15/11/2018

Helen and Alex – DIY village hall wedding in Dorset

Back in the Spring, Helen and Alex asked me along to photograph their DIY Village Hall wedding in Dorset.

Newlywed couple kiss on the beach at Sandbanks | Thomas Whild Photography - Dorset wedding photographer

We started with a ceremony in the elegant main room of Poole Guildhall. The ceremony room really is a dream for a photographer. The large windows let in plenty of light and the balconies on either side of the room offer a unique perspective not available to the guests. With its sweeping external staircases the building itself offers great opportunities for group portraits – you’ve got to make sure you get a photo with your Nan after all!

Main wedding ceremony room at Poole Guildhall | Thomas Whild Photography - Dorset wedding photographer
Smiling bride arriving for her wedding at Poole Guildhall | Thomas Whild Photography - Dorset wedding photographer
Wedding ceremony in Poole Guildhall | Thomas Whild Photography - Dorset wedding photographer
Bridesmaids watching the wedding ceremony | Thomas Whild Photography - Dorset wedding photographer
Newlywed couple on the balcony of Poole Guildhall | Thomas Whild Photography - Dorset wedding photographer

When we met up for their pre-wedding consultations, Helen and Alex told me that the beach was really important to them as they are kite surfers. We couldn’t quite manage to get Helen on a board in her wedding dress but they were really keen on taking the time to go to the beach for some romantic portraits just after the ceremony. We headed off to Sandbanks Beach and spent some time with just the two of them to get some beautiful portraits.

Newlywed couple in a vintage car | Thomas Whild Photography - Dorset wedding photographer
Newlywed couple at Sandbanks beach | Thomas Whild Photography - Dorset wedding photographer
Newlywed couple at Sandbanks Beach | Thomas Whild Photography - Dorset wedding photographer
Newlywed couple holding hands looking towards Old Harry Rocks | Thomas Whild Photography - Dorset wedding photographer

With the newlywed’s portraits completed it was back to Horton Village Hall for a relaxed reception. The reception was full of lovely handmade and personal touches, and you could really sense the effort and love that everyone had poured into it.

Bride and groom getting covered in confetti | Thomas Whild Photography - Dorset wedding photographer
DIY wedding table settings | Thomas Whild Photography - Dorset wedding photographer
Guests at village hall wedding reception | Thomas Whild Photography - Dorset wedding photographer
Wedding cake from above | Thomas Whild Photography - Dorset wedding photographer
Just married! The top table | Thomas Whild Photography - Dorset wedding photographer
Best man's speeches | Thomas Whild Photography - Dorset wedding photographer

If you’re planning a DIY wedding in Dorset and are looking for your wedding photographer then I’d love to hear from you, please get in touch.

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