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

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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Stephanie & Patrick’s Wedding at The Three Tuns Inn, Dorset

Stephanie and Patrick made use of our Short & Sweet package for their wedding at The Three Tuns Inn in Bransgore.

As they live in Japan we only met in person for the first time two days before their wedding but through the magic of Skype we knew who we were looking for when we went to the pub for our last minute wedding planning.

Stephanie’s family had flown in from Canada and along with Patrick’s family all stayed nearby in Burley at The White Buck.

Things were kept really relaxed (after all, this was a Bride who had basically backpacked her way to her own wedding). There were no ‘Bride must not be seen before the wedding’ rules. In fact, Patrick often kept popping into the Bridal Suite to see how things were coming along. However, he wasn’t allowed to see the dress until Stephanie made her way downstairs.

After congregating in the bar and sorting buttonholes together the entire wedding party piled into taxis and made their way to Bransgore.

The plan was to have an outdoor ceremony but as rain threatened and spitted the ceremony took place in the barn. Celebrant David Hewitt took the helm and the intimate gathering included a hand-fasting.… Read Full Post

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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Natasha and Hayden’s Wedding at Cripps Barn

We spent a lovely sunny Monday up in the Cotswolds for Natasha and Hayden’s wedding at Cripps Barn. Blue skies and dry ground meant they were able to have the outdoor ceremony they were hoping for out in the Glade with the rest of the celebrations taking place in the Barn.

We started the day by meeting up with both of them as they got ready for their day. Natasha was at Bibury Court and Hayden and his Groomsmen had stayed over at The New Inn.

We loved the summer berry colour of the flowers which filled the Barn and were put together by Beth at Go Wild Flowers. The lattice board table plan and the jam jar table favours gave everything a picnic feel.

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Julieanne and Andrew’s Wedding at The Mill at Gordleton

Julieanne and Andrew got married in one of the prettiest venues in Hampshire – The Mill at Gordleton. A tucked away little gem near Lymington where we’d very happily go back off duty for an afternoon.

Their wedding was a midweek celebration with close family and friends and we joined them just before the start of the ceremony until their speeches before their wedding breakfast.

The weather was joyous and great fun was had by all exploring the beautiful gardens and enjoying their outdoor ceremony and sun-filled drinks reception.

Here are a few photos from the afternoon…

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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

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

Katie and Andrew’s Wedding at Chateau Talaud – Provence, France

Following on from Katie and Andrew’s Dorset Wedding and Welcome Dinner….

Chateau Talaud in Loriol du Comtat, France played host to Katie and Andrew’s main wedding celebration. Katie and Andrew both love Provence and stumbled on the venue last Summer whilst searching the Luberon region for venues. They told us how they fell in love with its friendly charm and beautiful setting. They were lucky to be able to book their wedding there as it only holds four weddings every year.

The private house, near historic Avignon is surrounded by lush vineyards and vast landscapes. The ceremony itself took place in the grounds of the Chateau and was conducted by Katie’s Grandad who did a perfect job in his role of Celebrant.

Katie and Andrew’s wedding team drove pretty much everything you see on this blog over from the UK in two vans, full to bursting. This included all of the lights, candles, lanterns, candle holders, glass baubles, parasols, the bar and all the alcohol etc apart from Chateau Talaud’s wine. With the Mistral still blowing strong the marquee stood its ground, probably thanks to the open-sided design. This also meant throughout the afternoon the guests had a great view of the house and gardens.… 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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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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Ken and Eliza’s Wedding Prep Shoot at YMCA Fairthorne Manor

Ken and Eliza’s wedding will be taking place in a couple of weeks. Scrap all your preconceptions of what a wedding day consists of – Eliza and Ken are setting their own rules. It’s bound to be a corker of a day making use of all the best bits from Chinese and Scottish tradition and a sprinkling of fantasy.

The day’s taking place at YMCA Fairthorne Family Park and Campsite – a vast and sprawling gem just outside Southampton, where they’ll be free to run riot.

Armed with a sword, hatchet and a copy of Game of Thrones we embarked on a quest around the camp to get our bearings and took some photos along the way…

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