Verity & Terence’s Purbeck marquee wedding photographs included a church wedding ceremony in Swanage and a wedding marquee the like of which we had never seen on the side of a hill overlooking Swanage in Dorset.

Who said you can’t have a wedding on a hill? In the two weeks before the wedding of Verity and Terrance we saw first hand (from our office window) the construction project for these Purbeck marquee wedding photographs. Its great shooting a wedding so close to our home in Swanage, barely any travel and a clear idea of where everything is happening.

We met with Verity a number of times in the lead up to this wedding to discuss plans for the big day. Seeing the location for the marquee before hand did make us wonder… a marquee perched halfway up a hill overlooking Swanage great view but how do you do that? Well with a lot of hard work from a great team of people this dream came to fruition.

Bride Preparations Purbeck Marquee Wedding Photographs

We arrived shortly after we left our office in Swanage. Just up the road we found Verity and her legion of bridesmaids, flower girls and page boys. The pro team from Amazing Face were on hand to aid everyone with hair and make up. Gifts of champagne glasses were given to Verity’s bridesmaids accompanied by small bottles of bubbles to go in them! Flowers arrived from The Flower Place a stunning combination of white orchids and blue flowers in a cascading wedding bouquet. After running around the house a few times the flower girls and page boys were ready before the bridesmaids donned their deep blue bridesmaids dresses.

Detailed white a line backless wedding dress hangs on wardrobe door with patchwork pattern multi coloured curtains
Bride looks at herself in makeup mirror during wedding morning preparation photographs
Bridesmaid in dark blue silk dressing gown receives wedding morning champagne glass gift from bride
Happy bride smiles wearing hair up with Diamanté hair jewellery photograph taken during wedding makeup styling
Gifts for bridesmaids of personalised champagne glasses with love heart names and mini Prosecco bottles by rabbit sculpture lamp
Close up detail wedding photograph of white wedding dress lace pattern
Flower girl photograph taken during wedding hair styling looks at her reflection in pink hand held mirror
Bride holds wedding makeup plan picture in front of her face at bridal morning preparations
Documentary wedding photograph of bride hugging grandmother on wedding morning
Wedding morning gift of framed hand made red felt love heart with ink stamped wedding date picture
Photograph of bridal bouquet flower spray of white orchids and blue flowers with green foliage held by bride on wedding morning
Bride's baby sleeps in pram as family paint nails in the background on wedding morning photograph
Bored looking page boys in blue shorts and white shirts sit on sofa during wedding morning preparations at brides family home
Bride's daughter happy flower girl in floral head band on wedding morning
Documentary wedding preparation photograph of male wedding guests helping each other dress on wedding morning in Swanage
Cheeky blonde flower girl in white dress scrunches up her face on wedding morning photograph
Documentary wedding morning photograph of Flower girl watching other flower girls and page boy's wedding morning preparations
Bride's baby daughter in white flower girl dress and floral headband with bridesmaid on wedding morning

Meanwhile Verity was getting into her stunning white detailed wedding dress with the help of her mother. With a tear in his eye her father was first to see her wedding ready. He escorted her down stairs where the rest of the bridal party awaited.

Bride is helped with wedding shoes by mother during wedding morning preparation
Bride in white detailed wedding dress, veil and diamanté hair band looks in mirror on wedding morning
Blue Bentley wedding car with ribbons outside garage with British red phone box
Bride in white wedding dress checks mobile phone in window next to mirror on wedding morning before leaving for church
Father of the bride in three piece navy morning tailcoat leans on sculpture waiting to leave family home on wedding morning in Dorset

Groom preparations Purbeck Marquee Wedding Photographs

Terrance and his groom squad were at home with trusty dog Cairo. The morning was warm with anticipation for what lay ahead on this wedding on a hill in sunny Swanage. The chaps took my sage advice and made sure they they kept themselves hydrated. Once everyone was just about ready, Terrance added his blue Everton FC cuff links and they headed out for St Marys Church. Here Terrance dutifully greeted guests as they arrived before heading inside himself to await the arrival of his bride.

Groom's black and grey leather and fabric brogue wedding shoes on cream rug detail close up wedding photograph
Laughing groom photograph on wedding morning wearing three piece navy wedding suit with blue tie and handkerchief
Black and white groom preparation photograph of friends adjusting his suit
Documentary wedding photograph of groomsmen arriving at Swanage church driveway before wedding ceremony

Swanage Church Wedding Ceremony Photographs

First to arrive were the flower girls and bridesmaids in the families blue Bentley. They gathered in the sun outside waiting  for the arrival of the bride. This was Terrance’s cue to take his place at the front and wipe the tears from his eyes.

Verity arrived in the blue Bentley with her father, driven by her brother. The whole bridal party gathered nervously in the church doorway. The church was, by this point in the day almost full. Once the flower girls, bridesmaids and page boys had come down the aisle it was time for Verity to make her entrance. Terrance looked ready if not a little emotional. He had his father and best man next to him for support.

Documentary photograph of baby flower girl In white dress held on lap with milk bottle through wedding car window
Documentary wedding photograph of bridesmaids with flower girls and page boys and groomsmen outside Swanage Church
Bridesmaids in deep blue dresses with flower girls and page boys and baby trailer waiting at church doorway
Black and white wedding photograph of bride having dress adjusted by father while waiting in church doorway
Groom is comforted by family members in church whilst waiting for bride in emotional wedding photograph
Bride is walked down the aisle by her father at Swanage church wedding ceremony in Dorset documentary wedding photograph
Happy smiling bride beams at husband as she arrives at top of aisle at Swanage church wedding ceremony

With beaming smiles the happy couple made there promises to each other and exchanged rings. Now married they took care of the paperwork with help from their chosen witnesses. They came down the aisle as husband and wife and were whisked away in the family’s blue Bentley.

Swanage church wedding ceremony space full of wedding guests watching the bride and groom
Exchange of wedding rings photograph as groom takes the ring from vicar in church wedding ceremony
Bride smiles at groom during wedding vows in church with reflection of stained glass window
Documentary wedding photograph of groom rubbing head whilst signing register with bride laughing at family members
Bridesmaids in navy blue dresses smile and clap as they watch the bride signing marriage register in church
Documentary photograph of bride and groom exit church arched stone doorway in Swanage
Emotional groom hugs wedding guests outside church after wedding ceremony


Reception Purbeck Marquee Wedding Photographs

The newly-weds took some time with close family at grandma’s house. This gave the guests time to ascend the footpath leading to the marquee perched on the side of the hill. While the newly-weds had some photos of the two of them in the garden guests were admiring the panoramic view of Swanage from the marquee terraces . Verity and Terrance were driven up to the marquee and entered to rapturous applause and much cheering.

Floral archway with green foliage and love heart at entrance to footpath leading to wedding marquee field hill
White bride and groom script hoops with ivy decoration hanging in wedding marquee
Round tables, cherry blossom and ceiling chandeliers decoration for Purbeck marquee wedding photographs
Wooden wedding gin bar with tree branch cherry blossom floral decoration and blue summer sky
Wedding guests walk up countryside hill for drinks reception and Purbeck marquee wedding photographs
Documentary photograph of bride drinking from huge personalised wine cocktail glass
Bride and groom hug in gardens as Everton FC flag flies
Bridesmaid in navy blue dress walks up hill towards wedding overlooking countryside hills with drink in hand
Bride's sister and mother looking at view over Swanage from wedding marquee scaffold terrace
View over Swanage and Dorset seaside from Purbeck marquee wedding photographs by one thousand words wedding photography
Flower girls are walked up grass hill towards wedding reception venue
Bride and groom walk into wedding marquee to rapturous applause at Swanage reception

After a relaxed drinks reception in the summer sun everyone enjoyed a barbecue wedding breakfast . The younger guests had plenty of space to play and run around and were treated to the skills of a balloon artist.

Wedding guest in group makes peace sign to camera wearing sunglasses and grey waistcoat
Children and flower girls at wedding roll large inflatable ball up Dorset countryside hill field
Wedding guests on marquee terrace have highly animated conversation with countryside hill views in the background
Beautiful blonde bridesmaid has conversation with wedding guests while leaning on balcony with Swanage in the background
Black white wedding photographs of best man laughing at mobile phone during marquee reception
Wedding guests sat relaxing in countryside field in the summer sun as a ball is thrown for the family dog
Bride's grandmother laughing at wedding drinks reception with countryside in background
Wedding guests enjoy countryside views on wedding marquee sun terrace with groom in happy conversation

Speeches At Purbeck Marquee Wedding Photographs

The wedding speeches were called, first up was Verity’s father who shared stories of verity growing up with her brothers. Next came Terrance’s father who thanked everyone involved from Terrance himself. To bring the speeches to a close was the bride. This speech had every one laughing from start to finish and closed with the whole marquee raising a toast to the happy couple. There was one more part to the speeches when a surprise drag queen took center stage to have a go at the new groom. This too had the guests in fits of laughter.

Emotional wedding photograph of groom's mother stroking his head as bride hugs her father after his wedding speech
Father of the groom makes wedding speech looking down at his notes in wedding marquee
Emotional wedding photograph of mother of groom crying as groom hugs father behind top table in wedding marquee
Bride makes wedding speech with long paper roll of notes as top table wedding guests laugh
Purbeck marquee wedding photographs of happy guests listening to bride's wedding speech
Documentary photograph of bride and bridesmaid embrace after brides wedding speech at marquee reception
Drag act bride in wedding dress beats groom with handbag whilst singing at wedding marquee watched by guests

Evening Entertainment At Swanage Wedding

There was time for everyone to relax in or out side and enjoy drinks in the sunshine. Evening guests arrived before the couple took to the dance floor for their first dance. Wedding band The Sparks were on hand to provides the soundtrack for the evening. Only pausing for the newly weds to cut the deconstructed three tiered wedding cake created by Sarah’s Cake Company.  After a wonderful sunset we left the buzzing party as they danced the night away under the evening sky.

Bride And groom take first dance on shiny white dance floor marquee watched by wedding guests
Bride and groom share happy embrace during first dance watched by wedding guests at marquee reception
Female wedding guests enjoy dancing in bright marquee singing with hands in the air
Bridesmaid looks at camera as she embraces partner during wedding dancing in marquee
Comical male wedding guest pulls funny face as we wears a ladies hat in wedding marquee
Wedding guest in casual summer clothing animated dancing on reflective white dance floor in wedding marquee
Wedding guest wearing pink feather pattern dress sings in microphone to bride and guests in wedding marquee
Wedding guest in pink dress with arm tattoos strokes baby flower girl's face in wedding marquee
Smiling wedding guests dancing together in wedding marquee to Dorset wedding band with disco lights
Wedding tree picture with ink finger print leaves picture as wedding guest book idea decorated with ivy and cherry blossom
Three simple white wedding cakes with personalised cake toppers and cherry blossoms stick decorations
Bride and groom Happily celebrate with arms in the air after cutting wedding cake at marquee reception
Bride hugs baby daughter as wedding band play in marquee at evening reception photograph by one thousand words photography
Wedding guest lifts daughter whilst dancing in marquee to Dorset wedding band
Happy wedding guests dancing together in empty white wedding marquee
Wedding gin bar with coloured bottles and shot measures for bride's custom wedding cocktail glass
Wedding guests enjoying countryside sunset drinks sitting on straw bales on scaffold terrace in Purbeck countryside
Sunset evening with moon over Purbeck marquee wedding photographs on Swanage hillside
Wedding guests dancing with balloon hat and drinks in hand at marquee evening reception
Wedding guest in sky blue dress dancing in marquee wearing balloon angel wings with drink in hand and pointing
Sunset over Swanage and sea with moon view on evening from Purbeck marquee wedding photographs

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