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Magnificent Milton Abbey, Dorset - Faye & Collins' Wedding

September 08, 2016  •  1 Comment

There's no need to hold back when you're describing Milton Abbey in Dorset as a wedding venue - it's absolutely stunning. Everything about it is simply beautiful: the glorious Abbey itself; the wonderful buildings of the public school which the Abbey is attached to; the magnificently maintained parkland grounds - landscaped by Capability Brown no less - in which the school sits surrounded by rolling hills and fields; the picture-postcard village of Milton Abbas down the road... all just magnificent. What a treat to be asked to photograph a wedding there, and it was with great pleasure that I captured Faye & Collins' big day in the height of Summer.

The beautiful old church sits in the grounds of Milton Abbey school, surrounded by parkland landscaped by Capability Brown.Milton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyAbbey exterior Bridal preparations took place at the very pleasant Hambro Arms pub in the neighbouring village, a leisurely trot away if you happen to be arriving in a horse-drawn carriage! More on that in a moment, but as Faye and horses set out on their journey I was able to catch up with our groom as his guests arrived - he'd been keeping himself occupied that morning by playing a spot of croquet on the lawns (rather than indulging in a round of golf on the school's private golf course, some of which you can just about see to the right of the image above. How come my school didn't have its own golf course?).

Mother of the bride, and wedding dress hanging in bedroomMilton Abbey in Dorset wedding photographyBridal preparation at Hambro Arms pub Black and white image of bride during hair and make-upMilton Abbey in Dorset wedding photographyBridal preparation The bride plays with her daughter before the ceremonyMilton Abbey in Dorset wedding photographyBride and flower girl Groom and best man in grounds of the Abbey before the ceremonyMilton Abbey in Dorset wedding photographyGroom and best man The best man straightens the groom's button-hole before the start of the ceremonyMilton Abbey in Dorset wedding photographyFinishing touches inside Abbey Groom and best man inside Milton Abbey waiting for wedding guests to arriveMilton Abbey in Dorset wedding photographyAbbey interior Black and white image of best man reading the order of serviceMilton Abbey in Dorset wedding photographyBest man portrait Black and white photograph of Milton Abbey interiorMilton Abbey in Dorset wedding photographyAbbey High Altar Exterior photograph of main school buildingMilton Abbey in Dorset wedding photographyMilton Abbey School The bridesmaid arrives for the start of the serviceMilton Abbey in Dorset wedding photographyView of Abbey building As the guests took their seats for the start of the service, the horses and carriage swung into view at the far end of the drive to make their way down to the main entrance of the Abbey. Faye made her way down the aisle on her father's arm, led by their absolutely gorgeous little daughter, and the ceremony was in motion. It's a magnificent building, and looks particularly impressive from the rear as you look down the aisle towards the high altar - what a setting in which to make your vows!

The carriage parks up outside the main entrance to the AbbeyMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyBride arrives in horse-drawn carriage The father of the bride drawn the veil over his daughter's face before the ceremonyMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyBride, father and veil The bride walks down the aisle on her father's armMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyBride arrives Guests watch on as the marriage service commencesMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyWedding ceremony Colour images of guests watching the marriageMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyGuests during ceremony The bride and groom hold hands as they exchange their vowsMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyExchanging vows Milton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyMarriage ceremony Best man and bridesmaid watch on as the wedding rings are exchangedMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyExchange of rings The bride sits in a side-chapel to sign the marriage registerMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographySigning the register The newly married couple take a moment together as the formal part of the service is completedMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyBride and groom The bride and groom carry their daughter as they walk down the aisleMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyWalking down the aisle Back out and into the summer sunshine (albeit with some very heavy and dramatic clouds rolling in from the west), and an opportunity for guests to explore the grounds and get started on the canapes as our bride and groom headed out for a tour in the carriage. I don't know much about horses - my wife's the specialist on that score - but these were some real beauties, and what a lovely way to take a few moments after the ceremony to soak it all up.

Drinks and canapes were served on the lawns overlooking the cricket pitch, with those heavenly Dorset views stretching off into the distance, and then for the wedding breakfast we headed in to the school's dining hall. So many beautiful spots, wonderful angles - check out the quadrant for a group photo location - to play with here, I think I could photograph a hundred weddings at Milton Abbey and still be finding new things to work with.

Guests emerge from the Abbey at the end of the wedding serviceMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyView of Abbey and school The bride and groom climb into the carriage for a tour of the groundsMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyHorse drawn carriage The groom celebrates with friends during the reception on the lawnMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyWedding reception Black and white images of the view from the schoolMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyViews across the Dorset countryside Clouds roll in over the cricket fieldsMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyThe cricket pavilion The wedding reception takes place on the lawns outside the main school buildingMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographySchool building Guests enjoy the grounds of the schoolMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyWedding reception The school's formal dining hall is the setting for the wedding breakfastMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyThe dining hall Bride and daughter during the wedding receptionMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyCandid black and white photography The bride and groom are formally announced into the dining room to start the wedding breakfastMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyCouple announced into the room Guests seated in the school's dining hallMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyWedding breakfast Natural light portraits of wedding guestsMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyGuests during wedding reception The father of the bride makes his wedding speech at the top tableMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographySpeeches The groom stands to make his speechMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyWedding speeches Wedding guests watch on as the speeches are made after the mealMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyGuests watching speeches The bride and groom cut the cake with a swordMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyCutting the cake Guests assemble in the quadrant outside the dining hall for a group photographMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyGroup photo in quadrant The bride and groom's daughter plays in the quadrantMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyBlack and white candid photograph As the evening drew in at the end of a gorgeous day I headed back out with Faye and Collins into the grounds for a final few photos of just the two of them, surrounded by the peace and calm of the countryside and that wonderful soft late summer evening light. 

Black and white photograph of bride and groom's first danceMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyFirst dance Guests take to the dancefloor Milton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyStart of the evening celebrations Black and white photographs of couple in the eveningMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyBride and groom portraits in the grounds Bride and groom togetherMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyCouple looking out across the view The bride and groom together outside the wedding venueMilton Abbey Dorset wedding photographyCouple outside Abbey Huge congratulations Faye & Collins on an absolutely wonderful wedding, and wishing you many very happy years together.

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The images above are just a small selection from the full set. Friends and family can view all of the others, and the slideshow, in Faye & Collins' private gallery (but you'll need to ask them for the password first).

If you are planning your Milton Abbey wedding and would like to know more about my wedding photography services, packages and prices, please don't hesitate to contact me to discuss your plans and ask me any questions you might have. I'm only too happy to help however I can.

I hope you enjoyed this little blog post, and thanks - as ever - for reading. Come back soon for more images from a whole bunch of stunning summer weddings.



Awesome place! Turns out really well in every images.
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