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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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

Emma & Ben’s Wedding at The Master Builders

Emma and Ben’s wedding was held at The Master Builders at the weekend. It was a double ceremony bonanza. All hopes were placed on the main ceremony, conducted by their friend, being held outside. Immediately after this, the marriage was made legal by visiting Registrars and a second, smaller ceremony held inside the venue.

Despite quite a downpour near where Emma was getting ready in the morning, the weather luckily held off over Buckler’s Hard and Plan A was put into place!

Whilst the second ceremony took place many of of the guests enjoyed a drinks reception outside, shortly followed by the Bride and Groom.

Being keen skiers there was a bit of a summer alpine theme to the day with sledges propping up flower pots and old skis making up the frame for the seating plan. Guests were also treated to hot chocolate and cake early on in the day, with speeches held in the early evening.

Dinner was served in a large marquee and we were impressed with how much space there was, previously only ever attending weddings there held inside.

For the evening reception guests gathered back indoors and danced the night away to the tunes of Atlantica.… 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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Rachel & Paul’s Wedding at Beach Weddings Bournemouth

The crowds gathered along Bournemouth Prom to greet Rachel and her Bridal Party as she made her way to the wedding on Bournemouth Beach. It was a fun journey to make, down the cliff lift with views over towards Bournemouth Pier and the wedding marquee.

Paul and his Groomsmen had already made the walk down the prom to great guests and await the bride.

Rachel and Paul’s ceremony and afternoon reception took place at Beach Weddings Bournemouth where a seaside theme was an absolute necessity. The afternoon was perfect and it was warm enough for the bride to kick off her shoes and spend the day bare foot. Guests enjoyed eating ice creams and going for a paddle and standing proud in the corner of the marquee was a seaside wedding cake expertly made by one of Rachel and Paul’s friends.

After food everyone boarded a couple of land trains to take them towards Poole for an evening buffet and drinks in Alum Chine. At one point in the journey the two trains performed a Noddy Train ballet and both looped together spinning us round and round about five or six times. We were probably all only going about 5mph but it was unexpectedly disorientating and an absolute hoot!… Read Full Post

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

Louise & Ben’s Wedding at All Hallows Church, Whitchurch and Horsebridge Station

Louise and Ben’s Wedding took place on a baking August day in Hampshire. The ceremony was held at All Hallows Church – a short drive away from Louise’s parents’ house in Whitchurch with a bus driving the guests over to the reception venue at Horsebridge Station. Ben and his groomsmen and family got ready in Winchester.

As well as being a great match for the vintage railway reception venue, Louise’s choice of a lovely swing, fit-and-flare wedding dress was probably the best option for such hot weather.

The afternoon was spent by guests sipping Pimms, seeking shade and playing table tennis in the middle of the railway platforms. We went through an entire can of Eau Thermal Water Spray in an effort to stay upright and the venue’s cat napped on the hot concrete platform, making friends with all the guests. As the sun went down and the day got a little cooler, the cake was cut and there was plenty of dancing (and even routines being made up!) inside the marquee for the evening disco.

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Abi & Andy’s Wedding at Deans Court

Abi and Andy’s day took place in the grounds of Deans Court and it couldn’t have been a more perfect setting for a still and warm Summer’s Day.

Opting for the excellent Celebrant, Diana Saxby to conduct the ceremony meant the wedding could take place outdoors with guests facing the lake.

Abi got ready just a stone’s throw away at Deans Court’s own Georgian , 7-bedroom Gate House. It was a real treat to be able to explore this place in the morning, having eyed it up several times at other weddings and whilst pottering around the Squash Court – it’s a wonderful place.

The wedding breakfast and evening took place in the marquee kitted up with lovely rustic details, polished off by a superb ‘Naked Cake’ from Miss Ingredient and classic, pretty flowers from Jen Poynter.

We’d got a little insight into the decor of the wedding ahead of the day as Ian also designed Abi and Andy’s on-the-day Swash and Fold stationery.

Here are some photos from their day…

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Claire & Simon’s Wedding at Wimborne Minster and Deans Court

Claire and Simon went for a French take on their wedding with plenty of rustic details, a Tour de France table plan, a pretty little bike and delicious crepes for their evening food.

There really was no need to go over to Provence for their day.. the weather in Wimborne was blinding and with the musical accompaniment of the excellent Jonny Hepdir you could easily convince yourself you were in Southern France.

Most of the day took place at Deans Court, apart from a church ceremony at Wimborne Minster.

As well as a seamlessly flowing reception service at Deans Court from Jonathan and his team, Claire and her bridal party got ready at the Apple and Plum cottages on site. Meanwhile, Simon and his groomsmen had some morning refreshments at the Squash Court, conveniently a short stroll away from the Minster.

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Nikki and Greg’s Wedding at Wimborne Minster and Parley Manor

Nikki and Greg’s Wedding took place between Wimborne and Christchurch – a classic affair with a traditional church ceremony in Wimborne Minster followed by a marquee reception at Parley Manor.

Cleverly tying in their wedding with the start of Peony Season, their wedding was awash with sweet smelling flowers courtesy of Jennifer Poynter Flowers. Even their cake made by the talented Miss Ingredient was adorned with sugar peonies and roses (there’s a great post on the making of this cake, here).

The weather report was pretty atrocious, though miraculously, although ‘Heavy Rain’ and rain was predicted all day, it only really got very wet once all the wedding party were tucked up inside and enjoying a boogie in the marquee to the tunes of The Goodfoot Band.

On to the photos…

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