Gorgeous Studland wedding – Gilly and Rod
Gilly and Rod’s beautiful Studland wedding in August last year was held at the delightful village Church of St. Nicholas, with their reception at Harry Warren House (I posted a sneak peek here on my Blog). It was on the Bank Holiday weekend, the weather was overcast but thankfully dry and we even had a fly past from the Red Arrows after they’d displayed at the Bournemouth Air Festival.
I was introduced to Gilly and Rod by Melanie Kiani, of Bellissimo Weddings. They’d asked Melanie to help plan and organise their wedding day, and they couldn’t have chosen anyone better qualified! Melanie knew that my documentary-style wedding photography would exactly match what Gilly and Rod were looking for. We hit it off from our first meeting and it was a real pleasure being a part of their day.
The Bridal party relaxed in the morning at The Pig on the Beach, literally a stone’s throw from Poole Bay. On the way over I dropped into Harry Warren House to see how things were going with the preparations … managed to avoid getting run over by the owner riding around on the lawn-mower! The views across Poole Bay are just gorgeous – it’s a stunning wedding venue. Back at The Pig the atmosphere was relaxed – the ladies chilling out on the patio and in the garden in their bath robes whilst Kirsten did their makeup in one of the rooms. Jessie from West Dorset Wedding Flowers dropped over with the bouquets and I managed to get a sneak peek inside her van at the displays for the Church and the reception – simply beautiful!
By the time I got to the Church the sun was blazing down and the guests started to arrive. The Bridesmaids looked lovely in their white dresses and Gilly’s dog had been especially groomed for the occasion! Rod and his Best Man were wearing mid-blue tailored suits and both of them looked surprisingly relaxed as they waited for the entrance of the Bridal party. Sunlight filled the Church as Gilly walked down the aisle to the organist playing Handel’s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba.
The service was filled with love and laughter – this was one couple who were absolutely determined to enjoy themselves to the limit on their wedding day!
As the guests mingled outside after the ceremony they were called together for the walk back to Harry Warren House. Now, Gilly and Rod had let me into a little secret and so I knew what was hiding around the corner as we walked down the lane. As we rounded the corner the guests were treated to a Jazz Band playing for the wedding procession. It was “almost” like being in New Orleans as they played and led us down the lane, the guests dancing as they went. What a great atmosphere!
Up at Harry Warren House, the Bellissimo team and the caterers had been busy and tables laid out on the lawns – like a giant Mad Hatter’s Tea Party! As the happy couple greeted their guests the champagne was served, the Jazz Band playing in the background. With vintage china and carefully chosen personal touches the guests enjoyed afternoon tea with that magnificent view across Poole Bay.
The speeches were held in a grassy amphitheatre in the gardens, with guests choosing to take their chairs over or sit on the blankets. As usual there was lots of laughter and the odd embarrassing moment or two recounted for everyone to enjoy. Afterwards the guests made their way over to the cliff-top to watch the Red Arrows displaying over Bournemouth for the Air Festival – they even managed to include their “heart” display, which seemed so appropriate for a wedding day!
Whilst Lloyd Edwards sang and played acoustic guitar, the guests relaxed on the lawns. I managed to steal Gilly and Rod away for a short while for some photographs, so they could relax away from family and friends and have some quiet time together. I think this is so important for the couple.
The main reception was held in the marquee, with a stunning wedding cake from Lisa Notley. I’ve worked with Lisa many times and I’m always amazed at the skill and patience of cake makers! All of the wedding stationery was made by the talented Emma Farwell – in order to find out which table they should sit at, the guests had to hunt for keys attached to tags which were hung in the trees. I like that idea – making guests work for their Supper!
As dusk fell it was time for the partying to begin – the live band striking up Stone Roses’ Ten Storey Love Song for the First Dance. There was so much energy and I was loath to leave, but I had to catch the last ferry back to Sandbanks.
What an amazing day Gilly and Rod – thank you so much! xx
Here are just a few sneak peeks from Gilly and Rod’s special day in Studland …..
Bridal Make-up – Kirsten Sare
Cake – Lisa Notley Wedding Cakes
Flowers – West Dorset Wedding Flowers
Music – Silk Street Jazz
Music – Lloyd Edwards
Music – Function Junction
Photobooth – The Studio Booth
Stationery – Emma Farwell
Studland wedding photography
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