We headed up to the Cotswolds for Abi and Will’s wedding at Cripps Stone Barn near Cheltenham
The weather was unforgiving - but what else do you expect on an early February day? It was cold, dark and damp and the mizzle set in for the day from the offset. But the interior makes this venue a gem, with big open kitchen fires roaring throughout the day and a canopy of stars filling the reception area to stay cosy under.
Rather than even contemplate doing anything outside we had already planned to do as much as we could inside in the short time we had after the ceremony - fitting in a confetti run, group shots and portraits of the Bride and Groom in before the wedding breakfast. We totalled nine minutes taking photos outside, which in freezing temperatures, I see as a triumph.
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We can’t think of a wedding party better suited to deal with such a bonker’s British Summer’s day. We spent a large part of it (sometimes unsuccessfully) dodging heavy showers with thick black clouds. But no sooner had we resigned ourselves to snuggling in the marquee the sun would make an appearance and tempt everyone out for impromptu races and deckchair sitting again.
A spot of rain wasn’t going to hold back Clem and her bridal party walking from The Pig on the Beach where they stayed and got ready in the morning, through the little country lanes to St Nicholas where their ceremony took place.
Led by a fiddler procession the wedding party made their way to Harry Warren House for fun and frolics where their reception was held.
Making the most of the location the wedding had a seaside theme with carefully crated details and Clem’s hand-painted peep-through.
Later on, when the clouds cleared for good, we all made our way down to the beach to mess around by the water before heading back up for dancing and chips in the marquee.
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Emma and Ben’s wedding was held at The Master Builders at the weekend. It was a double ceremony bonanza. All hopes were placed on the main ceremony, conducted by their friend, being held outside. Immediately after this, the marriage was made legal by visiting Registrars and a second, smaller ceremony held inside the venue.
Despite quite a downpour near where Emma was getting ready in the morning, the weather luckily held off over Buckler’s Hard and Plan A was put into place!
Whilst the second ceremony took place many of of the guests enjoyed a drinks reception outside, shortly followed by the Bride and Groom.
Being keen skiers there was a bit of a summer alpine theme to the day with sledges propping up flower pots and old skis making up the frame for the seating plan. Guests were also treated to hot chocolate and cake early on in the day, with speeches held in the early evening.
Dinner was served in a large marquee and we were impressed with how much space there was, previously only ever attending weddings there held inside.
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Settle down with a cup of tea and a slice of cake ready to look through the photos from Ross & Nicola’s wedding day last week. It’s a biggy (so you’ll be pleased of some refreshments) but there’s a point in this post where you’ll definitely be drooling after cake.
The day was action-packed, taking in three beautiful venues and a whole host of wonderful, thoughtful details. We knew there would be plenty in store and we had a sneak preview of what was planned as Ian helped design the wedding stationery with his Swash and Fold hat on, including invites from the day (for which I cut out (what felt like) a million records on a rotary cutter… but that’s another story, which you can read about, here).
We were lucky enough to start our 12-hour day at The Pig in Brockenhurst. This is one of our favourite places and it always has such a beautiful atmosphere and we can’t think of a better place to start a wedding day. We know we’re due to shoot more bridal preps later in the year at The Pig on The Beach in Studland but if anyone’s thinking of having a wedding here… you know… here’s the Contact Us page 😉
It was lovely to work alongside the very talented ladies, Caroline and Elke from Amazing Face, who did a superb job on hair and Nicola’s make-up.… Read Full Post
Joanna & Will’s wedding day took place at Plush Manor – a fantastic, unique venue in the middle of the Dorset countryside.
The grounds of Plush are sprawling with so many nooks and crannies to make use of, as well as a characterful manor house for guests to stay over and get ready in. There’s an outdoor space where the ceremony is able to take place and with blue skies (and a stack full of custom sunglasses being handed out) they were able to make the most of this intimate spot.
In the grounds there’s also a beautiful, retired church. Here, Jo and Will held their wedding breakfast and evening reception where they danced the night away.
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The countryside seems to have burst into life the past couple of weeks. Everything’s looking so lush and we’ve been treated to some beautiful days. Where better to kick off wedding season proper then than in the middle of it all? And as a bonus we spent the day with a lovely bunch of people for our first visit to Sopley Mill.
John & Katherine spent their entire wedding day there with a civil ceremony, drinks reception and evening entertainment making use of all three floors.
The day started with the Bride and Groom getting ready separately just a short drive away from Christchurch.
Hampshire Registrars conducted the ceremony and gave the wedding party time to have an Oasis sing-a-long.
Outside the weather was lovely and warm all day, meaning folks could really enjoy the fantastic setting for drinks, games and an evening buffet.
And when it was time for portraits we made our way to the nearby fields to capture the magic of Golden Hour. The light really set off Katherine’s beautiful Jenny Packham dress and jewellery.
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Emma and Tom came down from Warwickshire to celebrate their marriage at a place they love – Studland in Dorset.
Emma got ready at The Haven Hotel in Sandbanks, a spot often travelled to on her childhood holidays. I don’t think you could argue the fact The Haven has the best views from its balconies in the whole of Poole Harbour – made even better by the fact, if you looked very carefully, you could spot the distinctive shape of a white tent on the distant cliffs – their wedding marquee at Harry Warren House.
After preps at the hotel the bridal party had a momentous journey over to the Purbecks on the Sandbanks Ferry where Emma got a surprise announcement from the captain and a round of applause from all the cars and passengers.
Waiting over in Studland, Tom got ready at The Bankes Arms, a hop and skip away from St Nicholas Church where their ceremony took place.
Afterwards, all the guests walked to the reception at Harry Warren House for the party. The rain came in for the rest of the day, but it was no bother. The marquee was big, beautiful and stuffed full of home brews, cakes and macarons.… Read Full Post
Following on from Part One:
After their ceremony at Swanage and Town Hall Becky and Matt’s Wedding Party made their way up to The Old Malthouse for a relaxed reception. They were lucky enough to be the first ever wedding to be hosted at the school and were given the opportunity to really make it their own.
There was a bit of a festival atmosphere in the afternoon with Reggae beats, a deliciously hot, caribbean buffet and great wodges of cake, kindly made and donated by the guests.
The weather wasn’t quite so kind, so unfortunately there wasn’t much chance for guests to lounge on the playing fields sipping jars full of mojitos. But everyone had a jolly good time eating, drinking, being merry and eating cake.
When the evening kicked off everyone moved over to the separate hall for more dance and drinks, soundtracked by The Baker Brothers. It felt like a very pretty prom or the Enchantment Under The Sea night… The band even played Johnny B. Goode!
Congratulations Becky and Matt x
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