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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Kirsty & Alun’s Wedding at St Nicholas Church & Harry Warren House, Studland

On a beautiful, sunny Saturday we boarded the ferry over to Studland to join Kirsty and Alun for their wedding. They’d travelled down from London to make the most of the unbeatable views and idyllic village life in our favourite Purbeck village.

As they’d hired a cottage for the week to enjoy a bit of downtime after the wedding Kirsty and her entourage got ready here helped by hair and make-up artist, Lorraine Milligan.

Meanwhile, after a meet-up at the Bankes Arms and The Pig on the Beach Alun and his Groomsmen made his way to St Nicholas Church for the ceremony. It’s one of our favourite churches for its friendly and accommodating approach and its convenient little hidden photographer nook in a priviledged position at the front.

Kirsty and Alun’s baby girl joined them for the ceremony and even got to enjoy the confetti run before spending a chilled day with her Nanny so her Mum and Dad could party! We hope she loves looking through these photos when she’s older so she can see the part she played in the day.

After a short walk from the church guests enjoyed the sunny views of Harry Warren House in its spectacular location overlooking Old Harry Rocks, Poole Bay, Bournemouth and the Isle of Wight.… Read Full Post

Emma and Tom’s Wedding at St Nicholas Church & Harry Warren House

Emma and Tom came down from Warwickshire to celebrate their marriage at a place they love – Studland in Dorset.

Emma got ready at The Haven Hotel in Sandbanks, a spot often travelled to on her childhood holidays. I don’t think you could argue the fact The Haven has the best views from its balconies in the whole of Poole Harbour – made even better by the fact, if you looked very carefully, you could spot the distinctive shape of a white tent on the distant cliffs – their wedding marquee at Harry Warren House.

After preps at the hotel the bridal party had a momentous journey over to the Purbecks on the Sandbanks Ferry where Emma got a surprise announcement from the captain and a round of applause from all the cars and passengers.

Waiting over in Studland, Tom got ready at The Bankes Arms, a hop and skip away from St Nicholas Church where their ceremony took place.

Afterwards, all the guests walked to the reception at Harry Warren House for the party. The rain came in for the rest of the day, but it was no bother. The marquee was big, beautiful and stuffed full of home brews, cakes and macarons.… Read Full Post

Lucy & James’ Wedding at St Nicholas Church & Harry Warren House, Studland

Lucy and James organised a spectacular wedding day that made the most of their passion for the outdoors, the seaside and cake.

Their day was based in Studland with an early church ceremony at St Nicholas Church followed by a Tipi Tent wedding reception in the grounds of Harry Warren House.

So much work went into the organisation of their day with the help from their very supportive friends and family. As well as each guest decorating their own flag of bunting there was a little Bake Off and a beautiful afternoon tea set up by Vintage Dorset.

James may possibly be the only Groom in the world to arrive on his wedding morning via a wakeboard but there was no sign of sea saltiness when got changed into his beautiful three-piece suit he stumbled on in Clobber in Bournemouth. And we agree, if you’re going to have a chilled out wedding day by the beach, why the hell not wear shorts if that’s what makes you comfy?!

On with the photos…

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Helen & Thomas’ Wedding at St Nicholas Church, Studland – Part One

It was Helen and Thomas’ wedding day last weekend and we couldn’t have hoped for a better day to be on a clifftop overlooking the sea. It was glorious.

The ceremony was in the morning so it was an early start for all as there were full bridal preparations to get done first in Bournemouth, before we all made our way over. Helen and Thomas were kind enough to drop round a survival pack a couple of days before so we knew we could keep our energies topped up with chocolates, coffee and jelly sweets – thanks guys!

The groomsmen also had their fun getting ready at the Haven Hotel in Sandbanks. Although this mostly seemed to involve tormenting Lobsters.

It’s a little bit of a trek from Bournemouth to St Nicholas Church in Studland but we made it in good time. The boys wriggled their way onto the Sandbanks Ferry whilst the bridal party went the “long way round” in a very pretty Morris Minor and Jaguar MK2. They caused a little bit of a stir as they drove through the towns and villages along the way.

St Nicholas Church is a small and intimate church that has a good atmosphere when it’s filled with family and friends.… Read Full Post