Corfe Castle Wedding Photographs in Dorset

You may remember Gale and Chris from their Corfe Castle engagement photographs back in September. The castle ruins and steam trains were lovely on a bright sunshine on a warm summer’s day. Perfect for a Corfe Castle wedding, for instance!

The week before their wedding saw it rain for pretty much five solid days and nights. We were therefore looking at ‘plan b’ for the planned outdoor photographs. Come the Saturday and again Gale and Chris were blessed with a bright sunny day!

Corfe Castle Wedding Bridal Preparation Photographs

We arrived at the Bankes Arms Hotel for the Corfe Castle wedding day whilst Gale’s sisters setting up the reception room with all sorts of table decorations and candles. Gale was busy with the wedding makeup artist in one bedroom whilst the hairdresser waited patiently in another. Gale was incredibly relaxed about the day ahead. As the light streamed into the 16th century building she was watching the village square as it awoke into its weekend bustle.

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Sat on the four-poster bed Gale’s sisters took it in turn to keep her company. They had their hair styled, organised guests on the phone and eventually changed into their gorgeous bridesmaid’s dresses ready for this Corfe Castle wedding.

A cold glass of Champagne and some hair styling later and Gale was ready to don her wonderful wedding dress. She was still cool as a cucumber.

Meanwhile the chaps were busy little bees running about the village buying train tickets. They then organised guests and battled with waistcoats and buttonholes!

Bridesmaids help bride into wedding dress at The Bankes Arms Hotel

Swanage Town Hall Wedding Ceremony Photographs

I love shooting at Swanage Town Hall, for several reasons. For instance, it is a beautiful building to photograph inside and out, with huge bright windows. It has a sweeping wooden staircase and the friendliest, most accommodating registrars we have ever met.

Gale and Chris had a lovely civil wedding ceremony, with readings from family and friends. During the exchange of vows I couldn’t help but have my heartstrings pulled as both of Gale’s sisters and mother were gently weeping on the front row.

Outside the hand carved London fascia and huge wooden doors made a fantastic backdrop for some group shots. The guests rained down the confetti.

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Swanage Beach Wedding Photographs

We took the long route back to the Corfe Castle wedding venue .Stopping off with Chris, Gale and her bridesmaids at Swanage beach was wonderful. I don’t think they minded having a couple of minutes of calm together.

They walked the shoreline and it certainly produced some stunning photographs. Any worries Gale and Chris had had back at the engagement shoot of being camera conscious had dissolved. The happy couple were so very relaxed and smiley, clearly head over heels.

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Wedding Couple Photographs in Corfe Castle, Dorset

Back in the village of Corfe we walked into the gorgeous ruins of Corfe Castle wedding venue. I was a bit concerned that high heels and glasses of bucks fizz wouldn’t help with the slippery ascent. Gale was brilliant and ‘off roaded’ like she was on a hiking trip. The old castle walls, their shape against the sky and stepped grass embankments make a fantastic backdrop for wedding photographs. The views back across Corfe and the Purbeck are stunning.

One of the lovely things about being a Corfe Castle wedding photographer is that you get to accompany a Bride and Groom to the places their guests don’t tend to join them. Be it a country field, a pier, a beach or in this case a castle. Almost every time members of the public will congratulate the happy couple, stop for a chat, wish them luck, or applause. It’s a lovely thing to behold.

Bankes Arms, Corfe Wedding Reception Photographs

Back down into Corfe village and the guests in the Bankes Arms were ready for their wedding breakfast. I noticed that the guys had created a ‘memory tree’ for guests to write messages and hang them on. A lovely idea and a great reminder of the love that a wedding day can show.

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Steam Train at Corfe Castle Wedding Photographs

With full stomachs and smiles on their faces the wedding party then took the short stroll onto Corfe Castle Steam Railway station. This is a ‘must do’ for any Corfe Castle wedding.

If you have never been there it’s definitely worth a visit, a bit like stepping back in time. For example, wooden picket fences, 1930’s metal signs, wooden trolleys and a signal box that looks like it has come straight out of a model railway.

It can feel a little like a film set until the huge steam train thunders in. The steam train itself is a sensory ‘bomb’, the noise of the whistle, the engine and the tracks. The sheer size of it, period styling of the carriages and the smells of steam, burning coal, hot metal and years of axle grease are intense.

The controller and driver were so very accommodating for this Corfe Castle wedding. They had reserved a couple of carriages for the wedding party and waiting for us to take some photographs with the train before it departed.

It’s a unique feeling travelling through the beautiful Dorset countryside on a steam train. The guests were now enhancing the experience with glasses of champagne. The children and adults alike loved the journey. After a quick stop at Swanage station we returned along the line. We next walked through the train carriages, Gale and Chris were greeted with applause and congratulations from the other passengers as if Royalty.

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Corfe Castle Wedding Reception Photographs

Next we headed back to the Corfe Castle wedding celebrations at the Bankes Arms Hotel. The room was then prepared for the evening’s festivities. Drinks were served and as the sun set over the valley candles were lit out in garden. The wedding speeches were short and from the heart and Gale and Chris cut the cake before the band arrived to set up.

As the room was filled with the chatter of merry guests we found some of Chris’s family huddled around the fire at the front of the Hotel. They were having a lovely time reminiscing the past in their own winter scene.

Corfe Castle Wedding Evening Photographs in Dorset

After some warm up numbers the band then stuck up for the first dance. Next, Gale and Chris were quickly joined by family and friends. They were keen to show off their funky moves on the dance floor. We left Chris and Gale’s Corfe Castle wedding fighting the urge to join in, with the satisfaction of a job well done.

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You can see what Gale and Chris think of our Dorset wedding photography services in their Corfe Castle Wedding Photographers Review.