Bridal Preparation at Purbeck House Hotel Wedding Photographs

We began our day at the wonderful Purbeck House Hotel which occupies the highest point in Swanage High Street, looking out over the town. Being one of the great venues that is local to us we have been here many times over the years. You can see other Purbeck House Hotel wedding photographs here.

In one of the rooms at the top of the hotel we found Fiona and her bridesmaids. The amazing team from Amazing Face Bridal Hair and Make up were getting them all ready for Fiona’s big day. The blue fading to white bridesmaid’s dresses hung in the window alongside the smaller soft gold coloured flower girl dresses. In the middle of them all was Fiona’s classic wedding dress with lace detail. Once all the dresses were on the two bridesmaids and three flower girls left Fiona and her sister. They headed downstairs where the VW bus from Dorset Dub Hire waited to transport them two the church. Fiona and her sister enjoyed the last moment with a good luck drink, song and dance before heading downstairs themselves.

Wedding morning card from the groom made from couple photographs
Flower girl wears bunny rabbit onesie on wedding morning in Swanage Hotel room
Cream silk wedding flowers with blue and shell detail for seaside themed wedding
Bride relaxes in Purbeck House Hotel room on wedding morning in mirror with dresses
Bride and bridesmaid dance on hotel bed as wedding make-up is applied
Bridesmaid examines wedding make-up in mirror on wedding morning in Swanage, Dorset
Wedding dress hangs with blue bridesmaids dresses and gold flower girls dresses
Bride has wedding make up applied during bridal preparations at Purbeck House Hotel
Bride's twin sister examines bridal make up application on wedding morning in Swanage
Bridal party raise a toast during bridal preparations on wedding morning in Dorset
Ruby Shoo wedding shoes with Converse all-star wedding shoes in Hotel window
white and cream silk wedding flowers with green foliage detail photograph
Cute flower girl in dusty gold dress looks in mirror during bridal preparation photographs
Bride hugs step father on wedding morning in Purbeck House Hotel in Swanage
Bride is buttoned into white lace detailed wedding dress on wedding morning in Dorset
Bride with wrist tattoos in white wedding dress puts in earrings on wedding morning
Bridesmaids and flower girls reactions to seeing bride in wedding dress for the first time
Bridal party celebrate with arms in the air wedding morning at Purbeck House Hotel
Bride and sister sing and dance in Hotel room on morning before wedding ceremony
Bride and sister in blue bridesmaids dress laughing in classic VW wedding van

Groom Preparation Before Purbeck House Hotel Wedding Photographs

I made the short journey just a few roads from the hotel to find Aidey at Taunton House B&B all the time looking out for what he had told us he was using as his wedding transport …. His VW Beach Buggy. Safe to say I heard it before I saw it. He had been out with one of his groomsmen running last minute errands. Aidey got ready in his room at the B&B and emerged donning his wedding suit and top hat to complete the look. He jumped in the beach buggy with his brother and headed to the closest watering hole. This happened to be the Red Lion. After for a quick glass of Dutch courage they all headed for St Edwards Catholic Church.

Elevated view of Swanage streets with groom driving VW beach buggy
Grey wedding suit on hanger with gold cravat as groom prepares for wedding
Gold G & H pocket watch on top hat felt Grooms wedding detail photograph
Groom with tail suit and top hat exits wedding morning B&B in Swanage
Groom and groomsmen drinking in pub on wedding morning in Dorset
Groom and best man in top hats ride in VW beach buggy on wedding morning

Church service before Purbeck House Hotel Wedding Photographs

Once there the gents busied themselves distributing the orders of service and greeting guests. Aidey was busy flying around the church setting up his Go Pros to capture footage of the big day. With the church almost full it was time for Aidey to take his place front and center. The bridesmaids and flower girls arrived and the VW bus had headed back to the hotel.

Blue and hessian sea side themed wedding order of service in church on wedding morning
Wedding rings on silver tray in Catholic Church on wedding morning in Swanage
Groomsman hands out blue orders of service to guests at Church wedding

The flower girls led the way, one holding a chalkboard while the other two carried simple yellow flowers. Next the bridesmaids followed by Fiona and her sister. The Catholic service was conducted by the Deacon with a readings from one of the groomsmen and a family friend.  Aidey and Fiona made their promises to each other and without any further ado they were married.

Cheeky flower girls in gold dresses with chalkboard sign look out of church doorway
Bridesmaids in blue and white graduated bridesmaids dresses enter church wedding ceremony
Flower girls in gold dresses carry Here Comes The Bride sign and flowers up the aisle
Bride and twin sister enter Catholic church wedding ceremony before walking up aisle
Bride's first look at groom as she arrives at the sacrament in church wedding
Flower girls laughing in dusty gold dresses in pews at Catholic Church wedding
Bride's sister looks across wedding part during Catholic wedding ceremony
Bride and groom listen to Catholic readings in front of altar at Catholic church wedding
Catholic wedding ceremony photographed through wooden detail hole
Bride laughs at groom during Swanage Catholic Church wedding ceremony
Wedding guest in black fascinator singing at Swanage Catholic Church wedding ceremony
Bride and groom are blessed during wedding ceremony with prism reflections
Religious artwork framed with wood and gold at Swanage Catholic Church wedding Ceremony
Bride and groom walk down aisle at Swanage Catholic Church wedding ceremony
Bride and groom kiss outside Swanage Catholic church with stone archway door

On the way to Purbeck House Hotel Wedding Photographs

After the ceremony the guests were asked to join the bride and groom on the station of Swanage’s famous railway station.

Bride and groom in top hat enter steam train at Swanage railway station

The guests assembled for a photo on the railway platform and headed back to the drink reception at Purbeck House Hotel. The bride, groom and wedding photographers/transport had a number of stops to make on the way. First stop was on Swanage seafront by the clock tower. The VW bus was parked up beach side and was joined by Aidey’s beach buggy. The drivers of said transport were asked to reconvene a short distance away by the Parade Fish and chip shop where no chips were eaten or fed to the swarming sea gulls (honestly!). After some more photos by the seaside and amusements the bride and groom were returned the hotel.

Bride and groom in Swanage Clock Tower by the sea in Dorset
Groomsmen in top hats and tails on Swanage seafront by beach huts
Blue VW beach buggy driven in Swanage by groom on wedding day in Dorset
Ruby Shoo Eva Sky Blue wedding shoes with wedding dress and foot tattoo
Seagulls mob bride and groom eating chips by the sea on wedding day in Swanage
Bride and groom walk along old stone cart tracks by the sea side in Swanage, Dorset
Bride and groom play Guitar Hero on wedding day in sea side arcades

Reception at Purbeck House Hotel Wedding Photographs

At the hotel the bridesmaids and flower girls were waiting on the steps with the groomsmen to shower the newly weds with confetti. Toastmaster Stuart A Jowett welcomed them with glasses of bubbles before introducing them as the new Mr and Mrs as they joined the drinks reception. After helping us with organising some group photographs Stuart passed over the Master of Ceremonies duty to Iggy Wedding DJ. He would be host for the remainder of the day. After speeches from Fiona’s Step Father, Aidey and his Best Man everyone enjoyed the wedding breakfast.

Flower girls in dusty gold dresses dabbing in gardens at Purbeck House Hotel Wedding
Bridesmaids in blue dresses are shocked by bride's new wedding ring
Groomsmen throw top hats in air at Purbeck House Hotel Wedding Photographs
Bride and groom at summer house in Purbeck House Hotel Wedding venue gardens
Bride and Groom kiss on the lawns of Purbeck House Hotel Wedding Photographs
Six tier Cheese wheel wedding cake with fruit and nuts and hessian bow
Top Table sign photograph written in sand on beach at Purbeck House Hotel Wedding
Wooden beach hut table decoration at sea side themed wedding in Dorset
Wedding Hangover Kits sign and personalised blue striped paper bags
Groomsman writes comments on paper at Purbeck House Hotel Wedding
Stuart Jowett Toastmaster in red jacket at Purbeck House Hotel Wedding Photographs
Bride and groom enter wedding breakfast to applause at Purbeck House Hotel
Top table with blue seaside theme at Purbeck House Hotel Wedding Photographs
Bride's step father makes wedding speech at Purbeck House Hotel Wedding
Scottish wedding guest in kilt raises a glass during wedding speeches toast
Bride laughing during wedding speeches at Purbeck House Hotel Wedding Photos
Groom's speech under bunting at Purbeck House Hotel Wedding venue in Swanage
Groom kisses bride during wedding speech at Purbeck House Hotel Wedding
Best man makes wedding speech in conservatory at Purbeck House Hotel Wedding
Bride covers her face during wedding speeches at Purbeck House Hotel Wedding
Groom puts finger in air during best man's speech at Purbeck House Hotel Wedding

 

Next was the cutting of the cake, this cake however was made from wheels of cheese (9KG in total!). This drew a crowd, after which Iggy hosted a Mr and Mrs quiz which was accompanied with video footage of their proposal.  Dry ice engulfed the dance floor and the newlyweds as they took their first dance as husband and wife. As we left we couldn’t help notice the Garden Conservatory, glowing bellow the now misty night sky.

RNLI donation photographs in frame at Purbeck House Hotel Wedding
Bride dances with flower girls at Purbeck House Hotel Wedding Photographs
Bride and groom by Purbeck stone turret overlooking Swanage town at night
Bride and groom hug in same manner as they are in proposal video in background
Purbeck House Hotel Wedding Photographs of first dance with mist machine
Newlyweds take their first dance on smokey dance floor at Swanage Hotel wedding photographs
Newlyweds take their first dance at Swanage Hotel wedding photographs
Bridesmaid and guests in lights on the dance floor at Swanage Hotel wedding photographs
Bride and groom in lights on the dance floor at Swanage Hotel wedding photographs
Bride, groom and guests on dance floor at Swanage Hotel wedding photographs
Flower girl and bridesmaids on dance floor at Swanage Hotel wedding photographs
Illuminated garden room reception at Swanage Hotel wedding photographs

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