outside we were able to get the group shots outside. Sun was like milk covering its cream all over its surroundings. It was one of the most incredible light that I have ever worked in.

With the couple eating I took to the garden and with evening coming on strong a mist started to develop. It was stunning!

The speeches is when everyone a part from the speakers totally relax so I focused my attention on the audience. They didnt disappoint. Emotion was on tap and loved catching it on camera.

So, we come to the first dance. Wow! There has always been a constant joke with my couples about their ‘you tube’ dance instead of the slow plod. This couple did everything including a total outfit change. The preperation they must of made with the hours of training. Doing it all together. Well done Ian & Mayra – you totally nailed it!

What a wedding. Hope you like the pictures.

 

SLIDESHOW OF THE DAY

Love being a Rhinefield house wedding photographer. Enjoy this short video showing my highlights.

Music by Luke Barents

Thank you very much for your interest in my photography. If you would like to know more please fill in the form below and I will get in contact with you as as soon as I can