Last Thursday saw me heading off to Shaftesbury for the first part of the wedding of Emma & Jonathan. The couple met while at Cardiff Uni, and they still live in Wales; not unusually the wedding was to be the first time we actually met (once upon a time this would have been unheard of, but now it’s really common, with pre-wedding Skype meetings the norm!).
I did manage to pop in to the wedding rehearsal the night before the wedding, so was able to see the church which I’d not visited before (The Most Holy Name & St Edward King & Martyr in Shaftesbury) and briefly greet the families.
Thursday morning I started with the girls – Emma has several sisters and a brother and the house was the usual pre-wedding bustling scene, absolutely filled with people and dresses and accessories. Emma’s maid of honour and father were in charge of the wedding flowers, and the kitchen table was an impressive construction line as buttonholes, posies and a bridal bouquet were constructed as the morning progressed. The flowers were in subtle shades of pinks, apricots and creams with an odd lilac highlight, and they perfectly complemented the bridesmaids lovely lace dresses in soft pink.
I left them sorting their finishing touches as I travelled the few minutes to the church to meet Jonathan and await the girls arrival. Emma arrived with her father – he needed a little last-minute assistance with his collar and button hole but Emma was looking gorgeous in her heavy satin gown with a beautifully embroidered fitted bodice, and full skirt falling into a train.
The small church was filled, and the service was a deeply personal one with various family members and friends officiating and included.
Once Emma & Jonathan were officially husband and wife, everyone gathered briefly outside the church before we all headed off to the village of Marnhull to find the marquee for the reception.
The guests quickly formed a confetti tunnel to greet the couple as they arrived – men on one side, women on the other, gleefully showering Emma & Joathan with proper petal confetti from the pretty confetti cones provided for them. With a short break to chat and relax with a drink, we managed the few formal photographs, and then I whisked Emma & Jonathan off for a very few minutes quiet walk before we had to head into the marquee in time for the wedding breakfast.
I finally left the party once a shiny new Mr & Mrs had twirled the dancefloor – thank you Emma & Jonathan for allowing me to be part of your lovely day.
Credit where credit is due!
Caterer – The Dorset Chef
Marquee – Oakleaf Marquees
Dress by Brides by Victoria
Shoes – Alice’s in wonderland – Men’s attire – Mos Bros
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All the rather fabuloso details from Emma and Jonathan’s lovely marquee wedding in the very beautiful Dorset countryside …