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Pylewell Park wedding on New Year’s Eve

Why Hampshire wedding photographers long for a Pylewell Park wedding

If you’re looking for a stately home wedding venue in Hampshire, Pylewell park has got to be the goal! With centuries of fascinating history, 1500 acres of grounds, a lake and even a private beach, on paper it’s an absolute stunner of a wedding venue. But reeling off stats doesn’t do the place justice. 

Because what sets Pylewell Park apart is the way it makes you feel. The calm of the luxurious stately rooms as you put on your wedding dress. Walking hand-in-hand through the incredible gardens. The joy of being surrounded by all your closest friends and family in the pavilion. Every time I’ve shot a wedding there, I’ve left on a high and excited to return!

So when Laura-Jo and Charlie asked me to shoot their black-tie wedding at Pylewell Park on New Year’s Eve, I knew it was going to be special. And it did not disappoint! With exquisite styling, a love-drunk couple, a wedding party full of energy, and even fireworks to finish the night, it really was a dream wedding. 

So come take a look at what an amazing wedding this was! 

Jimmy Choos, Stella York and a four poster bed

Pylewell House has ten guest bedrooms you can stay in the night before your wedding. And seriously, can you imagine a better way to start your wedding day than getting ready here?! It’s an experience in itself. I mean, the bridal suite had twin copper baths!

With her Stella York wedding dress hanging from the four poster bed, Laura-Jo sat on the peach velvet chaise-lounge brimming with excitement. And this is what I love about Pylewell Park. Because the atmosphere, the furnishings, the setting, it all comes together to make you feel like a princess for the day (the bride, that is, not me).

And Laura-Jo’s bridal look was definitely worthy of a princess! The pearls in her necklace and her stunning headpiece. The silver sparkle of her Jimmy Choos. Her elegant Stella York dress and full-length veil. Her subtle structured bouquet of white roses, eucalyptus and dried grasses. The relaxed Hollywood waves in her hair and her elegantly natural makeup. She was the picture-perfect sophisticated modern bride. 

And I’ll never forget her family’s reaction when she walked down the centuries-old oak staircase for the ‘first look’. Such an amazing moment to be a part of.

Wedding ceremony in Pylewell Park

Pylewell Park offers outdoor ceremonies in the summer. But for colder months (and rainy summer days), the drawing room inside is licensed for 130 guests. And what a room! 

Gold framed mirrors, ornaments and centuries-old paintings hung on the walls. Beautiful chandeliers hung from the ceilings, and natural light poured through the huge windows. And with all the male guests in black tie, it felt like a combination of Bridgerton and Bond! Effortlessly sophisticated and stylish. And such a romantic place to say your vows.

Reception styling in the Pylewell Park wedding pavilion

The reception was like a black tie event had collided with a festive winter wonderland. 

Long white and rose candles, gold-rimmed glasses and rose-gold details dressed the rustic trestle tables. Winter foliage hung from the wooden beams of the pavilion. And I loved how the venue’s huge gold mirror perfectly complemented the epic gold, black and white three-tiered wedding cake. The space had been totally transformed. And man, did these guys make the most of it?!

The speeches were hilarious, there was ale on tap. And there was even a live saxophonist. And that was before anyone had started dancing! I tell you what, for such a sophisticated wedding, these guys really knew how to party!

Pylewell Park wedding photography

Pylewell Park is a wedding photographer’s dream. The gardens are filled with Australian plants and Japanese bridges from when William Whitaker returned from his travels in 1903. There’s incredible countryside views, a serene lake and even access to a private beach. You could literally just have your ceremony and then spend the whole day touring photo spots in the grounds. 

But as a documentary wedding photographer, that’s not my style. I’d much rather capture you enjoying the experience of your day. Rather than making your whole experience about having your photo taken. Plus it was too cold to go to the beach! But your couple’s portraits aren’t just about the photos. They’re a little time set aside during your wedding day to be alone together, and have a few intimate moments away from the crowds. And that’s an experience I can get behind.

So while the drinks reception was in full swing inside the pavilion, we sneaked off into the grounds to take a few portraits. And they had a few quiet moments to take it all in and just be themselves before returning to the party.

But the night wasn’t over yet…

Finishing the night off with a bang

If you’re getting married on New Year’s Eve, you’ve got to have fireworks, right?! And the fireworks were out of this world! Explosions of noise and colour, ‘oohs and aahs’ from the guests and the smell of gunpowder and smoke filled the air. And Laura-Jo and Charlie stood watching, arm in arm, welcoming in their first year together as husband and wife.

If you’re looking for a documentary wedding photographer in Hampshire and you love my work, I’d absolutely love to hear from you. Please get in touch today for a chat and let’s get to know each other.