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 and 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.

Meeting Alison and her bridesmaids on the beach theme wedding morning was the first time that I have seen 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 and the hair and makeup artists worked their magic on the girls.

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

Black and white portrait of bridesmaid at Sandbanks Hotel wedding
Bride 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.

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

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

The drinks reception and canopies 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 beach for some group photographs.

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 decided to go for a paddle in the sea, still in wedding dress and suit!

Bride and groom hug on Sandbanks Hotel Beach
Beach Theme Wedding on Sandanks Beach
Bride on kiteboard at beach theme wedding in Dorset

The surprises for guests didn’t end there. The beach theme wedding cake was an incredibly realistic sandcastle (fitted with miniature windmills) surrounded by cupcakes. A hilarious raffle of beach themed prizes (i had my eye on the driftwood) took place in-between courses of the wedding breakfast. This truly was a fun packed day.

Bridesmaid portrait at Beach Theme Wedding

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

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