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

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

Laura and Peter’s Wedding Prep Shoot at Plush Manor

We’d never heard of Plush Manor before Laura and Peter’s enquiry. Hidden in the depths of the Dorset countryside near Dorchester it’s a hidden gem. As well as being a tad tricky to find when in the car it’s pretty much non-existent on the web too. We won’t give too much away about its potential before the wedding as we’re sure keeping things a bit of a surprise for the guests is a good idea, but it’s very unique.

Laura and Peter have been in the very capable hands of Bellissimo Wedding Planners and together they’re putting together a brilliant day. Though we hadn’t met Laura and Peter in person until the day we did this shoot, Ian had been working together with them and Melanie over at Swash and Fold designing their book-inspired invitations, so we had a little gist of the things they had in mind. As well as our very own custom map to help us find this tucked away spot.

After a bit of wander around the grounds and some admin at the Brace of Pheasants across the road we took a few photos before the sun dipped behind the hills…

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Steph and Tom’s Wedding at Athelhampton House, Dorchester

Steph and Tom got married at the stately Athelhampton House near Dorchester, after making their way from where they both got ready in Poole.

Things kicked off for me at Steph and Tom’s house where the girls were pampered with hair and make-up while Ian met up with the boys. The bridal party were picked up in a bright VW Campervan and Convertible. Steph’s dad is a massive Beach Boys fan so as a bonus we revved our way along to a suitably fitting, surfy soundtrack.

The attention to detail when it comes to service at Athelhampton is superb, with wedding co-ordinator Laura Dean doing a brilliant job of running a tight ship whilst keeping things relaxed and friendly. Steph and Tom were so thoughtful in treating us to a slap-up, three-course meal on our break – the food was so delicious. It still makes me laugh that Tom asked for his dessert to consist of three apple crumbles rather than the standard selection. If you can’t make dessert demands on your Wedding Day, when can you? Personally I would have asked for three of all three.

The grounds of Athelhampton are absolutely huge so guests had a fine time wandering around and exploring little nooks and crannies.… Read Full Post

The Wedding of Jessica and Andy at Athelhampton House – Part One

Jessica’s parents had put together the most mouthwatering breakfast buffet ready for the bridal preps at their home. There were cream buns, profiteroles, marshmallows, sausages, jellies, sushi and dips. From the word “go” it was like walking in on a party. This set the scene for the entire wedding day at Athelhampton House – one big party.

When I first arrived the girls weren’t back from the hairdressers yet so I savoured some quiet time to snap up all the pretty details from the day. It was a calming influence photographing Jessica’s shoes next to the garden wind-chimes, helped along by a generous serving of Peppermint tea. If I’m ever asked to put together a rider for times like these I’ll add wind-chimes, tea and marshmallows again.

Andy had left a surprise gift of pretty earrings for Jessica which worked so well with her dress and very lovely full-length veil. Incidentally, Jessica’s Dad had been kept from taking a peek at the dress before the wedding day so there was a special moment for him too.

There were two things on Jessica’s mind that morning; all the usual bridal worries like getting the make-up right and the dress on, and keeping an eye on the Grand Prix qualifying.… Read Full Post

The Wedding of Jessica and Andy at Athelhampton House – Part Two

Following on from Part One of Jessica and Andy’s Wedding at Athelhampton House, the guests tucked in to their meal leaving the speeches for desserts. Thanks to Jessica and Andy for treating us to our own private dining experience!

As we were eating and taking our break the Best Man cheekily rushed passed us waving Andy’s speech notes in his hand which he had stolen from the his jacket pocket. Ever the organised pro, however, Andy had distributed a back-up copy to a trusted guest. Tee hee. Needless to say, the speeches were lively and full of banter.

The Best Man’s speech ended just in time for us to catch the last glimpses of daylight so we took a dusk-lit tour to capture some portraits of Jessica and Andy, then left them to enjoy their evening entertainment.

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Wedding Prep Shoot: Jessica and Andy

Don’t let the bright, glorious sun in these photos fool you. It was SO cold when we met up with Jessica and Andy for their wedding prep. Kudos goes to them for being sporting enough to take off their coats in some of the pics whilst I shivered in a massive padded jacket.

It’s become a bit of a trademark / weird obsession for us to break the ice with our couples by taking them on the Noddy Train down to the picture-perfect Hengistbury Head (ssshhh…sometimes, Ian and I catch the Bournemouth Noddy Train back from town when we’ve been shopping and can’t be bothered to walk back. Don’t tell anyone! I love ’em) In fairness, it was Jessica and Andy’s request to venture down to the spot and all piling into the plywood carriage of a children’s road train seemed like the warmest and quickest option.

In just a few week’s time these guys will be getting wed at Athelhampton House about an hour’s drive from the beach. It’s not really feasible for us to get to the seaside on the wedding day so we had an engagement session on the sand during our preps instead. Here are some shots from our Sunday morning session.… Read Full Post