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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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).

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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.

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

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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.

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