Back in 2017, in the middle of a wash out August, a break in the clouds saw a scorching bank holiday weekend and the idyllic wedding of Emily and Barney. A Canford Magna Church wedding followed by the reception at Sopley Mill. The day was full of charm and went ‘swimmingly’ – Emily was ready to ‘fly the nest’. Can anyone spot a theme here?!

Bridal prep took place at the Emily’s parents house, a stone’s throw away from the church where they would tie the knot in a few hours time. Emily’s dress was a slinky Martina Liana gown with delicate beading on the bodice and an open back with button detail, from Minster Designs in Wimborne. Bridesmaids wore soft powder blue Chi Chi London gowns, complimented by undone whimsical flowers. Barnet & Boatrace set up space in a nice cool room to do hair & make-up for the bride tribe. A sense of calm and excitement, whilst Emily’s mum helped make some floral hair pieces and Emily’s dad poured the bubbly. There were even a few tears when the flowers arrived and suddenly it all felt real!

After posing for a few photos in Emily’s parents gorgeous garden, Emily hopped in a Morris Minor convertible which was perfect for the short and sunny journey to their Canford Magna Church wedding. The whole wedding ceremony was conducted by Barney’s father, which was very personal and funny too! Everyone enjoyed drinks and homemade biscuits in the church gardens followed by a confetti tunnel as the newly weds left to head off to Sopley Mill. A champagne reception allowed the perfect opportunity for a quiet moment with the couple to take photographs in the sun before moving to a cooler, shady area.

Each guest was gifted their own rubber duck to decorate during the meal with their own personal flare.  Following the duck theme, during the speeches a duck-based pub quiz got everybody ‘quacking’ up in laughter and in the mood for the duck race. Barney finished off the speeches amazingly by including the Barney tv program lyrics ‘I love youyou love me We’re a happy family With a great big hug And a kiss from me to you Won’t you say you love me too? Whilst the guests finished their conversations, I quickly whisked the couple away to do some golden hour photos in a nearby field. As we came back, everyone was ready to participate in the long awaited Wedding Duck Race! Members of the wedding party were in waders catching the ducks and lucky winner got a bottle of bubbles (I can confirm no ducks were harmed in the activity, real or otherwise). Post duck race it was time for a traditional Cèilidh and one final surprise. Forget a cake topper it was all about the car topper. Following family traditions of car decorating and the grooms love of lego the family crafted a large Lego block for the roof of the couple’s getaway car. 

I hope you enjoy looking through these images. To view the rest of this special day or to order any prints, please contact the bride and groom for the gallery password. You can find their online gallery here. If you’re been looking for a Sopley Mill or Canford Magna Church Wedding photographer please feel welcome to contact me here. Con’quack’ulations Emily & Barney!