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Louisa & Mike’s Athelhampton House Wedding

Louisa & Mike’s Athelhampton House Wedding

Louisa & Mike – Athelhampton House Wedding

All wedding photographers love an Athelhampton House wedding, and I’m no different, it’s my favourite Dorset wedding venue. Louisa and Mike obviously fell in love with the place because they chose Athelhampton House for their beautiful wedding day 🙂 Louisa stayed the night before the wedding in River Cottage in the grounds of Athelhampton House. While no car is needed (it’s a 2 minute stroll form cottage to house) your wedding day offers a very good excuse to travel in style. The style in this case was a vintage Rolls Royce wedding car, beautiful, sophisticated and elegant, just like the bride.

I left Louisa and headed to the Great Hall. Mike was outside greeting the guests, and he looked every inch the well dressed, dashing groom. There was excitement and nervous laughter in the air. Mike headed into the Great Hall to wait for his wife to be, and Louisa made her entrance. After a few short words, an exchange of rings and lots of tears, they were man and wife.

Drinks and canapés in the Athelhampton House gardens

The wedding guests enjoyed drinks and canapés, and while Louisa & Mike mingled I grabbed a few candid and posed photos of their guests. Just before it was time for the wedding meal Louisa, Mike and myself took a wander around the beautiful gardens, giving me the opportunity to capture some tender moments between the bride and groom. We then headed for the stunning Oriel window and produced a collection of wonderful back-lit bridal photographs. Then it was time for food, we had a hungry bride and groom.

The wedding breakfast was served in the Coach House conservatory, affording the guests, and more importantly the photographer, lots of lovely daylight. After the food was eaten, the wine drunk and the speeches delivered, many people slipped into the warm early evening air, and Mike and his lovely wife took a walk down to the River Piddle, with yours truly in attendance. The first dance duly followed, with live music, dancing and much alcohol. Another fabulous wedding at the fabulous Athelhampton House. Thanks to Mike, Louisa for allowing me to share their wedding day, and a big shout out to all their guests for the friendly banter and entertainment.

 

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