Bride and groom on the old railway bridge near Sopley Mill

Sopley Mill wedding for Tina and Richard

Colleagues from the National Trust and former comrades from the Royal Marines were among the guests at Tina and Richard’s relaxed wedding at Sopley Mill, near Christchurch. Love struck later in life between them and was all the sweeter for it.

Richard’s son Ed was his Best Man. They got ready at The Fisherman’s Haunt just down the road, then exchanged gifts and enjoyed a drink with friends in the bar downstairs.

Tina, meanwhile, made her preparations at the Mill and cut a very elegant figure as she waited to enter the ceremony room, And then in front of family and fiends, she and and Richard were married.

Formal photos outside followed at a somewhat brisk pace, it being only the start of February. Tina and Richard were, however, made of sterner stuff. They were keen to exploit the full potential of the rustic scenery for romantic portraits. This included photos by the river, on an old railway bridge, and at Sopley Mill’s own ‘Juliet balcony’ – a first-floor door used in days gone by to load flour onto wagons.

Speeches from Richard and his son were preceded by one from Tina, in place of her father All were heartfelt.

Night had fallen by the end of the wedding breakfast – ideal for a romantic photo with the cheery lights in the Mill in the background.

Appropriately enough, given his military background, Richard and Tina enjoyed a surprisingly energetic and well-choreographed first dance to Waterloo. Guests soon joined them on the dance floor to celebrate their wedding in style.

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Venue: Sopley Mill

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