On a wet Saturday not long ago we headed over to Wareham for the wedding of Kathy and Mark at Lady St Mary Church. Kathy grew up in Wareham and her family are from there too so her Mum and Dad’s house played host to the bridal preparations. Kathy and her bridesmaids were still at the hairdressers when I got there but I was made to feel so welcome. Kathy’s Mum had put on a very generous buffet too to keep us all going throughout the morning. Bridal preps are so much easier with pork pies and Pringles to keep you going!
Once back from the hairdressers the girls piled into the kitchen to get ready en masse around the table. There was an excitable atmosphere.
When I walked into the house this pretty dress greeted me and I started snapping. Little did I know that this was just the ‘back up’ dress if things got a bit too heavy and full-on for Kathy later on in the day. The main dress was lucky enough to fill a room of its own upstairs. You’ll see why later!
Meanwhile, while I was snapping up dresses and scoffing on sausage rolls Ian met up with boys at the pub to shoot some of their preparations too.
The donning of the dress (actually a corset and a full skirt) required a full team of willing Bridesmaids to help with the hoop.
Kathy said a prayer for the rain to hold off so it would be dry enough to take some couple shots around Wareham after the ceremony.
Kathy and her Dad waited for a horse and carriage to pick them up and take them to the church whilst I piled in with the Bridemaids in their limousine.
We were only allowed to shoot for a little while during the ceremony and had to stay at the back for the most part of the service. We got all the essentials, though.
After some family shots in damp but tolerable conditions, Kathy changed into her sandals so we could walk around the beautiful gardens of The Priory Hotel without sinking her stilettos into the grass. That little morning prayer did the trick!
We liked this archway when we walked around The Priory Hotel for Kathy and Mark’s wedding preps so we went back.
After a good little play Kathy and Mark enjoyed a horse and carriage ride through to Sandford where they met their car to take them the rest of the way to the The Cumberland Hotel in Bournemouth. Following them in our car we can vouch they made an impressive tailback. Apologies if you were travelling along the A351 that day.
Whilst guests enjoyed their reception drinks I had some time to photograph the pretty table settings.
One guest got their very own goldfish! I promised him he could go on our blog if he posed nicely. Thanks Sebastian The Fish!
Very pretty cake.
and pretty knife too.
Kathy reads the engraving in her wedding band out to her girl friends.
Time for dinner.
The speeches took place after the main meal but before the dessert.
It was getting late in the day by then but we just managed to squeeze in some beach shots before it got dark. Kathy had to sit in the front seat and I literally piled her dress on top of her. Maybe we need a bigger car for times like these.
Mark’s shoes were ace so they deserved some attention too.
The Bride and Groom wanted some shots of their room and the four poster bed but our timing was RUBBISH. Brian, (The Cumberland’s excellent Wedding Co-ordinator) was just in the process of throwing petals on the bed when we all walked in and spoilt the surprise. Sorry Brian!
After Kathy had managed to get rid of all the sand from our beach shoot it was time for the First Dance.
We have to say, the DJ and Compere, Richard Welsh did a fabulous job of getting the party started and revving everyone up for dancing and kudos to the Groomsmen and the Bridesmaids they went along with it.
Congratulations Kathy and Mark and thank you for a very fun day x