Durlston Castle Wedding Photography in Dorset
This last weekend was the first that weddings had taken place at Durlston Castle. As a local I had closely watched the progress of the 18th century castles restoration for a couple of years. As a wedding photographer was excited about the prospect or creating some Durlston Castle wedding photography. This weekend my dream came true.
Durlston Castle Wedding Bridal Preparation Photography
Julia’s family home stands on the hill overlooking Swanage and its beaches. One hell of a backdrop for wedding morning preparations.
Even in her morning rollers I could tell that Julia was going to be a stunning bride. Her huge heart-warming smile remained throughout the day. Julia’s bridesmaids were busy having their hair perfectly styled by Elke from Amazing Face (one of our recommended Dorset wedding suppliers) when Jess from Model Makeovers arrived. As usual Jess was on top form you visit our blog and see our review wedding MUA services. Within a matter of minutes the girls were looking like models from a wedding magazine!
The light in the room was a wedding photographer’s dream. Shafting in from skylights and windows, creating halos and light spots throughout the room. The girls exchanged gifts, and prepared for the big day ahead. All helped along with lashings of tea, coffee and champagne.
As Julia was helped into her dress the beautiful white Rolls Royce arrived on the drive. The bridesmaids departed for church. This gave Julia some alone time with her father. Normally a period in the day when a bride will start to look a little nervous of excited weepy. Julia on the other hand looked a mix of beautifully ecstatic and incredibly happy.
Durlston Castle Wedding Groom Preparation Photography
Now to say that Julia was well organised would be an understatement. We had been given an incredibly detailed schedule of the day (which we founds really useful). The Chaps spent the morning preparing the breakfast room at Durlston castle with their own guides, instructions and maps. Home made bunting, flags, table decorations and the table plan were all diligently arranged.
The stunning sea-side themed cake and wedding flowers were created from scratch. A ‘beach hut’ wedding card box had been made by the Bride’s father. What fantastic details to include in Durlston Castle wedding photography.
After a couple of pints to calm the nerves the chaps headed to St Edward’s Church in Swanage where Julia shortly arrived in style.
Dorset Church Wedding Ceremony Photography
The lovely wedding ceremony took place with songs and readings from friends. This was followed by a quick confetti throwing in the high winds of the church garden.
Dorset Seaside Couple Wedding Photography
Now as the church itself has sea views we thought it wise to pop to the seafront and stone pier for a couple of photographs of the newlyweds. This also gave Julia & Julian a little ‘time out’ to relax whilst their guests made their way to Durlston Castle.
Durlston Castle Wedding Reception Photography
Despite the wind the wedding venue looked stunning as you can see from the Durlston Castle wedding photography. The restoration of the building is visually amazing. Polly Smith (wedding organiser extraordinaire from Blue Bay events) had worked her socks off to create the perfect wedding venue.
The drinks reception took place in the conservatory. Right at the top of the castle it has incredible panoramic views over the Dorset coast and nearby Peveril point.
The sky had started to darken a little. We quickly organised the group Durlston Castle wedding photographs outside front of castle.
I have quite a habit of climbing towers, scaling ladders, chairs, vans etc. in order to gain the perfect angle for group photographs. This wedding was no exception. I ended up jumping up a wall (camera in hand) and leaping from gate post to gate post. Quite scary for me but very entertained the wedding party!
Durlston Castle Wedding Breakfast Photography
The Wedding breakfast took place in Durlston Castle’s gallery space. This opens out to create a huge, beautifully lit room with views over the sea. Perfect for the beach theme and perfect for Durlston Castle wedding photographs. The gallery is equipped with a corner bar, dance floor and panoramic sun-terrace.
The wedding food deserves a mention here. As you know we are well experienced in the delights of wedding food. The catering that day during our Durlston Castle wedding photography was fabulous. It was incredibly well organised and super tasty.
The wedding speeches were side-splitting (including a slide show presentation Julian won’t be forgetting in a while). The wedding cake was cut and the wedding band ‘Howling at the Moon’ set up for the first dance.
Durlston Castle Wedding Evening Photography
As Julia and Julian swirled about the dance floor we realised that Julia had literally been smiling or laughing all day. She was the happiest bride we have ever seen.
We couldn’t work out if it was the infectious fun nature of this pair that had transferred onto their guests or they had equally as fun-loving friends and family. We were busy pondering this when an entire table of Jager-bombs was lined up (and promptly emptied). We left the party happily dancing away to the band playing Julia’s own requested playlist.