Chris & Emily’s Wedding at Upton House and Sandbanks Hotel, Poole

We’ve had a bit of a wet and unseasonal peak Summer week of weddings. All of them have been by the seaside and have either been incredibly windy or very wet. Luckily for us though, we’ve been in the company of some great couples who haven’t been afraid to get out, arm themselves with umbrellas or entire cans of Elnette to make the most of their day.

Chris and Emily’s wedding set the trend. Their day was held in Poole with a ceremony at Upton House in Upton Country Park followed by a reception at The Sandbanks Hotel.

The day started with Emily getting ready at the hotel with the help of Amazing Face taking car of hair and make-up.

A little drive away the ceremony was held at Upton Country Park followed by a short drinks reception. We made use of the excellent scope of the house for photos before the rain set in for the day.

The wedding party travelled to the Sandbanks Hotel by bus (one of my old school buses no less – the distinctive Reg plate was a dead give-away and made me chuckle. To be honest, I’m surprised it’s still road-worthy the way we used to treat it back in the day!).… Read Full Post

Rebecca and Mike’s Military Wedding – Bournemouth and Sandbanks

Rebecca and Mike’s big day was our first Military wedding. Their ceremony took place at St Swithun’s in Bournemouth followed by a reception at the Sandbanks Hotel in Poole.

Lots of their family and friends gathered for, what ended up to be, one of the last summery-ish days we had this year. We were very lucky as the Sandbanks Hotel has its own steps down to Shore Road beach so we were able to play with some portraits on the sand.

Rebecca and Mike had already proved they could work it in from of the camera during their wedding prep a couple of weeks before. We also had lots more fun taking some shots with the big group of bridesmaids.

One bonus of a military wedding: The groom is very happy to bring his own knife to cut the cake! … Read Full Post

The Wedding Party of Sam and Evan at the Sandbanks Hotel

Sam and Evan’s wedding took place in South Africa just before Christmas. They had to battle their way through all the UK airport hiccups during our snow storms in a journey that started from their home island of Bermuda. It sounded frantic but they made it! They got married and they lived to party another party.

I’d spoken to Sam on the telephone after they got in touch with us to ask us to shoot their second wedding party at the Sandbanks Hotel in Poole but we didn’t manage to meet up with them both in person until the night before our job. After all the travel fiasco the week before it must have been lovely to have another chance to relax and let loose on a wedding reception and catch up with more family and friends.

So, the day before New Years Eve we spent a night away from the telly, mulled wine and Twiglets and got to photograph a lovely party for a few hours. It was just like a real wedding reception with a meal, speeches and a First Dance, just without the wedding bit beforehand!

Here are a few shots from the night…

Congratulations  Sam and EvanRead Full Post