Becky & James’ Wedding at Mortons House Hotel

A week after the snow cleared in Dorset Becky and James were lucky enough to hold their wedding on a Spring-like day at Mortons House Hotel in Corfe Castle.

We joined them for one of our Short & Sweet days, heading up around noon to meet up for pre-wedding preps, taking in the ceremony and finally, wandering down to Corfe Train Station platform for a few photos before leaving the happy couple to enjoy their wedding breakfast and evening with family and friends.

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Josh & Emily’s Wedding in Swanage and Corfe Castle, Dorset

If there was ever a wedding to epitomise what our Short & Sweet wedding days are perfect for it’s Emily & Josh’s.

They got married on an autumn day in Swanage with a small number of family and friends and we tagged along for a couple of hours.

Popping in to see Josh in his holiday cottage on the way we started coverage during the wedding ceremony at Holy Spirit & St Edward’s church before making way to Mortons House Hotel in Corfe Castle for their drinks reception.

Emily and Josh wrapped up their wedding day by tea-time and spent their evening enjoying some peace and quiet in their pretty little holiday cottage in the shadow of Corfe Castle.

After their meal we walked down together before we went home to take some photos on the platform of the Swanage Railway station. Sadly, the steam train had been cancelled for the day but this may have been a blessing in disguise as it meant there were no crowds and we had the freedom to wander and soak up the fabulous atmosphere.

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Liz & Shane’s Wedding at Mortons House Hotel & Swanage Railway

Liz and Shane’s wedding took place at Morton’s House Hotel in Corfe Castle, Dorset. It was a small and intimate occasion with close family and friends (and their beautiful and well-behaved dog, Winnie).

We joined them for one of our Short & Sweet days starting with morning preps at the hotel and Corfe Castle National Trust tearooms right through to their arrival for tea and cake and the Birds Nest Buffet car at Swanage Train Station. It was such a wonderful, fun day.

In the middle of this celebration there was a fantastic train ride taking the wedding party by Swanage Railway Steam Train from Corfe to the reception venue. Shane had previously been a volunteer helping put this line back on the tourist map and Winnie had been on the train before and knew how to stamp her own ticket!

Along the way everyone enjoyed the view and a cheeky little tipple to toast the newlyweds.

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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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Lydia and Andy’s Wedding at St Stephen’s and Chaffeymoor Grange

Lydia and Andy pulled out all the stops for their Hollywood-themed wedding which took place at St Stephen’s Church in Wincanton and Chaffeymoor Grange in Bourton. Guests were instructed to dress for the red carpet in the hope of winning one of the coveted “Best Dressed” awards (as voted via ballot during the drinks reception).

Andy, the Groom went for a Big Screen look complete with Spats and cane whilst Lydia glammed it up with poster red lips and a slinky low-back dress. Frank Sinatra made an appearance and popcorn was available for the interval.

Here are some photos from their blockbuster day…

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Matt and Hannah’s Wedding at St Peter’s Church & The Chine Hotel

The one thing that really stood out when talking to Matt and Hannah in the run-up to their wedding was how passionate they were their guests should have the best time ever. They went to great lengths to put on lots of different surprises for everyone, including a group jolly on the Bournemouth Land Trains and popcorn treats for guests post-ceremony.

The wedding had a Hollywood theme, inspired by the reception venue – The Chine Hotel. Back in the day this was the favoured lodging of many a star from Stage and Screen. Everyone was given their own Movie Ticket place setting for a special, Hollywood blockbuster. And if you looked very carefully, Matt and Hannah had been plucked for stardom as leading lad and lady in all of them. We tip our hat to those excellent, illustrative Photoshop skills!

Here are some of our favourites from their day…

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