Katie and Andrew recently had a 4-day wedding celebration spanning two countries, numerous venues and settings and a blue sky to compliment each and every day.
Before heading out to the South of France for their wedding in Provence, a church ceremony took place nearer home in the pretty church of St Stephen’s on the Kingston Lacy estate. This was a small and intimate wedding which was held on a Monday morning in the presence of close family.
After the service, Katie’s Mum worked some magic getting us permission to take some time away from the wedding party for some shots in the grounds of Kingston Lacy. Meanwhile, Andrew’s parents played host to a marvellous garden party reception before the bride and groom headed off to the Continent that very evening.
Here are some photos from their UK wedding. Jump on to Part Two to see their Rehearsal Dinner in France.
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Jane and Carl travelled all the way from Sydney, Australia to hold their wedding with family and friends at Parley Manor in Dorset.
When they started planning their late September wedding the fact the UK would be shedding its leaves for Autumn was taken into account. There was quite a bit of discussion via email and Skype between Jane and I over potentially rainy, chilly days and what we’d do if the weather turned nasty. I’d also spent most of the couple of weeks before freaking out I hadn’t been able to find any suitable work boots after working for months in sandals.
That day the weather in Bournemouth soared up to a sweltering 26-degrees! It was H.O.T. I soon found out it was too warm for boots anyway.
The bride and groom spent the morning in Bournemouth, with Jane getting ready at The Green House Hotel and Carl and his groomsmen prepping at Urban Beach.
After a morning of make-up and bridesmaids being taught how to Moon Walk by the flower girls we all made our way to Parley Manor by Camper Van. Here, the wedding took place sheltered from the boiling sun in its own dedicated ceremony marquee.… Read Full Post
Continued from Part One
Jane and Carl’s wedding had a vintage tea party feel. As well as very pretty table decorations post-wedding breakfast tea was served in dainty teacups. We also loved the idea of having flowers and teacups as wedding cake toppers (so simple yet so effective).
Oh, and I am so envious over Jane’s engagement ring – what a beauty it is!
Despite it feeling like a Summer’s day there was no getting away from the fact it still got dark pretty early. So, after the meal there was just a spot of time for folks to play hoop-la before the speeches began and the night drew in. Parley Manor looks so magical at night though.
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We pulled up in the car park of the Mill at Gordleton in the New Forest to be greeted by the sight of vibrant ribbons and paper lanterns swaying in the breeze.
The gardens at this Lymington-based restaurant and hotel are spellbinding anyway, with quirky sculptures, a river flowing through and lots of little nooks and crannies to get lost in, but these added an even more magical party feel.
We had a good view of the grounds below during the bridal preps and could spy on Leigh and all the guests arriving as they walked over the bridge into the hotel. Whilst I was kept busy snapping up Helen’s hair and make-up everyone settled down for the outdoor ceremony on the terrace.
The dress was one of the prettiest we’ve seen. Expertly hand-crafted by Cocoa Couture Wedding Dress Designers in Cheltenham. Helen told me she was able to mix and match different elements from the dresses hanging in the shops to get the design that was just right for her.
The late-afternoon wedding was small and intimate and took place right next to the river, underneath the permanent striped canopy. There’s always something really magical about an outdoors ceremony but because of the strict rules on locations there are very few venues that manage to offer this without having a more closed-in permanent structure.… Read Full Post
Following on from Part One…
After a summer-like BBQ (thank you for letting us help ourselves, Helen and Dan!) everyone settled down for the speeches. A couple of highlights included a surprise letter to the newlyweds from Prince William as well as off-the-cuff speech from the bride, thanks to a bit of jeering from the supportive crowd.
The light was magical as we took a stroll around the grounds for a short couple shoot whilst the guests finished off their coffees, and we finished this with a bouquet toss in the walled garden. Sadly, none of the single ladies managed to grab the bouquet mid-air but two lucky girls walked away with the scooped up flowers and the odd rogue petal.
Shortly after this it was time for the cutting of the cake. This added another beautifully understated and stylish element to the day. Baked by Cakes by Suzanne this three-tier had lace-like icing decoration and was topped with silver H and D initials.
Finally, the evening sprung into life with a disco. Here we enjoyed snapping up some enthusiastic dancing and some quite spectacular and energetic star jumping. A good night was had by all.
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