Dorset wedding venues

Hi, I’m Warren a Dorset wedding photographer working in a documentary style, this means that I will spend the whole day with you from getting ready in the morning right through to the last dance. I focus on capturing the special moments and the many emotions of the day with only a few posed shots. My unobtrusive way of working will leave you free to enjoy your incredible day without any fuss or time spent setting up long lists of family photographs. As you can see below I like to work creatively with light to capture the essence of your day, all the laughter and fun, the beautiful details as well as the intimate moments.

Wedding venues in Dorset

I have created this page to guide you through some of my favourite Dorset wedding venues and to give you an introduction to my work. If you are interested in seeing more of my photography or contacting me to discuss your wedding plans there are links to my website, portfolio and a contact form at the bottom of this page.

Dorset wedding photographer

Sopley Mill

For a stunning country house Dorset wedding venue, Sopley Mill in Dorset offers something very special indeed. Sitting beside the River Avon and surrounded by beautiful green meadows, this 18th Century beautifully restored Mill is a stunning wedding venue that is guaranteed to impress. Built-in 1780, this gorgeous riverside wedding venue is a large and perfectly proportioned Country House with 3 large bright spacious floors, all available for your exclusive use. With only the River Avon and scenic Dorset countryside for company, this is a wonderfully private venue with huge grounds for you and your guests to enjoy, all within easy reach from Bournemouth and Christchurch. The top floor and Granary Room provide bright, spacious oak beamed spaces for the ceremony and reception, flooded with light, gorgeous period features and views across the River Avon. Below, The Boat Room on the ground floor is perfect for more intimate celebrations with space for at least 30 guests. The ground floor leading to the riverside terrace is perfect for a waterside drinks reception (or indoors if it rains!), whilst the elegant Bridal Suite ensures that you can have some space to yourself. Sopley Mill has the capacity for up to 140 guests or 100 for a sit-down meal. With exclusive use and the opportunity to use Sopley in the personalized way that you choose, this is the ideal wedding venue for a unique and unforgettable wedding in the magnificent Dorset countryside.

A bride and groom look into each others eyes and hold each other in a forest

Deans Court

Deans Court in Wimbourne is a magnificent Country House set in 13 acres of spectacular grounds. Steeped in history, Deans Court has fascinating historical links and stories that stretch all the way back to when it was first built as a Saxon Monastery over 1300 years ago. With a beautiful red brick Georgian front, constructed with perfect Georgian symmetry, a sweeping driveway, and endless pristine lawn, your guests are guaranteed to be impressed when they arrive. Nestled in the picturesque Stour Valley, Deans Courts’ infinite grounds boast everything you could imagine and more. From ancient trees over 100 feet tall to an enormous lake dating back to Saxon times, multiple gardens including a period walled garden, herb garden and orchard, resplendent flowers and acres of lawn, this has to be amongst the most impressive grounds for any Country House wedding venue in Dorset. For your wedding ceremony and reception, Deans Court provides the house, marquee, grounds and just about anything else you may wish for – all for your exclusive use. In fact, the team at Deans Court encourages you to be as creative, quirky, wild and unashamedly unique as you like. Capacity is recommended at a maximum of 140, but the team is happy to discuss your needs if you have a longer guest list. Accommodation is plentiful too, with gorgeous cottages on hand to enable up to 26 guests and yourself to stay – plus the Gate House – which you may just want to keep all to yourselves!

Bridesmaids adjusting the flower hats

St. Giles House

If you want a completely elegant and stunning stately home in the Dorset countryside, then St. Giles House is the one for you two. This staggering grand Country House wedding venue in Wimbourne is both romantic and astounding. Built-in 1651, St. Giles House sits within an Estate stretching for thousands of acres. From its dramatic driveway complete with the centrally positioned statue to its huge gold-framed portraits and 4 poster bed, this beautiful Estate is a sight to behold no matter how many mansions or Stately homes you have visited. Restored by the Earl himself specifically for weddings and events, this exclusive use venue is guaranteed to blow your mind. There are endless dazzling locations for each part of your wedding- including- your very own nightclub where you can party until the early hours of the morning. For the ceremony, a beautiful period room complete with ornate decor, beautiful large oil canvasses, grand fireplaces, and huge windows await or for something slightly less formal, the outdoor grounds are yours exclusively for the duration of stay. If a religious ceremony is what you both prefer, then the charming gothic styled St. Giles Church is perfectly located next door. For drinks, the famed St. Giles Sunken Garden is ideal, then it is back to the main house to dine in complete style. For something quieter, the enchanting 18th Century Grotto is there too for the ultimate intimate venue. Once the sun sets it is then time for everyone to let their hair down in the St. Giles award-winning nightclub fitted with all the latest high tech lighting and sound. As if that wasn’t enough, the parkland is yours to use throughout your stay, bursting with every type of outdoor feature possible, from a 7-acre lake that flows from the River Allen to the numerous gardens, sculptures, and decor, not to mention the infinite plants, flowers, trees, and wildlife. All available to you and your guests with your very own wedding coordinator plus extra accommodation at the Riding House and Pepper Pot Lodges.

Bridal party getting ready while the bride sips a cocktail

Lulworth Castle

The beauty of Lulworth Castle has to be seen to be believed! Sitting in the midst of the East Dorset countryside, Lulworth is a 17th Century Castle that is part of an enormous 12,000-acre Estate. With breathtaking views of Dorset’s natural beauty in every direction, this beautiful Castle in East Dorset offers sea views along the Counties famous Jurassic coastline, as well as spectacular views across its 1000 acre parkland. Lulworth’s distinguished Castle has been visited by many dignitaries over the Centuries including a grand total of 7 monarchs. For your wedding ceremony and reception, there are numerous options, each brimming with its own magnificent period architecture. For a divine religious Dorset wedding venue, Lulworth’s own historic 15th Century St. Andrew’s Church or its 18th Century St Marys Chapel are conveniently located on-site. Alternatively, a civil ceremony can be held in the Castle’s beautiful Saloon or Dining Room. Available for your exclusive use, the team is passionate about ensuring that your wedding is as unique and personalized as possible. From the flowers to the lighting and decor, everything is yours to create the vision that you both want from your wedding day. With the team ready to supply almost everything you need from their own stock or through their suppliers, whether you want a DJ, photo booth or even magical fireworks to round off a wonderful day, they can do it for you.

The bride and Groom looking out to Brownsea Island

Dorset wedding photographer

You will put so much time into organizing your wedding you need a Dorset wedding photographer that will work just as hard to capture all the moments that matter. As you can see from my portfolio I observe what is happening and document it using natural light where possible to create beautiful, emotive photographs. We can arrange a time for portraits in the evening but apart from that I just capture the wedding exactly how it happens. It does not matter how big or small your wedding will be or where it is, I would just love to be there. If you like my style and you feel a connection with my work then please get in contact using the online form below.

www.howelljonesphotography.co.uk

Alternatively, you could give me a quick call or text on 07954044495 and I can let you know if your date is free.

You could also email me on

info@howelljonesphotography.co.uk

Thank you for your time.

Warren.

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