St. Matthews Church Wedding: Zorena & Ben

Two years ago I received an email from an excited bride named Zorena who was planning a St. Matthews Church wedding in Otterbourne, Hampshire. She was a language student living in Italy and she loved my photography. I liked Zorena right from the start – being a student she didn’t have a lot of money but she was willing to save up for the photographer she wanted. This was a huge compliment and told me that Zorena valued her investment in me and my photography. She wasn’t price shopping, she was investing in her first family heirloom.

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer Vivienne Westwood Shoes Blue Hearts

Zorena is very organised and had already purchased two wedding dresses and a swanky pair of Vivienne Westwood shoes by the time we met in December 2011.

Hampshire Wedding Photographer Kathryn Andrews bead detailing on wedding dress

Hampshire Wedding Photographer Kathryn Andrews Vivienne Westwood shoes blue hearts

Hampshire Wedding Photographer Kathryn Andrews colourful vibrant wedding bouquets

Zorena is now living back in the UK and spent the morning of her wedding getting ready at her mum’s house with her mum, sister Cassie, her soon to be sister-in-law Charlotte and good friend Julie who owns the dance club where Zorena teaches pole dancing. That’s right – pole dancing! She’s kinda bad ass and competes in competitions. That’ll be why Zorena has perfectly toned arms and such a lovely figure.

Hampshire Wedding Photographer Kathryn Andrews brides sister doing up wedding dress

Hampshire Wedding Photographer Kathryn Andrews Bridal Wedding Veil

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer

Zorena married her finance Ben on 7th September 2013 at St.Matthew’s Church in Otterbourne, near Winchester, Hampshire but the wedding wasn’t completely traditional. Zorena and Ben opted for a first look which they had planned to do in a quiet field near by. Due to heavy rain that morning, they decided it would be better to head for The White Horse pub, just down the road from the church instead.

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer The White Horse Pub Otterbourne

First looks are very popular amongst American couples and the trend is starting to take off here in the UK as well. For those who aren’t afraid to break tradition, a first look gives you the opportunity to see your betrothed in a quiet location away from the rest of the wedding party before the ceremony takes place. Some couples would be quite unsure of this idea but I personally think it’s a lovely idea. You get to spend time with the love of your life and see each other in your wedding finery without all the spectators and it gives you a chance to really take in the moment. The only spectators you will have are your photographers but we stay far back during the first look and don’t interfere at all. We simply document the moment for you. Zorena and Ben were my first couple to request a first look and I’m so pleased they did.

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer First Look

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer First Look

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer First Look

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer First Look

After the first look we had time for a drink in The White Horse before the ceremony. I have to say, this is probably one of the most relaxed weddings I’ve photographed. I can’t say I’ve ever had time to sit in the pub and have a drink before a wedding ceremony before so this was a welcome novelty. Although Zorena and Ben invited us to join them at their table, we opted to sit at the table opposite in order to give them time to chat on their own. It also gave me the opportunity to capture the image below which was completely unposed.

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer First Look Bride and Groom The White Horse Pub Otterbourne

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer St. Matthews Church Otterbourne

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer St. Matthews Church Otterbourne

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer St. Matthews Church Otterbourne

In keeping with their untraditional approach to their wedding day, Zorena and Ben walked into St. Matthew’s Church together – I just love these images as they walk up the church path. Priceless!

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer St. Matthews Church Otterbourne

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer St. Matthews Church Otterbourne

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer Wedding Singer St. Matthews Church Otterbourne

Zorena’s sister, Cassie has the voice of an angel and sang a beautiful rendition of Ave Maria during the wedding ceremony.

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer Wedding Singer St. Matthews Church Otterbourne

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer St. Matthews Church Otterbourne

Officially Mr and Mrs!!

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer St. Matthews Church Wedding Otterbourne

Zorena! You work it girl!

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer St. Matthews Church Wedding Otterbourne Hampshire Confetti

I am in love with these confetti shots!

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer St. Matthews Church Wedding Otterbourne Hampshire Confetti

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer St. Matthews Church Otterbourne

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer St. Matthews Church Wedding Otterbourne

After the wedding ceremony and a few photographs outside the church, Zorena and Ben asked if we could visit the field where they had planned to have their first look. Luckily the rain held off for most of the day and Zorena wasn’t concerned about getting mud or grass stains on her dress at all. She even climbed over a stile – totally my kind of bride!

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer Otterbourne Hampshire

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer Bride climbing over stile in wedding dress Otterbourne Hampshire

Zorena and Ben Wedding September 2013

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer Bride and Groom Otterbourne

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer Bride and Groom Veil

Whilst taking bride and groom portraits, the wind picked up and pulled Zorena’s wedding veil from her hair, after which we were able to capture the image below.

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer Bride and Groom Portrait Wedding Veil Otterbourne

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer Bride and Groom Portrait Otterbourne

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer St. Matthew

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer St. Matthews Church Otterbourne

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer St. Matthews Church Otterbourne

Zorena and Ben Wedding September 2013

The wedding celebrations continued at Otterbourne Village Hall where Zorena and Ben wowed their guests with a rock ‘n’ roll style first dance.

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer Rock

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer Rock

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer Rock

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer Rock

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer Rock

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer Rock

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer Rock

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer Rock

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer Rock

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer Rock

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer Rock

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer Rock

Kathryn Andrews Hampshire Wedding Photographer Rock

I’m so lucky to be hired by such fun loving, adventurous couples like Zorena and Ben who will be heading off on a Caribbean cruise in a couple of weeks. That sounds pretty awesome to me. Have a great time guys! xx

If you’re looking for a Hampshire wedding photographer or are planning a St. Matthew’s Church wedding in Otterbourne and would like to chat about your wedding photography, please email info@kathrynandrewsphotography.com or complete the contact form.

Kathryn Andrews is a Hampshire based wedding photographer providing wedding photography for sophisticated, indulgent couples with adventurous souls. She photographs weddings throughout the UK and is available for destination weddings across Europe. Connect with Kathryn at: Facebook Twitter 

September 24, 2013 - 8:02 pm

Clare - Loving the black and white, dead punchy and awesome confetti shot 🙂

That is one impressive first dance too!!!

September 24, 2013 - 8:37 pm

Greg Thurtle - What wonderful photographs of a wonderful looking wedding.
That last dance photo is AMAZING!

September 25, 2013 - 4:18 pm

Alan Law - Lovely set, Kathryn. Love the veil in the wind images, and what a first dance!

September 25, 2013 - 4:50 pm

Jaye Cole | Tux & Tales Photography - Ohhh some serious jive moves there at the end – very groovy! Lovely photos. 🙂

April 24, 2015 - 5:22 pm

La - Fantastic photos!

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