Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding Photographs

Laura and Paul had chosen Kingston Country Courtyard wedding venue in Purbeck, Dorset. You may remember them from their engagement photographs overlooking Weymouth.

Driving through the luscious green valleys with a view to the sea and past the grand ruins of Corfe Castle I can see why it is nicknamed “The Wedding Isle”- such a stunning setting for their big day.

Bridal Preparation Photographs in Corfe Castle

I joined Laura, her mother and her jet setting bridesmaids at Mortons House Hotel in Corfe where an air of calm tranquillity was to be found.

As their hair and makeup was applied their relaxed jovial mood was such a contrast to the many hectic wedding mornings I have experienced in the past.

I love shooting wedding morning preparations in Mortons House Hotel (itself a wedding venue) not just because of its stunning location but because of the huge amount of unique oldie world detail. Situated in the attic room the girls gently prepared amongst ancient oak beams with a view across the Purbeck stone village to the castle.

As the weather was so unseasonably sunny and hot the wonderful wedding flowers had to be kept in the cool of the bathroom. Champagne flowed and the girls reminisced humorous stories of their past together. The fantastic makeup artist Teresa Jolly applied her craft, perfectly blending into the background.

Paul had sent a lovingly crafted, heartfelt letter to Laura which almost had her in tears, it included drawings of what he thought her wedding dress would look like, which were surprisingly accurate. I was impressed by how well he knew his bride to be.

As re-enactors dressed as Saxons and Vikings fought with swords in the background and seagulls squawked about Corfe’s stone rooftops Laura’s gorgeous bridesmaids donned their burgundy dresses and helped button her into her own stunning wedding dress.

Laura’s father and brother arrived just in time for the final glasses of champagne and her father placed a silver coin into her wedding shoe for luck.

Groom Preparation Photographs

As I mentioned in our engagment photo-shoot in Portland Laura’s father’s red Jenson Interceptor was in attendance- Laura’s grandfather, Eric Neale actually designed the car and it has to be one of the shapeliest wedding cars I have ever seen.

I fell in love with the design so much that I have added it to the top of my ‘dream cars’ list.

The car took the bridesmaids, Laura and her father through the tiny village of Corfe and up the snaking road of Kingston hill to their final destination. The beautiful wedding venue that is Kingston Country Courtyard wedding venue.

Meanwhile Paul and the groomsmen were busy at the wedding venue. One of the great features of Kingston Country Courtyard is that it is a rural barn wedding venue with on site accommodation. The bridal suite saw the chaps tidy their suits, tie ties and adjust their hair ready for the ceremony.

Kingston Country Courtyard
There was still time for the chaps to enjoy the beer and views at The Scott Arms in Kingston. As guests arrived for pre-wedding drinks they were not only greeted by a very excited Paul but by a clear sunny vista across Corfe Valley to the nine barrow downs, Corfe castle and Poole Harbour behind.
wedding selfie at Scott Arms, Dorset

Kingston Country Courtyard Wedding Venue

The ceremony space inside the barn had been lovingly prepared, dressed with a country chic theme. Wild flowers and roses in jars, distressed French wedding chairs and a huge floral archway made the space looked spectacular.

Flower girl at Kingston Country Courtyard
I have to say that Paul started to look a little nervous waiting for his bride. Once he had taken a look at Laura walking down the aisle towards him and caught his breath he was all smiles and laughter. She looked simply stunning.
Bridesmaids at Kingston Country Courtyard
Barn Wedding Ceremony

The ceremony itself was full of laughter, with a particularly inventive musical speech ending in a chorus of “swing low sweet physio, marry her and carry her home”!
wedding readings at Bride enters wedding ceremony at Kingston Country Courtyard
Outside the sun was shining and the newly weds exited to a cloud of confetti and the roar of applause. Kingston Country Courtyard’s garden was in full, spectacular bloom and as the guests enjoyed ‘cocktail hour’ canapé’s were served.

Wedding Drinks Reception in Purbeck

A large picture frame had been hung from a tree so that guests could take pictures of themselves with a Polaroid camera and eave the image with a message in their guest book – an inspired idea given the gorgeous view across Corfe valley.

We were so impressed by Kingston Country Courtyard’s wedding and catering teams. Their perfectionist eye for detail meant that absolutely everything when according to plan and they efficiently turned around the barn from ceremony to wedding breakfast.

The farmer next door to Kingston is related to Murray. He kindly allowed us to take some images of the happy couple on one of his fields, a much more open view of the valley and Castle.

bride with bouquet in gardens at Kingston Country Courtyard
Wedding Breakfast at Kingston Country Courtyard

There was even more country chic detail to be found in the barn as guests flowed in for the wedding breakfast, with hessian cross stitched signs and place names, cheeses and home made chutney and a floral three-tier cake.

The mezzanine layout of the barn allowed us to capture the speeches from two very different angles. After Paul’s cringing at the hilarious best men’s speech food was served.

Ordinarily a wedding meal does not produce as much noise and as that coming from this Kingston Country Courtyard wedding but the perfect combination of weather, food wine and good humour had happiness spread throughout the room.  Paul even serenaded Laura, Tom Cruise Style wearing a RAF offices guest’s hat!

Wedding Evening Reception Photographs

Evening drinks flowed, The Sidemen Band set up their equipment and before we knew it the happy couple danced their first dance.

The Sidemen Band were brilliant - funky and dancy, they filled the dance floor. Paul and Laura’s parents then put the younger guests to shame in many of the ‘dance offs’ to follow, a fabulous end to a fabulous Kingston Country Courtyard wedding day.

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