Laura & David’s Wedding at St Andrew’s & The Green House Hotel, Bournemouth

We were back in the centre of Bournemouth for Laura and David’s Wedding with our first visit to St Andrew’s Church, tucked behind Bournemouth Square. Photos started just before the ceremony and we were there to meet with David when he arrived at the church, along with his junior Best Man, shortly followed by the Ushers.

We didn’t really know what to expect when it came to Laura’s dress and she wowed us with her lacy details.

A highlight during the ceremony was the explanation by the vicar that he was going to present them with the candles they lit during the service. That way, in a year’s time, when they have their first anniversary they can have a romantic candlelit dinner for two with those very same candles! Why can’t all vicars be that thoughtful?

After a few group shots at the church we whisked off to The Green House Hotel. It was our first wedding at this pretty little boutique hotel, although we actually spent the afternoon on the lawn rather than inside as Laura and David had hired a marquee for the reception. The weather was hot and sunny so the guests enjoyed their champagne outside before heading in for their meal.

Laura’s mum did a brilliant job on the speech-front.

Then we caught the nice, late-afternoon sunlight streaming through the trees.

Posted with thanks and congratulations to Laura & David

Andy & Nicola’s Bournemouth Wedding at the Town Hall – Part One

We must have looked like we were on a stakeout as we waited for Andy and his groomsmen for their pre-wedding drinks at Tapas Plus in Bournemouth. Sat, waiting on the bench opposite the restaurant, the sun was strong enough that we could convince ourselves we were in Spain on holiday rather than about to shoot a wedding in Dorset.

Estrella is our summer 2011 tipple of choice so we think it was a wise move of the boys to quench their pre-ceremony thirst here. Not only that, but it’s also just a small stroll up the road to Bournemouth Town Hall. Easy.

We’d already seen Andy in a wedding role as he made an excellent Best Man for David and Rachel’s big day last year. He was pretty calm and collected then and if he was nervous during the drinks on his own wedding day, he didn’t really show it. He was a pretty good time-keeper for everyone though, as he keenly led the troops up to the Town Hall.

Shortly after the guests were ushered into the Council Chamber the brightly dressed bridesmaids arrived, shortly followed by the Nicola in the jazziest bridal car we’ve ever seen – a polished orange Buick. Nicola looked the business in her pearls and netted veil teamed up with a bright and summery bouquet.

One bonus of getting married in Bournemouth’s Council Chamber is that close members of the family (or those that were clever enough to turn up early) have as great a view of the proceedings as the wedding photographer.

Then after some congratulations and confetti we all whisked off to the Chine Hotel for the reception.

Continues in Part Two.

Andy & Nicola’s Wedding Reception at The Chine Hotel – Part Two

Following on from Part One

We had a quick chat with Andy a couple of days before the wedding and he told us of a last-minute addition to the day – an ice-cream bike, courtesy of Frankies Ice Cream. This was a real treat for the guests as they arrived at The Chine Hotel for the wedding reception. It was certainly the weather for it. We did note a few guests went back for more than one to “sample” the different flavours. Andy and Nicola also told us they had to endure a tasting session at the shop in Poole to decide what flavour combinations they’d have on the day. Mmmmm.

We had to compete with the ice-cream man whilst we took our group shots in the garden (hardest competition, ever!) and then it was soon time for the wedding breakfast inside the hotel.

The tables looked fantastic, packed full of detail and flowers. Flowers bloomed out of white bird cages for the table centres and there were lots of pretty butterfly decorations everywhere, including on the cake.

The speeches took place after the meal, teamed along with a number of sweepstakes including speech lengths and trouser waist size.

While the bride and groom finished off their coffees we quickly snapped up the bridesmaids…

… Then we made our way down the convenient path to the beach. It was still pretty packed down there but we managed to find a couple of quiet spots. Massive smiles to the guy running the take away who enthusiastically got into role pretending to serve the Bride and Groom chips.

Posted with thanks and congratulations to Nicola and Andy. We had bags of fun with you both on your wedding day and your pre-wed shoot!