We had met Alex and Alison at the church the night before their wedding for the rehearsal. Whenever possible we like to do this as it gives us the opportunity to meet the bridal party before the big day. The day had been cold and grey and we hoped that this would change for the wedding day.
The day dawned and it was looking good, September seems to be the month for good weather!
We arrived at bride’s home to find everything under control, hair and make-up was well under way. The flowers arrived so we got on with photographing the preparations, dress and so on.
Alison and her bridesmaids were ready early which is quite unusual but very welcome. It’s so nice not having to rush through this part of the day.
We headed off to meet the groom, bestman and ushers at the church, St John’s Bere Regis, before the bride arrived.
Alison’s arrival was prompt thanks to John who drove her to church, John and Barbara are friends of the family and were delighted to provide the car (champagne for the journey to the reception as well!), we had time for a few photos before she was escorted by The Reverend Ian Woodward up the church path and down the aisle to Judy (Alison’s mum) who was waiting to give her away.
The church had been decorated with flowers by Valarie another friend of the family.
After the ceremony the formal family photographs were taken outside the church door and confetti was thrown before going on to the reception at Athelhampton House.
We took the bridal party into one of the gardens for a few photos before heading of for a quick trip of the gardens with just the bride and groom.
The couple returned to their guests for a photograph with everyone and a few with some friends before greeting everyone in a line up.
The reception area had been decorated with flowers by Wendy, another friend of the family.
As with many weddings nowadays the speeches were before the meal with all the usual thank yous, some ridiculing of the groom by the bestman which ended of course with some true sincerity of good wishes for the happy couple’s future together. No doubt all of this was captured on video by Duncan (Alison’s cousin).
Alex and Alison are now enjoying their honeymoon in Sorrento, we hope you enjoy it there as much as we did, we found it a truly romantic place and it would be idlylic for a honeymoon. We wish you all the very best for your future together as husband and wife.
We would like to thank Owen from Athelhampton house for the food and attention that he gave us, it was very much appreciated and nice to be made to feel welcome.