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

View of Studland Bay House WeddingUpon 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.

Marquee at Studland Bay House Wedding

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.

Bride has hair done at Studland Bay House WeddingBride in the mirror at Studland Bay House Wedding Morning Laughter at Studland Bay House WeddingA 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.

Present from groom at Studland Bay House Wedding Hair and Make up at Studland Bay House WeddingWith 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.

Champagne on morning of Studland Bay House Wedding Make up Artist at Studland Bay House Wedding  Baby at Studland Bay House WeddingEvery time we see her work I say that Tor from Bloom Floristry has again outdone herself. This morning was no exception. The autumnal flower wands and nest set bouquet were incredible.

Bride with bouquet at Studland Bay House WeddingAs Amanda had her hair finished complete with tiara, her bridesmaids donned their orange dresses.

Amanda was then laced into her ivory detailed backless trumpet wedding dress. Still sporting a huge grin she looked absolutely breath-taking.

Into the dress at Studland Bay House Wedding Wedding Dress at Studland Bay House Guests and Bride at Studland Bay House Wedding Bride sits on bed at Studland Bay House Wedding  Perfume applied at Studland Bay House Wedding Bride at Studland Bay House Wedding Bridesmaids kiss Bride at Studland Bay House WeddingWith 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.

Father of the bride at Studland Bay House Wedding Bride descends staircase at Studland Bay House Wedding

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.

Groomsman on morning of Wedding Groom prepares before Studland Bay House Wedding One Groomsman at Studland Bay House Wedding Groom and Groomsmen at Studland Bay House WeddingOnce 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.

Team photo before Studland Wedding Drinks at the ferry Studland Bay House Wedding Groom and groomsmen walk at harbor entrance Waiting for the ferry at Studland Bay House WeddingA quick stop off at Studland bay house saw them pick up the rings and button holes and organise signs wooden wedding signs. All whilst making sure that Mike didn’t get a glimpse of his bride.

Groomsman with signs at Studland Bay House WeddingNext 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.

Groom at Studland Bay House WeddingEnglish Countryside Church Wedding Photographs

Outside the 12th Century english countryside church stood a huge autumnal coloured flower arch by Bloom Florist.

Groom enters the church Studland Bay House WeddingOnce all the guests had taken their places Mike waited for his bride to arrive. Groom and Best man at Studland Bay House Wedding Bridal party arrive at ChurchMikes ‘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. Inside the church at Studland Bay House WeddingMike’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.

From Church balcony at Studland Bay House Wedding Couple embrace at Studland Bay House Wedding Walking down the aisle at Studland Bay House WeddingOutside 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.

Confetti at Studland Bay House Wedding Confetti on dress at Studland Bay House Wedding Newlyweds outside at Studland Bay House WeddingAutumnal Seaside Wedding Couple Photographs

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.

Newlyweds at Studland Bay House Wedding

Couple Kiss at Studland Bay House Wedding

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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. Kiss at Studland Bay House Wedding Guests on lawn at Studland Bay House WeddingDrinks reception at Studland Bay House Wedding Sharing a joke at Studland Bay House WeddingWe gathered the larger groups for some really enthusiastic photographs and Amanda threw her bouquet with style.  Newlyweds above the guests in Studland Couple pose with guests at Studland Bay House Wedding Black and white image at Studland Bay House Wedding Throwing the bouquet at Studland Bay House Wedding Laughter at Studland Bay House Wedding Guests in the garden at Studland

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!

Top table guests at Studland Bay House Wedding  Table plan at Studland Bay House Wedding 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.

Sunset at Studland Bay House WeddingUnder 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.

Lanterns at Studland Bay House WeddingNow 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.

Cup Cakes at Studland Bay House Wedding

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.

Bride on the dance floor Studland Bay House Wedding Dancing couple at Studland Bay House Wedding First dance at Studland Bay House WeddingWe have never seen a dance floor fill so fast or remain so full for the rest of the evening – these guys were really enjoying themselves.

Dancing with the bride at Studland Bay House Wedding Kissing guests at Studland Bay House Wedding Guests dance at Studland Bay House WeddingBefore 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.

Lit up marquee at Studland Bay House Wedding


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