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Scott and Laura's Wedding at Boathouse 4 Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Congratulations to Scott and Laura who tied the knot in April!

bride and groom at Portsmouth historic dockyard wedding photos

I started the day photographing bridal prep at the Marriott hotel in Portsmouth. Laura, her mum and her five bridesmaids were getting ready there together. They had matching bridal robes and pyjamas on when I arrived. The bridesmaids had gorgeous deep green dresses all in different styles matched with a dried flower bouquet. Laura gifted each bridesmaid a nice bracelet which they wore. Laura had a stunning wedding dress with lots of floral lace, a long train and a veil. Laura’s dad came up to see her in her dress and she gave him a wooden box with some gifts in. When everyone was ready to go we headed downstairs to get into taxis. The bride and her parents hired a Rolls Royce to transport them to the church.

bride getting ready at the Marriott hotel in Portsmouth
bride getting ready at the Marriott hotel in Portsmouth
bride getting ready at the Marriott hotel in Portsmouth
bride and parents outside the Marriott hotel in Portsmouth for wedding

We arrived at St. Agatha’s church for the ceremony. The groom was very emotional waiting for his fiancé to walk down the aisle. She comforted him during the ceremony by holding hands and giving him a smile. When the ceremony was over they walked back down the aisle as husband and wife and were showered with confetti outside by their guests. We took a few groups shots and the guests headed to the next venue for the drinks reception.

emotional groom at st Agathas church in Portsmouth
wedding at st Agathas church in Portsmouth Hampshire
Hampshire church wedding, bride smiling at groom
bride and grooms first kiss at Hampshire church wedding
confetti shot at Hampshire wedding, Portsmouth wedding
confetti photos at Portsmouth wedding outside st Agathas church
bride and groom outside church in Hampshire

When we arrived at Boathouse No.4 everyone headed up to the mezzanine to get some drinks. It’s such a cool venue, it’s a working boat college so there’s half built boats everywhere and lots of museum type games. The function room itself is nice and modern with a bar and kitchen. We were taken out the back on the pontoon by a member of staff to take some couple portraits on the boats and by the water. I had to wear a life jacket as they said photographers are known for walking backwards and falling aha.

Then the bride and groom where announced into the room for the wedding breakfast. They had a three course sit down meal. The bride and groom decorated the venue themselves and it looked great! They put leafy garlands around the hanging lights and along the centre of the tables. They added some personal touches like the blueprint table plan and designers books as the table names. For the favours they had mini potted plants with a tag on them saying ‘let love grow’. They also had packs of cards scattered around the room which I thought was a great idea, as well as giant jenga and a polaroid printer.

wedding reception decor at boathouse 4 in Portsmouth naval base
blueprint table plan, wedding reception decor at boathouse 4 in Portsmouth dockyard
succulent wedding favours, let love grow tags, mini plants favours
wedding reception decor at boathouse 4 in Portsmouth historic dockyard
wedding reception decor at boathouse 4 in Hampshire
wedding reception at boathouse 4 in Portsmouth historic dockyard, unique wedding venue in hampshire
wedding reception decor at boathouse 4 in Portsmouth hampshire
lemon wedding cake from harrt cakes in hampshire, wedding cake maker Portsmouth

After dinner came the speeches. First up was a very heart felt speech from the father of the bride, then an equally tear jerking speech from the groom and lastly a funny speech from the best man. I took the bride and groom for a few more photos whilst the venue staff turned the room around for the evening reception. We went for a short walk and found a lovely hidden garden.

wedding guests at boathouse 4 in Portsmouth historic dockyard
wedding guests at boathouse 4 in hampshire wedding venue
wedding breakfast dessert from the boathouse 4 catering team in Portsmouth
father of the bride doing his speech at hampshire wedding venue
bride and groom laughing during speeches at boathouse 4 hampshire wedding venue
wedding speeches at dockyard wedding venue in hampshire
emotional groom during speeches at hampshire wedding
unique wedding venues in hampshire, bride and groom outside boathouse 4 Portsmouth historic dockyard
bride and groom walking along the Portsmouth docks
bride and groom on a boat in Portsmouth dockyard
groom laughing at Portsmouth dockyard, boathouse 4 wedding
bride and groom kissing under tree at portsmouth historic dockyard in hampshire
wedding rings in the palm of the bride and grooms hand, hampshire wedding photographer
bride and groom kissing, hampshire wedding photographer

Once the DJ was set up and ready to go everyone headed back in for the cake cut and first dance. Their cake from Hartt Cakes looked amazing! They chose a lively song for their first dance which I loved and they had more confetti thrown over them by their guests. The guests joined the dance floor and had a great party. Awesome day, thank you to Scott and Laura for having me photograph their day!

bride and groom cutting the cake at the boathouse 4 wedding venue in Portsmouth
bride and groom first dance at the boathouse 4 wedding venue in Portsmouth
first dance confetti photo at hampshire wedding venue
wedding guests on the dance floor, Portsmouth wedding photographer
wedding guests at evening reception at boathouse 4 Portsmouth dockyard



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