Branksome Dene Wedding Photographer

Liz and Chris’ Beach Wedding

I absolutely love being a Branksome Dene Wedding Photographer! When I met Liz and Chris back in 2018 at a Dorset wedding show and they told me all about their informal, beach-side wedding I knew instantly it was going to be awesome. The venue was Branksome Dene Community room a seaside 1920’s art deco pavilion style chalet looking out over Branksome Chine beach.

From the moment I arrived with Liz and her lovely bridesmaid / maid of honour Hannah at Grovefield Manor Hotel, I knew it was going to be a super relaxed, informal day. Liz was the most chill bride (despite a rough few weeks wondering whether the celebrations would go ahead due to covid restrictions). It’s hard not to mention Sam from South Coast Weddings who worked her socks off all day to coordinate and make sure everything ran smoothly, Sam is unbelievably good at what she does! My style of photography definitely lends itself to more natural, informal weddings just like this.

“Ah!! Thank you!! I’m so pleased we chose you, everyone said you were lovely and honestly we barely noticed you were there, I’m the nicest possible way! Nothing felt awkward and we had a fabulous day. 

Chris is very pleased you have a photo of him pointing – he’s been practicing, it’s now his signature move!

Love that we will have some fun photos too, the whole day was such a laugh start to finish”

the newly married couple kiss in front of Poole beach


couple being romantic in Branksome chine



groom gets emotional during his speech


bride and groom kissing at golden hour


wedding guest hugs bride


groom wipes away a tear with a hanky


couple on poole beach in their wedding attire


wedding guests cheer at the speeches


black and white image of newly-weds being romantic


the just married couple take a selfie with guests


groom's emotions running high


bride looking happy in a black and white photograph


wedding guests having a good time


as the bride enters the groom struggles to hold it together, getting tearful


Branksome Dene community rooms from the beach


bride drinks wine while her bridesmaids get read


bride laughs at groom's speech


bride has fun on the swing at Branksome chine


groom cringes at his best man's speech


couple dances on branksome chine


father of the bride giving her away


groom smiles at bride



groom gets tearful


bride and her bridesmaids take a selfie


bride and her bridesmaid walk to the wedding ceremony


bride dries her bouquet ribbon


wedding guests having a good time


the newly-weds watch intently as a friend reads a reading at their wedding ceremony


the newly-weds kiss on the Dorset beach


wedding table decorations


Branksome Dene wedding photographer


wedding canapés


groom cheers with guests


the newly weds kiss with bournemouth beach in the background


bournemouth make up artist applies make-up to bride


bridal bouquet in pinks and reds


wedding guests laughing with bride


newly weds laugh at their wedding ceremony


wedding flowers




bridesmaid having her hair done in a black and white photography e


Branksome Dene community rooms from Poole beach


bride and groom hug


a "spread love, not germs" sign


wedding table decorations in pink and blue


a couple walk along the seafront with beach huts behind


couple celebrating their wedding



bride pushes her groom on the swing, he looks worried


make-up artist arranges her wedding kit


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The Wedding Day

Once her hair and make-up had been finished by the wonderful Lee O’D, and Hannah had helped her into her beautiful Kenneth Winston  bridal gown, Liz decided to walk down through the woody chine from Grovefield Manor to the coastal venue. Being a mid-summer Saturday there were tourists aplenty wishing Liz the best of luck as she made her way towards the Dorset promenade. I love to capture these less typical snapshots of a wedding day and Liz looked awesome appearing between the dark shadows as the hard light hit her from between the trees, she looked quite the picture!

Groom Chris was particularly emotional as father of the bride Bryan walked Liz down the aisle in her white dress. As his eyes brimmed with tears, so did several of the wedding guests’ and even the celebrant, Sally!

The ceremony itself took place in an erected marquee just off the venue with the south coast ocean and a blue summer sky as an amazing backdrop.

After the nuptials were complete, the couple wanted some group photographs with their family and friends. We used the bay’s beautiful seascape as a backdrop whilst wind surfers enjoyed the summer breeze in the waves below. The guests enjoyed canapes and drinks served by the Salt Pig out on the Poole seafront and headed down the steps for treats at the ice cream kiosk below.

After a LOT of encouragement from his wife and friends, Chris agreed to a speech, which was gorgeous and culminated in more happy tears. Then his best man and brother Tony took the mic and had us all roaring with laughter. The wedding cakes (by Lisa Notley Cake Design) were cut and whilst the guests set down to eat, the newlyweds and I headed out to the beach to shoot some just-married portraits.

The beach was the perfect spot for some photographs, the sun was just dipping down behind the cliffs behind. Golden sand, wind-chopped waves and sand dunes provided a romantic landscape, with the evening breeze blowing Liz’s floaty train across the sand. I was particularly impressed by an adventurous Liz who declined to take her amazing pink heels off and ran up the beach effortlessly, bouquet in hand (flowers by Willow and Wisps).

The beach-huts provided us with some typically British seaside images and just as we were heading back to the venue, the sun peeked through the clouds to provide some jaw-droppingly beautiful golden-hour light. The couple practically skipped up the steep steps into the wooded chine and it wasn’t long before Liz had jumped on a swing with a precariously steep drop behind! We all fell about laughing as she swung wildly, shouting that it was Chris’ turn next. Chris was less than keen but we did persuade him to give it a go, I think his face says it all!

The first dance also ended up in hilarity as bridesmaid Hannah had arranged for some Kylie and Jason masks to be worn by the guests, so whilst Chris flung Liz ‘round the dance floor to ‘Especially for you’, multiple Kylie and Jasons cheered and applauded. A couple of them even joined in to dance with Chris and Liz at the end!

The day ended with some Rock ‘n’ Roll Bingo by a very entertaining Mark from Pegasus Disco  and as you can see, the guests had a ball!

bride and groom running along the beach at their wedding in Dorset

Dorset Weddings

As a wedding photographer I absolutely love shooting weddings in Dorset, it is such a pretty county! Bournemouth itself has so much to see and do in its local area – as with so much of the South West of England – there is an abundance of choice. I particularly love popping a wide-angle lens on my camera on a quiet, wintry day to shoot landscapes at Durdle Door or Lulworth Cove. I have even been rock climbing on the Isle of Portland and hunted for fossils on Chesil beach! The pretty historic market town of Dorchester is a great place for Christmas shopping, and I have fond memories of donkey rides and fairgrounds on Weymouth beach from childhood family holidays.

Branksome Dene wedding photographer – Becky Weir.

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couple share a kiss on a beach hut

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