Dorset Wedding Photography : Stephanie & James

To say that Stephanie & James’s wedding day was a windswept one would be, well, not an understatement, simply an accurate observation. I might quip that this aspect of the weather matched their breezy personalities but I’m not even certain what breezy would particularly mean if applied in such a context. I do know that I enjoyed enormously spending time with two of the most genuinely lovely people one might care to meet, a couple that took it all in their stride and enjoyed their wedding day to the maximum, taking great care of those they brought along with them to share in it all.

Whilst not being from the locale (a sizeable contingent of Yorkshire folk made their way down to the south coast on James’s behalf; Stephanie hails from climes twixt here and there), having a particular fondness for the area Stephanie & James settled upon the surroundings of Poole Harbour as the setting for their wedding with a ceremony in the old quarter of Poole and celebrations into the evening at Shell Bay Restaurant just across the Sandbanks ferry.

This is the story of Stephanie & James’s wedding day. Please read the images as though they were words, if you will…

Stephanie made her preparations for the day at the Haven hotel on Sandbanks, a sea view room providing sight of transportation that would play a key part in post-ceremony events later in the day. (Maybe represented more so by the former image than the next one! :~)

I can see myself in them. In the reflection that is. Not so much maintaining upright balance in them…

It’s as though Stephanie were reading the forming blog comments in my mind…

Rather handily for me and all the more so for the purpose of weaving together a connected narrative, James was getting ready just a few doors down the same hotel corridor…

I must have walked at least… oh… forty feet in total traversing back and fore between those two rooms :~)

Speech-maker…

Dad…

Mum :~)…

Needless to say, happy and excited…

The photographic record indicates it was a feisty westerly blowing through that day…

Wind hadn’t died down any :~)…

A bus was laid on to take all of the guests to our next location…

… More so to our next mode of transportation for the day, Stephanie, James and all.

Definitely a westerly!…

When Stephanie first outlined to me the plans for the day, I spotted a time-allocated mention of “Boat!” in the itinerary. I told her that “Boat!” very much had my attention. Her reply came, “I must confess ‘Boat!’ is probably making it sound more glamorous than it is…it should really be ‘Ferry!’.” I had actually assumed that it would be the ferry but even after decades of living in the area I still get excited every time I go on it :~)

Still windy :~)…

James is an avid cyclist and an avid fan of cycling and cyclists at that.

As I was saying :~)…

Giant Jenga ‘Guest Book’…

We decided to head on out to take on the wind face-first, sometimes side-on…

My stomach still sings with the memory…

These were hands down, no doubt about it, the very best fish and chips with mushy peas that I have ever tasted, ever (and my thanks to Stephanie & James for treating me to a portion too). Even the Yorkshire contingent were taken aback by the quality. Shell Bay Restaurant is located right next-door to a small boatyard and each morning, local small-scale commercial fisherfolk land their catches there affording Shell Bay the pick of the best. The fish still tasted of the sea, in the very best way possible.

Chip off the old guest book…

A dance-off with ‘the uncle’ was brewing…

I’ll be going to my niece’s wedding later this year so my opportunity will come! In fact, it already came at my nephew’s wedding a couple of years back but I forgot to redeploy my tie :~)

The onlooker :~)…

There was no containing them…

The evening party had been an outright epic one but the night’s final run of the ferry was approaching (and it’s a long walk around the other way!)…

Congratulations Stephanie & James and thank you for having me along to experience your utterly fantastic wedding and for being such a genuine delight to spend time with!

Contact Dorset Wedding Photographer Phillip Allen : phill@misterphill.com : 07870 696248