Swanage Wedding Photographers Capture an Incredible Wedding Day on the Dorset Coast

As Swanage wedding photographers we have seen some amazing weddings in our time but this one blew us away! A wonderful same sex wedding by the sea in Dorset with pirates, a helicopter ride, a lighthouse, a clifftop castle, the beach, a Victorian pier, antique arcades, cowboys and Punch and Judy. Sounds made up doesn’t it? But this was our fantastic wedding weekend in the summer sun with the lovely Scott and Paul organised by the incredible Polly from Blue Bay Events.

The night before Scott & Paul’s wedding they gathered close family and friends for a  meal at The Canteen in Swanage.  It was a chance for everyone to get together before the big day and catch up.

Pre-wedding meal table place name signs with cartoon grooms heads in top hats
Wedding guest with peacock feather tattoo greets mother of groom at pre-wedding party
Wedding guest belly laughing in mirror at bar of Swanage pre-wedding restaurant
Wedding guest enjoy drinks at pre-wedding party in Swanage restaurant
Children wedding guests play travel chess at pre-wedding meal in Swanage

There was much to speculate as details of the wedding were being kept a secret. Even Cathy (Master of Ceremonies) was in the dark with regards to certain location details. The warm evening heat was just a sign of what was to come.

Custom designed wedding schedule with classified surprise sections
Father of the groom at restaurant table during pre-wedding meal in Swanage
Gay wedding couple in patterned shirts give speech at pre-wedding meal in Swanage
Father of the groom portrait photograph at pre-wedding meal in Swanage
Black and white photograph of pre-wedding meal in Swanage restaurant in Dorset

Morning Preparation at Anvil Point by Swanage Wedding Photographers

Tom began his day with Paul at Anvil Point Lighthouse situated within the grounds of Durlston Country Park up the hill from Swanage. After breakfast in the walled garden under a cloudless sky he began getting into his wedding attire.  Paul was soon looking the part in his blue suit with long jacket and contrasting deep ruby red waistcoat.

Groom enjoys outdoor wedding morning breakfast in summer sun of Lighthouse garden
Engraved silver wedding cufflinks with red gems stones on wooden shelf
Groom and maid of honour compare red wedding clothing on Swanage wedding morning
Groom is helped into wedding cravat in mirror on Swanage wedding morning

Morning Preparation at Purbeck House Hotel by Swanage Wedding Photographers

I found Scott at Purbeck House Hotel wedding venue where he was getting ready with his brother Kial and some help from Cat Mutter. He too wore the same tailored blue suit with long jacket and red waistcoat. The two grooms wore matching silver colour cuff links, Paul’s with a blue stone and Scott’s with a red.

Groom applies fragrance during wedding morning preparations on wedding morning
Groom in red waistcoat has cravat tied on wedding morning in Swanage, Dorset
Ted Baker hip flask with silver and blue cuff links on red bed spread on wedding morning
Groom laughs with brother on Wedding morning preparations in Swanage

Pier and Pirate Photographs by Swanage Wedding Photographers

Both chaps made their way in the glorious sunshine to Swanage’s Victorian pier . Here they met a group of local ‘Pirates’ and posed for some pictures with them. They took a stroll along the pier and found the plaque that they had sponsored commemorating their big day.

Groom sees his partner for first time on wedding morning in Swanage
Gay wedding couple with Swanage pirates on sea front with Swanage Pier
Happy same sex grooms in red and blue wedding suits on Swanage pier in Dorset
Groom's in blue wedding suits kiss by the sea on Swanage Victorian Pier
Groom's in blue wedding suits walk hand in hand along Swanage Victorian pier
Swanage Pier engraved bras plaque commemorating wedding date with groom's shoes
Gay wedding couple in white shelter on Swanage Victorian pier on Summers wedding
Grooms in blue wedding suits with blue and red socks and blue and tan wedding shoes
Gay wedding couple laughing on Swanage Victorian Pier on Summers Day

The talented Sophie from Digital Bohemia joined us and we witnessed Scott’s penchant for antique arcade games in the Pier museum. We left them to relax on the sea front together, heading back to the guests at Purbeck house hotel.

Wedding guests walk from Purbeck House Hotel wedding venue in Swanage
Purbeck House Hotel Stone Building Wedding venue in Swanage Dorset

Purbeck House Hotel Ceremony by Swanage Wedding Photographers

Wedding guests gathered for a pre-wedding drink at The Purbeck House Hotel. Just before the ceremony they received the latest is a series of cryptic postcards from the grooms. This let them know the location for the reception at Durlston Castle wedding venue.

Wedding guest in large blue hat portrait photograph laughing with mother of the groom
Hand written wedding rules for guests on wedding chalk board
Mother of the groom in white wedding hat and Jacket at Purbeck House Hotel
Custom designed wedding postage stamp with cartoon gay grooms heads on surprise bag
Wedding guest in blue rimmed glasses and blue wedding suit waits at Purbeck House Hotel
Grooms reaction to hip flask whiskey on wedding morning in Swanage, Dorset
Swanage Wedding Photographers capture grooms next to stone wall waiting for wedding
Custom designed Wedding postcard revealing next wedding surprise

Scott and Paul made their promises to each other and were announced as husband and husband. There were few dry eyes in the room.

Gay wedding couple in blue and red suits walk up aisle at Purbeck House Hotel wedding
Groom in blue suit smiles at partner during gay wedding ceremony vows
Maid of honour in red dress laughs during wedding ceremony at Purbeck House Hotel
Wedding guest in Blue three piece suit watches wedding ceremony at Purbeck House Hotel
Groom looks affectionately into partners eyes during gay wedding ceremony in Dorset
Purbeck House hotel same sex wedding ceremony room with wooden panels
Mother of the groom and maid of honour hold hands and cry during wedding ceremony
Same sex wedding exchange of rings at Purbeck House Hotel wedding ceremony

Paul’s sister played music on piano and then it was time for them to sign the register.

Gay wedding couple in blue wedding suits kiss at Purbeck House Hotel, Swanage
Gay wedding couple hug after wedding ceremony at Purbeck House Hotel in Dorset
Wedding guest take pictures of gay wedding couple signing marriage register
Gay wedding couple walk down the aisle together at Purbeck House Hotel wedding

We utilised the lovely gardens at Purbeck House Hotel for some group shots and headed down to Swanage sea front. On the pedestrianized seafront road everybody gathered in front of the new beach huts. The wedding guests were then bussed off to Durlston Castle by South Coast Travel whilst Scott, Paul and Tom were whisked away in a Taxi.

Wedding guests under see through umbrellas in the gardens at Purbeck House Hotel wedding
Wedding party laughing during group photographs at Purbeck House Hotel wedding
Wedding guests walk to beach from Purbeck House Hotel wedding venue in Swanage
Maid of honour in red dress and wedding guests walk on crowded high street in Swanage
Gay grooms and wedding guests walk along crowded Swanage seafront in summer sun
Swanage Wedding Photographers group photograph close up in front of Swanage beach huts

Durlston Castle Wedding Reception by Swanage Wedding Photographers

On arrival at Durlston Castle wedding venue the guests were greeting with welcome cocktails. They enjoyed the coastal views out from Durlston Head.

Wedding guest family group enjoying the summer sun at Durlston Castle wedding
Swanage Wedding Photographers capture cocktail wedding drink by the sea in Dorset
Swanage Wedding Photographers capture sea and coastal views from Durlston castle wedding venue

In a local field Tom and the chaps arrived at the wedding helicopter from Bliss Aviation. The new Mr & Mr were treated to an aerial tour of the Isle of Purbeck .They Flew over Corfe Castle, St Aldhelm’s head, Chapman’s Pool and Durlston Lighthouse. Further up the coast they could see their guests gathered in the cliff top gardens at Durlston Castle.

Gay wedding grooms in red waistcoats and headphones helicopter ride over the Dorset coast
Grooms look over Dorset coastline during wedding helicopter ride
Aerial photograph of Poole Harbour, Dorset from wedding helicopter ride
Aerial wedding photograph of Corfe Castle and Dorset countryside from wedding helicopter
Swanage Wedding Photographers capture stunning Dorset sea cove and countryside
Aerial photograph of Durlston Lighthouse and coastline from wedding helicopter
Aerial photograph of Durlston Castle wedding venue by the sea from wedding helicopter

Back at the Castle there was much anticipation of the arrival method. Whispers of them parachuting in or arriving on jet skis could be ruled out as it was revealed that they were above us in the helicopter. After a couple of fly bys they headed back towards the landing site at Godlingston Farm.

 
Father of the groom in baseball cap talks to wedding guest in big blue hat at drinks reception

More cocktails and canapés were enjoyed as the guests. They were kept in further suspense with regards to the wedding breakfast decoration as all the shutters to the gallery were kept shut.

Durlston Castle Wedding Breakfast by Swanage Wedding Photographers

Scott and Paul returned from their flight and after greeting their guests outside ordered that the room could be revealed. Everyone took their places on the tables that were named after various female sitcom characters. The gents entered the room to the TV theme tune from Dallas. Above the top table the guests were treated to a short video of ‘Scott and Paul’s Swanage’ complete with opening titles.

Same sex wedding drinks reception by the sea at Durlston Castle wedding venue
Groom in blue and red suit at Durlston castle wedding drinks reception in the sun
Reflection of wedding breakfast setup at Durlston Castle in Grooms blue sunglasses
Swanage Wedding Photographers capture wedding video projection in Durlston Castle
Wedding guests watch wedding video projection at Durlston Castle wedding venue

Red, white and blue flower arrangements from Charlotte Trim Floristry adorned the tables and above the top table were the cartoon faces that were Scott and Paul’s logos for the wedding . Scott and Paul had designed an incredible ‘wedding restaurant menu’.

Custom made first class wedding postal stamp with cartoon grooms heads at same sex wedding
Mouth watering custom designed wedding breakfast restaurant menus
Custom designed wedding restaurant menus for wedding breakfast
Gimme Gimme Gimme Lindy Linda La Hughes wedding table place name photograph
Documentary wedding photograph of wedding guests hugging in shaft of sunlight
Mother of the groom in conversation on wedding top table at Durlston Castle
Wedding top table wearing cartoon groom masks at gay wedding in Swanage, Dorset

Simply Gourmet Catering  provided a mouth-watering wedding breakfast after which everyone was invited upstairs to the Belvedere suite for the speeches.The team from The Wedding Crècherz  were on hand to keep the kids entertained with face painting and other activities. After wedding speeches, a lot of laughter and tears Scott and Paul enjoyed a first dance surrounded by family and friends.

Same sex wedding grooms sneak an affectionate kiss before wedding speeches
Amazing wedding cake with gay grooms in Swanage local scene by the seaside
groom in blue suit reads wedding speech from custom cartoon speech cards at Durlston Castle
Gay wedding guests affectionately embrace at Swanage Castle Wedding
Groom in Blue and red wedding suit gives groom's speech at Durlston Castle wedding venue
Groom's brother in blue wedding suit give animated wedding speech at Durlston Castle
Gay wedding couple in blue suits kiss during wedding speeches at Swanage Castle wedding
Father of the groom's speech at same sex wedding in Swanage Dorset at Durlston Castle
Wedding face painting devil face by Swanage wedding photographers one thousand words
Groom strokes other grooms head during speeches at same sex wedding in Swanage, Dorset
Father of the groom's speech at Durlston Castle wedding venue in Dorset
Darth Vader balloon gift at Durlston Castle wedding venue in Dorset
Gay wedding first dance at Durlston castle by Swanage wedding photographers
Same sex wedding first dance photograph by Swanage wedding photographers at Durlston Castle

Evening entertainment at Durlston Castle by Swanage Wedding Photographers

Meanwhile, unbeknown to the guests Perfectly Pretty Wedding & Events  were busily changing the gallery around with a barn dance theme complete with hay bales, American Flags and band. Even the cartoon logos had swapped top hats for cowboy hats and neckerchiefs. The grooms returned donning authentic cowboy attire including leather cowboy hats down to real cowboy boots. They opened the shutter doors to reveal the room’s transformation. They too were greeted by their guests in a change of outfit.

Gay wedding cowboy grooms at American themed barn dance wedding evening
Wedding barn dance band in cowboy outfits with American flags at Durlston Castle wedding
Gay wedding couple in cowboy outfits silhouette reveal surprise wedding barn dance

Soon every one was enjoying the line dancing and outside on the decking a bucking bronco from Scooby Crew.

Father of the groom at cowboy themed wedding barn dance at Durlston Castle
Wedding guests enjoy barn dance at Durlston Castle wedding venue in Swanage, Dorset
Swanage Wedding Photographers capture cowboy themed wedding barn dance in Castle
Wedding guest dancing at wedding barn dance in castle wedding venue in Swanage
Gay wedding groom in cowboy outfit at Durlston Castle wedding barn dance
Wedding bucking bronco with sunset at Durlston Castle wedding venue
Swanage wedding photographers capture Bucking bronco at cowboy themed wedding
Wedding guests relaxing at Durlston Castle wedding venue evening with hay bales
Swanage Wedding Photographers capture cowgirl riding bucking bronco at castle wedding

Sunday After Party BBQ by Swanage Wedding Photographers

The following day was a scorcher. We arrived to find Scott and Paul AKA the ‘Bucoones’ in the walled garden at Anvil Point Lighthouse Cottages.

Durlston Lighthouse wedding post wedding venue by Swanage Wedding Photographers

Blue and white deck chairs a with tables were arranged on the lawn with many of the wedding decorations. The newly weds, friends and family were treated to an amazing BBQ from Simply Gourmet Catering.

Swanage Wedding Photographers portrait of blonde wedding guest at post wedding party
Swanage Wedding Photographers capture groom hugging child wedding guest
Groom and wedding guests enjoying wedding sunshine in blue striped deck chairs
Swanage Wedding Photographers capture wedding guests playing skittles in the garden
Child wedding guest held by father at post wedding meal in Swanage, Dorset
Swanage Wedding Photographers capture wedding speech cards hanging on washing line
Playing football with giant inflatable dice with sea views at Durlston Lighthouse wedding
Wedding guest relaxes in the sun with a beer on the lawn by Swanage Wedding Photographers
Swanage Wedding Photographers capture child wedding guest playing connect four
Swanage Wedding Photographers capture child wedding guests in garden deck chairs
Same sex wedding photographs of grooms at post wedding party

They enjoyed lawn games and drinks in the sunshine. A hilarious Punch and Judy show from Professor Joe brought the day to a close. We left Scott and Paul saying farewell to guests who had enjoyed a relaxed afternoon in the sun.

Swanage Wedding Photographers capture wedding guests admiring sea views at Durlston Lighthouse wedding
Wedding guests head into Durlston Country Park for wedding nature walk
Swanage Wedding Photographers capture wedding guests relaxing in Deck chairs
Wedding guests in deck chairs in Durlston Lighthouse gardens with the sea and Isle of Wight view
Swanage Wedding Photographers capture wedding speech card hanging from washing line
Wedding guests in deckchairs shelter in shade of a wall at Durlston Lighthouse wedding photographs
Same sex wedding couple in deck chairs laughing by Swanage Wedding Photographers
Wedding guests in deck chairs laughing at Durlston Lighthouse by Swanage Wedding Photographers
Wedding guests in deck chairs watch Punch and Judy at Durlston Lighthouse wedding
Punch and Judy show at wedding by Swanage Wedding Photographers