Our bride and groom chose the popular Highfield Park Heckfield near Hook on the Hampshire Berkshire border for their marriage ceremony and wedding reception.
The venue is easy to reach from the nearby M4 M3 and M25 motorways and has plenty of free onsite parking available.
Several rooms are licensed for civil ceremonies, the largest being the Chamberlain Room which opens out onto the sunny terrace and has sweeping views of the surrounding countryside. This room is normally the location for the wedding breakfast and evening reception as well. Also available are the smaller Wellington Room and the intimate Stratfield Room.
And should you wish to "live dangerously" - bearing in mind the unpredictable English weather - there is the outdoor Folly available for ceremonies. Kat and Dan did indeed select the Folly but sadly heavy rain arrived shortly before the start of their ceremony and so we had to adjourn to the Wellington Room.
The weather was a real tease for us for most of the day, at some points looking threatening, at others dumping torrential rain, and at yet other points warm bright sunshine! And to add to the test of patience we also had strong winds, making the set-piece photos of the ladies with long hair quite a challenge. But despite all that the elements could throw at us it was a great day.
Our couple booked a combined photography and video package starting shortly before the ceremony and finishing once the evening dancing was well underway.
The first photo below shows Highfield Park from one of its most familiar angles, shot from a position on the very extensive lawns:
The Folly at Highfield Park was prepared ready for the wedding ceremony as you can see in the next photo.
We had rain showers in the morning - you can see the rain drops on the chairs in the next photo - and in the end we couldn't risk having the ceremony outside.
So the ceremony was transferred to the Wellington Room as seen in the next photo. Its a tight fit at full capacity. The chairs and top table can also be arranged so that the top table is in front of the window to the right of the camera position (just out of shot). In other words everything rotates 90 degrees clockwise:
Our groom Dan had a "best woman" rather than a best man. All was revealed as to why he chose this unusual arrangement during the speeches.
Its a tight fit for shooting at the front of the Wellington Room but we got away with it:
There are terrific views of the Hampshire countryside as a backdrop to the big group photos at Highfield Park:
We shot the smaller groups under some tree cover to take advantage of the shade - which is better for portraiture than direct sunlight. There was no getting away from the strong wind gusts though.
The Chamberlain Room at Highfield Park prepared ready for the wedding breakfast:
The "lads" enjoy cigars during a break in the wedding breakfast at Highfield Park:
Can you work out what is going on in the next photo!
There was some serious dancing going on in the evening. The next photo is Peter's own favourite from the day:
Look carefully at the next photo - all is not what it seems!
We completed the bride and groom portraits in the evening around the grounds at Highfield Park:
A bouquet toss always makes for some great photos:
We even had football matches in the evening!
Always good to finish with a nice sunset:
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