Nikki and Greg’s Wedding at Wimborne Minster and Parley Manor

Nikki and Greg’s Wedding took place between Wimborne and Christchurch – a classic affair with a traditional church ceremony in Wimborne Minster followed by a marquee reception at Parley Manor.

Cleverly tying in their wedding with the start of Peony Season, their wedding was awash with sweet smelling flowers courtesy of Jennifer Poynter Flowers. Even their cake made by the talented Miss Ingredient was adorned with sugar peonies and roses (there’s a great post on the making of this cake, here).

The weather report was pretty atrocious, though miraculously, although ‘Heavy Rain’ and rain was predicted all day, it only really got very wet once all the wedding party were tucked up inside and enjoying a boogie in the marquee to the tunes of The Goodfoot Band.

On to the photos…

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Jess + Dan’s Wedding Reception at Parley Manor – Part Two

Following on from Part One

Jess and Dan’s Wedding Day continued with a marquee reception at Parley Manor. The marquee looked great decorated with lots of colourful flowers, homemade Sloe Gin and a super tiered wedding cake made my Dan’s mum. She did an amazing job!

The heavens opened during the meal and the rest of the day was a bit drizzly but luckily it was light enough to get out and about for a few photos around the grounds before the evening kicked off.

Drizzle didn’t do anything to dampen the spirits for this party. It was pretty wild. Helped along by such a fun set from wedding and party band, The Daggers. These boys brought so much energy to the tent. There was nothing for it but to bounce the night away on the sprung dancefloor.

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Jane and Carl’s Wedding at Parley Manor, Dorset – Part One

Jane and Carl travelled all the way from Sydney, Australia to hold their wedding with family and friends at Parley Manor in Dorset.

When they started planning their late September wedding the fact the UK would be shedding its leaves for Autumn was taken into account. There was quite a bit of discussion via email and Skype between Jane and I over potentially rainy, chilly days and what we’d do if the weather turned nasty. I’d also spent most of the couple of weeks before freaking out I hadn’t been able to find any suitable work boots after working for months in sandals.

That day the weather in Bournemouth soared up to a sweltering 26-degrees! It was H.O.T. I soon found out it was too warm for boots anyway.

The bride and groom spent the morning in Bournemouth, with Jane getting ready at The Green House Hotel and Carl and his groomsmen prepping at Urban Beach.

After a morning of make-up and bridesmaids being taught how to Moon Walk by the flower girls we all made our way to Parley Manor by Camper Van. Here, the wedding took place sheltered from the boiling sun in its own dedicated ceremony marquee.… Read Full Post

Jane and Carl’s Wedding at Parley Manor, Dorset – Part Two

Continued from Part One

Jane and Carl’s wedding had a vintage tea party feel. As well as very pretty table decorations post-wedding breakfast tea was served in dainty teacups. We also loved the idea of having flowers and teacups as wedding cake toppers (so simple yet so effective).

Oh, and I am so envious over Jane’s engagement ring – what a beauty it is!

Despite it feeling like a Summer’s day there was no getting away from the fact it still got dark pretty early. So, after the meal there was just a spot of time for folks to play hoop-la before the speeches began and the night drew in. Parley Manor looks so magical at night though.

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Helen and Dan’s Parley Manor Wedding – Part One

For a good few weeks, if not months, Helen had been enthusiastically counting down the days to the big day on Facebook – there was a huge amount of excitement in the build up which we were pleased to get caught up in.

The wedding and reception took place at Parley Manor in Dorset. We’d heard a lot about this venue and how pretty it was to have a party and to shoot in. When we met up with Helen, Dan and co for the wedding prep – rolling in a wedding rehearsal at the same time – the ceremony marquee hadn’t been put up for the season yet so we had to use our imagination a little. It didn’t disappoint. With the help of brilliant blue skies and balmy warm Spring weather we had it about as good as it gets.

The morning’s preps kicked off at the home of bridesmaid, Dom who was kind enough to let everyone take over the place with make-up, cameras and kitten chasing. It was also the first time I’d met Helen and Dan’s daughter Holly, who was to play a big part in the day.

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Helen and Dan’s Parley Manor Wedding – Part Two

Following on from Part One…

After a summer-like BBQ (thank you for letting us help ourselves, Helen and Dan!) everyone settled down for the speeches. A couple of highlights included a surprise letter to the newlyweds from Prince William as well as off-the-cuff speech from the bride, thanks to a bit of jeering from the supportive crowd.

The light was magical as we took a stroll around the grounds for a short couple shoot whilst the guests finished off their coffees, and we finished this with a bouquet toss in the walled garden. Sadly, none of the single ladies managed to grab the bouquet mid-air but two lucky girls walked away with the scooped up flowers and the odd rogue petal.

Shortly after this it was time for the cutting of the cake. This added another beautifully understated and stylish element to the day. Baked by Cakes by Suzanne this three-tier had lace-like icing decoration and was topped with silver H and D initials.

Finally, the evening sprung into life with a disco. Here we enjoyed snapping up some enthusiastic dancing and some quite spectacular and energetic star jumping. A good night was had by all.

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