Sopley Mill Summer Wedding of Hannah and Neil


The gorgeous Sopley Mill Summer Wedding of Hannah and Neil, full of fun and laughter!

As soon as I’d met Hannah and Neil for the first time, I knew theirs would be a really fun wedding! As we chatted over a coffee and got to know each other a little better, it was obvious that they were deeply in love. We chatted for ages about their plans for the day and about their chosen wedding venue – Sopley Mill. Hannah talked excitedly about the details, the ice cream van, the BBQ and of course, the all-important duck race! Neil, as most Grooms do, smiled (well, the ladies tend to do most of planning, don’t they?). I was delighted when they asked if I’d photograph their special day, knowing that this would be a fabulous day, irrespective of what the weather threw our way!

Sopley Mill is a beautiful 18th Century watermill, on the banks of the River Avon in Dorset. The Mill was restored in 2013 and is now the perfect location for your unique wedding. I’m delighted to be a recommended photographer for Sopley Mill and have shot several weddings there this season. If you’re looking for a Dorset wedding venue where you can have exclusive use of the property, I’d suggest that you check it out – but hurry, I know that it’s very popular with limited dates available for 2015.

The wedding day dawned bright and sunny and with the windows down it was an enjoyable drive through the Avon Valley to get to the Mill. Anna was getting ready with her Mum and the Bridesmaids in the Avon Room, its low ceilings and wooden beams adding to the character. It really is a stunning wedding venue! I think it’s fair to say that there was a really relaxed atmosphere, with lots of laughter and just one or two bubbles flowing! 🙂

Neil and the guys arrived, so it was downstairs to take a few photos of them (how come guys are quite reticent having their photos taken?) and then get some detail shots of the venue and in particular the ceremony room. With Hannah dressed I sat in on the meeting with the Registrar, and Hannah’s infectious laugh was soon ringing out – lovely to see Registrars relaxing and smiling!

The ceremony room looked stunning with the light streaming through the windows, with Neil anxiously awaiting the Bridal party’s arrival. The Bridesmaids were dressed in light green, and Hannah looked radiant as she walked down the aisle with her Father. The ceremony itself was relaxed and full of laughter and smiles, the nerves melting away as Hannah and Neil became husband and wife.

Whilst the drinks reception was underway I stole the families away from the main group and shot the formals down by the river, the sun streaming across the water meadows – a perfect English Summer’s day!


After the meal we enjoyed an ice-cream from Carlo and his wife. Carlo’s family have been making ice-cream in Romsey for generations and Hannah was really hoping they’d be able to bring their van along for the wedding. Well, it was a huge hit! 🙂

I mentioned a duck-race? Yes, and it’s amazing to see how competitive people get over plastic ducks! Talking of competitive – the Spacehopper race certainly got everyone fired up!


If these images whetted your appetite, then check out this little video  that I put together from the day –


Are you considering getting married at Sopley Mill? If so, please get in touch – I’m delighted to be a recommended wedding photographer for Sopley Mill and a number of other leading Dorset wedding venues. Please use the contact form here on my website and I look forward to hearing from you.

It’s important as a Bride that you choose the right type of photographer for your wedding. If you’re confused about the various styles of wedding photography that are now available, check out my guide and hopefully you’ll find it useful. 🙂

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