A  Lulworth estate wedding on leap day (29th Feb) - what a way to kick off our 2020 season! As recommended suppliers for Lulworth Castle we always look forward to shooting there and the stunning visuals it offers. Come rain or shine it never fails to deliver as one of the south coasts premier wedding venues. Mark and Beth’s wedding day provided both rain and shine, hail, wind and rainbows!

Bridal Morning Preparation Photographs

Twas a fresh and blustery morning as we headed for Lulworth a short distance from our home in Swanage. Beth and her two sisters (as bridesmaids for the day) were busy having hair and Makeup styled at the Lulworth Cove Inn.

Sparkly bridal shoes placed against local Dorset scenic wallpaper

The weather then flipped from gloomy storm clouds to piercing hot sun and back to loud hailstones outside the windows overlooking the cove. Inside the wonderfully styled room, Beth’s happy relaxed vibe was picked up by anyone who entered.

Documentary bridal preparation photograph with bridesmaid reflected in mirror
Bridesmaids wedding shoes and feather shawl hang against postcard wallpaper

First, the twins took it in turns to have hair styled by Mia and Shannon from the Francesco Group.  Stunning white wedding bouquets with green foliage from The English Garden added a floral scent to the proceedings. Beth then opened a card and necklace from Mark (achieving serious husband points!) and gifted her sisters both with jewellery. Mother arrived looking amazing (in her pink slippers) and they all enjoyed bubbles as the morning sunlight again poured into the room.

Bride and bridesmaids have hair styled at Lulworth Cove Inn on wedding morning
Bride wears peach coloured bride squad pajamas
Bride looks out of Lulworth Cove Inn window on her sunny wedding morning
Red painted toes in gold script bride slippers
Seated mother of the bride in sliver grey suit gesticulates during bridal preparations
Bridesmaid in peach bride squad pajamas stands in bay window on wedding morning
Blonde twin bridesmaids receive wedding morning jewelry gifts
Smiling bride reads etched happily ever after card from husband to be

With time drawing in the twins then donned emerald green bridesmaids dresses and helped Beth into her classic white A-line wedding dress. A speechless father arrived, holding back his tears, whilst outside a classic Austin Princess Vanden Plas from Premier Carriage drew a small crowd.

Silver classic princess wedding car at Lulworth Cove Inn
Classic wedding car swan hood ornament from Lulworth wedding
Father of the bride and bride emotional embrace photograph
Brides dress hangs in window Lulworth Cove Inn on wedding morning
Wedding dress detail illuminated with sunlight from Lulworth Wedding
Bride in mirror is aided by bridesmaid while mother looks on during wedding morning
Bridesmaid in green has hair styled while other helps bride with dress
Dress buttons are fastened on wedding morning in Lulworth
Smiling mother of bride with matching corsage and pink wedding hat
Happy bride wedding ready holding fresh flower bouquet
Yellow and green bridal bouquet from Lulworth Estate wedding photographs
Bride in wedding dress bathed in sunlight coming through window at Lulworth Cove Inn
Classic car collects bride and father for Lulworth Estate wedding
Lulworth Estate wedding photographs of bride and father on way to church

Groom Preparations In Lulworth

Meanwhile, Murray found Mark, his groomsmen and other members of his friends and family a stone’s throw away at The Lindens. All were soon getting ready and ensuring everybody knew their roles in this Lulworth estate wedding.

Wedding rings against wood grain from wedding morning
Grooms son in grey morning suit and waistcoat on Lulworth wedding morning

Mark and his groomsmen wore grey morning suits with grey waistcoats and green socks. Mark wore the same but his waistcoat was also green.

Grooms sons check themselves in bathroom mirrors on Lulworth wedding morning
Groomsmen and guest In sunshine at The Lindens garden in Lulworth

With everyone in the correct attire, they then all gathered at The Weld Arms. Here they enjoyed a swift drink and enthusiastically met with some early guests. Right on time they left the pub and began the rather windy walk up the driveway. At the church, the groomsmen set about the duties of welcoming guests and distributing the orders of service.

Lulworth Estate wedding photographs of grooms party on way to church

Lulworth Estate Church Wedding

With most of the guests present first to be dropped off were mother and the bridesmaids. They sheltered from the chilly wind in the church doorway. The wedding car then returned with Beth and her father. The bridal party now re-assembled made their way to the rear door of the church. The bridesmaids led the way followed by Beth and her father to the wonderful musical accompaniment of The String Quartet.

Classic car approaches the church carrying bride at Lulworth Estate wedding photographs
Lulworth Estate church exterior wedding photographs
Lulworth Estate wedding photographs of brides arrival
Lulworth Estate Wedding photographs of vicar,bride and father outside church
String quartet perform at Lulworth Estate church wedding

 

We love working in St Andrews church for Lulworth estate weddings. The ancient stone building (mostly designed by Thomas Hardy) seems to change with the seasons. Today the darkened building supplied a crazy mix of reflected green light (from the walls) natural blue light and storm light (from the windows) and a penetrating red light from the heat lamps.

Bridesmaids lead bride and father down aisle at Lulworth Estate church wedding photographs
Grooms first look at Lulworth Estate church wedding photographs
Bride arrives at altar escorted by father during Lulworth Estate wedding photographs
Bride and groom during church ceremony at Lulworth Estate wedding
Smiling groom at Lulworth Estate church wedding ceremony
Groomsman in the front row singing at Lulworth Estate church wedding photographs
Lulworth Estate wedding photographs of father giving bride away
Bride and groom say vows during Lulworth Estate church wedding ceremony
Smiling guests during ceremony at Lulworth Estate church wedding photographs
Church marriage personalised order of service and sheet music
Looking down the aisle at Lulworth Estate wedding photographs

There was some great humour from the vicar directed at the guests singing ability. After a reading from Mark’s sister, the happy couple made their promises to each other and exchanged rings.

Exchange of rings in traditional English church ceremony photograph
Newleywed first kiss at Lulworth Estate church wedding photographs
Bridal party after register is signed at Lulworth Estate church wedding
Traditional English church vicar blesses the congregation with hand in air
Guest delivers reading at Lulworth Estate church wedding

Paperwork completed they came down the aisle to rapturous applause. The guests were armed with confetti and lined the path all the way to the gateway. The rain held off and the confetti showered down on them as they made their way to the car.

Personalised confetti cones full of petals from Lulworth Estate wedding
Lulworth Estate wedding photographs of newlyweds as they are with showered confetti
Newlyweds drink bubbles in car at Lulworth weddings
Bride And Groom Travel In Classic Silver Wedding Car On Route In Rain To Lulworth Castle

Lulworth Castle Wedding Reception

The guests walked the short distance to the castle before the rains came down. The wedding car stopped right outside Lulworth castle staircase, allowing the wedding couple to watch the downpour with a glass of champagne in hand. As they prepared to come up the castle steps a brilliant rainbow appeared right behind them.

Rainbow appears behind newlyweds as they arrive at Lulworth Estate wedding

Beth and Mark joined the reception in the dining room and were again treated to music from The String Quartet. The saloon had been decorated by The English Garden florist and with extra lighting brought in from Lamps & Amps looked amazing. Tasty canapes from the team from Beales Gourmet did the rounds while magician Alfie was on hand to entertain the guests with a trick or two.

Female guest during drinks reception at Lulworth Estate wedding
Laughing guest during drinks reception at Lulworth Castle
Member of string quartet plays violin to guests during drinks reception
Guests with Instagram picture frame at Lulworth Castle wedding
Lulworth Estate wedding photographs of bride groom inside castle
Windswept newlyweds from Lulworth Estate wedding photographs
Brides veil blows In wind at Lulworth Estate wedding photographs
Newlyweds in doorway of Lulworth Estate Catholic chapel
Bride and groom walk back along gravel path towards castle at Lulworth Estate wedding in Dorset
Lulworth Estate wedding photographs of newlyweds outside front door of castle
Newlyweds descend stairs at Lulworth Castle wedding photographs
Laughing guests during group photos at Lulworth Castle wedding

Back inside the Lulworth estate wedding venue guests found their seats in the saloon and Groomsman Paul assumed his Master of Ceremonies role. He gave the most impressive and loud introduction (/comedy routine) of the newlyweds that we have ever heard. Beth and Mark then entered, punching the air with huge smiles at the guest’s cheering and great applause. Once seated at the top table Mother gave a short speech before the wedding breakfast was enjoyed by all.

Favors For The Guests At Lulworth Castle Wedding Reception
Hand writing script wedding table number sign at Lulworth reception
Serving board full of tasty canapés by Beales gourmet catering
View from top table of guests at Lulworth Castle wedding reception
Mother of the bride delivers speech from top table at Lulworth Castle wedding
Guest reaction to magicians trick at Lulworth Castle wedding
Bride and groom share a moment together at top table
Guests applaud speech at Lulworth Estate wedding reception
magician watched by guest as he performs trick with flame
Three tier cake is guarded by suit of armour Lulworth Castle wedding
Magician entertains newlyweds at top table from Lulworth Estate wedding reception
Guests react to speeches at Lulworth Estate wedding photographs

Lulworth Estate Evening Entertainment Photographs

After the wedding breakfast, it was time for the conclusion of the wedding speeches. First up was groomsman ‘little Paul’ who had everyone in fits of laughter before passing over to the emotional groom. Next up we enjoyed short, tear-jerking speeches from Marks two sons.  It was then down to Mark’s older brother to bring the speeches to a close.

Groom delivers speech from top table at Lulworth Castle wedding reception
Groom punches the air during speech at Lulworth Estate wedding
Bride reaction during grooms speech at Lulworth Estate Castle evening wedding reception
Laughing guest during speeches at Lulworth Castle wedding
Groom introduces his brother the best man at Lulworth Estate wedding
Top table stand for toast at Lulworth Estate wedding photographs
Groom gets a bit emotional during speeches at Lulworth Estate wedding photographs
Grooms son delivers speech at Lulworth Castle wedding reception
Son of groom delivers speech from smartphone at Lulworth Estate wedding photographs
Best man delivers speech from top table at Lulworth Estate wedding photographs
Groom hold head in hands during best man speech at Lulworth Estate wedding photographs

After dessert guests made their way to the dining room as the band had finished sound checking. After cutting the wedding cake with a sword it was time for their first dance.  Guests were then enthusiastically encouraged to join them soon after they took to the dance floor.

Newlyweds take first dance at Lulworth Estate wedding photographs
Newlyweds first dance at Lulworth Estate wedding
Bride and father dancing during evening reception at Lulworth Estate wedding
Groomsman and wife dancing at Lulworth Estate wedding photographs
Dancing guests in stage lighting at Lulworth Castle wedding reception
Groomsman throwing shapes on dance floor at Lulworth Estate wedding reception
Smiling dancing guest In lights at Lulworth Castle wedding
Dancing guests throwing shapes at Lulworth Castle wedding reception

Wedding band The Audio Allstars then banged out some wedding classics. Certain song lyrics were tailored to the bride and groom which had everybody singing along.  After an hour or so of continuous dancing, we managed to steal the newlyweds away from the pumping dance floor for two minutes. Outside the illuminated castle, the still grinning love birds kissed in the huge stone doorway while their families and friend partied the night away. The perfect end to the perfect Lulworth estate wedding.

Singing and dancing guests on busy dance floor with disco lighting and lazers
Bride and groom outside in doorway at night for Lulworth Castle wedding photographs

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