Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding Photographs

We began the day shooting Dorset courtyard wedding photographs at Kingston Country courtyard with both Charlotte and Joe. The wedding party had stayed the night after making final adjustments to the wedding decor. One of the multitude of advantages of having a wedding photographer duo is that we could cover both the bridal and groom preparation simultaneously.

Documentary Bridal Preparation Photographs

We found Charlotte in the bridal suite in the corner of the Dorset courtyard wedding venue. There was a buzz of activity as Elke from Amazing Face styled hair for the Charlotte and her three bridesmaids.  A close friend of Charlotte quietly styled the girls’ make up in adjoining room. Stunning rustic wedding flowers arrived from Concept Flowers.

white and pale blue flowers in wedding bouquets close up photograph
Bride in doorway has wedding makeup applied by wedding makeup artist
Navy blue bridesmaids dresses with brown faux fur stoles hang in stone barn window
Personalised wedding coat hanger with bridesmaids name wedding date in gold script
Bride has wedding makeup applied by makeup artist on wedding morning in Dorset
Bride on wedding morning silk dressing gown on bed at Kingston Country Courtyard
White wedding roses and small flowers for wedding hair styling by concept flowers
Beautiful bridesmaids floral kimono dressing gowns flowers in hair wedding morning
Bridesmaid has wedding morning nails and hair styled at Kingston Country Courtyard

The cutest little flower girl arrived and for a while Charlotte was no longer the center of attention. Before long Charlotte was made up and in her beautiful wedding dress. The three bridesmaids followed in matching navy blue dresses.

 
White detailed wedding dress hangs above bed at Kingston Country Courtyard
 
Bride looks in mirror as bridesmaids button up her dress in stone barn room
Bride walks in wedding dress first time wedding morning watched by bridesmaids
Bride puts on faux fur stole as bridesmaid examines lace detail on wedding train
Bride wedding dress and bridesmaids in silk floral dressing gowns wedding morning
Close up photograph of lace detailing buttons on back of brides white wedding dress
Flower girl plays peek a boo with wedding photographer during bridal preparations
Beautiful blonde bride leans on bed post wedding morning portrait photograph
Young flower girl has makeup fixing spray watched by bridesmaids wedding morning
Documentary wedding photograph of bride in white wedding dress checking phone
Bride and bridesmaids sit on bed to pose for photograph during bridal preparations
Wedding makeup artist applies own wedding makeup in mirror on wedding morning
wedding morning photo cute flower girl white dress dances with mother of the bride
Blonde wedding guest in floral dress laughing in bridal morning preparation room
Cute flower girl in white dress without shoes on wedding morning in Dorset barn
Cute flower girl dances with bride and mother on wedding morning at Dorset barn
Beautiful blonde bride wears white detailed wedding dress on wedding morning
Emotional father of the bride sees his daughter for the first time on wedding day
Bride in detailed white wedding dress hugs her father on wedding morning in Dorset

Groom Preparation Photos

I found Joe in the Barn chatting to Master of Ceremonies, Mike Judd. He would be over seeing this Dorset courtyard wedding day, ensuring that everything went smoothly. Once he had talked through the day with Mike, Joe joined his best men and groomsmen in the bar. They enjoyed a quick drink and discussed the day ahead. Time flew and all of a sudden it was time to go upstairs to get ready.  Mike was on hand to assist the guys with the correct method for tying their wedding ties. Suited and booted they returned downstairs to greet the guests as they arrived.

Laughing groomsmen drink cans and bottles of cider and beer on wedding morning
Happy groom adjusts silver waistcoat during wedding morning preparations
Detail wedding photograph of blue wedding suit with pocket square and waistcoat
Nervous groom looks at blue wedding tie in mirror on wedding morning
Master of ceremonies in red suit helps groomsmen with wedding ties
Close up wedding photograph of groom silver tank wedding cufflinks
Groom looks out of Kingston Country Courtyard door as MC in red suit looks in door
Groom and best man hug on wedding morning whilst waiting for wedding guests
Documentary wedding photograph of groom in blue suit waiting for bride
Groom waits for bride under fairy lights at Dorset barn wedding venue

Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding Ceremony

The groomsmen were on hand to direct guest to their seats in the beautiful barn. With the guests in their seats Joe and his best men waited patiently for the arrival of the bride. Mike opened the doors to the bar and asked everyone to stand for the arrival of the bridal party.

Master of ceremonies in red suit opens barn doors for wedding ceremony in Dorset
Bride and father walk up the aisle at Kingston Country Courtyard wedding ceremony

Under a plethora of fairy lights Charlotte and Joe made their promises to one another and were married. Guests were then invited to another area of the Dorset courtyard wedding venue to enjoy mulled wine and cider. Meanwhile, the newly weds were driven around the building to make their first entrance as husband and wife.  Again, Mike was on hand to escort them with umbrella through the rain to their waiting guests. During this time the staff at Kingston Country Courtyard  were able to turn the main room around for the wedding breakfast.

Bridesmaid fans out brides white wedding dress train at Dorset barn wedding
Happy bride and groom documentary wedding ceremony photo fairy lights
Reflection in mirror of Kingston Country Courtyard wedding ceremony
Bride and groom make wedding vows under fairy lights Dorset barn wedding venue
Wedding ceremony photograph at Kingston Country Courtyard stone barn venue
Grandparents tearfully watch wedding ceremony at Kingston Country Courtyard
Bride laughing wedding ceremony fairy lights at Kingston Country Courtyard
Bride and groom first kiss at Kingston Country Courtyard applauded by registrar
Cheeky bridesmaids in navy blue at Kingston Country Courtyard wedding venue
Bride and groom walk down the fairy lights barn aisle at Kingston Country Courtyard
Mike Judd wedding MC escorts bride and groom rain at Kingston Country Courtyard
Bride and groom walk hand in hand to drinks reception at Kingston Country Courtyard
Wedding guests at Kingston Country Courtyard Dorset have their picture taken

Wedding Photographs in the Rain

We took ten minutes out of the drinks reception for some group photographs in the courtyard. Charlotte and Joe were feeling brave enough for a two minute walk along the road during a downpour.

Groomsmen shelter from rain under umbrella at Kingston Country Courtyard venue
Bride and groom under rainbow umbrella in Dorset countryside rain
Bride and groom walk along Dorset country road under rainbow umbrella in rain

Wedding Breakfast and Speeches Photographs

With the Dorset courtyard wedding room transformed the new Mr and Mrs were invited to check it before the guests were asked to enter.

Once everyone had taken their seats it was time for the speeches. First up was an emotional speech from the father of the bride. He still had time to poke fun at his new son in law and his likeness to cartoon character Arthur Christmas.

Custom made blue wedding table plan gold writing on wooden artists easel
Laughing wedding guests take selfies at Kingston Country Courtyard reception
Mike Judd Master of ceremonies conducts wedding at Kingston Country Courtyard
Bride and groom laughing at father of the bride speech at Dorset barn venue
Wedding toasts at Dorset Courtyard wedding barn venue by one thousand words
Bride hugs her father during wedding speeches at Kingston Country Courtyard
Father of the bride compares groom to Arthur Christmas during wedding speeches
Wedding guest laughs at speeches in Dorset barn wedding venue

Joe was next up. He gave words of thanks not forgetting to mention his new wife and the bridesmaids.

Wedding guest attentively listens to speeches at Kingston Country Courtyard
Groom shocks bride with wedding speech at Kingston Country Courtyard wedding

Bringing the speeches to a close were his two best men who both had the room in fits of laughter with jokes (not all about Joe).

Groom laughs at Dorset Courtyard wedding venue speeches by one thousand words
Top table at Kingston Country Courtyard wedding venue during speeches photo
Best man in green army uniform gives wedding speech at Kingston Country Courtyard
Wedding top table laughing at Kingston Country Courtyard wedding speeches

Wedding Evening Entertainment

Next, sparklers were distributed amongst the wedding party. They some took time out to fill the outside of the Dorset courtyard wedding venue with laughter, sparks and light trails.

Bride and bridesmaids with wedding sparklers at Dorset Courtyard wedding venue
Bride and groom with wedding sparklers against stone wall in Kingston Dorset
Wedding guest concentrates on wedding sparklers at Kingston Country Courtyard
Bridesmaids in navy blue and brown fur with wedding sparklers photograph
Happy winter wedding guests with sparklers outside barn wedding venue in Dorset

Back inside was then time to cut the cake with a family heirloom sword.

Bride throws wedding bouquet over her shoulder at Kingston Country Courtyard

Next, the Black Sheep Ceilidh Band quickly set up in the barn and everyone gathered round for the newly-wed’s first dance. After the first dance came the second dance which was Charlotte and her father.  Big Al from the Black Sheep took the microphone and talked the guests through the dance step before calling for the band to provide the music as partners were swung and swapped.

Happy bride first dance wedding photograph at Kingston Country Courtyard venue
First Dance under fairy lights at Dorset Courtyard wedding photograph
Wedding guests dancing at Kingston Country Courtyard evening reception
First dance with wedding fairy lights at Dorset Courtyard Wedding barn
Kingston Country Courtyard wedding photograph of first dance bride and groom
Father and daughter dance under fairy lights at Kingston Country Courtyard
Mother of the bride dances with groom at Dorset Courtyard wedding venue
Wedding guests dancing under fairy lights at Kingston Country Courtyard venue
Wedding guests hold hands in barn dance at Kingston Country Courtyard wedding
Happy wedding guest dancing under lights at Dorset Courtyard wedding
Wedding guest in green army uniform drinks from wine bottle at Kingston Barn
Laughing wedding guests watch ceilidh band at Dorset barn wedding venue
Black sheep wedding ceilidh band at Dorset barn wedding venue
Dorset barn wedding venue fairy lights hang from metal wagon wheel chandelier
Wedding guests applaud children joining in Dorset wedding barn dance
Bridesmaid in navy blue funny dance at wedding barn dance in Dorset
Wedding guests hold hands at Kingston Country Courtyard barn dance
Barn dance wedding guests hold hands in line at Kingston Country Courtyard
Ceilidh dancing wedding guests with funny faces at Dorset barn wedding venue
Wedding guest dancing at Kingston Country Courtyard wedding evening
Documentary wedding photograph of ceilidh dancing at Dorset barn wedding venue
Wedding guests ceilidh dancing at Kingston Country Courtyard, Dorset
 
Groom in wedding barn with fairy lights watches wedding guests dancing
Ceilidh band caller listens to wedding guests enjoying a barn dance
Wedding Barn dance photograph taken through Dorset wedding venue window

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