It’s not often I’m asked for wedding photography in Bournemouth, so it came as a surprise to me when Kathryn and Tim got in touch with me shortly before their wedding. Bournemouth is quite a drive from Guildford, but the pair booked me for a two-hour job, so I decided to combine it with a Saturday trip with my family – and why not?
The pair were getting married in the Council Courtroom of the Bournemouth Register Office, which was a very impressive venue indeed. There were plenty of great photo opportunities, including the throne outside the main ceremony room, in which Tim was only too happy to pose!
Civil ceremony photography
I could see that Tim was getting nervously excited before the ceremony began, as Kathryn was keeping him waiting! It was worth the wait however, and we were treated to an emotional civil ceremony. This was a great room to walk around and experiment with different angles. I had plenty of freedom to roam around this large space in reportage mode and, at the couple’s request, I also managed to get a photo from the top balcony before the ceremony finished.
Later on, the guests got involved for the essential confetti shots on the stairs outside the venue. We were lucky to have some great weather for these outdoor shots, so we took a short walk to a local park for family photos. The couple’s families were great fun to work with both outdoors and in, and I’m particularly proud of the group “photo within a photo” I managed to get inside the courtroom.
It turns out that Tim is also a front man for his own band, so whilst we were outside, we had fun playing with “CD cover” photographs. We got one more big group shot before the guests made their way to the reception venue for the evening festivities.
Environmental portrait photography
For my final 20 minutes with the bride and groom, we decided to make the most of the scenery around us by taking a walk along a nearby creek. The colours and beautiful weather really complemented the couple, and in post-production I also experimented with these in black and white to bring out the contrast even more.
We finished our shoot with a final snap on the bridge, which I perfected with a long lens. We managed to get a lot done in just two hours and I’m pleased to say Kathryn and Tim gave me a five-star review. In particular, they mentioned how I made their guests feel at ease, but I must say they did a lot of this themselves as they were so fun to work with!
If you are looking for last minute wedding photography in Bournemouth, please get in touch with me today via my contact page. I had a great day out with my family afterwards so I’d happily return!