Dorset Beach Wedding Photographs With Rhian & Aaron

A quick trip across the Studland ferry and we were in Sandbanks agog at the beautiful beach. The perfect setting to provide inspiration for the day’s Dorset beach wedding photographs. We were surprised to find Aaron returning to his parent’s house from his wedding morning run!

Documentary Wedding Photographs Of Groom Preparation

Aaron and his best men appeared only slightly nervous about the Dorset beach wedding day ahead. After shoe shining, speech checking and wrangling with button holes the chaps took advantage of the weather and enjoyed drinks in the gorgeous garden.

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Aarons’ brother had laid on his fully kitted out Landrover Discovery for a 4×4 drive to the church

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Documentary Wedding Photographs of Bride Preparation

Meanwhile, I found myself down at Poole quay, somewhere I don’t visit as often as I should.

The sensory explosion of the sights, sounds and smells of the sea was further enhanced by entering the welcoming, bright and modern interior of Robin James hairdressers.

Strangely conscious that I was the only male in the building (and was probably the only male who had ever been in there at that time on a Saturday morning!) I instantly found my ‘zone’. The light, the mirrors, hairspray and groups of giggling bridesmaids made it a perfect venue for wedding morning photographs.

All that before I even concentrated on the bride! Rhian looked simply stunning. I had to think to myself possibly too stunning! Who would believe she was a ‘real bride’ and not a model for a posed shoot. Amazingly she seemed incredibly calm and composed as the final touches to her hair and veil fitting were expertly performed.

Robin James wedding hairdressers Poole

Back at her luxurious apartment in Branksome Park the rest of the morning’s wedding preparations proceeded with a couple of glasses of Champagne.

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Having a surgeon for a brother in law turned out to be particularly useful for expertly performed manicures and pedicures.

wedding nails preparation

Aaron had definitely scored some brownie points with his morning gift of a Links watch and card written from the heart. Rhian made the girls morning by giving each of her bridesmaids a diamond necklace. She then stunned them into silence when she got into her dress. The word beautiful didn’t do her justice.

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Photographs of Church Wedding Ceremony

The chosen wedding church, Our Lady of Lourdes in New Milton is a T.A.R.D.I.S. Much bigger on the inside than it appears and with a white roof is the brightest church we have worked in.

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As a surprise (and for some serious brownie points) Aaron had arranged for a brand new Jaguar XJ to take Rhian to the church.

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black and white bride photograph at church

Aaron and Rhian’s uplifting wedding ceremony contained two readings by friends (including the brilliant musings of Edward Monkton). Whilst the new bride and groom signed the register one of Rhian’s very brave friends sang to the congregation.  She had the voice of an angel.

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Outside the church, the wind was busy blowing the grey clouds away. The guests were treated to cupcakes made by Aaron’s mother. A huge conifer in the gardens was the perfect location for group photographs. We were then off to Highcliffe beach with the bride and groom.

Highcliffe Beach Wedding Photographs

Next came our opportunity to create some incredible Dorset beach wedding photographs. Almost the second that Rhian’s foot touched the sand the sun came beaming out from behind the clouds.

A small girl stood, transfixed by the shoreline, motionless, bucket and spade in hand as a fairytale bride and her groom walked past her along the beach. We love taking Dorset beach wedding photographs. Even more so when there is a little wind to get some motion into the veil and dress.

Highcliffe castle beach wedding photograph

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Dorset beach wedding photographs of bride on beach

I had arranged to call the best man as we left the beach. So upon arrival at the lord Bute wedding venue, Aaron and Rhian were greeted by a gauntlet of confetti throwing guests.

Lord Bute Wedding Reception Photographs

We continued with the Dorset beach wedding photographs. The Lord Bute wedding venue was beautifully decorated to go with the ‘beach’ theme of the day.  I have to say it was one of the best-run reception venues we have worked at. The maitre d’ could not do enough to help make the day the best it could possibly be. He was literally in all places at all times.

The wedding drinks reception on the sun terrace was given a wonderful atmosphere by the acoustic stylings of Dave from wedding band SAINT.

The best men ran around with a gilded picture frame and Polaroid camera. We shot some family groups in the garden of the honeymoon complex (that’s right- not a suite, a complex, with its own private garden!)

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Lord Bute Wedding Breakfast

Amongst their Dorset beach wedding decorations scrummy wedding breakfast was served. This was followed by speeches. The best man’s featured a seven-foot poster of the groom in a mankini! Now we won’t be forgetting that one in a while.
Outside the sunset turned the sky a deep crimson and the drinks flowed. Candles and fairy lights around the gardens and restaurant were illuminated giving the venue a warming glow.

Lord Bute Wedding Evening Photographs

The band played the first dance, a beautifully slow, swirling number. We had never seen SAINT play live before. After the set of sing-along, get up and dance 90’s and 2000’s classics we would definitely recommend them to future clients. The only problem we had, was resisting the urge to strut our stuff on the dance floor.

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Looking back Aaron and Rhian helped create some stunning Dorset beach wedding photographs. It was certainly a unique day designed around their fun and loving attitude. I am still having to work out a way of convincing people Rhian isn’t a bridal model!

You can see what Aaron and Rhian think of our documentary wedding photography services in their Lord Bute Wedding Photographer Review.

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