Marnhull Dorset Marquee Wedding of Emma & Jonathan

23rd August
bride and groom together

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.

bride prepares

groom gets his button hole

bride walks to church

bride and father prepare to enter church

bridesmaid holds the brides dress

view of the wedding from above in church

wedding vows at the alter

wedding blessing prayers

fathers shake hands in church service

bride and groom exit church

wedding guests and family congregate outside church

wedding guests arrive at reception

bride and groom walk through confetti tunnel

guests listen to speeches

father of the bride gives speech

grooms wedding speech to guests

bridesmaid in a top hat

happy couple take a romantic stroll together

happy couple through the field gate

bride and groom take some quite time together

bride and groom together

bride and groom head back to marquee

bride feeds groom wedding cake

guests watch the first dance

couple take first dance

bride and groom on the dance floor

happy couple dance in front of family and friends

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 …