The Italian Villa Wedding Venue Photographs- Shelley & Liam’s Winter Wonderland Wedding

When we think of Italian Villa Wedding Venue Photographs a Christmas scene is not the first thing we imagine. Our last Italian Villa wedding photographs were shot in the heat of August. So it was with excited trepidation we set off to shoot Shelley & Liam’s Winter Wonderland Wedding. You can see more of our The Italian Villa Wedding photographs here.

Christmas had arrived in Shelley’s family home in a big way. Heart warming decorations, lights and Christmas trees tastefully adorned the downstairs rooms and garden. Cool as a cucumber Shelley told us “My Dad loves Christmas”. We could tell!

Italian Villa Wedding Venue Photographs- Bridal Preparation

We were happy to see that the girls were in good hands. Kaylie and Stacey Carter wedding hair and make up artists were in attendance showing off their incredible styling skills. Equally impressive were their closely timed pregnancy bumps!

Bridesmaids have wedding hair styled looking out on garden with Christmas tree

The bridesmaids stylishly whizzed about the house in matching floral dressing gowns. They efficiently conducting various wedding and preparation tasks whilst maintaining the feeling of a Christmassy calm. Shelley sported her own Christmas themed white dressing gown identifying her as the bride.

Upstairs I discovered the bridesmaids utilising a wardrobe’s full length mirrors for make up application. Next door Shelley’s stunning white wedding dress hung in the window. The light perfectly accentuating the top-to bottom lace appliqué. A pair of Roland Cartier wedding shoes glistened in the sun.

Roland Cartier white wedding shoes rest on veil with wedding dress in background
White wedding dress appliqué detail photograph with white fur shrug

Downstairs the wedding flowers arrived.  A family friend, Sue Murphy had produced some amazing bouquets, button holes and corsages. All made from a mixture of silk flowers and real foliage.

The bridesmaids helped each other into their dark royal blue sequinned bridesmaids dresses. They were then able to help Shelley into her wedding dress. With her white fur shrug she descended the stairs looking like a winter wonderland princess.

Mother of the bride inspects her wedding make up in mirror during bridal preparation
Bridesmaid is zipped into dark royal blue sequinned bridesmaids dress
Documentary wedding photograph of Bride in mirror as buttoned into wedding dress by bridesmaids
Bride is buttoned into white lace detail wedding dress by two bridesmaids on wedding morning
Bride in white wedding dress descends the stairs on Christmas wedding morning

Scoring some serious husband points Liam had sent a gift of a necklace. More importantly he had written a poem that had the girl’s eyes watering. Shelley’s father quite rightly teared up with pride upon seeing his daughter looking so stunning in her wedding dress.

stunning blonde bride looks in make up mirror at wedding hair on wedding morning
Bride in detailed white wedding dress shows off her veil on during wedding preparation
Mother of bride in Black and white wedding outfit watches bride's final wakeup adjustments
Father of the bride sees his daughter in wedding dress for the first time on wedding morning
Beautiful Winter wonderland bride in white fur shrug in front of Christmas tree

We took a few group photographs outside in the wintery cold. This really added to the seasonal feeling of the wedding day. Shelley and her father were chauffeur driven by her brother in a ribboned Land Rover with a huge sun roof.

Italian Villa Wedding Venue Photographs-  Groom Preparation

Unusually for a wedding morning Liam had taken the boys to the Gym for a wedding morning workout. As Liam is the head coach at Coastside Crossfit this was not entirely a surprise.

Back at home they helped each other into their blue wedding suits. With final adjustments to matching pink and blue paisley ties and hair looked extremely dapper. It was nice to see Liam in another coaching role. As a father he was wonderfully attentive to his son as they got ready for the day ahead together.

Grooms party wedding morning preparations on wedding morning photograph
  Shelley had a wedding morning surprise up her sleeve. Liam had a look of genuine shock and awe as he opened his shiny new Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 watch!

TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 watch wedding morning present from bride to groom

The Italian Villa wedding venue never disappoints and was beautifully dressed for Christmas. Outside Liam’s ushers were tasked with guiding the arriving guest through the falling snow (from the snow machine) into the warmth of the ceremony room. While upstairs the Medici Suite was dressed in keeping with the winter wonderland wedding theme. The ceremony table was framed beautifully with white trees and their glass decorations and candles. A white carpet with white petals split the room in two. White and green flower sprays with more candles decorated the doorways and window sills.

Groom's father and son watch snow machine at Italian Villa Wedding venue
Groom's Father and best man surrounded by winter wonderland decorations at The Italian Villa

Italian Villa Wedding Venue Photographs-  Wedding Ceremony

The Verona Suite overlooking the Italian Gardens was also beautifully decorated with the winter wonderland wedding theme. After a quick inspection of the finishing touches Liam patiently waited upstairs in the Medici suite with his groomsmen and wedding guests.

Groom adjusts bride's mothers hair to perfection before wedding at The Italian Villa
Groom and best men in blue suits wait for the arrival of the bride at The Italian Villa
Groom patiently waits with his best man at Italian Villa wedding ceremony in Dorset
Bride enters Italian Villa Wedding Venue Photographs with Christmas decorations
Flower girl looks through door glass before Italian Villa, Dorset wedding ceremony

Liam’s son carried a ‘Daddy Here Comes Mummy’ sign ahead of the bridesmaids. The moment Shelley entered the room with her father Liam’s face lit up.

Bride and her father enter ceremony room at The Italian Villa Winter wedding
First look photograph at The Italian Villa Wedding venue ceremony in Poole, Dorset
Bride is walked down the aisle at winter wonderland wedding at The Italian Villa in Poole
Father of the bride shakes grooms hand during Italian Villa Wedding ceremony in Poole

The wedding party was treated to a wonderful wintery wedding ceremony with readings from a friend and Shelley’s brother. One the still grinning couple were formally wed the guests made their way into the low sun in the wintery Italian gardens. Cockles were warmed with mulled wine.

Italian Villa Wedding Venue photographs of exchange of rings during wedding ceremony
Beautiful winter bride smiles at groom as she reads her wedding vows at The Italian Villa
Wedding guest gives reading during Italian Villa wedding ceremony in Poole, Dorset
First Kiss at Winter Wonderland Italian Villa Wedding venue ceremony
 
Wedding guests enjoying mulled wine in the gardens at Italian Villa wedding venue

 
Wedding guests enjoy mulled wine in the cold of Italian Villa gardens at Winter wedding

Italian Villa Wedding Venue Photographs-  Drinks Reception

Shelley & Liam exited the villa. They descended the stone stair case to be covered not only in confetti but more snow from the snow machine. There is nothing quite like loving warm hugs at a wintery wedding. That is exactly what the newly-weds received form their guests.

happy grooms man in blue suit with white button hole smiles at newly wed bride
Wedding guest congratulates bride with hugs in Italian Villa gardens

Downstairs the Siena Suite provided warmth and further drinks and canapés whilst Charlie Woodford, wedding guitarist entertained the troops. Before the sun dipped any further we took the opportunity to shoot some couple shots.

Wedding guitar entertainment during wedding drinks reception at The Italian Villa
Bridesmaids laughing at jokes at The Italian Villa wedding venue drinks reception
Elderly wedding guest holds happy conversation at The Italian Villa wedding venue

Italian Villa Wedding Venue Photographs-  Couple Photographs

The Italian Villa comes into its own when looking for locations for Italian Villa Wedding venue photographs of couples. With the Italian gardens and all of Compton Acres 10 acres of “horticultural heaven” at our disposal we love this venue. A brisk walk through the verdant winding paths, tunnels and caves served with the low sun was a gorgeous background for images of the happy couple.

Bride and groom in subtropical gardens at The Italian Villa Wedding Venue in Dorset
Italian Villa Wedding Venue photographs of bride and groom on garden bridge at Sunset
Bride and groom in sand stone tunnel at Italian Villa Wedding Venue photographs
Italian Villa Wedding Venue photographs bride and groom in candle lit cave
Italian Villa Wedding Venue photographs bride and groom portrait at cave entrance

Back at the villa the guests gathered back in the garden for some quick group photographs.

Wedding guest in floral print dress takes photos at The Italian Villa Wedding Venue
bride in white fur shrug watches groomsmen group photographs at The Italian Villa
Documentary portrait photograph of bride's brother in paisley tie at the Italian Villa
Young wedding flower girl looks after guests glasses of mulled wine at The Italian Villa
Young wedding guests skipping around the gardens at The Italian Villa Wedding Venue
Bridesmaids and bride laughing outside Italian Villa Wedding venue photographs

Italian Villa Wedding Venue Photographs-  Wedding Breakfast

The call to wedding breakfast was announced and the guests headed up to the Medici Suite to check their names on the winter themed table plan.

Illuminated wedding name initial letters with illuminated Christmas present decorations
White wedding post office box with personalised name plate for wedding cards
Winter Wonderland Themed wedding table name sign using pine cone and snowflakes
Winter Wonderland Wedding Table Decorations at The Italian Villa Wedding Venue in Poole
Wedding guests next to Christmas Tree look at Winter Wonderland Table Plan

A standing ovation greeted Shelley and Liam as they entered wedding breakfast. With Christmas trees and crackers at a wedding in the Christmas holidays all of the guests were in a jovial mood. Shelley’s nephew took responsibility for the video camera and recorded the merry table’s messages for the happy couple.

Italian Villa Wedding photographs of top table applauding bride and groom's entrance
Wedding guests applaud the entrance of the bride and groom at The Italian Villa
Wedding guest celebrates pulling Christmas crackers at Italian Villa wedding breakfast
Wedding guest in gold trousers kisses baby to sleep during wedding breakfast
Brides nephew videos wedding guest's video messages during wedding breakfast
Father of the bride and groom with blue lights inspect wedding cake at The Italian Villa
Brides parents on Italian Villa top table surrounded by winter wonderland decorations
Beautiful brunette wedding guest portrait photograph at The Italian Villa Wedding
Wedding guests at The Italian Villa Wedding breakfast share the love
Wedding guest enjoy conversation during wedding breakfast at The Italian Villa
Wedding guests in Christmas hats surrounded by winter decorations at Italian Villa
Wedding guest smiles at very small baby at Italian Villa wedding venue
Father of the groom in Christmas party hat takes nots on wedding proceedings
Wedding guests pull strange faces for photographs at The Italian Villa Wedding Breakfast

Beales Catering not only provided an exceptional service but mouth-watering food, served perfectly to schedule.

Italian Villa Wedding Venue Photographs-  Wedding Speeches

With rested legs and full stomachs the guests were then treated to the wedding speeches. These were a pleasure to shoot against the backdrop of blue icicle lights, yellow fairy lights, the Christmas tree and winter themed decorations.

Shelley’s Father started proceedings. The tears and laughter were then further encouraged by the groom and finally his two best men.

Father of the bride gives wedding speech at The Italian Villa with blue and white fairy lights
Groom's speech at The Italian Villa Wedding Venue top table with Christmas lights
Best men react to grooms speech at The Italian Villa Wedding Venue in Dorset
Groom raises a toast during wedding speeches at Italian Villa Christmas wedding
Mother of the Groom is shocked by best man's speech in front of blue Christmas lights
Two best men make best men's speeches at Italian Villa Wedding breakfast

Overlooking wedding breakfast the wedding cake stood to one side of the top table. Jenna Plumley created and decorated the naked Victoria sponge cake. This was accompanied by a cake topper the likes of which we had never seen before. A miniature edible bride and groom stood on top of the cake kissing whilst they lifted dumbbells above their head. Very apt!

Italian Villa Wedding Venue Photographs-  Sparkler Photographs

Next we quickly organised a wedding sparkler photograph in the dark of the gardens. The image beautifully reflected in the calm waters of the ornamental lake.

Wedding Wedding Sparklers reflection at The Italian Villa Wedding Venue in Dorset
Wedding Sparklers reflection at The Italian Villa Wedding Venue Photographs
Christmas Love heart Sparklers at The Italian Villa wedding venue photographs

Italian Villa Wedding Venue Photographs-  First Dance

The wedding guests made their way downstairs to the Siena Suite where the bar was open.

Shelley briefly disappeared to change out of her wedding dress into a little white number much more suited for what was to come next. Upstairs Shelley and Liam practised their choreographed first dance in private.

This was the first time taking Italian Villa Wedding Venue Photographs we had seen a first dance in the Medici Suite. When Liam lifted Shelley above his head and gracefully twirled her around we suddenly realised why. The ceilings upstairs allowed the room for such impressive manoeuvres.

Once happy with their routine the wedding guests surrounded the dance floor. Shelley and Liam perfectly executed their first dance to their chosen music followed by applause and whooping of the stunned crowd.

First dance in front of wedding guests at The Italian Villa Wedding Venue in Dorset
Groom lifts bride during choreographed first dance at The Italian Villa Wedding Photographs
Mother of the bride dances under fairy lights at The Italian Villa Wedding Venue

Italian Villa Wedding Venue Photographs-  Evening Disco

With a quick change back into her wedding dress Shelley then joined her wedding guests on the dance floor downstairs. Charlie Schroder wedding DJ lit the dance floor in a variety of changing colours and the guests then merrily bogeyed the night away.

Couple dance together under blue disco lighting at Italian Villa wedding evening
Blonde wedding guest in red dress dances at Italian Villa Wedding Venue photographs
Child wedding guest with hands in pockets on wedding dance floor at Italian Villa Wedding
Mother of the bride in black and white striped dress dancing at Italian Villa Wedding
Wedding guest in braces dances under blue lights at Italian Villa Wedding venue
Bride on the dance floor at Italian Villa Wedding venue in Poole Dorset

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