Beach Theme Wedding Photographs at Sandbanks Hotel, Dorset

When we first met Alison and Richard they told us that they were planning a beach theme wedding. For this they had the perfect location.

Their choice of the stunning Sandbanks Hotel meant that much of their beautiful wedding day was spent either overlooking or on the fine yellow sand of Sandbanks beach. Perfect.

You can see more of our Sandbanks Hotel wedding photographs here or read our Sandbanks Hotel wedding photographers wedding venue review here.

Bridesmaid looks at wedding dress at Sandbanks Hotel wedding morning

Beach Theme Wedding Preparation Photographs

Meeting Alison and her bridesmaids on the wedding morning was a first. One of her bridesmaids was a chap preparing for the day ahead with the girls. After a rib tickling try on of his bridesmaid dress Alison’s ‘Bridesman’ donned his suit The hair and makeup artists worked their magic on the girls.

Alison had chosen a balcony room. This overlooked Poole harbour to prepare for the beach theme wedding. The view and the champagne made for a wonderfully relaxing morning.

Male bridesmaid opens champagne over hotel balcony at Poole HarbourBlack and white portrait of bridesmaid at Sandbanks Hotel weddingBride has hair styled on beach theme wedding morning

Downstairs the Sandbanks Hotel’s ‘Compass Room’ had been beautifully dressed with shells, boats, seagulls and a surprise for the guests. Each table had a huge glass center piece filled with sweets.

Groom Preparation Photographs at Sandbanks Hotel

Meanwhile Richard the groom and his best man added some Scottish flavour to the day. Next they donned their kilts and sporrans and popped to the pub before the ceremony to calm their nerves.

Groom in kilt on wedding morning at Sandbanks Hotel wedding

The Sandbanks hotel provides a lovely beach theme wedding ceremony with guests overlooking the beach. On this occasion it had the added backdrop of Pool regatta boats racing on the sea.

Beach Theme Wedding Photographs in Dorset

The drinks reception and canopies then took the guests (and sunshine) out onto the sun terrace literally over the beach. After Alison and Richard had properly greeted their guests we walked along the sand for some group photographs.

Bride and groom kiss by the sea at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding

Child wedding guest looks at wedding cakes through window

Sandcastle Wedding Cake with ice cream cupcakes

Now a good example of how fun-loving this pair are is captured in the photographs we took next. Not only did they want a few images of them alone on the beach but Alison also managed to borrow a nearby Kitesurfer’s board for some surfing shots. They then decided to go for a paddle in the sea, still in wedding dress and suit!

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The surprises for guests didn’t end there. The beach theme wedding cake was an incredibly realistic sandcastle surrounded by cupcakes, for instance. Next a hilarious raffle of beach themed prizes took place in-between courses of the wedding breakfast. This truly was a fun packed day.

Groom and groomsmen in kits smoke cigars by the seaBlonde Bridesmaid with pearls portrait laughing at speeches

After a break in the bar and the photo-booth, the Compass Room was transformed into a dance floor. Next the newlyweds took their first dance. Just as soon as the song finished family and friends had joined them on the dance floor. We later left them all showing off their  finest dance moves.

First dance at Sandbanks Hotel Beach Theme Wedding