Grand Hotel Swanage Wedding Photographs
After last year’s Grand Hotel Swanage Wedding showcase we were very exited to meet Kim and Neil to chat over their fantastical Grand Hotel Swanage wedding plans. This classical Victorian sea-side hotel wedding venue has possibly the best bay and beach view in the area.
The Grand Hotel Swanage Wedding Morning
On the morning of their Grand Hotel Swanage wedding day the bright warm sun saturated the blues of sky and sea and yellow of the sandy beach below. I joined Kim in her room, where wedding preparations were underway. The unilateral window lighting made for gorgeous silhouettes and side lit portraiture. As her bridesmaid and flower girls whirled around her from room to room Kim seemed relaxed. She was well composed and most assuredly in control of the morning’s proceedings. Flower girls were turned into little princesses and it was time for Kim to don her gorgeous lace detailed dress.
Downstairs Murray joined Neil and his best man welcoming guests in the hotel bar. Looking back at the timestamps on our images we realised that Kim opened her first bottle of champagne at exactly the same time Neil had his first pint poured (both overlooking the sea!)
Once Kim was almost ready to descend the hotel stairs Neil headed off to Durlston Castle where he would greet further guests and wait for his bride to be. With Neil gone Kim came down accompanied by her father, bridesmaid and flower girls.
Durlston Castle Wedding Ceremony
Neil arrived at Durlston Castle bathed in glorious sunshine shortly followed by the wedding guests. They gathered outside the Belvedere suite taking in the panoramic view from such a great vantage point.
We knew we were in safe hands seeing the lovely wedding planner Polly Smith from Blue Bay Events organisational skills at work.
As Kim arrived the wedding guests were invited to take their seats inside. The sounds of seagulls and the water below on the rocks filled the room accompanied with a cool sea breeze. The gorgeous space was filled with purple, yellow and white flowers from the exceptionally talented Charlotte Trim Florist (one of our recommended wedding suppliers). Love hearts of all types and white sashes hung from the ceiling A very close and personal civil ceremony followed with heartfelt readings. Kim’s tears of joy were as infectious as the smiles around the room. Kim and Neil were almost unable to take their eyes off each other.
We recognised the soft acoustic sounds of none other than Metallica playing during the signing of the register! The happy couple then lit a candle together and emerged from the Belvedere suite as husband and wife into the spectacular sunshine.
After some celebratory drinks and canopies against panoramic sea views the wedding party was invited down into the garden of the castle for some group photos. Bubbles were blown instead of confetti (seemingly more by adults than the children!)and Kim and Neil led the way down through the Purbeck stone castle grounds and flower gardens.
After some well-timed photobombing by the bride and flower girls we took the newly weds down to the huge Victorian stone globe. Neil marked the occasion by drawing a love heart slab of Purbeck stone for visitors to leave messages. We had time to create a ‘clone the bride’ photograph but given the terrain and heat we adapted to a ‘clone the groom’ photograph.
Corfe Castle Wedding Photographs
Kim and Neil were dropped in their chauffeur driven car (supplied by SJR Executive cars) at The Greyhound pub in front of the ruins of Corfe Castle. After our last wedding at Mortons House Hotel in Corfe we were so happy to be back in this gorgeous village, this time in the sunshine! After crowds of people congratulating them I took a couple of pictures with the castle behind and left them to soak up the atmosphere of the garden. We walked back through Corfe Castle village to the steam railway station.
Swanage Railway wedding
In the meantime Murray joined the wedding guests as they were coached to the Norden station. Their wedding surprise was a steam train ride back to Swanage (not forgetting to collect Kim, Neil and I from Corfe Station).
Once back in Swanage Neil was allowed into the steam engine and we took a walk along Swanage’s Victorian pier. As part of the restoration project you can buy a commemorative plaque and it took a couple of minutes to hunt down Kim and Neil’s (which a passing visitor kindly cleaned for us!).
This time it was us who was in for a surprise. Looking back across the back drop of Swanage bay. This time the ‘photo bomber’ was a Mark 11c Hawker Hurricane (that starred in the classic 1960s film Battle of Britain). Back at The Grand Hotel, Murray and the awaiting guests were also treated to this sight as the plane flew directly past the Hotel garden twice tipping its wings!
The Grand Hotel Swanage Wedding Reception
Returning from the sea front Neil and Kim joined their guests in The Grand Hotel Swanage wedding garden. By now the low evening sun toned the panoramic view of the beach and bay. Drinks and canapés were served and the atmosphere was lent a relaxed soundtrack by the musical stylings of wedding saxophonist Mark Pittman.
With wedding breakfast announced the guests were seated in the Grand Hotel restaurant. Neil had a slightly nervous ten minutes to check over his speech and the happy couple were welcomed into the room with a standing ovation.
Grand Hotel Swanage Wedding Speeches
The speeches from Kim’s father, Neal and best man Stuart were expertly delivered and the culinary delights of Chef Matt Sheppard were served. Kim and Neil then took to the dance floor and Mark Pitman led them through their first dance. Still smiling and laughing, still unable to take their eyes off each other Kim and Neil beautifully swirled against the backdrop of family and friends and further the beach and sea.
Lu of Iced gems of Swanage had outdone herself yet again with a gorgeous beach hut and bunting themed wedding cake with cupcakes (for the children). The cake was cut to rapturous applause and the party jukebox from The Scooby Crew was cued up for dancing.
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