You may remember Ryan and Melissa from their Longleat Sarfari Park engagement photographs. Because we know just how lovely this couple are we were super excited to be shooting their Highcliffe Castle and Bournemouth Hotel wedding.

Bournemouth Hotel Wedding Bridal Preparation Photos

We arrived at The Miramar Hotel on Bournemouth’s east cliff early on a Friday morning. The sun was shining and therefore the temperature rising as we walked past the colourful flowers in the hotel’s garden. Firstly we visited Melissa and her matron of honour in their room on the top floor of their Bournemouth Hotel wedding venue. They were enjoying some morning TV  against the backdrop of a sea view.

Bride and Matron of honor in mirror from Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Bride and sister on morning of Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Wedding shoes on a green sofa from Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Bride on morning of Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
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Illuminated key necklace on morning of Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Flowers girls Sticker details from Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
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They were busy chatting about the last night’s preparations. This included a secret a run to buy doughnuts for Ryan (doughnuts a personal favourite of his)! The hair and make up team from Blushing Brides Bournemouth and Bournemouth Bridal Make up arrived and I set off to find Ryan and his best men.

Bournemouth Hotel Wedding Groom Preparation Photographs

I entered the room to find Ryan and one of his best men looking relaxed but feeling the heat of the sun outside. The lads started to get into their wedding attire completed with superman badge cuff links for Ryan. One of his best men went to deliver presents and returned with presents for the groom including a cake stand full of doughnuts (did I mention that Ryan likes sweet doughnuts?). While sunshine poured in through the window Ryan held aloft his new pocket watch and read the inscription ‘meet me at the castle at 1 PM xxx’.

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Groom receives wedding doughnuts on high tea tiered plates
Groom with peach cravatte and superman cufflinks at Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Wedding pocket watch gift admired by groom on wedding morning
Groom in blue suit and peach cravatte in mirror at Bournemouth Hotel Wedding venue

The last piece of the wedding jigsaw puzzle was the gorgeous buttonholes and bouquets from Beyond the Gate Florist.

Meanwhile Melissa was receiving her gifts including a Pandora charm and book. Ryan had created a cartoon story of their lives together, which brought a tear to her eye as she read it.

Red head bride cries as she reads book gift from groom on wedding morning
Black and white wedding photograph of Maid of Honour at Bournemouth Miramar Hotel
Flower girl is helped into dress at Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Black and white wedding portrait photograph of bride in mirror
Bride is buttoned into her wedding dress at Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Flower girl with basket in light pink dress at Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Red Head Bride in white wedding dress has veil attached at Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Red head bride in white wedding dress at Bournemouth Miramar Hotel Wedding
Bride and flower girl eskimo kiss under veil at Bournemouth Hotel wedding
Bride in circular star mirror at Bournemouth Hotel Wedding

Highcliffe Castle Wedding Ceremony Photographs

Ryan and his best men headed for Highcliffe Castle wedding venue, which we last visited for a Mexican wedding in Dorset! They busied themselves attaching framed photographs of Ryan and Melissa to the guest seats. On closer inspection they had chosen moments of their lives together leading up to their wedding day.

Groom and groomsmen in blue wedding suits walk to Highcliffe Castle wedding
Groomsman in blue wedding suit at Highcliffe Castle wedding in Wintergarden window
Framed photographs of bride and groom in the aisle at Highcliffe Castle wedding
Wedding welcoming sign at Highcliffe Castle wedding ceremony

Meanwhile, Melissa and her grandfather boarded the stunning ivory and black Branford Elite from Christchurch wedding cars.

Tolkien blue plaque at Bournemouth Miramar Hotel wedding venue
Bride walks to classic wedding car at Bournmouth Hotel wedding by the sea
Bride and her father drive through Bournemouth in classic wedding car reflection

They arrived at the castle bathed in glorious sunshine while all of the guests and groom waited inside. Melissa and her Grandfather were led to her Groom by Page Boy, Flower Girl and Matron of Honour.

Highcliffe Castle Doors and stained glass window with classic wedding car
Classic wedding car at Highcliffe Castle wedding venue in Dorset photograph
Groomsmen in blue wedding suits wait for bride at Highcliffe Castle wedding venue
Red head bride arrives in classic wedding car at Highcliffe Castle wedding venue
Red head bride walks down the aisle at Highcliffe Castle wedding ceremony

In the bright light of the magnificent Wintergarden the happy couple delivered their personal promises stood opposite each other. After signing the register the newly weds walked back down the aisle as husband and wife. Their guests showered them in what seemed like a curtain of bubbles, iridescent in the sunlight.

Bride and groom at Highcliffe Castle Wintergarden wedding ceremony
Groom reads wedding vows to bride at Highcliffe Castle wedding ceremony
Wedding guests at Highcliffe Castle Wintergarden wedding ceremony
Bride portrait photograph at Highcliffe Castle wedding ceremony
Pastel wedding flowers bouquet from Beyond the Gate Florist
Bride and groom in Wintergarden window at Highcliffe Castle wedding ceremony
Page boy and flower girl with register at Highcliffe castle

Beach Wedding Photographs in Dorset

We quickly organised some group pictures of the wedding party and headed of for the beach with the bride and groom and videographers from Bride and Zoom. Due to their obvious attire Ryan and Melissa received congratulations from well-wishers en-route.

Bride and groom pose with wedding cars in front of Highcliffe castle
Bride and groom pose outside Highcliffe castle
Newlyweds walk down to the beach from Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Bride and groom through veil from Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Newlyweds on the beach during Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Newlyweds walk away from Bournemouth Hotel Wedding

Bournemouth Hotel Wedding Reception Photographs

Tom and I headed back to the Bournemouth Hotel wedding venue so that we could capture the happy couple being welcomed by their guests. There was time for a drinks reception on the lawn at the front of the hotel with the sounds of Ian Close and his saxophone. After a couple of group photographs the guests were called for wedding breakfast.

Saxophonist in garden at Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Guests pose for group photos at Bournemouth Hotel Wedding

Wedding Breakfast Photographs at Bournemouth Hotel

Once everyone had been fed and watered it was time for the wedding speeches. Melissa’s mother, Her Maid of honour and also Ryan had the guests crying and laughing. In addition the two best men concluded the formal proceedings not without Ryan’s bother cracking a joke or two at his expense.

Top table at Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Guest during wedding breakfast at Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Bride chats to guests during wedding breakfast at Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Mother of the groom during wedding breakfast at Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Mother of the bride and flower girl laugh at Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Bride and grandad at wedding breakfast from Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Mother of the bride speech at Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Bride and groom during wedding breakfast at Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Groom reads speech at Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Guests raise glasses during speeches at Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Best man during speech from Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Top table laughs at speeches from Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Best man delivers speech at Bournemouth Hotel Wedding

Bournemouth Hotel Evening Reception Photographs

The wedding party moved outside to enjoy the warmth of the summer’s evening with after dinner drinks.

Back lit bridal portrait at Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Shadow of bride on grass at Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Bride poses with stag party superheros at Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Flower girl poses in garden at Bournemouth Hotel Wedding

In the party room Ryan and Melissa had set up a chalk board style photo booth. Peter Poole of Sharp Soundz was setting up his lighting and Sound equipment (including a mist machine!). The cake supplied by Abby’s truly scrumptious cakes took center stage on the dance floor, consequently the guests crowded around to witness the cutting of said cake.

Vintage suitcase for wedding cards at Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Bride greets guest at Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Bride and groom cake toppers at Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Bride and groom cut the cake reflected in mirror at Bournemouth Hotel Wedding

The cake was moved aside and the newlyweds took their first dance together as husband and wife. In a loving embrace they slowly swirled amongst the mist.  In amongst the lights and lasers the wedding guests joined them.

Brides dress detail at Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
First dance in mist at Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Bride and groom during first dance at Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Bride and groom kiss on dance floor Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Newlyweds in dance floor lasers from Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Groom dances with guest from Bournemouth Hotel Wedding

As the sun set outside guests enjoyed lawn games while others applied fancy dress for the photo booth.

Bubble in garden at Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Groom and guests in garden at Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Flower girl plays croquet at Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Guest uses the photo booth at Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Bride and flower girl in photo booth at Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Newlyweds pose in front of chalk Bord photo-booth at Bournemouth Hotel Wedding

Finally everyone gathered in the garden and armed with sparklers forming a pyrotechnic guard of honour.

Guests and newlyweds with sparklers in garden at Bournemouth Hotel Wedding
Wedding couple write love with sparkler at Bournemouth Hotel Wedding

You can see our next Highcliffe Castle wedding photographs on our Dorset wedding photography blog. Also, you can see what Ryan and Melissa thought of their Bournemouth wedding photography service in their Bournemouth Hotel wedding photographers review.

 

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