“Barefoot Bridesmaids” – The Elvetham Wedding Photography
I don’t often post examples of my group photos on my blog, but this informal moment between Sophie and her barefoot bridesmaids always makes me giggle. I just love the way their friendship with one another comes shining through in the image. We’d actually taken the majority of the group photos much earlier in the day, but on what was one of the hottest days of the summer, it was so nice to be able to enjoy the grounds at The Elvetham late into the evening. This shot was actually taken just before the couple’s first dance in the long walk of Irish Yew trees that is such an iconic part of the gardens at The Elvetham in Hampshire. As a reportage photographer, I encourage my couples to choose their group shots really carefully so that I have as much time as possible on the day to capture those spontaneous moments that have become my signature style. What I like so much about this shot is that even though it’s clearly been staged, it also has that magic that usually only occurs when people are unaware of the camera.
The site on which The Elvetham now stands has a well documented history and in 1426 became the home of the Seymour family. The original house no longer exists, having burned down in 1840. Rebuilt on the same site in 1860, the new house had later additions including the Library and the Oak Room built between 1911 -1913. In 1901 the carriage porch was added, and the conservatory was built in 1956 (later rebuilt in 1998). St Mary’s church, which also stands on the same site, was built in 1840, designed by Sir Henry Roberts, to resemble a Twelfth Century Norman church with later additions such as the flying buttresses and the angels at the four corners. The area of 35 acres surrounding The Elvetham is much the same today as it was recorded in the Domesday book. A formal garden was created in 1860 and a mile long avenue of Wellingtonias were planted. Amongst its many other trees and flowers is a famous Magnolia Soulangiana said to be the largest in England. After many years of neglect the gardens were restored in 1962, which is when the broad walk of Irish Yews was added, along with many other attractive features.
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