Harmans Cross Village Hall Wedding Photos With Julian and Lucy
It was our pleasure to join Julian and his lovely bride-to-be Lucy for their fantastic wedding day at their Harmans Cross Village Hall wedding.
I joined Lucy, her sister and one of her wedding guests in Rednex hairdressers in Swanage for their finishing touches. Even before makeup the girls were looking stunning and laughed and joked about the day ahead as the hair stylists worked their magic.
We departed for Lucy’s parent’s house, picking up her lovely daughters/ flower girls on the way. Here, the wedding preparations were in full swing, dresses hung from door frames and wardrobes, sashes were being ironed and the gorgeous country themed wedding flowers from Wild Berry Florists in Wareham arrived.
As Julian and Lucy’s flower girls played on the trampoline in the garden I noticed the sky clouding over as predicted with the forecast for rain. Back in the house Lucy’s bridesmaids took over the application of wedding morning makeup and bucks fizz was liberally applied for nerves.
Being an unobtrusive wedding photographer I often have a sense of the wedding morning rushing about me as if I am in the eye of a storm, able to see and capture those poignant moments of emotion amongst the chaos. Every bride I have ever worked with tells me that this is how they feel but at a much accelerated rate, with such a huge amount of preparation, their wedding day seems to rush by them and being caught up with the joy it passes in the blink of an eye.
It was with this ‘blink’ that all of a sudden Lucy found herself in her wedding dress, looking absolutely breath-taking, arms linked with her (now very dapper looking) father ready to depart for her wedding ceremony.
Meanwhile Murray joined Julian at Harmans Cross Village Hall. We love working at this venue, not just for its beautiful rural location next to a Swanage steam Railway Station but because it is another venue that lends to a personalised wedding. We call them ‘blank slate’ wedding venues, where a theme or feel can be easily applied to the venue (as an artist would apply paint to a canvas), resulting in a truly custom day for the bride and groom.
Now a typical wedding morning would see the groom and his best men get ready and maybe have a pint of ‘Dutch courage’ before heading to church. Julian however is not your typical groom, having been in the catering trade for so long (he can’t remember a time before it) Julian was a busy, busy bunny. Along with the incredible crew from Blue Bay Events food needed preparing, beer barrels and lines sorting, drinks and tables setting, bunting and pom-poms erecting, an Ice cream cart readying along with organising and constructing the many ‘country fete’ games in the gardens. By the time the preparation had finished Harmans Cross Village Hall had transformed from an empty room to a gorgeous ‘country fate’ themed wedding venue. Murray had never seen a groom whip about like such a busy blur, he was almost exhausting to watch. Finally with a little time to go he popped home to change and join his best man for a few moments of nervous calm with his wedding party at St Mary’s church in Swanage.
Within the ancient Church of England building the wedding guests were treated to a truly heart-warming wedding ceremony, which culminated in the happy newlyweds leaving to a shower of confetti in the gardens outside.
By this point we had noticed that the sky was looking particularly angry, so we quickly captured the required group photographs and whizzed off to Peveril Point, overlooking Swanage and the beach for some stunning couple photographs. A quick walk down the stone pier to the sea and we were sure the dark and threatening sky was about to open to torrential rain.
Just as we arrived at their Harmans Cross Village Hall wedding reception the clouds vanished and we experienced one of the most surprising hot and sunny afternoons ever! Perhaps the locals who claim that Swanage has its own sunnier micro-climate are right after all!
In the meantime Julian and Lucy’s family and friends had walked across the road from the church to Swanage Steam Railway station, they then enjoyed a few drinks as the train chugged through the countryside to Harmans Cross station, right next to the village hall, the perfect way to arrive.
A drinks reception with canapés, Pims and ice cream was enjoyed in the glorious sunshine as was the marquee of games, an inflatable bungee run, limbo, giant inflatable slide, children’s bouncy castle and a coconut shy were far too tempting for guests to resist.
With the calmer guests sitting on straw bales in the sun, on terrace furniture in the shade and looking about over the countryside we could see many more reasons for choosing Harmans Cross Village Hall wedding venue.
We always know that a wedding will run perfectly when Blue Bay Events are involved and today was no different, Polly and her team are consummate professionals.
After a beautifully presented high tea it was time for the wedding speeches. With a wonderful mix of love and laughter, it is always difficult for us not to emotionally react to wedding speeches. When it came to Dan presenting his best man’s speech with pictures and stories from Julian’s childhood I desperately had to hold my own laughter back in order to capture that of the guests.
The happy couple then cut their cake and we took them for a ten minute walk away from their guests to calm in the quiet of the countryside and take some beautiful ‘couple photographs’. Back in the glorious sunshine at Harmans Cross Village Hall we organised a group shot of the entire wedding party who then enjoyed further drinks and an incredibly tasty wedding BBQ. Not surprisingly Country Foods BBQ supplied amazing wedding catering, taking a BBQ to the next level of quality and service. As the tasty food and drink flowed the joyful laughter of the wedding guests must have echoed about the lush green valley.
Inside The Imaginations wedding band set up, the guests circled Julian and Lucy as they slowly whirled about the dance floor for their first dance.
You can see what Julian and Lucy thought of our services in their Harmans Cross Village Hall wedding photographers review.
After such a beautiful day at a new, local wedding venue we can not wait for our next Harmans Cross Village Hall Wedding.