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A Laid-Back Beach Wedding in Bridport, Dorset: Capturing Moments of Fun and Love with Tom and Hannah

When the sun-drenched month of June arrives, it's the perfect time for a seaside wedding. This particular summer day was scorching hot, and as luck would have it, I was combining work and vacation, staying at a nearby holiday park in Lyme Regis. I was thrilled to be part of Tom and Hannah's special day, a couple whose wedding perfectly embodied the laid-back and fun spirit of the Dorset coast.


Bridal prep wedding photography at The West Bay Hotel in Dorset

Brides dress hanging in the window - Wedding photography at The West Bay Hotel in Dorset

Brides shoes against a heavily patterned, retro carpet - Wedding photography at The West Bay Hotel in Dorset

Bridal party casually having breakfast - Wedding photography at The West Bay Hotel in Dorset

Bride having apron put on over her dress with her hands out in front of her- Wedding photography at The West Bay Hotel in Dorset

Bride having nails painted - Wedding photography at The West Bay Hotel in Dorset


A Cinematic Beginning

The unique charm of this wedding began with the choice of venue – The Electric Palace Cinema in Bridport. Tom and Hannah decided to tie the knot on the cinema stage, with their loved ones seated comfortably in the audience area. It was a fitting start to their love story, an intimate setting that allowed them to share their vows in front of family and friends.


Stained glass and corridor at wedding venue - Wedding photography at Electric Palace in Bridport, Dorset

Groom, wearing a cream linen suit chatting with guests - Wedding photography at Electric Palace in Bridport, Dorset

Reserved seats in auditorium - Wedding photography at Electric Palace in Bridport, Dorset

Bride and Groom saying vows - Wedding photography at Electric Palace in Bridport, Dorset

Bride and Groom first kiss on stage - Wedding photography at Electric Palace in Bridport, Dorset

Audience stood up clapping and cheering - Wedding photography at Electric Palace in Bridport, Dorset

Sign showing Closed for Private Event - Wedding photography at Electric Palace in Bridport, Dorset

Bride and Groom in front of stained glass sign - Wedding photography at Electric Palace in Bridport, Dorset

Bride and groom walking through confetti in corridor- Wedding photography at Electric Palace in Bridport, Dorset

Bride and groom walking through confetti in corridor- Wedding photography at Electric Palace in Bridport, Dorset

Bride and groom outside venue - Wedding photography at Electric Palace in Bridport, Dorset

Scenic Portraits by the Sea

Following the heartwarming ceremony, we embarked on a picturesque journey to West Bay, famed for its stunning "Broadchurch" cliffs. The coastal backdrop provided a breathtaking setting for the couple's photoshoot. With the sun painting the cliffs in warm hues, we captured the essence of their love against the backdrop of the Dorset coast.


But the seaside adventure had a comical twist. As we were capturing the couple's joy, a rogue wave surprised us all. In the blink of an eye, Hannah's elegant sandals were nearly swept away by the sea. Without hesitation, I dashed after them, cameras still attached, and managed to rescue the precious footwear. I traded my professional poise for flip-flops from the back of my car for the rest of the day, while my cameras remained unscathed – a true testament to the unexpected adventures of wedding photography.


Bride with back to us, facing groom, groom facing us looking at bride. Cliffs and sea behind them- Wedding photography at West Bay, Dorset

Bride and Groom laughing and embracing on the beach- Wedding photography at West Bay, Dorset

Bride and Groom at the top of a sand dune with a big sky behind them - Wedding photography at West Bay, Dorset

All Aboard the Love Train

As the day transitioned into evening, the celebration continued in an old train carriage. The wedding reception and dinner took place here, at The Station Kitchen in West Bay, adorned with charming and quirky decorations. The food was nothing short of amazing, reflecting the couple's desire for a laid-back yet unforgettable experience.


To keep the guests entertained, Tom and Hannah had thoughtfully provided a separate carriage filled with fun board games. The old station itself was transformed into a cool cocktail bar, adding a touch of nostalgia to the festivities.


Station Kitchen sign- Wedding photography at The Station Kitchen, West Bay, Dorset

Bride and Groom walking along station platform with carriage next to them. Bridesmaid is carrying bride's dress - Wedding photography at The Station Kitchen, West Bay, Dorset

Inside the carriage, tables set up in long banquet style with crystal glasses, teal chairs, flowers in cut glass vases of all colours, panelled walls covered in pictures and signs- Wedding photography at The Station Kitchen, West Bay, Dorset

Table name "Gyllyngvase" on torn paper, on top of a bottle filled with sea glass - Wedding photography at The Station Kitchen, West Bay, Dorset

Table name "Whitstable" on torn paper, on top of a bottle filled with sea glass - Wedding photography at The Station Kitchen, West Bay, Dorset

Sign on wall "tickets please" on panelled wall inside carriage - Wedding photography at The Station Kitchen, West Bay, Dorset

Gold Pineapple candle holder on banquet table in train carriage- Wedding photography at The Station Kitchen, West Bay, Dorset

Sign on wall reading "I wanna really really really wanna zigazig ha" with woman laughing in front of it - Wedding photography at The Station Kitchen, West Bay, Dorset

Women playing jenga in carriage - Wedding photography at The Station Kitchen, West Bay, Dorset

Cocktails being served on a tray - Wedding photography at The Station Kitchen, West Bay, Dorset

Man drinking from ceramic head - Wedding photography at The Station Kitchen, West Bay, Dorset

Hanging monkey decoration in cocktail bar with lots of crystal glasses hanging - Wedding photography at The Station Kitchen, West Bay, Dorset

Guests playing ring toss game on station platform, celebrating win - Wedding photography at The Station Kitchen, West Bay, Dorset

A Sunset to Remember

As the day drew to a close, nature itself gifted us with a breathtaking photo opportunity. The setting sun cast a warm, golden glow over the horizon, creating the perfect backdrop for capturing the love and joy radiating from Tom and Hannah. This sunset moment remains one of my all-time favourite photos, a testament to the beauty of love and nature coming together on the Dorset coast.


Silhouette of bride and groom on beach with sunset behind them highlighting cliffs and buildings- Wedding photography at West Bay, Dorset

Bride and groom walking along beach on golden sands - Wedding photography at West Bay, Dorset

Bride and groom walking along beach on golden sands - Wedding photography at West Bay, Dorset

The Magic of Tom and Hannah

What made this wedding truly special, apart from the stunning location and memorable moments, was the couple themselves. Tom and Hannah were not just gracious hosts; they exuded a genuine warmth that made everyone feel like a part of their inner circle. I was even asked by a guest how long I'd been friends with them, a testament to the rapport and connection I strive to build with my clients.


In the heart of Bridport, Dorset, amidst the sun, sea, and love, Tom and Hannah's wedding was a shining example of a fun, laid-back celebration by the coast. It was a privilege to capture the laughter, the love, and the unforgettable moments of their special day against the backdrop of this charming seaside town. As a wedding photographer from Wiltshire, it was a journey I won't soon forget – a day filled with warmth, laughter, and the magic of love by the sea.


Bride and groom cutting cake - Wedding photography at The Station Kitchen, West Bay, Dorset

Bride and groom dancing with friends and family watching inside the station cocktail bar - Wedding photography at The Station Kitchen, West Bay, Dorset

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