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Bournemouth Gay Wedding Photography

An article about our Bournemouth gay wedding photography for you, featuring Mark and Mark’s summer ceremony at the East Cliff Court Hotel in Bournemouth.  Thanks to Mark and Mark for their kind permission to use their photos in my portfolio – I respected their wish that I only use photos in which their guests are not recognisable.

It was a privilege to be asked to provide Bournemouth Gay Wedding Photography for Mark and Mark.  They had decided to hold their ceremony at the East Cliff Court Hotel in Bournemouth.  There are amazing sea views from the windows of the East Cliff Court Hotel!  Mark and Mark live “up country” but know Bournemouth well.  In fact Mark had proposed on top of Hengistbury Head, which is visible from the windows of the ceremony room!

Bournemouth Gay Wedding Photography – The Ceremony


The ceremony was in the Ocean Suite with about 50 guests. Mark and Mark were nervous beforehand but the Registrar did a good job of relaxing them with a joke.


The ring-bearers were two good friends. Mark and Mark chose a cow-hide theme for their day which first became evident with the cushions…

The ceremony was simple, moving, and emotional – and it was very warm in the Ocean Suite. Time for a first drink afterwards!


The East Cliff Court was a stylish location for Mark and Mark’s Bournemouth gay wedding photography.

Gay wedding photography Bournemouth – Drinks Reception


After the ceremony, a champagne reception for all their guests in the Castle Gardens next door. The weather was perfect for them – warm sunshine, clear blue skies, and a light sea breeze.


Mark and Mark finally able to relax with their guests and enjoy the rest of their day. The strong light and very little shade made the day’s Bournemouth gay wedding photography challenging – but that’s one of the reasons to have a professional photographer!

Dorset Gay Wedding Photography – Photos at the Beach

After the champagne reception and the group and family shots, we crossed the road to the cliff path above Bournemouth beach for some portraits of the boys.  Bournemouth is a very special place for Mark and Mark so it was important to get some photos from their day that said “Bournemouth”.  Bournemouth gay wedding photography with a definite stamp to say “this is where we got married”!

Gay Wedding Photography East Cliff Court Hotel – The Reception


Just before the meal I was able to cross the cliff road and get some shots of Mark, Mark and their guests and the backdrop of the hotel.

The cow-hide theme continued during the reception with the boxes of party favours and this Friesian cake!


People put so much thought into the little details of their celebrations and it’s the photographer’s job to capture them all – in this case the weight holding the balloons on each table.

Bournemouth Gay Wedding Photography – The Speeches


As well as giving Mark away, his good friend Louise Ward gave the first speech…


… and achieved her aims!  Bournemouth Gay Wedding Photography to capture the reaction to the speeches!

Both Marks gave speeches – funny, touching, and warm. It’s a real privilege to be part of a couple’s day when you’re allowed to be part of the more private moments shared between the couple and their guests.

Cutting the cake – shot from several angles. After all the guests took their pictures I think the smiling muscles were starting to ache!

Gay Marriage in Bournemouth – Mark and Mark’s First Dance


First dance. Another forty or so guests arrived for the evening function with a buffet meal and cracking disco. I hung around soaking up the atmosphere and capturing it in the camera.


We hope you enjoyed our article about Bournemouth gay wedding photography featuring Mark and Mark at the East Cliff Court Hotel.  If you’re gay or straight and getting married in Bournemouth, we’d love to hear from you about what you’re looking for in your wedding photographer.  Click on “contact us” to get in touch!

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