Kings Arms Christchurch Wedding Photographs
We arrived early on the morning of this spring Kings Arms Christchurch wedding. Hannah-May, her mother and bridesmaids were busy with Fiona Lucy Clark wedding MUA and hairdresser extraordinaire. Out the window we could see the Kings Pavilion where in just a few hours the wedding ceremony would take place.
Kings Arms Christchurch Wedding Morning Preparation
Hannah-May’s beautiful wedding dress and veil hung in the window. The closed shutters caused the sunlight to burst through illuminating the dress against the wall. While Hannah-May had her hair and makeup styled her mother helped her two bridesmaids with their aquamarine dresses.
Murray had a chance to have a look round the Kings Pavilion while Craig added the final touches to the venue. Orders of service and confetti bags placed on the chairs before it was time to go and get ready himself. Once he and his page-boy were in their wedding attire it was back downstairs to welcome his guests. He fixed his buttonhole and headed across the road to the Pavilion. While he waited for the guests a rain shower came in forcing guests to shelter under umbrellas en route.
Kings Arms Christchurch Wedding Final Preparation
Meanwhile back in the Kings Arms Hannah-May had been readying herself and now looked particularly stunning in her white wedding dress. Once her father had arrived and pinned his buttonhole the bridal party headed downstairs. When crossing the road the rain stopped and the traffic was also invited to stop with the hotel’s very own “Stop – Bride Crossing” sign.
Kings Arms Christchurch Wedding Ceremony
The guests inside could see Hannah-May arriving but Craig resisted looking until she was escorted down the aisle. The heart-warming civil ceremony took place in the beautifully decorated pavilion. Woodland themed candles and decorations surrounded the happy couple. As the newly-weds made their way back down the aisle as husband and wife confetti filled the air.
The guests enjoyed bubbles and canapés inside the pavilion before we headed outside onto the porch for some group photographs. Group photographs taken care of, we stole the bride and groom away briefly for some shots in and around the ruin of Christchurch castle. After returning the newly-weds to their guests everyone made their way to the Kings priory for the reception.
Kings Arms Christchurch Wedding Afternoon Tea
Upstairs had been transformed by Simply Flower with seasonal daffodils around small tree branch centrepieces, hessian “Just Married” bunting and matching chair sashes. Fairy lights and round lanterns hung from the ceiling. The happy couple and their guests enjoyed a typical English afternoon tea with sandwiches and an assortment of cakes. Post- tea Craig made his groom’s speech from behind a baby seat which he used as a lectern/ table for his drink! He gave a heartfelt thanks to his guests and praise for his new wife for organising such a special day.
Kings Arms Christchurch Wedding Evening
Downstairs in the bar area The Good Foot Band were getting set up as evening guests arrived. Hannah-May and Craig worked their way around the room welcoming newcomers. As they arrived they mingled with the daytime guests all awaiting the couple’s first dance. While the band sound checked the guests were invited to build a balloon of fingerprints by way of a signing book. A photo booth with many props was also at the guests disposal.
With the bar now filled the newly-weds took to the floor for their first dance, shortly followed by the guests. As the band got towards the end of their first set we headed outside to get a final picture of the LOVE letters lit up in front of the pavilion.