The Italian Villa
Lara and Tony chose the stunning Italian Villa at Compton Acres in Dorset for their winter wedding venue. It couldn’t have been more perfect. Split over three floors plus all the gardens to explore too, it was a magical setting. These two have been engaged for 19 years and 3 kids later they finally decided to tie the knot!
The girls got ready at the nearby Sandbanks Hotel with a balcony overlooking the wintery Dorset coastline. The girls had their make-up done by the talented Claire Bowring and their hair done by a close friend. Lara’s eldest daughter did the hairdressers hair for the wedding too! Lara wore Kurt Geiger wedding shoes called ‘Lara’s Jewells’. These shoes were totally meant-to-be for this bride.
The Italain Villa ceremony room was stunning, they chose to decorate with lots of flowers, including a gorgeous floral archway at the top of the aisle. Despite the late start to the ceremony, it was lovely and enjoyed by everyone, including the 15 bridesmaids, flower girls and page boys! Lara walked down the aisle to Songbird by Fleetwood Mac. The couple’s children got up to stand with them for the exchange of rings and the first kiss which was a lovely touch.
The December air was brisk but the drinks reception was outside to take in the beautiful gardens that the Italian Villa has to offer. There was no snow at this Christmas wedding but they did have a snow machine during the confetti!
The sun was starting to disappear so I stole the newlyweds for a walk around the Japanese gardens and brought them back in time for the wedding breakfast.
They danced to Use Somebody, an acoustic version by Lusaint to start the party off.
Wedding Dress: Wed2be
Make-Up : Claire Bowring Make-up Artist
Rings: 415 Jewellers
Shoes: Kurt Geiger Carvela
Flowers: Simply Flower, Christchurch
“We held off on the Honeymoon as we did not want to leave the kids right after Christmas. Although we did go on a little Family Moon to Lanzarote at the end of December. Lake Garda in Italy is high up on the list!”