Sophie & Paul’s Wedding at St Stephen’s, Pamphill and Dean’s Court

Sophie and Paul’s wedding took place in Wimborne on a changeable Spring day.

Their ceremony was held at St Stephen’s Church in Pamphill followed by a reception at Deans Court.

Although for the most part the day was warm and sunny there was a constant threat of a Thunderstorm and there were a few downpours and as the reception went on, some dramatic rumbles. It was quite fitting really as Sophie’s Parents also got married during a dramatic lightning storm at the same church.

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Sophie & Paul’s Wedding Prep in Studland

On a chilly Easter Weekend we met up with Sophie and Paul at the Sandbanks Ferry and headed over the water to Studland.

They’re getting married in just a couple of weeks and we are looking forward to spending the day with them at their church ceremony in Pamphill followed by a visit to an old favourite, Deans Court in Wimborne.

After a chat and a catch-up at Shell Bay (which incidentally had just opened its doors after a really lovely looking re-fit) we tried to keep warm wandering around the dunes before literally running for the ferry back before it got dark.

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Robyn & Josh’s Wedding at Sopley Mill

On a sunny Monday, jammily sandwiched between wet and dreary Spring days Robyn and Josh had their wedding day at Sopley Mill near Christchurch.

We joined them for one of our Short & Sweet days, starting with morning preps at Sopley Mill where Robyn and her Bridal Party multi-tasked decorating the venue before getting themselves ready. Meanwhile, Ian headed over to the Fisherman’s Haunt pub to meet Josh before the civil ceremony at the Mill.

After the ceremony we had some time to take a few group shots before wandering around the grounds with the Bride and Groom before their wedding breakfast.

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Becky & James’ Wedding at Mortons House Hotel

A week after the snow cleared in Dorset Becky and James were lucky enough to hold their wedding on a Spring-like day at Mortons House Hotel in Corfe Castle.

We joined them for one of our Short & Sweet days, heading up around noon to meet up for pre-wedding preps, taking in the ceremony and finally, wandering down to Corfe Train Station platform for a few photos before leaving the happy couple to enjoy their wedding breakfast and evening with family and friends.

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Robyn & Joshua’s Wedding Prep at Hengistbury Head

Robyn and Josh are getting married in early 2018 and we’ll be joining them at Sopley Mill for one of our Short and Sweet days.

On a bit of a chilly November day we met up at Hengistbury Head for a chat about their wedding, a cup of tea and a walk down to the beach huts for some photos.

Although we’ve been down there quite a lot this year for shoots and walks I think this is the first time we’ve ventured down in the Autumn. It’s about a 20 minute walk down to the very end of the spit but that walk takes you through some lovely woodland. We stopped there on the way back for a couple of snaps among the fallen leaves.

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Katrina & Wayne’s Portrait Shoot on Bournemouth Beach

Newlyweds Katrina and Wayne got in touch with us wanting some photos to celebrate their marriage to each other. They opted for a short Portrait Shoot on the beach in Bournemouth.

It was a bit of a blustery day with rain threatening the entire day. We had to cut our shoot in two halves to shelter in our cars from a heavy shower.

Our friends Amazing Face were on-hand that day for Katrina’s hair and make-up.

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Josh & Emily’s Wedding Prep in Swanage

It’s our last wedding of the season on Saturday and we’ll be heading over to the Purbecks to meet up with Emily and Josh.

They’re getting married at Holy Spirit & St Edward’s Church near Swanage seafront before heading over to Corfe Castle for a wedding reception at Mortons House Hotel. We’ll be joining them for one of our Short and Sweet days.

Making the most of their holiday week before their wedding we met up on a lovely evening for a walk near Swanage Pier and along the Prom.

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Clem & Ben’s Wedding at St Nicholas Church & Harry Warren House, Studland

We can’t think of a wedding party better suited to deal with such a bonker’s British Summer’s day. We spent a large part of it (sometimes unsuccessfully) dodging heavy showers with thick black clouds. But no sooner had we resigned ourselves to snuggling in the marquee the sun would make an appearance and tempt everyone out for impromptu races and deckchair sitting again.

A spot of rain wasn’t going to hold back Clem and her bridal party walking from The Pig on the Beach where they stayed and got ready in the morning, through the little country lanes to St Nicholas where their ceremony took place.

Led by a fiddler procession the wedding party made their way to Harry Warren House for fun and frolics where their reception was held.

Making the most of the location the wedding had a seaside theme with carefully crated details and Clem’s hand-painted peep-through.

Later on, when the clouds cleared for good, we all made our way down to the beach to mess around by the water before heading back up for dancing and chips in the marquee.

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Nicola & Martin’s Wedding at Highcliffe Castle

Nicola and Martin’s Mid-Week Wedding took place in Christchurch, Dorset with a ceremony and reception at Highcliffe Castle.

First of all, both the bride and groom stayed over at the Lord Bute in Highcliffe with Nicola and her bridesmaids having the luxury of getting ready in their amazingly spacious Bridal Suite. Morning preps were taken care of by the expert hair and make-up styling of Laura Mackenzie and Tara Sanger.

We managed to get through a whole day without rain but it was a very blustery day – we almost got blown away on the beach and had to abandon our shoot down there for fear of ending up on the Isle of Wight, instead taking shelter around the castle grounds.

There were some pretty details throughout the day with the wedding taking on a bit of a literary theme. We were very impressed by the brilliant cake rustled up by Nicola’s Dad. Although I got a bit stressed playing the Wed-Libs game dotted around the tables… I realised I needed to swot up on my Verbs, Adjectives and Nouns. The shame.

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Chris & Emily’s Wedding at Upton House and Sandbanks Hotel, Poole

We’ve had a bit of a wet and unseasonal peak Summer week of weddings. All of them have been by the seaside and have either been incredibly windy or very wet. Luckily for us though, we’ve been in the company of some great couples who haven’t been afraid to get out, arm themselves with umbrellas or entire cans of Elnette to make the most of their day.

Chris and Emily’s wedding set the trend. Their day was held in Poole with a ceremony at Upton House in Upton Country Park followed by a reception at The Sandbanks Hotel.

The day started with Emily getting ready at the hotel with the help of Amazing Face taking car of hair and make-up.

A little drive away the ceremony was held at Upton Country Park followed by a short drinks reception. We made use of the excellent scope of the house for photos before the rain set in for the day.

The wedding party travelled to the Sandbanks Hotel by bus (one of my old school buses no less – the distinctive Reg plate was a dead give-away and made me chuckle. To be honest, I’m surprised it’s still road-worthy the way we used to treat it back in the day!).… Read Full Post

Kirsty & Alun’s Wedding at St Nicholas Church & Harry Warren House, Studland

On a beautiful, sunny Saturday we boarded the ferry over to Studland to join Kirsty and Alun for their wedding. They’d travelled down from London to make the most of the unbeatable views and idyllic village life in our favourite Purbeck village.

As they’d hired a cottage for the week to enjoy a bit of downtime after the wedding Kirsty and her entourage got ready here helped by hair and make-up artist, Lorraine Milligan.

Meanwhile, after a meet-up at the Bankes Arms and The Pig on the Beach Alun and his Groomsmen made his way to St Nicholas Church for the ceremony. It’s one of our favourite churches for its friendly and accommodating approach and its convenient little hidden photographer nook in a priviledged position at the front.

Kirsty and Alun’s baby girl joined them for the ceremony and even got to enjoy the confetti run before spending a chilled day with her Nanny so her Mum and Dad could party! We hope she loves looking through these photos when she’s older so she can see the part she played in the day.

After a short walk from the church guests enjoyed the sunny views of Harry Warren House in its spectacular location overlooking Old Harry Rocks, Poole Bay, Bournemouth and the Isle of Wight.… Read Full Post

Chris & Emily’s Wedding Prep at Sandbanks Beach

We were rather glad we were meeting up with Chris and Emily at the weekend to escape our home. Temperatures were set at a steady 30-degrees in the office. We’d got through more Jubbly ice lollies than is healthy and spent far too much money on fans to dot around.

A sit-down to go through wedding timings with a cool shandy and air conditioning at The Sandbanks Hotel was just the ticket and a little paddle made everything much better again.

Emily and Chris braced the summer crowds for a walk on Sandbanks beach for their prep shoot as we made plans for their day in a few weeks time.

They’re getting married at Upton House before making their way back to the seaside to spend their day with family and friends overlooking the water.

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