Catherine & Tristan – Mapperton Gardens, Dorset

Back in the summer of….well, 2014, I spent a night in a B&B above a pub, in a little place called Nettlecombe, Dorset. You know, one of those places where the fog sets in as soon as you get to the single lane tracks, with hedgerows higher than the BFG either side and the deer in your headlights look like…..well, a deer in the headlights. It was a spooky entrance to say the least…

Anyway, I wasn’t there for the ambiance, I was there to photograph Catherine & Tristan’s wedding the next day – and amazingly, the fog burned away, the rain held, and the sun beamed the next morning ready for a spectacular day in spectacular surroundings.

Aside from Hereford, Dorset is fast becoming one of my ‘go-to’ locations for a UK holiday. It has some truly beautiful villages and amazing countryside. Catherine and Tristan had decided to marry at St Mary the Virgin Church, Powerstock. A stunning church in a stunning location. Unfortunately the rules state that no photography is to happen during the ceremony, which is why you wont see any of the classics (exchange of rings, first kiss etc) below. I was however able to capture entrance, exit and signing of the register.

I met with Tristan before the ceremony while he, the boys, and other guests enjoyed a ‘swift half’ in the local. As you can see, they were all great characters! Shooting reportage throughout the morning, I captured the boys having fun, Catherine’s arrival with her girls, the church proceedings and a beautifully long line of confetti throwers! We then made our way to their reception venue….the incredible Mapperton Gardens in Beaminster.

The gardens were so beautiful, and there were so many locations, that it would have been a shame not to try and cover it all, so Catherine & Tristan were more than happy to spend a good amount of time walking around with me while we captured the couple shots. Then after some drinks and nibbles we had plenty of fun shooting the group shots – I think this will come across in the photos below!

The day progressed perfectly from here with croquet on the lawn, an original table plan, the perfect marquee with a delicious buffet style spread of local produce, speeches, rapping from the best men, cake cutting, first dance, music, fun, laughter and tears. And laughter, did I mention laughter?

I left after the first dance and although being about 3 hours from home, I had THE BEST journey home imaginable. The sunset was glorious and I’d been totally immersed in happy emotions all day. Windows down, country air, and another successful wedding….what more could a photographer want!

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