Karen & Paul’s Sandbanks Hotel Wedding Photos

It has been a while since our last Sandbanks Hotel Wedding Photographs so we were excited to be back at this stunning sea side venue in Poole. You can see more of our Sandbanks Hotel wedding photographs here or read our Sandbanks Hotel wedding photographers wedding venue review here.

It was a beautiful summer’s morning as Tom and I took the chain ferry across from Studland to Sandbanks. A short drive then saw us arrive at FJB’s Sandbanks Hotel wedding venue for the wedding of Karen and Paul.

View of Old Harry's Rocks at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding

Bridal Preparation Photographs at Sandbanks Hotel

We found Karen and her eight (!) bridesmaids upstairs in the midst of having hair styled by one of the bridesmaids while bubbly was drunk. I left Tom with the girls while gifts were exchanged and the gorgeous wedding flowers arrived from Simply Flower. Karen’s wedding dress hung in the window and the bridesmaids ivory dresses on personalized wooden hangers. Paul had crafted a wonderfully written note to his bride that had all of the girls in tears.

Bridesmaid in mirror on morning of Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Bride sits on balcony at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Bridesmaids bouquets on the bed at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Bride and bridesmaid in mirror on morning of Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Bridesmaid tries to hold back tears at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Bridesmaid in balcony door at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Smiling bride on morning of Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Bride and guest enjoy the beach view Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Bride in mirror on morning of Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Bracelet gift is fastened at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Bridesmaid checks her hair in mirror from Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Buttons are fastened on dress from Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Brides dress is adjusted on morning of Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Bridesmaid has a little drink at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Bride and her Bridesmaids on morning of Sandbanks Hotel Wedding

Groom Preparation at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding

Meanwhile, downstairs I found the Compass Suite dressed for the ceremony  by Classic Chair Covers. Cream sashes were tied over white chair covers and an ivory three tier wedding cake from Cake by Saide Smith took pride of place.

Table plan and cake at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding

Paul then arrived with one of his best men and greeted his wedding guests. The groomsmen looked incredibly dapper in top hats and tails. A look which was completed with a chrome topped cane. Once the second best man had arrived and the buttonholes put in place Paul made his way to the Compass Suite at the rear of the hotel.

Buttonholes on morning of Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Groom and Best men in top hats on morning of Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Page boy waves to the camera at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Wedding guests on sun terrace at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding

With a good luck kiss from his mum Paul made his way to the front of the room to wait for his bride to be with his best men, groomsmen and page boys.

Civil Ceremony Photographs at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding

Karen was led into the room by her bridesmaids all in matching ivory bridesmaids dresses and given away by her mother. The wedding couple then stood in front of the wooden floral arbour, beautifully framed against the beach and sea outside.

Bridesmaids lead in bride at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Bridesmaid reaches out to groom at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Bride escorted by mother at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Bride and groom during ceremony at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Civil ceremony at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Best men and page boys with top hats and canes at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding ceremony

A tear filled civil ceremony saw the wedding couple make their promises to each other. As they returned down the aisle a guard of honour was raised by the groomsmen using their canes.

Groom cries under flower arbour at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding ceremony in Dorset
Eight bridesmaids in yellow at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding ceremony
Best man watches bride and groom marry at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding ceremony
Bride and groom hug during wedding ceremony at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding venue
Wedding ceremony under floral arbour at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Bride and groom walk under guard of honour with canes at Sandbanks Hotel

Wedding Drinks Reception Photographs at Sandbanks Hotel

The newlyweds and their guests then enjoyed a drinks reception on the sun terrace. Under the parasols out of the midday sun the wedding couple and their guests were entertained by Sean Haydon magician. His array of card tricks involved his pet goldfish and had some of the guests in disbelief as he worked around the sun terrace. Meanwhile inside the Compass Suite the Sandbanks Hotel team led by Sebastian turned the room around for wedding breakfast.

Outdoor Wedding drinks reception at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Blonde Bridesmaid wears top hat at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Wedding guest portrait photograph with fascinator at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Groomsmen enjoy a drinks reception at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Wedding guest in blue floral dress outside Sandbanks Hotel Wedding venue
Wedding sweet table with classic sweet jars and candy stripe paper bags
Wedding guest in sunglasses portrait photograph at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Wedding guests and groom at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Sean Haydon wedding magician card tricks at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding reception
Sean Haydon wedding magician makes playing card fly at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Sean Haydon wedding magician produces goldfish at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Sean Haydon wedding magician vomits playing cards at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Sean Haydon wedding magician wows wedding guests by the beach at Sandbanks Hotel
Groom in dark blue wedding suite greets wedding guests at Sandbanks Hotel
The Compass suite set up for wedding at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Wedding top hats with beach and sea at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Just married bunting hangs on top table at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Wedding favours with rustic tag and name place at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Wedding guest enjoys the sea view at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Black and white wedding photograph of bride and groom entering Sandbanks Hotel Wedding breakfast

Speeches and Entertainment at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding

In Paul’s speech he thanked everyone and the room was full of smiles for the newlyweds. Following on his two best men entertained the guests with stories and anecdotes . After the guests and newlyweds had enjoyed desserts they were treated to more tricks from Sean Haydon. Again his goldfish a star. Seeming to dodge being set on fire it ended up in Karen’s water glass!

Mother of bride and bridesmaids applaud wedding speeches at Sandbanks Hotel
Best man's speech from top table at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Best man's speech at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Wedding guest with tattoos toasts wedding speeches at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Sean Haydon wedding magician performs card trick at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding breakfast
Sean Haydon wedding magician sets fire to money at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Top table's reaction to Sean Haydon's golfish magic trick at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Wedding magician Sean Haydon's stunt goldfish in a glass at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding

Singing Waiter Wedding Photographs

A secret extra member of staff then worked away ensuring that glasses were topped up. He was a singing waiter from the Silver Service Singers. He waited for a lull in proceedings after dessert and then took the microphone. Keeping up the act he told the guests that it was his first day at work and had been put up by his boss to deliver a speech to the wedding couple.

Page boy relaxes by the beach at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Singing waiter introduces himself at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding in Dorset

After some confused looks around the room most of the then guests twigged that this was part of the day’s entertainment. The singing waiter worked the room whilst expertly delivering some classic sing along songs which had everyone merrily singing away. He finally finished off with a conga line involving virtually everyone in the room. The performance came to a climax with everyone in the room spinning there serviettes in the air.  Before the wedding guests had time to catch their breath Sean performed his magical finale which was to make one of the guests levitate!

Top table singing and dancing at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Bride in detailed diamate wedding dress dances at her wedding guests at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Silver service singing waiter singing with bridesmaid in wedding guests floral hat
Bridesmaid choreographs dancing at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Bridesmaid in yellow dances past Sandbanks beach at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Bride leads conga line at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding photographs
Female wedding guest with tattoos and top hat dances at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Bridesmaids dance past Sandbanks beach in conga line at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Groom sings to music in the Compass suite at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Silver service singers get the wedding guests moving at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Wedding magician levitation trick with Sean Haydon at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding

Evening Reception at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding

With the lower sun and temperature we took the wedding party onto the beach for some group photographs.  A group of the ladies gathered behind Karen as she prepared to launch her bouquet of flowers into the air. With the bouquet thrown and caught the wedding party headed back indoors. Meanwhile Party Dexx set up for the evening’s entertainment. Before the DJ kicked off the new Mr and Mrs Cut the cake and then took their places for their first dance as husband and wife.

Wedding guest poses in sun on Sandbanks Beach Hotel Wedding
Wedding guest in striped deck chair on Sandbanks Hotel beach Wedding
Bridesmaids in lemon coloured bridesmaids dresses on striped deck chairs on beach
Bride throws wedding bouquet on sandbanks beach in Dorset
Bridesmaid catches the wedding bouquet on Sandbanks beach, Poole
Beautiful bridesmaid and friend by the beach at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding sunset
Three tier cream coloured wedding cake with icing flower swirls in Sandbanks Hotel, Poole
Cutting the cake with three tier cream coloured wedding cake at Sandbanks Hotel
Wedding guests watch first dance with cameras and phones at Sandbanks Hotel
First dance at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding in the compass room

After some of the guests had joined them for a boogie we stole Karen and Paul away for some couple photographs. The sun then set beautifully over Poole harbour making the perfect backdrop to a perfect wedding day.

Wedding guests dancing to wedding DJ at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Child wedding guest dancing to wedding disco at Sandbanks Hotel Wedding
Bride and groom with Wedding confetti and sunset over the sea
Sunset over sea wedding photograph
Sandbanks Hotel Sign sunset Wedding photograph

You can see what Karen and Paul thought of our Sandbanks Hotel wedding photography services in their Sandbanks wedding photographer testimonial.

 

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