Highcliffe Castle Photographs from Emma and James’s Wedding Day

We love creating stunning Highcliffe Castle photographs. We first met Emma and James at the stunning location of Bucklers Hard for their engagement photo shoot, this loving couple were so relaxed in front of the camera and had chosen such spectacular wedding venues as Highcliffe Castle and The Lord Bute that we couldn’t wait or their big day to come around.

On the big day the girls were exceptionally busy at Emma’s family home. Wedding shoes and the beautiful dark blue bridesmaid’s dresses had been perfectly arranged ready for the day ahead. Emma’s attention to detail could be found even in the dress hangers, with each wire shaped into one of the girl’s names they were finished off with a pink floral flourish. Her gorgeous wedding dress hung over a window on its own- the bright sunlight turning it translucent and accentuating the laced detail.

Champagne flowed and the excitement of the wedding morning preparations was almost tangible as Emma and her bridesmaids all had their hair and makeup expertly styled en-mass

Much to everyone’s delight the wedding bouquets were delivered by Concept Flowers– pink roses looked stunning set amongst white flowers.

Time slipped seamlessly by and before she knew it Emma was putting on her veil and dress aided by one bridesmaid as the others attentively watched. Emma’s fun loving character shone through for the entire morning- especially now when in a typically sombre moment she was in fits of laughter.
bridal portrait on Highcliffe castle wedding morning
Bridesmaids in blue wedding dresses
The father of the bride arrived to have his button-hole fitted and take his beloved to her wedding day. It is a wonderful moment when you witness tears in the eyes of a proud father upon seeing his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time.

After fitting their surprise presents of earrings and necklaces the bridesmaid’s helped Emma add one final detail. A pin was placed into the dress folds holding a silver penny, a blue heart stone, pearls earrings and silver horse shoe.

In what seemed like a blink of an eye everyone was ready and the classic Rolls Royce’s from Prestige Cars were whisking them off into the bright sunshine to Highcliffe Castle.

Meanwhile James and the chaps were busy getting themselves ready at Emma and James’s flat. All of the groom’s party looked exceptionally dapper in their 3 piece dark blue suits. After a relatively calm breakfast the wedding car arrived, and what a car it was. With an eye for not only detail but design and cool James had chosen a 1965 first generation V8 Ford Mustang for his journey to Highcliffe Castle.

Once at Highcliffe Castle it was the perfect location for a few photographs of the chaps with the car. As guests arrived they were greeted in Highcliffe Castle’s beautiful gardens and treated to a live guitarist as they were seated in the Wintergarden.

I have said before how much we love creating Highcliffe Castle photographs and rate it so highly as a wedding venue and the Wintergarden is a photographers dream ceremony room. Classical stone design and large windows combined with the blue sashes and white flowers made for the perfect setting for James and Emma’s vows.
Bridesmaids in blue at Highcliffe Castle Photographs
Bride arrives at Highcliffe Castle Photographs
Emma and the bridal party arrived in style and the ceremony was full of love (and laughter). With the sun now high in the sky we took a few group photographs outside the impressive carved stone castle and took the opportunity for a walk down to Highcliffe Beach with the happy couple

Highcliffe beach wedding photograph
bride adn groom on Dorset beach
Highcliffe castle wedding couple
Whilst Emma and James had 10 minutes to themselves on the golden sands looking out over the sea their guests enjoyed the drinks reception at the Lord Bute Hotel, just down the road.

Now the Lord Bute is a fantastic wedding venue, not only the mixture of buildings, the floral courtyard, private wedding suite and interior design but the staff and service are exceptional.

Today the tables were adorned with pink roses and favours (jam and chutney hand-made by Emma’s bridesmaid Becky), a Lego bride and groom stood beneath a miniature archway and a tasty looking 3 tier cake from Lucy’s Sugar Shack made everyone’s mouth water.

Sweet jars at Lord Bute wedding in Dorset
wedding guest at Lord Bute wedding
Emma and James made a particularly grand entrance, arriving in the convertible Rolls Royce and making their way into The Lord Bute through a curtain of confetti and cheers.

Once settled into the main room the happy couple had opted to have the speeches before the wedding breakfast in order to alleviate those nervous before eating.

The speeches were filled with emotion and humour causing tears and laughter all around. The two best men did a wonderful job aided with a pile of particularly embarrassing photographs.

lord bute wedding guest portrait
After dinner coffees were served back outside in the courtyard and much to the excitement of many a guest the sweet table was opened. With the room transformed and Encore wedding band  set up and sound checked Emma and James took to the dance floor for their first dance.

With the band playing highly addictive music the dance floor was packed for most of the evening and in keeping with a day full of love and laughter the bridesmaids snuck into the bridal suite and set up a petal love heart and candles on the wedding night bed.

As we left the sounds of music, dancing and laughter drifted into the distance- the perfect day for such a wonderful couple.

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