Jo and Chris’ Wedding Prep at Bibury Court Hotel, the Cotswolds

Last year we met up with Jo and Chris for a little portrait shoot in the Purbecks. They originally got in touch with us to see if we could help them out with some Save The Date cards for their wedding. Since then they’ve asked us if we can shoot their big day at the very elegant Bibury Court in the Cotswolds.

We’re heading up there in December and we took the opportunity last weekend to pop up there to see the hotel, meet the parents and have another little shoot around the grounds. We then proceeded to throw leaves at them.

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Laura and Sean’s Wedding Part 1 – Hotel Du Vin & The Guildhall, Poole

Laura and Sean’s Wedding Day took place in Poole and Swanage, with a bit of a jolly bus and Camper Van ride in-between. It was a relaxed day for family and friends, who made the most of their seaside venues.

Things kicked off with me heading to Hotel Du Vin to meet up with Laura as she got ready, whilst Ian spent some time with Sean, his groomsmen and all of the guests as they gathered at The Guildhall.

Laura and Sean’s baby son played a big part in the day and he behaved absolutely immaculately – I didn’t hear him cry once and he seemed spellbound by all the fun. Meanwhile, Laura flew the flag as the yummiest Mummy on the Dorset coastline.

After making the Registrar cry, taking the quickest group photos ever outside the Guildhall (there was a another wedding waiting to go in as soon as we came out – it was a busy Saturday!) we all made our way over to Swanage to continue the party by the beach.

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Laura and Sean’s wedding continues in Part Two.

Laura and Sean’s Wedding Part 2 – Ocean Bay Restaurant, Swanage

Continuing on from Part One of Laura and Sean’s Wedding.

We’d never worked at Ocean Bay Restaurant in Swanage before – what a gem it is for a wedding reception! It’s bright, it’s big, it’s pretty and it’s slap bang on the beach, with a sheltered porch, an amazing view and a sassy tropical island-style beach umbrella to boot.

After being dropped off by the Wedding Party Bus everyone spent some time soaking up the sun, having some drinks and collecting shells.

The restaurant let the lovely sunshine flood in throughout the day as guests enjoyed their wedding breakfast (kitted up with British seaside-themed table decorations and a Sandcastle cake!).

As well as brilliant speeches from Sean and his best man Laura also took some time to say a few words.

After the wedding breakfast we went for a little stroll along the beach for some photos, hunting down the most characterful beach huts along the way before it was time to party.

Laura and Sean’s friends played the tunes which meant there were no duff songs, just full-on party tunes. The dancefloor was energetic with handstands aplenty‚Ķ

Thank you for letting us be a part of your day, Laura and Sean! x

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Dawn and Justin’s Wedding at Chaffeymoor Grange

I’ve been known to have dreams about Chaffeymoor Grange. It’s one of those places that really sticks in your mind. Dawn and Justin’s wedding marked our fifth visit there. They’ve all been so different but what’s stood out is how comfortable and at home everyone feels there – like they’ve been staying for a week rather than a matter of hours.

We arrived this time to be greeted by a row of flying arrows. Lots of guests were staying at the house for the whole weekend and an archery class and tournament had been arranged. This kept Justin and the rest of the guests busy whilst the house was set up for the ceremony and reception, all taking place in the downstairs of the house, whilst Dawn got ready in one of the upstairs bedrooms.

The day was relaxed with close family and friends, and Basil the Basset Hound watching over the proceedings.

Dawn looked fabulous in one of my favourite Candy Anthony dresses, complete with green sash and feathered netted veil. Meanwhile the house was filled with amazing florals from G Lily (Sabine’s flowers never fail to wow me, they are always immaculately presented with punchy, classy colours). There were lots of other thoughtful details such as a handmade mosaic created by Justin and a family heirloom pocket watch set to the exact time Dawn and Justin got married.

Things were kept nice and informal for the wedding breakfast with Dawn’s Dad and Justin’s Mum saying a few words.

From all accounts everyone had a lovely stay and day at Chaffeymoor.

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Posted with thanks and congratulations to Dawn and Justin x

Matt and Hannah’s Wedding at St Peter’s Church & The Chine Hotel

The one thing that really stood out when talking to Matt and Hannah in the run-up to their wedding was how passionate they were their guests should have the best time ever. They went to great lengths to put on lots of different surprises for everyone, including a group jolly on the Bournemouth Land Trains and popcorn treats for guests post-ceremony.

The wedding had a Hollywood theme, inspired by the reception venue – The Chine Hotel. Back in the day this was the favoured lodging of many a star from Stage and Screen. Everyone was given their own Movie Ticket place setting for a special, Hollywood blockbuster. And if you looked very carefully, Matt and Hannah had been plucked for stardom as leading lad and lady in all of them. We tip our hat to those excellent, illustrative Photoshop skills!

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Posted with thanks and congratulations to Matt and Hannah for their Oscar-worthy wedding day.

Katie and Tom’s Wedding at Christchurch Harbour Hotel, Dorset

That’s what I like to see when I enter a hotel room to shoot bridal preps – the dress hanging prominently in the centre of the room like a show-stopping centrepiece. It was hung from the lampshades to make sure all the creases were out for the ceremony but I rather like how it was allowed to be part of the morning.

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Katie got ready upstairs at Christchurch Harbour Hotel with her entourage of bridesmaids. They did a brilliant job at helping the bride get ready and got everyone in the mood for a good party.

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We were even treated to an impromptu Tea Ceremony!

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But boy, was it hot in that room! So hot the only bubbly the girls could face were of the Soda variety.

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It was so obvious these girls are great friends to each other and were all very excited and emotional to be a part of Katie and Tom’s day.

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The ceremony took place in the hotel where there were a few more tears of joy!

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The tables were so pretty and very elegant, with lots of pearls and a very beautiful table plan.

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After the meal we jumped in the car and headed over to Mudeford Quay for a few photos away from the crowds. We’d been spoilt a little bit, tucked away at the hotel and hadn’t quite appreciated just how windy it had got. This was the day before all the stormy weather really kicked off.

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And then we headed back to the hotel for some dusky portraits of the bridesmaids before the evening reception began downstairs in the hotel.

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Posted with thanks and congratulations to Katie and Tom x