Durlston Castle Wedding Photographs


The story of Kathryn and Andrew’s Durlston Castle wedding photographs starts on the Dorset Coast. Looking down at Anvil point Lighthouse Cottages from Durlston country park we descended the winding coastal path through whirling winds and sideways rain. It seemed apt that Kathryn and Andrew had chosen such a well weathered location for their wedding morning preparations.


Durlston Castle Wedding Photographs of Bridal Preparation


Cosy inside the gorgeous building I joined Kathryn and the girls as Murray accompanied the chaps as they readied themselves for the day ahead. Kathryn and the bridal party were on incredibly good form. All sported matching dressing gowns and joked about the adverse weather as the flower girls ran around the cottage.

Jenny D Hair and Makeup had set up in the dining room and worked her magic as the girls chatted, laughed and checked the cloudy sky. The wedding flowers arrived and were placed around the room within which Kathryn’s gorgeous white wedding dress hung. Charlie Trim Floristry had again outdone herself. The white and purple rose bouquets not only looked but smelled amazing.

Bridesmaid checks wedding make up during bridal preparations on wedding morning
Bride in dressing gown with bride scrip on back has wedding make up styled
White and purple wedding flower bouquets with wedding dress hanging in background
Cute baby looks into camera being held by bridesmaid on wedding morning in Dorset
Bride has wedding make up styled during bridal preparations in Dorset
Close up photograph of White and purple wedding flower bouquets with green foliage

The low warm lights of the building were punctuated by the comparatively blue natural light coming in through the small windows. The contrast was perfect for capturing portraits during the morning’s activities.

Bridesmaid in dressing gown watches bride with champagne on wedding morning
Bride checks wedding make-up in hand mirror next to window on wedding morning
Bridesmaids in matching dressing gowns with bride on wedding morning in Dorset
Bride checks wedding make-up in mirror during bridal preparations in Dorset
Mother of the bride checks her wedding hair in hand mirror on wedding morning
Bridesmaid and flower girl in wedding dressing gowns on wedding morning
Bride in dressing gown laughing during wedding morning preparations
Mother of the bride shows off wedding fascinator on wedding morning in Dorset
Flower girl in white dress with silk ribbon bow has wedding hair styled

Champagne was opened and with hair and makeup complete the bridesmaids all donned their Greco Roman bridesmaid’s dresses. Given the hundreds of possible ways of tying this style of dress the bridesmaids were extremely time efficient.
Kathryn’s father arrived from next door, immediately brining his unique sense of humour to the occasion.

Kathryn, now looking even more stunning with her bridal hair and makeup complete was helped into her dress. Her father couldn’t contain his emotions when he saw her for the first time in her dress. Many a tear was shed as the veil was applied and the girls rallied themselves to brace the elements for the short journey to Durlston Castle wedding venue.

Bridesmaids tie each other into Greco Roman bridesmaids dresses on wedding morning
Photograph of bride being buttoned into wedding dress on wedding morning
Father of bride wells up when he sees his daughter in wedding dress for first time
Bride in wedding dress is put into her veil on wedding morning under fathers watchful eye

Durlston Castle Wedding Photographs of Groom Preparation


Meanwhile, next door the chaps wedding morning preparations were under way. They were only missing one key ingredient – the groom! Arriving back from a wedding morning chore Andrew and the gents went from normal to dapper in what seemed like no time at all.

Portrait photograph of best man in grey suit with white tie on wedding morning
Close up photograph of Love & Life wedding ring boxes
Best man pins grooms button hole on to suit during wedding morning preparations
Black and white wedding photograph of father of the groom on wedding morning

Andrew donned a three piece tail suit in dark grey over a white waistcoat and pink cravat. Whilst the groomsmen perfectly complimented the style with matching grey suits and white ties. With a break in the weather they walked to the castle, checking that decorations and signage were all in place.

With chores and checks ticked off there was nothing left to do but head up to the Belvedere suit at the very top of the castle and have a drink. The Belvedere suite has one of the most stunning views in Purbeck, over the sea and around Durlston bay. Not a bad place to start your wedding day! Back downstairs the chaps then welcomed the arriving guests into the gallery room.

Durlston Castle Wedding Photographs of castle wedding venue in Dorset by the sea

Durlston Castle Wedding Ceremony Photographs


As part of the 2011 Durlston Castle renovations the gallery is a stunning wedding ceremony room. One of the reasons why we love taking Durlston Castle wedding photographs. Not only does it look over the sea on two sides but it is a delightful combination of Purbeck stone wall, wood and metal all highlighted with the natural light from the roof and wall windows.
Everyone was entertained by the wonderful sounds of Julian Ward on guitar. It seemed that in between the chatting and Joking Andrew had developed some nerves. This became more apparent when he teared up as the flower girls lead bridesmaids down aisle sprinkling petals.

Wedding order of service with aerial photograph on chair at Durlston Castle Wedding venue
White and purple rose bouquet decoration at Durlston Castle Wedding venue
Groom in grey tails suit waits for bride at Durlston Castle Wedding ceremony
Mother of the groom laughing at Durlston Castle Wedding ceremony
Mother of the bride walks page boy down aisle at Durlston Castle Wedding
Groom gets emotional as he waits for bride to walk down aisle at Durlston Castle
Flower girls sprinkle petals down aisle at Durlston Castle Wedding ceremony

Andrew was not alone. As Kathryn’s father walked her into the room and down the aisle tears were rolling down his cheeks. As a delightful distraction from the emotion of the moment the wedding ceremony was full of joking and laughter.

Bride's first look at groom as she comes down the aisle at Durlston Castle Wedding
Father of bride shakes grooms hand during Durlston Castle Wedding ceremony
Wedding guest reads to bride and groom at Durlston Castle Wedding ceremony
Bride laughs at groom during Durlston Castle Wedding ceremony photographs
The gallery room with petals lining the aisle at Durlston Castle Wedding ceremony
Father of the bride laughs during wedding ceremony at Durlston Castle Wedding
Flower girl makes reading at Durlston Castle Wedding ceremony in Dorset
Groom creases up during Durlston Castle Wedding ceremony ring exchange
Groom in tails smiles during ceremony at Durlston Castle Wedding Photographs
Bride laughs during exchange of rings at Durlston Castle Wedding ceremony
Wedding guests get emotional during Durlston Castle Wedding ceremony
First kiss bride and groom during wedding ceremony at Durlston Castle Wedding venue

Durlston Castle Wedding Photographs of Sea Side Wedding Reception


After signing the marriage register the newly weds exited onto the sea facing terrace through a whirling curtain of confetti.
A quick walk through the castle saw guests stopping at Little Beau’s ice cream cart on the way to a drinks reception in the belvedere suite.

Durlston Castle Wedding Photographs of castle wedding venue in Dorset
Bride and bridesmaids walk out of turret at Durlston Castle Wedding Photographs
Wedding photograph looking down at bride eating ice cream at Durlston Castle
Wedding guest with bob hair cut in Belvedere suite at Durlston Castle Wedding

The weather held just long enough for us to organise some group photographs against the backdrop of the stunning coastal views.

Bride and groom portrait photograph by the sea at Durlston Castle Wedding
Cute flower girl and page boy next to closed sign at Durlston Castle Wedding
Wedding guest looks out to sea at Durlston Castle Wedding Venue in Dorset
Bride and groom on the roof terrace at Durlston Castle Wedding Venue in Dorset

Meanwhile, downstairs the gallery was turned around by the incredible Polly Smith and her team from Blue Bay Events. In fact Durlston Castle wedding photographs would not be complete without the organisational skills and experience of Polly and her team. The room looked amazing, purple/ pink flowers from Charlie Trim decorated almost every horizontal surface and a subtle seaside them was revealed. With the additions from Perfectly Pretty Linen the room was perfect.


Durlston Castle Wedding Breakfast Photographs


Guests were greeted by a surfboard shaped table plan. The wedding tables were named after beaches and seaside places. Place names were written on hand painted pebbles. Yes the bride and groom and gone to the painstaking trouble of acquiring and hand paining individual pebbles! As a feather in the cap of the seaside theme the top table even overlooked the sea.

Surfboard shaped seating plan with shells and starfish at Durlston Castle Wedding
James Bond Island wedding table place name with sandy beach photograph

Bride and groom share a hilarious moment together at Durlston Castle Wedding Venue
Mother of the groom and bridesmaid pull funny faces at Durlston Castle Wedding Breakfast
Bride and groom enter wedding breakfast at Durlston Castle Wedding Venue

Seventh Wave Catering again showed off their culinary skills, causing a happy silence to descend during wedding breakfast. In contrast the wedding speeches were a pretty raucous affair. With full on belly laughter and even some hilarious heckling during the father of the bride’s speech.

Best man laughs at wedding speeches at Durlston Castle Wedding venue in Dorset
Wedding guests laughing at speeches at Durlston Castle Wedding venue in Dorset
Groomsman listens to wedding speeches with a dummy in his mouth
Father of the bride gives animated speech at Durlston Castle Wedding venue
Male wedding guests listens to wedding speeches at Durlston Castle Wedding
Best man announces wedding speeches at Durlston Castle Wedding Breakfast
Top table react to wedding speeches at Durlston Castle Wedding Photographs
Groom laughing at wedding speeches at Durlston Castle Wedding venue in Dorset
Best man delivers speech against stone wall at Durlston Castle Wedding venue
Wedding guests listen to wedding speeches at Durlston Castle Wedding in Dorset
Wedding guests raise champagne glasses during Durlston Castle Wedding Speeches

Durlston Castle Wedding Evening Reception Photographs


With happy stomachs and hearts the wedding party again exited the gallery onto the terrace and lawns to witness Kathryn throwing her bouquet. The excitement on the face of the guest that caught the bouquet was only matched by the worry on the face of her partner!

Bride throws wedding bouquet at seaside Castle wedding venue in Dorset
Wedding guest catches bride's bouquet at Durlston Castle Wedding by the sea
Wedding guest reacts to girlfriend catching bride's bouquet at Durlston Castle Wedding
Wedding guests hugging outside Durlston Castle Wedding reception in Dorset

We took ten minutes out to steal the happy couple away to relax down by Durlston Castle’s Victorian Stone globe. This was the perfect place for them to take a breather and have some couple shots.

Durlston Castle Wedding Photographs of bride and groom in love
Durlston Castle Wedding Photographs by stone Victorian globe of bride and groom
Bride and groom walk towards Durlston Castle Wedding Venue
Durlston Castle Wedding Venue by the sea in Swanage Dorset Photograph

As guests were treated to a spectacular sun set they started to head back inside for the cutting of the stunning wedding cake (from Lulubelles Cakes). They then surrounded the dance floor. The legend that is Iggy DJ had set up and announced the first dance. Still laughing away and so obviously head over heels Kathryn and Andrew swirled about the dancefloor surrounded by their family and friends. The music was notched up a gear and the dancefloor filled.

Flower girl in blue bunny dress runs by the sea at Durlston Castle Wedding
Flower girls and page boy wait not so patiently for first dance at Durlston Castle wedding
Bride and groom kiss during first dance at Durlston Castle Wedding Photographs
First dance with disco lights at Durlston Castle Wedding Photographs
Durlston Castle Wedding Photographs of bride and groom laughing during first dance
Wedding guests dancing under blue disco lights at Durlston Castle Wedding
Durlston Castle Wedding Photographs of female wedding guests dancing together

We left we wedding dancing the night away in a gorgeous stone castle overlooking the sea in coastal country park. What a wonderful venue for a wonderful day. Yet again we loved producing these Durlston Castle wedding photographs.

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