Jessica’s parents had put together the most mouthwatering breakfast buffet ready for the bridal preps at their home. There were cream buns, profiteroles, marshmallows, sausages, jellies, sushi and dips. From the word “go” it was like walking in on a party. This set the scene for the entire wedding day at Athelhampton House – one big party.
When I first arrived the girls weren’t back from the hairdressers yet so I savoured some quiet time to snap up all the pretty details from the day. It was a calming influence photographing Jessica’s shoes next to the garden wind-chimes, helped along by a generous serving of Peppermint tea. If I’m ever asked to put together a rider for times like these I’ll add wind-chimes, tea and marshmallows again.
Andy had left a surprise gift of pretty earrings for Jessica which worked so well with her dress and very lovely full-length veil. Incidentally, Jessica’s Dad had been kept from taking a peek at the dress before the wedding day so there was a special moment for him too.
There were two things on Jessica’s mind that morning; all the usual bridal worries like getting the make-up right and the dress on, and keeping an eye on the Grand Prix qualifying. She’s a big Formula One nut – so much so Jenson Button even got a special mention in the ceremony.
While I was busy with Jessica’s preps Ian had made his way to Athelhampton House in Dorchester where the ceremony and reception was held. Guests were greeted to the sounds of a bagpiper as they gathered on the lawn. It was around 20 degrees that day – a freaky, fake summer, without a cloud in sight.
After an emotional entrance and the exchange of rings all of the congregation joined in with an impressive cover of The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love”. Especially considering there was no backing track.
Post ceremony the guests gathered outside to enjoy a drink whilst Jessica and Andy went for a spin in their car. We then shot all the family groups during the drinks reception and soaked up the sun before heading in to the Long Hall Restaurant for the wedding breakfast.
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