Winchester Wedding Photography // Kayleigh and Tom

 Kayleigh and Tom Wedding - Reception -

Kayleigh and Tom’s Hampshire wedding was a photographer’s delight, as the couple tied the knot beneath the stained-glass windows of St Peter’s Church, which was bathed in gorgeous, natural light. Having grown up in Hampshire, I love coming home to Winchester to photograph weddings. I find Winchester weddings offer so much, in particular, big, beautiful architecture, and who doesn’t love a big church wedding!

This lovely ceremony was steeped in Roman Catholic tradition, while Kayleigh’s brother Ryan played hymns for the congregation on his guitar, which was a fantastic, personal touch. The priest was also part of the family, and I was able to move about the church unobtrusively to capture the atmosphere of the ceremony... which was great! Sometimes churches can have quite strict rules about where wedding photographers can stand, but on this occasion there were no limitations which was excellent.

After the ceremony, Kayleigh and Tom managed to sneak an impromptu first dance outside the church, as Ryan sang a song that he had written especially for them. The happy couple and their guests all loved it, with lots of clapping and confetti thrown about in celebration.

The reception was just as special, and while the couple’s guests settled themselves into Old Alresford Place, we set off into the grounds to photograph the wedding party in the beautiful Hampshire light. Sadly, Kayleigh and Tom’s reception was this Hampshire wedding venue’s last ever wedding reception, but we gave it a good send-off with some fabulous photographs and a fantastic party.

Kayleigh and Tom’s first dance at the reception was to a beautiful cover of ‘Strangers’ by The Kinks, performed by their friend Tyler Kyte who had travelled all the way from Canada to be at their wedding. The evening quickly dissolved into a lively dance floor and I was able to get some fantastic shots of everyone letting their hair down and having a blast! What an amazing end to a truly spectacular day.

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