Upton House Wedding Photographs in Dorset with Nautical Details

As you can tell by our last Upton House wedding photographs, we love working at this mansion and country park in Poole, Dorset. We were particularly excited to see how Emily and Giles would style the venue for this nautical themed wedding.

Bridal Preparation Photographs Before Upton House Wedding

We arrived at Emily and Giles’ house on the morning of this Upton House wedding to find Emily and her bridesmaids in the midst of preparations. Emily had cunningly programmed her doorbell to play the wedding march and guests had to ring it before entering. Every time it rang she sprang onto her feet and danced with joy. With all of the comings and goings of the wedding morning there was quite a lot of dancing. Wedding hair and make were styled by Kate from Bridal Blush.

Bridesmaid has wedding make up applied during wedding morning preparation
Bride in pyjamas dances as doorbell plays the wedding march tune on wedding morning
Bridesmaid has wedding hair styled during wedding morning bridal preparations

A gorgeous A Line wedding dress hung in the window, glowing in the bright sun. In a bedroom doorway hung the three royal blue bridesmaid dresses. As the morning progressed a calm excitement developed in the house. The Wedding flowers arrived with beautiful bouquets of sunflowers, pale yellow roses and blue Delphiniums.

Royal Blue bridesmaid's dresses hang in doorway on wedding morning
Documentary wedding photograph of bridesmaid taking it easy during bridal preparations
Bride has wedding hair styled in front of framed family photographs on wedding morning
Floral bridal wedding silver hair piece with diamantés and pearl beads
Mother of bride takes wedding preparation photograph as bridesmaid watches
Bride talks to toddler page boy as she has her wedding hair styled on wedding morning
Wedding bouquet with white roses, blue delphiniums and sunflowers
Bride has wedding hair and make up styled at the same time on wedding morning in Dorset
Bride looks at wedding eye make up during bridal preparation photographs
Blonde bridesmaid in blue bridesmaids dress watches wedding morning preparations
Documentary photograph of bridal wedding make up on wedding morning preparation
Bride holds chest as she is laced into her white wedding dress on wedding morning
Bride in white wedding dress descends staircase at home on wedding morning
Father of the bride in blue tie sees bride in wedding dress for the first time


A family friend arrived outside in the bright sunshine. He brought his gorgeous classic Daimler wedding car complete with royal blue ribbons. The girls departed in high spirits as Emily and her father waited to depart.

Bride and bridesmaid in blue dress laughing during wedding morning preparations
Bride checks veil as she waits in red tiled kitchen on wedding morning in Poole
Bride's veil is caught by wind as she exits her house on wedding morning
Bride in classic Daimler wedding car with blue, yellow and white bouquet
Bridesmaid in blue bridesmaids dresses photographed from above with chandelier

Groom Preparation Photographs on Upton House Wedding Morning

I found Giles enjoying breakfast in the family garden with his family and best man. After breakfast he took his car to the Haven Hotel. The wedding couple would be spending their first night as husband and wife here.

Groom checks into Haven Hotel reception on wedding morning in Dorset

Back at the family home Giles gifted his best man, brother and father with anchor socks and silver knot cuff links. The groom and his groomsmen wore grey three piece suits with royal blue ties and matching pocket squares. Pale roses were the choice of button hole with Giles’ having a splash of to blue to it.

Bride and groom's wedding rings with blue gemstones on white rose
Nautical themed wedding socks and silver cufflinks on sea map
Mother of the groom in blue and white floral dress and gold belt laughs
Beautiful wedding guest with blue fascinator watches groomsmen tying ties
Grooms man in grey suit enjoys the sunshine outside family home on wedding morning

Upton House Wedding Ceremony Photographs

The drawing room  had been decorated in simple royal blue chair sashes and beautiful music was supplied by harpist Emily Rowell. After a brief pause outside Giles took his place and waited for his bride to be. The sound of a classic V8 engine outside announced the arrival of the bride and her father. The heart felt wedding ceremony took place in the drawing room surrounded by friends and family. Just when those crying with joy thought they would have a rest Emily and Giles read lovely self-written vows to one another.

Upton House, Dorset wedding ceremony room set up with blue chair sashes
Grooms men in grey suits and blue ties greet granny at Upton House wedding
Groom in grey wedding suit with blue tie and handkerchief rests on fireplace
Emily Rowell wedding harpist at Upton House wedding ceremony in Dorset
Groom in grey wedding suit with blue tie watches wedding harpist at Upton House
Best man in grey wedding suit with blue tie under huge chandelier at Upton House
Nervous groom and best man in grey suits with blue ties and handkerchiefs laughing
Bride and father enter Upton House wedding through bookcase
Bride and father walk up the aisle at Upton House civil wedding ceremony in Dorset
First look at blue and yellow themed wedding ceremony at Upton House wedding venue
Bridesmaids in blue bridesmaids dresses with blue and yellow wedding bouquets
Father of the bride shakes groom's hand as he gives his daughter away at Upton House wedding
Stately Home wedding ceremony at Upton House wedding venue in Dorset
Bride and groom look at Registrar during civil wedding ceremony at Upton House

The happy couple were beaming from ear to ear as they were pronounced husband and wife. They joined their guests outside the front of the house. Next we arranged everyone for a group photograph on the ha-ha.  Confetti was thrown and the guests took turns in congratulating the newly weds, some posing for pictures.

Grooms men in grey suits with blue ties cry during wedding ceremony at Upton House
First kiss in front of red curtains at Upton House wedding ceremony in Dorset
Mother of groom photographed through the window as she looks at classic Daimler wedding car
Father of groom pulls wheelie on mobility scooter at top of stairs at Upton House wedding
Classic Daimler wedding car at Upton House stately home wedding venue in Dorset
Bride and groom walk through main doorway at Upton House wedding venue in Dorset
Old man on mobility scooter photo-bombs group wedding photograph at Upton House
Wedding group photograph on the ha-ha at Upton Country House wedding venue in Dorset
Cute child page boy in wedding suit with blue tie at Upton House wedding in Dorset

Upton House Wedding Reception Photographs

With everyone outside, the drawing room was turned around by Upton House staff. Tiger Lily Occasions added the nautical details to the royal blue and yellow decor.  Driftwood and sunflower center pieces sat on the tables. A two-tier wedding cake with large sunflower sat above cupcakes with smaller sunflower, anchor or knot details from Baking Aces.

Bride and groom portrait with confetti in their hair at blue and yellow themed wedding
Grooms men show off nautical anchor wedding socks with bride's blue wedding shoe
Three generations of wedding guests on bench at Upton House wedding venue in Dorset
Upton House wedding venue wedding breakfast room set up for blue and yellow nautical wedding
nautical themed blue and yellow wedding cake with boats and edible sunflower
Nautical themed wedding favour jars with wheels and anchors for blue and yellow theme
Nautical themed wedding cup cakes with anchors, rope knots and sunflowers
Nautical themed wedding flag bunting with blue and yellow theme
Black and white documentary wedding photograph of bride and groom at Upton House

The wedding speeches from Emily’s father, Giles and finally his best man caused much laughter and some tears before everyone enjoyed afternoon tea.

Wedding guest in blue striped shirt with tangled hair sits with blue flowers and sunflowers
Grandmother of the bride at blue and yellow themed wedding at Upton House
Groom's wedding speech at Upton House with blue and yellow flowers at Upton House
Handsome wedding guest in grey suit with white button hole smiles during speeches
Mother of the bride portrait during wedding speeches at Upton House wedding
Best man's speech in plane captain's hat with grey suit and blue tie at Upton House
Beautiful wedding guest laughing at wedding speeches at Upton Country House wedding
Baby with big brown eyes held by bridesmaid at Upton House Wedding in Dorset

We took the newly weds for a walk around the grounds of Upton county park and into the gorgeous walled garden.

Bride and groom haloed by sunlight walk through woodland at Upton House wedding
Bride in white wedding dress with blue shoes lying on wooden park bench at Upton House
Bride and groom walk into flower garden at Upton House wedding venue
Bride and groom in flower gardens as Upton House wedding venue in Dorset
Bride and groom walk through flower garden at Upton House wedding venue in Dorset
Bride walking through Upton House country gardens in summer sun with sunflower bouquet
Bride grabs grooms bottom during couple photographs at Upton Country house wedding
Bride and groom photographed through wrought iron gate at Upton House gardens
Wedding guests walking through Upton House country park wedding venue
Bride and groom at Upton House stately home wedding venue in Dorset with rippled clouds
Bride and groom from above on black and white tiled floor with chandelier at Upton House

Upton House Wedding Evening Entertainment

Richard from Pure Wedding Entertainment  had set up in the drawing room and to keep the guests entertained. When not dancing a photo booth from the The Party booth Company  had also been set up in a separate room.

Wedding cookie jars with nautical themed wedding items and custom wedding road sign
Sunset over the Dorset countryside and trees at Upton House wedding venue
Cute toddler fascinated by disco lights on wedding dance floor at Upton House

After the first dance and a father daughter dance the rest of the guests joined the happy couple on the dance floor. Many an excited shape was thrown.

Wedding first dance with red disco lights at Upton House wedding
Father dances with bride as mother dances with groom at wedding evening disco
Bridesmaid romantic wedding dancing under multi coloured disco lights
Bridesmaid in Blue bridesmaid dress dances with arms in air at wedding disco
Bride dancing in blue disco lights at Upton House wedding venue in Dorset

You can see what Emily and Giles thought of our Upton House wedding photography services here.


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