Groom preparation before Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs

I began the day in an unusual place for a post about Grand Hotel wedding photographs. Burnbake Campsite is a secluded woodland campsite on the Jurassic Coast between Swanage and Corfe Castle. Running the Scooby Crew Matt is no stranger to weddings, we recently worked with him at a Durlston Castle wedding in Swanage. Matt and his best men had spent the night in one of the woodland lodges after applying some finishing touches to the reception marquee from Camelot Marquees. After a quick look around the site I headed to Swanage were I would meet them for this Grand Hotel wedding.

Purple cravat with detailed waistcoat from Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
Grooms accessories with wedding rings from Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
Personalised hip flasks for groom and best men from Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
Groom helps groomsmen with buttonhole from Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
Groomsmen with the precious ring box from Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
Lego detailed grooms cuff links at Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
Translated order of service booklet at Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs

Bridal preparation before Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs

Meanwhile Tom found the girls at Innovation Hair and Beauty Salon in Swanage. All three bridesmaids and the bride were having hair styled while sipping on bubbles from personalized champagne flutes. With hair all looking fabulous they made the short journey up the street to Rivendell the B&B where they had all stayed the night before.  Charlie Trim Floristry had delivered a delightful array of wedding bouquets. A white stretched limo waited outside to transport the girls for the next stage of these Grand Hotel Wedding photographs.

Bride has hair styled on morning of Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
Smiling bride in salon on morning of Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
Smiling bridesmaid in salon on morning of Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
Excited bride in mirror has hair styled before Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
Purple and green wedding bouquets from Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
Gypsophila and purple flower detail from Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
Bridesmaids and wedding dress hang in hallway from Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
Personalised champagne flutes and make up bags from Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
Bride and bridesmaid on morning of Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs

Detailed flat wedding shoes from Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
Bridesmaids in purple wedding dresses from Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
Bridesmaid and wedding dress on morning of Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
Bride in wedding dress from morning of Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
Bridesmaids help bride with veil on morning of Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
Bride and bridesmaids pose for selfie on morning of Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
Bride leads bridesmaid down the stairs from Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
White stretch limousine waits for the bridal party before Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs

Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs of Civil Ceremony by the Sea

The civil wedding ceremony took place on the lawn overlooking Swanage bay. The guests were shaded from the bright sun with a stretch tent. The groom and best men greeted arriving guests and enjoyed the spectacular view out across the bay.

Groom and groomsmen in clifftop garden before Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs

With the groomsmen and guests assembled it was time for the bridal party to make their entrance. They made their way across the lawns, first the bridesmaids followed by Julia and her father. In the bright sunshine vows and promises were made and they became husband and wife. After the Grand Hotel wedding ceremony we took bridal party down to the beach below.

Excited bridesmaid inside wedding car from Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
Excited bride through limo window at Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
Bride exits wedding limo at Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
Bridal party with registrar before Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
View of Swanage through window at Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
Everyone's in place just awaiting the bride at Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
Groom and groomsmen await the arrival of the bride at Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
Bridesmaids lead they way for the bride at Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
Groom sees his bride approaching at Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
Bride is escorted to groom by father at Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
Bride and groom look back at guests during ceremony at Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
Registrar conducts civil ceremony in clifftop garden at Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
Open air ceremony in clifftop garden at Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
Bride and groom during clifftop garden ceremony at Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
Bridesmaids during cliff top garden ceremony at Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
First kiss after clifftop garden ceremony at Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
Newlyweds emerge from stretch tent on lawn at Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
Guests and bridal party enjoy sunshine on lawn at Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs

Guests look on from cliff top garden at Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
Bride in sunshine on Swanage beach from Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
New Mr and Mrs don sunglasses on beach from Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
Bride and groom are showered with confetti at Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs

Burnbake Marquee Wedding Reception after Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs

After returning from the beach we headed for Burnbake campsite. In the wooded field stood the decorated wedding marquee. Outside stood a handmade table plan and rustic fire pits with wooden furniture. Such a beautiful location for a countryside wedding reception.

Blue wedding horse box bar at countryside wedding with bunting and topiary
Wooden tree bark love sign with countryside flowers, ivy and apples at marquee wedding
Wooden love sign on top of iced wedding cake with countryside flowers
Wedding love hart made from bamboo with wedding card printed crate box
Wedding table plan with recycled paper pegged to string on wooden backing

Against the woodland stood the horsebox bar from Country Foods Kitchen who would also be providing the 3 course wedding breakfast. Stephen Simmons wedding magician then entertained guests, whoops and laughter could be heard across the woodlands.

Bride and bridesmaids laugh at Stephen Simmons Wedding magician in Dorset
Stephen Simmons Wedding magician wows guests at Marquee wedding in Dorset

After the meal it was time for the hilarious and heart warming wedding speeches. Matt went first, followed by his four best men and finally the chief bridesmaid.

Foreign family have wedding speeches translated for them on laptop screens
Groom gives funny wedding speech at marquee wedding in Dorset
Groom raises a toast during wedding speech at marquee wedding in Dorset
Chief bridesmaid gives wedding speech behind top table at marquee wedding Dorset
Groom pulls face at father of the bride's speech at marquee wedding in Dorset
Four best men deliver wedding speeches at marquee wedding in Dorset
Groom holds his head in his hands during best men's speech at marquee wedding
Bride and bridesmaids laugh at wedding speeches in front of wooden love sign
Bridesmaids in purple bridesmaids dresses open champagne bottle in wedding marquee

The sun set outside while the wedding band Electric Eden prepared for their performance and the woods were wonderfully illuminated. Powerful coloured up-lighters from VLT UK were positioned around the trees highlighting the texture of the trunks and foliage.

Wedding marquee in countryside evening with festoon lighting and coloured lights
Wedding party play pass the baby outside horse box bar at countryside wedding
Bride and groom kiss in woodland with lit trees at Dorset countryside wedding
Bride and groom masonry jar drinking glasses with straws
Wedding guests sit by the fire at wedding evening reception in Dorset

After taking in some fresh air the newly-weds returned to cut the cake followed by first dance.  The amount of smoke produced by the smoke machines was only matched by the number of different coloured lights throughout the marquee.

Groom smiles during first dance under blue disco lighting in wedding marquee
Bride and groom first dance under blue and pink disco lights at marquee wedding
Bride and groom twirl under disco lights during first dance at marquee wedding

The happy couple’s dance soon turned into a choreographed flash mob involving many other members of the wedding party!

Wedding dancing under coloured disco lights at marquee wedding in Dorset
Bride groom and groomsmen dance routine on marquee wedding dance floor
Bridesmaids dance under blue disco lighting at marquee wedding evening reception
Groom and groomsmen choreographed dance on wedding marquee dance floor
Wedding evening guests around dance floor under blue wedding disco lights
Bride dances with bridesmaids in wedding marquee disco

After this spectacle the three piece band quickly had everyone throwing all kinds of serious dance moves. Meanwhile outside the festoon lights, glowing fire pits and iridescent tree line painted a calmer picture.

Electric Eden wedding band singer and fiddle player enveloped in smoke at wedding
Bridesmaids on dance floor at Burnbake wedding reception
Groom dancing with drink to wedding disco at Swanage Marquee wedding
Best men on the marquee dance floor from Burnbake wedding reception
Groom and groomsmen at the horsebox bar at Burnbake wedding reception
Wedding dancing in smoke under coloured disco lights at Swanage Marquee wedding
Wooden panel guest signing book from Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs
Glowing wedding marquee with festoon lighting and glowing trees under stars at night
Guests gather outside the horsebox bar at Burnbake wedding reception
Illuminated marquee and trees from Burnbake wedding reception
Illuminated trees and night sky from Grand Hotel Wedding Photographs

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