Sometimes, when a wedding comes together, you meet a real superhero. At Bea and Jason’s gorgeous Smedmore House Romantic Irish Seaside Wedding, that person was Bea’s lovely mum, Gillian. Not only did she make Bea’s stunning dress, including old family lace from Jason’s side, she also made her hairpiece, all of the bridesmaids’ dresses, baked the cake, grew and arranged the flowers, made the seashell candles that adorned the tables, and constructed the table plan!

I. Know. Amazing, right?

The care and attention that had gone into the whole day was so clear to see, and it was wonderful to have the family members so involved with the planning. Bea’s family is an important one for me, as I photographed both her brothers Mike and Nat‘s weddings over the last few years, and I was really happy to be invited to Dorset to record Bea’s special day too.

A Romantic House by the Sea

Smedmore House has a gorgeous view out over the sea, and a beautiful soft light that makes the wood seem to glow from within. Bea and her bridesmaids got ready at Smedmore House as well, and it was great to be able to shoot in several of its beautiful rooms.

One of my favourite parts of this Smedmore House Romantic Irish Seaside Wedding was the couple shots. Bea and Jason led me down to Kimmeridge Bay, and proceeded to totally rock their shots together by standing in the waves! I’m always chuffed to bits when my couples are prepared to be adventurous with their photos, and I love a challenge – to get these shots I ended up with muddy feet and a very wet bum to boot. Oops!

Then it was party time, and what a party it was! Jason’s family hail from Ireland, so there was Irish music from the band, and a lot of hilarious Irish dancing.

It’s been tough to pick favourites from this one, but here we go! If you like what you see and would like to have a chat about your wedding, why not get in touch and give me a hello? I’d love to hear about your plans.

Smedmore House Romantic Irish Seaside Wedding Favourites

Wedding dress hangs from the staircase at Smedmore HouseIvory lace wedding shoes with pearls on the heelsBride Bea has her hair done before her weddingBride Bea smiles as she gets ready for her wedding Bride descends the staircase at Smedmore HouseBridal portrait in handmade gown at Smedmore HouseArrangement of wildflowers behind the altarFlowers decorate the pew ends of the churchBride and groom share a loving glance during their wedding ceremonyBride and groom share a laugh at their wedding ceremony as they are pronounced man and wifeBride in handmade lace dress walks back down the aisle of the church with her new husbandBride and groom exit the church after their wedding ceremonyBride Bea and Groom Jason pose for portrait shots in Kimmeridge BayA black and white image of Bea and Jason holding each other. The couple are reflected in the water below.Bride Bea and Groom Jason pose for portrait shots in the waves at Kimmeridge BayA black and white close up on bride Bea's smiling eyes, with her groom Jason looking tenderly at her Marquee for reception decorated with hanging lanterns in pastel huesWedding cake made by the bride's mumRustic floral centrepieces in the marqueeTable plan with horseshoes handmade by bride's mumThe groomsmen show off their colourful socksAerial group shot in the grounds of Smedmore HouseBride Bea poses with her brothersBride Bea with her dog, who wears a floral collar to match her bouquetDifferent generations' hands and wedding rings seen from aboveThe band set up in the marqueeBea and Jason cut their wedding cakeJason dips Bea during their first dance in the marquee lit by fairylights. A gorgeous first dance at a Smedmore House Romantic Irish Seaside WeddingThe party gets going in the lit marqueeBride and groom stand outside Smedmore House at night, lit by a circle made of sparklersJason and Bea are silhouetted against the sunset at their Smedmore House Romantic Irish Seaside Wedding

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