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

Chris & Emma’s Wedding at The Master Builders, Beaulieu

Back to the New Forest we headed for Chris & Emma’s wedding at The Master Builders and for once this year there wasn’t a brolly in sight.

It was a beautiful, still and peaceful Summer’s day down by the Beaulieu River.

The morning started with Emma and her bridal party getting ready a short hop away at Bailey’s Hard with a cool Riverside Retreat cabin housing the bridesmaids. Meanwhile Chris and his Groomsmen got ready in one of the cottages at Buckler’s Hard.

Emma and Chris chose to have a ceremony inside the Master Builders with Celebrant Jacqueline Justice leading the proceedings and keeping everything laid-back and personal.

With a potent smelling home brew as their table favours lining stomachs the evening got off to a bang with plenty of dancing and spinning. The band were the exceptional Brando – a bunch of very talented musicians with an incredible full sound.

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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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Nicola & Martin’s Wedding at Highcliffe Castle

Nicola and Martin’s Mid-Week Wedding took place in Christchurch, Dorset with a ceremony and reception at Highcliffe Castle.

First of all, both the bride and groom stayed over at the Lord Bute in Highcliffe with Nicola and her bridesmaids having the luxury of getting ready in their amazingly spacious Bridal Suite. Morning preps were taken care of by the expert hair and make-up styling of Laura Mackenzie and Tara Sanger.

We managed to get through a whole day without rain but it was a very blustery day – we almost got blown away on the beach and had to abandon our shoot down there for fear of ending up on the Isle of Wight, instead taking shelter around the castle grounds.

There were some pretty details throughout the day with the wedding taking on a bit of a literary theme. We were very impressed by the brilliant cake rustled up by Nicola’s Dad. Although I got a bit stressed playing the Wed-Libs game dotted around the tables… I realised I needed to swot up on my Verbs, Adjectives and Nouns. The shame.

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Chris & Emily’s Wedding at Upton House and Sandbanks Hotel, Poole

We’ve had a bit of a wet and unseasonal peak Summer week of weddings. All of them have been by the seaside and have either been incredibly windy or very wet. Luckily for us though, we’ve been in the company of some great couples who haven’t been afraid to get out, arm themselves with umbrellas or entire cans of Elnette to make the most of their day.

Chris and Emily’s wedding set the trend. Their day was held in Poole with a ceremony at Upton House in Upton Country Park followed by a reception at The Sandbanks Hotel.

The day started with Emily getting ready at the hotel with the help of Amazing Face taking car of hair and make-up.

A little drive away the ceremony was held at Upton Country Park followed by a short drinks reception. We made use of the excellent scope of the house for photos before the rain set in for the day.

The wedding party travelled to the Sandbanks Hotel by bus (one of my old school buses no less – the distinctive Reg plate was a dead give-away and made me chuckle. To be honest, I’m surprised it’s still road-worthy the way we used to treat it back in the day!).… Read Full Post

Ross & Sarah’s Wedding at St Thomas’ Church & Royal Lymington Yacht Club

Sarah and Ross’ Wedding Day took place in their home town of Lymington. Their ceremony was held at St Thomas’ in the centre of town followed by a reception at Royal Lymington Yacht Club, of which they’re members.

The weather really rolled in during the afternoon and by the evening it was a very windy and blustery day. Although we were so pleased it held off for them so the wedding party were able to make a grand entrance into the Club on their yacht, Scarlet Oyster. Ross and Sarah spend a lot of their summer with the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust taking children sailing who are in recovery from cancer or leukaemia, so this was a fitting part of the day.

Special mention should go to the staff at the Yacht Club who were lovely, super helpful and made us pots of tea to keep warm!

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Charlotte and Ben’s Wedding at RNLI College, Poole

Charlotte and Ben’s Wedding Day took place at the RNLI College in Poole – a charity venue where money from every wedding goes towards training and helping save lives at sea. The whole day was spent at the College overlooking the water.

The day was a little damp in parts with some downpours throughout the day. Though that worked in our favour as it meant after dinner we were able to head over to Sandbanks for some photos on the beach without too much of a crowd (the week before it was so busy getting there would have been impossible).

Some great wedding suppliers helped the day run smoothly and it was great to work with Dorset Dub Hire and Amazing Face again. Special mention should also go to the band for the evening, Soulstar who put on an energetic show and got everyone moving on the dancefloor.

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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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K & Ant’s Wedding at Sopley Mill

This summer wedding took place at Sopley Mill on a beautiful, warm and sunny August day.

The Bridal party started their day at The Manor Hotel in Christchurch where the bridal party had their hair and make-up expertly put together by Laura Mackenzie and Tara Sanger.

A short drive away, the Groomsmen got ready at Sopley Mill, hopping over the road to the pub before greeting guests ready for their ceremony.

Downstairs, the room for the wedding breakfast was decorated as if it were a magical woodland with lots of fresh, green foliage put together by Beyond The Gate florists. The Tolkien-inspired wedding tables were really magical and the decorations were so thoughtful.

After dinner we took the opportunity to hop over to the bridge behind the mill for some photos whilst guests enjoyed the early evening sun. The setting that evening really was beautiful and horses meandered lazily in the hazy background.

We’ve worked with the groom’s family before, shooting his uncle’s wedding back in 2012. If Jess & Uncle Dan proved anything at that wedding it was how much their family like to dance, and once again the dance floor filled very nicely, encouraged by the Bride and Groom’s slow First Dance with a surprise, energetic ending!… Read Full Post

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

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