29/01/2019

Boya and Xiaoyuan – Sandbanks Hotel Wedding

From a relatively small wedding in September I moved into something completely epic for October, with Boya and Xiaoyuan’s lush wedding at the Sanbanks Hotel. If you’ve seen some of my previous work then you’ll know that I love shooting brides and grooms at sandbanks beach. Having grown up in Poole, it’s naturally a very special place to me and I’m sure that plenty of brides and grooms share that with me.

Bride and Bridesmaids getting ready | Sandbanks Hotel Wedding Photographer | Thomas Whild Photography
Bride and Bridesmaids getting ready | Poole Wedding Photographer | Thomas Whild Photography
Bride and Bridesmaids getting ready | Dorset Wedding Photographer | Thomas Whild Photography
The Bride is ready | Sandbanks Hotel Wedding Photographer | Thomas Whild Photography
Bridesmaids having fun | Sandbanks Hotel Wedding Photographer | Thomas Whild Photography

With sandbanks being such a special place I was of course super excited when Boya and Xiaoyuan asked me to be the photographer for their wedding at the Sandbanks Hotel. Add to the location the fact that the wedding was going to be full of Chinese traditions and my excitement to photograph this wedding only increased.

Sandbanks Hotel Ceremony Room | Poole Wedding Photographer | Thomas Whild Photography
Sandbanks Hotel wedding decorations | Poole Wedding Photographer | Thomas Whild Photography
Just Married | Poole Wedding Photographer | Thomas Whild Photography
Decorative wedding balloons | Poole Wedding Photographer | Thomas Whild Photography
Wedding Rings and flowers | Poole Wedding Photographer | Thomas Whild Photography
Venue Decorations | Sandbanks Hotel Wedding Photographer | Thomas Whild Photography

The Sandbanks Hotel has a licence to host wedding ceremonies meaning we had everything in one location with a stunning setting for the ceremony, photos and the evening celebrations. The Poole Registry Service did a brilliant job of he ceremony, going above and beyond to engage the guests.

The Bride Arrives | Poole Wedding Photographer | Thomas Whild Photography
A Happy Bride | Poole Wedding Photographer | Thomas Whild Photography

Bride and Groom at the Sandbanks Hotel | Poole Wedding Photographer | Thomas Whild Photography

Bride and Groom on Sandbanks Beach | Poole Wedding Photographer | Thomas Whild Photography
The wedding party celebrating on Sandbanks Beach | Dorset Wedding Photographer | Thomas Whild Photography

After photos on the beach, the stepfather of the bride took me aside and mentioned that he had a bit of a surprise planned…

Chinese Lion Dance | Poole Wedding Photographer | Thomas Whild Photography

He’d arranged a traditional Chinese Lion dance for the bride and groom!

Chinese Lion Dance | Sandbanks Hotel Wedding Photographer | Thomas Whild Photography

After the meal and speeches, Mark from Pegasus Discos took over for the evening’s celebrations. They kicked off with one of the best first dances I’ve seen. Fairly traditional to begin with until half way through when it transitioned into a brilliantly performed argentine tango.

Father of the Groom's Speech | Poole Wedding Photographer | Thomas Whild Photography
The first dance | Poole Wedding Photographer | Thomas Whild Photography

At the risk of sounding like a bad early morning advert for an exercise machine that you’ll never use: THAT’S NOT ALL! Towards the end of the night we had a sparkler exit which was so much fun to be part of.

Bride and her father dancing | Poole Wedding Photographer | Thomas Whild Photography

Bride and Groom Kiss during sparkler exit| Poole Wedding Photographer | Thomas Whild Photography

Boya, Xiaoyuan and their whole family put so much into this wedding and it really showed through in the day and in the photos.

Bride and groom during sparkler exit | Sandbanks Hotel Wedding Photographer | Thomas Whild Photography

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

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