Anyone looking for a Dorset wedding photographer will be aware that the county has some fine scenery, but many will not appreciate just what a special place the county is.
For any location, be it natural, man-made or a combination of these to have United Nations Education and Science Council (UNESCO) World Heritage Status is evidence that it is a truly exceptional place.
The UK has just 32 of these, and keeping them special is no trivial matter. This has been shown by the decision by UNESCO to put the Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City listing on its ‘endangered’ list in 2012, with the body now poised to vote on removing World Heritage status following a significant change in character brought about by new developments in the city’s docklands.
By contrast, the Dorset and East Devon Coast is in no danger at all of losing its World heritage site listing. This is an area of unsullied beauty, described by UNESCO as an “outstanding combination of globally significant geological and geomorphological features” along a section of “largely undeveloped coast”.
Much of this importance stems from the huge array of fossils from the time of the dinosaurs, but the wonderful scenery is what makes it such an attractive place – especially as a backdrop for wedding photos. Classic locations include the Durdle Door sea arch, Lulworth Cove and Chesil Beach.
Indeed, its not just UNESCO that recognises this area as being extremely special. The Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) covers not just the coast, but much of the area inland.
The adjacent Devon Coast, Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs and Blackdown Hills are also AONBs, providing that this is one of the most scenic parts of England to have your wedding photos taken in.
It can be safely predicted that nobody will ever be taking these off any list of outstanding places.