Smedmore House Wedding Photographs With Aimee & Jack

Having met with this lovely couple a few times before their wedding day we were very excited to see their winter wedding plans come to fruition and create their Smedmore House wedding photographs. Overlooking Kimmeridge Bay in Dorset this stunning 15th-century country house wedding venue is less than 7 miles from our office. We know it well and love its unique character.

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Wedding Morning Groom Preparation Photographs

Our Smedmore House wedding photographs actually started at the Springfield Hotel in Wareham. Here we met Jack and his groomsmen for breakfast. There were some ‘serious’ discussions about the big day plan of attack before everyone disappeared to get wedding-ready. Donning wedding suits with matching burgundy ties they all met for a swift drink before heading to Smedmore house.

Groom prepares for Smedmore House wedding
Groom smiles at himself in a hotel bathroom mirror during wedding morning preparation photographs by one thousand words photography
Groom gets fresh air on balcony before Smedmore House wedding
Best man and groomsmen enjoy drink at hotel bar before Smedmore House wedding
Groom and groomsmen enjoy drink hotel bar before Smedmore House wedding
Documentary wedding photograph of smart groom smiling on wedding morning with a pint of beer in the hotel bar
Groomsman fools with top hats before country house wedding
Groom and groomsmen leave hotel for Smedmore House wedding

Smedmore House Wedding Preparation Photographs

Arriving early to create these Smedmore House wedding photographs we were greeted by Polly Smith, the wedding planner from Blue Bay Events (and Jack’s sister). Clutching her clipboard and walkie talkie she looked ready for action. We, therefore, had to remind her that her primary job for the day was to be one of the four bridesmaids! In the wonderful bridal suite hairdressers and MUA extraordinaire Cat Mutter was getting the ladies ready for the big day. The stunning wedding flowers from Charlotte Trim Floristry were almost as colourful as the huge rainbow outside.

Red and pink roses sat among green and red foliage and game bird feathers in bridal bouquet photograph by one thousand words photography
Mother of the bride during morning preparations at country house wedding
Bride in doorway at Smedmore House wedding venue looks out at rainbow

The bridesmaids and flower girl moved from room to room providing helping hands where needed. The bridal prep really was a team effort. Now looking stunning in their burgundy bridesmaids dresses they helped Aimee into her beautiful wedding dress. The wedding marquee supplied by Chique Marquees was in the rear garden, sheltered from the elements. The groomsmen were busy moving outdoor heaters and directing traffic.

Wedding detail photograph of angry looking stuffed taxidermy hare's head on country house wedding venue wall decor
Bride and flower girl during Smedmore House wedding morning
Bride has makeup styled at Smedmore House wedding photographs
Bride and bridesmaid at Smedmore House wedding morning photographs
Bride with bridesmaids and flower girl on Smedmore House wedding morning
Smiling Bride Has Makeup Styled During Wedding Morning Preparation Photographs
Mother of groom with hat before country house wedding
Posing flower girl during country house wedding morning
Bridesmaid has makeup styled at Smedmore House wedding morning photographs
Bride and mother from Smedmore House wedding morning
Bridesmaids in burgundy dresses in mirror at Smedmore House wedding
Bride looking mirror while bridesmaids assists on Smedmore House wedding morning
Bridesmaids help bride with dress on Smedmore House wedding morning
Smiling bride is laced into her classic style wedding dress at Smedmore House Dorset countryside wedding venue
Bride laughs with registrar at Smedmore House wedding photographs
Bridesmaid adjusts brides veil Smedmore House wedding morning
Smedmore House wedding photographs of bride wedding ready in white dress and veil sitting in bridal preparation room by one thousand words
Groom and best man walk up driveway Smedmore House wedding venue
Smedmore House wedding photographs of clear span marquee in the rear garden at a country house wedding venue in Dorset
Marquee decorations at Smedmore House wedding venue
Silver and diamond wedding rings with reflection on ornate polished wooden table photograph

Morning tasks completed they greeted guests as they began to arrive. The registrars arrived and began the paperwork with Jack and his best man. They then found refuge in the kitchen to enjoy one last drink before the ceremony.

Best man and groom Enjoy last drink in kitchen before Smedmore House wedding ceremony
Groom and best man await arrival of bridal party Smedmore House marquee wedding
Shocked looking bald Scottish man with beer bottle photographed during marquee wedding drinks reception by one thousand words
Bride is greeted by father at Smedmore House wedding photographs
Bride, bridesmaids and father of the bride Enter marquee at Smedmore House wedding

 Marquee Wedding Ceremony Photographs

This was the first time that Smedmore House wedding photographs had been taken in a marquee in the walled garden. Soon the marquee filled and guests awaited the arrival of the bridal party. Flower girls and bridesmaids led the way escorted by groomsmen. Aimee arrived with a huge grin on her face walking in arm in arm with her father.

Groom looks towards entrance at Smedmore House marquee wedding
Documentary photograph of Bride and groom laughing at each other during Smedmore House marquee wedding ceremony in Dorset
Reading delivered at country house marquee wedding ceremony
Bride and groom react to reading at Smedmore House marquee wedding ceremony
Groomsmen and father of groom during Smedmore House wedding ceremony
Young guests strain to get a better look at Smedmore House wedding marquee ceremony
Bride and groom make their promises Smedmore House marquee wedding ceremony
Front row reaction during Smedmore House wedding ceremony
Groomsman delivers reading during Smedmore House marquee wedding ceremony
Best man and groom share a moment during Smedmore House wedding ceremony
Bride and groom first kiss Smedmore House wedding marquee ceremony
First kiss reactions at Smedmore House marquee wedding ceremony
Father of the bride shakes hand of son in-law to be at Smedmore House marquee wedding ceremony
Smedmore House Dorset country house indoor wedding civil ceremony photograph with chandelier reflection and laughing wedding party
Smedmore House wedding photographs of cheeky bride in white wedding dress adjusting veil by one thousand words photographers in Dorset
Black and white groom portrait by window from Smedmore House wedding photographs
Guests shower newlyweds with confetti Smedmore House wedding
Emotional moment photographed as tearful female wedding guest wipes away the tears at wedding marquee drinks reception
Documentary wedding photograph of string trio playing music in wedding marquee drinks reception with red carpet
Photograph of two tiered iced naked wedding cake with red roses and red and pink macaroons
The Guvnor red wine bottle close up detail photograph on wedding breakfast table with wicker hampers and wine glasses
Floral table centerpieces from Smedmore House wedding
Groomsman helps bride with dress at Smedmore House wedding
Groom and mother outside Smedmore House on wedding day
View of Kimmeridge Bay Dorset coast in the mist from Smedmore House wedding group photographs by one thousand words photography

The happy couple made their promises to each other after readings from family and friends. The bridal party and close family then headed into the house for the ‘official ceremony’. This completed, the bridal party soon the guests outside armed with confetti. The newlyweds’ then stepped out as husband and wife as handfuls of confetti rained down on them. We had just enough time before the heavy rain came to capture a small number of group photos. After some indoor photos of the bridal party, everyone was asked to take their places for the speeches.

Groomsmen joking around during group photographs at marquee reception
Groomsman tries land top hat on head at Smedmore House wedding
Happy bride portrait photograph surrounded by bridesmaids in red dresses at drinks reception by one thousand words documentary photographers
Documentary wedding photographs at Smedmore House marquee of wedding party playing with each others hair
Groom takes drink from hip flask Smedmore House wedding reception
Smedmore House wedding photographs of bride and groom on marquee stage with giant wooden love letters by one thousand words photography
Bride hides behind floral bridal bouquet at Smedmore House wedding
Young wedding guest has a hug from mum during Smedmore House wedding breakfast
Portrait photograph of happy smiling guest during white wedding marquee wedding reception by one thousand words wedding photography
Happy wedding guests in navy suit and red tie at marquee wedding reception photo by one thousand words documentary wedding photography
Here comes the father groom at Smedmore House wedding reception
Bride, bridesmaid and groomsman discussion during marquee reception at Smedmore House
Mother of the bride hides from photographer at marquee wedding reception
Bride and groom about to enter marquee at Smedmore House wedding
Newlyweds enter marquee at county house wedding reception

Smedmore House Wedding Photographs of Wedding Speeches And Breakfast

First of all Aimee’s father kicked things off the wedding speeches with stories of Aimee growing up. This was followed by an ‘off the cuff’ speech from Jack himself, who did not forget to thank everyone involved in the big day. The best man then brought the speeches to a close resulting in laughter and applause.

Father of the bride delivers speech at Smedmore House marquee wedding reception
Bridal reaction during fathers speech at Smedmore House marquee wedding reception
Photograph of father of the bride raising a drinks toast during Smedmore House wedding marquee speeches
Father of the groom reaction during speech at Smedmore House wedding marquee reception
Groom delivers speech at Smedmore House wedding reception
Bridesmaid cries during Smedmore House wedding speech
Groom dries his eyes during speech at Smedmore House wedding
Top table as Best man delivers speech at Smedmore House marquee wedding reception
Groom gets emotional during speech at Smedmore House wedding

Wedding breakfast was served to each table with amazing platters by James and the team from The Salt Pig. At the conclusion of the wedding breakfast, a dividing curtain was pulled up to reveal the stage and dance floor at the far end of the marquee.

Smedmore House Wedding Photographs Of Evening Entertainment

Wedding band The Generations completed their soundcheck. Next, the new Mr and Mrs Smith took to the dance floor for their first dance. Guests surrounded the dance floor and were almost immediately invited to join them. After which some serious shapes were thrown and before you knew it there was a bridesmaid dong the worm!

Groom dances with flower girl at Smedmore House marquee wedding reception
Bride carries flower girl during Smedmore Marquee wedding reception
Cute child wedding guest with cuddly toy on wedding dance floor under blue disco lights
Laughing bride with walkie talkie during country house wedding reception
Guests embrace during Smedmore House marquee wedding reception
Laughing groomsmen during marquee wedding reception
Newlyweds first dance at country house marquee wedding
Bride and groom take first dance at Smedmore House marquee wedding reception
Bridesmaids and groomsmen dance during Smedmore House marquee wedding reception
Groomsman and bridesmaid dance at Smedmore House wedding reception

Meanwhile, keeping the crowd fueled with tasty beverages were the team from The Paddock Mobile Bar. The band blasted out some classic sing-a-long tracks which had everyone bouncing on the dance floor. To one side of the dance floor, a wedding photo booth had been set up from Picture That Booth. During a drinks break, the bride and groom were able to have a moment in the main doorway for some night time Smedmore House wedding photographs.

The Generations Band play guitar under disco lighting at Smedmore House marquee wedding evening reception
Dancing guests at Smedmore House marquee wedding reception
Documentary wedding photograph of happy smiling blonde wedding guest dancing under blue disco lights in wedding marquee
Groom and best man dancing during Smedmore marquee wedding evening
Night time bride and groom Smedmore House wedding photographs
Break dancing bridesmaid showing her moves at Smedmore marquee wedding reception
Mother of the bride dancing at Marquee wedding reception
Dancing guest in blue dress at Smedmore Marquee wedding evening
Garden marquee at night from Smedmore House wedding
Illuminated wedding marquee in garden at Smedmore House

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