We ended 2011 with lots of Christmas sparkle. Melissa and Chris’s wedding was held just a few days before Christmas, with a ceremony at Bournemouth Town Hall (their last wedding before Christmas too) and a reception at The Three Tuns Inn in Bransgore, Dorset.
Mel and Chris really embraced the seasonal spirit with lots of magical decorations and cute attention to detail (we loved the mistletoe kiss during the ceremony and the beautiful ribbon on the cars).
Things started with me snapping up the bridal preps at Melissa and Chris’s beautiful cottage in Wimborne. The Christmas berries and mistletoes wreaths gave the florals a seasonal feel too, thanks to the handiwork of Arcade Flowers in Ringwood.
Just to keep things interesting bridal preps were interrupted at one point by the presence of a live Vole in the kitchen (a present from Cupcake the kitten). But just as Melissa seemed to ooze calm about her wedding day she disposed of it like a pro (simply picking it up and popping it into a jam jar glass).
A calm approach also worked wonders when one of the hired Morris Minors carrying the bridesmaids broke down en route to the Registry Office. Luckily the number for United Taxis is engrained into my brain (“double-five, double six, double seven!”) so Chris didn’t have to wait too long.
The ceremony was late in the day and as the nights were drawing in quick we only had about 20 minutes of daylight afterwards. But we loved how cosy and unique that made the day feel, especially as we got all our group shots snapped before the sun went down *air punch*…
Melissa and Chris’s Wedding Reception continues in Part Two