Harry Warren House and Wedding Morning at The Pig on The Beach
Arriving on a wedding morning at The Pig on The Beach, I was amazed at how this renowned company had turned around The Manor House Hotel (as it formerly was). They have transformed the hotel into a stunning shabby chic ‘get-away’ location by the sea. You may remember Jenni & Jon from their Harry Warren House engagement photographs.
Jenny, her bridesmaids and her mother were nestled away in The Bothy- one of the two beautifully converted dovecotes, tucked away in the kitchen garden. They were in such a jovial mood that I had absolutely no problem capturing the feeling, emotions and beautiful lighting of the wedding morning’s activity. With the British Grand Prix being attentively watched on the TV the girls spent the morning whirling about the four poster bed, applying makeup, having their hair styled and exchanging gifts and stories from their friendship’s past.
The stunning wedding flowers from Arcade Flowers arrived, a lovely mix of pinks and pastels, tying in beautifully with the colour themes of the big day.
Before they knew it the bridesmaids were looking stunning in their dusty pink dresses and Jenni had donned her gorgeous white swan wedding dress. With just enough time to have a couple of group photographs against the backdrop of Studlands beaches, the sea and Harry’s rocks Jenni’s father arrived to collect her.
Meanwhile Jon had spent his time between the second (two story) converted dovecot and the local pub (one of my favourites) The Banks Arms. After he had collected his gifts from the girls he busied himself greeting the guests for his Harry Warren House wedding.
You may remember Jenny and Jon from their engagement photo-shoot at their chosen seaside, Harry Warren House wedding venue. Seeing it on a hot, sunny day, I still couldn’t get over how incredibly stunning a location this venue is. From the gorgeous Harry Warren house itself a wide expanse of lawns leads to a breath taking panoramic across Studland bay to Bournemouth and the white chalk of Harry’s rocks in the distance.
As with the ethos of Harry Warren house wedding venue Jenni and Jon had taken it as a tabla rasa and Smart Live had erected a huge marque in the gardens, arranged an outdoor sheltered sofa area overlooking the sea and prepared the sunken vista garden beautifully for the ceremony.
The outdoor civil ceremony, surrounded by flowers, family and friends against the backdrop of the azure sea could not have been more perfect. As the happy couple looked lovingly into each others eyes and exchanged their vows a tear formed in more than one of the wedding party’s eyes.
With the sun out, Paper moon the acoustic duo began to play and the newlyweds enjoyed a drinks reception with canapés by the sea. The children present could not resist joyfully running about the large lawn and many of the adult guests were simply arrested by the view.
A drinks reception at a wedding is the perfect time for a bride and groom to mingle with their guests and relax in their company before the more formal aspects of wedding tradition. I have blogged before about how group photographs can be an intrusive part of the day in regard to the time it can take (if not handled properly). As a photographer, finding a balance between allowing a couple time to relax, have a drink and catch up with family and friends and taking group photographs can be quite difficult. Never more so when a ‘sit down time’ for wedding breakfast is inflexible. Years of experience works in our favour and we timed it absolutely to the second!
Smart Live are a London based event management and catering company that blew our socks off, we could tell that they were a step above the norm not only by the quality of the marquee and dressing materials but the attention to detail that had been applied. Colour co-ordinated sashes, pink programmable lighting and pink Chinese lanterns followed the theme of the day and as the many, many staff zipped about the wedding breakfast. I have to mention that their food not only looked buy tasted amazing.
I noticed that Jenni and Jon had taken the time to have personalised sticks of rock created using some of the images from their Harry Warren House engagement photo shoot.
It is worth noting that the fantastic three tier wedding cake was made by none other than Jenni’s very own father- amazing!We love shooting a marquee wedding, as they basically act as a huge ‘soft box’. When the sun is shining a marquee will filter out any harsh lighting and shadows. It was fabulous to have the opportunity to capture moments of the day from inside a marquee with a view across the sea.
After the happy couple cut their cake a pause in proceedings was appreciated by the well fed guests who now settled into the outdoor relaxation area or the happy thrum of the groups of tables.
Jenni and Jon who had not stopped beaming since they first say each other that morning now took to the dance floor for their first dance surrounded by their friends and family. In what seemed like the blink of an eye were joined by all of the many children who were eagerly running about the lawns earlier. The DJ worked his craft so well that the dance floor never seemed to empty.
At this time of year an outdoor wedding never seems to get dark, we are so used to leaving a wedding after the sun has set. For Jenni and Jon’s beautiful day it seemed apt that as we drove away from their Harry Warren House wedding a pink hue had just started to flow into the evenings clouds.
..and the suppliers were:
Wedding Photographers: onethousandwords wedding photography
Wedding Morning Venue: The Pig on The Beach
Wedding Venue: Harry Warren House
Wedding Management and Catering: Smart Live
Wedding Musicians: Paper moon
Wedding Florist: Arcade Flowers