When we shoot outdoor weddings we like to keep a keen eye on the weather. Susanna and Jonathan’s Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens wedding was no exception. Fortunately as we drove into Weymouth last Saturday morning the clouds dissipated. We realised the weather was also going to be subtropical that day.
We met Jonathan, his family and friends at Oasis Café right on Weymouth beach in the sunshine. After a scrummy fry up she followed the chaps to don wedding suits. They had well coordinated, yellow wedding ties and button holes.
Bridal Preparation Photographs in Weymouth
At home Susanna and her friends arrived back from the hairdressers to bacon and avocado rolls. They started to prepare for the Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens Wedding in a remarkably calm manner. Applying makeup and dresses with plenty of time to spare. Only one last-minute dress adjustment. “Time to spare” meant time for champagne before leaving for the wedding!
Susanna’s father had spent the morning outside in the glorious sunshine. He was cleaning, polishing and adding ribbons to his beautiful old blue Austin named Delilah.
We approached the Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens wedding ceremony through the green rolling hills of the Dorset countryside. The top was taken down and Susanna arrived at Abbotsbury Subtropical gardens in style.
I had previously met Susanna and Jonathan at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens wedding venue. So I knew just how spectacular a venue it was, despite this it still took my breath away. Guests had gathered around the lovely wooden ceremony gazebo. Jonathan and his best men waited patiently. There very few venues in the UK surrounded by such exotic plants and animals.
The outdoor wedding ceremony seemed even more personal with a 360 degree view on proceedings. The readings include the extract from AA Milne’s Winne the Pooh. This is a guarantee for laughter and smiles during a ceremony.
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens Wedding Reception And Breakfast
The drinks reception and canapés were in the Sunken Gardens. A lawn surrounded with exotic plants and tall palm trees, you could have mistaken for somewhere in the tropics. The kookaburra’s laughs were to be heard over the flowing sound of the harpist. Everyone was enjoying the afternoon sunshine.
We stole Susanna and Jonathan away for a quick walk through the gardens and up to the panoramic view-point. Not surprisingly some of their guests had already made the climb to the stunning views across Chesil beach and Portland.
Back through the gardens the line-up was organised outside the marquee and the wedding breakfast commenced.
The wedding party consisted of friends and family, some of whom had flown in from all over the world. A testament to just how lovely our bride and groom were. Both Rose and I commented how nice the marquee was. Fully carpeted with windows and a door, coloured sashes and tables laid out with origami boat name places and the two scrummy looking cakes with a blue and yellow countryside theme.
The tear and laughter inducing speeches against the starry backdrop finished off the meal before coffee was served.
Chesil Beach Wedding Couple Photographs
As the warming sun was now low in the sky we drove Susanna and Jonathan down to Chesil beach for photographs by the sea. These guys were such good fun and so obviously in love the images of them throughout their Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens wedding day were naturally lovely.
We returned to the Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens wedding evening reception. The band had set up and were ready to go. It was one of those times where virtually all of the guests joined the bride and groom half way through the first dance. We have never seen a dance floor fill so fast and stay full into the night. The band was obviously rocking the guests. We wished we had been guests and had enough energy left to dance the night away!.
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