Purbeck Valley Farm Wedding Photographs

Gemma and Ed’s Purbeck Valley Farm Wedding was a day full of visually stunning aspects. From the rustic details to the jaw dropping natural displays of the sky and clouds.

Bridal Preparation Photographs at Purbeck Valley Farm

We arrived on the wedding morning at Purbeck Valley Farm Wedding venue to find Gemma and her bridesmaids busily preparing in the gorgeous farm house. The bright morning sunshine beamed into the spacious room as the girl’s whizzed around the wedding dress hanging in the middle of the room.

Dusty pink bridesmaid’s dresses hung symmetrically on the wardrobe doors and all of the ladies shoes had been arranged below. I started to get the idea that Gemma had a particular eye for detail.

Gemma’s cheeky page boy ran about the room, checking out what the girls were up to. He even took some time out for a tractor ride outside!

Wedding Morning Documentary Wedding Photographs

Given the rather scary weather forecast Gemma was cool as a cucumber, super organised she seemed at home amongst the morning’s activates. As an incredibly thoughtful gesture she had put together a gift box for each of her bridesmaids. Inside were such treasures as miniatures of fizz, pearl bracelets and matching personalised night shirts.

Bridesmaids in matching nights shirts pour champagne during wedding morning preparations
Beautiful bridesmaid happily untangles necklace on wedding morning

The girls took it in turn to visit the hair and make up station that had been set up with a large mirror and the natural light coming in through the windows. With five bridesmaids and a bride requiring their expertise Yaz Taylor hair designs and Stephanie Robbins were amazing.

The wedding flowers then arrived. I have to say that Wild Farm Flowers Florist had not only produced some of the most wonderful wedding flowers I have ever seen but their stylish presentation was second to none. The countryside flower bouquets looked incredible with long tassels of ribbon, the button holes were even in their own tiny jars of water. Each set of flowers had a hand stamped name label. Again I could tell that Gemma’s eye for detail had been satisfied when she chose her wedding florist.

Stamped bride label in wild country flowers wedding bouquet by Wild Farm Flowers
Gypsophila and wild flower bridesmaid bouquets with stamped card labels

Purbeck Valley Farm Wedding Marquee Photographs

I took some time to visit the wedding marquee from Camelot Marquees which sat in the field above the house with lovely views across the Corfe valley. Inside I was in for a treat. One end of the large structure was transparent and housed a stage, lighting and a sound system. Next to this sat the dance floor with activities and pillows for the children. An illuminated rustic metal LOVE sign sat next to this facing a set of wooden crates housing more love signs, flip flops and flowers.

Wooden crate wedding decorations with love sign and flip flops and flowers

Gemma had obviously cast her eye over the tables, the center features were slice of trees with jars, flowers and beads arranged around stamped table numbers.

Back in the room the girls were nearly finished and promptly donned their bridesmaid’s dresses. They exited to allow Gemma to step into her wedding dress. Still calm and collected Gemma now looked jaw droppingly stunning, a sentiment shared by the bridesmaids who whooped, clapped and cried upon seeing her. If this wasn’t enough Gemma then saw her father welling up with pride and love.

bride has wedding make up styled during chaos of bridal preparations on wedding morning
Bridesmaids in matching night shirts grab each others bottoms on wedding morning
Bridesmaid checks wedding hair style in mirrors during bridal preparations
Beautiful blonde bride smiling in mirror during bridal preparation photographs
Bride and bridesmaid laughing as they have wedding hair styled during bridal preparations
Happy bridesmaid and bride hug during wedding morning bridal preparations
Bride is buttoned into white wedding dress at Purbeck Valley Farm on wedding morning
Bride looks out at sunny weather as she is buttoned into her wedding dress
Bridesmaids in pink see bride in wedding dress for he first time on wedding morning
Father of the bride sees bride for the first time on wedding morning in Dorset
Beautiful blonde bride smiles at bridesmaids on wedding morning in Dorset

As the sky transformed from blue and sunny to dark and stormy a white Audi arrived outside to whisk Gemma and her father to the church.

Purbeck Valley Farm Wedding Groom Preparation Photographs

Meanwhile Murray left to join Ed and the groomsmen at Swanage pub for breakfast. The chaps were on great form, and in no time were back at home constantly joking as they donned shirts and suits. They had even managed to pass off shoe wax as hair wax with one unfortunate groomsman.

Groomsman had tie tied in an over friendly way during wedding morning preparations
Groom and his son look at each other in wedding suits on wedding morning
Groomsman nearly puts shoe wax into his hair during wedding morning preparations

After tying each other’s ties Ed gifted the chaps engraved hip flasks and they left for the ceremony. Ed looked particularly dapper in a 3 piece grey tweed suit. All the groomsmen wore matching floral ties and pocket squares.

Groomsman in three piece tweed wedding suit with floral tie and sunglasses
Gromsmen in suits looking cool walking down country lane on wedding morning

They then fixed ribbons onto their 4×4 vehicles and drove to St Nicholas’ Church in Worth Matravers. The mainly Norman stone church dates back to 1100 ad boasts some impressive stone caved chancel archways. Outside the chaps looked cool in sunglasses under the floral archway as they greeted the wedding guests. Inside ushers gave out the orders of service and seated everyone in time for Gemma’s arrival as the rain started. This was the first time we had seen rain like this since Hannah & Matty’s Morten Walled Garden wedding photographs.

Paper Doilie confetti cones pegged to wooden pallet outside church wedding venue
Grooms men in wedding suits and sunglasses outside church on sunny wedding morning
Groom in three piece grey tweed wedding suit in sunglasses outside church
Flower and foliage archway with wedding guests outside stone church wedding venue
Elderly wedding guest talks to groomsmen in church before wedding ceremony

Gemma stepped out of her wedding car. Shortly after she passed into the shelter of the church doorway the heavens opened.

Bride in white wedding dress exits wedding car under pink umbrella in the rain

Worth Matravers Church Wedding Ceremony Photographs in Dorset

We love working in old English churches they provide such an incredible mixture of detail, lighting and tonality. Working as two photographers we were easily able to capture both Gemma and Ed’s reactions as they saw each other for the first time that day.

First look photograph of bride smiling at groom as she is walked up the aisle in Church

The church was treated to a wonderful Christian wedding ceremony. Even the sound of the rain beating against the windows couldn’t stop the smiles and laughter as Gemma and Ed were married in front of their friends and family. As the couple exchanged rings the constant noise of the rain ceased. The church was illuminated with bright beams of warm sunlight through the stained glass windows.

Bride and groom first kiss in English stone church wedding in Dorset
Bride and groom embrace in church from Purbeck Valley Farm wedding photographs
Smiling son looks on parents say their vows
Newlyweds share a moment in worth Matravers church
Bride and groom come down the aisle as husband and wife

With beaming smiles the newlyweds exited the ancient church through a tunnel of confetti into the bright sunshine. After greeting many of the guests (and their dog) they took a quick stroll through Worth Matravers village to the duck pond.

Newlyweds walk through shower of confetti outside church
Newlyweds and son after ceremony at Worth Matravers
Bride and groom at duck pond in Worth Matravers

A Wedding Helicopter Ride to Purbeck Valley Farm Wedding Venue

From here the groomsmen transported the happy couple and their son to a field just outside of Swanage. As a surprise Ed had arranged for a wedding day helicopter flight. By chance it was the same helicopter I took some amazing aerial photographs of Purbeck at a recent Swanage Wedding. With yet more dark skies moving in they were quick to get airborne.

Bride and groom fly in helicopter to reception venue
Bride and groom have champagne in helicopter before flying to reception venue

Back at Purbeck Valley Farm Wedding Venue the guests arrived to a drinks reception and were busy appreciating the decorations and details. The rain turned torrential and to their surprise a helicopter landed outside. Gemma and Ed were announced into their wedding reception.

After a while and some group photographs the sun re-emerged. The marquee walls were rolled up and the wedding party ventured outside.

Wedding cake on personalised wooded base Purbeck Valley Farm wedding photographs
Brides place setting at Purbeck Valley Farm wedding photographs
Table for one at reception from Purbeck Valley Farm wedding photographs
Bride and guests outside the marquee at Purbeck Valley Farm wedding photographs
Pictures remembering grandparents from Purbeck Valley Farm wedding photographs
Flower girl and bridesmaids with umbrellas at Purbeck Valley Farm wedding photographs
Bride and groom in sunshine outside marque at Purbeck Valley Farm wedding photographs

Purbeck Valley Farm Wedding Breakfast Photographs

The wedding breakfast was amazing, Karla and her team from Cherry Catering provided a three course mouth-watering meal. Following an equally delicious dessert the wedding speeches had the guests either in stitches or tears. As the room was cleared for the evening children and adults alike played on the hay bales outside. The Horsebox bar and airstream pizza van arrived.

Bride and groom take their places for wedding breakfast at Purbeck Valley Farm wedding photographs
Guest reaction during speeches at Purbeck Valley Farm wedding photographs
Top table during father of the bride speech at Purbeck Valley Farm wedding photographs
Bride and groom during grooms speech at Purbeck Valley Farm wedding photographs
Best man delivers his speech at Purbeck Valley Farm wedding photographs
Groomsman takes round of applause at Purbeck Valley Farm wedding photographs
Flower girls play in the sunshine at Purbeck Valley Farm wedding photographs
Wedding guest with a vacuum cleaner at Purbeck Valley wedding photographs
Guest takes a selfie with face mate prop at Purbeck Valley Farm wedding photographs

Purbeck Valley Farm Wedding Evening Reception  Photographs

Evening guests started to arrive and nature put on one hell of a display. As guests enjoyed the cocktails from Horse Box Tails Bar the setting evening light and passing storm clouds mixed with artistic splendour.

Wedding marquee and dramatic sky at Purbeck Valley Farm wedding photographs
Three female guests raise a toast at Purbeck Valley Farm wedding
Flower girl in pink hat during reception at Purbeck Valley Farm wedding photographs
Bridesmaid and family pose with LOVE sign at Purbeck Valley Farm wedding photographs
Horsebox mobile bar at Purbeck Valley Farm wedding photograph
Groom gets thrown in the air by guests at Purbeck Valley Farm wedding photographs

Back inside Frankie Rudd and Social Affair along with Paul Ballet DJ had set up for the night ahead. Following a speech under the disco lights from Ed’s father the happy couple cut their wedding cake (Love Cake providing their usual cakey excellence) and headed to the dancefloor. Under the disco lighting the love birds swirled about the dancefloor. It wasn’t long before they were joined by the rest of the wedding party.

Bridesmaid and guest cheer during first dance at Purbeck Valley Farm wedding photographs
Newlyweds take there first dance as husband and wife at Purbeck Valley Farm wedding photographs
Bride and groom perform their first dance at Purbeck Valley Farm wedding photographs
Dancing, smiling bridesmaid at Purbeck Valley Farm wedding photographs
Wedding guests in floral print dresses in the conga line at Purbeck Valley Farm wedding
Conga line during reception at Purbeck Valley Farm wedding photographs
Wedding musician at Purbeck Valley Farm wedding photographs
Bridesmaid dancing with guest at Purbeck Valley Farm Wedding Photographs
Wedding guest getting down at Purbeck Valley Farm Wedding photographs
Guests throwing shapes on dance floor at Purbeck Valley Farm wedding photographs
Flower girl with umbrella at Purbeck Valley Farm wedding photographs
Bride and bridesmaid on the dance floor at Purbeck Valley Farm Wedding photographs

As Social affair rocked the night away the smell of delicious fresh pizzas (from Pizza With Love) permeated the cool night air, much as the stars penetrated the clear night sky above.

Marquee with festoon lights at Purbeck Valley farm wedding Photographs

You can see what Gemma and Ed thought of our services in their Purbeck Valley Farm Wedding Photography review here.

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