Vintage Style Wedding Photographs With Jenny & Sean in Swanage

As our last wedding photographs by the sea were in Prussia Cove in Cornwall. It was lovely to be shooting a vintage style wedding in our local town.

I’ve heard many times that entering Swanage feels like going back in time. It is the perfect location for a vintage style wedding.

Steam Train Photographs at Vintage Style Wedding

Nowhere more so than at the Steam railway station. The smells, the steam and the buildings whisk you into another era. The beautiful details keep me entertained with a camera for hours. It’s a bit like having a time machine on hand.

Retro Steam Train Station Platform Sign Platform 2
Retro Dunlop Sign at Steam railway station in Dorset

So it was with great pleasure that I arrived to meet Jenny and Sean’s wedding train on the platform. A stunning, huge, cacophony of heavy dark steel rivets and noise erupting through a cloud of warm steam. What a way to arrive on your vintage style wedding day!

Bride and groom peer out of green Swanage Steam Train carriage
bride and groom kiss onboard green steam train
Bride walks grandmother on steam train station in Swanage
Father of the bride portrait photo at Steam Railway station

As the wedding party ‘minded the gap’ I took the opportunity to take some shots of the now beaming wedding couple on the train.

Patiently awaiting the group on the hill above the station stood a vintage 1957 Bedford Super Vega bus from premier Carriage wedding transport. All curves and chrome reflecting the afternoon sun. This fitted perfectly Jenny’s vintage style midi hem, A-line dress. As she stood beside the bus I felt the time machine shift a gear.

Photograph of Classic wedding Bedford Bus Chrome Grill

Durlston Castle Wedding Photographs in Dorset

With guests on board the coach winded its way through the Swanage streets. Past the Victorian Pier, the sea and up the hill to their vintage style wedding at Durlston Castle.

Bride and groom drive Vintage Style Wedding bus
Durlston Castle Wedding Venue in Dorset

Durlston Castle is an extraordinarily unique Victorian building, hidden away in the lush green hills of Durlston Country park . Sat a top of Durlston head, overlooking the sea with views back over Pevril point, Harry’s Rocks and Bournemouth in the distance. It is always a sight to behold. A hidden gem on the Dorset coast. After our last gorgeous Durlston Castle wedding we have been itching to get back to this dream venue.

I can’t rave about her enough. Polly smith from Blue bay events is a wedding planner and co-ordinator extraordinaire. It is always re-assuring to know that we will be working with her friendly professionalism on a vintage style wedding day. specially as she knows a wedding at Durlston Castle so very well.

Dorset Castle Civil Ceremony Wedding Photographs

With a drinks reception on the highest part of the castle the weather was a strangely ethereal mix of bright sunshine and low-lying sea mist. This changed the views across the coastline and sea from one minute to the next.

Jenny and Sean had a small, civil personal wedding ceremony. Surrounded by their closest family and friends in the Belvidere Suite. As they exchanged, jokes, smiles ,kisses and vows the wooden panelled room supplied panoramic views across Durlston Country Park and the open sea.

Civil wedding service at Vintage Style Wedding in Durlston Castle, Dorset
Exchange of the Rings at Dorset castle civil wedding ceremony
Gold Wedding Ring Photograph with pink wedding flowers
Wedding Flowers and sunglasses with floral Wooden Herbs Box

We love our local registrars. Compared to some restrictive officials we have met in the past our wonderful ladies conducted themselves in a professional, yet relaxed manner. With a great sense of humour that fitted perfectly with Jenny and Sean’s ideal vintage style wedding.

Wedding Drinks Reception Photographs

Back out in the sunshine the drinks reception continued. Sumptuous canapés were served by Signature Catering. Sean and I checked our watches and both agreed that it was indeed ‘Pims o’clock’!

Black and white photograph of groom at wedding looking over sea
Wedding guests at drinks reception in Durlston Castle wedding venue
Durlston Castle Wedding Venue in Swanage Dorset
Seaside view from Durlston Castle Wedding Reception

I have to praise architectural consultants Long and Kentish. For when they were designing the refurbishments to the castle they included an area that is essentially an open air wooden amphitheatre. With wedding groups stood or sat upon the stepped wooden seats you can perfectly capture a happy wedding group with the new and old architecture of the castle as a backdrop.

As the wedding guests returned to their drinks and exploring the castle and its grounds I took the opportunity to work on one of our ‘clone the bride’ shots. Incorporating multiple copies of the happy couple into one stunning scene. We walked down to the coastal path. Jenny and Sean merrily signed the graffiti boards surrounding the famed Victorian stone globe.

Clone the bride and groom group photograph at Vintage Style Wedding
Bride signs graffiti stone at Durlston Castle Wedding venue

A quick walk back up the hill and the guests were back on the coach. They were then whisked back into Swanage for the rest of the day’s celebrations.

As I watched the coach disappear into a cloud of sea mist I couldn’t help remember the train arriving through a cloud of steam. I thought that the vintage style wedding day had gone full circle!

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