Last Sunday saw me sharing a few hours of Charlotte & Mark’s wedding at Christchurch Harbour Hotel here in Dorset.
It was a bit of a surprise booking (sadly they’d been let down by their own photographer just a few weeks ago), but it turned into a really fun afternoon with a lovely couple.
Charlotte & Mark are genuine childhood sweethearts, having been together for 19 years since they were at school. Obviously, life gets in the way on occasion, and along with the usual ups and downs Charlotte suffered a serious illness. So it took them some time to get round to the wedding, but finally Sunday was the Day – and the sun shone for them (at last – it’s been seriously missing in action this summer).
Charlotte was just finishing her preps when I arrived, and looked beautiful in her strapless Phoenix gown with a stunning lace overlay (with some added sparkle).
We soon headed down to the ceremony, where Mark was showing no nerves at all, his blue suit (hand made in India to his own design) setting the theme of the wedding even before the bridesmaids entered the room.
The service was a quietly emotional one, and there were few dry eyes in the room by the time the couple had exchanged vows and kisses and signed the register.
Formalities over, everyone followed out into the lovely Autumnal sunshine on the hotel’s patio area for drinks and a chance to catch up with old friends and family.
A peaceful, fun afternoon ensued, overlooking the beautiful estuary – I always think an intimate wedding creates a special kind of atmosphere, and when they can enjoy such glorious weather and beautiful surroundings no one really wants to move.
I managed to tear Charlotte & Mark away down to the water for a few moments of quiet together before I left them to enjoy their loved ones; congratulations to you both, it was a pleasure sharing your day.
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