Josh & Emily’s Wedding in Swanage and Corfe Castle, Dorset

If there was ever a wedding to epitomise what our Short & Sweet wedding days are perfect for it’s Emily & Josh’s.

They got married on an autumn day in Swanage with a small number of family and friends and we tagged along for a couple of hours.

Popping in to see Josh in his holiday cottage on the way we started coverage during the wedding ceremony at Holy Spirit & St Edward’s church before making way to Mortons House Hotel in Corfe Castle for their drinks reception.

Emily and Josh wrapped up their wedding day by tea-time and spent their evening enjoying some peace and quiet in their pretty little holiday cottage in the shadow of Corfe Castle.

After their meal we walked down together before we went home to take some photos on the platform of the Swanage Railway station. Sadly, the steam train had been cancelled for the day but this may have been a blessing in disguise as it meant there were no crowds and we had the freedom to wander and soak up the fabulous atmosphere.

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Jo & Ricky’s Wedding at Sopley Mill

We joined Jo & Ricky for their wedding day at Sopley Mill which took place just before Bonfire Night.

It was a classic Autumn day and really what you would expect from November – cold and wet. But there’s always something special and cosy about a seasonal wedding.

Luckily, with three floors of the Mill to explore and call their own the guests were happily tucked up inside for the most part. Although the scope for venturing around the grounds for photos was short-lived we were happy the rain stopped just when we needed it to (and Jo’s friend was happy to lend her some boots to save her pretty shoes in the mud).

The ceremony was conducted by the Bride and Groom’s friend, Rahul who did a great job as Celebrant.

Sadly, Rhubarb the cat wasn’t able to be invited. But she did have a great time playing with my shoes and laces during the morning preparations at Jo & Ricky’s home.

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Liz & Shane’s Wedding at Mortons House Hotel & Swanage Railway

Liz and Shane’s wedding took place at Morton’s House Hotel in Corfe Castle, Dorset. It was a small and intimate occasion with close family and friends (and their beautiful and well-behaved dog, Winnie).

We joined them for one of our Short & Sweet days starting with morning preps at the hotel and Corfe Castle National Trust tearooms right through to their arrival for tea and cake and the Birds Nest Buffet car at Swanage Train Station. It was such a wonderful, fun day.

In the middle of this celebration there was a fantastic train ride taking the wedding party by Swanage Railway Steam Train from Corfe to the reception venue. Shane had previously been a volunteer helping put this line back on the tourist map and Winnie had been on the train before and knew how to stamp her own ticket!

Along the way everyone enjoyed the view and a cheeky little tipple to toast the newlyweds.

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Hannah and Mark’s Wedding at Priston Mill, Bath

Hannah and Mark got married recently with a full day held at the Tythe Barn at Priston Mill, near Bath. Hannah got ready in the morning at a lovely cottage on Withy Mills Farm surrounding by fields and cows. Whilst Mark got ready at a nearby Pub and made his way to the Mill in a Defender Land Rover – which, as it turns out, couldn’t have been a better choice of transport.

The weather wasn’t kind with some very heavy rain making things a little tricky in the morning. Hannah’s Vintage VW almost went for a swim down a flooded country lane. However, with some nifty diversions and the cool, calm and collected manner of the ace LoveDub Weddings things soon got back on track. Unfortunately, it was a bit too damp to do many shots outside for the majority of the day but the cosy and spacious interiors of Priston Mill and a roaring fire helped things considerably.

They embraced the Autumn feel of their wedding with plenty of lovely orange, red and peach blooms and rustic wooden details, including one of the loveliest table seating plans we’ve seen.

Here are some photos from their day…

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Jenny and Duncan’s Humanist Wedding at Studland Bay House

Following on from their legal, civil ceremony the day before at Swanage Town Hall, Jenny and Duncan’s celebrations really got into full swing for their Humanist Ceremony and reception at Studland Bay House.

Despite it being a fairly grey, sea mist-swirling kind of day, it was dry enough to make the most of the outdoors and the ceremony took place looking out over the sea and Old Harry Rocks. Guests were seated looking out over the cliff too with an official Celebrant conducting the ceremony.

Jenny and Duncan had full reign over the house for the weekend and had spent the evening after their civil ceremony celebrating and getting all of the final preps together.

Other than the ceremony and the drinks reception the main party was held in a marquee attached on to the side of the house. There were plenty of lovely decorations, including boat table centres to embrace the seaside location with ice-cream, a strawberry “naked cake”, a delicious wedding breakfast and a stack of cheese to keep the guests full.

In the evening guests were treated to choreographed First Dance by Jenny and Duncan. And when they weren’t filling the dance floor they were out playing with sparklers in the garden.… Read Full Post

Jenny and Duncan’s Civil Ceremony at Swanage Town Hall

Jenny and Duncan celebrated their marriage with a Humanist wedding on the cliff-top in Studland, overlooking the sea and an audience of guests and paddle boarders. Being utter spoil sports, the pernickety laws in this country don’t allow couples to get married anywhere that isn’t an approved, permanent and immovable structure.

Jenny and Duncan got around this by doing the legal bit with Registrars the day before, at Swanage Town Hall.

We were there to photograph the short ceremony in the company of Jenny and Duncan’s close family and friends.

We’ll be posting their big day at Studland Bay House soon…

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Laura & Chris’ Wedding at Iford Church, Lewes and The Ginger Dog, Brighton

It’s difficult enough planning a wedding day in just under four months, let alone if you’re spending those months travelling around the world. Laura and Chris proved it can be done with their intimate wedding in Lewes and Brighton last weekend.

Not only did they manage to secure a very pretty church, they sorted the cosy Ginger Dog in Kemptown as their reception venue and managed to get a dress custom-made. They even gathered their family and friends from wide and far, with plenty of guests over from America.

The weather had most definitely turned since the last time we met up in Brighton. We stayed over the night before, driving through the awful storm we’ve just had. Luckily, it wasn’t so bad the next day, but everyone was thankful for the open fire and the warmth of a pub once the sun went down.

To start the day, I met up with Laura and a few of her pals at The Lanes Health and Beauty as they prepared for the day with pre-wedding pedicures and manicures before they got ready at Laura’s Mum and Dad’s holiday apartment.

We were a bit of an advert for AirBnB that day. Ian and I had sorted our own digs that night (a lovely B&B room – if you need a bed to kip in near Brighton we thoroughly recommend this place).… Read Full Post

Emily and Simon’s Wedding at Chaffeymoor Grange

Emily and Simon celebrated their wedding weekend with their closest family and friends at the lovely Chaffeymoor Grange – one of our favourite haunts.

It was a laid-back and relaxed day with the wedding taking place in the house’s smaller Red Room and dinner served in the Oak Room. Later, everyone was able to keep themselves entertained with the pretty special looking Jukebox which Emily and Simon had hired for the weekend.

Lots of hard work had been spent making sure the house was filled by personal little details – the most impressive of these being Simon’s hand-made Lego Postbox. The project for this started after Simon’s childhood Lego stash was passed back onto him by his Mum. He had the idea of making a box for their wedding cards but his old red bricks were only really enough to lay the foundations. This wedding is probably responsible for a nationwide shortage of “red ones”. But what a triumph!

Here are some favourites from their day…

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Trudy and Scott’s Wedding at Gaynes Park in Epping, Essex – Part One

Back in the summer we met Trudy and Scott for the first time as they asked us to do an Engagement Shoot for them. The idea was to get some nice little piccies they could use for Invitations and Save The Date cards. They were truly great sports that day, hiking their way around Durdle Door and travelled all the way from Essex to see us.

It was only fair we shared the hellish Motorway travel experience. So, on a nippy and changeable Autumn weekend we made our way up to Epping for their wedding at Gaynes Park.

We arrived early so we could have a good scout around the venue before things kicked off. Gaynes Park has the cutest, tiny Gatekeeper’s Cottage which can be used for bridal preps and as a honeymoon suite. It was here I met up with Trudy. She wanted some time to chill in the morning and visit the hairdressers in peace and quiet, so we started things off once the flowers had arrived and it was time to dress.

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Trudy and Scott’s Wedding at Gaynes Park in Epping, Essex – Part Two

Continuing on from Part One

We cannot put into words what a thoughtful couple Trudy and Scott are. As we were a long way from home they’d not only seated us as guests and treated us to a slap-up meal but they’d made little place names for us too – like proper guests!

Scott even told everyone the backstory to the Engagement photos on each table during his speech and then we were presented with the biggest box of cupcakes! Amazing! We were so grateful for those on the way home and I’m ashamed to say (apart from one, which I gave to a friend who popped round for tea) we ate the entire box. Ooops!

It got dark really early, so after dinner we popped out for a bit of light-scribing with torches and to play with some sparklers. Then, it was time for the first dance and evening do at Gaynes Park’s Mill Barn.

Kudos to this wedding party for not only being the first group we’ve seen form a trailing Conga-line, but also for pulling this off with gusto as the second song of the night. The DJ said it couldn’t be done but they proved otherwise.… Read Full Post

Carly and Nick’s Wedding at Cafe Shore, Poole – Part One

Carly and Nick got married at the very distinctive and chic Cafe Shore in Sandbanks, Poole. It’s a restaurant and bar with beautiful views of Poole Harbour and Brownsea. I think it’s a pretty unbeatable vista to glance over when you’re actually standing there… getting married.

The day started with me making my way over to Carly’s parents house for the bridal preps. By all accounts things started off a little bit later in the morning for Nick, with a quick dressing and then drinks whilst catching up on “Helicopter Heroes”.

I love looking through the shots we end up with after a wedding. The clocks on mine and Ian’s cameras are always synced and it never fails to make me chuckle when I see Groom’s nervously pacing at the ceremony venue and the bride’s still got her jammies on.

On with the preps and ceremony…

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Carly and Nick’s Wedding at Cafe Shore, Poole – Part Two

Carrying on from Part One

As the nights were drawing in and it would be getting dark during the wedding breakfast we made our way over the road to the beach to take some portraits soon after the ceremony.

Actually, most of Carly and Nick’s friends came along for the ride too. Thanks to several members of the wedding party who helped carry bridal shoes and bouquets with such finesse.

After the meal we headed out onto Cafe Shore’s terrace to play around with a bit of light-scribing while the venue was set up for the evening. We soon found out it’s a lot easier to draw shapes than right backwards words (especially after the wedding breakfast and champagne toasts). I’m still have trouble deciphering a lot of the messages, but the thought was there! Posted with thanks and congratulations to Carly and Nick xRead Full Post