About a 40-minute drive from us is Corfe Castle. It’s the name given to both the distinctive majestic ruins and the village that lies at the foot of them. It’s a place I know well having relatives who live there but we’d never been lucky enough to shoot a wedding there until Gemma and Chris got in touch with us. The Purbeck area is so beautiful and Gemma and Chris really made the most of it with a reception just up the road at the picturesque Kingston Country Courtyard.
Although we arranged to meet at The Greyhound pub opposite St Edward’s Church we chanced on Chris (far right) and his Groomsmen whilst we were parking up our car so we joined them in the walk up to the drinking hole.
There was just some time for a quick Groom nerve-settling G&T to get introduced to everyone and snap up the rings…
before we all made our way over to the church.
The Grainger String Quartet did an excellent job of playing both before the ceremony and during the drinks reception.
Gemma’s Mum waiting proudly.
Gemma, her brother and her bridesmaids were greeted by a mass of onlookers.
I had such an amazing spot in the church where I could see everything but was tucked up behind the choir. Meanwhile, Ian stayed at the back to capture the arrival of the bride.
Gemma’s Aunt also conducted part of the service making it very personal to both of them.
The wind was playing havoc with the confetti.
With most of the formal group shots done at the church we all made our way over to Kingston Country Courtyard to continue the party and get some more snaps in the rear garden.
Whilst the guests were enjoying their bubbly and canapés we snapped up the beautiful reception room.
Gemma and her mum made their three layer cake themselves. Gemma’s mum told me all about their intensive sugar crafting course and I have to say, I was so impressed with the level of detail in those sugar flowers and leaves. Good job!
Once the room was set up in was time for the receiving line…
and the speeches (including banter from two of the three Best Men).
Humiliation rituals done and dusted we left the guests to enjoy their meal and the rest of the wedding day.
With thanks congratulations to Gemma and Chris x