Wedding Shoot: Kat and Matt

We’d never heard of the Lord Bute Hotel & Restaurant in Christchurch before Kat and Matt got in touch to enquire whether we’d be able to photograph their wedding. Which is very strange considering it’s only about a 15-minute drive from our house. With its sprawling suites and plenty of luxurious places to take bridal preps and run riot even if it rains it proved to be a fantastic location  and run exceptionally well by their wedding co-ordinator, the jovial and very helpful Chris. When we met up with Kat and Matt for this wedding prep on autumny Sunday morning we also got a whiff our their award-winning roast dinners and it smelt amazing!

We really had the run of the place when it came to the bridal preparations. Stretched out between three different suites including a mini two-floor house and the biggest honeymoon suite we’ve ever seen in our lives it offered up loads of lovely locations.

Kat had quite a troop helping her out with all the essential preps.

Wedding Shoot: Kat and Matt Wedding Photography

With Mum close at hand to help out…

Wedding Shoot: Kat and Matt Wedding Photography

Kat weirdly lost her original shoes which she was looking forward to showing off 🙁 Those pesky wedding pixies must have been doing the rounds. However, these sparkly numbers looked the business, especially on Dairy Milk bed linen.

Wedding Shoot: Kat and Matt Wedding Photography

Kat and Matt’s friend, Zoe did a great job of the bouquets and table settings.

Wedding Shoot: Kat and Matt Wedding Photography

Getting the dress on…

Wedding Shoot: Kat and Matt Wedding Photography

Wedding Shoot: Kat and Matt Wedding Photography

Wedding Shoot: Kat and Matt Wedding Photography

The reaction to Kat’s new Pandora bracelet which Matt left for her that morning…

Wedding Shoot: Kat and Matt Wedding Photography

The lovely bridesmaids…

Wedding Shoot: Kat and Matt Wedding Photography

Wedding Shoot: Kat and Matt Wedding Photography

Wedding Shoot: Kat and Matt Wedding Photography

A proud Mum…

Wedding Shoot: Kat and Matt Wedding Photography

Our ‘Freemans Catalogue’ attempt may have just given us a new Big Bouquet cover girl!

Wedding Shoot: Kat and Matt Wedding Photography

Introducing Matt, the Groom who arrived in rather swish fashion in a Lambourghini.

Wedding Shoot: Kat and Matt Wedding Photography

A slightly more antique mode of transport for the Bride and her Dad.

Wedding Shoot: Kat and Matt Wedding Photography

Wedding Shoot: Kat and Matt Wedding Photography

Wedding Shoot: Kat and Matt Wedding Photography

The ceremony took place at St Saviour’s church in Brockenhurst. Other than the Bride’s entrance we weren’t allowed to take any photographs during the service. It was a lovely, emotional ceremony (but you’re just going to have to take our word for it). Skip to the confetti…

Wedding Shoot: Kat and Matt Wedding Photography

After some family shots we made our way back to the Lord Bute, stopping along the Burley Road in the New Forest for some sneaky location shots.

Wedding Shoot: Kat and Matt Wedding Photography

Wedding Shoot: Kat and Matt Wedding Photography

This next one may possibly be a bit too ‘Hello’ magazine, but we had to show off that lovely, light honeymoon suite.

Wedding Shoot: Kat and Matt Wedding Photography

The reception room had already been kitted up earlier in the day. Doesn’t it look lovely? (Kat presented us with one of these bowls when it was time to go home so it’s sitting pride of place on our living room table at the moment!)

Wedding Shoot: Kat and Matt Wedding Photography

Wedding Shoot: Kat and Matt Wedding Photography

The table plan had a cocktail theme!

Wedding Shoot: Kat and Matt Wedding Photography

There wasn’t a set menu. The guests got to choose from a number of mouth-watering dishes.

Wedding Shoot: Kat and Matt Wedding Photography

Wedding Shoot: Kat and Matt Wedding Photography Wedding Shoot: Kat and Matt Wedding Photography

To help with the nerves, the speeches took place before the meal.

Wedding Shoot: Kat and Matt Wedding Photography

Wedding Shoot: Kat and Matt Wedding Photography

Wedding Shoot: Kat and Matt Wedding Photography

Wedding Shoot: Kat and Matt Wedding Photography

Wedding Shoot: Kat and Matt Wedding Photography

There was plenty of storytelling and teasing going on, much to the embarrassment of the Bride.

Wedding Shoot: Kat and Matt Wedding Photography

Or maybe not…

Wedding Shoot: Kat and Matt Wedding Photography

Food dishing out we left everyone to it to enjoy their meals.. We very much hope to go back to the Lord Bute soon. It was a brilliant venue with a very relaxed and stylish atmosphere. Thanks for letting us be part of your day, Mr and Mrs Warner!

– E

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