Deans Court Wedding Morning Photographs of Bridal Preparation
I arrived at Laura and Luke’s house (that they affectionately call ‘Bubble’) in Bournemouth to find the Deans Court wedding preparations in full swing.
The sounds of laughter and happy chatter drifted down the staircase. Makeup was expertly styled in the natural light of the master bedroom. Downstairs dresses, shoes and flowers had all been expertly arranged in the living room. The pastel pink bridesmaids dresses hung in a row balancing the presence of Laura’s stunning white A-line detailed wedding dress. A pair of Benjamin Adams bridal shoes were in pride of place next to some beautiful soft pastel wedding bouquets from Concept Flowers.
Music played in the kitchen while a mist of hair spray enveloped the hairdresser. A familiar popping sound proceeded champagne flowing. Laura’s father was on hand to help all morning, also merrily joking away with the girls. As he donned his suit the bridesmaids decided it was time for them to step up their preparations a gear. In a blurred flurry of activity the bridesmaids changed into their dresses and watched quietly as Laura’s Mother laced her in to her wedding dress.
With the transformation from beautiful to gorgeous complete the ladies finally departed in not one but two classic wedding cars.
Wedding Morning Photographs of Groom Preparation
Meanwhile Murray arrived at Luke’s parents’ house to find Luke and his groomsmen feeling very relaxed.
Luke’s mum had her makeup styled in the kitchen with one of the flower girls. After a quick cup of coffee the ever joking chaps headed up stairs to get suited and booted. Once the guys were in their wedding suits Luke issued them a list of responsibilities for the day. Luke received a card with message from his bride to be and a gold skeleton pocket watch, which he quickly added to his wedding outfit. Luke’s Mother demonstrated the correct method for tying cravats. Finally buttonholes were correctly fixed.
There was just enough time for Luke and some of the guests to open some bottles of fizz before boarding the coach to The church of Lady St Mary in Wareham. Once all his guests and groomsmen were onboard he took the chance to check his pocket watch before leaving for Wareham.
St Marys Church Wareham Wedding Ceremony Photographs
Murray was first to arrive and had a chance to look around the empty church. Pastel pink flowers and painted white wicker hearts decorated the pew ends. Soon enough Luke appeared and his groomsmen were quick to get to their duties of issuing the orders of service. While the church filled the flower girls were attentively waiting outside for the arrival of the bridal party. Luke sat at the front consulting a bible, possibly looking for some guidance and repeatedly checking his new pocket watch.
The bridesmaids arrived in a black and white classic wedding car followed shortly by the bride and her father in a classic white Rolls Royce. After a brief pause outside the flower girls led the bridal party into the church.
The Reverend Jackie Maw noticed that Luke was looking a little ‘green about the gills’ waiting for his bride to be. As Laura and her father entered the church she shared a private joke dispelling all tension. She conducted a lovely church wedding ceremony with as much laughter as singing. The now married, happy couple exited the church hand in hand with huge smiles on their faces.
Outside the ancient stone church the guests showered Laura and Luke with hugs, love and confetti. While we worked through a list of group photographs an ice cream tricycle from Old Crocks Vintage Hire set up in the bright sunshine. The wedding guests enjoyed ice creams on the green before departing for the wedding reception.
Deans Court Wedding Reception Photographs
The guests arrived at Deans court wedding venue in Wimborne through the stately home’s woodlands. Emerging into the bright daylight like Alice from the rabbit hole into the stunning grounds. They enjoyed drinks and canapés outside the main house as they awaited the arrival of the newly weds.
The wedding car slowly crunched along the crushed stone driveway to deliver Laura and Luke to their guests. We allowed the wedding party to enjoy themselves and relax before the ‘formal group Photographs’. At Deans Court we utilised the huge stone staircase and wooden doors of house.
Everyone was welcomed onto the lawn at the rear of the house. The guests enjoyed yet more canapés, drinks and lawn games. One of the groomsmen then had a slightly unusual idea that took off. It’s not often we see a wedding party climb a tree but with large low hanging branches our inner children were crying out to join them.
Deans Court Wedding Breakfast Photos
The guests made the short walk through the formal gardens to the marquee. We should mention the unique setting. A huge marquee on the banks of a lake surrounded by tall grasses and huge trees make for gorgeous Deans Court wedding photographs. This timeless venue is therefore breath-taking. The guests promptly found their places to welcome the new Mrs and Mrs with rapturous applause.
The silence that followed was a sure sign that everyone was enjoying the wedding breakfast. While the guests enjoyed their food certain smaller members escaped the marquee gazing in wonder at the beautiful lake, swans and signet. The best men snuck away to have a final read through of their speeches.
The father of the bride had the crowd laughing and crying. Luke’s speech included a letter for Laura from her idol John Terry, which had her in floods of tears. The best men then performed a hilarious ‘tag team character assassination’ of Luke. Their speech featured slides and even a video, resulting in everyone crying with fits of laughter.
One final toast and standing ovation saw the guests enjoying the outside area and surrounding gardens.
Evening Reception Photographs at Deans Court Wedding
We took the chance to steal Laura and Luke away for ten minutes in order to capture some ‘couple photographs’ in the low sun of the gorgeous gardens. You may remember that at her engagement photo shoot Laura was incredibly camera-shy. So with the whirlwind of her big day around her and the love tangible in the air she had cast all reservations aside. She looked absolutely stunning stood next to Luke on a stone bridge overlooking the swan’s lake.
The sounds of Teenage Kicks wedding band sound checking told us that first dance was imminent. After cutting their four tier wedding cake in front of a huge love light sign Laura and Luke took to the dance floor. Never have a couple looked so happy as they swirled about the space surrounded by their cheering family and friends.
Teenage Kicks played an amazing set, as a result they filled the dance floor for most of the night. The photo-booth opened so the wildly dancing guests wore more and more elaborate fancy dress. As the sun set the festoon lighting gave a festive glow to the proceedings. Finally we couldn’t resist shooting the scene from across the water.
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