Lulworth Castle Wedding Photos - Bridal Preparation

We have been looking forward to capturing some Lulworth Castle wedding photos since taking Sarah and Gaudi on a windy cliff top stroll for their Kimmeridge Bay Engagement Photographs back in the autumn.

We set off from Swanage heading for Sarah’s parents’ home in Beaminster. After driving across the sunny, rolling hills of Dorset we found Sarah with her three bridesmaids and parents. The girls all wore matching dressing gowns with a red flower design. Fiona from FLC Make Up and Hair was busy showing off her expert skills.  Whilst Sarah’s parents flittering about attending to the girls every need a relaxed yet excited mood had set in.

Smiling bride during morning preparations before Lulworth Castle Wedding Photos

Bride and bridesmaids share a toast on morning of Lulworth Castle Wedding Photos
Bridesmaid in mirror during morning of Lulworth Castle Wedding Photos
Bridesmaid had make up styled during morning of Lulworth Castle Wedding Photos
Bridesmaid has make up done from morning of Lulworth Castle Wedding Photos

Upstairs Sarah’s gorgeous dress hung in the window, a gorgeous combination of an incredibly appliqué bodice with a simple A line skirt. Once she had been helped into it Sarah looked incredible in her dress, the detailing sweeping over the open back.

Wedding dress with detailed bodice hangs in window from Lulworth Castle Wedding Photos
White wedding shoes with butterfly cushion from Lulworth Castle Wedding Photos
Bride is helped into her dress on morning of Lulworth Castle Wedding Photos
Buttons on brides dress are fastened from Lulworth Castle Wedding Photos
Bride ascends stairs before Lulworth Castle Wedding Photos
Bridesmaids see bride in her dress from Lulworth Castle Wedding Photos
Bride in wedding dress on morning of Lulworth Castle Wedding Photos
Bride leave house for wedding transport from Lulworth Castle Wedding Photos

Downstairs Jason from Dorset Dub Hire had arrived with Lu Lu, ready to transport the ladies.

Lulworth Castle Wedding Photos - Groom Preparation

Meanwhile I found Gaudi with his best men, groomsmen and friends at The Lindens in East Lulworth. It didn’t take long for the guys to get ready and into the garden sunshine on the morning of this Lulworth castle wedding.

Groom styles hair on morning of Lulworth Castle Wedding Photos
Mrs Bow tie pocket square and bow tie from Lulworth Castle Wedding Photos
Groom and groomsmen preparation from Lulworth Castle Wedding Photos
Brides birthday gift to the groom from Lulworth Castle Wedding Photos
Groomsmen adjust bow ties on morning of Lulworth Castle Wedding Photos

The chaps wore blue suits complemented with blue bow ties from Mrs Bow Tie with matching pocket squares. The groom wore a tie made from the same material as his groomsmen and a blue waistcoat. After a few ‘team’ photos in the garden we all set off down the road to the Weld Arms pub.

Grooms party make their way up the driveway at Lulworth Castle Wedding Photos

This was just a pit stop on route to Lulworth castle where Gaudi got to pour his own pint! Other wedding guests had also made the decision to stop at the watering hole. Feeling refreshed the groom party left behind the guests and made their way into the Lulworth Estate. The Union Jack of Great Britain and the Unity flag of South Africa flew in front of Lulworth Castle symbolising the coming together of this lovely couple. We feel privileged to be recommended wedding photographers at Lulworth Castle and love working at this stunning Dorset wedding venue.

Lulworth Castle Wedding Ceremony Photographs

Sarah and Gaudi had put some serious thought into the castle decorations. Personal touches included a monogrammed signing book, light-box bar sign and confetti that had been collected over the months leading up to the big day. Every little detail adds its own special feel to the Lulworth Castle wedding photos.

Personalised light-box bar sign from Lulworth Castle Wedding Photos

The dining room had been set up for the ceremony with giant candle lanterns and green flower sprays down the aisle.  Tall arrangements stood either side of the signing table all handcrafted by the amazing Clair Lythgoe.

Floral table arrangement from Lulworth Castle Wedding Photos
 
Lulworth Castle Wedding Photos of The Dining Room set up for wedding ceremony

Gaudi and his groomsmen busied themselves outside greeting guests as they arrived. The room filled, Gaudi (looking a little contemplative) and his best men stood front and center awaiting the arrival of the bridal party.

Nervous groom awaits his bride at Lulworth Castle Wedding ceremony in ruined castle
Groomsman swigs from hip flask before ceremony at Lulworth Castle Wedding
 
Nervous looking groom with laughing groomsmen at Lulworth Castle Wedding

The bridal party arrived in Lulu, the 1960 split screen camper van. Sarah, her father and bridesmaids were met by her sister and two nephews outside the castle. Her nephews carried a message for the groom “Last chance to run!” followed by the bridal party.

Bride and bridesmaids arrive at Lulworth Castle Wedding venue in Dorset photos
Page boys with "Last Chance to Run" sign enter Lulworth Castle Wedding ceremony

Gaudi was still waiting for his bride after reading the message! Next to see him were the bridesmaids followed by a beaming Sarah, accompanied by her father. Once Sarah’s father ‘gave her away’ he took his seat leaving the husband and wife to be with the registrar.

Bridesmaids in green and mint bridesmaid dresses enter Lulworth Castle Wedding
Bride and father enter Lulworth Castle Wedding ceremony through brick doorway
Beaming bride stands next to groom for first time at Lulworth Castle Wedding
Groom in blue suit looks at best men during Lulworth Castle Wedding ceremony

After a short reading Sarah and Gaudi made their promises to one another surrounded by friends and family. Wedding rings were exchanged and looking around there was barely a dry eye in the room. The marriage was sealed with a kiss followed by much cheering and merriment!! Pete from Moo’s Movies was on hand to capture the proceedings on video.

Wedding guest in bow tie give reading at Lulworth Castle Wedding Ceremony
Bride reads heart felt wedding vows to groom at Lulworth Castle Wedding ceremony
Happy bride during exchange of wedding rings at Lulworth Castle Wedding photos
Father of the groom emotional during Lulworth Castle Wedding ceremony
Mother of the bride smiles during Lulworth Castle Wedding ceremony photos
Protea wedding flower with candles and hand written wedding vows photograph
Bride and groom first kiss at Lulworth Castle Wedding Photos by one thousand words

Lulworth Castle Wedding Photos - Drinks Reception

The guests poured out of the castle to line the stone staircase armed with confetti. The newly-weds made their way down the steps as they were showered in confetti.

We then gathered everybody on the steps for a group photograph. With a number of other group shots taken care of the guests were welcomed into Lulworth Castle’s Rose Garden for a drinks reception.

Cute Page boys in blue bow ties group photographs at Lulworth Castle Wedding
 
Bride and groom with VW van and South African Flag at Lulworth Castle Wedding
Bride and groom against huge wooden doors at Lulworth Castle Wedding Venue
Lulworth Castle Wedding Photos of bride and groom on stone staircase
Bride and groom kiss in front of Lulworth Castle Wedding venue in Dorset
Lulworth Castle Wedding venue in Dorset by Lulworth Castle Wedding Photographers
Reflection of bride and wedding ring in wedding guests glasses at Lulworth Castle
Wedding guests enjoying drinks reception at Lulworth Castle Wedding
Wedding guest enjoys drinks reception in the sunshine at Lulworth Castle Wedding

As well as drinks there were canapés supplied by Beales and scattered around bowls of traditional South African Biltong. May Crick “Girl on Sax” entertained everyone as they enjoyed the refreshments in the warm sun.

Gaudi had another surprise for his new wife. Out of nowhere appeared magician Greg Williamson , he blew the minds of the wedding party with his trickery and continued to entertain the guests during the drinks reception.

With the sun shining and music playing it was wonderful to be outside in the grounds, capturing Lulworth Castle wedding photos.

Lulworth Castle Wedding Photos - Wedding Breakfast

Inside the stone walls The Saloon had been decorated with the same style as the dining room by Clair Lythgoe. Among the classic yellow roses, greenery and purple thistles were a number of incredible Protea flowers. Protea is the national flower of South Africa and had been imported specially for the day.

Tower of cheeses cheese cake with love heart cheese with just married bunting
South African Protea flower close up photograph at Lulworth Castle Wedding

Continuing with the South African details the table plan was made up from animals found in that part of the world. These therefore included Whales, zebras, Crocodiles and Giraffes. Each of these beautiful illustrated on the hand made water colour design.

School of Whales wedding table sign at Lulworth Castle Wedding venue

Beautiful wedding guest examines table plan at Lulworth Castle Wedding venue

Lulworth Castle Wedding Speeches Photographs

Bucking tradition the speeches were either end of a mouth watering main course, served up by Beales Gourmet catering. Firstly the father of the bride told of funny stories of his daughter growing up and welcomed his son in law into the family.  Gaudi next thanked everyone who contributed to making the day so special and his beautiful new wife.

Master of ceremonies introduces speeches at Lulworth Castle Wedding venue
Father of the bride makes wedding speech at Lulworth Castle Wedding
Groom laughs at wedding speeches at Lulworth Castle Wedding venue in Dorset
Lulworth Castle Wedding Photograph of groom's wedding speech in Dorset
Bride laughs at wedding speeches at Lulworth Castle Wedding venue in Dorset

Next the guests took a break from the wedding breakfast the Colts Wedding band set up for the evening entertainment we were able to capture some of our favourite style if images. A huge advantage of working as a photography duo is the ability to capture the same moment but from different viewpoints.

Smiling page boy wears page boy baseball cap at Lulworth Castle Wedding
Wedding guests in the grounds of Lulworth Castle Wedding venue in Dorset
Union Jack and South African Flag fly in the grounds of Lulworth Castle Wedding
Children wedding guests watch The Colts Band at Lulworth Castle Wedding
Wedding guest sing to the South African Flag at Lulworth Castle Wedding Photos
Groom shares a moment with his father at Lulworth Castle Wedding in Dorset

After the main course it was the turn of the two best men. Both gave heartfelt speeches complete with stories of comedic moments that they had shared with Gaudi over the years leading up to this day. A message from South Africa was played over the sound system and the whole room was awash with tears. Finally the speeches were brought to a close with one last loud toast.

Photograph of groom watching best man's speech at Lulworth Castle Wedding
Best man in bow tie makes speech at Lulworth Castle Wedding venue in Dorset
Wedding guests listening to Lulworth Castle Wedding speeches photograph
Smiling best man makes best man's speech at Lulworth Castle Wedding venue
Top table at Lulworth Castle Wedding crying during wedding speeches in Dorset
Best man makes speech against stone walls at Lulworth Castle Wedding
Wedding guests raise a toast dung speeches at Lulworth Castle Wedding
Wedding guest joins in speeches at Lulworth Castle Wedding venue in Dorset
Lulworth Castle Wedding Photo of guest crying during wedding speeches
Groom crying during wedding speeches at Lulworth Castle Wedding venue in Dorset

 

Lulworth Castle Wedding Photos of Evening Entertainment

Next the guests were ushered into the salon where the band had set up for the evening festivities and Amps and Lamps had been getting the lighting just right. Then Sarah and Gaudi took to the dance floor as husband and wife for the first dance. After throwing some shapes of their own they quickly beckoned their guests to join them. Next the wedding band smashed classic tunes and the dance floor erupted… couples, kids, grannies, everyone was dancing.

Wedding guests watching first dance at Lulworth Castle Wedding venue in Dorset
Bride and groom beckon wedding guests onto dance floor at Lulworth Castle Wedding
Bride and groom dance under disco lighting at Lulworth Castle Wedding Photos
Wedding guests singing on the dance floor at Lulworth Castle Wedding venue
The Colts wedding Band playing at Lulworth Castle Wedding venue in Dorset
Mother and father of the bride on the dance floor at Lulworth Castle Wedding
Wedding guest plays inflatable guitar on dance floor at Lulworth Castle Wedding
Bride dancing at Lulworth Castle Wedding Photos by one thousand words
Lulworth Castle Wedding Photos of guests dancing to wedding band
Bridesmaids veil dance at Lulworth Castle Wedding evening reception
Wedding guest makes friends with suit of armour at Lulworth Castle Wedding
Wedding guests in matching coloured fancy dress glasses at Lulworth castle wedding
Groom and wedding guests laughing on dance floor at Lulworth Castle wedding
Wedding guest laughing with sparkly bowler hat fancy dress dancing
Wedding guest in lion mask at Lulworth Castle Wedding evening reception
Wedding guest funky dance off dancing at castle wedding evening reception
Lulworth Castle Wedding Photos of Wedding guests dancing in fancy dress

Inflatable instruments, hats, props, glasses and masks were then distributed. I don’t think we have seen such a lively dance-floor for some time. It didn’t let up after the band’s first set as we were joined again by Girl on Sax May Crick. She played her sax along to a set of  Ibiza club Classics which had the dance-floor bouncing into the evening.

May Crick Saxophone entertains the crowd at Lulworth Castle Wedding Photos
Wedding guests in fancy dress dancing at Lulworth Castle wedding photos

Dorset wedding photographers one thousand words wedding photography

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