It was a relatively late start for Steve and Carol’s wedding and as Carol didn’t need any bridal preparation shots we were able to make our leisurely way to St Mark’s Church in Talbot Village and set up at the church. We arrived about an hour before the ceremony started (if you’ve ever encountered the traffic down Wallisdown Road on a Saturday you’ll know why) giving us lots of time to capture the Groom’s party and find out some good spots inside.
After the bridesmaids arrived…
Carol made her grand entrance at the Church.
After the service, the Rev. gave the congregation tips on parking at our next venue.
We then took some formal shots in the church gardens (they were so busy that week there was another wedding half an hour later!) we made our way to the East Cliff Court Hotel along the Bournemouth Overcliff. We were last there in December, just before Christmas, so it was really nice to be able to spend a bit of time in the garden of the neighbouring hotel, The Carlton. Whilst the guests had their Champagne and Pimms in the midday sun we went and snapped up the reception room.
As well as making the bridesmaid dresses, Carol’s mum had made every single chair cover in the room. The attention to detail was incredible!
As was the three-tier chocolate cake. The smell of cocoa hit you as you entered the room and with a sprinkling of individual chocolates on the top it looked mouthwatering!
We left the party to it whilst they had their meal, but returned later to capture the speeches.
Steve and Carol had mentioned they’d like to have some shots taken down on Bournemouth Beach and we’d already decided we were going to do that a little later on in the day when the sun wasn’t so blinding. I’m so glad we did! That Bank Holiday weekend apparently, 60,000 people flocked to the sands. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it so packed. By the time we got there though, we bagged a spot that made it look like we had the whole place to ourselves. It’s quite annoying the beach is so stony now they resanded it, though.
But the beachhuts fitted in with the ‘blue’ theme!
After Carol managed to get all the sand out of her shoes we made our way back the East Cliff Court Hotel for the evening celebrations. Rather than have a DJ, the music was courtesy of a live band, called Dodger. Their music filled the room and everyone got dancing straight away even when the night was young. They also had a really classy lighting set-up!
At the end of the First Dance the parents got pulled in! And we left them to dance their way through the night.
Posted with thanks and congratulations to Mr and Mrs Bartholomew