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Weddings at The Elvetham Hotel Hartley Wintney North Hampshire
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Bride and groom enjoy an intimate moment photographed beside the ornamental pond in the gorgeous gardens at the Elvetham Hotel Hartley Wintney Hampshire after their wedding ceremony

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The Elvetham Hotel Hartley Wintney Hampshire is one of Peter's favourite wedding venues as its such a delight for professional photographers and videographers - stunning interior design, gorgeous well maintained grounds with lots of mature trees and shrubs, a pond, a river, and staff who always work to a very high standard. A real treat. Add to that the great attitude of the registrars responsible for conducting wedding ceremonies at The Elvetham and its a 100% winning combination.

The Elvetham as it is commonly known ("Hotel" is often dropped from its name), is located midway between Farnborough Basingstoke and Reading on the border of North Hampshire and Berkshire; this makes it very easy to reach via the nearby M3 M4 and M25 motorways. Double check your satnav as the main entrance is on the A323 Fleet Road. There is plenty of secure onsite parking.

Peter has worked at the Elvetham Hotel many times and this certainly helps as the whole site is enormous and it can pay to know the "best bits" when time is short or when the weather is against you. There are so many photogenic locations around and about The Elvetham that its all but impossible to try them all at a single wedding - what a great dilemma for any photographer or videographer to be in!

Peter has supplied images to the Elvetham to promote the hotel as a wedding venue, including shots from a low flying light aircraft.

The first image below shows the main building in the foreground and the lovely extra accommodation wing towards the top right. You'll see that the optional marquee has been erected for this event. Part of the Italianate-style pond is visible in the bottom right.

The yew trees - some of which you can see bottom centre in the photo - were used by the late comedian Benny Hill as the location where he was famously filmed being chased by a bevy of scantily clad girls - hard to imagine that would make it onto our TV's now, but he was a national institution back in the day!

Aerial view of the Elvetham Hotel wedding venue Hartley Wintney North Hampshire, photographed by Peter Riding of Ashton Lamont from a light aircraft

The iconic and probably most well-known view of the Elvetham Hotel - the main entrance including the grand Carriage Porch which was added in 1901.

Frontal view of the Elevtham Hotel wedding venue Hartley Wintney Hampshire

And this is the view which greets you as you approach this splendid wedding venue. The Irish Tricolour flew over the building as there was a strong Irish contingent for our bride Janine's wedding:

View of Elvetham Hotel wedding venue showing main building and church in the background

The lawned gardens immediately to the rear of the Elvetham are huge! The Conservatory which you can see in the centre of the photo is lovely for bright and airy wedding receptions:

Gardens at the rear of the wedding venue Elvetham Hotel

This avenue of Irish yew trees is a must have location for photos for all brides and grooms!

Yew Tree Avenue in the grounds of the Elvetham Hotel wedding venue Hartley Wintney

The large Italianate style pond in the foreground is another popular location for wedding photos at the Elvetham. Browse further down this page for examples of photos Peter has shot next to the pond:

Italianate style pond in the grounds of the wedding venue Elvetham Hotel

St Marys Church in the grounds of the Elvetham Hotel was built in 1840 in the style of a Norman church. It is not in use as a church though there have been thoughts about adding it as an extra location for civil wedding ceremonies at the Elvetham Hotel:

St Marys Church next to the Elvetham Hotel wedding venue

Everything about the interior of the Elvetham Hotel is splendid! The next photo shows the view of a ceiling from the bottom of the main staircase:

Ceiling above the main staircase at the Elvetham wedding venue

And here is the main staircase in all its glory! Its a lovely spot for photos if the weather stops you getting outside. It also serves as the usual location for the cutting of the wedding cake by the bride and groom in the evening. You can see our bride Janine's cake on display earlier in the day:

Wedding cake on display at the foot of the main staircase at the Elvetham Hotel

Always remember to look upwards at the Elvetham Hotel otherwise you may miss some of the many unique artworks:

Artwork inside the Elvetham Hotel wedding venue

Wedding ceremonies usually take place in the Oak Room at the front of the Elvetham Hotel. The Oak Room started life as a billiard room in 1913! You'll see it certainly looks the part for gorgeous wedding photos and video. Peter usually starts shooting your ceremony from the rear of the Oak Room and then moves up to the front right corner next to the window. If you have musicians they would normally be located at the front in the left corner:

The Oak Room in which wedding ceremonies usually take place at the Elvetham Hotel

And here is the view of the Elvetham Hotel's Oak Room ceremony room from the front. Doesn't it look just great!

View of the Elvetham Hotels Oak Room used for wedding ceremonies as seen from the front

The fireplace in the Oak Room looks lovely adorned with wedding day flowers:

Wedding flowers on the fireplace in the Oak Room at the Elvetham Hotel

Flowers on the top table add an extra bit of class and interest:

Flowers on the top table ready for wedding ceremony in the Elvetham Hotels Oak Room

The Library at the Elvetham Hotel is also licensed for wedding ceremonies. As with the Oak Room it dates back to 1913. It is trickier for professional photographers and videographers to shoot wedding ceremonies in as it is darker than the Oak Room. Photographers would not usually want to use flash during ceremonies as it can be distracting.

The Library at the Elvetham Hotel Hartley Wintney set up ready for wedding ceremony

Here is the view from the front when the Library is configured to have the bride and groom next to the windows. This can be good to obtain natural light on the couple:

Library ready for wedding ceremony at the Elvetham Hotel

Coverage usually starts with some shots of the dress flowers shoes and so forth and the girls going about their wedding day preparations. Our bride Victoria had a professional dressmaker in the family and so her wedding dress was "properly" stored ready for her as in the next photo:

Brides wedding dress awaits her wedding at the Elvetham Hotel

Detail photos of the dress look great at the start of your wedding photo album. Sometimes Peter uses these as backgrounds for montages - you can see this in action in the sample album designs on the main Albums Page:

Close up photo of detail of brides wedding dress at the Elvetham Hotel

Detail photos of the bridesmaids and flowergirls dresses as also very effective in wedding photo albums:

Close up photo of flowergirls dress at the Elvetham Hotel

Not forgetting the shoes as well of course - especially if they are Jimmy Choo shoes!

Brides Jimmy Choo shoes ready for her wedding at the Elvetham Hotel

The bouquets are also must have photos for the start of the wedding album:

Brides bouquet for her Elvetham Hotel wedding

Other personal touches such as this message from groom Andy to his new bride work great:

Note from groom to his bride before their wedding at the Elvetham Hotel

A real one-off photo - you're not going to get that at every wedding! Our groom Ian is a huge Star-wars fan hence the "May The Force Be With You" on the plate in the next photo. Ian and Susie even had two Star-wars storm-troopers in their full regalia to accompany their wedding ceremony - looks great on the video that Peter shot on the day!

Special present for bride and groom at their wedding at the Elvetham Hotel

Most brides choose to get ready at the Elvetham Hotel but there's no reason why you can't get ready elsewhere and make your grand arrival by vintage limo:

Bride arrives in vintage car for her wedding at the Elvetham Hotel

Flowergirls make for some charming wedding photos all day long:

Flowergirl has her hair arranged before start of wedding at the Elvetham Hotel

The older ones are cute as well ..... of course!

Bridesmaid applies her makeup before wedding at the Elvetham Hotel Hartley Wintney

This bride was leaving nothing to chance - just look at the notes for the makeup artist!

Makeup artist works on bride before her Elvetham Hotel wedding

There are some great photos to be had whilst the bride finishes getting into her dress:

Bride is fastened into her dress before her wedding at the Elvetham Hotel

Mementos such as our bride Nicola's ring which was her nan's engagement ring make for extra-special photos:

Bride wears her nans engagement ring for her wedding at the Elvetham Hotel

A good stiff drink never seems to come amiss whilst the girls are getting ready:

Bride and bridesmaids enjoy a drink of champagne whilst they get ready for her wedding at the Elvetham Hotel

The Elvetham has lots of big well appointed rooms suitable for the girls to get ready in without being short of space:

Bridesmaids help bride into her wedding dress at the Elvetham Hotel

A few semi-formal photos of the bride once she has finished getting ready can be a nice touch. Here our bride Teela strikes a popular pose beside one of the windows at the Elvetham:

Bride poses for photo before her wedding at the Elvetham Hotel

The main bar opens out onto the rear lawns. It is also a popular meeting place for guests to gather before the wedding starts:

Drawing room bar at the Elvetham Hotel with wedding guests gathering before start of ceremony

Often the fellas as well as the girls get ready at the Elvetham Hotel. So there are some good photos to be had of the groomsmen and not just of all those girls!

Groomsman getting ready for wedding at the Elvetham Hotel

There is often something quite racy displayed on the TV in the rooms where the groomsmen get ready ..... funny that!

Best man checks his tie whilst getting ready for wedding at the Elvetham Hotel

Peter usually shoots a few semi-formal portraits of the groom and best man - or best men in the case of the next photo - moments before the start of the wedding ceremony. The last photos of the groom as a "free man" you might say!

Groom poses for photo with his two best men before his wedding at the Elvetham Hotel

There can be some great opportunities for character photos of guests just before the ceremony if time allows. Peter shoots all the photos in colour and then converts some to black and white using a variety of special software recipes. You see both the colour and the black and white versions in your own wedding photo galleries:

Guests await the start of wedding ceremony in the Library at the Elvetham Hotel

A professional toastmaster can make a big difference in the smooth running of your day. Eric Gill - seen in the next photo chatting with one of the fathers before the start of the ceremony in the Elvetham's Oak Room - is frequently on duty for weddings at the hotel. Peter has worked with Eric lots of times, he is a lovely fellow:

Eric Gill toastmaster at the Elvetham Hotel chats before the wedding ceremony in the Oak Room

The registrars will want to interview both the bride and groom before the start of the wedding ceremony to complete a few legal formalities. Usually the groom is scheduled for twenty minutes before the start and the bride ten minutes before the start.

Registrar interviews groom before his wedding ceremony at the Elvetham

The interviews are not in the least bit formal. The registrars from nearby Aldershot Register Office are great and can be relied upon to keep everything relaxed:

It is as well to check the rings are available before the ceremony starts!

Best man checks wedding rings before start of ceremony at the Elvetham

Classical musicians will add a touch of class and add to the sense of occasion:

Musicians play in the Oak Room before start of this Elvetham wedding ceremony

The stairs at the Elvetham cry out to be utilised for some classic wedding photos such as the bride descending with her dad before the ceremony gets underway:

Bride and her father descend the stairs at the Elvetham Hotel

Photos using wide-angle lenses work well from the grand staircase:

Bride and bridesmaids gather ready to enter the Elvethams Oak Room for the wedding ceremony

Lots of emotion as our bride Laura enters the Oak Room arm in arm with her dad:

Bride enters the Oak Room with her dad at the start of Elvetham Hotel wedding ceremony

Peter usually shoots a few scene-setting photos from the rear of the Oak Room before discreetly moving to one of the front corners:

Wedding ceremony in progress in the Elvethams Oak Room seen from the back of the room

Guests eagerly await the arrival of the wedding party. Often this scene is a forest of smartphones and ipads as guests endeavour to shoot their own photos:

Guests watch as wedding party enters the Oak Room at the Elvetham for the marriage ceremony

Once the ceremony is underway Peter usually shoots most of the photos from the front corner nearest the window. This ensures that there are plenty of opportunities to photography both the bride and groom and lots of guests as they look on. It can be a tight fit in that corner as it is also occupied by the second registrar at her desk whose job it is to complete the paperwork. But the Aldershot staff are a great bunch and we are all used to playing at sardines! Christmas weddings are even more of a challenge as this spot is usually occupied by an enormous tree.

Registrar gets wedding ceremony underway in the Elvethams Oak Room

There are some lovely mid-ceremony portraits just begging to be shot:

Bride listens attentively to registrar during her wedding ceremony at the Elvetham Hotel

A key moment at the start of the wedding ceremony is where the brides father gives his daughters hand to her groom:

Father of the bride gives his daughters hand to groom during their wedding at the Elvetham Hotel

Lets see that a bit closer:

The exchange of rings is another key moment in the ceremony. Whether is can be photographed depends on the bride and grooms positions at that moment, but the registrars often make a point of ensuring that their hands are visible to the cameras just for a moment:

Bride and groom exchange rings during their Elvetham Hotel wedding

The vows are another great moment to capture on stills as well as on video. Peter shot the next photo from the back of the Oak Room using a special long lens - you can read our bride Nicola's notes even from that distance:

Vows are exchanged between bride and groom in their Elvetham Hotel wedding ceremony

The little people can be great subjects for candid photos during the ceremony:

Young guest watches wedding in progress at the Elvetham

Sometimes black and white works really well to enhance the sense of character of the subject such as this young guest in the next photo:

Guest smiles towards camera during wedding ceremony at the Elvetham

Wedding ceremonies often have one or more readings. This young chap overcame any nerves and did a great job:

Guest does a reading during Elvetham Hotel wedding ceremony

He did have the cavalry on his shoulder just in case!

The first kiss is a great moment to capture - but is one of the hardest to shoot of the day. It tends to be very short and not necessarily very flattering, but when it works its lovely to have:

Bride and groom have their first kiss after their Elvetham Hotel wedding ceremony

At the end of the ceremony its time for the bride and groom and the witnesses to sign the marriage register. Photography and video is not permitted at this point - or at least not of the readable document itself. Most registrars including the Aldershot posse impose a blanket ban on photography whilst the signing is in progress:

Bride and groom sign marriage register at end of their Elvetham Hotel wedding ceremony

Some live music whilst the signing is in progress is a nice touch. Our bridesmaids were up for the job:

Bridesmaids play violin and piano during signing of the marriage register at the Elvetham Hotel

A "sneaky" photo of the signing can look great in the wedding album:

Signing the civil marriage register after a wedding at the Elvetham Hotel

Once the official document signing is completed its normal for the bride and groom to pose for a few photos pretending to sign:

Bride and groom pose for wedding photo with marriage register at the Elvetham Hotel

Then the witnesses are invited to join the bride and groom:

Then it becomes a free for all as the guests are invited to shoot their own photos:

Guests shoot their own photos of bride and groom with marriage register at end of their Elvetham Hotel wedding ceremony

The marriage certificate is then presented to the newly-weds:

Registrar presents newly-weds with their marriage certificate at the Elvetham Hotel

And the "recessional" is announced:

At the Elvetham the bride and groom are presented with their celebratory drinks immediately on exiting the ceremony room. The Elvetham staff gather in the main hall to proffer drinks to the guests:

Drinks are offered to the wedding guests after the ceremony at the Elvetham Hotel

The newly-weds may like a quick photo in the sumptuous front hall:

Bride and groom pose for wedding photo after their ceremony at the Elvetham

Some couples opt to go for a short drive around the country lanes for a few minutes of peace and quiet before returning to the melee:

Bride and groom enjoy a celebratory drink in their wedding limo at the Elvetham Hotel

A genuine ex-Scots Guards piper adds something special to the day:

Scots piper plays at wedding reception at the Elvetham Hotel

The period after the ceremony and before the wedding breakfast is known as the cocktail hour and its a time for candid photos as well as the must-have posed photos with family and friends:

Bride chats with guest after her wedding at the Elvetham Hotel

Confetti is allowed at the Elvetham so long as its used outside and its biodegradable. Our little pageboy has rather taken over in the next photo!

Pageboy showers bride and groom with confetti after their Elvetham Hotel wedding

The "formal" photos usually start with a big group shot of all the guests attending. If there are lots of guests this may be best shot from a first floor vantage point. The Elvetham staff can let professional photographers into the appropriate rooms. The next photo was shot by Peter from a balcony at the front of the hotel:

Guests gather for group photo after wedding ceremony at the Elvetham Hotel

And this one from one of the bedrooms to the rear:

Family groups tend to be smaller and therefore quicker and easier to set up:

There are lots of photogenic positions around the Elvetham both inside and outside. Another popular photo is the bride and groom with all the parents:

Bride and groom pose for photo with all their parents after their Elvetham Hotel wedding

And with the various dads and mums:

Groom and his father pose for photo at the Elvetham Hotel

Of course bridesmaids and flowergirls make great subjects:

Bride and flowergirls pose for photo together on the lawns at the Elvetham Hotel

If the afternoon sunshine is very bright it can be a good idea to hunt out some shade as this is more flattering in portraiture:

The fellas have their own way of being photogenic!

Groomsmen pose for fun group photo at the Elvetham Hotel

Its the group photo that refuses to die! The reservoir dogs shot. Fellas you're supposed to look serious, scary even. But somehow that seldom happens at weddings:

Groom and groomsmen do reservoir dogs photo pose at the Elvetham Hotel

Everyone wants photos in "Yew Tree Avenue" and its easy to see why:

Bride and groom photographed in the avenue of yew trees at the Elvetham Hotel

The oak tree in the background in the next photo was planted by Queen Elizabeth 1st on her visit to the Elvetham in 1591:

Oak tree planted by Queen Elizabeth 1st in 1591 at the Elvetham Hotel Hartley Wintney Hampshire

The riverside on the opposite side of the Elvetham Hotel is another great photo location:

Bride and groom pose for photo beside the river at the Elvetham Hotel

The manicured garden surrounding the pond at the Elvetham is yet another great photo location. Here is Susie with her Star-wars fan mentioned earlier:

Bride and groom pose for photo with blossom tree in background at the Elvetham Hotel

The Italianate Pond looks wonderful featured in your wedding album:

Bride and groom in wedding photo alongside the pond at the Elvetham Hotel

Reflections in the pond can work well:

Being England the weather cannot be relied upon to behave itself. But the Elvetham has a plentiful supply of brollies and Peter always carries a few as well:

Wedding party shelter from the rain under brollies at the Elvetham Hotel

There is always the inside of the Elvetham for photos on rainy days anyway. Peter carries a large amount of lighting equipment and all the photos can be made inside if necessary or preferred:

Many couples have a "receiving line" before the start of their wedding breakfast. The bride and groom - and usually all the parents - line up at the entrance to the reception room and greet each guest individually. This ensures that you have exchanged a few words with every guest at your wedding even if there are lots of them. The receiving line can have terrific photo opportunities:

Peter receives lots of recommendations from brides and guests. The couple in the photo above were married at Wokefield Park and Peter shot their wedding day. Here is that bride, Natalie, dancing with Elvetham bride Victoria:

Once the receiving line is finished the bride and groom are announced into the wedding breakfast:

Bride and groom are announced to the guests at the start of their wedding breakfast at the Elvetham Hotel

Perhaps you'll get piped in!

The Conservatory at the Elvetham Hotel has great natural light and is ideal for professional photography and video of your wedding breakfast:

Conservatory at the Elvetham Hotel set up ready for wedding breakfast

Peter shoots lots of photos of the details in the wedding breakfast room. These look great in your wedding photo album:

Favour as present for wedding guest at the Elvetham Hotel

The optional marquee is a great choice to accommodate large numbers of guests and as with the Conservatory is bright and therefore good for photography and video:

Marquee prepared ready for wedding reception at the Elvetham Hotel

The Library at the Elvetham Hotel is the usual choice for the wedding breakfast. The next photo shows it all ready for battle to commence!

Library at the Elvetham Hotel set up ready for wedding breakfast

Believe it or not these wedding favours were home-made. Marvellous:

Carrot top for a Top Table name? Whats that all about? Well it refers to our bride Julie's red hair!

Top table decorations in the Library at the Elvetham Hotel wedding venue

Here is our Elvetham toastmaster Eric Gill again, performing his intro at the start of the wedding breakfast:

Eric Gill toastmaster at the Elvetham Hotel starts off the wedding breakfast

The speeches can be crammed full of marvellous photo opportunities, not only of the speakers but of the many guests laughing and enjoying themselves. To really make it count get Peter to shoot video of the speeches as well as make lots of photos. You can view lots of sample videos including the Elvetham, via the main Video Page:

Father of the bride makes his speech during wedding breakfast at the Elvetham Hotel

This little chap grabbed the best mans speech and then proceeded to mimic him!

Pageboy gives a speech at wedding breakfast at the Elvetham Hotel

Traditionally speeches are made by the father of the bride followed by the groom and then by the best man. But this need not be so and plenty of mothers, brides, and other guests step up to the plate. Here we see the proud mother of the bride making a very entertaining speech:

Mother of the bride makes a speech at an Elvetham Hotel wedding reception

Lots of brides and guests recommend Peter. The next photo below is Lisa:

And here she is on her own wedding day at the Swan at Streatley:

There was a strong Irish connection with this groom. Who would have guessed!

Bride gives a speech at her wedding breakfast at the Elvetham Hotel

The next photo is the very definition of reportage style wedding photography. A totally natural, unposed, unscripted, decisive moment as our groom is embarrassed by his best man's speech:

Groom laughs at best mans speech in the Conservatory at the Elvetham Hotel

At last - we find out what exactly it is that Scotsmen wear under their kilts!

Scotman lifts kilt to reveal what is underneath

The wedding cake is usually cut in the evening shortly before the first dance:

Bride and groom cut their wedding cake at the Elvetham Hotel

The bouquet toss is usually best performed outside otherwise it can get entangled with fixtures inside. Look carefully in the next photo and you can see the bouquet in mid-flight in front of the leaves top right:

Bride tosses her bouquet in the gardens at the Elvetham Hotel wedding venue

There may be some "downtime" between the end of the wedding breakfast and the start of the evenings entertainment. Guests congregate in the sumptuous main hall:

Guests relax and chat before the evening dancing starts at the Elvetham Hotel wedding venue

Yes there is a bouquet toss going on in the next photo as well! Look just above the figures head in the painting in the centre:

Bride tosses her bouquet from the stairs at the Elvetham Hotel

And look who has caught it!

As the evening draws in there are some atmospheric photos to be shot such as the barbecue getting underway in the next photo:

Guests enjoy barbecue at the Elvetham Hotel wedding venue

A firework display can really make the evening special:

Firework display at wedding reception at the Elvetham Hotel

Our bride Louise hired a belly dancer to entertain the guests in the evening. Now that is different!

Belly dancer entertains wedding guests at evening reception at the Elvetham Hotel

And of course the first dance is a must-have for photos and video:

Bride and groom perform their first dance at their Elvetham Hotel wedding reception

A live band can really get things going:

Yes that really is a full moon rising over the Elvetham Hotel. No photoshopping going on! A photo of the venue at night can make a terrific closing spread in your wedding album:

Full moon rises over Elvetham Hotel wedding venue

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