Dorset Garden Wedding Bridal Preparation Photographs

We began this day of Dorset garden wedding photographs at The Landmark Trust’s stunning Woodsford castle, just down the road from Tom’s parents’ house. Here we found Farrah and her bridesmaids and the familiar faces of Chloe and Jonny whose Lulworth Castle wedding we shot back in 2016. The perfect location to take advantage of our wedding photography service without time limits. All was calm and relaxed.

Mother of the bride ironing on wedding morning at Woodsford castle
Flower arranging at Woodsford castle before Dorset Garden Wedding
Designer wedding dress hangs on painting at Woodsford castle before Garden Wedding
Brides wedding shoes in window at Woodsford castle before Garden Wedding

After some breakfast one by one hair and make-up was styled. The flowers for the day had been provided by friend Samantha Gearing . They looked amazing from the huge bridal bouquet down to the groomsmen’s buttonholes.

Mothers, bride and bridesmaids on wedding morning at Woodsford castle
Bride during morning preparations at Woodsford castle
Guests share a joke at Woodsford castle during morning of Garden Wedding
Bridesmaid styles hair on wedding morning before garden wedding
Bride in mirror during morning preparations at Woodsford castle
Wedding guest not getting ready at woodsford castle
Embrace during morning preparations at Woodsford castle
Bridesmaid during morning preparation at Woodsford castle
Guest has make up styled at Woodsford castle before Garden Wedding
Bride in vanity mirror during morning of Garden Wedding
Bright colors in bridal bouquet at Woodsford castle
Guest relaxing ion kitchen at Woodsford castle before Garden Wedding
Bridesmaid has hair styled by bridesmaid at Woodsford castle
Bride helps bridesmaid with necklace before Garden Wedding
Bridesmaid in blue dress at Woodsford castle
Bridesmaid helps with necklace at Woodsford castle
Young bridesmaid has make up styled at Woodsford castle
Wedding guest final preparation before Dorset Garden Wedding
Bride in custom wedding dress through doorway at Woodsford castle
Bride and bridesmaids embrace on morning of Garden Wedding
Bow tied on custom wedding dress before Garden Wedding
Bride and bridesmaid on wedding morning before garden ceremony
Bridesmaid sprays another bridesmaid with hair spray at Woodsford castle
Bride comes out of castle door before Dorset Garden Wedding
Bride and bridesmaids gather outside castle before Dorset Garden Wedding

Dorset Garden Wedding Groom Preparation Photographs

Meanwhile, just down the road preparations for the wedding ceremony and reception were in full swing. Chairs arranged on the lawn and bunting hanging from  the hedges. At the rear of the garden was the wedding breakfast marquee containing the tables, dance floor and Bar from South West Marquees.

Tom busied himself, checking that everything was in place. With jobs delegated to groomsmen and other family members tom readied himself. He attentively checked on the wedding campers at the other end of the garden.

Groom helps groomsman with waistcoat at Dorset Garden Wedding
Groomsman get a paw from dog before Dorset garden wedding
Blue wedding jackets hang in conservatory before garden wedding
White rose groomsmen buttonholes from Dorset garden wedding
Flowers lit up by sunlight in window from Dorset garden wedding
Chalk board wedding signs from Dorset Garden Wedding
Groom through doorway from Dorset garden wedding
Groom greets wedding campers at Dorset garden wedding

One of the groomsmen even set up ‘shop’ on car park duties armed with an umbrella, camping chair and beer! Tom joined the rest of his groomsmen in the conservatory to distribute and tie the wedding ties. With another job ticked off the list there was time for a toast before heading out to greet his wedding guests.

Groom and groomsmen tie their ties in conservatory before garden wedding
Mother of the groom helps to open whiskey bottle at Garden Wedding
Groom and groomsmen raise a toast on morning of Dorset Garden Wedding
Groom greets guests before garden wedding ceremony
Groomsmen and family dog await arrival of bridal party for garden wedding
Groomsmen and bridesmaids await the arrival of the bride at Woodsford house

Dorset Garden Wedding Ceremony Photographs

Guests took their places and (hidden by the hedge) bridesmaids were the first to arrive. They were greeted by groomsmen who would escort them down the aisle. Farrah arrived with her mother who had the honour of walking her down the aisle.

Bride is greeted by celebrant at Dorset Garden Wedding
Bridal party prepare to make their entrance at Dorset garden wedding
Paper crane decorations for Dorset garden wedding
Groom awaits the arrival of the bridal party at Dorset garden wedding
Guest reaction to hearing that the bride has arrived at Dorset garden wedding
Bridesmaids escorted down the aisle by groomsmen at Dorset garden wedding
Bride is escorted by mother at Dorset garden wedding
Bride and mother arrive for Dorset garden wedding
Smiling bride arrives for Dorset garden wedding ceremony

A close friend, who had the celebrant duties for the day called for the guests to rise for the entrance of the bridal party. After the bridesmaids and groomsmen had all taken their seat Farrah and her mother came down the garden aisle together. Farrah looked amazing in her Karen Reilly wedding dress and was beaming from ear to ear.

Farrah and Tom made their promises to one another and exchanged rings. After readings from family members they were married. They joined the guests in the garden for the drinks reception while canapés were served.

Bride smiles at groom during ceremony at Dorset garden wedding
Laughing groomsmen and guests during garden ceremony
Grooms sister delivers reading during garden ceremony
Celebrant during reading at Dorset garden wedding ceremony
Celebrant performs hand fasting ceremony at Dorset garden wedding
Groom punches the air in celebration at garden wedding
Newlyweds walk towards marque at Dorset garden wedding
Hand fasting personalised cloth from Dorset garden wedding
Guest congratulates the bride at Dorset garden wedding
Bride is embraced by family member at Dorset garden wedding
Groomsman delivers drinks during reception at garden wedding
Guest in grey three piece suit during drinks reception at Dorset garden wedding
Guests enjoy drinks reception at Garden wedding
Groomsmen check running order of the day at Dorset garden wedding
Guests enjoy drinks reception at Dorset garden wedding
Guest sits during drinks reception at garden wedding
Bride and groom in confetti at Dorset garden wedding

Dorset Garden Wedding Speeches and Evening Entertainment

Confetti was thrown and guests posed for pictures with the newly weds before everyone was invited to take their places in the marquee.

A box of socks with message for guests at Dorset garden wedding
Three tiers of wedding cake with Star Wars cake topper at garden wedding
Mother and guest admire wedding cake at garden wedding reception
Guests at the marquee bar at Dorset garden wedding
Film theme table name at Dorset garden wedding
Box of blankets with message for guests at Dorset garden wedding
Guests chat over a drink in marquee at Dorset garden wedding
Large glass drinks dispensers at Dorset garden wedding
Wedding guests at table in marquee from garden wedding
Guest poses for picture during garden wedding reception
Bridesmaid and guest look on during garden wedding reception
The flag of Oman bunting at garden wedding reception
Guest take a seat on garden bench at Dorset garden wedding
Bride with friends during drinks reception at Dorset garden wedding
Groomsman takes a seat inside house at Garden wedding
Celebrant during marquee reception at garden wedding

The speeches were delivered in-between courses. After lots of words of thanks, cheers and toasts everyone gathered in anticipation for the first dance. The happy couple had the dance floor to themselves for a short while before being joined by most of their guests.

Bride reaction during speeches at garden marquee reception
Table of wedding guests during speeches at Dorset garden wedding
Best man delivers speech at Dorset garden wedding
Guests laugh during speeches in marquee garden wedding reception
Groom and guests smile during best mans speech from Dorset garden wedding
Guests applaud during speeches in marquee from garden wedding
Groom delivers speech in marquee at Dorset garden wedding
Bridesmaid reaction during speeches at garden wedding
Guest reaction during marquee wedding reception
Bride and groom kiss during marquee wedding reception
Standing guests raise a toast at marquee wedding reception
Bride and groom take first dance at marquee wedding reception
Dancing bride and groom are joined by guests during marquee wedding reception
Dancing guests during marquee wedding reception
Bridesmaid and guest on dance floor during marquee wedding reception
Table of guests share joke during evening wedding reception
Mother and sister of the groom on dance floor at marquee wedding reception
Guest throws some serious shapes on dance floor during evening reception
Guest on dance floor during evening wedding reception
Guests get down on dance floor during evening reception

Once the sun had set and the stars were out everyone gathered on the lawn at the back of the house for a fireworks display by Anytime Fireworks.  Finally everyone headed back to the marquee to dance the rest of the night away.

Guests look up at fireworks display at garden wedding
Guests enjoy fireworks display at Dorset garden wedding
Colourful fireworks display from Dorset garden wedding

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