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!
"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.
The wonderful wedding of Rach & Jonny was finally here!
One that I had been waiting for. One that had been planned and thought through to the final details. One that was going to be perfect!
I met Rachel maybe 2 years before the big day when she snapped me up at a wedding fair in Ferndown - My first ever wedding fair and she booked me on the day! Beginners luck or what?!
She knew exactly what she wanted, even back then, asking me detailed questions about what I could do for her and we hit it off!
I met Rachel and her bridesmaids bright and early at Southover House, a stunning manor house in Tolpuddle near Dorchester, the sun was shining, the marquee was getting decked out and hair and make up was in full swing!
The perks of Southover House is you can stay for the whole weekend, there is a ton of rooms for family and friends to stay. So I managed to quickly nip next door and do some groom prep as well. The boys were quiet and maybe a bit nervous as ceremony time was getting closer.
It was then time to make our way to St Mary's Church in Ferndown, a bit of a drive from the outskirts of Dorchester but a worthy one! The church is in the heart of the town standing tall and proud.
The girls and Dad arrived in style with Dorset Dubhire's stunning VW Camper vans, who were also kind enough to stop over on the way back to Southover House for a photo in a lay-by, with some stunning views of Dorset.
Back at Southover I got to catch up and work with one of my suggested vendors - Rachel from Exquisitely You Weddings, who was the on day co-coordinator. Rachel took care of everything during the day, dealt with every suppler and sorted any issues so Rachel and Jonathan could relax and enjoy their special day.
The gardens were filled with lawn games, refreshments and a massive white bouncy castle! Lego was placed among the center pieces and the speeches were set to go down a treat!
What more could you ask for on a glorious sunny day in Dorset!
Speeches soon followed in to the first dance and then on to a dad and daughter dance, fully choreographed by Rachel herself!
With the dance floor ready and the tunes coming from one of my other suggested vendors, Ross at Southern Entertainment Services, everyone was ready to dance off their delicious hog roast from earlier!
Make - Up - Kirsten Sare
Wedding Coordinator - Rachel Johnson
DJ - Southern Entertainment Services
Transport - Dorset Dubhire
Friday 1st September 2017 - my weekend for three weddings in three days, and I must say what a way to kick it off!!! The sun was shining - it was BOILING! The Bournemouth Air Festival was on and Ash and Gemma were getting hitched at the Hallmark Hotel Bournemouth Carlton on East Cliff. Everything was set for an awesome day!
The ceremony was full of love, laughter and coughing as poor Ash had a chest infection. The room was dressed beautiful with fairy lights and sunflowers everywhere, and the cake was a show stopper with Micky and Minnie mouse on the top - made by lovely mum number two! It's a little know fact that Gemma is a huge Disney fan, her hen do was Disney Princess themed so it seemed only fitting!
It was then time to head straight to the gardens for celebratory drinks, photos and of course the Air Show! We pushed dinner back half hour as the Red Arrows were due to fly over at 3.30pm. Whilst myself, Ash and his groomsmen were out on East Cliff before the wedding we bumped in to the gent who was doing the announcements to the beach crowd. So we organised a little surprise for Gemma that the red heart stunt would to be dedicated to Gemma and Ash at 3.40pm. She was completely shocked at shelter behind the fence while the whole beach cheered and clapped!
"She still believed in a