Lainston House, near Winchester

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Our Lainston Review:

Lainston House is a fabulous venue for weddings at any time of year. The grounds are meticulously well kept and include some small ruins. There are amazing gardens on three sides of the venue. The front is a grand and stunning approach for your guests, the back has outstanding views and the side is intimate and sheltered with garden furniture.

The interiors are similarly wonderful with the feel of a grand country house. The decor is exquisite and the furnishings are sumptuous. This venue oozes class and historic character. If you love Jane Austen you should really look at this place.

The rooms we’ve been in for bridal and groom prep have been fantastic. Stunning interiors with acres of space and glorious soft light from the huge period-design windows.

The staff are second to none at Lainston and the whole feel of the place is one of welcome, style, class and comfort.

Wedding ceremonies can be held at Lainston either inside, or outside if weather permits. For inside weddings they use the same room for the ceremony, the reception and the dance. It is spacious but intimate with bare-brick walls and timbered ceiling. It is joined to the rest of the hotel by covered corridors. When the room is being turned round the guests go to one of the lovely lounges in the hotel or out into the gardens if weather permits.

Lainston House is not far from Winchester and is set in the most amazing countryside with a long sweeping driveway up to the house and car park. Cars are kept away from the front of the house during weddings which is fantastic for photographs. There is ample parking only a short walk away from the main buildings.

For us, Lainston is a Top Summer Wedding Venue because of its amazing architecture and grounds and Top Winter Wedding Venue because of the amazing interiors with plenty of light and space. Even if there has been rain before the wedding day leaving grass muddy and soft, there are plenty of stone-slab patios and paths close to the buildings so the beauty of the grounds can be enjoyed without venturing onto muddy grass.

Lainston is a top class venue with amazing staff and a great feel to the place. There are countless photo-opportunities both inside and out at all times of year and in all weathers.

It is definitely worth considering Lainston House as a possibility for your wedding venue.

by Steve Dunster
28 May 2018
Hampshire Wedding Photography

Rivervale Weddings

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Our Rivervale Review:

Rivervale is a fabulous venue for weddings at any time of year. The grounds are meticulously kept and are beautifully landscaped and include a well kept pond, ideal for reflection photographs. The interiors of the barn are similarly wonderful with an undeniably rustic feel but with such beautiful decor that it has the benefits you’d expect from a high class modern venue - great light with modern fittings and comfort.

There is actually two big barns, both have amazing interiors and they are joined by a stunning foyer area. One barn is used for ceremonies and the other for your meal. The foyer is used for your dance.

Within the circle of buildings is a courtyard with a Continental in feel. There are chairs and tables for your guests to relax in the sheltered courtyard and drink and chat but there are also some wonderful features useful for great photographic possibilities: a fountain, a pitch-roofed gate, a plant clad two story chalet with external iron spiral staircase and Romeo & Juliet balcony.

There is the most amazing Bridal Prep suite of rooms which look out on one side to the fountain in the courtyard and out over the manicured gardens on the other side. These rooms are beautifully fitted and look fantastic but have modern fittings and are very practical. From a Bride Prep point of view the rooms are spacious, well lit, look fantastic with windows and a full length mirror and a bedroom and bathroom. A wonderful place for any bride to start her day.

With so many things good to say about the grounds and architecture of Rivervale, it would be all too easy to forget to mention the staff - but they are all quite exceptional. Not only are they well turned out and run things like clockwork silently behind the scenes, but I have never known staff (as a group) to be so aware of what the photographer is doing and whether they would be in the background of the photograph. They are an absolute pleasure to work with.

Although Rivervale has the feel a light and space and rustic grandeur, it is so beautifully laid out that there is surprisingly little walking to do. A definite plus for older guests and ladies with big high-heals.

There is ample parking at Rivervale and it is set right in the middle of the countryside.

For us, Rivervale is a Top Summer Wedding Venue because of its amazing grounds and courtyard, but also a Top Winter Wedding Venue because of its amazing interiors, plenty of light and space inside and a very picturesque courtyard that is both sheltered and is stone floored, ideal for group photographs if the grass is too soft in the garden.

If you want a barn wedding that has the benefits of modern fittings and great staff with great photographic options all the year round, we strongly recommend you have a look at Rivervale.

by Steve Dunster
27 May 2018
Hampshire Wedding Photography

Tithe Barn Weddings, Petersfield

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Our Tithe Barn Review:

The Tithe Barn is amongst the loveliest barn wedding venues we have worked at. The barn itself is beautifully decorated inside with good lighting and plenty of white surfaces for photographers to bounce their lights off. But it also has the most wonderful arches as part of the roof structure which almost makes it look more like a church than a barn.

The grounds surrounding the barn are expansive and seem to disappear into the distance blending seamlessly with the surrounding countryside. It really does feel as though you are in the middle of the countryside with huge skies and hills. Despite the silent feeling of being the in the middle of no-where, the Tithe Barn is only 5 minutes from Petersfield which is on the main A3M and is very easy to get to.

There are plenty of small trees around the grounds which both give beauty to the view and shade to guests on a hot Summer’s day.

The barn and its grounds are huge and large wedding would be comfortable there.

Some barns are very dark but the Tithe Barn is wonderfully light and looks fantastic with its vaulted arches. The loos look more like something you’d expect to see in a high class hotel than in a barn.

The Tithe Barn feels wonderfully intimate but is actually spacious and expansive. It has the flavour of a rural barn but with the modern fixtures of a good hotel and the architecture of church. It feels as though you’ve travelled right into the middle of the countryside but are only five minutes from the A3M. The grounds are expansive but silent apart from the noises of the countryside - add a small jazz band and you’ve got yourself a wonderful ambience.

The inside the barn is very spacious and if necessary group photographs could be done there out of the weather but this venue really comes into its own when the weather is good enough for your guests to roam around outside and soak up the beauty of the landscape around them and enjoy the shade of the trees.

The Tithe Barn Petersfield is definitely a Top Summer Wedding Venue but is still worth considering for a Winter Wedding. You can use the barn just for your reception or you can have your ceremony there as well. Do have a look, the Tithe Barn is a very popular wedding venue and with jolly good reason. The atmosphere is lovely.

by Steve Dunster
2 September 2015
Hampshire Wedding Photography

Sopley Mill Weddings

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Our Sopley Mill Review:

Soplely Mill is an 18th Century water mill with lovely views of the Avon water-meadows, a lovely garden and very atmospheric period interiors.

Soplely Mill is intended to be a “blank canvas” for a couple who want to organise their own day, appointing their own caterers, planners, etc. to get the right combination for their perfect day.

There are several floors to the mill, the top floor being used for your meal, the middle floor used for your ceremony (if they have been registered now) and your evening party, and the lower floor open for your guests to roam in and out during the day whilst having canapés etc.

It is a wonderfully secluded wedding venue with great views and with an enormous amount of flexibility. It has a lovely garden, plenty of parking and is very atmospheric.

If the weather is good enough for guests to spill outside, this is a fabulous venue. If the weather is poor there are not many good options for large group shots inside but this wouldn’t matter if you intend to have your ceremony somewhere else and can do the group shots at your ceremony venue.

This is a very nice Summer wedding venue and well worth a look if you want plenty of control over your day.

by Steve Dunster
30 April 2015
Hampshire Wedding Photography

Sopley Mill
Mill Lane
nr Christchurch
BH23 7AU

Call David on 01425 672586

Master Builders Bucklers Hard Weddings

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Our Master Builders Review:

The Master Builders Hotel at Bucklers Hard is on the Beaulieu River only minutes drive from the picturesque Beaulieu River and acclaimed National Motor Museum. It is actually the old home of the master builder who owned the company that made Ships of the Line who fought in the Battle of Trafalgar.

There is an iconic wide street of period houses leading down to the river which can be great for photographs but be warned that this area is open to the public and can be full of “muggles” during the Summer.

Down on the riverside is beautiful but looks best in the Summer when the leaves are back on the trees and blue sky is reflected in the water.

The venue itself is oozing with historic and maritime character it is very cozy, especially in the Winter with the small of wood smoke from the gorgeous fireplace in the wonderfully “cottagy” lounge.

The garden of the venue looks very pretty and slopes away down to the river’s edge but this slope does restrict the number of level-ground places in the garden you could have group shots and if there weather was poor there are not many indoor options for large groups.

For smaller weddings this venue would be lovely with lots of options in all weathers. For larger weddings it is an exceptional historic venue with a difference provided the weather is fine enough for guests to spill out onto the gorgeous garden, iconic historic street and riverside.

by Steve Dunster
4 May 2015
Hampshire Wedding Photography

The Master Builder’s House Hotel
Bucker’s Hard
Beaulieu Estate
SO42 7XB

01590 616253

Froyle Park Weddings

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Our Foyle Park Review:

Foyle Park is an exciting new wedding venue not far from Alton, right in the middle of Jane Austen country. It has lovely gardens and beautifully decorated spacious rooms. They have a historic part of the venue with a wonderfully period feel to it (which when we have been there has been used for canapes and ceremony) and a stunning new wing with sumptuous fresh decor (which was used for the reception and evening party).

The view from the rear garden is gorgeous and the garden itself is beautifully maintained.

Froyle Park has a lovely intimate feel to it and it really works having the period part of the venue followed by the fresh modern part.

Because of the views and wonderful garden this Froyle Park would obviously be at its best in the Summer when the days are long and guests can spill out onto the lawns and enjoy the view. But it is also a wonderfully cosy Winter wedding venue with plenty of hard-standings with pleasing backgrounds so group shots would not have to be taken with guests standing on soft mud.

Foyle Park is a really lovely wedding venue and we strongly recommend it, certainly worth a look.

by Steve Dunster
1 May 2015
Hampshire Wedding Photography

Foyle Park Country Estate
Ryebridge Lane
Upper Froyle
SO42 7QB

Estate Office 0844 891 0680

Elmers Court Weddings

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Our Elmers Court Review:

Elmer’s Court is a gorgeous wedding venue just outside of Lymington in the New Forest. It has fabulous exteriors, very elegant interiors and substantial grounds that allow yourto walk right the way down to the banks of the river.

When we have been there bridal prep was in a very pleasant, well lit suite of rooms not far from the main building. There is also a sports bar for your guests to congregate before the ceremony. Elmer’s Court is also a hotel which can be great for guests who want to travel down the day before your wedding or not have to drive after your evening party.

The grounds are very nice and rooms are spacious and wouldn’t look out of place in a period drama.

Elmer’s Court is an obvious candidate for a Summer wedding because of it’s glorious grounds and views but it is equally good as a Winter venue because it’s rooms as so spacious and there is plenty of room on the patio at the back of the main building for group shots (so the ladies don’t have to lose their heals in mud).

Whenever we have been there the staff have been absolutely top class and the venue has a lovely feel about it.

We would definitely recommend Elmer’s Court as both a Top Summer Wedding Venue and a Top Winter Wedding Venue. Well worth a look.

by Steve Dunster
30 April 2015
Hampshire Wedding Photography

Elmer’s Court Country Club
SO41 5ZB

0845 601 1734

Old Thorns Weddings

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Our Old Thorns Review:

Old Thorns is a top golf club near Liphook, Hampshire with attached hotel and two fabulous wedding suites.

The larger suite can cater for a substantial number of guests with a large bar, large dance floor and great decor. There is a modest garden attached to it for outside wedding photography if appropriate.

The more intimate suite over looks the actual golf course, has a lovely view and its own attached bar and patio that backs onto the golf course. It has its own intimate bar and a separate room for the ceremony and the reception. The dance floor for the evening is in the same room as the ceremony earlier.

Which ever option you choose for your wedding, you will have the opportunity to ride in a golf buggy with your photography to one or two of the beauty spots on the course for wedding portraits (weather permitting).

The foyer of the hotel is a very striking place for wedding photography and is available which ever you option you choose. The foyer is a fascinating combination of modern decor in traditional architecture. It has modern steel and glass stair case and modern sport lights and a wall covered with black and white photographs of Hollywood stars but the architecture itself is one of a renovated barn. Very pleasing and in complete contrast to the elegance and intimacy of the wedding rooms themselves.

The golf course itself has some glorious views and if you choose the smaller of the two wedding suites which backs onto the gold course it is likely you’ll be able to make the most of a sunset if you’re lucky enough to have one.

There is ample parking close to the hotel, the staff are fantastic, the decor is awesome and the views around the golf course are fabulous. We definitely recommend that you have a look at this venue if you like the idea of a golf/hotel wedding venue.

by Steve Dunster
28 November 2013
Hampshire Wedding Photography

Griggs Green
GU30 7PE

01428 724555

Rhinefield House Weddings

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Our Rhinefield House Review:

Rhinefield House has outstandingly beautiful exteriors, interiors and grounds. The interiors are not only beautiful but spacious making Rhinefield an excellent choice for a Winter Wedding. The beauty of the grounds also make Rhinefield a top venue for Summer weddings.

The grounds are substantial and are beautifully designed. They look fantastic both at the front and at the back of the hotel and include three ponds, each with water features, a gazebo, a maze, ornamental steps, a patio and beautifully kept lawns.

It is a beautiful drive through the New Forest in order to get to Rhinefield, then a long drive through trees until you eventually see the stunning architecture of Rhinefield at the end of the drive. This is a wonderful way to arrive.

Rhinefield only do one wedding at a time which makes it feel as though it is your’s for the day.

If you are having your ceremony at Rhinefield as well as your reception, they use the fabulous Hall for both. It has a huge window at the end, it has a high ceiling with candelabras, wood panelling and a fabulous stone fireplace.

[UPDATE: 1 May 2017] Rhinefield now offer outside ceremonies if the weather permits.

Between the ceremony and reception the room will need to be turned round by the staff so you and your guests are moved into a spacious adjoining room which is the same room that is used for the disco in the evening and includes a bar. In the Summer, your guests can spill out from this room onto the patio and grounds at the rear. Some couples hire a singer to entertain the guests whilst having drinks on the patio and sometimes they put garden games on the lawn.

by Steve Dunster
9 November 2013
Hampshire Wedding Photography

Rhinefield Road
SO42 7QB

0845 0727516

Careys Manor Weddings

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Our Careys Manor Review:

Careys Manor Hotel has lovely external architecture and pretty well tended gardens. There is a sweeping pea-shingle drive in front of red-brick victorian architecture including a stepped porch entrances which makes a terrific frame for length bride and groom portraits or even group shots.

Across from the driveway is a bordered lawn garden which is not only attractive but has plenty of shaded areas for Summer weddings. Following the drive back towards the road and there is a gated archway in the garden wall which is another great place for romantic portraits. Going on through the gate leads you to an open lawn to the road which is also beautifully tended with trees and borders. Yet another gorgeous place for portraits in the Summer.

Stepping just outside of the room used for the Reception leads you a walled patio area which is sheltered and also a pleasant place for group and portrait photography. This is also where they place the hog roast if there is to be one. Guests often spill out into this patio area in Summer weddings during the evening disco.

The interiors of Careys Manor are exceptional. The room used for wedding ceremonies is feels intimate but is spacious and is beautifully designed. The room used for the meal is light and airy and great for both Reception/Speech shots as well as spacious enough for a live band and plenty of guests for the evening.

The design of the hotel is such that you and your guests can walk from the Ceremony Room, through the Foyer and into the Reception Room without going outside, ideal if the weather was poor.

[UPDATE: 1 MAY 2017] Careys now offer outside wedding ceremonies if weather permits.

The jewel in the crown of Careys Manor must surely be the interior of the hotel foyer. The gorgeous wood panelled Foyer, with its wooden stair case makes for some fantastic wedding photography.

It is because of the these varied and pleasant outside wedding photography opportunities as well as its gorgeous interiors that we have rated Careys Manor as both a Top Winter Wedding Venue as well as a Top Summer Wedding Venue.

by Steve Dunster
20 November 2013
Hampshire Wedding Photography

Details from their website:

A romantic Victorian Country House 
Up to 100 guests - only 1 wedding held a day
Available for outdoor weddings

Lyndhurst Road
SO42 7RH

01590 624467

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