The Wedding of Zoe and David at St James’ Church, Poole and Sandbanks Hotel

Zoe and David’s wedding and reception took place in Poole with a church ceremony at St James’, just off the Quay and a party at the beachy Sandbanks Hotel. We were given an insight into how they do things in Sweden for this wedding day, with many of the Groom’s family and guests making their way over to join Zoe and David in their celebrations. As well as a double helping of wedding cake (both the traditional UK tiered dessert and the Swedish Prinsesst√•rta (Princess Cake)) we were treated to not one, not two, not three, or even four speeches but a whole six of them. This took the reception through from mid afternoon right until sundown. But more on that later…

To start the day I met up with Zoe at the Sandbanks Hotel for the bridal preparations and to catch all the last-minute action.

Meanwhile, Ian met up with the David and all guests as they enjoyed a pre-ceremony drink on Poole Quay.

Zoe wanted to practice kneeling in the church and to test out the dress.

As there were lots of guests staying at the hotel a beautifully decorated double decker bus was laid on. We’ve noticed a couple of wedding buses around at the moment, but this polished number was serviced by Premier Carriage. The conductor was a very nice man too.

Because of the narrow roads, the bus dropped everyone off at the Custom House. It stayed there waiting as a surprise for all the rest of the guests after the ceremony.

St James’ has a lovely, chilled out attitude to photography and they allow us to capture shots throughout the ceremony, with a prime spot in the choir stalls as well as the balcony. That’s what we like to hear!

Zoe and David made special arrangements to sneak off down a side door so they could make a proper, newly-wed exit and so we could bring all the confetti throwers to the front.

While the guests made their way onto the bus they took some time to have a sneaky Champers and then we took a little detour through Poole Park, Evening Hill and Shore Road to capture some location shots.

This is Sandbanks. Not Mars.

As well as capturing some portraits before it got dark, taking some time away from the wedding party also gave everyone a chance to arrive at the hotel and get kitted up with drinks so the couple could be formally announced.

Shortly after, it was time for the guests to be seated for the start of the meal and speeches.

During the reception it’s Swedish tradition for speeches to continue throughout the meal, with a Toastmaster to hold everything together. David’s sister did an amazing job at introducing everyone and giving a lovely speech herself. So, after each course we dived back into the reception room to capture all the action and then ducked back out again to leave the guests to enjoy their meal. Traditionally, any one is welcome to give a speech and should let the Toastmaster know so they can announce every speaker.

Finally, the meal finished with the cutting of BOTH wedding cakes.

Posted with thanks and congratulations to Zoe and David x

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5 comments on “The Wedding of Zoe and David at St James’ Church, Poole and Sandbanks Hotel

  • Carrie

    You’ve really captured the day beautifully guys – well done! What a fabulous wedding everyone looks so happy! Love the bus!

  • Andy Rapkins

    What a lovely day and totally gorgeous wedding you captured. Beautifully put together and finished. Great work.

  • Phill

    ‘Tis a thing of beauty; all of it and everything in it. The bus really is a delight isn’t it? Did the conductor give out wedding tickets?

  • Peter Lawson

    Some of your very best work! It feels like you completely captured the soul of the day (is that too pretentious?!), there’s just so much warmth and happiness.

    Also, starburst sun + flare = very awesome :)

  • Zoe

    Emma and Ian, we love your pictures of our special day and are so pleased that you captured the relaxed and happy vibe that we felt throughout, as well as the stunning scenery in Sandbanks that afternoon. Seeing photos of our guests also having a great time is fantastic and we will be sure to treasure these pictures forever. The fact that the weather was on our side was a real bonus of course, and you certainly made the most of it in these stunning pics! Thanks again, Zoe & David

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