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

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

Kate and Alex’s Wedding at Rempstone Farm, Corfe Castle

Family and friends from Brazil and New Zealand made their way to a field in Dorset for Kate and Alex’s wedding at a friend’s farm – Cedar Organic near Corfe Castle.

Their ceremony was conducted by a Pastor in the luscious outdoors of the farm. A lovely Tipi from the folks at World Inspired Tents provided the setting for the reception.

This really was a hands-on wedding. Many friends helped on the day to ensure the day ran smoothly taking on a number of jobs including floristry, bar-keeping, cocktail making and Toast-Mastering. They made an excellent job of it.

Here are some photos from their day…

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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

Kate & Alex’s Wedding Prep Shoot in Corfe

Kate and Alex have such a special spot to hold their wedding – at their friend’s farm – in a prime spot within the rolling hills of Corfe Castle in the Isle of Purbeck. Rempstone Farm is home to Cedar Organic and the herd of Ruby Red North Devon cattle are going to have to get a shift on to make way for the party.

We met up with them this weekend at the farm and walked the short distance to the field where the day’s going to be held. There wasn’t much to look at other than the spectacular view overlooking Poole. However, we’ve seen enough empty venues in our time now (and are used to having to visualise where marquees are going to be) to know it’s going to be a beauty.

Here are some photos from their prep. Thanks for showing us around, Kate and Alex!

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Hannah and Tom’s Wedding Prep Shoot in Emborough, Somerset

We made our way to Emborough in Somerset last week to meet up with Hannah and Tom at their family farm last week.

So many couples spend months hunting for the perfect open space to hold their wedding. They have this all and a beautiful church a stone’s throw from their doorstep.

We’d already learnt quite a bit about Hannah and Tom’s wedding having been lucky enough to design their custom invitations and map a few months back with our Swash and Fold hats on, so had a good sense of the day and the sort of approach they were going for. Being given a tour of the farm as we took some photos for their prep was a real treat and brought everything to life.

The weather was insane – in one direction the sky was bruised with charcoal grey, thick cloud yet Hannah and Tom were often illuminated by the evening sun shining away, often leading to huge rainbows that spanned the length of the landscape. We dived in and out whenever it wasn’t hammering it down. Thankfully, Hannah and Tom were one couple we felt didn’t need to reminding to bring wellies – sure enough, they had stack loads of them!… Read Full Post