a sweet, pretty wedding at a converted water mill in Dorset | uk wedding blog

facebook-profile-picture By Phoebe

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Morning!! How was the weekend? Mine was a total and utter fail but I will do a life update probably on Weds or Thurs this week. At least we are back in the world of pretty weddings? I think that is one thing I truly do love about my job, every week is filled with pure happiness and looking through hundreds of images can only ever make me feel joy! Shout out to Twobirds Bridesmaid dresses, a SYGM favourite and always look so so beautiful, of course it does help that Laura’s girls are all so gorgeous! Enjoy, and have a happy Monday.

photography | Kevin Belson


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Our flowers by Flaura Boutique in Bournemouth.

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My lovely dress! I fell in love with my dress immediately. It was a ‘ you’ll know when’ moment. I bought my dress from ‘A Bride to Bee’ in Southampton. The dress was called Dabra by Enzoani Blue. I never dreamed I’d choose one so big but I felt amazing in it.

Bride’s hair accessories/veil: I wore a Tiffany bracelet that Tom had bought me as a gift for the morning.

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Our cake was made by Jenny at Coast Cakes. She was an old neighbour from my childhood and it was lovely to have her make our beautiful cake for us. It was perfect, three tiers. Lemon, vanilla and chocolate with fresh flowers in between the layers.

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We decorated the Mill with bits we had bought the previous trips to wedding fayres and bits we had found. Our lovely wedding planner Jasmine put the finishing touches to the Mill on the day.  We did a lot ourselves. We painted my grannies old decorating ladder and turned it into a Polaroid camera station. This was such a success and we got some fabulous memories. We also made a canvas with our wedding date on for our guests to sign. We bought selfie sticks for each of our tables during the wedding breakfast. It was amazing watching everyone waving around sticks during the meal.

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Sopley Mill, Hampshire

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My lovely bridesmaids wore Twobirds dresses.

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We used Marlins catering for our wedding reception and evening food. The food throughout the day was delicious. We had the choice of tomato soup or prawn cocktail for starter. Chicken breast with dauphinoise potato or Sausage and mash potato. For desert we had a choice of Lemon tart or profiteroles. For the evening we had a selection of snacks burgers, sausages and bacon baps. We had a vintage crepe van for the evening which was so amazing!!

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The highlights were seeing all my bridesmaids dressed together for the first time. Seeing Tom at the end of the aisle and generally having the most amazing day. We really wouldn’t change a thing.

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We had the most fantastic honeymoon. We went to Mexico for 2 weeks. We swam with whale sharks, released turtles into the sea and got the chance to dive in underground caves!

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We used a company called ‘We Perform’ for our evening DJ. We also used a fabulous photo booth company called Boxphoto booths. We chose the rustic garden set up.

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Make sure you take 10 minutes away alone. We went for a walk out to the garden when our guests were finishing their deserts. It was lovely to take some time to spend time alone.

Where did you find your inspiration? We wanted a very relaxed day spent with our closest friends and family. We wanted to put our own spin on the wedding and do as much as we could ourselves. After looking round a few venues we saw Sopley on a website but found out it had been closed down. The next week we heard through the grapevine the Mill was being renovated. We emailed the owner David and went to look around while it was still a building site and fell in love. We put down our deposit there and then!