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Kings Arm Hotel Wedding | Allie & Dom

A Castle and a bit of Magic at a King Arms Wedding

I was recently honoured with the chance to photograph Dom & Allie’s wedding at The King Arms Hotel in Christchurch, Dorset.

Nestled tightly into the Christchurch streets sits the Kings Arms Hotel wedding venue. With views of Christchurch Castle, the river Avon and Kings Arms Bowling Green I was really spoilt for choice in and outside of this venue.

There are couples who book me early and then there are couples who book me EARLY! I absolutely love being booked so far in advance as it gives a really defining show of support for my work whilst also giving me longer to grow a great relationship with the couple. Dom & Allie got in touch 2 years prior to their day looking for a photographer for their King Arms Hotel wedding in Christchurch. Through a recommendation from a friend who got married last year we had the starting for a great relationship from the very first meeting.

I often say I love to travel but choosing to travel all the way down to the south coast for Dom & Allie’s King Arms Hotel wedding is something I don’t take lightly. This is the rare wedding where accommodation for both nights is a must and a special thanks to the couple for agreeing to cover this cost. Being so close to the venue really helps on the day when you’re navigating a completely new area you’ve never stepped foot in before. Luckily I was invited up to the hotel for a drink with Dom, Allie and their guests the night before the wedding which gave me a great advanced look at the space I’d be capturing the next day.

Dom and Allie made some fine choices for their Kings Arms Wedding. They had the dream team of Tasha Parker and Grace Bailey on Make Up and Hair in the morning. Providing loads of help as they rang down for fans, drinks, etc for Allie and her bride tribe.  Oh Flora then arrived soon after with some of the most stunning flowers I’ve seen all year. Allie wore an absolutely stunning Bridal Beau Belles dress. and Dom and his Bestman Mark had a Moss Bros Tailor Me suit job in Olive with a gorgeous patterned inside of the jacket and back of the waistcoat.

Potter and Perfection to Dress a Wedding Venue

With a little help from Love By Design venue dressers Allie & Dom managed to add a subtle hint of their favourite collection of stories to their day. With wands and mini potions adorning the tables alongside a Harry Potter Mad Libs and their very own Honeydukes sweet shop. They’d thought of it all.

They also had an incredibly ornate tiered wedding cake made by Pretty Cake Creations. It even had it’s very own Reece’s layer for Dom.

Being a Kings Arms Hotel Wedding Photographer

With so much on my doorstep it was always going to be an interesting couples shoot especially when Allie & Dom mentioned they’d also like to do smoke bombs. Meeting up the night before we had a wander around to get our bearings. Allie and Dom were super excited to show me all the places they wanted to take photographs. It was quite a few and I was keen to keep things limited to their favourites as I knew I wouldn’t have as much time on the day as a Kings Arms wedding photographer.

On the day time flew away from us just as I predicted and we were left with minimal time. With a sunsetting quickly over the high buildings all around us our 20:00 sunset was looking a lot earlier than planned. Having had the wander around the day before I knew just how the sun was going to fall on each place so in between the meal and speeches we made the big decision to jump outside and capture some quick photographs. Working fast I whipped Allie and Dom around the various locations so we got the most out of the area around Kings Arms Hotel.

We hit the Norman house first and used the brick work and the light to capture some great shots. We then climbed up to Christchurch castle ruins and captured a classic Adam Lowndes wide portrait. Then jumping back down we grabbed a couple of portraits under a vine archway before heading back. It sure was a whirlwind but an awesome one. The great thing about The King Arms Hotel is I could return time and time again and take a completely different set of photographs.

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