One of the advantages of being the recommended Smedmore House wedding photographers is that we get to meet lovely couples such as Jenny & Chris.

You may remember these guys from their engagement photoshoot at Swyre Head last autumn. On the edge of the Dorset coastline, we spent the spectacular evening’s sunset looking over The Smedmore estate, Kimmerage Bay and out to sea. From that day we learned that their passion and love of photography as well as their love for each other.

Smedmore House Wedding Photographers Wedding Morning Photos

So it was with great excitement that we arrived early on a summer’s morning to find Smedmore house, a stately home wedding venue in its finest glory. Multi-coloured flowers and semi-tropical plans were out in bloom.

Smedmore House stately home wedding venue in Dorset with walled flower gardens

A large white marquee had been set up on front lawns by DP Marquees. We were greeted by the unusual sight of two chaps wrestling a large metal rocket and a huge fake wedding cake. Unsure quite what was going on we figured we would be sure to find out.

Documentary Wedding Photos Of Bridal Preparation

Inside the exquisitely preserved grade two listed building we found Jenny and the ladies. They were busy with bridal preparation in the master bedroom. Jenny (due to her amazing organisational abilities) was as cool as a cucumber, in a relaxed yet jovial mood. The girls whizzed about the bedrooms, steaming dresses and hanging them on coat stands. They all sported matching floral printed personalised pink silk dressing gowns. Which fit in perfectly with the grand location.

Detailed wedding dress hanging in stately home ensuite bathroom wedding morning photo

In context photograph of white detailed wedding dress with bridal wedding makeup reflection in background

Monogrammed floral pattern and name printed on silk dressing gown on wedding morning

Bridesmaids in pink silk dressing gowns sat on stately home master bed during wedding morning photography

Black and white wedding photo of laughing bride with bridesmaids on bed in background on wedding morning

Flash rim lit black and white photograph of bride drinking champagne during wedding morning preparations

Animated conversation with ballet dance from other of the groom during wedding morning photographs

Squeezed into the area of natural light in the bay window Barnet and Boatrace applied their wedding makeup and hairstyling. All the time under the watchful eyes of the two mothers.

Smedmore House Wedding Photographers capture wedding morning preparations in the master bedroom

Bride, bridesmaid and mother of the bride portraits in wedding makeup mirrors photograph

Mothers of the bride and groom laughing together in blue tops during wedding morning preparations in a Dorset stately home

Jo’s Flower Workshop arrived with the wedding flowers. We hadn’t yet worked with Jo’s yet but had heard good things. They did not disappoint. It turned out they had been super busy. Amazing sprays of flowers were all over the venue.

Jo's Flower Workshop multicolour wedding bouquets in stately home with gold framed paintings

Pink and blue wedding buttonhole with framed picture of departed grandparents from wedding morning detail photographs

Bridesmaid reflection with Jo's Flower Workshop multicoloured wedding bouquet

The happy chatting, jokes and stories mixed with wedding morning champagne. Before they knew it the bridesmaids looked gorgeous in their teal bridesmaids’ dresses.

Bridesmaid in pink silk dressing gown in stately bedroom inspects teal bridesmaids dress during bridal preparation photos Flash lit bridal makeup rim lit dust black and white documentary wedding photograph by one thousand words Dorset wedding photographers Bride inspects wedding hair styling in pink mirror on wedding morning photographs at Dorset stately home

As Smedmore house wedding photographers we are aware of the advantages of the master bedroom. One such bonus is the ability to be able to peek down on arriving guests. Who were walking across the grounds down to the tree-lined avenue. An opportunity the bridesmaids took full advantage of.

Smiling bridesmaid in teal dress spies on arriving guests from stately home window

Wedding guests seen through sash window at Smedmore House walking to tree lined avenue

Black and white documentary wedding photographer captures calm bride sat with wedding dress hanging on wedding morning at Smedmore House wedding venue

Mother of the bride reflection photograph as final touches are made to her wedding hair and hat styling

Documentary wedding hair styling photo at Smedmore house by Smedmore House wedding photographers in Dorset one thousand words

Wedding guests walk through the grounds at Smedmore House, stately home wedding venue in Dorset

Still happy and calm it was now time for Jenny to be helped into her stunning white wedding dress. She descended the dark oak staircase to be greeted by her ecstatic father. Seeing her in all her bridal beauty for the first time that morning.

Bride in white wedding dress and bridesmaids in teal dresses in master bedroom at Dorset stately house wedding morning

Portrait photograph of happy bride reflected in a mirror in stately home master bedroom example of a documentary wedding photograph

Smedmore House wedding photographers capture bride in white wedding dress with bouquet descending grand dark oak wooden staircase

Documentary wedding photographer captures father of the bride's first look at daughter in wedding dress smiling with emotion

Groom Preparation Photographs

Meanwhile, in a different wing of the house, the chaps were getting themselves ready. When we say getting themselves ready, we mean exactly that. They had found that their pink cravats, pocket squares and three-piece blue tail suits were easier to put on each other. As opposed to fighting with their reflections in front of mirrors.

Groomsman wedding preparation in window at Dorset stately home wedding venue

Black and white wedding photograph of groom in mirror reflection adjusting cravat on wedding morning

Groom's party put on three piece blue wedding suits, tying each others cravats on a wedding morning

The chaps followed in Chris’ example of a stress-free groom. So much so the recovery from the busy preparation involved reclining into sofas with a bottle of beer in hand.

Groom and best men relax in red sofas with beer bottles during wedding morning preparations

At Smedmore House wedding photographers know there is an option of an outdoor wedding ceremony. Should the English weather play ball. This does not actually happen as often as you think it might. But Jenny and Chris are definitely outdoor people.

Today the wonderful Smedmore estate team, Borrow The Moon wedding stylists and Jo’s flower workshop florist had outdone themselves. We were presented with an incredible sight. Chris now stood in the tree-lined grass avenue waiting for the arrival of his bride to be. The seated wedding guests enjoyed the framed view of the Dorset countryside, the sea, Kimmerage bay and the coastline meandering into the distance.

The ceremony set up was flanked with huge sprays of multicoloured flowers, attached to stone urns and milk churns.

Happy groom in blue three piece wedding suit with pink cravat walks down outdoor garden aisle at a Dorset stately home

Smedmore House outdoor wedding setup view over the coastline and sea photo by onethousandwords wedding photography

A Dorset Countryside Outdoor Wedding Ceremony

With her father on her arm, Jenny’s bridesmaids led her down the aisle. The teal of their dresses offset the peach and oranges of their bouquets and the Father of The bride’s accessories perfectly.

Bride's father and bridesmaids help fan wedding dress outside Smedmore House Dorset wedding venue

Bridesmaids in teal wedding dresses lead bride and father down a tree lined avenue at Smedmore house outdoor wedding ceremony photographs

Grooms first look photograph at Dorset outdoor wedding ceremony officiated by Purbeck registrars

Father of the bride and bride walk down the aisle at Dorset countryside wedding

We love our local Purbeck registrar’s. They consistently conduct wedding ceremonies with the perfect balance of duty, love and laughter. Jenny and Chris’ wedding ceremony was no different. It had the added advantage of being outdoor,s in a stunning location, with the summer sun warming all.

Both readings from guests and the couple’s wedding vows were set against the amazing view. Jenny and Chris’ faces exploded with smiles and laughter. It turns out the local wildlife decided to join in. As we later found out new life was being created with a calfing in the neighbouring field!

Wedding guest in pink and orange floral print dress gives reading watched by bride and groom at outdoor woodland wedding ceremony

Bride and groom holds hands during wedding vows at outdoor wedding ceremony with views over the Dorset coast

Best man in blue three piece wedding suit squashed between other guests a outdoor wedding ceremony photographs

Documentary wedding photograph of bride belly laughing at outdoor wedding ceremony in Dorset countryside with flower urns

Wedding guest's reading during outdoor coastal, Dorset countryside wedding ceremony surrounded by flowers in milk churns and welcome sign

Happy bride smiles as she holds the groom's hands during wedding vows at outdoor woodland wedding ceremony

Bride and groom kiss at outdoor wedding ceremony with Dorset coastal countryside and seaside views with cows

The newlyweds took a moment to breathe post-ceremony. They walked back down the aisle through a cloud of confetti. They led their guests back across the lawns like Hollywood stars with a huge entourage.

Wedding confetti photograph taken at outdoor countryside wedding ceremony

Bride and groom lead wedding party across countryside house grounds

Documentary wedding photo of bride and groom posing for wedding guest's photographs

Back inside the house Jenny, Chris and their witnesses signed the register. Meanwhile, their guests enjoyed a drinks reception in the walled flower gardens. With champagne glasses in hand, the happy couple were welcomed with a standing ovation.

Bride and groom sign wedding register at Smedmore House Dorset stately home wedding venue photograph

Bride and groom welcomed into drinks reception gardens with a standing ovation by wedding guests

Smedmore House Wedding Photographers Capture Drinks Reception

Throughout the gardens, the noise levels rose. Wedding guests were now enjoying the lawn games, drinks and canapes.

Yorkshire pudding and bruschetta canapes photograph at wedding drinks reception

Beautiful wedding guest in orange and red patterned dress walks through walled gardens brandishing croquet mallet

With one eye on the weather, we took the opportunity to shoot some group photographs against the flowers and semi-tropical plants. For couple photographs, we took a quick walk back down the tree-lined avenue and into a flower meadow in the summer sun.

This was the first time in the day Jenny and Chris had alone in each other’s company. So we merely directed them from afar. This allowed us to capture some incredible natural images of them together.

Smiling bride and groom couple photograph taken in UK countryside flower meadow

Bride and groom have emotional happy hugs in yellow and blue Dorset flower meadow by Smedmore house wedding photographers

Happy bride and groom photograph walking through flower meadow in the summer sun by onethousandwords at Smedmore House

Wedding Breakfast & Speeches Photographs in a Wedding Marquee

Back at the reception, the wedding breakfast had been announced. The guests filtered into the marquee. Flowers and foliage could be found everywhere, climbing the poles, framing the doorway and all along the bench tables.

Smedmore House wedding photographers photograph of bride and groom walking hand in hand towards stately home marquee wedding

Happy wedding guests reading table plan at Dorset stately home wedding

Wood framed wedding welcome sign chalk board outside marquee with multicoloured flower sprays in a milk churn

Custom printed personalised flower pattern wedding order of service and confetti bags wedding detail photograph

With yet another standing ovation, Jenny and Chris joined their wedding party. Claret Catering served the mouth-watering wedding breakfast as laughter, jokes and stories were exchanged.

Black and white documentary wedding photograph of nervous best man checking wedding speech in marquee

Beautiful bridesmaid reapplies makeup during wedding breakfast marquee portrait photograph

Happy wedding guest portrait photograph backlit with the summer sun at marquee wedding breakfast

Whilst taking a ‘refuel’ break during wedding breakfast we like to be able to keep an eye on the proceedings. We noticed the best man and father of the bride tentatively reading through and practising their speeches. This, it turns out was for good reason.

Father of the bride in blue wedding waistcoat reads through his printed wedding speech during catering service in a marquee

Jenny’s father led proceedings. His physical speech included exaggerated poses and such passion that looked exhausting. Not only for him but judging by their belly laughs and tears for the rest of the guests too.

Bride and groom laughing at father of bride speech at top table with yellow and blue flower spray at marquee wedding

Smedmore House wedding marquee speeches reaction photograph by onethousandwords wedding photographers

Wedding guests raise their champagne glasses for toasts during wedding speeches in a marquee

Chris’ speech although equally filled with laughter, left a few rolling their eyes. The two best men bounced off each other and given their knowledge of Chris he got off fairly lightly.

Laughing groom in blue waistcoat stands behind top table in wedding marquee to make speech

Groom's mother rolls here eyes as a reaction to wedding speeches with the groomsmen laughing in a wedding marquee

Laughing best men in blue waistcoats and pink cravats make their wedding speeches in a marquee

Female wedding guests listening to wedding speeches in summer sun lit wedding marquee

Marquee wedding top table raise their champagne glasses to toast the wedding speeches with bride and groom in front of their faces

Jo's Flower Workshop countryside wedding flowers in marquee with summer sun in gin bottle floral decorations

Wedding Evening Entertainment At Smedmore House

As the sun started to set outside everyone was given the chance to recover and relax. Competitive lawn games had been set up outside. Which were, of course, used by the ‘livelier’ guests as an opportunity for drinking games. Crazy golf surrounded the marquee. With obstacles such as giant letters, a fake wedding cake and the final piece de resistance, a huge metal rocket. We now knew exactly what Bournemouth Crazy Golf Hire had been up to earlier that day.

Best man in blue wedding suit plays cornhole bean bag toss game wedding lawn games

Wedding guests reactions to playing crazy golf in wedding evening summer sun

Bride and groom crazy golf wedding cake topper with bride and wedding guests having drinks in background

Happy jumping wedding guest in black dress celebrates crazy golf hole in one with giant metal rocket

Wedding guests with golf clubs silhouetted by summer evening's sun

Documentary wedding photograph of evening entertainment with wedding guests high fiving corn hole toss bean bag toss lawn game

Corn hole bean bag toss lawn game at wedding evening entertainment at Smedmore House wedding venue in Dorset

Funny wedding photograph of wedding guest running away from group outside Dorset stately home

Female wedding guest punches the air whilst celebrating winning a corn hole toss game at countryside wedding evening in the summer sun

Wedding beers clinked at drinking game in the low light of a summer's evening

Couple Photographs With Sunset By The Sea

We are in the habit of tracking the sunset opportunities, times and positions before any wedding. So much to guests surprise we ‘kidnapped’ Jenny and Chris for 20 minutes. Driving them down to Kimmeridge Bay for a pretty spectacular sunset over the sea.

Bride and groom couple photograph at Kimmeridge shale stacks with sunset lighting photograph by one thousand words on the Dorset coast

Bride and groom at Kimmeridge Bay seaside coast with Clavell's Tower couple photograph by onethousandwords wedding photographer

Bride and groom couple photograph at sunset over Dorset sea at Kimmeridge with Clavell's tower and coastal landscape

Silhouette photograph at Kimmeridge Bay bride and groom kissing at sunset

Bride and Groom at sunset on stony beach photograph taken through war time tank traps at Kimmeridge Bay in Dorset

Bride and groom couple photography on the Dorset coast at sunset by one thousand words wedding photography

Wedding Evening Dancing Photos

In the dark of the evening, we got back in time for the first dance. Surrounded by family and friends they took to the small dancefloor. Starting as a slow shuffled the dance soon turned into singing and spinning as the guys showed off their skills. The guests needed absolutely no encouragement to join in. Squeezed into one end of the marquee they danced the night away.

Black and white documentary wedding photograph of first dance with bride and groom in wedding marquee

Bride and groom's rim lit flash first dance in marquee with fairy lights watched by wedding guests

Black and white documentary wedding photograph of singing bride twirling during fairy lit marquee wedding first dance

Wildly dancing wedding guests shaking their hair at a marquee wedding disco

Wedding guests with drinks dancing with bride at wedding disco

Happy wedding guests disco dancing with drinks

Outside under the stars the smell of paella and hog roast drifted about on the cool air. Rob’s Filling Station offered the guests delicious subsidence and the ability to recharge their batteries for more dancing.

Before we departed into the night Jenny and Chris joined us outside the glowing marquee for some final couple photographs.

Smedmore House wedding photographers capture bride and groom in stately home doorway at night

Rim lit black and white bride and groom kissing photograph by one thousand words wedding photographers in Dorset

Smedmore House Dorset Wedding Photographers With Jenny & Chris

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