I met Clare & Nick following a referral from the very first wedding I photographed independently. It's so nice to be recommended and helps to build a strong client relationship. When I heard their wedding plans, I knew it was going to be a beautiful day and I was very excited to be shooting at their venue Chettle House. In a year with so many weddings to photograph elsewhere in the country, it was nice to be back in my home county of Dorset. The day started with Clare at a salon in Wimborne as the finishing touches were being made to her hair and a test fitting of her amazing veil. After a quick glass of bubbly (Clare and bridesmaid Lorna - not me I hasten to add), I drove them back to Clare's parents just down the road to finish getting ready.
Over to the groom Nick where my second shooter for the day - the talented and fantastic Howard Lucas - was recording his morning preparations along with his band of groomsmen. They were staying at The Museum Inn in Farnham. A Michelin Recommended establishment, the word pub seems to simple to describe what a lovely place this is. Fantastic rooms, service and according to the boys staying here, great food and beer as well.
It was then a quick drive from The Museum to Chettle House which would be our venue for the rest of the day. Chettle has it's own chapel set in the grounds of the house. Not only does this benefit logistically, it lends a very intimate and complete feel to the day.
You may have spotted some umbrellas earlier on. Rain had been forecast and we were incredibly lucky that for the morning, drinks reception and bride and groom portraits, the weather had held off. After everyone had enjoyed dinner, the clouds burst spectacularly. At one point the speeches had to be postponed because of the noise the rain was making on the roof - no one could hear anything.
With superb timing, Howard grabbed this fantastic shot of some of the boys playing out in the rain. I just love that jump from the steps and the reaction on the faces of his two friends.
Chettle House is regarded as one of the most beautiful buildings in Dorset (I know this as I have a book which says that so it must be true). With beautiful light and surroundings, it is a beautiful venue for documentary wedding photography, giving plenty of room for guests and potential for stunning portraits. Clare & Nick made tasteful choices with all of their suppliers and details to combine for a beautiful wedding.
Venue:Chettle House, Dorset