We can’t think of a more perfect place to hold a wedding for close family and friends than the beautiful Chaffeymoor Grange. Lying slap bang in the middle of the Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire border it boasts some amazing views over the The Blackmoor Vale. More importantly, it has ten magnificently decorated bedrooms for guests and a pretty outstanding TV den in the cellar!
Lisa and Ian were to make the most of their venue for the entire weekend – it was a house party and wedding all rolled into one. When we arrived at Chaffeymoor guests were enjoying the start of their weekend croquet tournament and trying to get their heads round the rules. Meanwhile, Lisa and her mum and sister got ready upstairs carefully avoiding Ian, the Groom until they went down to the pub for their own morning preps.
Each room in the house was decorated with its own pretty purple orchid to match the tones of Lisa’s bouquet. We’ve now shot quite a few weddings at Chaffeymoor with flowers prepped by The Gilded Lily and they consistently impress us with their work.
Whilst Ian (photography) went off with Ian (groom) and the boys (the abundance of Ians became very confusing), I stayed at Chaffeymoor with the girls.
It was all very calm at the house and with no danger of bumping into the groom we had the luxury of using lots of different rooms to sort the make-up, hair and dress. The ceremony began at a leisurely 4pm and it was nice for everyone to be able to take their time.
The ceremony took place in Chaffeymoor’s Oak Room. Poor Lindsay and Rik, the owners of Chaffeymoor, normally have to lug these sofas out of the room ready for the ceremony (and they’re mighty heavy). However, Lisa and Ian decided to embrace the cosy set-up and their guests watched the ceremony in comfort. We thought it was a great idea and it kept the day super relaxed and laid back!
After the ceremony the guests made the most of the sunny day with canapés and champagne on the terrace.
Then we took some family shots. There were some guests who had travelled a long way to be there.
This may have been the smallest wedding party bunch we’ve shot but I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed the formal group shots more. After taking the essential shots guests started suggesting random set-ups for us to capture. Trouble is, some of the party had moved along to chat and drink their champers by this time and missed the discussion. We must have seemed like the most random wedding photographers 😉
We took some more sedate group shots as well, I can assure you.
Those done it was nearly time for the guests to sit down for their meal. There was just some time for a bit of post-ceremony football.
Until the ball fell in Chaffeymoor’s huge pond.
With a little bit of teamwork they soon got their ball back.
We stayed at Chaffeymoor whilst guests enjoyed their meal around one big table. There were no formal speeches at all but we could hear plenty of laughter coming from that room.
It was getting pretty late after this and it was a real reminder that the days are getting a lot shorter as the sun set fast. We still had some time to take some dusk shots around the garden of the bride and groom. Lisa and Ian took us up on the offer of a full engagement shoot early in the year so they were real pros by now. It was great seeing the guestbook we made up for them get such a good response and lovely to see the pages fill up with comments.
There wasn’t any evening entertainment so to speak of, but with a mighty playlist a huge stock of beer and wine, and the knowledge the guests didn’t have to travel far to get to their beds that night, there was no stopping the party.
We hope you, your family and all your friends had an amazing bank holiday weekend at Chaffeymoor, Lisa and Ian. Congratulations to you both! x