Made for each other: Sarah and Matt’s Dorset wedding

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I saw the pictures of Matt and Sarah’s wedding day and fell in love. There’s something about this couple which sings… they’re perfect together. And (while I’m a girl who’s usually more into kittens!), there are the loveliest photos of Sarah with her little baby girl which are so touching… I know you’ll love them: they brought a tear to my eye!

These are romantic wedding photographs with a compelling atmosphere to them. They are quiet, and joyful, and heartwarming – thanks to wedding photographer Ben Pipe.

Words are by Sarah and Matt. (My favourite words are about waiters in clown suits… towards the end. Brilliant – and just so apt for my wedding blog.) This kind of wedding makes me love what I do. To bits.

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Weymouth wedding photography blog (1)“We met some five years ago at a party and within a month or so we were living in each other’s pockets, spending every second we could together and were well and truly in love. Since then we have not looked back, we have three gorgeous children (Ella, Alfie and Dixie) and are still as much in love today as we were when we first met.

We were married on the 9th December 2011 at Athelhampton House, Dorset. The reception also took place here. The idea was to get married between our birthdays which happen to fall around Christmas time. This made the occasion extra special as the Christmas decorations and tree were up and everyone was in great spirits. We were extremely lucky with the weather and we got the one sunny day of the week which made for a much happier feel and some stunning photographs from Ben.
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Weymouth wedding photography blog (7)Our wedding was without doubt the happiest day of our lives! Everyone we wanted to be there came and enjoyed themselves, the food was fantastic, the wedding photographs were amazing, the speeches were hilarious and there was no feeling of pressure whatsoever.
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Weymouth wedding photography blog (15)I wore a Mori Lee wedding dress with a sweetheart neck line, a classic style from Butterfly Brides in Poundbury, Dorchester. My necklace, shoes and earrings were from Debenhams, my hair band from Flo and Percy.

Matt wore a custom made suit from “A Suit That Fits” (London west end branch). His shoes were from Russell & Bromley. All of the groom’s party wore royal blue silk ties as a salute to his favourite football club Everton FC.
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Memorable wedding day moments

On our first dance I found out that Matt had recorded his version of “God only knows” by the beach boys which made me and a few people cry… happy tears!

Wedding day advice

Don’t listen to ANYONE else apart from each other. It’s YOUR day, you will only ever do it once so make it yours. If you don’t want speeches, don’t have speeches! If you want the waiters to be dressed as clowns, phone the circus and start booking the costumes! Always try to come back to the reason why you are doing this in the first place: each other.

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Photography: Ben Pipe Wedding Photography – without doubt the best decision we made in terms of the organising. We hardly noticed he was there in a nice way. As a result we have some amazing natural shots and some cracking staged ones too. A great guy too which helps you to relax and enjoy the day.

Flowers: Fiona Penny, Weymouth – Fantastic service and very friendly


Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in 2011 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



  • Julie Boyd
    6 years ago

    Loving these photos. The one with the baby laughing is too cute. Gorgeous couple. Lovely to know you had your day, your way. Loving the royal blue Everton FC theme. Best wishes to you both from another Evertonian xxx

  • Belinda McCarthy
    6 years ago

    Really lovely contemporary images, a treat to look through!

  • Beautiful pictures of a beautiful couple. So glad you found your prince Sarah, you deserve it all xx

  • Wedding Gifts
    6 years ago

    Some really beautiful pictures to look through, the love definitely shows though in the photography. I love the subtle touch of the Everton colours (even though i’m an Aston Villa fan!!).

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