Mapperton Gardens, Dorset: Paula & Tim’s midsummer wedding

Midsummer’s Day is a really romantic date for a wedding, and this year it was about as perfect as it could be, with glorious sunshine all day long and the most spectacular sunset.  Paula and Tim chose to get married at Mapperton Gardens, the beautiful home of the Earl and Countess of Sandwich.  The gardens are set in a rolling Dorset valley, and made the most stunning venue for Paula and Tim’s outdoor ceremony and reception.  They arrived together in the back of a (beautifully decorated!) jeep, with their lovely lurcher, Freddie, then strolled across the gardens to lead their guests to the ceremony.  I think one of the highlights of my year will be the point where all the guests were given song sheets and asked to do an unaccompanied rendition of Dean Martin’s ‘That’s Amore’!  It was wonderful!

Then, with live music from Stompin’ Dave bouncing cheerfully through the gardens, everyone was served drinks and canapés next to the Orangerie.  Guest enjoyed exploring the beautiful gardens, sitting down on blankets to listen to the music and just joining in and having a good old boogie!  Everyone then moved up to the lovely Sawmill Cafe for a relaxed and delicious meal, more outdoor stomping and dancing, and the most beautiful pink sunset across the Dorset fields.  A magical midsummer’s day indeed!

Bride and groom watching sunset
Flowers at Mapperton Gardens
Outdoor ceremony at Mapperton Gardens
Bride and groom during wedding ceremony
Guests throwing confetti
Bride and groom walking through grass

Bride and groom's dog at wedding
Bride and groom at Mapperton Gardens
Bride and groom with sun flare
Bride and groom waving to guests
Flowers at Mapperton Gardens
Bride and groom dancing
Sawmill cafe decorated for wedding
Flowers in the sunshine at Mapperton
Speeches in the Sawmill Cafe
Bride and groom speeches
Bride and groom toast guests
Bride and groom with old door
Stompin Dave and guests dancing
Guests dancing
Bride and groom kissing at sunset
Guests in pink sunset at wedding
Sunset over the Sawmill Cafe
Lovely suppliers involved in this wedding:
Flowers supplied by The Real Cut Flower Garden and arranged by Paula (the bride)
Cake by Tim (the groom)
Paula’s dress by Isabel Marant, from Liberty
Tim’s suit from Walker Slater
Tim’s shoes from Grenson
Paula’s hair by Nici at Salon on the Square, Beaminster
Wedding chairs from South West Event Hire
Freddie the dog’s neckerchief from Snooks the Hatters, Bridport
Real ale supplied by Ascot Ales
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