Sarah and JJ made the choice of the beautiful village of Fontmell Magna to host their wonderful Spring wedding in Dorset. An obvious choice given Sarah’s family home is a central part of the village, in between the church and Springhead Gardens with the Fontmell Pub in between and all within walking distance.
Springhead is probably at its finest in Spring, with an abundance of cow parsley, lush vegetation & Gunnerer framing the beautiful grounds and lake.
I have penchant for cow parsley.
Nothing else quite shouts English Countryside than this, I prefer this even to Bluebells (you can’t smell scent on a photograph) and would always opt to shoot through the soft heads to create a soft natural diffuser.
The day began in Sarah’s beautiful family home which offered little pockets of light gems. At this time of the day I opt to spend the moments just observing and gently photographing before the ceremony which is when things speed up somewhat.
Sarah’s choice of dress was a simplistic chic gown from Le Suppose De Gio – embellished with pockets which I always think looks so flattering (visually pinches in the waist girls) and takes the edge off formality.
Also on hand was my top girl Lisa Standerwick who, for those who follow me, know I work with on varied projects for Aveda Salon, Sloanes . Lisa is a go to for bridal hair, a specialist and quite the artist when putting hair up..Also amongst the dream team was Alex – PlayMotion Visuals for creating a film of the day for Sarah and JJ.
Freshly painted and revitalised, the accommodation at Springhead has been transformed into a great place for visitors to stay and where JJ and his groomsmen got ready. Given the locality, this made it easy for me to run between venues before heading to church. (FY(useless)I – I hit my record of 24k steps on this wedding!)
One of my favourite images of a wedding, one that truly depicts English weddings, is when the bride and groom lead the party through the village after the ceremony. The villagers are out in force to see the procession and it has such a feel of romanticism and festivity. So given the weather was so lovely, everyone made the half mile or so walk from Fontmell Church to Springhead gardens
Drinks in the garden, a few family photographs and some welcome time away for Sarah and JJ in the grounds, made for some lovely moments for me. The marquee on the lawn aside the lake, was embellished with lights and long banquet tables, fabulous flowers and those details that make aesthetic come together so beautifully. Kick starting the wedding breakfast with a game of Heads n Tails followed by speeches and an incredible feast, the evening finished with dancing until late. I think they raised the roof.