Highcliffe Castle Wedding Photographs with Daniella and Dave

Last week we popped over to Christchurch to take a walk around Christchurch Priory and Highcliffe Castle wedding venue. To say they were of stunning proportions would be an understatement. We arrived at Christchurch Priory and essentially spent the next hour straining our necks to take it all in.

Christchurch priory the longest parish church in England. It’s huge, ceilings that seem to go up forever. When you think you have seen it all it goes on further. Frame upon frame of dividers, archways and old oak doors. As you can imagine we were incredibly excited about shooting a wedding in this place. I had already booked some time off in my diary to come back for a painful neck.

Highcliffe Castle Wedding Venue

To follow the Priory Daniella and Dave had booked Highcliffe Castle wedding venue for their reception. Again, the architecture is mind-blowing. With the possibility of shots under huge wooden doors, stained glass windows, stone archways, manicured gardens, woodlands and a beach I was suffering with wedding venue overload.

As we walked around Highcliffe Castle wedding venue gardens we spied a couple, dancing barefoot on the lawns to an iPhone. It was Daniella & Dave happy couple themselves practising the first dance before their wedding rehearsal. Looking back at the spectacular castle we could see these guys were serious about stunning venues.

Documentary Bridal Preparation Photographs

The wedding morning arrived and I drove to The Scissor Crew hairdressers in Christchurch. The girls working there are so friendly and hospitable. They had even decorated a mirror and chair for Daniella. Next they supplied her with a gift pack including the essential wedding morning champagne.

I love working in hairdressers and The Scissor Crew really stood out. Incredible bright light and lots of mirrors facing mirrors. As Daniella, her Mother and the beautiful bridesmaids had their hair styled I was able to work with multiple reflections!

Daniella’s makeup artist Zoe Nichols had arrived early. She then went about her makeup styling in a quiet manner in the corner of the room. As time ticked on she showed off applying makeup whilst the girls had their hair back combed and styled.

Wedding Preparations at Home

Back at her parents’ house Daniella and the girls had a well-earned glass of bubbly. They munched on scrummy nibbles before putting on her jaw dropping wedding dress.

Earlier in the day we had been talking wedding dresses and Daniella had told me that her dress was ‘a little different’. She had a very small reservation about it being slightly on the big side. In the attic room, hanging in the sun has to be the most wonderful Ian Stuart wedding dress I have ever seen. Daniella asked me “so what do you think?”. Taken aback by the dress all I could think to say was “can I wear it please!”. I simply loved it and it was definitely different, Flowerbomb by Ian Stuart.

A gorgeous old silver lady pulled up outside the house and it was time for the girls to leave. When Daniella stepped out into the sun with her dress on I found myself speechless. She had planned her Highcliffe Castle wedding to perfection and was now the perfect bride!

Documentary Groom Preparation Photographs

Meanwhile the chaps were busy in their riverside apartment in Christchurch.

They spent the morning ‘calming their nerves’ with a few cans of beer. Then made themselves presentable for the day ahead. Despite the rather scary weather forecast the sun was shining brightly. The chaps strolled round to the church, looking super cool in suits and sun glasses.

Christchurch Priory Wedding Ceremony Photographs

When I arrived at Christchurch Priory I again had to perform a double take to accustom myself to the sheer size and grandeur of the place. The entrance foyer arches were the perfect frame for some group photographs. The stained glass and detailed stone panelling inside gave such amazing backdrops.

The short wedding ceremony was lovely. The sun streamed through the stained glass as the guests merrily sang away.

Highcliffe Castle Wedding Reception Photographs

Down the road at Highcliffe Castle wedding venue, we a stopped outside the front door for photos of Daniella and Dave together. Lucky it was covered as that morning’s missing rain had turned up. We could see that weather would play and important role in our logistics of the Highcliffe Castle wedding day.

The drinks reception and canapés we taken in the Wintergarden. This allowed guests to look over the grounds without getting wet. A break in the showers allowed us to shoot a couple of group. I figured we did quite well with them as the guests has congratulated us on our conduct afterwards!

Bride in Ian Stuart wedding dress at Highcliffe Castle wedding venue

Highcliffe Castle Wedding Breakfast Photographs

After mixing with their guests the wedding Breakfast was called in the Dining Room. The wedding speeches seemed to contain quite a few Australian and cricket references (as Dave and his family are Australian). Also a couple of cringe worthy moments for the Groom himself.

One of the happy couple’s friends had created a lovely wedding cake. Along with cupcakes it stood impressively in corner of the room. During the breakfast and speeches we noticed a computer screen with a particularly embarrassing slide show of old photographs of Daniella and Dave. This supplied much enjoyment to their guests.

Wedding Evening Reception at Highcliffe Castle

As coffee and cake was served the wedding band and a Casino arrived and set up for the evening’s entertainment.

Dave and Daniella had both separately told me they had forgotten their dance moves for the First Dance. Watching the happy couple swirl, turn, kiss and sway about the dance floor surrounded by their friends and family. I guessed that it had come back to them in the moment.


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