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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Caroline and James’ wedding was a real treat, full of lots of personal details and a very friendly and energetic crowd. There was an awful lot of dancing and singing during this wedding and we were impressed by everyone’s stamina!
Oh.. before we carry on, a special mention should be made to James’ Mum who grew all the flowers for this wedding at home, by seed and made all the bouquets and buttonholes. We were blown away by her amazing garden and floristry skills.
Their ceremony took place in James’ home town, Milborne Port in Somerset at Milborne Port Parish Church. It was a service full of music with a worship band filling the church with sound and enthusiastic sing-a-longs.
After this everyone made their way over to the Dorset border to Stockbridge Farm Barn for the wedding reception.
Guests were treated to a Fish & Chip supper for the wedding breakfast (which went down exceptional well.. who doesn’t love fish and chips?) eaten from personalised trays. And for afters guests were encourage to take part in a Bake Off. There was so much cake of all different shapes, sizes and flavours and enough to fed everyone five times over!
To work off all those sponges and chips there was an excellent, fun Ceilidh dance in the evening, with music provided by local folk band Teasing the Cat.… Read Full Post
We have the ever excellent Bellissimo Weddings to thank for bringing us together with the fun and thoughtful Pete and Laura. Our work on this wedding started many, many months before as not only did we have the pleasure of photographing the day, Ian also designed and printed their stationery over at Swash and Fold (you can read more about his work on the literary-themed paper crafts, here).
We’d never heard of Plush Manor before Melanie at Bellissimo got in touch to see if we were available to work with Pete and Laura. It is such a unique venue with a perfect accommodation set-up for guests with bedrooms, kitchen and living area as well as a vast, sprawling estate that’s home to a licensed wedding Folly and a retired Church. All of this framed by the magnificent view of the Dorset countryside.
We set off heading to Dorchester in appalling rain with deep, black skies. The water lashed against the windscreen as we journeyed along a flooded dual carriageway. We were resigned to spending the day in wellies, darting to and from indoor spots. Then, as if by magic, as soon as we pulled into the drive the clouds parted and made way for blue skies and big fluffy white clouds that remained throughout the rest of the day.… Read Full Post
We’d never heard of Plush Manor before Laura and Peter’s enquiry. Hidden in the depths of the Dorset countryside near Dorchester it’s a hidden gem. As well as being a tad tricky to find when in the car it’s pretty much non-existent on the web too. We won’t give too much away about its potential before the wedding as we’re sure keeping things a bit of a surprise for the guests is a good idea, but it’s very unique.
Laura and Peter have been in the very capable hands of Bellissimo Wedding Planners and together they’re putting together a brilliant day. Though we hadn’t met Laura and Peter in person until the day we did this shoot, Ian had been working together with them and Melanie over at Swash and Fold designing their book-inspired invitations, so we had a little gist of the things they had in mind. As well as our very own custom map to help us find this tucked away spot.
After a bit of wander around the grounds and some admin at the Brace of Pheasants across the road we took a few photos before the sun dipped behind the hills…
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