Helen and James’ wedding at St Luke’s Church Burton and The Jetty Restaurant, Christchurch Harbour Hotel.
Helen and James wanted to keep their wedding fairly informal during the day and what a lovely wedding it turned out to be.
Our day started with a few photographs of Helen ready and some family photos before we met with James over at St Luke’s in Burton. Once again the forecast wasn’t good and we were expecting rain and wind but for now it was overcast but dry.
The church was decorated beautifully with candles and flowers creating a great atmosphere for a wedding. The guests were arriving and were soon followed by the bridesmaids and Monty the family’s dog who was going to lead the bridal procession up the aisle.
Helen arrived with her Dad in a Rolls Royce from Christchurch Cars who offer a great service. Helen looked stunning in her wedding dress from Bridal Boutique and she was wearing a family veil which I believe was about 60 years old.
The ceremony was conducted by probably one of the friendliest and photography friendly vicars that we have met in a while and the ceremony itself was very personal and he put Helen and James at ease. During the last hymn a peek outside revealed that it was pouring with rain. The newly married couple were going to process out of the church to have a photo of the bridal party at the church door and then greet the guests on their way out of the church so we had to change this by staying in the church. No sooner had the bridal party photo been taken and the newly married couple placed to greet their guests it stopped raining so as everyone congratulated them they were able to go outside and line the pathway ready to shower the Bride and Groom with confetti as they left the church.
Everyone then left for the reception at The Jetty restaurant which is located within the grounds of the Christchurch Harbour Hotel by the waters edge, a great place for a wedding reception overlooking Mudeford Quay.
This part of the day was quite informal and while the guests were enjoying a drink and chatting a giant paella was being prepared by one of the chefs and we were able to capture some natural photos of everyone having a great time. During this time we also had a couple of sessions with Helen and James around the grounds dodging the odd little shower.
With the paella cooked, a welcome speech by John the Father of the bride, the cutting of the cake and the Petits fours served the afternoon was drawn to a close. Originally we had planned to take Helen and James over to Hengistbury Head for some locations shots but the weather closing in we decided to pop down to the beach at Mudeford.
We returned the couple back to the hotel to freshen up for their evening celebrations which was a more formal dinner party for close family and friends.
We wish Helen and James all the very best for their future together and would like to thank them for their hospitality.
We are busy preparing their images from the day so while we are doing this we hope you enjoy these few images. All of the photos from the day will be available to view online as soon as we have finished editing and we have seen Helen and James. The following link will take you directly to their online gallery within our client area. You will need the password provided in order to access the gallery.
In the meantime please leave any comments or words of congratulations for the couple by clicking on ‘leave a comment’ after the last image.
If you are getting married and having your wedding in Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch or any other location in Dorset, (we are also happy to travel further afield) and need a wedding photographer please get in touch soon, our diary for next year is filling up fast.