This Winchester Royal Military Wedding was an absolute pleasure to photograph!
Carly and Craig have the best ‘how we met’ story. They initially met online and shortly after Craig was badly injured in Afghanistan. Carly drove all the way up to Grimsby from Winchester to meet him for the first time for what she thought would be a romantic date. But Craig had other ideas and surprised her with a full-on roast dinner with his entire family!
“He proposed on our first holiday in Portugal in a pub!! He said he never wanted to be without me so should we get married!”
I first met Carly and Craig at their venue of Winchester Royal Hotel back in October 2016. They introduced me to their adorable daughter, Bea, and showed me round the city centre venue. Their venue was perfect for them as it was close to the station for their family coming from all over and had rooms for them to stay in for the whole weekend too! The venue kindly offers military discount and with a gorgeous garden that size in the centre of Winchester, they couldn’t resist!
The next time we met was for their engagement shoot at Wolvesey Castle in May 2017. Check it out here! The castles theme carried on until their wedding day where their table names were castles they’ve visited local to them. The seating plan was a map of these castles too made by Studio Campbell.
The Wedding Day
They married on the Bank Holiday weekend of August 26th and luckily it was a sunny one! On the wedding day I spent the morning with Carly at her mum’s place surrounded by her closest family. The girls had their hair and make-up done by the talented Sarah Elizabeth Abbot. The flower girls kept busy eating snacks and watching In The Night Garden. Carly’s dad arrived with the wedding car and ribbons ready to take them to the Church.
They married in St Pauls Church in Winchester which is traditional as it’s where Carly’s mum and also her grandma got married too. She also walked up the aisle to the traditional wedding march. Craig and his best man were waiting at the top of the aisle in their smart RAF Number One uniform.
The couple and their guests walked the short distance through town to the Winchester Royal Hotel for drinks and photographs in the gardens. These guys had opted for a 7 course meal which was incredible as they kindly let me sit with the guests and sample it all! The speeches we’re fantastic and emotional although Craig and his best man both forgot to bring Carly’s present to the wedding and left it back at home!
I managed to steal a few moments on the streets outside the hotel with them during course number 7. The sun was setting as we chased the golden light around the streets of Winchester for a short while.
The evening brought more guests, children full of energy and some crazy dancing! The couple chose to dance to Kygo Firestone. This song is so special to them as a family because when Carly was pregnant with Bea, they played it often. And once Bea was born this song settled her and helped her sleep when she was a tiny baby. Bea couldn’t help but join in with her parents during their first dance to this song.
Thank you for having me at your Winchester Royal military wedding!
Favourite part of wedding planning: “Dress shopping- I absolutely loved it and would love to do it all again. I would say Craig would say cake tasting or all the free food at wedding fairs!”
Favourite part of the day: “For me, my favourite part was the church. It was the part that I was most nervous about tripping up, saying the wrong thing but none of that mattered when I got there. It was so lovely to see everyone there and Bea behaved and fell asleep!”
Honeymoon destination: “We went away to Tynley hall just the two of us and then we went to Swanage as a family holiday.”
Wedding dress: Brides of Winchester Pronovias
Veil: Brides of Winchester, Pronovias
Rings: Craigs- Argos, Carly- Antique shop.
Shoes: Kurt Geiger
Suits: Moss Bros
Bridesmaid dresses: Ghost
Flower girls: Monsoon
Flowers: The blooming workshop
Stationary: Studio Campbell