Who could imagine that late July could deliver so much rain in Dorset. We had planned an outdoor ceremony for today, but instead we used the candle lit Great Hall for the wedding service. Athelhampton is great in all weather and instead of photographs, drinks and canapés around the superb gardens, we kept everyone warm and dry in the historic rooms of the house, and used them for stunning photographs. After the main course the rain stopped momentarily and Laura and photograph
Lots of little things make a succesful wedding day, and so often we hear of churches and wedding venues in Dorset that don't allow confetti.. it's only a small thing, but we think it's an important part of the day, and gives the opportunity for a great photo! We welcome confetti!
Today at Athelhampton, we are playing Top Trumps, you remember the card game featuring fast and exotic cars? We are playing with real Wedding transport, and we think this beats then all! A 1963 fire engine, in stunning immaculate condition. Just the right size to slip through the front gate, what better way to arrive at your Dorset Wedding Venue..
It's 5.30 on a Wednesday night, its wedding tasting time! Each of our couples has the opportunity to taste the menu that we have created for them, it's a great opportunity to enjoy some food, and taste the wines we suggest from our wine list. It's a quiet and relaxed time! Fillet of Dorset Beef, tomato ragu, gratin potato and in the background some asparagus and Somerset Brie parcels, not to forget an great glass of Bila Haut Rouge
Our kitchen is a busy place! Gemma and her team delivered a fabulous multi course menu, 3 starters - beetroot risotto, asparagus bruschetta and a duet of duck, followed by stuffed fillet of Dorset beef, breast of chicken and spiced vegan parcels with pal choi.. lots of locally sourced ingredients all designed around our couples requirements. The meal was followed by a tasting plate of desserts, which I got a photo of just as they were being decorated.. yummy!
Athelhampton's historic Great Hall, is early Tudor, built in 1485, it's just over 530 years old. Today we are using the Hall for a beautiful ceremony. Athelhampton has 4 licensed rooms, as well as the option to have an outdoor ceremony. The Registrar's from Dorchester help make the ceremony extra special!