Audleys Wood Wedding Photography
This was our first time shooting an Audleys Wood Wedding. We were lucky enough to shoot there twice last year, for Nicola & Steve, then Bisi & Ash a week later. It’s a beautiful hotel nestled in the glorious Hampshire countryside. Nicola got ready at the hotel in the morning with her bridesmaids. I love the fact that she chose comfortable shoes to wear all day long. On many wedding dresses they are hidden all day long under a long dress, so why not choose something you can really be relaxed in. Having said that, I’m a sucker for a beautiful pair of heels too, it’s the fashion photographer in me, I love beautiful clothes.
Some standout things for me from this wedding are the happiness on Nicolas face in so many of the images. I want our brides to look back at their wedding pictures and really feel how happy they were that day. Then there are the flowers (Rosie Welch Flowers) simply stunning. I just love those colours, especially in the bridesmaid’s bouquets against their bridesmaid dresses.
Carol & Paul
Wedding Photographer Audleys Wood
Audleys Wood Hotel
The venue has the capacity for 200 guests. There is also the option for outdoor ceremonies in the garden pavilion. With 72 bedrooms, including two suites, it’s easy for wedding guests to stay over so that they can party the night away with you.
Ceremonies can be held in the Conservatory, with its impressive vaulted ceiling or in the gardens under the handmade wooden Garden Gazebo. Outdoor weddings in the UK have to be held under a roof (a gazebo for example). Hopefully one day this law will change and allow weddings to happen truly outdoors.
Audleys has a dedicated wedding coordinator to ensure your day runs smoothly.
History of the Hotel
The original mansion has been around since 1880 and is built in a Neo Gothic Renaissance style. The history of the name is interesting. Originally written as “Oddele” in the Domesday Book of 1086, it gradually evolved over time and by 1578 had changed to “Odlease”. I always find the origin of words interesting, how they sound is then how they get written down in different languages. You can easily see where Audleys came from when you say Odlease to yourself.
The building was converted to a hotel in 1989.