Today I am thrilled to share this gorgeous Woodland meets Middle Earth meets Lord of the Rings inspired Wedding in Dorset.
Images were captured by One Thousand Words Photography.
One Thousand Words are Tom Wishart and Murray Lambert, two documentary wedding photographers working synchronously as one thousand words wedding photography.
Over the years of working together they have developed and blended their styles to provide natural timeless wedding photography.
They have a host of amazing wedding venues on their doorstep in Dorset but are often travelling to venues further afield and even abroad.
They always shoot weddings as a team of two, working without time limits, making sure no moment is missed.
I hand over to beautiful Bride Harriet to tell us about her Lord of the Rings inspired Wedding…
How did you meet?
We met at University in Winchester in our 2nd year, I was a bit of a recluse and Lee was a social butterfly and played for the University football team.
When he started talking to me I thought, why on earth is he talking to me, this must be some kind of joke or a dare.
But to my surprise it was genuine.
Tell us about the Proposal…
Lee took me to Winchester on my birthday, we went to a cafe for lunch that we always used to eat at.
He then drove us to St Catherines Hill which is where we used to like to go for a walk and soak up the views.
It has a really small car park and when we arrived there was nowhere to park so we did a few laps round the local roads and went back.
Luckily there was 1 little space at the back of the car park, just for us!
He dragged me up the hill (it was hot) and when we got to the top he asked me to look out and see if I could find the house I used to live in when I was at uni.
Whilst I was looking out, a gorgeous little dog came running up to us so I immediately stopped looking at the view and gave the dog a big fuss.
Lee seemed a little flustered when this dog showed up but I thought nothing of it.
The dog trotted off and I carried on looking out to see if I could spot my old house.
Lee tapped me on the shoulder so I turned round and he was down on one knee holding out a beautiful ring in its box. It was perfect.
He later told me that when the little dog appeared he was half way down to the floor ready to propose so when I dropped to the floor to fuss this dog, he desperately hid the ring and pretended to be surprised, fussing the dog.
When really, he was annoyed at the dog because it nearly blew his whole plan!!!
Lee always told me he would never propose on an occasion and it would be when I least expect it so for him to have done it on my birthday (an occasion) was definitely a surprise.
He drove us home, and shortly after we went to my Grandads house where my whole family were waiting for us.
Only my dad knew what had happened as Lee had told him the plan.
The rest of the family were completely overjoyed when we told them the news.
My dad then brought out a hand made/decorated engagement cake in the shape of a hobbit house for me and Lee which was such a lovely touch.
It really was a perfect day.
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
Our journey was long, we were engaged for 2 years before we actually tied the knot.
This is because we wanted to do it all on our own, so it took some serious saving over a couple of years to be able to have it the way we wanted.
Weddings are not cheap so it was very stressful worrying about whether we would save the figure we needed.
Lee was fantastic in assuring me we would, and he was right.
I went to lots of wedding fayres in the local area which were great for getting ideas and getting contacts for the big things like photographers and venues.
I also did a lot of research online, particularly on Pinterest.
There are so many amazing ideas on there which was so helpful for us.
Any special touches/DIY?
We did a lot of the decor ourselves, lots of homemade touches.
We made our table plan which was a live moss covered board in an ornate photo frame.
We then attached brass/gold hooks and hung stained parchment paper onto each hook which displayed the table names and guests names, written in a Lord of the Rings style font, keeping to our theme.
We also made our own place names, table names, sweet cart, table centrepieces and lots of other bits.
We did this to save money but also so we could 100% make our wedding our own.
To have something no one else would have, completely bespoke to us and we’re so happy we did it that way.
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
We had a woodland meets Middle Earth, meets Lord of the Rings inspired Wedding theme.
Lots of real moss, wood and foliage was used to tie in with the theme.
Our groomsmen were in Grey and the bridesmaids were in a dusky purple.
What was the best bit of your day?
The best bit of our day was 100% the ceremony.
We had such a lovely registrar and we were so happy being stood in front of each other declaring our love.
It couldn’t get any better. We had so much fun, there was lots of giggles, smiles and excitement.
When we watched our wedding video back, there was a baby crying for a few moments before they were taken outside and we didn’t hear that AT ALL during the ceremony which just shows how deep in the moment we were.
Is there anything you would do differently?
I don’t think so, looking back we don’t have anything we weren’t happy with. I think that’s because we took so long planning for it, we had plenty of time to think everything through and make sure nothing was forgotten or overlooked.
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Do lots of research, don’t settle for the first supplier you come across.
There will always be another supplier just as good but slightly cheaper.
Definitely get your wedding/ceremony recorded. We’re so glad we did because a few weeks after our wedding Lee’s uncle passed away and a couple of months later my Grandad passed away.
Being able to relive our day, seeing all our loved ones in a video is just so special. It great having photos but having a moving image gives something more.
If possible with your photographers, do an engagement photo shoot.
We’re so glad we were able to have one because it gave us the opportunity to work with our photographers (who were absolutely awesome) before our wedding day.
On our wedding day we were so at ease with them, normally I don’t like my photo being taken but Murray and Tom just had a laugh with us and made it so enjoyable.
Thanks to One Thousand Words for sharing this amazing Lord of the Rings inspired Wedding, and to the couple for sharing their extraordinary creativity and talent for bringing together such an inspired day.
Venue – Ceremony and Reception – Lulworth Castle
Photographer – One Thousand Words
Caterers – Beales Gourmet Ltd
Wedding Dress – Pascali Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaid Gowns – Chi Chi London
Suit – Isobel’s Bridal & Groom
Cake Maker – Dream Cakes by Michelle
Florist – Signature Flowers
Videographer – Family Friend
Rings – H.Samuel
Stationery – Berry & Peg (Etsy)
Make up – Millie Peters
Hair stylist – Ashton Spicer from Vanilla Hair and Beauty
Car Hire – Austin Beauford Wedding Cars
Photo Booth – Box photo booths
Chair covers – Fundoo Weddings
To Contact One Thousand Words
Website – https://www.onethousandwords.co.uk/
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone – 07949 182953