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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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