Eastbury Hotel Wedding Photographs with Rob & Naomi

We have been excited about Rob and Naomi’s Eastbury Hotel Wedding ever since we met them for their lovely Corfe Castle Engagement Photo Shoot.

Documentary Bridal Preparation Photographs

So it was with great expectations that we drove through Dorset’s winding rural roads and hamlets to the picture postcard village of Stourton Caundle.

I spent the morning with Naomi and the girls in Naomi’s parent’s house. Naomi, her bridesmaids and close family all had a fantastically relaxed attitude to the wedding preparations.

There was none of the usual crazy hustle and bustle of a wedding morning. Everything was conducted at a calm pace with a sense of joy.

In between swapping jokes and stories Naomi’s bridesmaids presented her with a gorgeous walnut jewellery box.

I found Naomi’s stunning ivory wedding dress hanging backlit in an upstairs bedroom. A butterfly was carefully embroidered on the inside.

Dress detail at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Debut wedding shoes
As the girls had their makeup styled in front of the garden window the stunning white and purple wedding flowers arrived from Occasions Flowers wedding florist.

Morning make up at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Bride and bridesmaid joke at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Bridesmaid make up at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
With Naomi’s father safely entertaining himself on an iPad the bridesmaids donned their purple dresses. Naoimi’s mother and the girls then helped her into her gorgeous wedding attire.

Bridesmaids prepare at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Dress done up at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Bridesmaid helps bride at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Bride and bridesmaids at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Flowers at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Bouquet of flowers at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
It just goes to show that a relaxed attitude and advanced planning pays off. Everyone was still relaxed and ready early. The first time I have ever seen a bride early for anything!

Outside in the bright sunshine the wedding car and driver arrived from Vintage Wheels

Naomi and Rob had chosen a particularly unique 1934 pierce Arrow wedding car. The driver revealed that it was widely believed to have been owned by notorious Boston gangsters!

Bride enters the car at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Car decoration at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Bride adjusts hair at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
From the wedding car at Eastbury Hotel Wedding

Groom Preparation Photographs in Dorset

Meanwhile Murray joined Rob and his groomsmen at the Eastbury Hotel in Sherborne for the morning’s preparations.

Rob treated his three best men, Rick, Ben and Andy to an unusual gift of hammers! Each hammer was inscribed with their names and the wedding date.

Andy, one of the best men was in charge of capturing the day on Video even at the same time as readying himself!

Groom recording message at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
After some photos and video in the garden of the Eastbury hotel the chaps headed for Stourton Caundle Village Hall.
Sword cuff links at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Groom and best men in garden at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Groom and Best man pose at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Situated between Naomi’s parents’ house and St Peters church the Village Hall served as a location for some tea and cake (thanks to Nikki Hale) with the guests who had arrived early.

The hall had been decorated with photos of the couple both together over the years and also some of them both as children.

Cakes and cups at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Button holes crafted by Jacky Spence were added and as it always does with tea and cake, time flew. Before he knew it Rob and the chaps were heading to church for his wedding service.
Groom and best men walk at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Passing a comically relevant warning sign the chaps couldn’t resist giving Rob an encouraging grab of his bottom as they walked him up the church path!
Best men walk groom to church
Groom escorted to church at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Groom and Best man wait at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Rob waited in the traditional English stone church and began to look a little nervous. There was just time to speak with the vicar, adjust his father’s buttonhole and double-check which best man was in possession of the rings.
Groom in church porch at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Jane Colville and Gay Liversedge had done a wonderful job of bringing colour into the church with some stunning floral arrangements.
Church flowers at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Buttonhole adjustment at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
The chaps busied themselves welcoming all of the guests who were now filling both levels of the church.

Groom and guests await Bride at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Groom at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
The arrival of the bridesmaids outside the door and the sound of the vintage 4.5L engine signalled that the ceremony was about to begin.
Bridesmaid carries confetti at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
In the church porch at Eastbury Hotel Wedding

Dorset Church Wedding Ceremony Photographs

With huge grins on their faces Naomi and her father walked down the aisle. It wasn’t long before Naomi was showing her tears of joy.

Exchange of looks at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Bridesmaids during Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Best Man gives church reading at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Couple in mirror at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Smiling bride at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
The sound of the congregation belting out hymns accompanied by the church organ must have been heard by most of the village. Who in turn, had arrived outside to see the happy couple walk back out into the bright sunlight.

Against the shade of the church we took some confetti and group photographs and headed off to the Eastbury Hotel Wedding Venue in Sherborne.
Couple in doorway at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Basket of confetti at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Confetti at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Dusting off Confetti at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Father of the bride laughs at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Young guest at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Outside the Church at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Through the car window at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Couple wave at Eastbury Hotel Wedding

Wedding Photographers at Eastbury Hotel in Sherborne

We love working at Eastbury Hotel weddings as the venue is so wonderfully varied and beautiful in the summer sun.

Out in the stunningly maintained gardens guests enjoyed the drinks reception, greeting their bride and groom with a round of applause.

Bride enters at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Wedding guest and bride at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Two Guests relax at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Guests in garden at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Groom and Best man at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Best Man and Wife at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
We learned that Naomi’s nickname for Rob was her ‘Bonobo’ and the groomsmen had to check the accuracy.
Best man jokes at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Outside we worked around the bright, low sun to take the last of the group photographs.

Guests relax at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Rob and Naomi sent their first time alone as a married couple and we captured some images of them relaxing in the garden.

With a glint of naughtiness in their eyes they asked us to take some photographs of them with a randomly placed lamp post. What happened next was a first for both Murray and myself. Never have we seen a bride and groom pole attempt to dance at a wedding before!

Newlyweds kiss at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Couple pose by lamp post at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Couple hold hands at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Groomsman Andy put down his video camera to shout the call for wedding breakfast.
Bride walks across garden at Eastbury Hotel Wedding

Wedding Detail Photographs in Sherborne

Inside, the Conservatory Restaurant had been set out, incorporating the Cadbury purple theme. Each table sported handmade bear table names from Annelie Akesson, purple petals and purple ribboned love candles.

On the top table Rob had placed a surprise of engraved champagne glasses.To the side stood three tiers of wedding cake trimmed with purple ribbon – expertly created by Naoimi’s mother’s own hands!

Personalized flute glass at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Personalized table name at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Tiered cake at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
In the entranceway ‘wedding message Jenga’ with a postcard box sat ready for the guests to leave notes of love and friendship.

Message box at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Guests in glass door at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Newlyweds at Eastbury Hotel Wedding

Wedding Evening Photographs at The Eastbury Hotel

The ever adaptable Andy then became the Master of Ceremonies for the evening, using his personalised hammer to call for attention.

The Eastbury Hotel Chefs again outdid themselves with the wedding breakfast which not only smelled but tasted amazing. The sun dipped an orange glow over the horizon and it was time to cut the cake before beginning the wedding speeches.

In the warm, low light of the evening we captured the crying, laughing, cringing and hiding that went along with the speeches.

Guest reaction at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Eastbury Hotel Wedding Grooms Speech

Laughter at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Groom and best men at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Messages at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Guests in doorway at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
With Party Dex now set up in the back room Naomi threw her bouquet to a group of scarily competitive ladies and went straight into her first dance.
Throwing the bouquet at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Catching the bouquet at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Under the intense contrasting colours of the disco lighting the happy couple took their turn about the dance floor before everyone else joined them to dance the night away.
Dancing couple at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
First Dance at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Bridesmaid dances at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Dancing guests at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
Young guest sleeping at Eastbury Hotel Wedding
A wonderfully relaxed wedding day for a wonderfully relaxed wedding couple.

 

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