Last weekend I made the long drive down from Birmingham to the village of Alton in Hampshire for my first wedding of 2017. Amy and Michael were marrying at the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary which is right next door to their reception venue, the stunning Froyle Park.
Froyle Park is a building steeped in history. It’s listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 and is recorded to have been a royal estate during the reign of Edward the Confessor. The current building, which is a grade II-listed Jacobean manor house, was built in 1620 on the site of a former monastery which was dissolved in Henry VIII’s Reformation.
The weather for their wedding day was as good as you can expect for mid-January with clear skies and bright winter sunshine. However, it was quite cold with the overnight temperature down to a chilly minus six degrees, which had caused the fountain at the entrance to Froyle Park to freeze over!
I met up with Amy and her bridesmaids at Froyle Park with the bridal preparations in full swing, hair and makeup was by the brilliant Natasha Wiggins. With the preparations completed, Amy donned her vintage lace wedding dress before making her way next door to St Mary’s Church for the wedding ceremony. Amy’s dress was worn by her mother at her own wedding and had been made by her grandma, the five incredibly cute bridesmaids wore deep blue dresses from Monsoon.
The ceremony, which was a wonderful relaxed affair, was conducted by the Reverend Yann Dubreuil. The church also has plenty of history itself with the current building dating back to the 14th century. After the ceremony the wedding party made their way back to Froyle Park for a drinks reception in the Great Hall. The log fire was roaring to warm the guests from the brisk winter air. With the drinks and canapes finished the wedding party then made their way into the Grand Ballroom for a wedding breakfast featuring some rather large and tasty pies.
Children were a big focus for the wedding. There was entertainment laid on by The Amazing Mr Tall, a gaggle of nannies from Little Sweeties Childcare, an ice cream machine (which was also incredibly popular with the adults too) plus air hockey and table football provided by Altitude Events. Evening entertainment was Farnham Sound and Lights who kept the dancefloor moving until the early hours. Here’s a few pictures from Amy and Michael’s wonderful wedding . . .