Purbeck House Hotel Wedding Photographs

Last weekend we set out in glorious sunshine to create stunning Purbeck House Hotel wedding photographs. Having met them the lucky couple several times at their home on a local farm. We were excited by their plans for a countryside themed wedding.

Purbeck House Hotel Wedding Morning Preparations

I found the ladies in the bridal suite at The Purbeck House Hotel. We love this local wedding venue in Swanage. Created by George Burt in 1879 this Victorian building was designed to imitate a feudal castle. To this day it maintains many of its original features (including the original tiled floor from the houses of Parliament). It has some of the most beautiful gardens in the area.

The wedding dress was hidden away in a cupboard. It revealed its lace and diamanté detailing when the door opened, shimmering in the light.
wedding dress in cupboard at Purbeck House Hotel
Lace and diamonte wedding dress detail photograph
The girls quietly attended to their morning preparations. Every now and again pausing to appreciate the two vistas the room had to offer. To the north-east we looked across the rooftops of Swanage to the blue sea and white cliffs of the bay. To the south the view across the gardens revealed flowerbeds, trees and shrubs in their full summer colours.

The gorgeous blue and yellow wedding flowers sat on the bed. Charlotte Trim wedding florist had outdone herself combining the countryside theme and colour scheme.

The wedding hairdresser and make up artist diligently worked their way through the girls, styling them with spectacular skill. The bride remained an example of wedding morning calm as the room and people around her transformed for the day ahead.

The bridesmaid took center stage to practice her reading. I loved working the light in the high contrast room, bright natural light beaming in to the dark space from the small windows.

Gifts were presented to the bridesmaids and they donned their stunning blue bridesmaid dresses.

Purbeck House Hotel Wedding dress preparation
With last touches to our bride’s hair and make up complete the girls helped her into her dress. The bride stood in the middle of the room looking breathtakingly beautiful.
bride & bridesmaids in blue dresses on wedding morning
bride in lace detail and diamonte wedding dress with hair plait
Purbeck House Hotel wedding bride portrait
Again the contrasting light made for some evocative images leaving the preparation room and descending The Purbeck House Hotel’s gorgeous wooden staircase.

Bride descends wooden staircase at Purbeck House Hotel Wedding
A taxi ride to the wonderful village of Langton Matravers and the father of the bride joined the girls for their tractor-trailer drive to St George’s Church.

Bride in wedding tractor and trailor transport

Groom Preparation Photographs in Dorset

Meanwhile, first thing on the wedding morning Murray met the groomsmen at home at on the farm.

The chaps were busy showing off their handwork. They had decorated a tractor and trailer with balloons and ribbons. Murray then used his many years of experience to demonstrate correct buttonhole application. The chaps followed suit!

groom in Dorset wedding tractor
groom and best men in wedding trailor
For the groom most weddings in Murray’s home village begin in the local pub.This was to be no exception. Murray has mastered the unusually available light in the bar area. With wooden beams, brewery memorabilia and beer mats providing a detailed backdrop to the mornings activities. Unusually, everyone apart from the groom had a drink!

Wedding party in traditional English village pub
Groomsmen walk through Dorset village to church wedding
Outside St George’s church the groom’s mother could not hold back the tears. She gave him the loving hug only a mother could before he entered the church.

Mother of groom hugs groom before wedding service

Dorset Country Church Wedding Ceremony Photographs

I arrived before the girls and found the groom pensively waiting down the aisle. I have to say that the girls looked amazing as the entered the church. The groom’s face was a mixture of relief, love and happiness as he saw Kathryn for the first time that day.

Bride arrives at her countryside wedding church
First look at countryside church wedding service
Blue bridesmaids dresses lace detail in church
Old detailed buildings are a bit of a fascination for Murray and myself. The variation and intensity of textures, lines, patterns and lighting are rarely found in modern architecture. They are in abundance at a St George’s church wedding. We love to incorporate these features into our wedding photography.

Bridesmaids in blue dresses with flowergirl
Reverent Gaynor holds wonderful wedding ceremonies. This time incorporating a Toblerone and a Meerkat! The bridesmaid eloquently delivered her lovely reading and the newly weds kissed to rapturous applause.

Outside in the bright sunshine we organised a confetti throwing along with a tunnel of pitch forks. Apparently this is a local farming tradition!

wedding confetti with pitchforks

Bride and Groom Photographs In The Dorset Countryside

The happy couple had enough time to greet their guests with big hugs and kisses before heading up the road in their tractor and trailer. For couple shots a local farm field could not have been more perfect. Sat on straw bales the view of the Purbeck countryside and sea was mind-blowing. The happy couple’s dog even made an appearance in his smartest collar!

Countryside wedding photographs under a tree with straw bales
bride and groom walk through Dorset countryside

Wedding Tractor And Trailer Photographs

Now came a treat for the hundreds of holiday makers in Swanage Town centre. A tractor and wedding trailer winding its way through the one way system towards the Purbeck House Hotel wedding reception. As Murray joined them on route I waited at Purbeck House Hotel and could hear the cheers and applause from the high street!

Bride and groom on wedding trailer in Swanage High Street

Purbeck House Hotel Wedding Reception Photographs

The wedding tractor was greeted at Purbeck House Hotel wedding with glasses of Bucks Fizz by the Toastmaster Tony and wedding co-ordinator Sarah Tones.

Outside in the colourful gardens the guests were entertained with giant Jenga, dominoes and a huge Connect 4. Drinks and canapés were served and those guests not playing games explored the gardens and took in the views. We managed to access a balcony room directly above the proceedings. From this aerial perspective took some images of the drinks reception and group photographs.

Bride's dress adjusted in Purbeck House Hotel gardens
Purbeck House Hotel Wedding drinks reception
Wedding guests playing giant Jenga at Swanage wedding
Purbeck House Hotel bride with lavender

Purbeck House Hotel Wedding Breakfast Photographs

The toastmaster called for wedding breakfast and we were treated to the sights of the Garden Conservatory. Home-made bunting hung as far as the eye could see. Tables were decorated with home-made flower buttons and home-made place names. The products of Charlotte Trim florist’s skills finished off the theme. Even the beautiful table plan was made at home by the bride and her bridesmaids!

Lego Simpsons Bride and Groom with name places
Home made wedding button flowers

Wedding Speeches at Purbeck House Hotel

The home-made theme ran into the speeches. In the groom’s speech he described his farmhouse as akin to a workshop for wedding decorations. He had chosen two best men who had the wedding guests crying with laughter. Before they knew it wedding breakfast was served

Best Men's speeches at Purbeck House Hotel wedding
With time to recover from the incredibly tasty food we stole the newlyweds away from their guests. Using the varied and interest parts and buildings that the gardens had to offer the couple spent their first time alone together, making for some stunning images.

Bride and groom in lovely wooden summerhouse
Back inside the Garden Conservatory the sweet table opened. Guests wrote messages on pieces of cloth that would eventually be stitched into a quilt. A wonderfully unique idea.

A ‘just married’ tractor and wedding countdown blocks added to the decoration and the ‘cutting of the cake’ was called.

Love is sweet sign for wedding sweet table
wedding countdown wood blocks at Purbeck House Hotel
wedding tractor detail photograph
wedding guest message quilt pieces

Purbeck House Hotel Wedding Evening Reception Photos

An incredibly detailed home-made cake was enthusiastically cut and the evening guests started to arrive.

Purbeck House Hotel Wedding guests
The happy couple had also booked a novel type of photo booth for their Purbeck House Hotel Wedding. Hello Sweat Pea have converted a retro style caravan into a photo booth. Complete with antiques and props which had us all in stitches.

Wedding guest with floral head piece at Purbeck House Hotel
bride plays with child wedding guest
Our toastmaster’s last task was to announce the first dance. As they twirled about the dance floor to Cordaline’s “The One” I could see more than just the groom’s mother with welling eyes.
Purbeck House Hotel Wedding First Dance
Bridesmaids in blue dancing at Purbeck House Hotel
With many more couples and the bridesmaids busting out their favourite moves on the dance floor we left into the wonderful evening light. A fantastic Purbeck House Hotel wedding for a fantastic countryside couple.
Bride and groom dancing with wedding guests
Baby watches wedding guests dance at Purbeck Hotel

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