Lulworth Castle Wedding

Michelle & Mark - 5th July 2013

St. Mary the Virgin Church, Charminster, Dorset
Lulworth Castle, East Lulworth, Dorset

Unbeknown to Michelle, having booked us all the way from New York, she had been a guest at one of our weddings back in 2007. It was a lovely surprise to catch up with Juliet and Paul.

Michelle and Mark met in New York where they both work (Michelle for Victoria's Secret and Mark for the company that make Viagra!). Mark proposed by carving their initials into a tree in Central Park but when they returned to show Michelle's family, the tree had died. We're sure it was nothing to do with the carving!

It was heartwarming to see Mark re-united with his other true love, his MGB sports car, which his dad has been looking after for him.

They chose to get married in the same church as Michelle's grandparents (read more later) before travelling on to Lulworth Castle on the Dorset coast. This really is a spectacular location, inside and out, and it was obvious their guests were very impressed.

Manchester band Hipster, one of the best bands we've ever heard in over 400 weddings, ensured the dance floor was packed all night.

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Exactly as our last church wedding in Carmarthenshire, Michelle and Mark were informed the night before at their rehearsal that photography was not permitted at all during the ceremony. We were told the vicar was adamant and would not budge. As usual, it's the same old story of bad experiences with previous photographers.

We thought we'd at least give it a go and try and change her mind so on arriving at the church, Paul asked her if she'd listen for 60 seconds and then we'd respect whatever decision she made.

The truth is we feel extremely passionate about what we do. We know that when our couples look back on their images they can remember exactly how they felt and what they were thinking at the time. One day, many years from now, this is going to be even more poignant and priceless. Thankfully, Reverend Janet could sense Paul's emotion and selfless intention, her face softened and she agreed we could photograph the ceremony. We are truly grateful to her, as we're sure Michelle and Mark are too.

"WOW!!!! We did exactly as you recommended and christened some new champagne glasses when we watched the slideshow - twice! I cried happy tears multiple times and Mark was certainly choked up. The photos really do bring the whole day back to life, thank you so so much! There are some absolutely stunning shots, we can't wait for our family and friends to see them :) On top of you both delivering such a fantastic documentation of our day, you blended in with our guests, becoming more our friends than our photographers. Everyone enjoyed your company and the family absolutely loved you both! We've all talked about you so many times since the wedding - we are so thrilled you were our photographers. You really went above and beyond and I can't express how much that means to us. I've already started wondering how I can work with you again!! :) You are both so good at what you do, we are very lucky to have such wonderful photos taken by an amazing couple."

Michelle & Mark, New York

"We are absolutely thrilled with the superb photographs Debi and Paul!! It was a truly magical day and a fun surprise to know you were the photographers at my good friends Juliet and Paul's wedding! We've clearly both got great taste!! ;-) I think I've viewed the album 10 times today and each time notice something new - thank you for enabling us to re-live our day anytime we like! We will cherish these photographs forever xx"


"WOW they are just brilliant! It was a truly stunning day and Michelle - I can confirm you have got seriously great taste! :-) Debra & Paul you have done an amazing job again!! xx"

Juliet Cain

"Your photos are absolutely stunning! They really captured the mood of the day."

Katie Robinson

"Been so looking forward to seeing these images of Michelle and they haven't disappointed! Was great to see you again Debra, looks like Michelle and Mark had a wonderful day! ... Your pics are unique in their abilty to tell a story, very clever!"

Jess, Model Makeovers

"What sets your pictures apart from other photographers is the bounce in how the picture leaps out at you. They really are superb. So rare to see a picture of my bespoke cakes that really captures the feel and 3 dimensionability. Hope to work with you again."

Jenny, Coast Cakes

Wedding Photographers Lulworth Castle

Michelle & Mark's wedding by Lulworth Castle wedding photographers, Debra & Paul.