After spending time with Anna and Sam earlier in the year we had been excitedly looking forward to creating their Purbeck castle wedding photographs. Their big day came about as part of their roller coaster ride love story, only typically read about in romance novels. Their wedding day was so very full of emotion, tears and joy. It was also full of shoes!

In one day we say four pairs of bridal shoes from Irregular Choice and Disney, a variety of designer bridesmaids shoes, a Refinerii Bridal custom metal sculptured bridal bouquet with matching buttonholes. Add into the mix hand made sea side themed decorations, a classic VW wedding camper-van, a retro Purbeck Ice Cream van, the finest hog roast in Dorset and the Viscounts wedding band. Stir in a variety of weather and lovely group of people at a Dorset castle overlooking the sea and you have the perfect wedding recipe.

Bridal Morning Preparation Photographs In Swanage

We found Anna brighting the wedding preparation venue herself, laughing and joking with with her parents and bridesmaids just a short distance from our office in Swanage. The amazing Jenny D was on hand to unsure everyone’s makeup and hair looked wedding perfect. Tom noticed that Anna’s positivity and enthusiasm was infectious, at one point her son (and grooms man even looked up from his computer game to laugh at a joke!).

Bridal preparation detail wedding photograph of A line white wedding dress hanging on back of door
Refinerii Bridal custom metal bridal bouquet with blue beads and crystals in the morning sunlight detail wedding photograph
Irregular Choice rainbow sequin bridesmaid shoes with bows on the toes detail wedding photograph by one thousand words
Father of the bride checks his camera during wedding morning preparations by one thousand words documentary wedding photography
Bride has wedding hair styled as bridesmaid jokingly holds champagne away from mother of the bride
Documentary wedding photograph of happy bridesmaid walking up Staircase whilst mother of bride drinks champagne
Bridesmaid's seashell lantern with rope handle against blue dress wedding detail photograph by one thousand words photographers

The bridesmaids wore long navy blue dresses and had lanterns full of seashells to carry. When ready it was time to help Anna with her wedding dress (with a can opener of all things!).

Documentary bridal preparation photograph of bride having wedding hair style fixed with hair spray on wedding morning
Reflection of bridesmaid in blue dress helping bride into her wedding dress in shaped mirror in bright window photograph
Bridesmaid buttons bride into her white wedding dress watched by the mother of the bride during wedding morning preparation photos
Bride has wedding dress buttons fastened by bridesmaid using mini can opener pen knife detail wedding photograph
Bride in dress strikes fun pose during wedding morning in Swanage
Bride stands atop staircase during Swanage wedding morning
Bride has final adjustments before leaving house on wedding morning in Swanage

With Anna now almost wedding ready the bridesmaids left in the gorgeous VW Camper from Dorset Dubhire.  A long veil and custom metal bouquet were the final details to Anna’s outfit.

Black and white wedding photograph of bride and reflection in VW camper van by one thousand words documentary wedding photography in Dorset
Documentary wedding photograph of bride with veil and mother sitting in VW classic camper van wedding transport
Calm father of the bride looks out of VW camper van wedding transport window on route to wedding venue photo by one thousand words

Groom Preparations At Durlston Castle Wedding Venue

Meanwhile at Durlston Castle I awaited the arrival of the groom. I had time to check out the gallery space which had been decorated for the wedding breakfast. A seaside theme was clear with a beach hut cards box and handmade sea shell centerpieces.

Stunning Jurassic coastal view from Durlston Castle wedding venue in Dorset with summer blue sky and clouds by one thousand words
Handmade beach hut wedding card box with Lego bride and groom on deckchairs and bunting with names
Wedding decoration detail photograph of Lego bride and groom holding gold wedding rings under love heart archway
Handmade sea side themed wedding table number centrepiece with seagull, fish shaped sign, wooden log and sea shells
Silver sparkly Disney princess Cinderella wedding shoes with bows detail wedding photograph by one thousand words photography
Durlston Castle wedding venue gallery space decorated tables for wedding breakfast by one thousand words photography
Durlston Castle Belvedere suite civil wedding ceremony room setup with cream chairs and white and blue pom poms
VW camper van split screen wedding transport at Purbeck castle wedding photographs by one thousand words photography in Dorset

Sam and his best man arrived and their custom metallic buttonholes were fastened to their blue suit jackets.

Best Man has buttonhole fastened before Purbeck castle wedding
Refinerii Bridal metal buttonhole boutonnière with blue suit, blue sparkly wedding tie and palm tree print shirt
Happy groom in blue wedding suit runs alongside castle walls down path to Durlston Castle civil wedding ceremony in Dorset

He made his way to the Belvedere room to merrily greet guests. Sam then quietly await the arrival of his bride overlooking the sea.

Groom in three piece blue wedding suit looks out at the sea views before Durlston Castle civil wedding ceremony

Purbeck Castle Wedding Photographs Of Civil Ceremony

Anna was led by her bridesmaids and escorted by her father. She couldn’t resist a little dance with her father as they made their way from the front to the rear of the castle. When they appeared on the walkway guests could see her coming with her veil catching in the breeze.

Bridesmaid drinking with straw is photographed through wedding camper van window by one thousand words wedding photography
Bride and father dance as they walk to Purbeck castle wedding ceremony
Black and white Purbeck castle wedding photographs from above bridal party
Bridesmaids in navy blue dresses climb wedding venue stairs whilst the bride's white veil blows in the wind in the background
Happy best man wears three piece blue wedding suit and Refinerii Bridal metal titanium buttonhole boutonnière
Bride on balcony at Purbeck castle wedding venue with coastal views photo by one thousand words documentary wedding photography

Inside the Belvedere Suite at Durlston Castle Anna and Sam stood facing each other holding hands as they made their promises. After a coloured sand ceremony the happy couple had their first kiss (with many, many more to follow).

Bridesmaids in navy blue matching dresses watch civil wedding ceremony photograph by one thousand words wedding photography
Emotional bride during exchange of vows at civil wedding ceremony in Purbeck Castle by one thousand words wedding photographers
Registrar holds glass vase for multicoloured family sand ceremony at wedding photograph by one thousand words wedding photography
Black and white bride and groom first kiss silhouetted against windows documentary wedding photograph
Crying daughter bridesmaid is comforted by other bridesmaids in blue dresses during Purbeck castle wedding ceremony

The clouds darkened and rain fell as we took the newly weds down to Swanage Pier. Amongst the neoprene clad divers and day trippers we took a gentle stroll along the wooden Victorian pier. The happy couple even got onto the Swanage to Poole ferry for a quick photo op!

Bride and groom walk hand in hand along Swanage Victorian pier in Dorset under umbrellas in the rain with a sea gull
Bride and groom kiss under umbrellas during Swanage Victorian Pier black and white wedding photos by one thousand words photography
Bride and groom enact Titanic love scene on passenger ferry Solent Scene on Swanage Victorian Pier by one thousand words
Bride and groom disembark Swanage Ferry onto wooden Victorian pier wedding photo by one thousand words photography
Bride and groom kiss with veil in the wind on Swanage Victorian pier photo by one thousand words wedding photographers in Dorset

Back at Durlston castle the wedding guests had armed themselves with confetti. This rained down on the new Mr and Mrs out the front of the castle. Next everyone descended to the gallery for the speeches and wedding breakfast.

Retro wedding sweet table with jars of favourite sweets, blue striped paper bags and illuminated sign

Documentary Wedding Photographs Of Speeches And Wedding Breakfast

Sam went first with his speech. He thanked everyone for coming and did not forget to mention his new wife on several occasions. Next up Anna had many words of thanks.

Wedding guests laugh at grooms speech in Durlston Castle gallery venue by one thousand words documentary wedding photography
Bride strokes her child son's head during emotional wedding speeches surrounded by wedding guests at wedding breakfast
Bride makes heart shape with her hands telling her daughter that she loves her during groom's wedding speech
Bride delivers speech at Purbeck castle wedding reception
Wedding guests laughing reaction photograph to wedding breakfast speeches by one thousand words wedding photography

To complete the speeches was the best man. His speech was full of jokes that had the guests rolling in the aisles.

Grooms laughing reaction to best man's wedding speech in Purbeck stone castle wedding venue by one thousand words photographers
Laughing daughter sat at top table amongst wedding party bridesmaid reaction to best man's wedding speech

Everyone enjoyed an afternoon tea style wedding breakfast from Bliss catering. Many headed outside into the afternoon sun and it was time for yet another change of shoes for the bride. Purbeck ice cream was served by English Vintage Summer as the children and bigger children enjoyed a host of garden games. A hog was attentively roasted by James from the The Salt Pig as the sun set behind the castle. Before the daylight disappeared we took Anna and Sam down to the Victorian stone globe that sits below the gallery garden.

Purbeck castle summer wedding venue with barbecue and bride view from garden during drinks reception
Child wedding guest plays inflatable guitar wearing shiny wig with wedding musician on acoustic guitar during drinks reception
Seagull wedding table number center piece on wooden log with love heart "Life Is Better In Flip Flops" Sign and sea shells photograph
Wedding guests backlit with low sun watch as groom climbs under bride's wedding dress to put on her bridal wedding shoes
Young wedding guests queue for free Purbeck ice cream retro van at Purbeck castle wedding venue in Dorset
Bride in white wedding dress walks towards smoking wedding food at Purbeck Castle wedding drinks reception
Giant Jenga wedding garden games in the summer sunshine on the Dorset coast with sea views by one thousand words
Best man and guest chat in front of smoking hog roast at Purbeck castle wedding
Mother of the bride with walking stick taking it easy at Purbeck Castle wedding venue by one thousand words wedding photography
Detail wedding photograph of sparkly silver Irregular Choice designer bridal wedding shoes under white wedding dress
Durlston Castle wedding venue in Dorset photograph of bride spinning in white wedding dress with Victorian stone globe
Bride ascending stone stairs from Purbeck castle wedding photographs

Purbeck Castle Wedding Photographs - First Dance And Evening Entertainment

On returning to the gallery evening guests had arrived and the hog was served. It was then time for the first dance.

Wedding guest's son plays with photo booth props at Purbeck Castle wedding venue drinks ceremony by one thousand words
Best Man talks to bearded guest at Purbeck castle wedding reception

Now we knew that both Anna and Sam had practised this quite a bit and all the practice defiantly paid off. They took up starting positions either side of the dance floor. The music began and they carried out their choreographed dance routine as the surrounding guests watched. The routine climax left the happy couple sharing an embrace and being applauded by all.

Bride and laughing groom start first dance choreographed routine with pink disco light at Durlston Castle wedding evening
Bride poses with layers of wedding dress during first dance by the sea documentary photo by one thousand words wedding photography
Brides white wedding dress swirls under a spotlight during a first dance routine on the wooden dance floor
Choreographed bride and groom first dance routine on dance floor at Purbeck castle wedding photographs by one thousand words
Bride and groom strike a pose during choreographed first dance routine on dance floor surrounded by wedding guests
Wedding guests reaction photograph to choreographed first dance at Durlston Castle wedding photograph by one thousand words
Bride and groom embrace at end of first dance from Purbeck castle wedding

Sure enough they were soon joined by many of the guests. Wedding band The Viscounts kept the party going. We saw many (not quite so well choreographed) dance moves under the disco lights.

Wedding guests sing along to wedding band under blue disco lighting documentary wedding photo by one thousand words photography
Bridesmaid and wedding guests dance and sing with their arms in the air on dance floor lit with blue disco lights
Dancing female wedding guest illuminated by stage lighting on dance floor with wedding band playing evening music
Viscounts wedding band play Durston Castle wedding evening reception under multicolour disco lighting photo by one thousand words
Bridesmaid in navy blue dress and wedding guests dance lit red on wedding dance floor with green lazer dots
Bride dances with her hand in the air illuminated with blue lights and green lazers surrounded by dancing wedding guests
Child wedding guest with tie on head stands on dance floor watching the wedding band under multi colour disco lighting
Bride and groom join wedding guests under blue and pink lights on dance floor at Durlston Castle wedding photographs
Smiling and dancing guest in blue dress with detailed stitching and blue fascinator under disco lighting during evening reception
Bridesmaid sings to wedding music and pulls dancing shapes whilst lit with green lights on wedding dance floor
Light up Disney princess silver sparkly bridal wedding shoes under wedding dress on wooden dance floor
Bride pulls funny face at laughing groom during wedding evening reception photograph by one thousand words wedding photography

Before leaving we took Anna and Sam back down to the stone globe in the dark. I’m sure they thought we were a little crazy but we had one more image to capture before leaving them to their evening.

Night time star trails featuring Durlston Castle wedding venue in Dorset long exposure photograph by one thousand words


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