Helen and Philippe’s Sherborne Castle wedding photographs are as unique as the cultural mix that they brought to their spectacular wedding day at Sherborne Abbey and Sherborne Castle. We would describe their wedding photographs as visual cocktail of English and Chinese tradition stirred with a French flair!.

The summer sun shone brightly as we arrived early in Sherborne, Dorset. We took the opportunity to create some photographs of the incredible abbey wedding venue before guests arrived.

Sherborne Abbey wedding venue in Dorset detailed stone carved roof reflected in a mirror
Sherborne Abbey large white and green wedding flower spray in large wedding venue photograph

Wedding Morning Coffee At The Half Moon In Sherborne

We found Philippe outside the Half Moon. Here he enjoyed a coffee with some of his wedding guests. After which he returned to his room to don his wedding attire. When wedding ready he next headed for the Abbey. He and his groomsmen greeted guests as they arrived.

Groom sits with wedding guests on pub bench looking nervously at a coffee on wedding morning in Sherborne, Dorset
Groom waits for bride with groomsmen in blue wedding suits in doorway at Sherborne Abbey wedding photograph

Sherborne Castle Wedding Photographs -Bridal Preparations

Meanwhile Helen was getting ready at her parents house, just one street away from Sherborne Abbey. Being so close there was no need to worry about transport on the morning of this Sherborne Castle Wedding. As well as her parents in attendance there were her four bridesmaids looking stunning in navy blue dresses and four cute flower girls in white. After everyone’s hair and makeup had been checked it was time to leave. Next we took a short five minute journey in the hot sun, along the old streets of Sherborne, arriving at Sherborne Abbey wedding venue.

Black and white wedding photo of bridesmaid in oval mirror during morning preparations
Bride applies wedding makeup in mirror on wedding morning in Sherborne
Flower girls in white dresses watch bride apply wedding makeup at family home on wedding morning documentary wedding photograph
White wedding flower basket on wicker table with blue wedding book for flower girls detail photograph
Documentary wedding photograph of happy bridesmaids wearing navy blue dresses preparing for wedding morning in family house
View of Sherborne Abbey wedding venue across houses from bridal preparation window
Father of the bride wearing morning suit chats to bride during wedding morning preparations at family home in Sherborne
Bride and flower girls watched by bridesmaids through doorway on wedding morning
Bride and mother descend stone staircase before Sherborne Abbey wedding in Dorset
Bridal party walks along the streets on way to Sherborne Abbey wedding
Bride and bridal party walk along the streets before Sherborne abbey wedding in Dorset
Bridal party arrives at Sherborne Abbey wedding venue in Dorset on summers day with blue skies photograph

Sherborne Abbey Wedding Ceremony Photographs

The bridal party then paused inside the entrance to Sherborne Abbey wedding venue. As they made their way down the aisle music was played by a violinist. Helen was escorted up the aisle by her father followed by her bridesmaids and flower girls. Meanwhile Philippe waited with nervous excitement with his best man at the front.

Groom waits for bride arrival with huge stone architecture of Sherborne Abbey wedding venue in Dorset
Bride and father wait under archways of Sherborne Abbey before ceremony
Bridesmaids and Flower girls arrive to walk up the aisle at Sherborne Abbey wedding venue in Dorset
Bride and groom first look photograph at Sherborne Abbey wedding venue

With bride and groom now front and center traditional wedding hymns were sung. Guests then enjoyed a number of readings from friends and family and the happy couple made their promises to each other. After the exchange of rings and blessing it was time to take care of the paperwork. This completed, the happy newly weds came back down the aisle arm in arm as husband and wife.

Female wedding guest in black and white dress makes reading from huge golden eagle at Sherborne Abbey wedding ceremony
Bride and groom exchange wedding vows at Sherborne Abbey wedding ceremony watched by choir
Bride and groom have first kiss under stained glass window at Sherborne Abbey wedding ceremony in Dorset
Bride and groom kneel at altar at Sherborne Abbey wedding ceremony during wedding prayers and blessings wide angle photograph
Bride and groom walk through stunning carved stone archways architecture of Sherborne Abbey wedding venue
Happy bride and groom walk arm in arm down the aisle as husband and wife after Sherborne Abbey wedding ceremony

Helen and Philippe then emerged from Sherborne Abbey into the bright sunshine. Wedding guests had lined the edge of the path to shower them with confetti as they made the short walk towards their wedding transport. Linked to Philippe’s love of cycling the best man and Philippe’s brother had agreed to ride to Sherborne Castle on a electric assist trike built by local bike shop Riley’s Cycles. They then took off through the streets of Sherborne towards the castle enthusiastically escorted by their flower girls and faster guests!

Bride and groom kiss in Sherborne Abbey wedding venue doorway
Wedding guests animated shadows line up outside Sherborne Abbey wedding venue in summer sunshine
Wedding confetti photograph bride and groom at Sherborne Abbey wedding photographs by one thousand words photography
Documentary wedding photograph of excited bride and groom leaving Sherborne Abbey wedding venue in rickshaw trike
Bride and groom leave Sherborne Abbey wedding venue in rickshaw trike with united Kingdom and French flags
Bride and groom with guests at Sherborne station with wedding rickshaw trike on route to the castle
Bride and groom arrive at Sherborne castle wedding by rickshaw trike
Bride and groom kissing in back of wedding rickshaw trike on way to castle

Sherborne Castle Wedding Photographs Of Garden Drinks Reception

Many wedding guests had made their way to Sherborne Castle by the time the newly weds arrived. Everyone enjoyed a drinks reception with canapés supplied by Dorset Fine Dining in the gardens of the Orangery.

Wedding guests in blue dresses and tail coats at Sherborne Castle wedding drinks reception in gardens
Sherborne Castle wedding venue female guests in red fascinator at drinks reception documentary wedding photograph
Older male wedding guests have animated conversation at Sherborne Castle wedding drinks reception in gardens
Wedding guests enjoy drinks and canapés at Sherborne Castle orangery wedding drinks reception in the gardens
Sherborne Castle portrait photograph of guests within wedding group photographs by one thousand words wedding photography

We captured a few group photographs before the wedding guests were treated to a wonderful surprise. As Helen and Philippe lived in Hong Kong they wanted to bring an aspect of Chinese culture to their very English wedding. They did this by means of the spectacular Dragon of the South Chinese lion dance team that then performed for their guests.

White Chinese dragon traditional dance at Sherborne Castle wedding drinks reception venue photograph
Traditional Chinese dragon dance with bride and groom in gardens from Sherborne Castle wedding photographs
Traditional Chinese dragon dance at Sherborne Castle wedding drinks reception in Dorset
Chinese dragon dance watched by wedding guests at Sherborne Castle Orangery gardens in Dorset wedding photograph
Wedding guests chat in the shade on the lawns and gardens at drinks reception at Sherborne Castle

Sherborne Castle Wedding Breakfast And Speeches

All of the merrily chatting guests took their places for the wedding breakfast so that the newly weds could make their entrance.

Wedding guests wearing black and white patterned dresses at Sherborne Castle wedding by one thousand words photography

The Hong Kong theme continued inside the marquee with Chinese lanterns and paper dragons. Next, wedding speeches were delivered  between courses of the wedding breakfast.

Wedding wooden jig saw piece favours engraved message piece of our wedding day detail photograph
Wedding detail photograph of Chinese dragon paper puppet used as wooden wedding bar decoration
French red and white wine bottles on wedding tables with hand written wedding name place sign in wine cork
Bride and groom enter Sherborne Castle marquee for wedding breakfast
Sherborne Castle wedding photographs of bride and groom cuddling on wooden jetty at lake with Duck
Bride and groom take countryside walk during Sherborne Castle wedding reception
Flower girl sits in orangery window through doorway with marquee tunnel at Sherborne Castle wedding
Deconstructed three tier white iced wedding cake decorated with white icing flowers on blue striped round table on wood dance floor
Detail wedding photograph of Chinese lucky cat, sea gulls, jig saw pieces, and wicker basket of flowers in wooden crate
Hugging mother and son happily pose for a photograph whilst sat in Sherborne Castle wedding reception marquee
Bride chats with wedding guest at Sherborne castle marquee reception
Documentary wedding photo of father holding baby whilst drinking glass of wine at Sherborne Castle wedding breakfast marquee

The first wedding speech came from the mother of the bride, impressively translated in French. This was very well received and was then followed by the father of the bride. His speech, in English was full of dry wit and had the whole marquee laughing. The bride herself gave a very eloquent and funny speech which was a hard act to follow. Philippe gave it a good go, making jokes and being very entertaining as he did. To bring the speeches to a close his best man/ brother gave an equally entertaining speech which was translated into French.

Wedding guests all toast speeches in Sherborne Castle wedding marquee at Dorset wedding by one thousand words wedding photography
Mother of the bride in black flower pattern dress makes speech with microphone at Sherborne Castle wedding photograph
Father of the bride wearing black morning tail coat and grey trousers makes wedding speech with microphone in marquee
Bride laughing and clapping as she reacts to the wedding speeches at Sherborne Castle wedding marquee reception
Bride and groom watch wedding speeches in amongst their wedding guests in marquee evening reception
Beautiful bride makes wedding speech with microphone at Sherborne Castle wedding marquee reception photograph
Happy wedding guests laughing in marquee during wedding breakfast at Sherborne Castle photographs by one thousand words
Emotional bridesmaid tears up as she listens to the wedding speeches in white wedding marquee at Sherborne Castle
Father of the bride sat on top table laughing over his shoulder during wedding speeches at marquee wedding breakfast
Grooms wears blue wedding waistcoat whilst making wedding speech about his height at Sherborne Castle wedding marquee
Documentary wedding photograph of wedding guests laughing in marquee at wedding evening speeches
Wedding guests listen to speeches and clap in Sherborne Castle wedding marquee in Dorset by one thousand words
Wedding marquee speeches on wooden dance floor with microphone photograph
Animated female wedding guest in white suit jacket and floral print dress translates wedding speech into French
Bride and groom cuddle up while watching wedding speeches in marquee

Wedding Marquee Evening Entertainment And Dancing Photos

After dessert we managed to steal the bride and groom away for some photographs in the grounds of this historic Dorset castle. Having returned them to their guests it was then time to cut the cake followed by first dance. Iggy Wedding DJ was on hand to provide the lighting and soundtrack to the evening. Next, the happy couple took their first dance while guests circled the dance floor.

Bride and groom laughing couple shot at Sherborne Castle boat house wedding photograph by one thousand words
Bride and groom kiss at sunset at Sherborne Castle wedding photographs next to lake with old castle ruins in background
Bride and groom at Sherborne Castle wedding photographs in gardens next to lake with old castle ruins in background
Sherborne Castle wedding photographs of bride and groom outside castle at sunset in Dorset
Sherborne Castle wedding photograph of bride and groom outside castle walls by one thousand words wedding photography
Bride and groom walk hand in hand in countryside gardens at sunset from Sherborne Castle wedding photographs
Bride and groom at Sherborne Castle wedding marquee glowing at night wedding photograph by one thousand words photographers
Wedding guests on the lawns at Sherborne Castle wedding evening photographs by one thousand words wedding photography
First dance wedding photograph from Sherborne Castle wedding photographs during wedding marquee with disco lighting
First dance at Sherborne Castle under disco lighting in wedding marquee is watched by wedding guests

It didn’t take long for the guests to join them as they danced to an eclectic playlist curated by the bride and groom. After much great dancing the wedding cake was served in the orangery alongside cheeses and biscuits. We left Sherborne Castle with the marquee glowing to the laughter of the guests dancing the night away.

Wedding guests singing and dancing under disco lighting at Sherborne Castle wedding marquee in Dorset
Bride and groom dance under disco ball at Sherborne Castle wedding photographs
Wedding guests dancing at Sherborne Castle wedding evening in marquee under disco lights and glitter ball
Sherborne Castle wedding evening photograph of bridesmaid dancing with blue fan on dance floor
Wedding guests crazy dancing and singing on dance floor in Sherborne Castle wedding marquee
Wedding guests strutting on the dance floor under glitter ball at Sherborne Castle wedding marquee by one thousand words
Dreadlocks wedding DJ Iggy in suit mixing music at Sherborne Castle wedding marquee evening dancefloor
Smiling female wedding guest in blue patterned dress dancing under disco lights at Sherborne Castle wedding evening
Bride dances with flower girl while wedding guest drinking bottle wine during marquee reception
Sherborne Castle Orangery glowing windows at night wedding venue photograph by one thousand words wedding photography

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