For a good few weeks, if not months, Helen had been enthusiastically counting down the days to the big day on Facebook – there was a huge amount of excitement in the build up which we were pleased to get caught up in.
The wedding and reception took place at Parley Manor in Dorset. We’d heard a lot about this venue and how pretty it was to have a party and to shoot in. When we met up with Helen, Dan and co for the wedding prep – rolling in a wedding rehearsal at the same time – the ceremony marquee hadn’t been put up for the season yet so we had to use our imagination a little. It didn’t disappoint. With the help of brilliant blue skies and balmy warm Spring weather we had it about as good as it gets.
The morning’s preps kicked off at the home of bridesmaid, Dom who was kind enough to let everyone take over the place with make-up, cameras and kitten chasing. It was also the first time I’d met Helen and Dan’s daughter Holly, who was to play a big part in the day.
After the make-up and hair the girls spent some time opening their gifts from Helen before it was time to get the dresses on. Despite one small set-back involving a bow, a rip and a lack of sewing kit everything ran like clockwork and we all piled into the huge, 7-seater vintage car for the drive to Parley Manor.
Ian had met up with Dan beforehand and the guests had all arrived in plenty of time to fill the ceremony marquee, so we waited while the girls finished their preps inside the Manor before making their garden walk to the aisle. The marquee at Parley has lovely transparent walls to let the sunlight stream in which made for a calm and pretty ceremony.
After a drinks reception and family shots Helen and Dan went for a spin around the grounds in their car and we took a look at the reception marquee for the first time that day. It was a wonderful sight with some of the most glamorous and chic details we’ve seen – a beautiful neutral colour palette, lots of sweeties and amazing table centres. To add a bit more glamour to the occasion names of famous Hollywood couples were given to the tables (although Ian did report the table of Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton was somewhat decimated after the meal). As well as a guestmount using a shot from their pre-wed shoot, guests were also asked to ink their fingerprints on a Wedding Tree.