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!
Luke & Rebecca's beautiful tea party wedding could quite possibly be my dream. Never have I ever seen so much cake in one marquee!
I met Luke at the Broadstone Untied Reformed Church, where the wind was blowing, Luke was hiding to not ruin the hair, guests were arriving and we were saving car parking spots with all the arm flapping we could do, so Rebecca could arrive to the door.
The wedding itself was delightful. Their families are part of the Broadstone Untied Reformed Church, so the atmosphere was wonderful with people singing, praying and enjoying themselves. It certainly makes a difference when all the guests sing in a church, I was blown away.
We were greeted outside to a bundle of smiling faces ready for the confetti shot and my good friend Rob at RK Prestige Car Hire, who had the bubbles on ice ready for Luke and Rebecca.
I quickly headed off to The Orangery Suite, a favourite venue of mine to work at, where the cake and Pimms were being unveiled ready for the wedding party. Rebecca is a seamstress, she actually made her bridesmaid dresses and Luke's waistcoat. Luke works in horticulture, so it only seemed fitting to decorate the homemade cakes with flowers, button holes and tape measure's. It was so pretty!
Before Luke and Rebecca entered in to their heaven of tea and cake, I quickly took them off round the stunning walled gardens of The Orangery Suite for some photographs.
Can I just mention Rebecca's stunning dress - made her wonderful friend! AND Luke's amazing suit - made by Rebecca herself!!!
I literally loved everything about this DIY wedding, I wish I could have taken it home with me - I did manage to take a lot of cake home, it was offered/given/forced don't worry ;)
We then returned to the wedding guests where, the bestman entered them in to the gardens and the tea party commenced...
I met Gemma and her girlies early Sunday morning where hair, make up and croissants where in full swing! It was very calm and relaxed which was quite surprising with 4 bridesmaids, 2 flower girls and of course Mum and Nan. But everything was in order and the sun was starting to shine!
Once Gemma was in her dress and looking stunning, I quickly headed off to St James Church in Poole Town Centre. I was very excited to finally be doing a wedding at St James, situated on the corner of Thames Street and Church Street in old town Poole, it is often the backdrop to weddings I have shot at either the Guildhall or hotel Du Vin, sometimes even a portrait session. Church Street is my favourite street in Poole, so I was extremely excited to back there again for the Hoyland's wedding!
As soon as I arrived at the church the heaven's opened, the groomsmen were quick to fetch guests under umbrellas and herd them inside to keep dry. Luckily as soon as Gemma arrived the rain stopped.
Andy & Gemma's son Noah was eagerly awaiting her arrival, looking rather gorgeous in his shirt and bow tie with cousin Harry. The ceremony was perfect with family and friends around, who were very keen to get them both covered in confetti afterwards!
It was such a beautiful day to be a part of, so thank you Andy & Gemma for letting me capture and share your special day.
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