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Ashton Farm Wedding of Siân and Andrew

18th August
bride and groom leave the garden

A Dorset farm wedding is one of my personal top settings for a Dorset wedding- and an Ashton Farm Wedding is pretty perfect. There’s the wedding barn, the woodland ceremony, the marquee… and of course all the hay bales, bunting and fire pits you could ask for from a farm wedding.
Below is a real wedding story of a Hayhouse farm wedding – it’s Chris & Hannah’s big day.
If you’re looking for a photographer for your own Dorset farm marquee wedding, do get in touch – I’d love to have a chat about your own plans!

Last Saturday I was able to enjoy a beautiful new wedding venue – Ashton Farm here in Dorset – for the wedding of Siân and Andrew. It had been some week for the couple – in the last seven days they had moved house from London to Dorset, started new jobs – and then of course the wedding!

Siân’s father is a keen amateur photographer, and at his request I left him to enjoy the morning with his daughter and to cover the bridal preps, starting my day by meeting up with the bridesmaids (setting the theme for the day in elegantly rustic cornflower blue) at the barn as we waited for Siân and her father. And to be fair, they arrived in style, in her dad’s flower-bedecked car playing a triumphant fanfare as they came through the gates into the farmyard!

The bridal party processed through the gardens to where the guests were seated under the trees by the pagoda where the ceremony would take place. The clouds rolled in and threatened to spoil the outdoors ceremony – but the mizzle in the air soon blew on, and we were treated to glorious summer sunshine for the rest of the day.

It was a perfect setting for the country-themed wedding – the tones were soft pinks and blues, echoed through the masses of simply wonderful flowers grown and arranged by a family friend, and the traditional handmade bunting. I noticed that the heart bunting in the barn had been filled with children’s handwriting; Siân’s class had filled it with lovely messages. The paper flower table decorations were made by Siân and a friend, as were the heart paper scrolls.

After watching Siân and Andrew exchange their rings in the sunshine and share their first kiss as husband and wife, the guests formed a confetti tunnel through the walled garden into the main barn courtyard and Siân and Andrew led the way though into the courtyard for refreshments and to finally catch up with their guests.

The Bride & Groom shared their love of gin by providing a varied gin table for the guests to enjoy, accompanied by a large table covered in a rainbow oddment of glasses and an old wheelbarrow filled with ice and tonics. Judging by the number of empties as the evening drew on this was a massively popular idea!

Throughout the wedding areas signs were hung on old garden forks to let guests know what was where. One of the barns had a camera set up for group shots, and a fork in the centre of the courtyard held the remote control for it! As the guests began to drift towards the barn to find their seats, Siân, Andrew and I escaped for a few quiet moments alone.

The speeches followed the wedding breakfast, and I learned that Siân and Andrew met online through a dating agency (both had friends write their profiles for them!). Andrew had been described as being ‘like ice cream’ – and in his speech he referred to Siân as apple pie (as it goes so well with ice cream…)!

The guests had a quiet spell to enjoy the gloriously warm evening outside while the band set up, before moving back into the barn for the couple’s first dance, and then to party away the night to the rythmn of the fab Sam Lewis Band

Thank you Siân and Andrew – I had a wonderful day, your wedding was beautiful and I wish you all the very best for the future.

Best wishes

bridesmaids enter the garden

Courtenay

bride and dad process into garden
bride and groom exchange vows
guests and family watch ceremony
bride and groom exchange rings
family and friends congratulate newlyweds
bride and groom leave the garden
bridesmaids start to form confetti tunnel
bride and groom walk through confetti tunnel
afternoon drinks reception
guests and family enjoying the sunshine
bride and groom take a gentle wander
bride and groom enjoy the gardens
some quiet time together
happy couple enjoy a moment alone
guests welcome happy couple to dine
bride and groom enter the barn
father of the bride speech
bride and groom enjoy speeches and wedding breakfast
after the breakfast and before the dancing
guests take wedding selfies
family and friends enjoy the summer evening air
bride and groom take their first dance
guests hit the dance floor
family and frinds dance the night away

Credit where credit is due

Caterers – Dorset Fine Dining

Band – Sam Lewis Band

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All the lovely details from Siân and Andrew’s wedding at Ashton Farm Barn in the heart of the Dorset countryside …