Cottonworth Vineyard which is part of the Fullerton Estate was the stunning venue for Emma and Tris’ wedding in July 2014. Cottonworth vineyard itself produces fantastic top quality English wines but its capabilities and beauty as a wedding venue are a much under used hidden gem of the Hampshire countryside.
The day started with a visit to Fullerton in the morning to see the fully dressed marquee before travelling to the house of Emma’s parents in Andover for bridal preparations. Despite a short period of time where I prepared myself to transport part of the bridal party they ultimately were able to travel to the Church in a fabulous albeit on the day slightly temperamental vintage Bedford bus which coincidentally up until a few years ago had been living on my home island of Jersey. Emma and her dad travelled separately in a beautiful vintage car.
The service was held at Kimpton Church. This beautiful small village church, only accessible by a grassy pedestrian track from the road, was the perfect start to the day. After the service it was time for ice cream! A van parked on the village green serving out Mr Whippy cones to the guests, it really was a lovely touch. Whilst this took place Emma also had chance to involve her two lovely horses for some photos. They had both been plaited and shined to perfection with ribbons in their manes.
We then moved back to Fullerton for the reception and wedding breakfast. Whilst the guests enjoyed a welcome drink I snuck Tris and Emma away for some photos. We walked along the river which included some beautiful options for portraits whilst giving Emma and Tris some time to themselves to reflect on their new status as husband and wife.
Heading back to the marquee we took advantage of the beautiful reeds and a small jetty on the bend of the river.
The theme was a vintage rustic feel and mirrored Emma and Tris’ relaxed nature, with straw bales acting as seating outside with log burners it turned into a beautifully relaxed and charming day. Food was plentiful and varied for the guests who had all manner of choices including hog roast, pizza, pasta, paella and more from the street food styled vendors outside. The weather was incredibly co-operative with beautiful sunshine throughout the day and into the evening. I stayed on into the evening past the cake cutting (that was made by Emma’s sister) and first dance in order to take advantage of the clear skies and new moon and therefore stars. It was amazing to be able to combine a number of my photographic loves and this photo of them is one of my favourites from the day.
Venue: Fullerton Estate || Website