In this occasional series I’ll be looking at some of my favourite wedding venues across Dorset and Hampshire (and beyond). Today we’re looking at a truly unique wedding venue (and one of my favourites) – Beach Weddings Bournemouth.
Looking for a truly unique Dorset wedding venue – Beach Weddings Bournemouth
If you follow my work on this site and my Facebook page you’ll know that I’m delighted to be a recommended photographer for Beach Weddings Bournemouth. I’m proud to have been involved with the Beach Weddings Bournemouth team since its launch in 2011, when Melanie Kiani asked me to cover the Press launch. In the Spring of 2012 the public had their first chance to see a beach wedding when Kate and Frazer got married in front of the GMTV cameras for the Daybreak programme. In all my years of wedding photography I’ve never experienced a wedding quite like it. TV cameras, floor directors, lights, miles of cables and loads of technicians …. the list went on. But it was a resounding success and laid the basis for the thriving business that BWB is today!
It has to be said that BWB truly is a unique wedding venue. It’s the only place in the UK where you can have your actual wedding ceremony on the beach. If you want, you can wiggle your toes in the sand whilst exchanging your vows! One of my Grooms this year did exactly that!
You’ll get married under a driftwood arch in front of the wedding hut, with the waves lapping onto the shore just yards away. It’s the perfect soundtrack to accompany your special day and what could be better? To protect you from the weather you can have a marquee, with various sizes available depending on the size of your wedding party. One of my couples in the first year of beach weddings chose to marry without a marquee and had the absolutely perfect day – warmth, sunshine, a light breeze and champagne! It was also just the two of them – they didn’t tell anyone about the wedding … Melanie and I were witnesses!!
After the ceremony it’s time to relax with family and friends with a drink reception, perhaps enjoying some delicious ice-cream. Chef Matthew and his team from Fish Face create stunning meals whilst admiring the view across Poole Bay to the Purbecks in the West and The Needles in the East.
The marquee’s a blank canvas. You can decorate it in your own choice of colour scheme. Bold, subtle, vintage – whatever you choose. It’s so much better than trying to decorate a hotel’s dated ceremony room, with multi-coloured carpets and 1980’s wallpaper!
Take a walk along the beach, just the two of you. Alone with your thoughts. A chance to talk about your day.
Is a beach wedding for you? Well, only you can decide that. However, in all the years I’ve been shooting beach weddings I’ve never had a couple who haven’t been absolutely delighted by the service provided by Melanie and her Beach Weddings Bournemouth team!
Wedding photography with Beach Weddings Bournemouth
If you’re considering a wedding with Beach Weddings Bournemouth (or indeed, anywhere else in Dorset or Hampshire) then please get in touch to discuss your wedding photography requirements. As I mentioned in the Blog post above, I’m delighted to be a recommended photographer for a number of leading Dorset wedding venues and would love to hear about the plans for your special day. Get in touch with me now for a no-obligation chat.
Ian is one of Dorset’s leading wedding photographers. Based in Bournemouth and with over 20 years of experience photographing weddings across Dorset and Hampshire, Ian’s the perfect choice for couples who want unobtrusive, discreet wedding photography that captures the emotions of their special day. Read more about his own personal style of documentary wedding photography on this website.
Proud to be a recommended photographer for a number of leading Dorset wedding venues.
Blog post: Unique Dorset wedding venue – Beach Weddings Bournemouth