On Friday the 11th of September, both Ben Goode and John Goode were hired for a wedding photography shoot at Mottisfont Abbey in Romsey, Hamphshire. It was a real privilege to shoot a wedding at such a spectacular venue. Mottisfont Abbey sits in the Test Valley and is thought to originate back to the time of the Saxons, today though the site is owned and run by the National Trust. The grounds are simply stunning, and it made for some of the most breathtaking photographs we have captured to date. We will definitely share some of the wedding photographs with you on the blog soon. But you’ll have to wait for the bride and groom to come back from honeymoon, as it’s only fair they see them first ;). I hope we get the opportunity of photographing a wedding there again in the future. 2010 will be the last year the National Trust will allow guests to use the house for a wedding, all wedding receptions after the date next year will only be able to use the grounds, as it is putting too much strain on the historic building.
On Saturday the 5th of September we were back at the Marwell Hotel again for a wedding photography shoot. This is the 2nd time Ben Goode Photography has been at the hotel and wedding venue this year, and the 3rd in the past few years. The venue is ideal for small to medium size weddings, and is set in picturesque woodlands making for great photo opportunities. The bride and groom had booked both wedding photographers on offer, hiring both Ben Goode and John Goode for the day. We were very lucky with weather that week, as it was again sunny all day. We started the day at St. Marys Church in Kingsworthy in Winchester at midday, and worked through to about half 9 in the evening. It was a long day, but thoroughly enjoyable. The bride and groom had laid on a magic show for the evening reception by TVs famous Max Magic from the BBC1 show ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’, the show was excellent and made for some excellent photo opportunities. My younger brother, and ‘photographers assistant’ for Ben Goode Photography – Josh Goode also joined us for the shoot. It was Josh’s first wedding shoot to date, he performed really well on the day showing great potential. At just 14 with a full wedding shoot under his belt is quite an achievement. Ben Goode Photography now has an extensive and impressive portfolio of wedding photographs from the Marwell Hotel.
On the third of September we had a wedding photography shoot at Silchester House, near Reading and Basingstoke. Silchester House is a luxury wedding venue, and is run by Bijou Wedding Venues. The bride and groom had opted for the Two Photographer package, hiring both Ben Goode and John Goode for the day. We had great weather, the venue was stunning and we were privileged to work with and be in the company of two fantastic families and their friends. We are both delighted with the wedding photographs, and hope to show them to the bride and groom soon. I may even upload some to the blog.