Plush Manor Wedding Photographs - Bridal Preparation
We arrived on a chilly December morning at Plush Manor in North Dorset excited to be shooting Plush Manor Wedding Photographs.
We found Helen and the girls busy with wedding preparations inside the dark, warm manor house. The smell of freshly made coffee mixed with open fires.
As with most manor house wedding venues the kitchen was the heart of the wedding morning. Beautiful bridesmaids, guests and princess flower girls arrived to warm hugs, while under the watchful eye of Pepper the black lab puppy.
Wedding hair was being wonderfully styled by Dorchester Bridal Hair, working in a shaft of natural daylight with as many table lamps as she could muster. Claire Bowring wedding makeup artist extraordinaire occupied a huge bay window overlooking the gardens in the drawing-room.
Spectacular red rose wedding bouquets arrived from West Dorset Flowers. Up the winding wooden staircase I found a grand bedroom housing Helen’s gorgeous champagne coloured, lace detailed wedding dress and shoes.
Next a driver from Nostalgic Car Hire arrived with a gorgeous beige series 3 Land Rover to take the girls the short distance to Puddletown. The wedding car looked very much at home outside the regency manor house with the rolling Dorset countryside in the background.
Final touches were made to hair and makeup, the bridesmaids all looked gorgeous in their dark blue dresses. Helen was then helped into her wedding dress. Looking jaw droppingly stunning she popped on her shoes, had a quick spray of perfume, whipped on a faux fur stole and whizzed out of the room.
Groom Preparation before Plush Manor wedding photographs
Chris and his brother/best man were getting ready at his parents’ house in Puddletown. His two groomsmen arrived suited and booted. Once they were all in their wedding suits with matching red ties and pocket squares they gathered in the warmth of the kitchen. The gents raised a glass of port and had their buttonholes fixed by Chris’s mum before making the short walk to St Mary’s Church.
Church Wedding Ceremony in Puddletown
At the church Chris welcomed his wedding guests before taking his place at the front. The flower girls waited patiently for the wedding Land Rover to arrive. Helen majestically led the way into the church followed by bridesmaids and flower girls. During the heart warming Church of England wedding ceremony there were readings from family and friends. Helen and Chris signed the register as the church choir led guests in festive carols from the organ balcony above.
Once the newlyweds had merrily walked down the aisle to a standing ovation the guests showered the new Mr and Mrs with confetti.
Plush Manor Wedding Photographs of Drinks Reception
At Plush Manor Red Herring events welcomed and warmed guests with mulled cider and canapés. After braving the cold for some group photographs we left the guests in the marquee. We took Helen and Christopher for a quick walk around the gardens to capture some Plush Manor wedding photographs of the happy couple.
We returned to the wedding party just in time to look around the 19th century church before the call for wedding breakfast sounded. Each table was named after a different gin bottle and everyone had a personal name setting in golden signature.
Inside the marquee child minders had set up a crèche worthy of some serious play.
Plush Manor Speeches and Evening Entertainment
First of all Helen thanked those who had helped her bring the details of the day together. Next into the pulpit was Chris. He reminded his best man how nice he had been when carrying out best man duties at his wedding. Chris’s brother of course took little notice and had the entire room in fits of laughter mostly at the expense of the groom. With bride, groom and guest fed and watered it was time to turn the room around for the evening entertainment.
Outside in the cold, the camp fire was lit against the backdrop of the up-lit church. Wedding guests enjoyed toasting marshmallows before returning to the warmth of the church
Next the incredible gin bar opened, with a stone font full of tonic water!
Finally the band started and the dance floor filled. The fun fuelled guests did not stop - they were dancing the night away. Helen even showed off her LED trainers as she then pulled out her finest moves.