Matt and Hannah had the most fabulous summer wedding at a very Luxurious, Beautiful and quirky new venue called St Giles House in Wimborne Saint Giles in Dorset.
Matthew and Hannah agreed a few principles when planning their wedding: it had to be personal to them; a convenient location for guests (i.e. no travel between ceremony and reception), and family focused. With that in mind and with Hannah’s parents living in such a picturesque Dorset village, it was inevitable for them to choose Wimborne St Giles as the location. Having decided that they both wanted a church wedding, and with Hannah’s local, family church only a two-minute walk from her parent’s house, getting married in St Giles Church was perfect and meant that everyone could easily walk between the wedding locations.
Luckily for them, St Giles House had just opened as a wedding venue, having been recently refurbished. Until you visit, you really won't appreciate what a fantastic venue this is. Beautiful and quirky with so much on offer for a creative wedding photographer like myself to be creative with. They have done an amazing job of refurbishing the house.
To give you a little bit of history, St Giles House is a Grade 1 listed building build in 1651 and the ancestral seat of the Ashley-Cooper family, headed up by the Earl of Shaftsbury. It has taken the team 9 years to refurbish the house which now looks stunning!
The great thing about Matt and Hannah, is not only the shear happiness that they express but their confidence in me and they totally got my love for creativity and going all out for an engagement shoot. They had the perfect idea linking St Giles House - their wedding venue. A sunrise engagement shoot at 4am at Piccadilly circus by the huge screens and the Shaftsbury memorial fountain, where a casting sits at St Giles House! We had such a good time in a dead London, to be super creative and use the abandoned streets for photos the likes of which they'd never have again!
A short, five-minute walk from St Giles Church to St Giles House, certainly met the ‘convenient’ requirement for Matt and Hannah. Their wedding party was mostly made up from family members with cousins as bridesmaids, an usher and as a flower girl, and with Matt’s brother being co-best man.
We had such a fun and diverse day, walking from Hannahs Parents, to St Giles House, to the boys in the new converted 17th century Riding house accommodation, to the church and then back to the house!
There was so much planned from the early hours of the morning till late at night, so it was a pleasure to be asked to go the day before to spend some time capturing the beautiful details of the house. I'm so glad I did as I wouldn't have had time on the day to really pay tribute to this stunning venue.
On the day it was the longest wedding day I have ever had the privilege of being a part of, capturing lots of guests, lots of detail, really making use of the fantastic decor, and grounds to be creative with and the amazing nightclub in the cave downstairs was so much fun, capturing people dancing the night away to the best covers band in the UK by far, BB3 and DJ Will Weston who I champion so much, in that he's not a wedding DJ, but an actual... a DJ who actually mixes and has amazing musicality and left to his own devices, exactly how it should be at a mini nightclub downstairs in a stately home! Take a look below - What a wedding and I can now be classed as a St Giles House Wedding Photographer after seeing all of the house and grounds. So much to capture!
Wedding Venue: St Giles House, Dorset
Flowers: Sarah from Stanton Flowers.
Wedding Dress: Bespoke Pronovias from Allison Jayne
Videography: Alex Haynes Films
Caterer: Beales Gourmet
Wedding Band: BB3
DJ (actual DJ) - Will Weston