I was really looking forward to being Dawn and Adam’s wedding photographer in Christchurch Priory. Wedding photography Christchurch Dorset is what I love and I was all set!
Dawn and Adam’s Engagement Shoot
We had first met at the Carlton Hotel wedding fair in Bournemouth, and Dawn and Adam had since taken up my offer of an engagement shoot. We spent a fun hour of Christchurch portrait photography getting to know one another! Dawn and Adam used the time to get used to the camera and check out some locations around Christchurch Priory with a view to using them again for some wedding day portraits. Now, standing on a table at their reception venue, a framed photo from their portrait shoot in Christchurch awaited the guests, who would sign the border, turning the framed photo into an unusual wedding guestbook that would hang on the wall as a reminder of their family and friends’ love and best wishes.
The Boys at the Boathouse
Our wedding photography Christchurch Dorset started on a brisk September morning. My assistant Mark and I chatted over coffee. We’d agreed to meet first with Adam and his groomsmen at the Captain’s Club in Christchurch, but they were running a little behind so instead we met them at the Boathouse Cafe, a stone’s throw from Christchurch Priory. Wedding photography Christchurch Dorset is always fun when our clients are having fun, and this was no exception. Adam seemed very relaxed and calm, clearly enjoying the occasion and the company of his brother and close friends. We took some candid photos of the guys, and borrowed the rings from Alex, the best man, for a close-up, starting our work of making sure we had great photos of every detail of the day. As the hour approached, we all left the Boathouse, posing the guys outside Christchurch Priory for one final photo before they went inside to greet their guests.
The Girls Arrive
Soon enough a beribboned silver Range Rover appeared and out stepped the bridesmaids, looking lovely in lilac. While they waited for Dawn we got some great formal and not-so-formal portraits with the Priory as backdrop.
And then a beautiful blue Rolls drew up, Dawn’s Dad stepped out, and Dawn’s bridesmaids gathered to help Dawn out of the car and arrange her wedding gown.
If you’re planning a big wedding and you’re struggling to find a beautiful venue with lots of room, take a look at Christchurch Priory. It’s a wonderful setting full of gorgeous architectural details set off by the marvellous light that floods in from above. What a great venue for Wedding photography Christchurch Dorset.
At the end of the ceremony, Dawn and Adam set off down the aisle together. I love the “recessional” – after the mad blast of guests’ photos during the register signing, it’s really the first time the newlyweds look all their guests in the eye, and there’s always a great photo to be had.
We took some formal group photos outside Christchurch Priory; I was really pleased to have Mark’s help at this point because the peal of bells was deafening! Without Mark’s help, it would have been impossible to organise the groups swiftly and politely!
Once we had the formal group photos, we let the guests depart to the reception and had a great time doing a portrait session with Dawn and Adam all around the Priory grounds and down to Christchurch Quay. For wedding photography Christchurch Dorset there are so many great little niches and some wonderful textures around the Priory grounds.
After our portrait shoot, we made our way back to the Rolls waiting outside the Priory, which whisked Dawn and Adam off to their reception in style. This wrapped up our wedding photography Christchurch Dorset and we were off to Crow!
The Reception – Off to Crow
Dawn and Adam’s wedding reception was in a marquee in a large field in Crow, near Ringwood. The floor was boarded to keep out the water, the roof was lit with chandeliers, and the catering was courtesy of one of Dawn and Adam’s close friends. In-between courses, the guests enjoyed the trivia quiz that Dawn and Adam had provided on each table.
I loved some of the little candid details like the impromptu sweepstake that the groomsmen organised trying to guess the length of the best man’s speech!
The groomsmen did Dawn, Adam and I a huge favour by taking around the signing frame for everyone to leave a message for the newlyweds.
Every girl deserves a pot of bubble mixture on her wedding day!
Another nice little detail – the guests had a trivia quiz to keep them entertained between courses!
After the meal, the speeches were very entertaining, especially best man Alex who pointed out that now Dawn was married, she’d have to adopt her husband’s football team. Alex presented Dawn with a custom Arsenal team shirt with “DAWN” across the back – Dawn’s face said it all!
Dawn and Adam’s first dance was wonderful – just a lovely couple dancing to the band – and then the party really started when the tambourines came out!
Thanks to Mark for his excellent assistance, and congratulations to Dawn and Adam on their wedding day!
If you’re planning a Christchurch wedding and you’d like us to tell the unforgettable story of your day, please get in touch!