On May the 25th we headed out to Sopley Mill, one of our favourite wedding venues, to capture Hayley and Ollie’s wedding day.

Dave and I headed out early doors to meet up with Hayley and her friends at the bridal suite where we photographed the wedding morning. A very chilled morning with Hayley showing no signs of nerves for the big day.

Ollie and his groomsmen arrived at the mill later that morning looking amazing in his full Tank Regiment military uniform.

We photographed the groom’s party on the bridge in front of the mill where you can get a great angle by shooting up the river towards the building.

The guests started to arrive around the same time so it was lovely to start photographing them as well.

We then headed up stairs to the ceremony room where a nervous Ollie waited for his bride.

As Hayley walked down the aisle, Ollie couldn’t hold back the emotion on seeing her looking stunning in her wedding dress. We have always liked to see men show their emotions as we tend to box up our feelings too often and sometimes it's good to let your feelings out. In this case, it was a beautiful thing.

The ceremony was heartfelt and they looked so happy to tie the knot. We followed the newlyweds out to the drinks reception where we photographed the formal shots.

Due to the weather, we had to shoot some of the family photographs inside the mill, which is no problem; we just use a couple of Godox flash heads and umbrellas to light the scene. This can all be done in a matter of minutes so there’s no waiting around. It can be great fun too!

Later on in the day we photographed the speeches which were very emotional. Then we took the bridal party off for some fun and informal photos at the back of the mill. There’s always some great images to be had in almost any type of light at the mill fields. We used the iron bridge as a starting point and then proceeded down the lane to the meadow. After some great fun hanging of gates and spinning around in the grass, we headed back up to the mill for the first dance.

The first dance was over in a flash then their family and friends joined them on the dancefloor.

The rest is history… we wish Hayley and Ollie all our best in their new life together.