Springfield Hotel Wedding Photographs

Michelle & Mike’s Springfield Hotel wedding day was one of the brightest, warmest days we have seen this year. Perfect for taking Swanage wedding photos.

Happy bride and groom couple photograph in Dorset countryside with glasses of champagne and wedding flower bouquet

Documentary Wedding Morning Photos

With fluffy clouds meandering about the bright blue sky we arrived at their family home. The girls were busy with their bridal preparations. Michelle and her bridesmaids calmly prepared themselves for the day ahead. All wearing matching silk dressing gowns.

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As family and friends came into and out of the house they conducted various wedding tasks. In the kitchen, Abby fletcher hairstylist, and Emma Tatchell makeup artist worked their magic. Abby had a wonderful way about her, fully integrating as ‘one of the girls’. Emma seemed to be taking even more photographs than ourselves on her mobile!

Bridal Preparation Photographs

It’s important to us to get and handle on the ‘feel’ of the wedding morning. This helps us capture the story of bridal preparations and the emotions they involve. There was such a laid back lovely family vibe to the proceedings with everyone so happy to be a part of the big day.

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The bridesmaids took pride in applying each other’s nail varnish, as we worked around the bright light and dark shadowing.

Upstairs we found Michelle’s stunning detailed A-line wedding dress hanging next to her diamante decorated white wedges.

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Outside Caroline from Buds of Mave arrived in her van. It was packed full of gorgeous pink, white and green wedding flowers and bouquets. This was the first time we have seen 29 buttonholes delivered. One for every guest allowed into the church under COVID restrictions. A small but heart-warming gesture.

Next to the house, Michelle’s father had some assistance attaching white ribbons to his Landrover. It was gleaming in the bright sunlight.

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After an impromptu visit from one of the family dogs from next door, the bridesmaids donned their pink/ mauve bridesmaids’ dresses. They were then ready to help Michelle into her own stunning wedding dress. There was a joke made about it being so hot we should all take a dip in The Springfield Hotel wedding venue’s outdoor pool. You will see later why that was quite apt!

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With time spare to add in a white veil everyone left in high spirits for the next chapter of the day.

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Groom Preparation in Swanage, Dorset

Meanwhile, Mike and his groomsmen were to be found half a mile away, getting themselves ready. With much japery and checking in mirrors, the chaps donned their shirts and pink wedding ties. Three-piece blue wedding tail suits were the order of the day.

Lacing their brown brogue wedding shoes required a much more serious attitude. By the time their pink buttonholes were added they had transformed into a very dapper-looking group. Mike’s mum made sure that they were all ready before they departed on foot for St Mary’s church in Swanage.

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The churchyard pooled with hot sunlight as the groomsmen welcomed the wedding guests. Heating up in their suits the chaps retreated to the relative cool of the Dorset stone church. Waiting for Michelle’s arrival the jokes petered out and Mike even looked a little nervous.

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Swanage Church Wedding Ceremony Photos In Dorset

Michelle and her father were welcomed not only by the bridesmaids but by friends and family unable to enter the church. It is unusual for a bride to have such a large welcoming party at a church, but a lovely thing to witness.

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St Mary’s new Reverend Solveig conducted an uplifting wedding ceremony, full of smiles and laughter. Even COVID masks didn’t prevent us from seeing the grinning faces of the wedding guests underneath.

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The happy couple exchanged rings and read their vows. Readings were listened to as were the chosen hymns on the organ. At the back of the church, we could make out a small crowd gathering outside, peeking their heads around the door to witness the proceedings.

Now a happily married couple, Michelle and mike left hand in hand. They circled the church and exited through a shower of confetti back into the bright heat of the day. We then organised a few group photographs using the stone walls of the church as a backdrop. The guests departed for the wedding reception venue.

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Bride and Groom Couple Photos In The Dorset Countryside

Michelle and Mike had asked for some couple photographs. So we zoomed away to her father’s farm, a stone’s throw from our office. Here we stopped in one of the fields, the green grass and blue skies providing a two coloured backdrop for a glass of champagne. Further into the farm, we found some wooden shepherds’ huts surrounded by yellow countryside flowers and a view of the sea.

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Mike and Michelle were definitely less conscious on their own, relaxing, laughing, and joking as we took their photographs.

Leaving them to spend little time completely alone at the farm we headed onto the Springfield Hotel wedding reception venue.

The Springfield Hotel Wedding Reception Photographs

The Springfield Hotel wedding venue is a local family-owned modern hotel with a country house feel and 6 acres of gorgeous landscaped gardens. We found the wedding guests already happily settled into the drinks reception. The bright patio overlooked the millpond and flower gardens.

Michelle and Mike arrived to applause and enjoyed a relaxed drink and nibbles in the sunshine. Garden games were dotted about.

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Once everyone had a chance to enjoy them we organised some group photos on the rear lawns. We even had an assistant in the form of an aminated wedding guest willing to jangle his room keys for the entertainment of the children (and the adults too).

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Seeing the outdoor swimming pool empty we couldn’t help but take some funny-looking couple photographs. Mike and Michelle looked as though they were merrily running in the sky.

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Springfield Hotel Wedding Breakfast Photographs

Inside the Mill View Suite, the room had been beautifully decorated by Debbie from White Willow Weddings. A sweet table, LED love signs and white trees surrounded the wedding breakfast tables. Photos of absent family members greeted the now entering guests. A three-tier wedding cake with sugar flowers sat on an engraved log slice, surrounded by wooden love hearts.

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The wedding speeches by the father of the bride, groom, and best men had emotions moving from belly laughter to tears.

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The noises of celebration then died down as a delicious five-course meal was served. In-between two of the courses we saw an opportunity to steal the bride and groom away for a couple photo. We had found an interesting circular window when exploring the venue for opportunities.

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Outdoor wedding dancing Photographs

It was now the time to take the happy, well-fed wedding party back out into the gardens for more group photos. As the sun dipped behind countryside hedges the gathering evolved into an outdoor first dance. Watched from afar by elder wedding guests. The bridesmaids, family members, and enthusiastic guests joined the happy couple on the lawns for a socially distanced boogey.

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After an amazing day with amazing weather and amazing photographs (probably too many amazings!) we left the guests relaxing in the hotel bar, exchanging stories from years gone by.

Springfield Hotel Wedding Photographs in Dorset With Michele & Mike

 

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