Wedding photography Christchurch Harbour Hotel is always great fun, and in this article I’d like to tell you the story of Sarah and Lloyd’s special day. The Christchurch Harbour Hotel is a very stylish venue in a unique location on the shore of Christchurch Harbour, in the village of Mudeford a short walk from FourT4 Photography HQ.
It was a huge honour for me because Sarah’s Dad had died very recently, and at short notice Sarah’s brother Andy, himself a terrific Dorset wedding photographer, had changed role from being a photographer. Now he had become the person giving Sarah away and supporting her on her big day. Very generously Andy recommended me for Sarah and Lloyd’s wedding photography Christchurch Harbour Hotel, and after a meeting with me Sarah and Lloyd kindly agreed that I would be their photographer!
Christchurch Wedding Photographer – The Girls Getting Ready
I started in Christchurch with Sarah and the girls getting ready at her Mum’s house. Sarah’s bridesmaids did a great job helping her to prepare. I always love to be there when the flowers are delivered and to catch some photos of everyone’s reaction to a boxful of gorgeous bouquets and buttonholes being opened. In Sarah’s case her colour theme was pink and cream roses and they looked so fresh! Meanwhile Andy was dashing around ironing, putting on his tie, and getting himself ready so I had some great candid photos of all the preparations. As the hour approached, two beautiful Jaguar Mark 2 saloons from Superwed Cars drew up outside, one white, one sky blue. After some final portraits outside the house, we got in and headed to the Christchurch Harbour Hotel!
Wedding Photography Christchurch Harbour Hotel – The Guys Prepare
Meanwhile our good friend Howard Lucas was with Lloyd and the men as they got ready at the Christchurch Harbour Hotel. Usually I can work alone but there are times when it really helps to have a second photographer, the most obvious being when I can’t physically be in two places at once! This is most commonly the case when the girls and the guys are getting ready at the same time but in different places. I love the way Howard’s style compliments mine to produce a consistent ‘look’ to our wedding photographs. Howard got some great close ups of the guys getting ready, adjusting ties, sorting out buttonholes, and rounding up everyone for some more wedding photography Christchurch Harbour Hotel with a group photo on the hotel balcony!
(Photo courtesy Howard Lucas)
Wedding Photography Christchurch Harbour Hotel – The Ceremony
The ceremony was very moving with readings from Lloyd’s mum and from Sarah’s brother Andy. Again having two photographers during the ceremony is helpful because we can cover the same event from a variety of angles. The ceremony room at the Christchurch Harbour Hotel is nice and light so the guests can be seen in the photos as well as the couple – this isn’t always the case with the darker Dorset wedding venues! Sarah and Lloyd exchanged rings and vows overlooking Christchurch Harbour with their friends and family looking on. I particularly love Howard’s telephoto shot of Sarah and Lloyd’s kiss.
(Photo courtesy Howard Lucas)
Christchurch Harbour Hotel Wedding Photographer – Spending Time in the Sun
After the ceremony everybody made their way out into the warm sunshine for champagne and canapés in the gardens of the Christchurch Harbour Hotel, relaxing by the water’s edge and in the sun loungers! Sarah and Lloyd mingled with their guests saying hello to everybody and receiving their congratulations.
After everyone had had some refreshment and a chance to talk to Sarah and Lloyd we found a lovely shady spot under a large pine where we could take some formal group photos from the hotel balcony overlooking the harbour. This approach to wedding photography Christchurch Harbour Hotel kept everybody cool and also allowed for better control of the light rather than being out in the strong sunshine. Poor Sarah felt a bit faint at this point so we took it easy – no point ordering everyone around if the people in the photo are uncomfortable!
Christchurch Harbour Hotel Wedding Photographer – Mudeford Quay Photo Shoot
After the group photos we piled into the Jag and popped around the corner to Mudeford Quay for a half hour photo shoot alongside the harbour. Unfortunately the weather had turned cloudy by now but it was still nice and warm so we walked past the cottages and up to the seafront for some portraits. This was great – so many people came up to congratulate Sarah and Lloyd and it really put them in a great mood for some fun portraits despite the clouds!
Christchurch Harbour Hotel Wedding Photographer – The Reception
With the harbour-side portraits completed we headed back to the hotel for Sarah and Lloyd’s reception. The hotel had come up with a delicious buffet barbeque and everybody tucked in. After the barbeque, toastmaster Bob McCarthy did an excellent job of steering people through the speeches and leading the toasts.
Finally, Sarah and Lloyd cut their beautiful wedding cake, a really simple three tiered design but set off by gorgeous pink roses.
There was time for a few more photos before the evening party, like this silhouette of Sarah and Lloyd against the harbour in the gathering gloom!
Wedding Photographer Christchurch Harbour Hotel – The Evening Party
For a wedding photographer Christchurch Harbour Hotel provides a lot of variety in terms of locations and lighting, and the evening party was no exception. Held in the basement for noise reasons, Sarah and Lloyd had decorated the party with fairy lights and the disco added to the amazing lighting.
There was a huge cheer as Sarah and Lloyd took to the floor for their first dance!
We hope you’ve enjoyed the unforgettable story of Sarah and Lloyd’s Christchurch Harbour Hotel wedding. If you’re getting married and need a Dorset wedding photographer, or you know someone who is, please get in touch!