Lord Bute Wedding Photographs - Ellie & Al’s Big Day

I first met Ellie and Al on a cold dark November evening in a county pub in their home village of Micheldever Station. Over a cold drink by a warm fire we talked of exciting plans for their Lord Bute wedding photographs in the distant and seemingly alien summer months. Then Ellie fell in love with my dog Molly and on seeing our albums instantly booked us.

Lord Bute Wedding Bridal Preparation Photographs

Cut to a bright summer’s day at the end of July. Ellie and her bridesmaids were to be found in the warm, bright surroundings of the Bridal Suite at The Lord Bute Hotel.  Everyone seemed so incredibly relaxed for a wedding morning. In fact Ellie’s bridesmaids were almost horizontal!

The girls soon awoke when my favourite wedding morning combo arrived. Jess, our recommended Dorset Make Up Artist, from Model Makeovers and Tracy from Brideshair. Jess and Tracy work so well together. As you can see from the Lord Bute wedding photographs. I can’t recommend them enough.

As the clock ticked away Ellie was still wonderfully relaxed. It was lovely to work in such a jovial atmosphere.

This was our first time working with Alex from Wedding Memories. In our experience wedding videographers can sometimes detract from the quality of the photography, however not in this case. Alex was brilliant, we worked synchronously and he seemed to have the same eye for a scene as I!

After her hair and makeup had been expertly styled and quite some time was spent steaming her dress with an iron (as you do!). Ellie was then helped into her wedding dress. Now stunning isn’t a strong enough word. Perhaps a cross between stunning and beautiful would do it. Ellie was ‘stunniful’. As some of her guests arrived they had time to enjoy weather in the private semi-tropical garden before leaving for Highcliffe Castle.

Lord Bute Wedding Groom Preparation Photographs

Meanwhile Al and chaps were putting the finishing touches to their rather dashing outfits. They were at the Galleon pub, down the road from Highcliffe Castle. The sun then shone down in the garden and a little liquid refreshment helped reduce any nerves.

After that a quick stroll down the road and the grand Wintergarden (ceremony room) at Highcliffe Castle filled with guests. I noticed that Ellie’s grandfather, Al’s father and Al himself had had the forethought to bring a hip flask of ‘nerve tonic’ to sooth the waiting period.

Highcliffe Castle Wedding Ceremony Photographs

Ellie and Al had a heart-warming wedding ceremony. After that they were surrounded by wedding flowers with a view across the Castle gardens and grounds.  Al’s son performed his role brilliantly as ring bearer. A lovely reading from the chief bridesmaid was the icing on the cake.

Highcliffe Castle Wedding Reception Photographs

The lawns and gardens at Highcliffe Castle had blossomed. They become even more vibrant than the last time we had visited. The guests enjoyed a drinks reception in the sun. We took this opportunity to take a quick stroll along the beach with Ellie and Al in the now baking sun.

A quick walk back to the The Lord Bute Hotel, followed by a few group photographs in the private garden and we had our first peak at the dining room. There were quizzes and Where’s Wally books on the tables for the children. Macmillan donations as favours, a tiered cup-cake wedding cake and flowers all over the room. Perfect for Lord Bute wedding photographs.

Lord Bute Wedding Breakfast Photographs

After the drinks reception in the sunny courtyard the guests settled down to some incredibly emotional and jovial speeches. The meal and service as we have experienced before was first rate. By the time the guests moved back into the courtyard there was such a happy buzz about the place.

Those armed with confetti enjoyed showering the bride and groom. Others blew rainbow champagne bubbles in the sunshine. Instead of a signing board or guest book there was a magnum of champagne and a white marker pen for guests to write messages on. Next, a set of celebratory masks now worn by the guests had me curled over in stitches.

Lord Bute Wedding Evening Photographs

As the sun started to dip and turn the sky a dark pink outside Ellie and Al swirled and bounced about the dance floor for their first dance. The guests needed no encouragement to join in. Because of all of their happy enthusiasm we knew we had some Lord Bute wedding photographs to remember.

Flower Girl hugs bride at Lord Bute wedding
Wedding guest with baby at Lord Bute wedding venue
Confetti at Lord Bute wedding venue in Dorset
First dance at Lord Bute wedding venue in Dorset
Wedding guests dancing at Lord Bute wedding photographs

You can see what Ellie and Al think of our documentary wedding photography services in their Lord Bute Wedding photographer review.

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