In 2015 I was invited by Sothebys to photograph an award ceremony at St Giles House in Dorset. Take some time here to read the history of this spectacular home and venue. Since 2010, tireless work to restore this most beautiful of English houses has earnt it the 2015 Historic Houses Association/Sotheby’s Restoration Award and the Historic England Angel Award, Best Rescue of a Historic Building or Site. So many of our lovely houses that I come to work in have been restored to beyond their character, losing the essence of the original design. The sensitive hand that has been applied to St Giles allows the senses to be transported through all 400 years of its being – it doesn’t take any imagination to visualise the house through it’s lifetime – the sounds, smells, visuals of original wallpapers and most importantly for me, the light is right there for feasting on. In 25 years, I’ve only felt this a couple of times at official wedding venues – here at St Giles and also at Bradley House in Wiltshire.
So, having photographed here, it was two years before I returned to photograph the wedding of Lucy and Ross. I had no pre planned ideas as to where to photograph as I knew that the house would offer delights on the day and sometimes it’s worth allowing things just to happen to keep things light and natural. Of course, the grandeur of the location did lend itself to some structure and portraits of Lucy and Ross both within the grounds and interior.
Starting at Lucy’s preparations and then sweeping down the staircase to the library with her Grandfather, Lucys Catherine Deane dress was really made for this staircase….
Then followed THE most emotional ceremony in the Library.
Inclement weather meant most of the drinks reception was held in the house, but this of course gave everyone an opportunity to explore the beautiful interior detail and made no difference to the warmth of the day amongst Lucy and Ross’s friends and family.
DP Marquees had installed one of their marquees for the wedding breakfast and celebrations. More emotion during the speeches during which we were blessed with a full rainbow over the grounds.
Lucy and Ross brought all their wine over from France and Lucy found out that if you spend around a minimum of £200 with Majestic Calais they pay for your ferry crossing. Win Win!
Catering : Sorrels Catering Wimborne
Flowers : Florabunda Blandford
Cheese : Leopard Dairy Iwerne Minster
Beauty : Blandford Beauty Centre
Marquee : DP Marquees Witchampton
Make Up: Katie Jane