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Katie & Richard’s Perfectly English Wedding

Earlier this year we were invited to help Katie and Richard with the venue dressing for their elegant country house wedding near Dorchester

birkin house

Katie and Richard chose Birkin House for their venue. Its a beautiful Victorian Country Manor House close to Dorchester set in fabulous gardens. Deer and peacocks grace the grounds giving it a perfect English garden setting and this was exactly right for the traditional elegance Katie and Richard envisaged

Birkin House Wedding

Owners Richard and Gillian have lovingly restored the property and decorated it in authentic style with Victorian colours and decor but with more than a hint of the Georgian decadence still visible from the previous century


peacock tail

The gardens are truly exquisite with broadleaf woodland, a herb garden, statues and stately urns on the terrace and fine velvety lawns – but there are also some quirkier additions such as the old railway carriage in the garden and of course the imperious peacocks!

Birkin House WeddingAngela Vincent provided the wedding photography. She is an established fine art photographer working with her husband who is also a photographer and art director. Their approach grasps that a wedding is a once-in-a lifetime event and catching the atmosphere and emotions of the day are essential.

Birkin House

We love how Angela’s fascination in the glamour of the classic hollywood greats of yesteryear seeps into her images. She is a big ‘Vintage’ fan and the attention to detail in the images at Katie and Richard’s wedding was sublime. Angela’s blog has lots more sumptuous pictures of Katie and Richard’s wedding and we were delighted when she offered to share these ones with us! Follow our link to Angela’s blog HERE.

Vintage Dorset’s contribution to the day was to bring a flavour of the majestic Birkin House into the wedding marquee -festooning it with vintage bunting, beautiful damask and vintage tablecloths and perfectly gorgeous flowers and ribbons arranged in teacups, teapots and old fashioned jugs.

Flowers in Teacups

Vintage Tables

Vintage Dorset Flowers

Add our old fashioned post box wishing well and some of our gorgeous red glass hearts for measure and the scene perfectly complemented the elegance of this beautiful period house and the classical style radiating from Katie and  Richard.

Postbox wishing well

“Thank you so much for everything you did to make our wedding day so perfect, I absolutely loved the decorations”

We’re sure you’ll agree – Katie and Richard look stunning in this wonderful location – the perfect bride and groom sharing the most beautiful of weddings!

For venue dressing services, accessory hires or book flowers in teacups and on cake stands please contact us HERE.

Published by vdorset, on 21st September 2011 at 7:10 am. Filled under: Vintage Events,Vintage Local History Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Katie & Richard’s Perfectly English Wedding

Veterans and Armed Forces Day

Ration bookDorchester will show its support for past and present servicemen and women at the Veterans and Armed Forces Day on Saturday 2nd July.

The event includes units of armed forces, service veterans, cadets, Ex-Ghurkas, police, ambulance and fire services, World War Two vehicles and the Wessex Military Band who will parade through the town concluding celebrations with music and entertainment in the Borough Gardens.

There are stalls and displays from the forces and if the weather is fine it seems a great vintage event for a traditional picnic.

Committee chairman George Osborne, from the Royal Naval Association, said: “We are hoping the town will come and support us, last year it was very successful and we hope it will be the same.”

The event is supported by Dorchester Town Council and the Dorchester branch of the Royal British Legion.


Parade leaves North Square at 1.25pm

March down South Street, across Trinity Street and along Bowling Alley Walk

Arrive Borough Gardens

Civic service in the Borough Gardens at 2pm, followed by musical entertainment from the Wessex Military Band and Dorchester Big Band.

old radio and union jack flagsA beer tent and café are also available with veterans also on hand to answer questions from members of the public.

Bill Harper, secretary of the Dorchester branch of the Royal British Legion, said:

“It’s an important day for all service and ex-service personnel as well as the reserve forces and cadet forces”

More news of this event on the Dorset Echo website

Published by vdorset, on 30th June 2011 at 3:46 pm. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Events,Vintage Local History Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Veterans and Armed Forces Day