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WEDDING BLOG

Ethereal DIY Wedding in Dorset, England

January 15, 2015 | nicole

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A wedding as ethereal as this must be an actual fairy tale. Vanessa and Steffen looked like princess and prince as they exchanged vows at their wedding in Dorset, England. The pair were engaged for three years before saying I Do, giving them ample time to plan and collect decor for their dream wedding. Along with decor, Vanessa and Steffen collected a team of the best wedding professionals Northern England has to offer, including Samuel Docker Photography. Samuel beautifully captured the enchanting wedding celebration and the results will have you daydreaming for the rest of the week.

The Couple:

Vanessa and Steffen

The Wedding:

Plush Manor, Dorset, England

The Inspiration:

After years of being engaged, I had pretty clear ideas of what I liked and didn’t like, and I realized that trying to sum up the wedding theme as if it were a brand essence was not going to work — I wanted a little bit of all the things we like to be present in a way or another at the wedding, even if that meant not always being consistent. So we created and bought pretty much everything ourselves, from the stationery to the table centerpieces, including most of the flowers, some of the food, and all the decoration.

There was no color scheme per se, however we kept away from harsh or bright colors and opted for soft pinks, white, purple, green, grey and gold hues instead. All in all, our wedding reflected who we are – our love of good food, wine and champagne, old books and vintage decoration, mixed with pretty flowers, romantic candles and glitter for a touch of glamour. Altogether, this created a rather whimsical and feminine but also vintage and pared down look for the day.

I wanted my own look to make a similar statement, and so I worked with the dress designer, make-up artist and florist to pull together an ethereal yet elegant look. One thing I am particular proud of is how I partly designed a gorgeous dress with the team at Naomi Neoh Studio, in a very light blush color which suited my (very) fair skin better than usual ivory tones. The dress had structure and a full skirt, but the silk chiffon was flowing very nicely as I moved around (contrary to many other dresses I had tried on which seemed to have a life of their own) and the lace sleeves were soft and comfortable. Steffen, on the other hand, looked very dapper all day and night in a fitted three-piece Hugo Boss suit and brown accessories. I seriously think he out-shone the bride!

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The Moments:

I bet a lot of people say the same thing, but the ceremony ended up being the most emotional, memorable, magical part of the day. We had an Anglican Church wedding, in a small village church we’ve attended for a little less than a year now. The village we married in, Piddlehinton, is set amongst the rolling hills of Dorset (about 3 hours southwest of London). Some of the village inhabitants and regular churchgoers joined us for the ceremony, which made it all the more special to us as they’d welcomed us so well into their community.

The Couple Recommends:

Our florist Jessie was the most organized, thoughtful, reliable person I’ve ever dealt with, and she and her team are extremely talented. Our caterers Red Herring impressed us all day long – the food was unbelievably high-standard. I would not expect more from a fancy restaurant and they pulled all of this despite our very last-minute arrangements. And finally, Sam our photographer was a delight to work with. Everyone loved him and realized how great a difference it makes when your wedding suppliers seem to enjoy the day too and have their share of fun.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Samuel Docker Photography
Ceremony Venue – Piddlehinton Church
Reception Venue – Plush Manor
Floral Design – West Dorset Wedding Flowers
Catering – Red Herring
Live Music – The Sparks
Hair & Makeup Artist – Makeup by Jodie
Wedding Dress – Noami Neoh
Groom’s Apparel – Hugo Boss

Thanks to Samuel Docker for sharing this glamorous wedding in Dorset with Junebug! Love Sam’s photography as much as we do? You’ve got to see Holly and Simon’s rustic organic farm wedding.

xoxoNicole

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3 Comments

  1. The film colors here are so delicate, intimate and incredibly lovely. It’s like a whisper. Gorgeous photos!

  2. Stunning Wedding! Awesome work Sam, loved the bridal portraits!

  3. Sweet and cute couple elegant wedding photography . I also love such romantic photography . Thanks for sharing these with us.

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