Caroline and James’ Wedding in Milborne Port & Stockbridge Farm Barn

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

Laura and Peter’s Wedding at Plush Manor, Dorchester

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

Ken and Eliza’s Wedding at YMCA Fairthorne Manor

If you’ve not seen Ken and Eliza’s Chinese Tea Ceremony already, stop what you’re doing now and check out their wedding morning blog here. Their wedding was so action-packed it’s hard to believe they fitted everything into one day.

After their Tea Ceremony Ken and Eliza got changed for their wedding ceremony which took place outdoors around the campsite fire pit. The weather was nuts – we started off photographing the day in wellies and by the afternoon it was so hot many guests chose to get changed into shorts so they could spend the afternoon playing games.

Adorned with her hand-made headdress and Totoro origami bouquet, Eliza made her way over to the ceremony which was conducted by Ken’s Sister, Andrea. She’s easy to spot in the photos below as she is cloaked and armed with a Dragon Staff for the wedding. She also did a magnificent job of making the astounding wedding cake (despite never making one before).

The whole day took place within the grounds of YMCA Fairthorne Manor Campsite, so there were plenty of facilities for guests who wanted to let their hair down and kip over for the night. We can’t express enough how perfect this venue is for Bride and Grooms who want to be in complete control of the day.… Read Full Post

Hannah and Tom’s Wedding at Manor Farm, Somerset

Hannah and Tom’s wedding took place on their family Dairy farm in Emborough, Somerset. Well, technically, their wedding was held in the (now retired) The Blessed Virgin Mary church, but you could be forgiven for thinking this was in the farm. It’s so close to the farm house you could invite the vicar in for tea by shouting out of the window.

Having sought special permission to hold their ceremony in the church, the marquee was set up at the front of the farm house, packed full of beautiful flowers and was carefully put together by the co-ordinator for the day, Steph from Sweet and Pretty.

We had worked closely with Tom and Hannah before the wedding as Ian (with his Swash and Fold hat on) designed the Invitations, Orders of Service, Menus and Table Settings stationery. I also spent some time hand-lettering the table names and other titles, which Ian then incorporated into the design. It was lovely to be able to see it all being used and photograph it on the day.

There was a fun, country fete feel to this wedding with an energetic Ceilidh for evening entertainment and hay bales to lounge on in the evening whilst guests tucked into Pulled Pork Rolls from Hannah and Tom’s very own Good Life Pork Co.… Read Full Post

Jolie & Simon’s Wedding at Winchester Guildhall & Shawford Parish Hall

We couldn’t have asked for a more cosy, festive and energetic wedding to end our year than Jolie and Simon’s. They got married just a couple of days before Christmas in Winchester with a ceremony at Winchester Guildhall and a Ceilidh wedding reception at Shawford Parish Hall.

The weather was ridiculous – stormy, rainy, windy and dark. But none of that mattered. Jolie and Simon had worked so hard to make their wedding day so inviting and colourful. Where better place to be than under the fairy lights, eating pies and dancing with friends and family?

One particular favourite part of the day for us was when the entire wedding party was transported from the ceremony to the village hall in a Routemaster. Christmas tunes blasted from the back of the bus as it made its merry way through the streets of Winchester. Everyone was huddled together in a steamy-windowed bus. It was a perfect winter wedding.

This was our first Ceilidh and it was brilliant. There were absolutely no awkward shuffling dances. Everyone took part and gave it their all. The routines seemed really complicated when the Caller was talking through the steps but somehow, after a minute or so, everything clicked.… Read Full Post