Sandbanks Beach Wedding Documentary Photographs
Last weekend we were getting very excited about shooting Alec and Vicky’s black and ivory art deco Sandbanks beach wedding. The last Sandbanks Hotel wedding photographs we produced were spectacular. They reflected the beauty of this stunning venue.They had planned it to include a little of everything, music, magic, food and beaches.
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Bridal Morning Preparation Photographs
It’s not often I find a bride on her wedding morning having hair styled with feet up on a wine rack! Vicky’s open plan living room/ kitchen was such a light and open space to take photographs in. Everyone was in such a relaxed mood for the upcoming Sandbanks beach wedding.
As make up was applied and hair styled the girls cracked open the Verve Clique to toast the day ahead. Vicky’s two best friends/ bridesmaids then emerged wearing stylish 1930’s black numbers. I then had an opportunity to shoot the gorgeous custom-made ivory wedding dress. It hung in the window of the master bedroom.
In her dress and antique jewellery Vicky looked stunning. She exuded happiness and a classical, retro style.
Sandbanks Beach Wedding Groom Preparation Photographs
Meanwhile the chaps were at Sandbanks Hotel, in Poole, Dorset. Alec and his best friend since school days (the best man) wore matching wedding day pants in a red tartan. To fit with the girls retro theme they had also selected black shirts, red braces and classical black and white spats.
As the Sandbanks beach wedding guests started to arrive on the beach terrace a couple of cool beers in the sun quenched their thirst.
I arrived at the hotel before the bridal party and was glad to see that Sebastian Chene. He is the wedding organiser extraordinaire and had everything expertly controlled. I’m certain that he moves so fast around a wedding that he can leave a room before entering it!
Sandbanks Beach Wedding Ceremony
The Sandbanks hotel is now utilising its sun terrace for outdoor weddings. Overlooking the glowing yellow sand of Sandbanks beach and the azure sea stretching around the coast. The chair covers perfectly matched the black and ivory theme. Diana Saxby, civil celebrant from Grace the Day conducted a wonderful Sandbanks beach wedding service from behind an archway made from natural materials.
As an extra personal touch Vicky and Alec had written their own vows. They were so heartfelt that I could see many a dewy eye in the audience. After some further readings and sprinkling of confetti the guests followed them along the sun terrace to bask in the sunshine with drinks and canapé’s. Next ‘Gemini Jazz’ Jazz band started playing their favourite soothing melodies.
I cannot express how lovely an outdoor wedding is in the sunshine. Particularly with the views offered by the Sandbanks hotel. We quickly took the guests down onto the beach for some group photographs. This also gave them an opportunity to dip a toe in the sea and feel the warm sand under their feet. Perfect for a Sandbanks beach wedding.
A Black and White Art Deco Wedding
Whilst the children were entertained with toys and wedding bubbles. The speeches kept the guests laughing and sighing, including a poetic duet from Vicky’s bridesmaids.
Wedding Breakfast and Evening Reception Photographs
Back inside the central fire was lit. After their guests had filtered in the happy couple surprised everyone with a well coordinated first dance. The dance floor was then packed for the rest of the evening. Before we left we stood on the beach, capturing the glowing venue for Alec and Vicky’s Sandbanks beach wedding.