So I’m attempting to feature a wedding a week on the website with all this free time, well I might as well keep busy. Next up on the list is Alex & Josh’s simply beautiful St Giles House wedding in Wimborne. One of my new favourite wedding venues in Dorset and with good reason, this place was made for celebrations.
I photograph weddings all around the UK and across Europe. Still, it’s nice to be able to document a wedding a little closer to home. So when Alex & Josh got in touch and told me that they were getting married at St Giles House in Dorset, I was very much hoping they would book me. Luckily for me after a lovely chat they told me they wanted to go ahead and I started to do a little research on this historic house.
Driving up on the morning of the wedding; it felt like summer had arrived. Couples are cycling down the winding country roads as they enjoy the warming sun on their backs. Hikers are exploring the picturesque Dorset countryside with a sneaky pub lunch on route and kids are playing football in the village streets of Wimborne St Giles. A gorgeous day for a wedding!
It’s only when you arrive at this Charming Country House you realise how good it is for a wedding. Built-in the sixteenth century by the first Earl of Shaftesbury and continually improved with his successors. It has now been lovingly restored by the 12th Earl of Shaftesbury. You can see the hard work and dedication that has been undertaken to get this beautiful estate back to its former glory. Each room seems to have a distinct personality, enough for each wedding to have similarities but be equally unique at the same time.
Up in the Bridal Suite, Alex and her bridesmaids are starting to get ready. This is probably one of my favourite rooms in the house. Beautifully printed wallpapers adorn the walls with elements of exposed wood & brickwork scattered across, it screams character—all with pools of light cascading in from the large open windows.
A few of my favourite shots are of Alex meeting her father on the steps leading down to the ceremony as he sees her in the dress for the first time. Such a lovely little moment as everyone else gathers to their seat. The ceremony is being held in one of the grand side rooms of St Giles House. Large portraits of previous Earls and family members hang with a noble presence on the tall walls as a smiling Alex walks down the aisle to meet Josh.
After the ceremony had finished everyone ventures out to start the confetti line so throw on the couple who are beaming with smiles at this point! The drinks reception is in front of the house with impressive views of the expansive gardens for everyone to enjoy. One of my favourite areas St Giles House is the stately Cedar tree that imposes itself on the lawn of grounds. The owners decided to build a giant swing with a brass seat hanging to one of its tall branches. Enough space for a couple to get close together or a gang of kids to spin until they get dizzy.
When everybody is suitably merry from a few glasses of champagne, it’s was time to head into the old library room for the wedding breakfast. A magnificent long room adorned with old books collected throughout the buildings great history, enough space for 120 guests to eat and laugh for the next few hours.
When it’s party time, you get an exceptional surprise as you venture down the neon-lit staircase at St Giles House. A custom-built dancefloor in the cellar fitted out with the latest technology for all your family and friends to get their moves going on the dancefloor. It is a perfect place for Alex & Josh to celebrate the night away.
Let me know what you think of this St Giles House wedding in Wimborne at the bottom of the post. And if you like this one then check out Becky & Jack’s North Cadbury Court wedding or maybe Ollie & Jo’s beautiful wedding at Elmore Court.