The Hermitage Country House party

The Hermitage Country House is the perfect secluded wedding venue. Hidden amongst rolling countryside near Ventnor on the Isle of Wight I was delighted when Ian and Joe got in touch to talk about their day and I knew right from our first conversation that this was going to be a party to remember.

The Hermitage wasn’t just the wedding venue of choice for Ian and Joe. This fun-loving couple also happened to be the managers of the grand country house and so knew the setting intimately and it had many happy memories for them. The other benefit was that the venue was exclusively theirs for the whole weekend!

I joined the couple just before their ceremony on a typically grey and rainy Saturday in April but I was told from the moment I walked in that the rain wasn’t going to dampen anyone’s spirits. Their wedding took place in the beautiful ceremony room at 3pm and was full of giggly laughter at some of the binding ceremonial words. Shortly afterwards the party headed out in to the entrance hall for their drinks reception and following a few small group photos the rain eased a little so the couple and I stepped outside to take a few pictures in front of the house they so proudly ran.

After a relaxed buffet style meal the evening party began with the bride kicking off her wedding shoes as soon as she could and getting straight on to the dance floor. She wasn’t short of dancing partners as all the guests got their groove on and there were multiple dance-offs including four frames below showing my favourite between the groom and his dad.

As the clock struck midnight I made like a banana and split but rumour has it that most of the wedding party was still propping up the bar at 3am – the perfect end to an awesome day and a fun-filled night.

The Hermitage Isle of Wight groom getting ready

Groom waiting for bride at front of ceremony room

Bride and groom happy smiling wedding

Wedding ceremony at The Hermitage IOW

Hermitage IOW walking down the aisle

iPad wedding guest group photo

Bridal bouquet and flower girl Isle of Wight

Hermitage House wedding photo Isle of Wight

The Hermitage wedding first dance

Isle of Wight wedding party rocking out

Dance off competition wedding Isle of Wight

Groom vs Dad wedding dance off competition

Creative first dance wedding photo


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