Mrs & Mrs Bailey-Ryall | A Wedding At The Victorian Barn, Blandford, Dorset - Sofie Michelle Photography
My first wedding of 2018 was quite possibly one of my favourites ever and also my first ever Mrs & Mrs! I have had the pleasure of knowing Charlie for well over 10 years, with her wonderful mum, Michelle, being my trampoline coach as teenager. Charlie and I used to coach gymnastics together, along with her sister and bridesmaid, Lucy. It was awesome to catch up with them all through hair and makeup. I met Mel on our first consultation over coffee, with a love for sport and adventure I could see that Charlie and Mel were the perfect match.
My morning started early on Saturday 10th March, after some heavy snow during the week, we were lucky to have snow free roads and lovely sunshine through the day. First up for hair and make up, by the super talented Caroline and Elke at Amazing-Face Bridal Hair & Make Up Dorset, was Charlie (Team Ryall). Where we sipped coffee and nibbled on biscuits, caught up with from the past 10 years, reminisced over our gym days and wow'd over her stunning wedding dress which was originally her Grandmother's 55 years ago!
This is the wonderful wedding of Sammie & Mike.
I met them at The Balmer Lawn Hotel Brockenhurst, in the heart of the New Forest on a gorgeous autumn day.
I strolled in to the hotel reception as guests were gathering and their son Harry was running round excited.
"Me & My Petey"
This is the wonderful wedding of Katie & Pete. A truly lovely couple who I am delighted to say have become more than just clients since they booked me to photograph their wedding - and not just because every time I met them we ended up in Zizzi's eating pizza (that was just a lucky bonus!) These two were just amazing, from day one, so happy and in love.
I had the lovely Carly from C Y Wild Photography helping me out for the day - who is ruddy fantastic behind the camera! We met Pete outside Harrison Hall, in Charlton Down just outside Dorchester, with its stunning high ceilings of the ballroom, the stain glass windows and the glorious September sun - we were set for an awesome day ahead!
It was soon time for the arrival of Lizzie, who looked absolutely stunning. She was quiet and nervous as she stepped out of the car, awaiting the walk down the aisle.
The service at St George's was probably one of the most special services I have attended in my career as a photographer. Not only did Tim choose to get married on his cousin's 21st birthday, so the whole wedding party sang her Happy Birthday before the ceremony, the Vicar Penny, is Tim's Mum. What an amazing feeling it must have been to marry your son.
After a beautiful ceremony and just as the torrential rain finished, we descended down the aisle in to the sunshine, ready for family photos, confetti and of course some couple portraits. Before I left them all to dinner and drinks.
Deep in the countryside of Southampton lies The Meon Valley Marroitt Hotel and Golf Club, where Daniel and Rich's celebrations would take place. With the venue full of smiley guests patiently waiting to be greeted by Daniel with open arms and a very emotional entrance by Richard.
The ceremony was full of laughter and tears. I can safely say I don't think I have ever seen a couple so happy to finally be married. It was beautiful.
The weather was unfortunately not on our side, so we all headed to the bar for celebratory drinks and I managed to whisk Richard & Daniel off down to the lake on a golf buggy!
It was soon dinner time, which meant speeches time! Roars of laughter and floods of tears filled the room. Every speech was hilariously beautiful!
Followed by an evening of dancing and entertainment - and by entertainment I mean Rich's amazing dance moves! But just before all that we must cut the cake and the couple need to do their first dance.
Seeing that Daniel is Spanish, it is a Spanish tradition to cut the wedding cake with a sword, which was pretty spectacular!
"She still believed in a