As wedding venues go, Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower - in Gosport, Hampshire - has to be one of the quirkiest. I love its 18th century vaulted brick ceilings and naval memorabilia. Originally used to store gunpowder, the Grand Magazine now accommodates up to 150 guests and is licensed to host wedding ceremonies and civil partnerships.
I first had the pleasure of photographing at Explosion Museum in 2014, at Kitty and Jonny's lovely sunflower-filled wedding. The combination of interesting, historic backdrops and stunning harbour views made it a dream to photograph, so I was excited to be asked back for a second naval wedding - that of Megan and Lee last summer. Lee was serving away from home for much of the lead up to the wedding, but super-organised Megan, with her cute and very lively cat, Gatsby (who knew album boxes could be such a great toy?) took on the task of planning their perfect wedding.
The couple chose a religious wedding ceremony at St Ann's Church, HM Dockyard, located across the water from Explosion Museum on the Eastern side of Portsmouth Harbour. Many of the guests parked at Explosion, then crossed the water by ferry to the church. I arrived on a private boat with members of the wedding party in glorious sunshine, capturing special moments during the crossing of bridesmaids and family safeguarding bouquets, and hanging onto hats. Megan and her Dad took the (arguably less) scenic route - with a timely arrival by car once all the guests had filled St Ann's.
Megan looked absolutely stunning, with her amazing veil trailing majestically behind her as she walked up the aisle with her father. Not the easiest of things to wear as the wind picked up when she later made the crossing back across the harbour, but photographically speaking, a dream!
At sundown, a beautiful strip of pink-orange lit up the boats in the harbour, and, armed with a couple of lights, we created some magical shots of Megan and Lee's first few hours as husband and wife. With Lee's naval specialty being in weaponry, Megan thought it would be fun to photograph her with the museum's torpedoes and missiles, and we had great fun creating some unique and very personal images.
A truly beautiful wedding, which I'll leave you to view with some of my images from the day...
I'm looking forward to designing a stunning album for Megan and Lee, but they're having trouble choosing their favourites - hopefully this will give you a bit of inspiration guys!
I would absolutely love to return to Explosion Museum, so if you're planning your wedding there, please click here to see what previous couples have to say about me and use the contact form to get in touch. I look forward to hearing from you!
How to Contact the venue:
Events Manager: Siobhan Eyley 023 9250 5602