Sandbanks Beach Wedding Morning Preparations
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- reflecting 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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It’s not often I find a bride on her wedding morning having her hair done with her feet up on a wine rack! Vicky’s open plan living room and 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 a couple of bottles of Verve Clique to toast the day ahead. Vicky’s two best friends (the bridesmaids) emerged wearing their stylish 1930’s black numbers. I had an opportunity to shoot the custom-made gorgeous Ivory wedding dress, as it hung in the window of the master bedroom.
Sandbanks Hotel Wedding Groom Preparation
Meanwhile the chaps were at Sandbanks Hotel, in Poole, Dorset. Alec and his best friend since school days (the best man) had chosen 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.
I arrived at the hotel before the bridal party and was glad to see that Sebastian Chene, wedding organiser extraordinaire had everything expertly controlled. I’m almost certain that he moves so fast around a wedding coordinating staff and ceremony that he can leave a room before he enters 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 to Bournemouth. The chair covers perfectly matched the black and ivory theme. Diana Saxby, civil celebrant from Grace the Day conducted a wonderful service from behind a beach themed archway made from natural materials.
As an extra personal touch Vicky and Alec had written their own vows that were so heartfelt that I could see many a dewy eye in the audience. After some further readings and a naughty sprinkling of confetti (!) the guests followed them along the sun terrace to bask in the sunshine with drinks and canapé’s. ‘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, which also gave them an opportunity to dip a toe in the sea and feel the warm sand under their feet.
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.
Back inside the central fire was lit and after their guests had filtered in the happy couple surprised everyone with a rather well coordinated first dance. The dance floor was packed for the rest of the evening. Before we left we took a breather on the beach to capture the glowing venue that had come into for Alec and Vicky’s Sandbanks beach wedding