Sophie & Paul’s Wedding Prep in Studland

On a chilly Easter Weekend we met up with Sophie and Paul at the Sandbanks Ferry and headed over the water to Studland.

They’re getting married in just a couple of weeks and we are looking forward to spending the day with them at their church ceremony in Pamphill followed by a visit to an old favourite, Deans Court in Wimborne.

After a chat and a catch-up at Shell Bay (which incidentally had just opened its doors after a really lovely looking re-fit) we tried to keep warm wandering around the dunes before literally running for the ferry back before it got dark.

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Ali & Helen’s Wedding at Poole Guildhall & Shell Bay, Studland

Helen and Ali had us along for one of our Short & Sweet days recently taking in their morning preps, wedding ceremony and drinks reception. The morning started off with bridal preps at the lovely Hotel Du Vin in Poole, where we worked alongside our friends Amazing Face.

Their ceremony took place at Poole Guildhall just a short drive away from the hotel. The morning had been lovely and sunny but as soon as Helen and her Bridesmaid’s opened the door to walk down the aisle to “Here Comes The Sun” the heavens opened and it absolutely poured it down.

It was so torrential entire wedding party had to squeeze in to the bottom floor of the open top bus to take the over the Sandbanks Ferry to Studland as the bus to the stairs acted as a waterfall. It took everyone really by surprise and hadn’t been forecast at all but was a fun and memorable moment.

Ali and Helen had a drier ride in Dorset Dub Hire’s VW Camper sipping champagne to Shell Bay Restaurant with a brief stop at Evening Hill along the way.

After a bit of drinks reception we then made our way over to the beach at Studland for a few photos of the newlyweds before leaving them to enjoy their food and the rest of their day overlooking Brownsea Island.… Read Full Post

Ali & Helen’s Wedding Prep Shoot in Studland

We took an early evening adventure over on the Sandbanks Ferry to meet up with Helen and Ali who are getting married next month.

They’re having us along for the ride for one of our Short & Sweet days. We’ll be there from bridal preps at Hotel Du Vin in Poole before heading over to The Guildhall for their ceremony and reception at Shell Bay Restaurant and Bistro in Studland.

The evening shoot was lovely and we enjoyed some great light, wandering up and down the dunes. It was also great to see inside the restaurant for the first time – we’ve always wondered what it’s like there and the views are unbeatable.

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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

Jenny and Duncan’s Humanist Wedding at Studland Bay House

Following on from their legal, civil ceremony the day before at Swanage Town Hall, Jenny and Duncan’s celebrations really got into full swing for their Humanist Ceremony and reception at Studland Bay House.

Despite it being a fairly grey, sea mist-swirling kind of day, it was dry enough to make the most of the outdoors and the ceremony took place looking out over the sea and Old Harry Rocks. Guests were seated looking out over the cliff too with an official Celebrant conducting the ceremony.

Jenny and Duncan had full reign over the house for the weekend and had spent the evening after their civil ceremony celebrating and getting all of the final preps together.

Other than the ceremony and the drinks reception the main party was held in a marquee attached on to the side of the house. There were plenty of lovely decorations, including boat table centres to embrace the seaside location with ice-cream, a strawberry “naked cake”, a delicious wedding breakfast and a stack of cheese to keep the guests full.

In the evening guests were treated to choreographed First Dance by Jenny and Duncan. And when they weren’t filling the dance floor they were out playing with sparklers in the garden.… Read Full Post

Jenny and Duncan’s Wedding Prep Shoot in Studland

Jenny and Duncan are getting married next month in the Purbecks. It’s going to be an exciting two days for them both. They’re having a legal ceremony at Swanage Town Hall followed by a Humanist ceremony the next day with all their family and family and friends on the clifftop at Studland Bay House. We’ll be tagging along for both.

We met up with them recently and had a walk along Knoll Beach at dusk for some photos… … Read Full Post

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

Lucy & James’ Wedding at St Nicholas Church & Harry Warren House, Studland

Lucy and James organised a spectacular wedding day that made the most of their passion for the outdoors, the seaside and cake.

Their day was based in Studland with an early church ceremony at St Nicholas Church followed by a Tipi Tent wedding reception in the grounds of Harry Warren House.

So much work went into the organisation of their day with the help from their very supportive friends and family. As well as each guest decorating their own flag of bunting there was a little Bake Off and a beautiful afternoon tea set up by Vintage Dorset.

James may possibly be the only Groom in the world to arrive on his wedding morning via a wakeboard but there was no sign of sea saltiness when got changed into his beautiful three-piece suit he stumbled on in Clobber in Bournemouth. And we agree, if you’re going to have a chilled out wedding day by the beach, why the hell not wear shorts if that’s what makes you comfy?!

On with the photos…

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James and Lucy’s Wedding Prep at Studland Beach, Dorset

Lucy and James are getting married next month in Studland. After a ceremony at St Nicholas Church we’re heading over to Harry Warren House for their reception – undoubtedly one of the most enviable locations in Dorset.

We met up this weekend to have a chat amid the rabble of the Bankes Arms Beer Festival and afterwards made our way to Knoll Beach for photos.

After a little wander around the dunes we stumbled on a Slackline. Those things are scary! James was particularly good at it (despite his spectacular stumble), Lucy’s efforts were admirable, I was shockingly bad and scared, Ian was too busy “carrying stuff” to have a go.

Here are some pictures from our adventures…

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Helen & Thomas’ Wedding at St Nicholas Church, Studland – Part One

It was Helen and Thomas’ wedding day last weekend and we couldn’t have hoped for a better day to be on a clifftop overlooking the sea. It was glorious.

The ceremony was in the morning so it was an early start for all as there were full bridal preparations to get done first in Bournemouth, before we all made our way over. Helen and Thomas were kind enough to drop round a survival pack a couple of days before so we knew we could keep our energies topped up with chocolates, coffee and jelly sweets – thanks guys!

The groomsmen also had their fun getting ready at the Haven Hotel in Sandbanks. Although this mostly seemed to involve tormenting Lobsters.

It’s a little bit of a trek from Bournemouth to St Nicholas Church in Studland but we made it in good time. The boys wriggled their way onto the Sandbanks Ferry whilst the bridal party went the “long way round” in a very pretty Morris Minor and Jaguar MK2. They caused a little bit of a stir as they drove through the towns and villages along the way.

St Nicholas Church is a small and intimate church that has a good atmosphere when it’s filled with family and friends.… Read Full Post

Helen & Thomas’ Wedding Reception at Studland Bay House – Part Two

Continuing on from Part One

Before we go much further we should give a big shout out and thank you to Melanie from Bellissimo Wedding and Events. Helen and Thomas took Melanie on as their wedding planner to help with both the preparations during the run-up to the wedding and on the day itself. She was like Wonder Woman. Not only did an amazing job helping to set up the Marquee at Studland Bay House, decorate the reception and put together a brilliant plan for the day she also saved the day when it came to broken toilets and acted as Toastmaster too. All whilst maintaining a level head and a good sense of humour. This was our first time working with a wedding planner and during that day alone she proved just how valuable they are. Cheers Melanie!

The Wedding Reception marquee was set up on the clifftop over looking the beach at Studland in the grounds of Studland Bay House and we had excellent views of Bournemouth and Poole. The water was sparking, the sky was blue and the bunting was plentiful.

There was a seaside-theme for the day and guests were able to sun themselves and check out the view with a stack of deckchairs.… Read Full Post