Beach Weddings Bournemouth fun wedding of Emma and James

As a Dorset wedding photographer I’m privileged to shoot at some fantastic wedding venues. I was delighted when Emma and James asked if I’d photograph their special day. They’d travelled down from Staffordshire for a weekend to meet up with me, and we chatted over coffee at West Beach café, talking about their plans for the day. It’s always good to see a couple really excited about their plans, both of them involved in the process and keen to make it a success. The love and tenderness between them was so strong you could almost touch it and I knew this would be a Beach Weddings Bournemouth fun wedding!

Emma and James’ wedding was intimate, with just the key family members and a few friends. You don’t need a cast of thousands to make a wedding a success and I believe it’s really important that you have the people who mean the most to you at your special day. As it was a smaller ceremony they didn’t have a full marquee, but what’s known as a Chinese hat – it’s perfect for an intimate wedding.

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After a cloudy start the wedding day was bright and sunny, the beach relatively deserted and the Beach Weddings Bournemouth venue looking stunning against the backdrop of Poole Bay and the Purbecks – the sun glistening on the sea.

James waited nervously under the driftwood arch, anticipating Emma’s arrival on the beach with her Father. The nerves quickly melted away and before we knew it, they were married! Afterwards they had a drinks reception (plus some delicious Purbeck ice cream) followed by some photographs. After the family formals I took them away for a short while, down to the water’s edge. I think it’s really important for couples to get some time alone on their wedding day, just to enjoy each others company whilst I take some relaxed portraits.

After the beach it was back along the promenade to West Beach, where everyone tucked into a delicious meal.

Thank you, Emma and James, for allowing me to be a part of your special day – it was brilliant! :)

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Check out my page on Beach Weddings Bournemouth to learn more about this fantastic Dorset wedding venue.

As a Bournemouth wedding photographer I’m both delighted and proud to be a recommended photographer for Beach Weddings Bournemouth as well as a number of the leading Dorset wedding venues and would be delighted to have a chat about what you want out of your wedding day, and how you want it recorded. Your wedding day’s unique, so shouldn’t the service that you receive be unique as well? Please use the contact form here on my website and I look forward to hearing from you.

If you’re confused about the various styles of wedding photography that are now available, check out my guide and hopefully you’ll find it useful. :)

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Durlston Castle wedding of Denise and Alex

On the Jurassic coast there’s a very special wedding venue with stunning views across Poole Bay. It’s always fun shooting weddings at Durlston Castle, irrespective of what the weather throws at me (well, it is England after all). In fact, the Durlston Castle wedding of Denise and Alex was a lovely event but the day dawned, well, kind of gloomy. To be truthful it was more than gloomy, it was damp and drizzly. But that didn’t stop anyone from enjoying themselves!

I met up with Alex and some of the guests down at Poole Quay, because they were staying at the Hotel du Vin, which is where the reception was being held. Alex had arranged for some rather special transport for the guests, an old Routemaster bus. Unfortunately we couldn’t use the Sandbanks Ferry because the overhang on the bus would have been an issue on the loading ramp. So instead we had a jolly little journey through the Purbecks, via the picturesque village of Corfe and its famous Castle.

The wedding ceremony was held in the Belvedere which enjoys panoramic views across Poole Bay towards the Isle of Wight. It’s a delightful room, with plenty of natural light flooding in – which is a bonus for wedding photographers! Denise arrived in the Belvedere via the spiral staircase and they were smiles all around as she stepped up beside Alex.

After the ceremony, whilst the guests were enjoying their drinks reception I took Denise and Alex outside onto the terrace, as they particularly wanted some photographs that made the most of the stunning views. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t playing ball and the mist and rain swept in, so we had to curtail those particular shots!

Everyone then climbed on board the Routemaster for the trip back to the Hotel du Vin in Poole, where they enjoyed their formal reception. No-one seemed to mind the weather and it was a great atmosphere on the bus – lots of laughter!

A huge “thank you” to Denise and Alex for asking me to be a part of such a fabulous day! x

Wedding Suppliers:

Florist: Fleur de Lys

Cake: Pippa Jackson

Routemaster Bus: Superwed Cars

Caterers (Durlston Castle): Seventh Wave

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I’m both delighted and proud to be a recommended photographer for a number of the leading Dorset wedding venues and would be delighted to have a chat about what you want out of your wedding day, and how you want it recorded. Your wedding day’s unique, so shouldn’t the service that you receive be unique as well? Please use the contact form here on my website and I look forward to hearing from you.

If you’re confused about the various styles of wedding photography that are now available, check out my guide and hopefully you’ll find it useful. :)

Studland wedding photographer

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Wedding at the RNLI College Poole of Claire and Andy

I love shooting any wedding at the RNLI College Poole – it’s a great venue with stunning architecture and it’s set right on the water’s edge. In fact, it would be difficult to get much closer to the water without actually getting your feet wet! As a Dorset wedding photographer I get to work at some great and really unique wedding venues, and the RNLI’s certainly unique! In fact, Claire and Andy chose the RNLI College because it is SO unusual – they wanted somewhere stylish and different for their wedding this year.

The journey to the RNLI was somewhat fraught – even though it’s only around a 10 mile journey, on this particular day everything seemed set against me. Every route I took was jammed with traffic (even the back-roads which I know so well). Fortunately, I always allow plenty of time when travelling to a wedding, so there were no real issues!

Claire and Tom’s ceremony was held in the Harbour View Suite, which has sweeping views across Holes Bay. Tom looked a little nervous as he waited for Claire to arrive, but there were no worries about getting caught in traffic – she’d stayed at the RNLI overnight, so it was only a short walk down the corridor from her room! Gary from the Poole Registrars was officiating and he quickly put everyone at ease for the ceremony. Afterwards the couple had a drinks reception and then I took the immediate Bridal party out onto the balcony for the formal photos, even if it was a tad breezy!

It was a great day and if you’re considering having your wedding at the RNLI College Poole for a wedding, I’d suggest that you pop along to their wedding open day in January. It’s organised by Bellissimo Weddings and I’ll be there along with a selection of hand-picked wedding suppliers. It’s the perfect opportunity to have a look around the venue and also book those all-important details for your special day. I look forward to seeing you there and discussing your Dorset wedding! :)

Wedding Suppliers:

Flowers: Arcade Flowers

Make-up: Tara Sanger

Hair: Laura MacKenzie

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I’m both delighted and proud to be a recommended photographer for a number of the leading Dorset wedding venues and would be delighted to have a chat about what you want out of your wedding day, and how you want it recorded. Your wedding day’s unique, so shouldn’t the service that you receive be unique as well? Please use the contact form here on my website and I look forward to hearing from you.

If you’re confused about the various styles of wedding photography that are now available, check out my guide and hopefully you’ll find it useful. :)

Studland wedding photographer

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