Today we have a beaut of a wedding for you from Dorset featuring dreamy photography from Jason Perkins and a super foxy bride Camilla who married her beau Simon last Autumn. Simon and Camilla got married at Winterborne Clenston Church with Camilla’s son giving her away and her twin daughters as super cute flower girls. The reception was held in a marquee at Camilla’s best friends glamping site Home Farm Camping where family and friends were treated to a BBQ, an evening hog roast and a danced the night away to DJ Mike Harris.
So sit down and take five minutes to be transported back to September and read Camilla and Simon’s story in their own words.
CAMILLA + SIMON’S STORY
We used to see each other around our local town (you know how you keep seeing the same person over and over in a short space of time?) and spotted each other in a coffee shop one morning and both commented to who we were with at the time (the best man and maid of honour) that we keep seeing each other around. Later that same day as it was the last Friday before Christmas I went out for drinks with Abi (maid of honour) and a mutual friend introduced me to Simon, who happened to be the guy from the coffee shop that morning! We took it slow as I was recently separated but exchanged numbers and met up again a few months later, but there was a definite spark there from the very first conversation!
THE HAIR + MAKEUP
I didn’t even look into having a hair trial or speaking to hair dressers as I knew my sister in law Michaela Chalk who is a professional make up artist having worked with Mac and done various TV and photo shoots would be able to do my make and my hair.
I didn’t want anything too “done”with my hair. All the pictures I looked at, the ones I liked most were the simple loose waves with just a veil. Unfortunately it was so windy at the church that my lovely loose waves kind of blew out so in some of our pictures it doesn’t even look like I’ve had my hair done!
I only had my make up trial two weeks before the day but Michaela had done my make up before so I fully trusted her. It was great having her there all day for any touch ups if necessary!
My dress was by Eternity Bride and purchased from Special Occasions in Poole. I must have tried on around 35 dresses in various shops and although I was adamant I didn’t want strapless it’s what I ended up with as it was the style that kept suiting me the most.
I knew it would be fitted as opposed to a loose flowing or ball gown style as I have quite an hourglass shape and feel I look ten times bigger in loose clothing! I had always had in my mind a lace off the shoulder dress as I love this look and although I was happy with my dress at my first fitting I couldn’t help thinking something wasn’t right. When I went back for my second fitting I happened to ask if they had any lace off the shoulder boleros and as luck would have it they had one unopened in my size in the back of the store. Once I tried it on it fitted like a glove and was like it was meant to be! I couldn’t not get it even though it was quite pricey and an additional expense with 4 weeks to go!
My veil was by Joyce Jackson a full length plain cathedral veil.
Winterborne Clenston Church – my dad is buried here so means an awful lot to me. Simon was keen on a full traditional church wedding as he had never been married before. I have been married before so we didn’t think the vicar would marry us but luckily he was extremely lovely and had no problem with it being my second marriage!
Simon chose a Ted Baker suit from Moss Bros. He only went shopping 4 weeks before the actual day but luckily loved the second suit he tried. He had a bright white DKNY shirt, brown shoes from Next and I ordered him a dusky pink tie online from Swagger and Swoon.
Catkin & Co did the flowers and I found Steph, my amazing florist through a Facebook recommendation and am so glad I did. She always answered my queries and questions honestly and quickly (which is something some suppliers struggle with!) I had loads of ideas from Pinterest and wanted something in pale colours with pale greenery.
These were way more stressful than my own dress by far! My maid of honour and my daughter Nicole who was 14 at the time were my “bridesmaids” but it was proving difficult to actually get them both together, especially with Abi running a campsite full time and taking over her dad’s work on the family farm when we became ill. I basically found the styles that I liked and thought would suit both their own individual style and we all agreed on Adrianna Papell sequin dresses in pale colours. I sourced these at reduced prices from eBay with Nicole having a pale nude colour with darker sequins and Abi having a pale blush pink dress with light sequins. They both chose their own shoes, from New Look in the same gold colour but slightly different styles. Accessories wise, I bough them both a rose gold Michael Kors bracelet as a gift and let them chose their own earrings etc. They both had a small amount of gypsophelia in their hair.
THE FLOWER GIRLS
I spotted the Estella dresses in Monsoon years ago and always said they would make beautiful flower girl dresses. Luckily Monsoon have continued to stock them and vary the designs slightly each year. I chose the blush pink with tiny gold glitter so they matched the theme perfectly and all three flower girls (my twin daughters Sophia and Tallulah age 5 and god daughter Myah age 6) loved them too. Their shoes were from Debenhams in similar gold glitter to Abi and Nicoles and the had a pale pink bolero cardigan from Debenhams each too. They each had a flower crown made by the florist whilst I made them small bouquets of gypsophila to carry.
Jason Perkins was our photographer and we’ve both known Jason for a number of years personally, my sister is godmother to Jason’s oldest daughter and we’ve both always admired his work. After we set the date he as the first supplier we booked!
The reception took place at Home Farm Camping. A small local glamping/campsite run by my best friend and maid of honour, Abi Dunseith, there was no other venue considered! As soon as she set up the venue in 2013 we always said it would be great for marquee weddings which was exactly what we wanted. We stayed on site in one of the yurts and a some other guests booked bell tents or camped.
Kudos to any bride who does a speech
THE FIRST DANCE
Dolly Parton & Kenny Rodgers Island in the Stream. I sent it to Simon as a joke and he loved it. From then on it was the only song in the running. We didn’t really have “a song” before, so just picked one we liked and felt the words were appropriate.
Just enjoy it, every second, from the planning to the stressful moments. Make it all about what you both want and no one else. Oh and make sure you give your photographer a list of any shots you want! And believe everyone when they say it all comes together on the day, it really really does. Also, if you aren’t going on honeymoon straight away and most likely staying at the venue on the actual wedding night then book at least one night away for the next day. We weren’t planning on but Simon secretly arranged for us to go the Christchurch Harbour Hotel for the evening. We so needed this time away on our own after all the excitement. We took some wedding cake and our cards and just chilled, had dinner followed by a spa day the next day before heading back home.
What a great wedding, a beautiful love story and some dreamy photos. Thank you Camilla and Simon for sharing your day with us and many congratulations. And we have to give a big thank you and shout out to Jason Perkins for allowing us to share his photos – we love your style!