Picture Perfect

Harry Warren – Picture perfect whatever the weather!

One of the main reasons couples choose our beautiful venue is for the stunning views over Studland Bay and across to Old Harry Rocks. The photos of your day will always be magical as you reminisce about your wedding, but with our backdrop, they will be even more striking. We chatted to wedding photographer Murray Freestone about why he loved shooting at Harry Warren House and why not to fear wet weather on your wedding day.

Lauren and Chris, Harry Warren House (Murray Freestone)

Murray predicts that half of his summer weddings have had rain at some point, but in the British summer you’re unlikely to get continuous rain. “Some of the loveliest photos I have taken have been on wet days. The light you get when you have a dramatic sky and the sun breaks through can be one of the most beautiful moments of the day”.

If you do get rain, the key is to stay flexible. Usually you will know in advance if rain is looking likely so you can plan for it. It might be hard to change the time of the ceremony and meal, but as long as you’re happy to deviate from other plans it will allow you to get couple shots and outdoor group shots when the rain eases.

Props can be great fun. If you know you’re expecting rain then have wellies and umbrellas to hand. From a photographers point of view there is a lot we can do with that to create some really fun moments”.

Whatever the weather, one of the things Murray loves about Harry Warren House is the beach aspect. Not only does it give everyone something to do, which makes for interesting photos, it also meant that Lauren and Chris (who he photographed in 2016) had somewhere to escape to, just the two of them. “Something I hear a lot from couples is that they really cherished being able to go and catch their breath together and have a few moments away from the wedding party just the two of them”. With the beach, the conifer garden and our amphitheatre, Harry Warren House offers lots of opportunity for natural couple shots as you explore the grounds.

If you’d like to come and see what we have to offer, or if you’re all ready booked and would like to do a site visit with your photographer (when guidelines allow) then please give us a call – we’ll be very happy to see you.

On the Beach below Harry Warren House.

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