Wedding photography in Sherborne Castle, Dorset
Katie and Paul, may your marriage be filled with all the right ingredients: a heap of love, a dash of humour, a touch of romance, and a spoonful of understanding. May your joy last forever. Congratulations!
* the red car was such a fantastic detail, is there a story behind?
From the start Paul wanted to drive us to the wedding reception and didn’t want to be chauffeur driven which so many vintage cars are. We wanted a car more from the 50s and 60s which unbeknownst to Paul, fitted perfectly with my Vintage dress. The London route master bus idea came first. I’m from London originally and wanted to include a nod to London. We even got the 137 number as this was the bus my bridesmaid and I got everyday to school. It was a great coincidence that the car was red too so it matched the bus perfectly.
We had some great suppliers who I can’t recommend enough but we also had some great family and friends help. Charlotte my chief bridesmaid made the most amazing cake. Mum for painstakingly making around 30m of bunting by hand. Dad for his painting of the church for the order of service, my brother Mark for the sketch of the Orangery on our invites.
Dress : www.elizabethavey.com // Shoes : www.viviennewestwood.co.uk // Veil : www.ateliermillinery.com // Suit : www.tmlewin.co.uk // Vintage crockery and suitcases : www.vintagedorset.co.uk // Flowers : www.countryweddingsflowers.co.uk / Caterer : www.rebeccagreencatering.co.uk // Routemaster bus : www.shaftesburyanddistrict.co.uk // Car : www.vintage-classics.co.uk
* can you recommend any good source for inspiration?
I got quite obsessed with wedding blogs and they are a great way to get ideas and find suppliers. The main blogs I looked at were http://www.lovemydress.net/, http://www.boho-weddings.com/ , http://www.rocknrollbride.com/ I also bought the odd magazine but they are pricey and to be honest I preferred the ideas I found on blogs.
* The decor and the whole feel of your wedding was so cosy, warm and welcoming; how did you came up with this idea?
We wanted to make the wedding as personal as possible to us and to reflect our personalities. We didn’t want an off the shelf wedding where the venue sorts everything for you but wanted to arrange all aspects ourselves. Paul got equally involved in arranging the wedding so it became a real joint project and although a lot of hard work, we really enjoyed it. We looked at a lot of magazines and lots of blogs to get ideas and we quickly decided we liked the personal touches and where possible we wanted make things ourselves (or rope in our lovely friends and family too). I also liked the idea of having a pre loved Vintage dress rather than a run of the mill bridal gown. We also wanted a wedding that fitted the feel of Sherborne Castle and Dorset so decided on an English Country wedding with a Vintage feel. The fact it was also the year of the diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics was a bonus so out came the homemade bunting (thanks to mum) and quirky mismatched chintzy crockery. We wanted to keep it fun and not too serious. I think its too easy to get carried away what you think you should have at a wedding and the key is making it personal to you to reflect who you are. Its nice to introduce those hand made touches and it adds to the fun of planning.
* what was important for you when choosing a wedding photographer?
There were a number of local photographers in Dorset whose photo style we just weren’t keen on. We were keen to avoid too many posed group shots but wanted to keep it natural and capture people relaxed when they didn’t know the photographer was around . A friend recommended Imaginarium and as soon as we saw photos on their web site we knew this was the style of photography we were after.
* the seating chart was amazing – please tell us more.
Our seating chart just came together. We found the bird cage frame in the gift shop whilst walking around Hatfield House. While thinking about how we could use it after the wedding, Paul came up with the idea of putting the vintage bird print behind it to hang on a wall and we liked the print so much, we kept it for the wedding. We took ages trying to think of our table names and in the end settled on our favourite pubs from over the years that we had drank in with our guests.