Eleanor & Andy’s Wedding Prep in Salisbury

We headed on over to Salisbury at the weekend to meet up with Eleanor and Andy.

They’re getting married soon at St Thomas’ Church right in the middle of town before heading over to Barford Park where we head the pleasure of shooting two weddings last year. They have lots of fun things planned.

We found our bearings around the City, recce’d the church and scoped out what things are like on a busy Market Day before going for a little wander.

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Ross & Nicola’s Church & Barn Wedding at Barford Park, Salisbury

Settle down with a cup of tea and a slice of cake ready to look through the photos from Ross & Nicola’s wedding day last week. It’s a biggy (so you’ll be pleased of some refreshments) but there’s a point in this post where you’ll definitely be drooling after cake.

The day was action-packed, taking in three beautiful venues and a whole host of wonderful, thoughtful details. We knew there would be plenty in store and we had a sneak preview of what was planned as Ian helped design the wedding stationery with his Swash and Fold hat on, including invites from the day (for which I cut out (what felt like) a million records on a rotary cutter… but that’s another story, which you can read about, here).

We were lucky enough to start our 12-hour day at The Pig in Brockenhurst. This is one of our favourite places and it always has such a beautiful atmosphere and we can’t think of a better place to start a wedding day. We know we’re due to shoot more bridal preps later in the year at The Pig on The Beach in Studland but if anyone’s thinking of having a wedding here… you know… here’s the Contact Us page 😉

It was lovely to work alongside the very talented ladies, Caroline and Elke from Amazing Face, who did a superb job on hair and Nicola’s make-up.… Read Full Post

Georgia & Toby’s Wedding at Barford Park

Georgia and Toby got married at the weekend at Barford Park near Salisbury in Wiltshire. It was our first visit to this venue and we took in the ceremony and drinks reception for one of our Short & Sweet days.

The barn is an excellent choice for those keen on a DIY wedding with plenty of scope for decoration and really making the place your own.

We began our day by meeting both the Bride and Groom ahead of travelling to the barn. Georgia got ready with her bridesmaids and parents in Lymington while Toby met up with his Groomsmen and guests at the hospitable Borough Café in Downton.

Their thoughtful and personal ceremony was conducted by Geraldine Bown, a family friend and Inter-Faith Minister. As well as a hand-fasting Georgia and Toby also included a Sunflower-Exchange in their vows.

After such a washout of a wedding prep shoot, we were of the mind that no weather could be as bad as when we met up previously. And indeed it wasn’t. However, after arriving at the barn under blue skies the rain soon rolled in shortly after the ceremony and set in for the day. Oh well… at least everyone was able to arrive under a beautiful Spring sky.… Read Full Post

Marcia and James’ Wedding at Trafalgar Park, Wiltshire

Marcia and James put together a very pretty, classic wedding at Trafalgar Park – a grandiose country house near Salisbury.

The entire day was spent here (all apart from James’ morning preps at his parents house). Here, James received one of the most generous and Rock n’Roll presents from his bride-to-be… tickets and flights to see Iron Maiden and, keeping with the theme, plectrum cuff-links.

We were really pleased to bump into the very talented florist, Fiori By Lynne again and she excelled in putting together the most beautiful bouquets for Marcia. We last saw her handiwork at Lisa and Mark’s Wedding. These bouquets were equally as delicate and summery.

Here are some photos from their day. Keep an eye out for the charming and delicately simple Ribbon & Key Escort Cards made by Marcia and James.

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Alex and Annette’s Wedding Day at Larmer Tree Gardens – Part One

Alex and Annette have lots of things in common with us; a love of a certain pirate-themed point-and-click computer game, the general worshipping of Dr Buckles and Dr Sexy (that’s Adam and Joe to you), a tendency to listen to songs from the soundtrack from the film Labyrinth as well as a passion for less cool things …like cross-stitching. The list goes on.

We first became acquainted through Twitter a couple of years back and it gradually dawned on us that not only did we like lots of the same things, we also knew some of the same people. It just seemed weird how our paths hadn’t crossed sooner. So it made us happy when we got this enquiry through our website:

“Our venue is the Larmer Tree Gardens. They have multiple ponds, deck chairs, giant jenga, peacocks and the second biggest monkey head I’ve ever seen*.

P.S Please say yes

May not be true”

Obviously we said “yes”.

One thing stood out during our day with them at the Larmer Tree and that was how enthusiastic and supportive all their family and guests were. Everyone had such a ball and it was obvious they were all so glad these two had finally gotten round to getting hitched.… Read Full Post

Alex and Annette’s Wedding Day at Larmer Tree Gardens – Part Two

Carrying on from Part One

The drinks reception was held in front of the Singing Theatre where Alex’s Dad and band partner entertained the guests with some music.

Meanwhile, the pavilion was efficiently turned around for the wedding breakfast. Alex and Annette go to the zoo. A lot. So the names for the table centres were pretty easy to think up. The flowers in pots looked brilliant, teamed along with miniature moss in pots for the place settings.

Some time should be spent here acknowledging the skill of Larmer Tree’s wedding co-ordinator, Gail. We have worked with a good few now and she is by far one of the most pleasant, hard-working and competent ladies we’ve come across.

Wedding breakfast time!

We’ve had such rubbish weather this past month or so and much darker evenings than we should have throughout August. Luckily, we managed to get the last slither of dusk light before the evening kicked off.

“WOW – a cake!”

Alex and Annette’s First Dance was pretty spectacular. Lulling everyone into a false sense of security with an understated shuffle to “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” they then proceeded to bust out some seriously big showtime moves. Amazing stuff!… Read Full Post

Sam & Stephen’s Wedding at Larmer Tree Gardens – Part One

Sam and Stephen regularly frequent Larmer Tree Gardens, but they’re more used to turning up with their tents rather than dressed in their finest. You see, they’re avid music fans and Larmer Tree is well-known for its music festivals (in fact, in good timing this weekend it’s playing host to the End of the Road Festival).

How amazing then they were able to find a wedding venue so perfectly suited to them. When they return for future festivals they’ll be able to relive their wedding day over again. Oh, and it’s also just a very pretty place to get married.

Things kicked off for us just before the ceremony where we met up with Stephen, the groom and all the guests outside the Pavilion. Sporting a smashing new hair do and the best suit and bow tie combo we’ve ever seen, there was some time for everyone to settle their nerves with a cheeky swig of Jagermeister from the emergency hip flask before Sam arrived and everyone was ushered in.

Sam looked beautiful in her Temperley lace dress, Vivienne Westwood shoes (she had another pair of Westwood jelly flats for later in the day – what a lucky girl!), polished off with a very pretty, gold Alex Monroe necklace.… Read Full Post

Larmer Tree Gardens – Sam & Stephen’s Wedding Day – Part Two

Carrying on from Part One…

There are lots of games and gadgets to keep wedding guests happy at Larmer Tree and the drinks reception took place amid Space Hopper duels, bridal Jenga tournaments, wind-swept Badmington and peacock chasing. The canapes looked pretty delicious too.

The garden was filled with music as the guests were entertained by the band The Wave Pictures.

It has come to our attention the rules of the bouquet toss are getting a little relaxed. We’ve had married woman determined to join in on the fun lately, but the inclusion of the Bride’s Father is a new one to us. He was very competitive about it too!

A word of advice though, a pre-teen will always reign triumphant – they’re smaller and niftier, you see.

We had a little bit of time to take some portraits of Sam and Stephen around the grounds before it was time for the wedding breakfast. Starting off with a pose on the Magic Tree (they always have their picture taken on this when they come to their festivals).

The music theme carried on through to the meal where each table was assigned a different genre. There were lots of pretty garden flowers dotted around the tables in dainty cases, jugs and bottles.… Read Full Post