Bournemouth wedding photographer – image of the week 22


by Ian Hamilton.

Bournemouth wedding photographer – image of the week 22

… this week’s image is from Tara and Jon’s wedding reception at the Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel.

Tara and Jon were married on a gloriously sunny day at Highcliffe Castle, situated between Christchurch and New Milton.

I’d started the day with Tara and her Bridesmaids, shooting the preparations at home. I have to say the she was pretty relaxed, which is always a bonus! The wedding itself at Highcliffe Castle was delightful, with family and friends enjoying the beautiful gardens. There’s plenty of space for the little ones to run around and burn up some energy! With the formal photographs done, everyone moved onto the Highcliff Hotel, which, despite the similarity in the names, isn’t exactly close to the Castle! The drinks reception was held on the lawn, and this is the time when I’m hunting around. OK, I don’t mean that to sound strange, but it’s when I’m on the lookout for those special shots. Ones which say so much about the people involved at the wedding.

I’d taken a couple of shots of a small group on the lawn, the grown-up Bridesmaids and their partners. Moving back, I noticed that the little flower-girl had stopped playing – she was looking for attention! Up until that time she’d been part of the Bridal party, and had been the centre of attention. Now that people were relaxing and unwinding she was being ignored a little. Her reaction, placing her hands on her hips and looking at the guests with a stern face makes for a cracking image! It’s one that’s in my wedding portfolio and always draws comments when people see it at wedding exhibitions! I’m sure that if she sees this in a few years time when she’s grown up she might have a few words to say to me! 🙂


Weddings at Highcliffe Castle

Highcliffe Castle is a fabulous building, built in the early 1800s but was almost destroyed by fire and sat derelict for two decades. In the early 1990s a restoration program began, and now it sits proudly on the cliff-top overlooking the Isle of Wight. A Grade 1 listed building, it’s set in 14 acres and is an ideal wedding venue. I’ve shot here on numerous occasions.

If you’re getting married at Highcliffe Castle, or anywhere else in Dorset or Hampshire, please get in touch to discuss your wedding photography requirements – I don’t bite, honest! 🙂 Contact me now to have a no-obligation chat or meeting about your wedding day.


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