Poonam & Alastair’s Wedding at Chaffeymoor Grange

We headed over to Chaffeymoor Grange recently to join Poonam and Alastair for one of our Short & Sweet days – taking in everything from getting ready to their meal sit down.

They and some of their close family and friends had full run of the house, staying over for a few days with the Oak Room transformed for their ceremony and wedding breakfast with gold shimmering voiles and floral decorations put together by Alastair’s mum.

Poonam was dressed in a beautiful coral and mint Sari which, as well as being extremely heavy, took a bit of expertise to get in to (especially keeping the headdress up!).

Sadly, although we arrived under blue skies, the rain swept in shortly after the ceremony meaning we weren’t able to make too much use of Chaffeymoor’s beautiful gardens. But we did manage to get out in short bursts when the rain eased for photos and for Poonam and Alastair to exchange garlands (which they weren’t allowed to do during the ceremony).

After the drinks reception we left the Bride and Groom to enjoy their day after all the guests sat down for their wedding breakfast.

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Family Shoot at Chaffeymoor Grange

A couple of weeks ago Lindsay at Chaffeymoor Grange asked us to pop over to take some portraits shots of her family. Her Mum had a very special birthday coming up and to celebrate her family were joining in on a big party. Making the most of everyone being together we helped them out with some group shots as a momento.

We are lucky enough to have worked at Chaffeymoor Grange a lot of the years and Lindsay and Rik have worked hard to make it one of the most welcoming and special venues. We have shot plenty of different styles of wedding there including an evening wedding. The beautiful Oak Room is always a pleasure to shoot in and as a special treat it was sparkling with Christmas decorations by the very talented florist, Sabine Darrall.

Here are just a few photos from our short evening shoot.

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Tia and Phil’s Wedding at Chaffeymoor Grange

It was a bit of a whirlwind week for Phil and Tia. They flew in from their home city of Jakarta after their Indonesian ceremony to stay with relatives in Dorset before embarking on their UK ceremony.

In the short time they were here we met up with them for a prep shoot on the beach in Sandbanks before joining them over in Bourton for their second wedding ceremony at Chaffeymoor Grange.

The day was a small and intimate affair with many staying over at the house for the weekend. In that time though, we were treated to two wedding dresses by Tia (both of which travelled as hand luggage over from Indonesia).

Here are some photos from their day…

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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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Liz and Andy’s Wedding at Chaffeymoor Grange, Dorset

Andy and Liz had a small and intimate mid-week wedding celebration at Chaffeymoor Grange – one of our favourite venues for a laid back, house party-style wedding.

They spent a few days at the house, celebrating with family, friends and their daughter.

Things were kept as relaxed as possible, with a cosy meal around one table and evening toasts instead of speeches. Andy’s Best Man even managed to incorporate some parlour games into his toast for a cosy, living room reception.

Here are a few photos from their day:

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Liz and Simon’s Wedding at Chaffeymoor Grange, Dorset

Chaffeymoor Grange is the perfect venue for a small, intimate wedding. The relaxed atmosphere and convenience of being able to have the run of the entire house, filling it with your family and friends makes it a great place for a party.

Liz and Simon’s wedding took place last weekend and (as you can imagine) it was an absolute scorcher. It was the perfect day for a relaxed get-together.

After a bridal entrance to The Muppets “Mahna Mahna “, the ceremony took place in the Oak Room at Chaffeymoor with readings including The Ning Nang Nong. Liz and Simon then had a small gathering around one table for their wedding breakfast, with more guests to help take control of the Jukebox (and stop Simon from overloading everyone with Pink Floyd tunes) in the evening.

Liz’s choice of a beautiful, floating Temperley dress was perfect for the summer climate and her kitten-adorned Irregular Choice shoes were so treasured everyone was treated to regular, prideful peeks throughout the wedding.

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Emily and Simon’s Wedding at Chaffeymoor Grange

Emily and Simon celebrated their wedding weekend with their closest family and friends at the lovely Chaffeymoor Grange – one of our favourite haunts.

It was a laid-back and relaxed day with the wedding taking place in the house’s smaller Red Room and dinner served in the Oak Room. Later, everyone was able to keep themselves entertained with the pretty special looking Jukebox which Emily and Simon had hired for the weekend.

Lots of hard work had been spent making sure the house was filled by personal little details – the most impressive of these being Simon’s hand-made Lego Postbox. The project for this started after Simon’s childhood Lego stash was passed back onto him by his Mum. He had the idea of making a box for their wedding cards but his old red bricks were only really enough to lay the foundations. This wedding is probably responsible for a nationwide shortage of “red ones”. But what a triumph!

Here are some favourites from their day…

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Janey and Mark’s Wedding at Chaffeymoor Grange, Dorset

We turned up at Chaffeymoor Grange to find a bunch of people sat in the garden trying to work out how to make paper pom-poms. Despite talks of a strike and allocating a member of the wedding party to act as a Union Rep, the speed at which they were piling the wooden table with these paper balls was pretty impressive. It was the jolliest Sweatshop Factory I’ve ever seen.

In short, everyone was chipping in to make sure Janey and Mark’s wedding day was a memorable one. With full run of the house for a few days everyone was already looking quite settled into their weekend home.

Janey and Mark are expert designers and right from the outset they were determined to fill their day with lots of “Make-and-Do decor” and, as they put it in their first enquiry to us, “with a hint of country gorgeousness”.

Their take on this was right up our street, right down to the gigantic ampersand in the ceremony room and their music-themed table decorations.

We were very pleased (after working together on the same wedding loads, but never actually putting a face to a name) to bump into the supremely talented Sabine from “G Lily ” who did a marvellous job (as always) on the garden-style flowers.… Read Full Post

Dawn and Justin’s Wedding at Chaffeymoor Grange

I’ve been known to have dreams about Chaffeymoor Grange. It’s one of those places that really sticks in your mind. Dawn and Justin’s wedding marked our fifth visit there. They’ve all been so different but what’s stood out is how comfortable and at home everyone feels there – like they’ve been staying for a week rather than a matter of hours.

We arrived this time to be greeted by a row of flying arrows. Lots of guests were staying at the house for the whole weekend and an archery class and tournament had been arranged. This kept Justin and the rest of the guests busy whilst the house was set up for the ceremony and reception, all taking place in the downstairs of the house, whilst Dawn got ready in one of the upstairs bedrooms.

The day was relaxed with close family and friends, and Basil the Basset Hound watching over the proceedings.

Dawn looked fabulous in one of my favourite Candy Anthony dresses, complete with green sash and feathered netted veil. Meanwhile the house was filled with amazing florals from G Lily (Sabine’s flowers never fail to wow me, they are always immaculately presented with punchy, classy colours). There were lots of other thoughtful details such as a handmade mosaic created by Justin and a family heirloom pocket watch set to the exact time Dawn and Justin got married.… Read Full Post

The Wedding of Lisa and Ian at Chaffeymoor Grange

We can’t think of a more perfect place to hold a wedding for close family and friends than the beautiful Chaffeymoor Grange. Lying slap bang in the middle of the Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire border it boasts some amazing views over the The Blackmoor Vale. More importantly, it has ten magnificently decorated bedrooms for guests and a pretty outstanding TV den in the cellar!

Lisa and Ian were to make the most of their venue for the entire weekend – it was a house party and wedding all rolled into one. When we arrived at Chaffeymoor guests were enjoying the start of their weekend croquet tournament and trying to get their heads round the rules. Meanwhile, Lisa and her mum and sister got ready upstairs carefully avoiding Ian, the Groom until they went down to the pub for their own morning preps.

Each room in the house was decorated with its own pretty purple orchid to match the tones of Lisa’s bouquet. We’ve now shot quite a few weddings at Chaffeymoor with flowers prepped by The Gilded Lily and they consistently impress us with their work.

Whilst Ian (photography) went off with Ian (groom) and the boys (the abundance of Ians became very confusing), I stayed at Chaffeymoor with the girls.… Read Full Post