A Beautiful Wedding Documentary by Neale James

I’ve been so excited about featuring this wedding, shot by Premier Portfolio member, Neale James Wedding Photographer. As you would expect from a Wedding Vine wedding, it features stunning images and a beautifully romantic story, but this one is a bit different. This one speaks to you!

Described by Neale as a ‘Wedding Documentary’ this unique method of portraying a couple’s wedding story is an interesting new angle on wedding capture, bringing the images to life with a wonderfully emotional element.

Turn your volume up and get the tissues ready...

Bride Jennie told us…

“The proposal wasn't exactly what my now husband had planned and reflects our relationship rather well! We were meant to spend a romantic weekend in Prague - I had no idea Jamie was preparing to propose to me and had the ring with him in his hand luggage. It was a snowy weekend in December 2010 but we made our way to the airport and flights seemed to be leaving so we checked in and made our way to the lounge. However, 10 minutes before we were meant to board our plane, our flight was cancelled. We made our way back to the car and returned home - disappointed, but of course I had no idea Jamie was planning to propose so to me it was just a cancelled holiday. To Jamie all his planning had gone to pot!

We made new plans to go to the Christmas markets in London on Saturday night, where again Jamie planned to propose to me. However, 10 minutes before we were due to leave the house my Mum called saying my Dad was being airlifted to hospital in Somerset after an accident in his gym. Immediately our plans were put on hold and we drove first to Dorset to pick up my Mum and then on to Taunton to see my Dad. It turned out his heart had stopped working so we spent a tense 24 hours waiting for news.

Once Dad was out of the danger zone, on my Mum's orders Jamie and I made our way to a health spa so we could have some time together relaxing after a stressful few days.It was there that Jamie and I went for a walk to the lake where, snow under foot, he popped the question. We were both in tears and I said yes.

On returning to our room I phoned the hospital to let my Dad know to be told that he was in the operating theatre having a pace-maker fitted. Dad is now fine, but we always joke that when Jamie phoned him in the traditional way, to ask for my hand in marriage, it was too much for my Dad's heart and it was all Jamie's fault!

When planning the day, we decided we wanted a venue that we could use for the ceremony and the reception and chose the fabulous Dumbleton Hall. It's a beautiful property at the top end of the Cotswolds. There are 30 bedrooms there and they were really flexible with what we wanted to achieve for our special day. Think log fires and hot cider!

My gown was bought from Confetti Bridal Centre in Wokingham - it's Fiorenza by Maggie Sottero. My necklace was a gift to me from my best friend on her wedding day. I wore Benjamin Adams shoes for the ceremony and Hunter Wellies for the shots outside.

We themed our day around herbs. We wanted it to be a simple day with lots of natural elements. Our florist, Clare Lee from Lilyfee Floral Designs helped us source the herb centre pieces and did an amazing job on our bouquets and button holes. We also found a company in Tregothnan who made us some lovely herb garlands that we used to decorate the venue - they smelt lovely next to the fire.

My Dad designed and made all of the chalk boards for the table plan, tables and centre-pieces. After all we had been through it was very special. At the end of the night we decided to have fireworks. We were amazed at what we got for the budget we had and would recommend the company we used to everyone!

Jamie and I both cried our way through the day! I was so happy to be marrying the man of my dreams. Before the day someone said to me to spend some time together taking in what you have created for your special day. Looking in from the window of the venue, holding hands with my husband, was a very special moment. My advice for brides to be would be don't let anything ruin your day - just roll with the punches and enjoy it because it only happens once!”

The Dream Team

Wedding Photographer – Neale James Wedding Photographer

Wedding Dress - Fiorenza, Maggie Sottero from Confetti Bridal Centre, Wokingham

Accessories – Veil and stole from Confetti Bridal Centre

Wedding Venue – Dumbleton Hall Hotel

Flowers – Clare Lee at Lilyfee Floral Designs and Tregothnan

Fireworks - Solihull Fireworks

Magician - Stuart Watkins

Hair and Make-up: Susi Moser

Favours: Wildflower Favours

  • 1 comments "A Beautiful Wedding Documentary by Neale James"

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  • Jessica says

    27th August 2012 at 11:24 am

    This is so moving - what a fantastic way of displaying your wedding photos!

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