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.

CONTACT ME

Thank you very much for your interest in my New forest wedding 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.

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

Thank you for looking at this blog, I do hope you have found it useful. If you would like to know more please take a look at my ‘about me’ page. Please, by all means make any comments below.

Connaught hotel wedding

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)