Creative wedding photography at Manor Farm Studland

Manor Farm Studland may not, at first glance, seem any place for a wedding. But come with me, look a bit closer. I will show you how this small working farm was TRANSFORMED!  

Today’s offering is a beautifully summer and creative DIY dream of a wedding. When I met Sophie and Patrick I knew, deep in my soul, we would get on brilliantly. I listened to their plans for the day which made me really excited to shoot for them. It was going to be a goodun!


I cannot talk any more about this wedding without mentioning.. THAT DRESS. What a gown! Sophie bought it from Needle & Thread. If you haven’t heard of them before, you really need to seek them out immediately! It was a real talking point. Sophie coordinated the colours of the day spectacularly, right down to the dickie bows.

There were so many memorable parts of the day. The most important one being; Sophie & Patrick were married in the very same church Sophie’s parents wed in.. 43 YEARS AGO!! Sophie did her own make-up and her sister did her hair. This resulted in a super calm and serene morning of preparations.


The flowers were absolutely standout, so colourful, bold and vibrant. Along with the gorgeous embellished gown, they made quite the wedding talking point.

Sophie spent her time playing on the Studland beaches during long warm summer holidays. This place holds a very special place in hers and Patrick’s hearts. It was important to them to celebrate their marriage here.

I think the best part of the day for me, absolutely had to be the speeches. Normally my favourite part is prep, NOT TODAY MATEY! The speeches were equally joyful and heartfelt. It’s almost like you are being let in on a secret when you get to hear about the couple in such a personal way.

As a documentary wedding photographer, this day was absolute heaven for me, Sophie & Patrick wanted to keep the group shots and posing brief. We focused really heavily on the documentary aspect of the day, with time for a few formals after speeches and food. Perfect!


I loved Sarah’s approach from when I first spoke to her. She sounded chilled out and easy to get along with, which is exactly what she was on the day. All of our guests keep telling me how lovely she was without being at all intrusive. She got gorgeous shots of pretty much all of our 150 guests which is quite a talent. I never saw her sit down for more than a second, even when we made her have some dinner. She was also super-quick with the editing and got the photos back to us within three weeks, as well as quite a few Instagram teasers along the way.



A bit more about Manor Farm Studland

Manor Farm Tea Rooms are actually located in a small barn adjacent to a working farm. They serve cream teas (well duh) and are often a great pitstop after walking on Old Harry Rocks.

When hiring out for a wedding, the tearooms are closed to the public. That way you get the barn and surrounding areas to play with.

I would definitely recommend a visit to the delightful tea room! Sadly I cannot find a website for them. If you have look on Trip Advisor you’ll be sure to find them!


Supplier Info

Bridal Gown

Sophie’s show stopping gown is from Needle & Thread London as mentioned earlier. She tried it on in Harrods and, once happy with her choice, ordered online.

Now I bloody love a white/ivory/bone swirl of material. I equally love an embellished pink number! Sophie totally rocked her gown, it was excellent for swishing, I like a good swish!

Grooms Suit

Patrick’s suit was from M&S, Bowtie and Pocket Square was from Mrs Bowtie.

Other Suppliers

Venue – St Nicholas’ Church Studland & Manor Farm Tea Rooms

Catering – Long John’s Fish & Chips & Dorset Porkers

Stationery – The Painted bouquet & Kilkie Sands

Florist – Stephanie Jevons Floral Design

Rings – The groom’s Grandfather’s ring & Premier Diamonds

Shoes – Kurt Geiger

Make Up – Sophie did it herself! What a creative Empress she is!

Bridesmaids Dresses – Coast, Oasis & House of Fraser

Flower Girls dresses – Monsoon

Page Boy outfits – M&S