Portchester Castle and St Mary’s Wedding: Steph and Paul

Yesterdays wedding was at St Mary’s inside the ruins of Portchester Castle – a stunning church which I have never been able to photograph in before because of the previous vicars rules for weddings. I’m delighted to say that the new vicar, the Reverend Charlotte Allen is much more relaxed, and really lovely and I now have my first set of ceremony images from inside, nicely tucked away at the front, discreetly capturing moments.

Let’s get the weather out of the way. It was blowing a hooley, as is common at Portchester Castle, and lovely when I got there – ominous black clouds skirted Portsdown Hill, and we got caught shortly after I had photographed the guys and before Steph arrived in her horse and carriage. It did clear just in time for her arrival but really rained hard during the service and that in combination with the wind meant that the family photos were done inside the church with a studio light for optimum quality. Later on as we left for the Princess Caroline the sun and blue skies returned for a stunning view of the car and castle.

So on to the day – guests family and friends were treated to a moving, tender and loving service and it is clear that Steph and Paul are very much in love it was a privilege to get to see and photograph the ceremony. With the family groups out of the way we retired to the Princess Caroline at Ocean Village for welcome drinks and I covered the room, and a posed cake cutting before everyone sat down and ate. Afterwards I was witness to some of the best speeches I have heard in a long time with a continual but light hearted ribbing of the groom who took it all in his stride, and all the guests were laughing and clapping at.

After the evening guests arrived we set sail and once out of the marina Steph and Paul took their first dance as man and wife.

Not only was it a lovely day but I was well looked after by this fun and generous couple and I’m looking forward to designing their wedding album over the next couple of weeks.

Their online gallery will be ready sometime around the 25th but for now a few teaser images from the day


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