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Mrs and Mrs Whittaker

Morgan and I recently had the pleasure of attending one of the most fun and unique weddings we have been to- and we wanted to share it with you to give you some fantastic ideas for how to make your wedding more “you” like these brides did. 

The layout of the day followed a pretty traditional set up, with bridal prep followed by the ceremony and then ending the day with the reception. 

I joined Sophie for her bridal prep at Boringdon Hotel, a building full of character and quirks. Being a luxury hotel, everything in here was gorgeous, from the small details like the ornaments to the furniture, and I made sure we utilised the surroundings in the relaxed bridal prep. Despite the thunder and lightening outside, Sophie and her bridesmaids were excited for the day ahead and had a good laugh whilst helping each other with hair and makeup. 

At the same time as bridal prep was happening at Boringdon, Morgan was with the other bride Annelie as they set up their reception venue ready for the evening. These guys chose The Stable to host their party, and the bride and her brideswomen spent their time laying out unique dinosaur and animal peacemakers on long wooden tables ready for their evening guests. Small details like these are where you can really personalise your wedding and capture some of your essence, as well as making your day truly yours. The Stable also helped calm nerves by offering a small cocktail making session, creating fun memories in the lead up to the day. 

When it was time for the ceremony, thunder and lightening had subsided, leaving strong winds and sudden bursts of heavy rain. This didn’t deter our brides, as Morgan waited in the stunning Mount Batten Tower with Annelie, and Sophie got ready to go in and show everyone her dress for the first time. One ingenious thing that I’ve never seen before but must recommend to everyone are these amazing see through ponchos the bridal party wore on their walk to Mount Batten Tower. These ponchos were see through, so as not to ruin the aspect of the outfits they had or the photos, but helped battle the wind and rain away from such important (and dare I say expensive) clothing. They also made for some very silly windy photos, which when your job is to capture candid images like mine, creates great opportunity! 

Once in the tower, a venue that looks like it belongs in a fairy tail with its rugged stone walls and wooden floors, lined with candles the brides had placed to add a breathtaking atmosphere to the venue. This is easily one of the most beautiful venues we have been to, and allowing for more intimate ceremonies it’s perfect for that happy ever after style ceremony on a smaller scale as it only seats a dozen or so. 

Due to the weather, we had to stick inside for the couple and group photos, but the weather didn’t dampen the day, with everyone leaving excited to head to the next venue, The Stable (and the amazing ponchos saving a few outfits through slips in the wet and mud). 

At the evening venue, the colourful room filled with long tables, dinosaurs, and happy people created a very fun atmosphere. The wedding went from a fairytale to a party and the vibe was amazing. With The Stable serving round after round of Pizza, everyone was loving the evening and the sun slipped away without anyone noticing. The long tables for food and speeches were pushed aside for the dance floor and when the music started many shapes were thrown, with both brides in full dance mode with their guests. 

We can’t thank Sophie and Annelie enough for allowing us to be a part of their special day, and wish them a long and happy marriage. The main reason for this post is to remind you that you can be both traditional and untraditional at the same time, and to not be afraid to make choices that are different. Also to consider the incredibly venues these two used as they certainly didn’t disappoint. 

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