Brockenhurst wedding | Phoebe & Stephen

Brockenhurst wedding

Sunny September wedding

Brockenhurst in the New Forest. There is something about the New Forest and the month of September, that finds me photographing weddings there – often in glorious sunshine. This wedding, for Phoebe and Stephen, got the autumn sun too. Better than the forecast had even predicted first thing in the morning. As Phoebe said, if she’d known the weather would have been like that – the wedding reception would have been on the beach! This was a wedding centered around her village. An quintessential English wedding (church and village hall) with a touch of America. Stephen is from the United States, now a Londoner.

Phoebe got ready, with her sister and mother, at the Pig hotel, on the outskirts of the village. Her bridesmaids would arrive there, already changed and ready to assist Phoebe. The church, St Saviours, just a short drive away. Not the originally intended church though. That had been St Nicholas’ church, the oldest church in the New Forest – on the edge of the village – but a partial ceiling collapse meant a change of church. (Better news was that photography during the ceremony wasn’t restricted after all. Phoebe had feared it was but a green light was given the day before. Friendly vicar too!)

Phoebe and Stephen got married. Hugs and smiles all round, plus a serious confetti ambush. I then followed the wedding car, into the forest, for some quick couple portraits. Everyone else headed to the village hall. A big hall but surrounded by car parking, with a small outside patio. So for those sunset couple portraits, we headed down the lane and to a field near the village primary school. Waited a few minutes for it to dip and then the sun delivered. Autumn light.

Back in the hall, the tables had been moved to one side, ready for the ceilidh. Phoebe and Stephen kicked off the dancing. A nice relaxed wedding, on a sunny Saturday in September.

Here are a few images from the day…

Getting ready in the lodge at the pig hotel

bridesmaids arriving

Final hair curling

Bridal veil on

moment of calm

Brockenhurst church

stepping out of the wedding car

waiting to enter the church

Brockenhurst wedding ceremony

the mothers

Hug from granny

confetti run

wedding cake

wedding ceilidh



A fabulous record of a quintessentially English wedding that captures the magic of the day. As the grandpa of the bride I am bound to be biased but I did not anticipate that the atmosphere of happiness and beauty would be so brialliantly captured by the superb photography. Not only the memories but the images will bring smiles to our faces for ever.

You’re absolutely right Neville! Photography was a priority for Phoebe and this will have surpassed her dreams! I’m very grateful.

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