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

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

Georgia & Toby’s Wedding at Barford Park

Georgia and Toby got married at the weekend at Barford Park near Salisbury in Wiltshire. It was our first visit to this venue and we took in the ceremony and drinks reception for one of our Short & Sweet days.

The barn is an excellent choice for those keen on a DIY wedding with plenty of scope for decoration and really making the place your own.

We began our day by meeting both the Bride and Groom ahead of travelling to the barn. Georgia got ready with her bridesmaids and parents in Lymington while Toby met up with his Groomsmen and guests at the hospitable Borough Café in Downton.

Their thoughtful and personal ceremony was conducted by Geraldine Bown, a family friend and Inter-Faith Minister. As well as a hand-fasting Georgia and Toby also included a Sunflower-Exchange in their vows.

After such a washout of a wedding prep shoot, we were of the mind that no weather could be as bad as when we met up previously. And indeed it wasn’t. However, after arriving at the barn under blue skies the rain soon rolled in shortly after the ceremony and set in for the day. Oh well… at least everyone was able to arrive under a beautiful Spring sky.… Read Full Post

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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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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Leah and Joseph’s Wedding in East Dulwich and Devonport House

Leah and Joseph’s Wedding was a very personal day spent with family and friends in South London.

Their ceremony was conducted by Leah’s own Godfather at St John’s in East Dulwich with their reception a bus ride away at Devonport House in Greenwich.

Joseph is part of a huge family with twelve brothers and sisters so much of the wedding party were close family, with many playing a part in the day either as Bridesmaids, Ushers, Pianists and Quizmasters

We kept a close eye on the preparations for this wedding with Joe and Leah Instagram-ing their progress – they put so much work into the decor for their day, hand-making all the pompoms, flags and streamers. They were so organised and we were super impressed at the fact they even thought of doing a ceiling plan!

The real fun started when guests sat down for their dinner and quiz. Leah and Joe like their TV, films and music as much as we do and we found out on the day we share similar taste in plenty of things. We had great fun hunting out little obscure quotes on their table setting flags. We also got secretly competitive playing their quiz in our heads and we were sad we couldn’t play along.… 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

Ken and Eliza’s Chinese Tea Ceremony

Ken and Eliza’s wedding day was so utterly phenomenal and action-packed we’ve had to split it into two parts for fear of breaking the internet.

The day started early for us, with the morning spent carrying out the Chinese tradition of a tea ceremony before the wedding later. However, before Ken could fetch his bride he had to complete a number of different challenges set by the Bridesmaids to prove his suitability and test the sincerity of his love for Eliza.

Being blocked at the door (… or rather the entrance flap of the Wedding bell tent), Ken had to prove his worth, assisted by his “troop of brothers”. The challenges were all based on topics personal to them both including a rather wet-grassed sock wrestle (because Ken leaves his dirty socks lying around at home), food challenges and Jelly Baby delivery.

Having successfully passed his challenges and collected Eliza, everyone headed over to the Tea Ceremony where Ken’s friend was on duty to pour and wash the cups, with parents and family offering red-enveloped gifts.

Once done, both headed back to their tents to get changed for the wedding ceremony, which we’ll be showing in all its dragon-staffed glory in Part Two soon…

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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

Adam and Gemma’s Humanist Wedding at Stockbridge Farm Barn

Adam and Gemma worked so hard to create a fun-filled wedding party at Stockbridge Farm Barn.

The day was packed full of oodles of handmade prettiness. From streams and streams of bunting, the wedding cake itself (the Bride, Gemma makes her own characterful cakes), a brilliant afternoon fete to entertain the guests with Hook The Duck, Hoopla, Splat the Rat and a Coconut Shy to a wonderful, wallpapered photo booth wall, adorned with shots from their wedding prep shoot.

Having bagged themselves a Celebrant in a competition, the legal bits were done and dusted on a different day with their day at Stockbridge Farm being a Humanist Ceremony. So, instead of signing the legal register at the barn Adam and Gemma wrote messages to each other in their guestbook.

Needless to say, with such an enthusiastic and friendly crowd it was a lovely day in middle of the Dorset countryside. And we got to hook ducks during our break whilst everyone was tucking into their meal. Brilliant.

Here are some photos from their day…

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Alex and Kate’s Wedding at Cripps Barn, Cotswolds

Alex and Kate travelled down from their home in Yorkshire for a mid-week extravaganza wedding in Bibury, The Cotswolds.

The wedding ceremony and reception took place at Cripps Barn although the nearby Bibury Court Hotel played host to Kate’s wedding preps and a bunch of family and friends, including Alex, were staying at Cats Abbey Barn near Cheltenham.

There was a big DIY spin on this wedding with plenty of hand-crafted rustic details. So much thought was put into making it a special day for all their guests from cosy blankets to wonderful table settings and enviable mini suitcases full of treats for the kids. It was a bit too gloomy and damp to spend too much time outside but inside this really paid off as the day felt warm and welcoming.

On with the photos…

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Emma and Tom’s Wedding at St Nicholas Church & Harry Warren House

Emma and Tom came down from Warwickshire to celebrate their marriage at a place they love – Studland in Dorset.

Emma got ready at The Haven Hotel in Sandbanks, a spot often travelled to on her childhood holidays. I don’t think you could argue the fact The Haven has the best views from its balconies in the whole of Poole Harbour – made even better by the fact, if you looked very carefully, you could spot the distinctive shape of a white tent on the distant cliffs – their wedding marquee at Harry Warren House.

After preps at the hotel the bridal party had a momentous journey over to the Purbecks on the Sandbanks Ferry where Emma got a surprise announcement from the captain and a round of applause from all the cars and passengers.

Waiting over in Studland, Tom got ready at The Bankes Arms, a hop and skip away from St Nicholas Church where their ceremony took place.

Afterwards, all the guests walked to the reception at Harry Warren House for the party. The rain came in for the rest of the day, but it was no bother. The marquee was big, beautiful and stuffed full of home brews, cakes and macarons.… Read Full Post