Jo & Phil’s Burley Manor Wedding
Burley Manor, in the heart of the New Forest, is such a wonderful venue to host your wedding. When Jo and Phil asked me to photograph their Burley Manor wedding I was really excited. I’d known Jo from us working together a few years back so to be asked was such an honour. Her lovely husband Phil is a great man so I knew it would be a special day and one that I would very much enjoy being a part of. The Burley Manor website can be found here.
I began the day with the girls photographing bridal prep at the hotel. My second photographer Rachel, met the boys in the bar and captured plenty of natural images of them before the ceremony. Our style is very relaxed, so if you’re feeling a little unsure of whether or not to have a photographer for the whole of your wedding day then I would say not to worry! It is our job to blend in and we are honestly just there to capture the day as it unfolds. There is no pressure to pose or do anything differently just because a camera is in the room. The biggest piece of advice I give to my couples is just to be themselves – don’t focus on trying to act natural or calm – if you need to cry, laugh or have a meltdown, then do just that! We will only ever show the best photos of you – it’s our job to make you look and feel amazing and to show the true emotion of the day.
The Ceremony in the barn
Burley Manor have a purpose built barn for wedding ceremonies which will seat up to 80 guests – it’s such a gorgeous space and you can decorate it to suit you and your wedding theme! Jo and Phil kept the decor simple and pretty with beautiful fairy lights and candles for the ceremony. It was an emotional half an hour, with more than just a few tears from lovely Jo.
The Reception and evening
The weather was perfect on this particular day! It was warm and fair without too much sunsine. Jo and Phil enjoyed canapes and drinks outside the barn at Burley Manor while I took plenty of natural photos. We then took some gorgeous couple shots around Burley Manor. After the meal, Jo, Phil, Rachel and I went off into the forest for some romantic photos. The sun was setting beautifully and the light at this time of day was seriously stunning. We even saw a rainbow in the distance.
Thanks so much Jo and Phil for a wonderful day. It was a pleasure to be a part of it and I wish we could do it all again! I can’t wait to be back in the forest to capture some more Burley Manor Wedding Photography!