Dorset Wedding Photographs of Bridal Preparation

After our last Kingston Country Courtyard wedding photographs we have been anxiously waiting to create Ellie and Dan’s Kingston Country Courtyard wedding photographs. Ever since their engagement shoot at Dancing Ledge we knew they would be having a stunning wedding day.

I arrived at Dan’s family home in Harmans Cross to find bridal preparations in full swing. Ellie seemed to be a rock amongst a swirling sea. As the girls whirled around the room the white and green wedding bouquets arrived (to much happy appraisal). The familiar face of Cat Mutter wedding makeup artist extraordinaire made me grin because I knew the girls were in safe hands.

Blonde bride has wedding makeup styled by Cat Mutter makeup artist in Dorset
White wedding flowers in wicker basket on wedding morning in Dorset
Bridesmaid has wedding hair styled on wedding morning in Dorset

A plethora of pastel pink Greco- Roman bridesmaid’s dresses framed one doorway while in another hung Ellie’s gorgeous wedding dress. Her stunning trumpet sleeveless dress showed off its detailing with diamantes sparkling in the morning light.

White wedding dress with diamante details hanging in window
White and diamante Nine West wedding shoes with wedding dress on wedding morning

Ellie’s mother kept a watchful eye (and pair of hands) over the hair styling, joining in with the relaxed, and jovial feel to the bridal preparations. The gorgeous location overlooking the Purbeck countryside and masses of natural light beating into the room made for a wonderful set of images.

Ellie’s bridesmaids disappeared to change and Ellie was helped into her wedding dress. The ladies emerged looking like something beautiful from a Grecian tale only to gasp in awe and cry at the sight of Ellie in her dress. I have to agree with the girls, Ellie looked stunning, the combination of her natural beauty, choice of dress, the morning’s styling and her huge smile took everyone’s breath away.

Blonde bride with bright blue eyes looks in makeup mirror on wedding morning
Blonde bride in detailed white trumpet wedding dress on wedding morning
Beautiful blonde bride with blue eyes in white detailed wedding dress
Bridesmaids react to seeing bride in her wedding dress for the first time
Bride in white wedding dress and bridesmaids in pink greco roman bridesmaids dresses

Ellie further induced tears by presenting her bridesmaids with silver knot ear rings and framed photographs of them together. Outside a lovely white classic Rolls Royce wedding car arrived to take the girls into Corfe Castle.

Mother of the bride in pink hat on Kingston Country Courtyard wedding morning
Father of the bride in blue wedding suit has button hole added on wedding morning
Bridesmaids in pink bridesmaids dresses receive gifts on wedding morning
Silver knot ear rings gift from bride to bridesmaids on wedding morning
White wedding Rolls Royce for Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding in Dorset

Purbeck Wedding Photographs of Groom Preparation

Meanwhile Murray arrived at Kingston Country Courtyard to find Dan and his groomsmen looking and feeling very relaxed. As the morning preparations had not yet begun he explored the wedding barn. Personalised decoration was everywhere. The place settings and table names were taken from areas local to Purbeck such as Putlake, Knitson and Norden. Opposite the end of the top table sat the wedding cake decorated with white flowers. Strings of fairy lights and ribboned floral birdcages hung from the wooden roof beams.

four tier cream wedding cake with white flowers at Kingston Courntry Courtyard wedding

On his return to the courtyard he found Dan had suited and booted in less than five minutes! His best man and groomsmen were less swift so Dan traversed the courtyard to deliver presents of cuff links to them in their various stages of undress.

The chaps dressed and were wearing their new cuff links as the buttonholes arrived. One of the grooms men’s girlfriends expertly placed them on their jacket lapels.  The groomsmen all looked incredibly smart in stylish blue suits and grey waistcoats.

Blue wedding suit with grey waistcoat and silver tie and handkerchief
Best man in blue suit at Kingston Country Courtyard wedding in Dorset
Groom and groomsmen in small car at Kingston Country Courtyard

Murray and the group set off down Kingston hill headed for Corfe where there were final checks at the church before having time for a walk to the Greyhound pub. As a result they were able to take a moment in the garden overlooking Corfe Castle and enjoy a quick pint.

Grooms party walk towards Corfe Castle wedding in Dorset
Groom and groomsmen enjoy a pint overlooking Corfe Castle in Dorset

Once back at the church Dan and his groomsmen welcomed guests as they arrived. Two groomsmen were on hand to issue the orders of service (with pictures from the engagement shoot). One even took time to read through the order of service with Dan so that he knew what to expect! Dan then took his place at the front of the church next to his brother and best man Tom as everyone awaited the arrival of the bridal party.

Corfe Castle church wedding order of service at church wedding in Dorset
Groom and groomsman examine wedding order of service in church
Best man wears blue wedding suit at Corfe Castle Wedding
Father of the groom wears blue wedding suit outside Corfe Castle church
Groom and groomsmen in blue wedding suits outside Corfe Castle Church
Groom looks nervous waiting forbride to arrive at Corfe Castle Church
Groom reads wedding order of service in Corfe Castle church wedding
Mother of the groom in blue wedding hat teases groom in church

Corfe Castle Dorset Church Wedding Photographs

First to arrive were the bridesmaids who gathered outside the church gates. Ellie pulled up in her white Rolls Royce wedding car with her father. A brief pause in the church doorway saw one of her attentive bridesmaids adjust Ellie’s wedding dress train. It was then time for the bridal party to enter the church.

Bride has wedding dress adjusted outside Corfe Castle church wedding ceremony
Bride and Father of bride outside outside Corfe Castle Church wedding
Groom waits for bride in Corfe Castle Church wedding ceremony in Dorset
Bride and Father of the Bride enter Corfe Castle church wedding ceremony

The church was full of happy smiles. Dan and Ellie beamed from ear to ear throughout the entire Corfe Castle church wedding ceremony. Wendy Allen wedding saxophonist played beautiful music from the rear of the church as the happy couple signed the register.

Bride smiles at groom in Corfe Castle church wedding ceremony
Church wedding ceremony in Corfe Castle, Dorset
Black and white wedding photograph of first kiss at church wedding
Diamond wedding ring at Corfe Castle Church wedding
Wendy Allen Wedding saxophanist in Corfe Castle church wedding
Bride and Groom walk down the aisle at Corfe Castle Church in Dorset

The wedding guests made a corridor outside the stone church doorway. As the newly weds passed they launched confetti into the air falling around them like multi coloured snow.

Wedding confetti photograph at Corfe Castle church wedding
Colourful wedding confetti on white wedding dress in Corfe Castle

Whilst wedding guests mingled on the church lawns we organised group photographs set against the ruins of Corfe Castle. The wedding party then headed back to Kingston. Consequently we followed to capture more Kingston Country Courtyard wedding photos at the drinks reception.

Corfe Castle Church wedding Couple photograph
Groomsman in blue suit at Corfe Castle wedding in Dorset
Wedding guests enjoy a pint of beer at Corfe Castle wedding in Dorset
Bride with white countryside wedding bouquet in Dorset
Groomsmen kiss during group photographs at Corfe Castle wedding

Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding Drinks Reception Photos

The wedding couple and their guests enjoyed drinks and canapés in the gorgeous grounds whilst the sounds of Wendy’s saxophone drifted out across the countryside. Because the setting is so stunning, with panoramic views over the Purbeck countryside we love taking Kingston Country Courtyard wedding photographs.

White wedding bouquet with green foliage at Dorset wedding
Weddign guest in grey suits at Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding drinks reception
Wedding guest in bow tie at Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding reception
Wedding reception at Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding Photographs

The guests happily chatted whilst we took the opportunity to steal the newly weds away for some Kingston Country Courtyard wedding photos with the view. Fortunately we are the only wedding photographers now allowed to use the neighbouring farmer’s field. Fortunate because the field affords a truly spectacular panorama across the country valley into Corfe.

Bride and groom overlooking Corfe valley at Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding
Bride and groom in countryside at Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding
Bride and groom with view over Corfe at Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding
View of corfe castle from Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding Photographs
Bride and groom in daisy garden at Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding Photographs

Kingston Country Courtyard Photographs of Wedding Breakfast

With rain threatening the guests were invited into the barn for the wedding breakfast. After everyone had enjoyed their meal it was time for the speeches. Ellie’s father started the heart-felt sentiment and side-splitting jokes, followed shortly by Dan himself. Finally the best man’s speech had many of the guests in tears and laughter. After they enjoyed desert many of the guests returned to the garden to take in the view with drinks.

Wedding guest reacts to speeches at Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding Photographs
Wedding guests at Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding Photographs
Wedding food plates at Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding Photographs
Wedding birdcages with ribbons and flowers at Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding Photographs
Table name with floral birdcage at Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding Photographs
Best man is mothered at Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding Photographs
Groomsman applause speeches at Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding Photographs
Father of the bride speech at Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding Photographs
Grooms Speech at Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding Photographs
Wedding speeches at Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding Photographs
Bride laughs at grooms speech at Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding Photographs
Mother of bride cries during speeches at Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding Photographs
Best man makes speech at Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding Photographs
Top table cry with laughter during grooms speech at Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding
Mother of groom in blue dress at Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding Photographs
Wedding guest laughs during speeches at Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding Photographs
Bride has wedding dress adjusted by Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding Photographs
Bride and guests admire view from Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding Photographs

Evening Reception Photos at Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding

Teenage Kicks wedding band set up as the barn was cleared and turned around. Some guests could not wait for the first dance. As a result they tested out the dance floor while the band were sound checking.

Bridesmaid dances under fairy lights at Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding Photographs

Teenage Kicks wedding band announced that the time had arrived for Ellie and Dan to cut their cake. This beautiful four tier cream coloured wedding cake took pride of place in the middle of the dance floor. Ellie then threw her bouquet toward the group of ladies that had gathered behind her. As a result they all jockeyed for best position to catch it!

Wedding guests surrounded the dance floor to watch the first dance. Dan and Ellie, beaming from ear to ear as they danced together.  Most of the wedding guests couldn’t hold back and therefore after a minute joined the happy couple. Thanks to Teenage Kicks amazing musical talents a sea of activity enveloped the dance floor with shapes being thrown everywhere. Consequently Ellie’s dancing skills were in demand and it was lovely to see her dancing with her grandad and some of the groomsmen.

Blonde bride with blue eyes dancing at Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding Photographs
Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding Photographs of first dance
Mother and father of groom dance at Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding
Bride and groom dance with wedding guests at Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding Photographs
Mother of bride dancing at Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding Photographs
Dancing wedding guests from Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding Photographs
Bride and her grandfather dance from Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding Photographs
Retro styled wedding guest dancing at Kingston Country Courtyard wedding
Bride and bridesmaid look at dancing wedding guests Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding
Wedding guests dancing at Kingston Country Courtyard wedding venue

As predicted we loved creating Ellie and Dan’s Kingston Country courtyard wedding photographs at a day full of love, joy and happiness.

You can read what Dan and Ellie thought of our Dorset wedding photography services in their Kingston Country Courtyard photographs review.

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