Studland Bay House Wedding Photographs with Amanda & Mike
You will remember Amanda and Mike as the fun-loving couple from their Studland Beach Engagement Photographs. We had been waiting for their Studland Bay House Wedding to come around for what seems like ages. We had no idea just how fun-filled a day this Autumn themed wedding would be. A wedding full of love and laughter.
I headed up the road to Studland Bay House through the early morning’s sea mist.
I’m not quite sure how best to describe Amanda and Mike’s choice of Dorset wedding venue. Studland Bay House is a stunning fully restored Edwardian country manor. Located in acres of landscaped gardens and mature woodland it has one of the most enviable positions in the UK. Overlooking Studland Bay and Harry’s Rocks it sits right on the Purbeck coast in Dorset.
Studland Bay House Wedding Venue in The Autumn
Upon my arrival at this stunning venue I could immediately see a mass of bunting that the chaps had erected the previous evening. Inside wedding details were abundant. Handmade orders of service and autumnal coloured confetti greeted me into the grand oak panelled hallway. Family photos of the couple had been hung on fishing nets in the marquee entrance.
The marquee joining the house and garden was in itself breath-taking. There stood a ‘table plan ladder’ in which were more photos of the wedding couple and the incredibly apt phrase “live, love, laugh”. Orange Chinese lanterns and sashes hung from the ceiling. Each table was decorated with candles on log slices, sea shells and orange flowers. Most noticeable was the clear ‘window’ panel at the back of the marquee. This would allow guests to enjoy their wedding breakfast overlooking the woodland and sea.
Bridal Preparation Photographs at Studland Bay House
Upstairs I found Amanda and the girls already busy with the morning’s preparations in a huge en suite bedroom. All in attendance were incredibly upbeat and Amanda’s infectious enthusiasm took over. I have never laughed so much on a wedding morning.
Hair and makeup were expertly styled by a couple of gorgeous friends in the mirrors of the grand dressing table. The natural light coming in through the balcony doors was utilised not only to show off the stunning wedding dress but to apply makeup.
A calm quiet now emanated from Amanda as she had her makeup gently applied, sat on the bed overlooking the sea. I noticed that Mike would have scored some serious brownie points with a beautiful Leo Diamond necklace wedding morning present.
With the discovery of nostalgic clubbing tunes on the TV Amanda’s bridesmaids and niece made an appearance and the champagne flowed. So fun was the mood of the morning that celebratory dancing about the room with friends was called for.
Amanda was then laced into her ivory detailed backless trumpet wedding dress. Still sporting a huge grin she looked absolutely breath-taking.
With perfect timing Amanda’s father arrived to collect her and she elegantly descended the carved oak staircase. Outside a friend had donned his driver’s hat and proceeded to take Amanda and her father to church.
Documentary Groom Preparation Photographs
Meanwhile Murray headed across the Sandbanks Ferry to Parkstone to find the chaps full of a breakfast and trying to watch rugby on the TV (the Australia Vs England coincided with the first dance).
The three best men were sporting matching orange cravats and Mike a white one, all with matching waist coats. The rings and button-hole were being kept until the last possible moment safe with Amanda.
Once the lads had packed the car they headed for the Sandbanks Ferry. Waiting for the chain ferry to arrive from The Isle of Purbeck provided time for some unusual photos by the water’s edge. Once on the ferry they headed upstairs for the panoramic view of Poole Harbour.
Next Mike popped into see his grandparents to drop off their button holes and headed to the Bankes Arms in Studland. After a quick pint, welcoming guests at the pub it was time to walk along the footpath to St Nicolas’ church in Studland.
Outside the 12th Century english countryside church stood a huge autumnal coloured flower arch by Bloom Florist.
Once all the guests had taken their places Mike waited for his bride to arrive. Mikes ‘serious face’ dissolved as her saw his gorgeous bride. Throughout the service Mike and Amanda couldn’t keep their eyes off each other, with beaming grins. Mike’s sister led with readings and we were able to cover the ceremony from both the choir stalls and rear balcony. As the register was signed another talented friend entertained the guests with a violin piece.
Outside in the bright sunshine Amanda and Mike left to walk a gauntlet of showering confetti. We took the opportunity to organise a few group shots against the background of the ancient Purbeck stone church.
Whilst the guests arrived at Studland Bay House for a wedding drinks reception and canapés we met the happy couple for some photographs overlooking the sea. Mike took us all for a drive into the woods! Here the ground was blanketed with the many shades of autumnal leaves and the trees had begun to put on their seasonal Technicolor display.
Studland Bay House Wedding Reception Photographs
Back at the drinks reception the guests were joined by their bride and groom. The sounds of laughter and happy chatting echoed throughout the grounds. We gathered the larger groups for some really enthusiastic photographs and Amanda threw her bouquet with style.
Studland Bay House Wedding Breakfast Photographs
As the chill of the evening started to creep into the air the guests were called into wedding breakfast and were greeted in a ‘line up’ by the wedding party. All were treated to the amazing tasty skills of Mike Ferguson catering. You can always tell when the food is good at a wedding by the change in volume. It was as if somebody dialled down the marquee from a raucous 11 to 0!
This is typically the part of the day that we get some time to eat and rest. With cameras in hand we couldn’t resist capturing the incredible sunset that seemed to be setting the sky on fire above the guests as they enjoyed their wedding breakfast.
Under the dark orange glow of the Chinese lanterns the well fed guests were then treated to the evening’s speeches. With some tears, laughter and a little humiliation a good number of toasts were called.
Now I have not mentioned the cakes, which probably deserve their own blog post. Sat upon three tiers of cut wood slices were the most gorgeous looking (and tasting!) autumnal cupcakes from Miss Natties Cup Cakes. Amanda and Mike cut their cake to a standing ovation.
Studland Bay House Wedding Evening
Teas and coffees were served and an adjoining marquee was opened. Fairy lights hung from the ceiling and the walls were lit with disco lights around a dance floor. 4 To The Floor wedding band had set up and introduced the first dance. After a comical ‘warm up’ Amanda and Mike came together to show off their dancing prowess surrounded by their friends and family.
Before leaving the happy couple (and their equally happy wedding party) to dance the night away we took a stroll around the gardens and woodland, capturing the glowing marquees against the dark night sky.
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