This weekend, I attended a very beautiful wedding held at Athelhampton House and Gardens in Dorset, England (Days Out: Athelhampton House and Gardens). John and Alice had a beautiful ceremony in the grand hall at the historic Athelhampton House with a reception to follow. The bride was beautiful, and the groom was handsome. Everyone had a wonderful day, and it was great to meet some new people.
Despite a few drops of rain in between family and group photographs, we were surprisingly lucky with the weather and the sunshine that we had throughout most of the day. (In Britain, you never know exactly what the weather will do.) I am happy that they had nice weather for their day. Well done, Alice and John, and congratulations.
The wedding programme design
The ceremony was held in Athelhampton House's great hall. A fire was waiting for us in the hall, and it made us feel warm and cozy; I love the smell of the fire. The music that they choose to play while everyone had their seats was from the Harry Potter soundtrack, which fit the location perfectly. Other music played was from Ghostbusters, Star Wars, Back to the Future, and Little Miss Sunshine.
After a couple of readings and the completion of the vows, the smiling couple signed their marriage certificate in front of the hall's fireplace.
Signing the marriage certificate
After the wedding, we got some photographs of paper confetti being thrown over the bride and groom. While they went off to take photographs in the garden, everyone enjoyed free-flowing summery cocktails or elderflower juice in the garden.
Guests in front of Athelhampton Hall
John and Alice with cocktails
The gardens were beautiful, and there were plenty of opportunities for fantastic photographs of the newlyweds. I loved the bluebell-lined pathway of trees in the photographs below.
Of course, no wedding is complete without a lot of kisses...
A Japanese garden-inspired bridge was a perfect wedding photograph backdrop.
And, I captured a photograph of John and Alice with one of the guests, the bride's mother -- a lovely photograph!
We took more photographs, including the family and group photographs.
The bride's sisters
We had to duck inside to get the remainder of the family photographs because the rain started; the rain was on and off, and there was a large downpour. Thankfully, it did not last long and a photograph of everyone was taken in front of the house. After the photographs, we walked over to another building to have the reception.
John and Alice tuck into their starters
Each of the tables contained sweet shop sweets in a jar. The one photographed was for 'Cola Bottles'. We sat on the table with 'Nerds', which is my favourite type of sweet.
We had starters, a main, and dessert. The food was delicious. Everything went perfectly.
'Order of the day' design
The cake also looked lovely. There was lemon cake (top tier), coffee (middle tier), and chocolate cake (bottom tier). I had a slice of lemon and a slice of chocolate, and they tasted as nice as the cake looked.
Wedding cake - lemon, coffee, chocolate
The bride and groom cut the cake and photographs were taken.
The cutting of the cake
After food and cake, we joked around and danced and chatted with other people. It was a great party. Everyone looked so happy.
The dancing started off with the couple's first dance. A lot of others joined in.
The first dance
It was a perfect day. Many congratulations to John and Alice.