Sunday, 24 August 2014

Meet Me in Portland

Hello everyone, hope you're having a lovely bank holiday weekend! Today I have for you a rather photo-heavy post as yesterday we travelled down to Dorset to see my Aunt get married. I couldn't resist sharing a few of my favourite photographs with you!

I love history, especially the Tudors, so I was really excited when I found out we were going to be witnessing my Aunt getting married at Portland Castle. Overlooking Portland Harbour, the castle is an English Heritage site that was built for Henry VIII in the early 1540s to protect against French and Spanish invasion. It's quite a small fort but the grounds and views from the top are absolutely stunning. Pretty stone walls, low archways, steep stairs, roaring fireplaces, gun platforms and an armoury all feature, and really add Elizabethan character to such a beautiful location. Did I mention that you could dress up? That's exactly what my cousin Ed did. Oh my god, you seriously cannot take him anywhere, haha!

The wedding ceremony was lovely and low-key - all in all about 40 guests were invited - and we were all seated comfortably in the upper hall to watch my Aunt exchange her vows with her husband-to-be. My Uncle acted as Father of the Bride as my Grandfather is no longer with us, and my cousin Amy was my Aunt's Maid of Honour. That left little Evie in the care of my Mum who had no problems entertaining her throughout. Seriously, Evie is just the cutest baby I've ever seen and so, so well behaved! 

After the signing of the register, we all gathered in the Tudor Kitchen downstairs to have champagne and nibbles. During this time we had group photographs and explored the castle. I had so much fun teetering about in heels while dressing up in old Tudor clothing, and playing Shove Groat with my cousins! Then came the surprise for all of us... We were lined up and ready to throw the confetti when a helicopter landed in the castle grounds for the newlyweds! It was so loud it made my ears pop! Steve had arranged for the pair to take a sky tour around Portland Bill before jumping in a BMW which would whisk them away to the reception venue.

The reception was held close-by at Harbour Lights Bar & Restaurant which was right on Portland Harbour - as you'd expect. The decor was so modern and the staff were all really friendly and accommodating. We had the whole of the upstairs to ourselves, which contained a private balcony that overlooked the beautiful harbour and a free bar that we certainly took full advantage of! 

Four big round tables and a head table for the wedding party made the room feel really cosy and relaxed. The couple went with a red and white theme; we had bubbles, heart chocolates, wine, and disposable cameras on the tables too which was such a fun idea, especially when you've been on the champagne since 11am! There was a sit-down meal which was delicious but sadly there is no evidence of it because we were all starving after our long journey and the intrepid exploration of our surroundings. 

Nevertheless here's a run-down of what we enjoyed:

STARTER - Beer-battered cod pieces on a bed of pea puree, served with crispy game chips
MAIN COURSE - Roast chicken in a creamy bacon sauce, served with mashed potato, purple-sprouting broccoli and Heritage carrots
DESSERT - A generous slice of rich chocolate torte, served with fresh summer berries and double cream

After the meal, the tables were cleared for the evening festivities. During this time we went for a walk around the harbour and drooled over all the pretty sail boats docked by the jetties. When we came back it was time for music, and the first dance. It turned out to be a YouTube moment, when the slow-paced Bryan Adams song cut out and they started dancing to a mix of classic party tunes - so entertaining!

Our day started at 5.30am Saturday morning and ended 1am this morning so we're having a rather subdued Sunday to say the least. Many of us are probably nursing a poorly head on the sofa with copious amounts of tea to hand. But it was worth it to see my Aunt so happy after a turbulent few years. All that's left to say is congratulations to the bride and groom, and thank-you for a beautiful day in the Dorset sunshine!


  1. Gorgeous photos! Sounds like you all had a great day :)

    Sian | Siân Marie Beauty

    1. Thanks beaut! It was lovely, albeit pretty long! Xx

  2. Awww, the baby is adorable! I love the tutor period too, always enjoyed learning about them at school.

    I think I would have been scared to get in a helicopter, must have been fun though.

    Looks like you had a fantastic time!

    Corinne x

  3. I actually love photo heavy posts and these are so beautiful, the wedding looks really special xxx

    Blonde of Carbs

  4. That is the cutest cake! It's so pretty and perfect for your aunt I think...congrats on their marriage! I don't really see low key weddings like this so it was fun to see the photos! :)

    Every Day In Grace

    1. I was thinking "oh this is really low-key..." and then the helicopter turned up, haha! Xx

  5. These are such pretty photos! It sounds like the day was amazing.

  6. congrats to the wedded! I absolutely adore photo-heavy pictures and you certainly have put together such wonderful ones!


  7. OMG O_O got married in castle and that helicopter!! This is wonderful wedding!! Thanks for sharing I love seeing wedding photo :)

    Kiss me Sunday // Bloglovin

    1. So much fun for all the guests too because we got to explore the castle! Xx

  8. Gorgeous photos! I'm glad it was a sunny day!
    I remember going to Portland Castle as a child! I'm actually from there so this is like home seeing these photos, especially of Portland Harbour!

    Peach Pow XO

    1. Thank you! Awh that's so lovely to have that memory! Xx

  9. That's a beautiful wedding, So is the Portland Castle I find :)

  10. So beautiful! A perfect fairytale wedding day. I love history too and it sounds like an amazing place. Your cousin sounds a blast too! haha Bet your family love you bringing your camera to events because they have extra lush photos to remember the day.

    Best wishes, Danielle. x


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