After our last Harbour Heights wedding photographs we couldn’t wait for Kirsty and Dan’s big day. We arrived early on the morning of Kirsty and Dan’s Harbour Heights wedding photos at KHD Hairdressers in Poole. The girls were well into their wedding preparations, with the smell of hot tongs and hairspray permeating the air. I left Tom to capture the morning’s moments - he looked like the calm amongst the chaos!

Harbour Heights Wedding Photos of Bridal Preparation

The wonderfully bright room, covered in ornate framed mirrors was the perfect location for wedding morning photographs. KHD’s hair and makeup artists whirled about the room, working on Kirsty, her bridesmaids, her mother, grandmother and even one of her close friends all at the same time.

Bride has wedding hair and makeup styled at the same time at KHD Broadstone
Bride has makup applied in hairdressers with bridesmaid in batman t-shirt
Bridal Hair and makeup styled in mirror at KHD Hairdressers in Broadstone

The cups of tea and laughter flowed while Kirsty remaining a calming influence on all. Wedding hair was finished and her veil and tiara were added. As she was without her dress she looked more like a princess than a bride.

Bride wears veil in hairdressers mirror on wedding morning
Mother of the bride has blue fascinator fitted at wedding hairdressers

A quick drive back to her house and I could see more of the preparation that had gone into today’s red wedding. Beautiful red and white bouquets from Simply Flower greeted us as the front door opened. The fireplace held a bunch of wedding cards and above the patio doors hung red and white wedding bunting with the couple’s initials.

Red wedding bunting with couple's initials and wedding date

Upstairs Kirsty’s stunning detailed white A-line wedding dress hung, backlit, glowing in the window. The bridesmaids disappeared and returned looking striking in their red dresses. With just enough time to give her panda teddy one last hug Kirsty was helped into her wedding dress and the fanning began.

Bride with her panda teddy bear on Harbour Heights wedding morning
Bride and sister in red bridesmaids dress rub noses from Harbour Heights wedding photos
Bride in wedding tiara and veil portrait photograph on wedding morning
Bride in tiara and veil uses white wedding fan on Dorset wedding morning

Downstairs Kirsty’s parents and the bridesmaids welcomed her with gasps and applauds. I could see where Kirsty gets her infectious sense of humour as her father joked about with one of the bridesmaids bouquets and showed me his hilarious ‘Shark face’.

Bride walks down stairs and makes her entrance on wedding morning
Father of bride and uncle see bride in wedding dress for the first time

I knew the time to leave was approaching upon seeing the familiar face of Jason from Dorset Dub Hire outside with his gorgeous wedding transport. Lulu, the 1960 VW split screen and Lillie the 1972 bay looked incredible with their red and white wedding ribbons.

Bridal party on wedding morning of red themed wedding at Harbour Heights
Bride in white wedding dress with red and white wedding bouquet
Bride and Father of Bride joke with red and white wedding bouquets
Bride helped into wedding shoes by bridesmaids in red with red and white wedding bunting
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Bride and her father travel to wedding in VW campervan
Mother of bride and bridesmaids in red bridesmaids dresses in wedding VW campervan

On the way to the church we stopped at Pamphill Dairy Farmshop (Kirsty’s workplace) so that her colleagues could coo over how beautiful she looked.

Harbour Heights Wedding Photos of Groom Preparation

Meanwhile I arrived at Daniels parents’ house on the morning of his Harbour Heights wedding photos to a hive of activity. The chaps quickly donned their wedding suits with matching red cravats and socks. All hip flasks were topped up ready for the big day. Outside a Roll Royce silver spur from RR Elite Wedding Car Hire (one of our recommended wedding suppliers), complete with matching red ribbons waited in to the sunshine. The same ribbons were then added to Daniel’s father’s Jaguar which sat on the driveway.

Grandfathers drink a cup of tea on wedding morning in Dorset
Groom and best men prepare for wedding with red cravats
Black and white wedding photograph of wedding morning preparations
Child wedding guest outside house with red and pink love heart bunting
Silver lady on Rolls Royce wedding car
White rose buttonhole wedding flower with red wedding cravat

There was just enough time for a few photos outside the house before setting off in convoy to Kingston Lacy church. Many guests had gathered outside and Daniel greeted them all with huge smiles and jokes.

Wedding Jaguar with red ribbons outside english countryside church wedding
Groom and groomsmen travel to church wedding in grey Rolls Royce
Groom arrives at wedding in greay Rolls Royce with red wedding ribbons
Groom and groomsmen greet wedding guests outside Dorset Church
Wedding orders of service and confetti in wicker basket

Before entering the English stone church Dan and his groomsmen drank a toast from their hip flasks and then went looking for the vicar. The church was beautifully decorated by the ever talented Maria from Simply Flower. Reds, white and greens were everywhere. The pew ends proudly displayed more red roses and green foliage tied with white lace.

Dorset Church Wedding Ceremony Photographs

With the groom waiting at the aisle the bridal party arrived in the two gorgeous Volkswagen wedding camper vans. They gathered nervously outside the church entrance. Once the Vicar had finished addressing the congregation Kirsty was led into the church by her three bridesmaids and accompanied by her father.

Mother of the groom in blue wedding suit and blue fascinator
Bride in wedding veil under stone church arched doorway
Bride with red wedding bouquet smiles before entering church wedding
Mother of the bride in blue wedding hat at traditional church wedding
Groom and best man wait for the arrival of the bride at English Church wedding
Bridesmaid in red bridesmaid dress enters church wedding ceremony
Bridesmaids in red dresses walk up the aisle at traditional English church wedding
Bride and Father of the Bride walk up the aisle at Dorset Church Wedding

The traditional Church of England wedding ceremony was lovely, full of heartfelt sentiment. Behind the scenes Tom was able to move from behind the choir stalls up into the organ pipes. This unusual angle provided a perfect elevated view back onto the congregation.

Bride hides her face at her father's joke during church wedding ceremony
Black and white wedding photograph at Kingston Lacy church wedding ceremony
Bride and groom kiss during Dorset Church wedding ceremony
Bride and groom walk down the aisle at Kingson Lacy Church wedding in Dorset

Emerging from the dark church into the bright sunshine the newly weds were again all smiles and laughter. The guests showered them with confetti before we quickly organised some group shots between the camper vans.

Wedding guests laughing outside Kingston Lacy Church wedding in Dorset
Wedding Confetti photograph at Kingston Lacy church wedding in Dorset
Child wedding guest in blue suit during wedding group photographs
Mother of the groom in blue dress and fascinator takes wedding photographs on phone
VW wedding camper vans from Dorset Dub Hire outside Church wedding in Dorset
Bride with red and white bouquet laughs outside Kingston Lacy church in Dorset

The VWs headed for Harbour heights, stopping briefly at Evening Hill in Poole. We love using this location when capturing Harbour Heights wedding photos. The view over Poole harbour and Brownsea Island is to die for.

Bride and groom look over the sea at Evening Hill in Poole for wedding photos
Bridesmaid in red dress and boyfriend kiss on Evening Hill in Poole

Harbour Heights Wedding Photos of Drinks Reception

A mile down the road at Harbour Heights Hotel the wedding guests were enjoying welcome drinks on the sun terrace.  A similar view across Poole Harbour and the sounds of wedding saxophonist Claire Manners made for a wonderful time.

Red table flowers and red top table from Harbour Heights wedding photos
Wedding in blue at Harbour Heights wedding photos
Claire Manners wedding saxophonist at Harbour Heights wedding
Wedding guests with baby from Harbour Heights wedding photos
Red wedding flowers top table decoration from Harbour Heights wedding photos
Gromsmen with red cravates at Harbour Heights Wedding reception
Wedding guests enjoying a drink at Harbour Heights wedding reception
Wedding guests on sun terrace at Harbour Heights wedding reception
Young wedding guests infront of red decorations Harbour Heights wedding venue

The Hytes Suite looked beautiful, decorated with red flower displays in their high standing centerpieces. Red sashes added colour to the chairs and more flower arrangements beautifully framed the top table.

Harbour Heights Wedding Photos of Speeches and Wedding Breakfast

Sebastien, FJB’s amazing wedding co-ordinator then made the call for wedding breakfast. The receiving line saw the guests to their tables for the wedding speeches. The Best Man’s speech had the crowd in stitches with the groom receiving a marriage tool kit of fancy dress. In addition Dan seemed most pleased with the 3 litre bottle of Staffordshire Brewery’s Cheddleton Golden Ale. This then took pride of place on the top table.

Best man at top table from Harbour Heights wedding photos
Wedding guest in red cravate during the speeches at Harbour Heights wedding photos
Groom in red tie makes grooms speech at Harbour Heights wedding photos
Groom with flowers for mothers at Harbour Heights wedding photos
Best man during speech at Harbour Heights wedding photos
Best mans speech at Harbour Heights wedding photos
Best man and groom during speech at Harbour Heights wedding photos
Wedding Toast with groom in fancy dress at Harbour Heights wedding photos
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Guests then enjoyed the Harbour Heights famously tasty food. A happy silence descending upon the previously raucous room.

Harbour Heights Wedding Evening Reception Photos

Back out on the sun terrace the guests enjoyed after dinner drinks. Kirsty and Dan headed up to the bridal suite to enjoy the view, while downstairs the hotel staff turned the Hytes Suite around.

Wedding Guests in blue dresses at Harbour Heights wedding photos
Bride looks through telescope in bridal suite at Harbour Heights wedding photos
Sunset sky over poole Harbour from Harbour Heights wedding photographs
Bride with balcony view over Poole Harbour at Harbour Heights wedding photos
Bride and groom in Brial suite at Harbour Heights wedding photos
Wedding guests on the roof at Harbour Heights wedding photos
Wedding photo memory board from Harbour Heights wedding photos
Child wedding guests sit above dance floor at Harbour Heights wedding photos
Bridesmaid in red dress relaxes on phone at Harbour Heights wedding photos

After relaxing in luxury the newly weds returned to greet their evening guests and cut the fantastic wedding cake from Love-a-Cake . First dance saw Kirsty and Dan swirl about the low disco lights of the dance floor while surrounded by family and friends. Finally the guests needed very little encouragement to join the happy couple and dance the night away with the excellent Gem Roadshow Wedding DJ.

First dance watched by wedding guests at Harbour Heights wedding photos
First dance under blue disco lights at Harbour Heights wedding photos
Bride dances wth father of the groom at Harbour Heights wedding photos
Mother of the bride on the dancefloor at Harbour Heights wedding photos
Wooden floral sea side welcome archway from Harbour Heights wedding photos
Bridesmaid and boyfriend at bar from Harbour Heights wedding photos
Grandma dancing from Harbour Heights wedding photos

Out in the orange glow of the evening light on the sun terrace the smells of BBQ and the view were tempting evening guests outside before the view disappeared for the night.

 

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