Sopley Mill Dorset Wedding Photography - Caroline & Darryl

October 27, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Beautiful Sopley Mill, nestled on the banks of the river Avon in Dorset, has it all as a wedding venue, and I have to say I loved every minute photographing Caroline & Darryl's wedding there in the early Autumn sunshine. With its ceremony room, reception spaces, bar and bridal prep room spread across its several floors, interesting features, extensive grounds and magnificent views, it's entirely self-contained and perfectly set-up for exclusive use for the day. Ideal from a photographer's point of view - less time travelling between venues means more time taking photos! And there was certainly no shortage of things to photograph at this one, with such a fantastic couple and so much going on...

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Before heading up to the reception room for afternoon tea (another big tick - a whole separate floor for this meaning no need for a quick turnaround of the ceremony room) I nipped up to capture some of the details, and these were details well worth capturing: afternoon tea turned up to 11! Along with the beautifully coordinated crockery, tying in perfectly with the country feel of the day, there were cakes in abundance. The bride's mother had taken it upon herself to bake the cakes herself and had, well, approached this task with enthusiasm. I've never seen so many cakes in my life; there must have been at least half a cake per guest, or every shape and flavour, and these are ll, proper sized cakes we're talking about here, not fairy cakes and cupcakes. Along with the scones, sandwiches, scotch eggs and all the rest the tables (and, I suspect, quite a few of the guests!) were positively groaning! An absolutely incredible spread.

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