St Giles House, Wimborne St Giles, Dorset
I can’t begin to tell you just how excited I was to finally get to photograph Kate and Mike’s St Giles House Wedding! St Giles House has such a rich history and you can feel it as soon as you go inside. The house fell into a state of disrepair following the second world war but Lord Shaftesbury and his family have focussed the last 8 years on restoring it to it’s former glory and also adding in some quirky features along the way. During the restoration, they’ve kept tonnes of the original features, including exposed brick work and beams, original wallpaper and the ornate gold framed oil paintings too.
But this decadent venue has a hidden secret, downstairs in the old wine cellar is a nightclub! Complete with wine barrel DJ booth and LED lighting running along the entire ceiling. Since the current Lord Shaftesbury did a stint of DJ-ing in New York, this was the perfect thing to do with St Giles House’s cellar. And the perfect place for your wedding party to end!
Kate and Mike chose to marry at this amazing venue and it suited them perfectly. The girls got ready in the Japan Room upstairs whilst Mike and his groomsmen put the finishing touches to downstairs and welcomed their guests. The ceremony took place in the dining room, with exposed rafters and walls covered in oil paintings. It was a truly magical setting!
Drinks and canapés were had overlooking the grounds before sitting down for dinner in the grand library.
Dusk came and brought a gorgeous sunset and a trip into the grotto in the grounds. The grotto is full of shells imported from St Lucia and it’s an amazing thing to see.
Kate and Mike had their first dance in the wine cellar basement before getting the glow stick and UV paint out to really get the party in full swing!
In case you couldn’t tell, I’m totally in love with this venue. I feel so honoured to have photographed Kate and Mike’s St Giles House wedding!
Florist: Martha & The Meadows
Cake: Robert Lewis
DJ: Ian David, Alive Network
Hair: Laura MacKenzie
Makeup: Kayleigh Carter
Catering: Beales Gourmet
Dress: Exquisite Bridal