Dorset Wedding Photographs of a Home Wedding

We originally met George and Lydia for a civilised cup of tea and cake to go through their wonderful Swanage wedding plans. After seeing the locations and suppliers they had chosen for their Dorset wedding photographs we couldn’t wait to shoot their big day.

On the day of the Swanage Folk Festival the town was filled with Morris dancers, people sporting feathered hats and bell laden walking sticks. As I parked my car I witnessed an event photographer snapping the gorgeous floral archway and sign pointing to the real event of the day, the wedding!

FLower arch and home made wedding sign

Dorset Wedding Photographs of Wedding Morning Preparations

I arrived at Lydia’s family home, through a garden of colourful pom-poms and fans to witness the incredible transformation. The sloped garden with its sea views had been completely changed into a garden wedding reception and wedding breakfast venue. Where there once lay a steep slope of lawn and flower beds there now stood an incredibly huge marquee, gorgeously decorated for the day ahead. At one end level with the ground, at the other raised some ten feet or more from terra. A truly impressive feat of engineering from Camelot Marquees.

Tor from Bloom Floristry was adding to the masses of stunning countryside wedding flowers on display. Pinks, purples and blue shades wonderfully complimented the colourful Chinese lanterns and contrasted the cream interior of the marquee.

As her parents buzzed about the garden seeing to the finishing touches I followed the ethereal sound of a harp emanating from the house and Lydia was to be found calmly having her hair styled inside.

I knew Lydia was in safe hands when I found Claire Bowring wedding Makeup Artist setting up downstairs. Lydia sat to have her makeup expertly styled. Now adorning a wonderful hair style and floral diamanté headpiece Lydia looked more like a serene elven princess than a bride to be!

In an adjacent bedroom the exited chatter and laughter of bridesmaids drew my attention. They were busily preparing themselves and donning their pastel blue bridesmaids dresses.

Carla Daniels from Cherry Catering had taken up residence in the family kitchen, already preparing the wedding food. The air was now a mixture of scrumptious food and floral scents. With these local suppliers I knew that we were in for an amazing day with equally amazing Dorset wedding photographs.

Lydia, sat still in a state of serenity with a wonderful bouquet of rustic country flowers on the bed next to her. In the background hung her elegant ivory wedding dress adorned with a blue sash.

Once all of the bridesmaids were ready and her cheeky flower girl had arrived it was time for Lydia’s mother to help her into her dress. She emerged to huge grins and I couldn’t blame her for spending a couple of minutes ‘checking herself out’ in a mirror. She looked breathtakingly beautiful.

Dorset Wedding Photographs of final preparation
Dorset Wedding Photographs of bridesmaids reaction
Dorset Wedding Photographs of flower girl arriving
Dorset Wedding Photographs of bride on morning
Outside, Weddingwagens’ (one of our recommended Dorset wedding suppliers) “Betty” a gorgeous brown and yellow 1965 splitscreen VW wedding van waited to take Lydia and her father to church. A perfect addition to their Dorset wedding photographs.

Bride looks at VW Splitscreen wedding van

Wedding Morning Photographs in Swanage with The Groom

Meanwhile Murray joined George, his best man, brother Will and Ushers at St Mary’s church in Swanage. Looking particularly dapper in tailed suits they had arrived in Will’s green Morris minor. They now stood welcomed wedding guests (once they had posed for photographs with the car!).

Dorset Wedding Photographs of guest arriving
Dorset Wedding Photographs of Groom and Best man
Dorset Wedding Photographs of waiting Bridesmaids
In the glorious sunshine the guests filtered in to the historic stone church. Before he knew it George was summoned to the front of the aisle.

Dorset Wedding Photographs of waiting groom
Dorset Wedding Photographs of flower girl
Dorset Wedding Photographs of bride and father

Church Wedding Photographs in Swanage Dorset

Lydia and her father were greeted by the Bridesmaids. Waiting in anticipation George’s face looked very serious. He broke into a huge tearful grin at the sight of his gorgeous bride beaming back at him.

With wonderful readings from family and friends the congregation were treated to a tearful yet humorous wedding service with some classic ‘sing-along’ hymns. Never have we taken Dorset wedding photographs of a first kiss that lasted for quite so long.

Dorset Wedding Photographs of reading
Dorset Wedding Photographs of first kiss
Dorset Wedding Photographs of newlyweds
Couple walk down the aisle
The wedding guests gathered to shower the newlyweds (now both grinning from ear to ear) in confetti. After some quick group photographs George and Lydia departed in the split screen van to applause. 
Dorset Wedding Photographs confetti
Bridesmaids look at wedding ring
Dorset Wedding Photographs of group
Dorset Wedding Photographs of Newlyweds in VW
I joined them for a little time alone in the sunshine and some photographs on ‘The Downs’. As George and Lydia held each other in silence overlooking Swanage bay, Harry’s Rocks and the Bournemouth coastline beyond I could only imagine the amazing mix of emotions they were both feeling. Whatever it was they both looked like they could burst with joy.

Dorset Wedding Photographs of kissing Couple
Dorset Wedding Photographs of Couple
Dorset Wedding Photographs of couple walking away
Dorset Wedding Photographs of Bride and VW

A Family Home Wedding in Swanage, Dorset

Murray Joined the wedding guests, now winding their way up the hill to Lydia’s parents’ house. They were greeted by a drinks reception in the sun accompanied by one of the bridesmaids playing the harp! Carla from Cherry Catering issued forth a plethora of drinks and tasty nibbles, keeping all of the guests happily chatting away and enjoying the sun. Children played, adults joked and laughter sounded from all around, the perfect home setting for Dorset wedding photographs.

Dorset Wedding Photographs of Harpist
Dorset Wedding Photographs of guest sat on wall
Dorset Wedding Photographs of bride and guests
Dorset Wedding Photographs bubbly served
Dorset Wedding Photographs of bridesmaid
Dorset Wedding Photographs of dress detail
Dorset Wedding Photographs of garden decoration
Dorset Wedding Photographs of Guests
Dorset Wedding Photographs of Guests

Marquee Wedding Breakfast Photographs

The guests were asked to take their seats in the marquee and the newly weds were welcomed in to a standing ovation. By now the marquee had been adorned with wedding flowers as far as the eye could see.

The sun was shining in through the transparent end wall, backlighting the Chinese lanterns and making them look like they were glowing. Pick nick baskets of treats and bottles of wine sat ready for the opening. Not a single guest could have entered the marquee without being impressed by the three-tier Victoria sponge wedding cake from Love Cake Catering.

Dorset Wedding Photographs of young guest and cake
Carla from Cherry Catering had outdone herself once again and served a scrumptious wedding breakfast. We realised just how good the food was by the incredible silence that accompanied the elated consumption. This broke to riotous chatter and laughter before the amazing desserts from Love Cake Catering again warranted silent attention.

The wedding speeches couldn’t have come at a better time. Happy, well fed and lubricated guests were treated to heartfelt sentiment, tear jerking prose and hilarious anecdotes from Lydia’s father, husband and brother-in-law. All stood now backlit against low sunset lighting an unusual effect for Dorset wedding photographs.

Photographs of Wedding Speeches in Garden Marquee

Dorset Wedding Photographs of father of brides toast
Grooms speech at Dorset Wedding Photographs
Dorset Wedding Photographs of Grooms speech
Dorset wedding photographs of crying at speeches
Best Man speech Dorset wedding photographs
Guests Kiss Dorset wedding photographs

Wedding Evening Photographs at Home in Dorset

As the sun dipped beyond the horizon and the stars appeared we helped light the outdoor lanterns. The bar from Camelot Marquees opened and the Chinese lanterns lent their colourful glow to those clearing the dance floor.

No Go Stop , a 12 piece wedding band from Bristol then took control of the dancing, of which there was plenty.

Dorset Wedding Photographs of bride and guest
Dorset Wedding Photographs of wedding band
Dancing Dorset Wedding Photographs
Lydia and George joined their guests on the dance floor. As they swirled about to the funky rhythms surrounded by their nearest and dearest we couldn’t help but join them in grinning from ear to ear.

Bride on the dance floor
Dorset Wedding Photographs of seated guests
Dorset Wedding Photographs of lit up marquee
This really had been the most fantastic day for the most fantastic couple for the most fantastic Dorset wedding photographs.

You can see what Lydia & George think about our all inclusive wedding photography services in their Dorset Wedding Photographers Review.


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