Photographing a wedding at Pylewell Park has always been a life goal of mine so when Greg and Jess asked me to be their Pylewell Park wedding photographer I said yes immediately, and was probably almost as excited for their big day as they were!
Pylewell Park Wedding Venue
Pylewell Park is a historic venue in Hampshire that has amazing sea views, a large estate with loads of space and different diverse settings for your wedding. Its history stretches right back to the Domesday book and encompasses the regency period – the house itself is spectacular, well-maintained and has iconic features and details, but the pavilion is also really beautiful and a great space for your wedding reception. It even has its own private beach and endless grounds to wander and take some great photos in. One of the best things about Pylewell Park as well is that it’s got accommodation for its guests which is a great way to share the stories and fun the morning after your wedding day with your family and friends.
Whilst I was there I really noticed that the Pylewell Park team absolutely go above and beyond to make your wedding day a success – whether it’s opening bottles of champagne or subtly guiding guests into position for the confetti line or group shots. They do their best to stay out of the way and ensure the day runs smoothly. They worked really hard behind the scenes to make sure everything ran to time – which helped to make the perfect platform for what turned out to be an amazing day for Greg and Jess.
The Wedding Day
Greg and Jess’ day was essentially a constant symphony of laughter, fun and emotion, and this began right from the start, in both bride and groom prep. Greg got ready with his brothers (who happened to be his best man and ushers) and his dad. Jess’ bridal suite was a hive of activity and excitement – exactly as bridal prep should be, with lots of beautiful moments and laughter from the start. The moment that Jess’ dad saw her in her dress for the first time was emotional for everyone involved (even me) whether it was Jess’ dad or her bridesmaids – happy tears definitely flowed! It was a great way to start to the day and led right into a beautiful ceremony that had loads of personal touches that reflected Greg and Jess, as people, and the love they have for their families.
After that, the ceremony ended and everyone had a fun confetti shot in front of the house, followed by cocktails in the sun. I should add that Greg and Jess got amazing weather on their wedding day and it showed Pylewell Park to shine in all its glory.
The Wedding Reception
The reception was full of great speeches and delicious food, wonderful details – but also some really nice touches like a 1940s-style singer and impromptu dancing on the lawn. As the sun started to set, we journeyed out to do some portraits of Greg and Jess which was great fun. We found a spot on the grounds that was quite overgrown, but also beautiful, with the silhouette of the house in the background and some gorgeous light – which, incidentally is my favourite way to do portraits. Greg and Jess had a beautiful first dance, and everyone joined the dance floor with vigour and joy.
Pylewell Park Wedding Photographer
All in all, it was one of those weddings that lives long in the memory – not just Greg and Jess, but everyone who was lucky enough to be there. Greg and Jess clearly had one of the best days of their lives, and I feel so lucky to be a part of it. If you’d like me to photograph your Pylewell Park wedding, please do get in touch; I’d love to hear more about your plans! I like to think I take a creative and alternative approach to photographing weddings – to make your wedding photos distinctive, timeless, and full of nostalgia.