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Wedding at Mangerton House – Vicky & Rupert

Mangerton House from the swimming lake

This very lovely wedding at Mangerton house witnessed Vicky and Rupert’s candlelit commitment to each other, in a touching celebration attended by twenty or so close friends and family.

The wedding guests greet the Bride & Groom and their dog The wedding guests greet the Bride & Groom and their dog

Understated yet perfect; choosing this particular Dorset house afforded the couple many benefits, not least enabling their dog to share their special day with them. By dispensing with the usual wedding routines, Vicky and Rupert were able to enjoy a very relaxed atmosphere in which to make their commitment to each other, charged with an undeniably genuine air of happiness.
The venue’s refined charm was accentuated by gently elegant touches, such as vases of white freesias and the soft warm glow of candlelight.  However, the main focus of the mise en scène had to be the amazing food. The centre point around which everyone gathered, the menu was prepared onsite by the Groom’s chef (Rupert runs an events catering company); the dishes were faultless and I can only hope that my photography has done them justice. This was wonderfully accompanied by the nine layered rustic cake, made by the Bride’s sister and even featuring the couples four-legged friend.

Vows and rings were exchanged at the couple own pace after the meal amidst laughter, tears and that warm sense of fun and relaxation that is only ever found when friends and family gather round the dinner table to  celebrate.

Vicky and Rupert did away with the traditional rule book, in favour of a very honest celebration that went straight to the heart of what a wedding truly is: a sharing of love, commitment and laughter with each other and those closest to them. In doing so what they created on a autumnal October day, set in the beautiful Dorset countryside, was the perfect event; brimming with a very special intimacy which I was honoured to capture.

The guests venture outside in the rain for one last picture with the Bride & Groom The guests venture outside in the rain for one last picture with the Bride & Groom

Thank-you Vicky and Rupert for giving me the opportunity to photograph such an honest and refreshing  celebration and I wish you every happiness in your life together.

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Purbeck wedding of Holly & Ian

St James’ Church in Kingston, Purbeck, Dorset.
July saw the Isle of Purbeck wedding of Holly and Ian. The Bride and Groom made their vows at St James Church, Kingston in Dorset on a beautifully sunny (if a little windy) day, symbolising their union with two locally crafted WHY Jewellers wedding rings.

Bridesmaid and Mother of the Bride sharing a moment.

From the minute the occasion began, there were brilliantly warm smiles all round  and they continued throughout the day; radiating from the Bride, her mother and sister and rebounding off everyone they came into contact with – the entire wedding party seemed caught in one beaming, infectious smile, that I have to admit, made my job so much easier.

Bride and Groom on the beautiful Encombe Estate in Purbeck, Dorset.

Continuing on the ‘how to make a wedding photographer very happy’ theme, we then stopped off for some quick Bride and Groom portraits at the Encombe Estate. Now, anyone who regularly follows my blog will know that I have a weakness for stunning backdrops and the Isle of Purbeck and so Viola! One extremely happy wedding photographer, stood in a field in July, doing my upmost to capture the breathtaking beauty and serenity of the landscape, perfectly reflected in the Bride and her happiness.

Wedding reception at Harmans Cross Village Hall in Purbeck, Dorset.

The newlyweds hosted their reception at the Harmans Cross Village Hall, where amidst hay bales and canapés there was entertainment for all ages. This was just as well, since the wedding guests were from all walks of life, something that was a joy to capture, including some very new babies, children and a few ‘bigger kids’ who were all having a ball playing with the garden games, bubbles and foosball.

Inside the venue was liberally strewn with fairy lights and bunting, even the cupcakes which made up the five tier wedding cake were bedecked with miniature bunting in the same colours. This all mirrored ideally the hessian tied fresh country flowers, which were everywhere, including the buttonholes.

The wedding breakfast.

The guests enjoyed the speeches, a sumptuous hog roast and a quick game of cricket, creating a very comfortable, summery backdrop of sunglasses, smiles and sunshine for me to shoot.  The sense of family, great food and entertainment continued into the evening when an impressive cheese-table (board doesn’t cover it) was revealed, alongside skittles, dancing and the very talented Bride treating her new husband to a surprise duet with local musician Jim Etherington, when she played her violin.

Celebrations drew to an idyllic close under a full moon and a clear night sky. Congratulations Holly and Ian and may your marriage be as loving and successful as your wedding day.

Here are some more pictures from the day.

Wedding guests looking for their place on the table plan.


The bride duets on violin with Jim Etherington.

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Happy Paper slash Cotton Anniversary Hazel & Jon

Two years ago today my wife, Jules, and I were guests (for a change) at the wedding of our friends Hazel & Jon. They were married at the Guildhall in Poole which was followed by a reception at the Urban Reef Cafe, Bar & Resturant on the beach near Boscombe Pier.

I didn’t take my usual camera set up and instead choose to borrow my good friend Graham Fry’s Fujifilm x100. I was keen to try this camera out and this seemed like a good opportunity to take it for a spin.

The wedding party was buzzing with excitement as we all waited for the arrival of the bride at the Guildhall, having met outside The Angel pub for a ‘swift half’! After the ceremony a few group photos from the official photographer we all made our way to the Urban Reef for drinks and canapés on the beach. Food and speeches followed before the evening party started.

It was a fabulous day and here are a few of my pictures from the day.

Happy Anniversary Hazel & Jon, see you soon.

Dorset Wedding /

A Kingston Maurward Wedding In Dorset – Alex & Jonny

Kingston Maurward Wedding

Bubbles and butterflies were in the air at the perfectly set Kingston Maurward wedding of Alex and Jonny. A gorgeous, sunshine filled day in June set the scene idyllically as the backdrop to the stunning location that is Kingston Maurward near Dorchester in Dorset. The Bride and Groom took their vows in a picturesque open-air ceremony, witnessed by friends and family and assisted by three adorable flower girls; the Brides nieces.

After drinks and canapés at Kingston Maurward the bridal party continued onto Herrison Hall in Charlton Down, an absolute gem of a place and a relatively last minute decision. This was the most handsome of settings for guests to enjoy a traditional cream tea and games on the lawn before taking their seats in the carefully set and delightfully depicted reception.

Sprinkled with old photos, beer bottles on ice, wonderful summer flowers and an abundance of quirky and creative signage, the time and effort the Bride and Groom, friends and family had taken on the venue couldn’t be lost on anyone.

A framed ‘Let them eat cake!’ sat beside the pretty pink wedding cake amidst flowers and other perfectly chosen props, whilst a bucket of flip-flops in all sizes read ‘Kick off your shoes and dance the night away!’ The attention to detail was staggering and was well rewarded with the warm, welcoming and vibrant atmosphere.

Emotional speeches lead onto Alex and Jonny’s first dance and guests loved their very impressive efforts (I can say this with confidence having photographed a lot of first dances!).

Flowers, sunshine and a warm glow of happiness sums up the day for me and I made every effort to capture this and every fun-filled nuance in the wedding photography – what a wonderful way to make a living!

Thank-you Alex and Jonny for letting me photograph your very special day, I trust you had a wonderful time on honeymoon and have settled into a very happy and long life together. x

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Swanage Wedding & Harmans Cross in Dorset – Amy & Matt

Perfect sunlight flooded the whole day on Amy and Matt’s beautiful Swanage wedding. Carefully planned and crafted in just 8 short months, the day was a triumph from beginning to end; beautifully melding a heady combination of vintage chic and a traditional English country wedding.

The radiant couple tied the knot for their Swanage wedding at the Town Hall, before leading their guests on foot to Swanage Steam Railway where ice creams and a ride on the historic stream train, delightfully ushered the party to the reception held at Harmans Cross Village Hall.
Bedecked in a perfusion on hand-grown, hand-picked local flowers, the venue was simply overflowing with vibrancy and happiness, helped along merrily by some exceptional food and alcohol. Summer and sunshine were everywhere, not least in the Bride’s yellow 1950’s lace ball gown, teamed with vintage style yellow sandals (and when, necessary  a pair of yellow converse).

The handmade elements all accentuated the atmosphere and the love which the Bride and Groom had clearly poured into the preparations. Opulence on a shoestring, from the hand-tied bouquets to the gorgeous four tiered white chocolate and raspberry wedding cake, meant that I was never without something artistic to photograph.

Music filled the air and provided a great talking point; guests were welcomed to the venue by live French Cafe music provided by talented relatives and then danced the night away to the extraordinary sounds of ‘Dream Themes’ who delighted everyone with their enthusiastic take on popular TV themes (the groom works in TV drama so there was a highly apt connection).

As a wedding photographer I was in my element; beautiful weather, beautiful location, beautiful people – what more could I possibly ask for? Amy and Matt, friends and family, all did an absolutely first rate job in creating an extremely joyous wedding day for everyone to thoroughly enjoy… including the photographer. A truly fantastic start to married life together – Congratulations Amy and Matt!

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Swanage Harmans Cross Wedding in Dorset – Amy & Matt

Swanage Harmans Cross Wedding in Dorset – Amy & Matt

Perfect sunlight flooded the whole day on Amy and Matt’s beautiful Swanage Harmans Cross Wedding in June. Carefully planned and crafted in just 8 short months, the day was a triumph from beginning to end; beautifully melding a heady combination of vintage chic and a traditional English country wedding.

The radiant couple tied the knot at Swanage Town Hall, before leading their guests on foot to Swanage Steam Railway where ice creams and a ride on the historic stream train, delightfully ushered the party to the reception held at Harmans Cross Village Hall.
Bedecked in a perfusion on hand-grown, hand-picked local flowers, the venue was simply overflowing with vibrancy and happiness, helped along merrily by some exceptional food and alcohol. Summer and sunshine were everywhere, not least in the Bride’s yellow 1950’s lace ball gown, teamed with vintage style yellow sandals (and when, necessary  a pair of yellow converse).

The handmade elements all accentuated the atmosphere and the love which the Bride and Groom had clearly poured into the preparations. Opulence on a shoestring, from the hand-tied bouquets to the gorgeous four tiered white chocolate and raspberry wedding cake, meant that I was never without something artistic to photograph.

Music filled the air and provided a great talking point; guests were welcomed to the venue by live French Cafe music provided by talented relatives and then danced the night away to the extraordinary sounds of ‘Dream Themes’ who delighted everyone with their enthusiastic take on popular TV themes (the groom works in TV drama so there was a highly apt connection).

As a wedding photographer I was in my element; beautiful weather, beautiful location, beautiful people – what more could I possibly ask for? Amy and Matt, friends and family, all did an absolutely first rate job in creating an extremely joyous wedding day for everyone to thoroughly enjoy… including the photographer. A truly fantastic start to married life together – Congratulations Amy and Matt!

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A Bickleigh Castle Wedding in Devon – Isabel & Andrew

All weddings in my experience are magical, but something intangible hangs in the air at a Christmas wedding that lends a twinkle to proceedings which I love to photograph. This was certainly true of Isabel and Andrew’s big day, held on December 15th at the beautiful Bickleigh Castle.

I quite often travel into Devon for weddings and Bickleigh Castle never disappoints. Another truly unique setting (I have a real weakness for this type of architectural beauty spot); Isabel and Andrew had exclusive use for the whole weekend. This not only meant that I got to stay the night before and get acquainted with some of the next day’s key characters, but it added to the warmth and close-knit community feel that I especially remember the day for. This continued into the morning of the wedding when I was able to photograph the Bride’s preparations, as well as the Groom and friends letting off some nervous tension on a clay shoot.

Although, as typical of a December wedding in Devon, the ground was somewhat soggy underfoot (it literally poured down in the preceding week, the River Exe had swollen its banks and there was an ominous threat of snow) the day itself was mercifully dry. This was just as well since Isabel was wearing a stunning pair of red designer shoes, brilliantly reflecting the strikingly festive, red and white theme.

As one of four girls born on the same day, Isabel was in no shortage of bridesmaids and the close family atmosphere was lovely to witness. The weather outside, if anything, intensified the warm and cosy atmosphere inside, complete with an excellent ‘jiggery, folkery’ band, hog-roast and a wedding cake made of cheese (actual tiers of cheese, not to be confused with cheesecake).

All the fun, enjoyment and merriment of Christmas was magnified that weekend inside Bickleigh Castle, from the Bride and bridesmaid’s festive onesies when they were getting ready, to the poinsettia table centres on reindeer named tables. A wedding packed with personal touches, including a handmade gown designed by the Bride herself, it really was a very special occasion to be a part of. The new Mr & Mrs Bertram left the damp Devonian weather behind them to honeymoon in Venice and Lake Como before returning to their family home in Exeter.

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Claire & Stuart – A Milton Abbey Wedding in the Rain

Claire and Stuart set their beautiful wedding at Milton Abbey in Dorset; a breathtaking Abbey and Boarding School in Milton Abbas, just outside of Blandford Form. With exclusive use of such a glorious Dorset wedding venue, they managed to perfectly match all the grandeur and elegance of Milton Abbey, with the warmth and excitement of their family and friends.

Although some would suggest they were not blessed with the weather (it teemed with rain 90% of their August 17th wedding date), as a photographer I personally felt it was a blessing in disguise. Rain never dampens spirits on occasions like these and in such a setting it only adds to the theatre. Ushered inside by the elements, we were able to capture the scale and grace of Milton Abbey, which made a gorgeous backdrop for the stunning Bride and her wedding party. Plus when we did manage to get outside for some shots amidst the landscaped gardens, the intense richness of colour from the rain soaked foliage was wonderful to work with.

With the wedding breakfast being served in the Abbots Hall there were plenty more opportunities to document some exquisite family moments set against a perfect scene. With the light of a mid-August day illuminating the venue the colours were joyous, not least the very pink Cosmo’s made up for a joke for the couple during the speeches. These were just a handful a little details, such as witty cufflinks and characterised cake toppers that really made the day special to Claire and Stuart.

The day was drawn together beautifully by the venue events planner Laura Haim and we managed to get creative and take that all important group shot using the great staircase. The Bride and Groom took their first dance in the King’s Room before heading off in a camper for a ‘mini-moon’ with the remains of the sweetie buffet. They will be jetting off on Honeymoon this Christmas to Thailand; I really hope they have a wonderful time and enjoy a married life as successful as the day they created. It was a pleasure to photograph.

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Still wondering if I’m the right photographer for your big day? Then please read more on my Style page or give me a call on +447753 881434 or email me studio@howardlucas.com

A note on Style….

Still wondering if I’m the right photographer for your big day? Then please read more on my Style page or give me a call on +447753 881434

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Milton Abbey Wedding in the Rain – Claire & Stuart

Milton Abbey Wedding in the Rain

Claire and Stuart set their beautiful Milton Abbey wedding in Dorset; a breathtaking Abbey and Boarding School in Milton Abbas, just outside of Blandford Form. With exclusive use of such a glorious Dorset wedding venue, they managed to perfectly match all the grandeur and elegance of Milton Abbey, with the warmth and excitement of their family and friends.

Although some would suggest they were not blessed with the weather (it teemed with rain 90% of their August 17th wedding date), as a photographer I personally felt it was a blessing in disguise. Rain never dampens spirits on occasions like these and in such a setting it only adds to the theatre. Ushered inside by the elements, we were able to capture the scale and grace of Milton Abbey, which made a gorgeous backdrop for the stunning Bride and her wedding party. Plus when we did manage to get outside for some shots amidst the landscaped gardens, the intense richness of colour from the rain soaked foliage was wonderful to work with.

With the wedding breakfast being served in the Abbots Hall there were plenty more opportunities to document some exquisite family moments set against a perfect scene. With the light of a mid-August day illuminating the venue the colours were joyous, not least the very pink Cosmo’s made up for a joke for the couple during the speeches. These were just a handful a little details, such as witty cufflinks and characterised cake toppers that really made the day special to Claire and Stuart.

The day was drawn together beautifully by the venue events planner Laura Haim and we managed to get creative and take that all important group shot using the great staircase. The Bride and Groom took their first dance in the King’s Room before heading off in a camper for a ‘mini-moon’ with the remains of the sweetie buffet. They will be jetting off on Honeymoon this Christmas to Thailand; I really hope they have a wonderful time and enjoy a married life as successful as the day they created. It was a pleasure to photograph.

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Still wondering if I’m the right photographer for your big day? Then please read more on my Style page or give me a call on +447753 881434 or email me studio@howardlucas.com

A note on Style….

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Bella & Charlie – A Purbeck Wedding at Studland & Wilkswood

A really brilliant day was had by all at Bella and Charlie’s excellent Studland, Wilkswood & Purbeck wedding, as is certainly evident in their wedding photos. Both vets and with Charlie working closely with a local dairy herd, they have a special affinity for the handsome rolling hills of the Purbeck. Their wedding was a celebration of Dorset rural life as well as their love for each other, being set in the heart of Purbeck at the superb Wilkswood Wedding Venue. A Dorset wedding venue like no other, Wilkswoood offers phenomenal views, a field and some truly masterful event organisers.

Bella and Charlie’s wedding was packed with everything from a tuk-tuk, to festival flags, camping, hay bales  and local Swanage postcards as place settings – not forgetting a bovine themed wedding cake, I kid you not! This all made for an extraordinary day filled with a terrific energy; this overflowed from the packed St Nicholas Church Studland (complete with a very forgiving vicar who let me stand practically on top of him to get the right shots) to the beautifully staged marquee reception, laced with fresh sweet peas and paper lanterns.

A bright September day gifted the couple with sunshine, although the breeze was somewhat enthusiastic, sending clouds racing across a blue Purbeck sky, which for a wedding photographer with a constant eye on the light in each shot, definitely kept me on my toes.

Add to all of this a hog-roast, some wonderful locally made canapés and a really great band and it’s easy to see why Bella and Charlie’s wedding was such a fantastic day for all involved, including the wedding photographer. Perhaps some of my favourite shots (aside from the Brides stunning yellow shoes) were taken in the evening with Bella and Charlie sharing a quiet minute together outside, with the lights of the marquee and enjoyment of their guests glowing in the background. Huge congratulations Bella and Charlie and thank you for letting me be a part of your extraordinarily charming wedding day.

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