Fun, natural and documentary photography

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25 years of experience using a perfect blend of natural portraits and documentary style photos to storybook your wedding day.

Your day is going to be amazing! Have a Dorset wedding photographer who knows how to have fun and can just fit in.

Charles will use his experience to provide the memories that you want and he will do it with a smile.

Dorset qualified wedding photographer
Charles Thorne Photography

There is more to being a qualified wedding photographer then just taking photos of your big day.

It is about being your friend and blending in with your guests,

about having fun whilst taking great natural portraits.

about you enjoying the experience of having your photo taken,

and having someone who is fully trained and passionate about the art of wedding photography.


From an early age I have always loved watching and photographing people.  Being in the right place is essential to get candid, natural photo’s on your wedding day. Years of experience of knowing where to stand and being part of the furniture lets your guests relax and forget that I am actually there. Catching moments that are gone in an instant but are caught for all time in a photograph are my favourite. Enjoy!

Music by Luke Barents


Check out more of my work on the gallery page, or head over to my prices page or contact me to find my availability. Click a picture to find out more.

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Chewton glen wedding photographer


Chewton Glen is on the southern edge of the New forest. Famous for its Golf course and celebrities that visit. On this occasion they had a couple who had been delayed due to the pandemic. Emotions ran high on this electric day.

christchurch harbour hotel wedding photos


Christchurch Harbour hotel is a venue that I have visited dozens of times and has the most gorgeous views looking over the harbour. This small affair had a little bit of everything and will stay with me for a long time.

Dream weddings at Highcliffe castle


Capturing happy memories as a Highcliffe castle wedding photographer is easy. Most bride and grooms want a castle wedding looking over the sea. This blog looks back at my favourite moments at this fantastic venue.

Christchurch wedding photographer


The Kings arms hotel in the centre of town is fantastically placed with the Priory close by. Having the couple able to walk to the reception gives the photographer so many options. Love this venue!

Rhinefield house wedding's


This hotel has given me amazing memories over the years. On a personal note being best man for a good friend and professionally when helping another photographer out and he fell into the lake at the back of the hotel! 

West Dorset wedding


In a gorgeous town of Beaminster in western Dorset. This couple had one of the hottest August days of 2019. This wedding was set on a family farm looking over the hills. Style, colour and loads of laughter was the order of the day.

Natural portraits

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Rhinefield house wedding's
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Happy Clients

Charles was our photographer for our wedding in Beaminster in August 2019 and we couldn’t recommend him more highly. From a fun filled pre-wedding shoot on the beach at West Bay, mapping out our plans for the event, co-ordinating the shots on the day itself and finally sending us our amazing pack of photos so quickly afterwards, Charles did everything possible to make our day run smoothly and make us feel at ease throughout. We now have a fabulous set of photographs which capture the highlights and emotions of our day perfectly. Thank you Charles!

(Rob & Katie August 2019)

Christchurch wedding photography

Thank you so much for our beautiful photos and for being so amazing, not only on the day but on the lead up too. You really put us at ease and you were so patient. You are brilliant and we are so happy we had you as our photographer!

(Darryl & Louisa August 2019)

Thank you so much for everything, Charles. We are so pleased with the pictures you captured of our special day; they truly document the day in its entirety and we can see the story behind each image. From initial contact through to receipt of our photos, the service you provided was first class. You are a lovely, talented man who made us feel totally at ease. We consider ourselves so lucky that we found you as we could not have asked for better.

(Mark & Kirby September 2019)


Relaxed family shoot