It was still dark on a chilly September morning when we departed Swanage in order to create Hannah and Giles’ Hethfelton House Wedding Photographs.

Arriving through the gardens of this Georgian Style manor house as the sun is rising above the countryside woodland is quite a treat for the senses. This stunning, exclusive wedding venue is owned by the Jim Cronin Memorial Fund (our friends at Monkey World) and as you can see is one of the finest of Dorset’s wedding venues.

Hethfelton House Wedding Photographs of Dorset wedding venue
Water fountain with wedding sign at Hethfelton House Wedding venue

Hethfelton House Wedding Photographs of Bridal Preparation

Upstairs in the master bedroom I found Hannah, her two bridesmaids, mother and father and flower girl. To say they were calm and quiet would be an understatement. They happily got on with their wedding morning routine in almost silence.

Bride reads love letter from groom on wedding morning in Dorset
Hethfelton House Wedding Photo of bridesmaid in Silk dressing gown

As the low orange morning light moved around the building it highlighted the autumn colours in the woods and the morning mists in the distance. I realised it was these views that probably called the calm and quiet. As a result had to drag myself away from the transfixing panoramic the windows offered.

The centre point of activity in the room was the amazing Jenny D. She worked flat out, expertly styling all the ladies wedding hair and make up. Shelley and her incredible staff from the venue were on hand if needed but rarely seen.

Bride disappears into cloud of hairspray at Hethfelton House bridal prep
Mother of bride in curlers watches bridal preparations at Hethfelton
Bride checks wedding hair styling before Hethfelton House Wedding
Bride has wedding make up styled watched by bridesmaid on morning
Bridesmaid with cup of tea in mirror during morning bridal preparations
Flower girl being cute at Hethfelton House bedroom Wedding morning

Meanwhile in the dressing room, Hannah’s gorgeous Maggie Sottero wedding dress hung in the window. The appliqué defined in the sunlight as the dress glowed. Opposite hung the deep red couture bridesmaids dresses from Courtesan Boutique.

Custom made deep red Courtesan Boutique bridesmaid's dresses
Wedding videographer (and all round lovely chap) Dan from Wedding Highlight Videos joined me. If sped up it would have looked like the girls were playing a game of musical chairs. They rotated around the room for hair, resting, cups of tea, make up and touch ups. Sharon from A Touch of Love Florist arrived with the orange and red bridal flowers. Unusually Hannah was made to smell her flowers before seeing them!

Bride examines red and orange bridal bouquet at Hethfelton House
Bride has wedding make up styled watched by mother Hethfelton House
Mother of the bride has a moment at Hethfelton House Wedding prep
Flower girl with arms up has white dress put on at Hethfelton House
Cute wedding flower girl puts on white dress with deep red ribbon
Flower girl takes photographs at Hethfelton House Wedding venue
Bridesmaid looks out of window at Hethfelton House Wedding Prep

Next, Hannah’s mother helped her into her wedding dress as the bridesmaids changed next door. She emerged looking absolutely breath taking, her father was at a loss for words.

Hethfelton House Wedding Photographs of bride in Maggie Sottero
Mother and father of the bride on wedding morning at Hethfelton House
Bride in veil and white wedding dress at Hethfelton House Dorset venue
Father of the groom hugs bride on Hethfelton House Wedding morning

Outside the sun was now hot and bright. It reflected off the polished paint and metal work of the vintage Badsworth wedding car from RK Prestige.

Documentary Groom Preparation Photographs in Dorset

Meanwhile Murray was still on the Isle of Purbeck. He arrived at Giles’s parent’s house in Studland to be greeted by Giles, the chaps and some impressive panoramic views of the Purbeck coastline.

Groomsman in waistcoat stretches during wedding morning preparations
Charcoal grey wedding suit with white and cream waistcoat coat hanger
View across Purbeck and Poole from groom preparation venue Studland

The sun started to come as they busied themselves in preparation for the big day ahead. With them all in suits they gathered in the kitchen to try to tie their deep red cravats. Relatively calm and collected Giles opened his presents from his wife to be.

Groomsmen in black waistcoats tie red cravats on wedding morning
Groomsmen put on red cravats on wedding morning in Dorset
Page boy in bow tie and cardigan on wedding morning in Dorset
Happy groom ties cravat in mirror during wedding morning preparations
Groom reads love notes from bride on wedding morning preparations

A Mercedes stretched limo pulled up outside and the grooms party prepared to leave the house, not before Giles’ mother had shouted helpful instructions from a balcony!

Page boy with bow tie looks cute during wedding morning preparations
Mother shouts at groomsmen from balcony on wedding morning

Wimborne Minster Wedding Ceremony Photographs

After a quick pre-ceremony drink at the White Hart in Wimborne the guys headed to Wimborne Minster. It felt a little odd preparing to create Hethfelton House wedding photographs and then travelling to Wimborne Minster. But this 12th Century building is a monster of a wedding venue. Full of history and architectural beauty it leaves any visitor in awe. Once there, Giles gathered his groomsmen for a team talk before greeting guests and taking his place at the front.

Wimborne Minster Christian wedding ceremony venue in Dorset
Groom jokes with wedding guests in Wimborne Minster wedding venue

First to arrive were the bridesmaids who waited at the rear of minster. Hannah arrived with her father in a classic black and white wedding car. She then joined her bridesmaids and had a moment to gather herself before entering from the back door.

Bride looks out of porthole window in rear of classical wedding car
Bride is helped out of classical wedding car by father and chauffeur
Bride with veil over face walks from classical wedding car in the sun

You could see Hannah’s huge smile the entire length of the Minster away, so turning round to see her Giles won the most excited groom of the year award.

Bride and father walk down the aisle at Wimborne Minster wedding
Bride and groom first look during Wimborne Minster wedding ceremony

In a lovely Christian wedding ceremony Hannah’s father gave her hand away, the minster was full of smiles and welling up eyes. In between hymns the guests were treated to readings from Hannah’s brother and one of the groomsmen. The happy couple signed the register and walked back down the aisle as a beaming husband and wife.

Bride groom hold hands during Wimborne Minster wedding ceremony
Order of service at Wimborne Minster wedding ceremony in Dorset
Grooms man's wedding reading in Wimborne Minster wedding ceremony
Groomsmans bible reading in Wimborne Minster wedding ceremony
Bride and groom walk up the aisle together in Wimborne Minster
Bride and groom kneel before the altar at Wimborne Minster wedding
Bride and groom exit Wimborne Minster wedding ceremony into sun
Bride smiles at groom in the sun outside Wimborne Minster venue
Branford Classic Landaulette wedding car outside Wimborne Minster
Beautiful bride in wedding car on sunny wedding day in Wimborne

Hethfelton House Wedding Photographs of Drinks Reception

Back at Hethfelton House the guests were welcomed onto the patio for a drinks reception in the sun overlooking the stunning grounds. Hannah and Giles arrived to many congratulations, drinks and canapés circulated and a game of croquet kicked off on the lawns. It’s stunning scenes like this that make us proud to be Dorset wedding photographers.

Wedding car on Hethfelton House Wedding driveway with red trees
Mother of the groom in blue and white wedding outfit at Hethfelton
Classical wedding car drive to Hethfelton House Wedding venue
Classic wedding car arrives at Hethfelton House Wedding venue
Bride arrives to see wedding guests at Hethfelton House reception
Wedding guest in crazy outfit at Hethfelton House Wedding venue
Children play on the lawns at Hethfelton House Wedding venue
Hethfelton House Wedding venue drinks reception with croquet lawns

While guest enjoyed themselves we stole away close family and wedding party for some quick group photographs on one of the lawns. Once finished we accompanied Hannah and Giles on a walk around the gorgeous formal gardens and woodlands. With the bright sun and the flowers still blooming this was the perfect location for their Hethfelton House wedding photographs.

Beautiful bride in gardens at Hethfelton House Wedding venue
Bride and groom in flower gardens at Hethfelton House Wedding venue
Bride and groom walk through Hethfelton House Wedding gardens
Hethfelton House Wedding Photographs of bride in Rose garden
Bride and groom kiss in Hethfelton House woodland on wedding day
Hethfelton House Wedding Photographs of bride and groom in woods
Hethfelton House Wedding Photographs of bride and groom on lawns
Drinks reception in the sun at Hethfelton House Wedding Photographs
Hethfelton House Wedding Photos of guests enjoying drinks reception
Groomsmen enjoy drinks reception sun at Hethfelton House Wedding
Father of the bride laughing in the sun shine at Hethfelton House
Wedding guest in light grey dress with diamanté neck line and fascinator
Stone dog sculpture overlooks wedding croquet at Hethfelton House

Meanwhile the wedding guests had formed a confetti tunnel for bride and groom to walk through. Upon their return Hannah & Giles were showered with an impressive amount of confetti.

Hethfelton House Wedding Photographs of Wedding Breakfast

The call went out for wedding breakfast and for the first time the guests were able to appreciate Hethfelton house’s dining room. The entrance foyer had been decorated with pictures from Hannah and Giles’s past, a card table and a wooden engraved signing book.

Personalised silhouette dogs and love heart wedding cake topper
Lazer cut wooden covered wedding signing book with love heart leaves
Wooden framed mirrored wedding table plan at Hethfelton House
Wedding table flower spray with burgundy and orange at Hethfelton
Top table flower spray with burgundy and orange at Hethfelton House
Three tier wedding cake with purple, orange and cream petal decoration
Bridesmaid and father of the bride talking at Hethfelton House Wedding

Once they had found their tables the guests welcomed in their bride and groom with a loud standing ovation. The mouth-watering three course meal was supplied by Red Cherry Catering. We could tell it was being enjoyed as we had to check that the guests were in fact still present as they ate in happy silence.

Father of the bride chats with bridesmaid at Wedding breakfast
Groom laughs with his mother and best man at Hethfelton House
Documentary wedding photograph of bridesmaid laughing with bride
Best man reads through wedding speech at Hethfelton House Wedding

Hethfelton House Wedding Photographs of Wedding Speeches

Bellies were full of tasty food and a few glasses of wine, consequently the happy volume levels were turned up just in time for wedding speeches.

First the Father of bride opened proceedings with words of love, advice and a couple of obligatory dad jokes. Giles’ wonderful sense of humour swept about the room and he finished his speech with words of thanks. Finally his best man kept the crowd attentive, laughing and clapping to the end.

Wedding guest in floral dress laughs at wedding speeches
Top table laughing at father of the bride's wedding speech
Groom makes wedding speech at Hethfelton House Wedding venue
Wedding guests laughing during speeches at Hethfelton House Wedding
Groomsman collapses with laughter at Hethfelton House Wedding venue
Groom hugs his new brother in law at Hethfelton House Wedding venue
Best man's speech at Hethfelton House Wedding venue in Dorset
Groom holds his head during best man's speech at Hethfelton House

Hethfelton House Wedding Photographs of Wedding Evening Reception

In the entrance foyer the bar opened. As the dining room was quickly turned round guests meandered between the bar and outside space. Canopies and gardens were lit with fairy lights and outdoor fire (with brick chimney).

Meanwhile, back inside the legendary Mark Gerard from Pegasus Disco was set up and raring to go. He announced the cutting of the cake and so the three tier edible sculpture crafted by Lisa Notley was divided by knife. Next the happy couple gently swirled about the dance floor for their first dance. Surrounded by friends and family and holding their love they couldn’t have looked happier.

First dance photograph at Hethfelton House Wedding venue in Dorset

The wedding guests soon joined them, Mark cranked up the tempo a notch and the crowds danced the night away swathed in multi-coloured disco lights.

Father of the bride singing on dance floor at Hethfelton House Wedding
Hethfelton House Wedding Photographs of bride and groom dancing
Happy wedding guests dancing at Hethfelton House Wedding venue
Groom's brother on Wedding dance floor with drink in hand
Wedding guests dancing at Hethfelton House Wedding venue
Mother of the bride dancing under lights at Hethfelton House Wedding
Hethfelton House Wedding dancing photographed through windows

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