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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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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Kirsten & Duncan’s Back Garden Wedding near Glastonbury, Somerset

Kirsten & Duncan’s Back Garden Wedding was a spectacularly thoughtful day, with so many beautiful DIY touches and a real festival feel.

A paddock next to the Groom’s Mums house was cleared to play host to an impressive marquee. Being extra resourceful this grass was transformed into hay bales for guests to sit and enjoy the warm Summer’s Day under the shade of an apple tree.

Kirsten & Duncan’s Back Garden Wedding was a spectacularly thoughtful day, with so many beautiful DIY touches and a real festival feel. A paddock next to the Groom’s Mums house was cleared to play host to an impressive marquee. Being extra resourceful this grass was transformed into hay bales for guests to sit and enjoy the warm Summer’s Day under the shade of an apple tree.

The day started with Kirsten and her bridal party getting ready at their home in Somerton before heading towards Glastonbury for a wedding at St Mary’s and All Saint’s Church in Meare. The very church Kirsten’s Mum and Dad also got married in.

They definitely didn’t have the same vicar though as Kirsten and Duncan’s Wedding was his first!

After a spot of confetti guests then made the drive over to Low Ham near Langport to spend the rest of the day eating ice creams, playing ping pong, darts and dancing.

At one point in the day we headed off to a nearby Orchard which Kirsten and Duncan had asked permission for us to take some photos in.

The marquee was really something special – bright but cosy, helped along by good honest grub provided by Pieminister.… Read Full Post

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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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

Ross & Nicola’s Church & Barn Wedding at Barford Park, Salisbury

Settle down with a cup of tea and a slice of cake ready to look through the photos from Ross & Nicola’s wedding day last week. It’s a biggy (so you’ll be pleased of some refreshments) but there’s a point in this post where you’ll definitely be drooling after cake.

The day was action-packed, taking in three beautiful venues and a whole host of wonderful, thoughtful details. We knew there would be plenty in store and we had a sneak preview of what was planned as Ian helped design the wedding stationery with his Swash and Fold hat on, including invites from the day (for which I cut out (what felt like) a million records on a rotary cutter… but that’s another story, which you can read about, here).

We were lucky enough to start our 12-hour day at The Pig in Brockenhurst. This is one of our favourite places and it always has such a beautiful atmosphere and we can’t think of a better place to start a wedding day. We know we’re due to shoot more bridal preps later in the year at The Pig on The Beach in Studland but if anyone’s thinking of having a wedding here… you know… here’s the Contact Us page 😉

It was lovely to work alongside the very talented ladies, Caroline and Elke from Amazing Face, who did a superb job on hair and Nicola’s make-up.… Read Full Post

Andy & El’s Wedding and Afternoon Tea at Highfield Church, Southampton

Andy & El’s took place in Southampton last week and we joined them for one of our ‘Short & Sweet’ days.

Their ceremony took place at Highfield Church and the aisles were packed with family and friends joining in to celebrate their day. The church also played host to an Afternoon Tea reception held straight after the ceremony with plenty of cake to go around.

A little drive away Andy & El’s Reception was to be held in Beaulieu and we followed them there for a short while for a few photos before they sat down for their meal.

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Ross & Sarah’s Wedding at St Thomas’ Church & Royal Lymington Yacht Club

Sarah and Ross’ Wedding Day took place in their home town of Lymington. Their ceremony was held at St Thomas’ in the centre of town followed by a reception at Royal Lymington Yacht Club, of which they’re members.

The weather really rolled in during the afternoon and by the evening it was a very windy and blustery day. Although we were so pleased it held off for them so the wedding party were able to make a grand entrance into the Club on their yacht, Scarlet Oyster. Ross and Sarah spend a lot of their summer with the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust taking children sailing who are in recovery from cancer or leukaemia, so this was a fitting part of the day.

Special mention should go to the staff at the Yacht Club who were lovely, super helpful and made us pots of tea to keep warm!

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Joanna & Will’s Wedding at Plush Manor

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 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

Becky and Sam’s Wedding at Lady St Mary Church and Wareham Rugby Club

Becky and Sam worked very hard to plan and co-ordinate their wedding. Very much a ‘Do-It-Yourself’ affair they arranged for a marquee to be set up at Swanage & Wareham RFC. They decorated the tent themselves (with Sam’s sister penning all of the signage and doing a superb job of it too). Bournemouth-based Recruitment agency, Platinum was used to hire waiting staff for the day and Sam’s uncle of NCP Catering Solutions dished up the food.

The day started with guests gathering at the Rugby Club for a pre-ceremony drink whilst Becky and her Bridesmaids got ready at Becky’s Dad’s home. After a short drive to Wareham the ceremony took place at Lady St. Mary.

Becky and Sam had arranged for us to spend some time in The Priory‘s gardens next to the Church for some photos whilst guests made their way back to the Rugby Club for the afternoon reception.

Once there, the day and evening was very relaxed. People had fun playing croquet on the field and things got competitive on the Table Tennis table.

After dinner guests enjoyed dancing and shaking tambourines to the tunes of local musician, Jim Etherington.

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Jo & Nick’s Wedding at St Stephen’s Pamphill and Deans Court

Jo and Nick’s wedding took place in and around Wimborne with a church ceremony at St Stephen’s in Pamphill followed by a reception at Deans Court.

We met up with both the Groom and Bridal Party in Wimborne as Nick was staying at The Gate House on the Deans Court estate. Jo, her Mum and Bridesmaids had their hair and make-up done by the Clarins ladies just around the corner from here at The Beauty Centre.

The Bridal Party did a spot of wedding prepping in the morning after an impromptu photo session with some Vikings setting up camp in the grounds of Wimborne Minster. Then it was time for Brunch before getting dressed for the ceremony.

Morning nerves on the Bride’s side were well and truly settled just before leaving when a panicked call from the Groom revealed he was stuck at The Gate House after thinking the Bridal Car was also coming to pick him up! Luckily, everything was so close this was more funny than it was a planning hiccup and it only meant hanging fire for a few minutes whilst the Groom got to the front of the church.

The afternoon reception took place at Deans Court.… Read Full Post