St.Giles House Wedding
We originally met Andrew + Alice at Robyn + Shane’s London Wedding back in 2016. When they contacted us last year to ask us to shoot their St.Giles House Wedding we were well up for the journey to Dorset. We chatted with Alice + Andrew and discovered that Wimbourne St.Giles ia a small village in Dorset. This is where Alice spent most of her childhood. It was the only place that Alice + Andrew wanted to get married and when we arrived in the village on the day we could see why. Alice got ready at her parents home and Andrew was just a short drive away in a beautiful and quirky hotel.
The church was a beautiful stereotypical cute village church right in the heart of the village. There was the most beautiful flower arch around the entrance which was created by Alice’s talented friend. It looked and the scent was amazing! When we arrived there was a gathering of village residents as they were all excited to see Alice + Andrew get married. Alice pulled up at the church entrance in her friends dad’s beautiful VW Beetle car in the gorgeous sunshine.
Cycling through Confetti
The ceremony was conducted by the village priest and everyone from the village huddled into this historic building to see the two exchange their vows. Once the ceremony was completed everyone headed onto the green where they grabbed a drink to cool down, getting the wedding celebrations started. After a good 30 minutes or so it was time to leave the green and head to St.Giles House which was only a short walk from the church. Everyone lined the walkway to throw confetti over A+A. To the surprise of everyone, they didn’t walk or even run through the confetti line. They decided to cycle on two cool old skool bikes. Not a slow cycle through, these guys meant business. The competitive side came out of A+A and they raced through the tunnel and headed onto St.Giles House to grab a drink and greet everyone on arrival.
When everyone arrived at St.Giles House everyone was blown away by how stunning the venue was. When you walk through the garden there are the most stunning flowers, chairs, status and many more hidden gems. The house is incredible. The rooms have the most amazing wallpaper and recently restored to perfection. The massive renovation has kept it’s charm and grace. It’s just the most amazing place to hold your Country House Wedding. The canapés were shared and the drinks flowed while we headed off with A+A to a secret shell cave.
St.Giles House Secret Shell Cave
A+A told us all about the St Giles House shell grotto and decided we had to head there to take their couple portraits. Basically the Shell Grotto is hidden in the grounds of St.Giles House. It’s a grotto that is full from top to bottom of sea shells. It’s hard to describe but it is stunning. We have never shot in a place like this before and it was ace!
After spending a short time with these guys around the grounds of St.Giles we headed back to the house where the speeches were held. With the amazing heatwave we have had this summer, we have noticed the rise in outdoor speeches. Just like this one. Outdoor Speeches are our absolute favourite! Everyone gathers round to listen, you have everyones attention, the light is so lovely and it really gives us creative license to shoot some different angles, if you’re reading this and thinking it sounds good well we can honestly say it’s MEGA!! Once the speeches were completed everyone headed into St.Giles House to eat the amazing food served by Bread and Roses.
The Dancing Cave
There is another amazing room at St.Giles House that absolutely blew us away. We called it ‘the dancing cave’. It’s a cellar room below the house that is what we can only described as a nightclub basement with a speakeasy style. IT IS AMAZING. It is the coolest place to dance, the DJ mixes the choons in an old barrel which apparently Richard III was once smuggled in, the sound system was on point and the lighting down there was unreal. There were a lot of shapes being thrown, clothes removed and a lot of sweaty bodies. These guys partied and partied hard! Just what we like.
It was a truly amazing day and a massive thank you for Alice + Andrew for having us along to shoot your St.Giles House Wedding. Here are a selection of our faves…
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