Country Courtyard Wedding

The sun was shining on this warm morning as we arrived in Kingston for this country courtyard wedding with Shelly and Colin. Having worked at Kingston country courtyard many times over the years it felt good being back at a place so close to our office with so many good memories.

Hill top wedding venue Kingston Country Courtyard
Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding brown leisure road sign on Dorset road

Country Courtyard Wedding Groom Preparation

I met Colin and the guys at Brook Tea Rooms for mostly English breakfasts with some American pancakes too! We all returned to Shelly and Colin’s flat to get ready for the big day. The gents all looked extremely dapper in their black suits with black bow ties and classic crisp white shirts. Once they were all ‘wedding ready’ they headed off for Kingston Country Courtyard. The guys arrived in the Dorset sun shine and busied themselves greeting guests finalizing the final details for the outdoor wedding ceremony. The music cued up they ushered the guests to take their places. Colin and the groomsmen took theirs front and center.

Grooms party tuck into breakfast before Country Courtyard Wedding
Groom and groomsmen after wedding morning cafe breakfast before Courtyard Wedding
Groom reflection in Swanage cafe window from Courtyard Wedding
Dancing groomsman in window before Purbeck courtyard Wedding
Wedding rings in the palm of hand from Courtyard Wedding
Groom and best man from morning of Courtyard Wedding
Smiling groom in mirror from morning of Country Courtyard Wedding
Reflection of groom in groomsman's sunglasses from Courtyard Wedding
Grooms reflection in mirror wearing sunglasses from Country Courtyard Wedding
Groomsmen in black suits spray cream into each others mouths on wedding morning
Groomsmen in black suits and bow ties walk across the street like reservoir dogs

Country Courtyard Wedding Bridal Preparation

Shelly and her bridesmaids were in in one of the luxurious rooms with views across the Purbeck countryside. Shelly sat on the end of her bed while the bridesmaids finished their breakfasts around her. The girls were assisted by Jody Flanders working her talents with the wedding make up. Wedding hair was expertly styled by Emma Hobart from salon @ 53 .The pink bridesmaids dresses hung in the window with the bright sunshine lighting them up.

As the girls became more and more excited Shelly showed little signs of breaking her cool relaxed mood. Soon the bridesmaids were dressed and it was time to help Shelly get into her dress. Shelly looked breathtaking.

Nude pink bridesmaid dresses hang in window from Country Courtyard Wedding
Bride sits on bed among bridesmaid preparation from Country Courtyard Wedding
Top table detail from Country Courtyard Wedding
Wedding dress hangs against wood cladding at Country Courtyard Wedding
Maid of honor has hair styled before courtyard wedding
Wedding dress hangs on beam from Courtyard Wedding
Bridesmaid has hair styled on morning of Country Courtyard Wedding
Bride and bridesmaid reflections from Country Courtyard Wedding
Bags of bridesmaid gifts from Purbeck Courtyard Wedding
Bride having make up styled on morning of courtyard Wedding

Bride receives messages in a bottle gift from bridesmaids on wedding morning
Bridesmaids with tattooed arms show of wedding morning jewellery gifts
Bridesmaid cries upon receiving gift and card from bride on wedding morning
Beautiful bridesmaid on Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding morning
Cream rose and white flower wedding bouquet from Bloom florist in Swanage, Dorset
Documentary photo of bride and mother of the bride hugging on wedding morning
 
Bride is buttoned into white wedding dress at Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding
Beautiful bride puts on wedding dress watched by bridesmaids on wedding morning
Detail wedding photograph of bride being buttoned into her white wedding dress
Bridesmaid watches bride put on her wedding dress in mirror on wedding morning
Black and white wedding photo of stunning bride in mirror on wedding morning
Gorgeous bride in white wedding dress fans out wedding veil during bridal preparation

Country Courtyard Wedding Outdoor Ceremony

With all of the guests gathered in the outdoor wedding ceremony space the flower girl emerged, dropping flower petals as she made her way down the aisle. Next came the four gorgeous bridesmaids and maid of honor. Shelly was escorted down the aisle by her father.Her stunning appearance and huge smile left Colin without a dry eye.

Groom in black suit reads letter from bride against countryside stone wall
Wedding order of service written on mirror at Country Courtyard Wedding
Groom and groomsmen in black suits await bride at Country Courtyard Wedding
Father of the bride laughing from Purbeck Courtyard Wedding
Groom and groomsmen share a joke from Country Courtyard Wedding
Flower girl leads bridal party out in the sunshine at Country Courtyard Wedding
Bridesmaid in pink dress walks down aisle at outdoor Country Courtyard Wedding
Maid of honor comes down the aisle at Country Courtyard Wedding
Groom awaits his bride in the sunshine at Country Courtyard Wedding
Here comes the bride at Country Courtyard Wedding
That first look from Country Courtyard Wedding
Groom lays eyes on his bride to be at Country Courtyard Wedding
Outdoor ceremony in the sunshine at Country Courtyard Wedding
Its all laughs at outdoor ceremony at Purbeck Courtyard Wedding
Bride gives reading during outdoor ceremony at Courtyard Wedding
Best man uses fan during outdoor ceremony at Country Courtyard Wedding
Bride and groom share a look at Country Courtyard Wedding
Bevy of bridesmaids during outdoor ceremony at Country Courtyard Wedding
Groomsmen during outdoor ceremony at Country Courtyard Wedding
Bridesmaid reading during outdoor ceremony at Country Courtyard Wedding
Bride and groom during outdoor ceremony at Country Courtyard Wedding
Best man with the rings at outdoor ceremony at Country Courtyard Wedding
First kiss at outdoor Country Courtyard Wedding
Confetti and box thrown at newlyweds at Country Courtyard Wedding

Under a cloudless sky Shelly’s father agreed to give her hand in marriage to Colin. After a reading delivered by a bridesmaid Shelly and Colin made their promises to each other and were married. A second reading was delivered in the glorious sunshine while guests fanned themselves with paper fans. The paper work completed the new Mr and Mrs came back down the aisle and were showered with confetti. (even a whole box!).

Everyone made their way around to Kingston Country Courtyard’s garden to enjoy a drinks reception looking out over the Purbeck countryside. Many stood in the shade of the trees out of the heat of the sun. Whilst drinks and the views were enjoyed The Forever Steel Drum Band played adding Caribbean party feel to the sunshine reception. After a number of group photos the guests merrily made their way into the barn for the wedding breakfast.

Steel band play during garden drinks reception at Country Courtyard Wedding
Bride with guests at garden drinks reception at Courtyard Wedding
Guests enjoy a drink at garden reception at Courtyard Wedding
Young wedding guests and the view at country Courtyard Wedding
Bridal party group photograph at Country Courtyard Wedding
Grooms party group photograph at Country Courtyard Wedding
Young wedding guest in mirror order of the day at Country Courtyard Wedding
Bride with guests in the sunshine at Country Courtyard Wedding
Mr and Mrs bunting in garden at Country Courtyard Wedding
Newlyweds and guests kissing at Country Courtyard Wedding

Country Courtyard Wedding Breakfast and Speeches

Once everyone was in place the new Mr and Mrs made their entrance to rapturous applause, with cheering and whistles! After they took their seats at the top table Shelly’s father kick off the speeches. He used props such as a childhood photo of Shelly and returned stag night shoes for Colin. Colin’s two brothers were next in a double act best man speech. This included instruction for a wedding wide selfie and finished with a song. Finally it was Colin’s turn, he did not let the side down. Words of  thanks for everyone and some very witty banter with family and friends.

Barn wedding breakfast set up at Kingston Country Courtyard venue in Dorset
Wooden table number atop floral table decoration at Purbeck Courtyard Wedding
Words of thanks table decoration from Country Courtyard Wedding
Custom M &M's at reception at Country Courtyard Wedding
Maid of honor during wedding breakfast at Country Courtyard Wedding
Young guest studies the table plan at Country Courtyard Wedding
Bride and groom make an entrance at Country Courtyard Wedding
Newlyweds are welcomed at the wedding breakfast
Father of the bride takes a drink during speech at Country Courtyard Wedding
Bride hides her face during speeches at Country Courtyard Wedding
Father of the bride delivers speech at Country Courtyard Wedding
Top table applause during speeches at Country Courtyard Wedding
Father of the bride presents groom with his pink ladies shoes from stag do in speech
Best men during speeches at Country Courtyard Wedding
Guests during top table speeches at Purbeck Courtyard Wedding
Best man delivers speech at Purbeck Courtyard Wedding
Laughing groom at top table during speeches at Country Courtyard Wedding
Best man calls for wedding wide selfie at Purbeck Courtyard Wedding
Double act best men speech is delivered at Country Courtyard Wedding
Top table reactions during speeches from Country Courtyard Wedding
Laughing bridesmaid during speeches at Courtyard Wedding
Groom delivers his speech at Purbeck Courtyard Wedding
Laughing bride during speeches at Purbeck Courtyard Wedding
Groom strikes a pose while delivering speech at Country Courtyard Wedding
Father of the bride in loud shirt from Purbeck Courtyard Wedding

Country Courtyard Wedding Evening Entertainment

While the room was turned around for the evening we briefly took the happy couple away from their guests. We headed up the road to Kingston and along a well-known road for its uninterrupted view across the valley we had checked out the previous day. Here we were able to capture some amazing shots of the two off them in the countryside. The ever talented Ed from KE wedding films did the same.

Newlyweds walk across field from Country Courtyard Wedding
Wedding couple kiss in countryside field overlooking Corfe castle in Dorset
Newlyweds in field overlooking Purbeck countryside from Courtyard Wedding
Newlyweds walk hand in hand at Country Courtyard Wedding
New Mr and Mrs embrace during Country Courtyard Wedding

Almost before anyone had noticed we all returned to find most people enjoying the shade and sunshine in the garden or the bar and Magic Mirror Booth .  All the single ladies were gathered as it was time for Shelly to throw her bouquet that done focus moved back to the barn for the cutting of the cake supplied by Sarah’s Cake Company .

Smiling bride with flower wall from Country Courtyard Wedding
 
Groomsman with mischievous look at Country Courtyard Wedding
Guests pose with love letters at Purbeck Courtyard Wedding
The bouquet is in the air at Country Courtyard Wedding
Bride throws her bouquet at Country Courtyard Wedding
Young wedding guest get bouquet at Kingston Courtyard Wedding
Three tiered cake from Country Courtyard Wedding
Newlyweds cut the cake at country Courtyard Wedding
Seated guest with fancy waistcoat at Purbeck Courtyard Wedding
Wedding guests during evening barn reception at Purbeck Courtyard Wedding

Next on the order of day was the happy couple’s  first dance. The choreographed number was performed before inviting the whooping guests to join and dance the night away.

New Mr and Mrs rocking the dance floor at Country Courtyard Wedding
Bride and groom perform their first dance at Country Courtyard Wedding
New Mr and Mrs dance in front of love letters at Purbeck Courtyard Wedding
New Mr and Mrs first dance at Country Courtyard Wedding
Wedding couple embrace during first dance at Country Courtyard Wedding
Smiley guest on the dance floor at Purbeck Courtyard Wedding
Dancing guests during barn reception at Purbeck Courtyard Wedding
Dancing couple during barn reception at Country Courtyard Wedding
Dancing guests during evening reception at Purbeck Courtyard Wedding
Guest dances in front of love letters at Purbeck Courtyard Wedding
Smiling groom gets taken for a dance at Courtyard Wedding
Newlyweds kiss on the dance floor at Country Courtyard Wedding

 

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