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My Top 5 Wedding Venues in Hampshire

My Top 5 Wedding Venues in Hampshire

Top 5 wedding venues hampshire

Since starting my wedding photographer journey nearly 15 years ago, I’ve been lucky enough to visit many, many wonderful wedding venues around Hampshire, so I thought it was high time I compiled a little list of my favourites to give any new Brides and Grooms some ideas of venues to visit. So first up, drum roll…

 

Clock Barn

Clock Barn in Whitchurch has got to be at the top of my list – I always shoot around half of my weddings here every year and I bloomin’ love it. In fact, I’m practically part of the furniture.

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Just look how beautiful it is inside! It’s absolutely perfect for a rustic, Hampshire barn style wedding. The ceiling is super high so the room feels very light and spacious and you can opt to keep or take down the neutral white bunting. I love it when couples hang flowers down from the ceiling too, not only does it look beautiful but it smells amazing as well!

Clock Barn in Hampshire

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One of the best things about a Clock Barn wedding is that there are so many gorgeous little areas for photos – from the main road outside which is shrouded in trees to the willow and the flowers out the front to the textured rustic barns… there’s even a cornfield in the summer! Clock Barn has everything you could want for a beautiful, rustic barn wedding, and I haven’t even mentioned how amazing the food is yet!

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Penton Park

Penton Park in Andover is an absolute gem of a wedding venue. A private house sitting on top of rolling Hampshire hills, the house can be hired for exclusive use for couples to get ready in, married and party.

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The gardens are green and beautiful, with the option to marry in the great outdoors or in the elegant dining room. The best part is that it’s so customizable; want to get married outside and then have a pcinic? No problem! Want to get married indoors with only 20 people and then have banquet late in the evening? Sure!

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Penton Park has a wonderfully homely feeling – you’re made to feel completely and totally welcome by the team who run it so it’s always one of my favoutire places to visit.

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Beaulieu Treehouses

And now for something completely different! Beaulieu Treehouses in The New Forest is a completely unique and unusual venue, and absolutely perfect if you’re looking fr something a little bit quirky!

Beaulieu Treehouses

It’s impossible to show how fab the treehouses are from photos because their mostly hidden in trees…which is the best bit! The wedding ceremony can take place in either treehouse depending on number of guests which people can access by wither walking up the ramps or braving it across the rope bridge. After the ceremony, guests are usually encouraged to walk back down to ground level where everyone can tuck into canapes after giving the wedded couple a good old confetti soaking.

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One of my favourite things about Beaulieu Treehouses is that just a little further into the woods is a fire pit, which is perfect for gathering around for the speeches. In practical terms it gives the venue staff an opportunity to get the rooms ready for the party whist you and your guests can huddle together, keeping warm over the fire, sharing speeches and hot mulled cider.

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Rhinefield House

Rhinefield House in The New Forest is a glorious building – in fact it looks more like a castle than a house with the longest and most alluring driveway I’ve ever seen. The gardens are simply perfect, with a huge carp pond in the middle and it’s iconic blue gates at the bottom. Recently, couples can get married outside which has become hugely popular, so guests get to really use and appreciate the gorgeous grounds of the venue.

Rhinefield House

If getting married outside isn’t your thing or if the weather isn’t ideal, then ceremonies take place inside the grand dining hall. Dark paneled with a huge window and chandeliers, this room has a real historic feel to it – check out that amazing fireplace!

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I’ve always been spoiled for choice with where to do my couples shots at Rhinefield because there are so may beauty spots, so I always take my couples out for a little wander round the gardens and sometimes out into the New Forest area too. My favourite time of the day for couples shots is just as the sun is starting to make it’s way down so the light is soft and extra flattering, and if we’re lucky we might even get some gold in the sky.

Rhinefield House wedding at Rhinefield House

Lainston House

Lainston House in Winchester is a wedding venue with everything…literally everything! Not only does it have the most beautiful gardens and country views but there’s a ruined stone castle-like building in the grounds which makes for a wonderful backdrop to the photos.

Lainston House

There are so many beautiful rooms too; there’s the tastefully decorate hotel part but also a barn you can hold the reception in, plus you can opt to have the wedding ceremony outside so there really is something for everyone’s tastes.

Lainston House wedding

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I’ve shot all of these venues multiple times and highly recommend each one. They often have open days so the best thing to do is check their social media and see when you can take a nosey around. Feel free to ask me any questions, happy wedding planning!

If you’d like to send me an enquiry for your wedding, feel free to get in touch via my contact page here.

Beaulieu Treehouse Wedding

Beaulieu Treehouse wedding

I absolutely love a quirky wedding venue and there is none more quirky and just so flippin’ cool than Beaulieu Treehouse in The New Forest at the Countryside Education Centre. It is exactly as awesome as it sounds; a real woodland wedding treat, complete with a rope bridge to boot!

As a recommended supplier of the venue I’m very lucky to get to shoot there regularly, and so I’ve compiled some of my favourite photos to give you some real wedding inspiration below. As you can see, the treehouses are nestled on the edge of the woods, with a clearing out the front with a perfect space to hold a decent sized crowd for reception drinks and of course, confetti!

After the wedding ceremony, which can be in either of the treehouses, guests are free to wander the grounds and take in the peaceful views or tuck in to the tasty canapes and nibbles. You can choose to either stay around the treehouses, or move on down to the meadow, where you can have your reception out in the open or under a marquee. You could even hire some lawn games!

The woods make a beautiful setting for some romantic couple shots and are ideal for family group photos as it’s cool and shaded in the summer and offer protection on rainy days. Back up at the treehouses for dinner, you can opt for a yummy summer BBQ, or a 3 course sit down, whatever you fancy. And then for speeches, you could either keep your guests seated at their tables, or for something a bit different why not all walk en mass down to the fire pit! There you could sip hot cider, toast marshmallows and enjoy the warmth of the fire as you listen to the speeches.

Beaulieu Treehouses in Hampshire is such a special and unique venue. However if you think you’d like to book it for your wedding you’d better be quick as they only book 12 a year!

If you’d like to speak to me about photographing your wedding at Beaulieu Treehouse, feel free to chat to me via here.

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Beaulieu Treehouse Wedding Photography – Kate & John

Beaulieu Treehouse Wedding Photography – Kate & John

treehouse_wedding_beaulieu_001Kate & John’s Treehouse wedding in Beaulieu was seriously brilliant in so, so many ways. Not least because they picked one of the most unusual and quirky venues in Hampshire – how utterly wonderful to get married in a treehouse above the trees!? This wedding had loads of fabulous touches, like superhero details and Lego men favors…o, and a 1990’s music evening sound track! This is exactly the type of wedding where I wish I’d been a guest, SO much fun! I absolutely loved the fact they did their speeches around the fire pit in the evening over cups of hot cider, heaven 🙂

Congratulations you two, what a perfect day. Thank you to my lovely Ange for helping me shoot part of the day, some of these photos are her’s.

If you’d like to chat to me about shooting your wedding at Beaulieu Treehouses, contact me here.

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