"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!
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
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.
If you read my previous blog, Rachel & Andrew | Bluebell Engagement, you will be aware of my excitement of the Helson wedding! I first met Andrew and Rachel at a wedding fair just outside Weymouth. Rachel is a wedding and event planner at Exquisitely You, Wedding Specialists, and I have been lucky enough to work alongside her in styled shoots and publications. We finally have our first wedding together later on this year! Andrew is part of the high energy Pop Folk, Irish & Americana band, Tweed in Bourbon, and was one of the bands playing at the fair. We all hit it off rather well and eventually we persuaded Andrew and the band, that the well know Jungle Book song - The Bear Necessities, should be played. They soon gave in and did a wonderful job with no practice - I believe it is now in there set list as it went down so well!
I met Andrew at the quaint village church of Winterborne Zelston, North Dorset, where he was extremely calm with a rather large smile across his face knowing what the days proceedings would entail. The sun was shining and guests were arriving to what was going to be a beautiful day. By 2pm everyone was in the church eagerly awaiting the arrival of Rachel. I waited outside the church gates to capture her and her bridesmaid's ascend up the Willow tree lined path from her Nan's farm. As I greeted Rachel I was almost in tears of how beautiful she looked!!!
Andrew & Rachel didn't stick to traditions. They wanted to make their wedding their own - and they certainly did!
Once everyone was inside the church, Andrew snuck out for a first look. Giving Rachel the perfect opportunity to show off her stunning dress, which she put together from two wedding dresses.
Keeping with the theme of throwing out those traditions, Andrew and Rachel walked each other down the aisle which I really rather enjoyed!
As predicted the church service was full of smiles, laughter and singing - it was a fab atmosphere! They even danced out the church ready to greet their guests and get covered in confetti, which Rachel and her Nan created themselves by drying out any petals they could find in the village and on the farm.
Once the guests made their short walk across the road to Middle Farm where the afternoon and evening reception would take place, I whisked Rachel and Andrew off in to the fields behind the church for shots by the river and the Willow trees.
On the farm guests were greeted by Pimms, popcorn and sweets on two old piano's that Andrew and Rachel had converted in to bars. They created outdoor seating with various pieces of furniture situated around fire pits and candles ready for the evening, an old writing desk made a perfect spot for a little make shift guest book, a bundle of fancy dress items were placed near by for the perfect photo booth selfie and of course the grand dresser where not 1 but 3 yummy cakes stood, waiting to be attacked by Andrew's fathers retirement axe from the Fire Service!
Inside the Tipi were 3 long tables set with piano hammers from the now Pimm's bar. Guests were asked to pick out a piano key and find the person who's name was on it, so they could find their seat at the table - a great little way to break the ice if guests don't know each other! Lego was placed in the middle of the tables so guests could build their own favour - this soon descended in to some kind of space shuttle/aircraft/vehicle competition throughout the 3 tables.
As always the speeches were full of laughter and tears throughout! However, the tears and smiles were far greater than normal at this DIY wedding. Andrew and Rachel could not have done this wedding without the help of pretty much everyone in that Tipi. From extensive gardening and landscaping to get the farm Tipi and guest ready, to decorations and bonfire's on a freezing cold night in February disposing of unwanted bushes and bits from the farm. They were truly overwhelmed by the help they received from friends and villagers. It was a wonderful moment to capture and witness.
Another secret weapon up their sleeves was their dancing. Their first dance song was Listen To The Man by George Ezra , which Andrew re-recorded with himself singing and playing the guitar. A wonderful touch I think you will all agree!
I loved every second of this wedding, so thank you Andrew and Rachel for letting me capture your day and be apart of it not only as a photographer but as a friend :)
The Tipi was supplied by Oakleaf Marquees
Hair by Emily Jirat Bridal Hair
Make Up by Timeless Beauty by Louise
Flowers by Clair Lythgoe Wedding and Event Florist
Wedding Dress, Bridesmaid Dresses & Suits by Oxana from Minster Designs Bridal Boutique
Andrews personalised bow tie and waistcoat by Kimberley Stone Design
Cakes by Elmsleigh Cakes
Almost 2 months ago now (yes slightly delayed on another blog post!) I photographed the stunning farm wedding of Connor & Lauren Froud. We had glorious weather - maybe slightly too sunny but I'm not one to complain!
Their ceremony was held at the beautifully quaint Canford Magna Church, there were unfortunately gas works going on so we had to venture across the suspension bridge to a glorious yellow field, where Lauren agreed to sit in her in dress - EEEEKK! I love it when a bride sits down!
The next part of the day was at Highmead Farm, in Longham near Wimborne. This was Highmead's first ever wedding and I think they did an awesome job! It is a lovely venue for the rustic, DIY couple.
With games, Pimms and glamping on site, what more could you possibly need?!
It was a delight to capture Connor & Lauren's day, with laughter lasting well in to the early hours, lots of dancing and lots of happy children running around, it was pleasure to see.
Connor and Lauren have to beautiful children themselves - I must say I am in amazed by them both, as Lauren gave birth to lovely Luna about 6 weeks before the wedding!!!
To have planned their whole day and make a lot of their own bits and bobs, whilst planning for baby number two - I think thats pretty impressive!
I wish the Froud family so much happiness <3
Second photographer Lisa G Photography
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