Wedding Fever

Hello again everyone! It's been a while since my last blog, but I've done 7 more weddings over this last month or so and they're keeping me rather busy, (and quiet!) on the old blog front! 

Here's a snippet of shots from them. To check out more photos from all of these weddings simply click on 'Latest' and start scrolling.

Enjoy, oh, and if you don't hear from me for a while it's because I've got 35 weddings to photograph this year, the majority of which are coming up in the next two months!

Katherine & Andy's Valentines Wedding @ Lower Slaughter Manor

I was certainly feeling the love this Valentines Day after a 3 hour wedding shoot at Katherine & Andy's oh so romantic wedding at Lower Slaughter Manor in the Cotswolds. 

Katherine & Andy didn't want a full day of wedding photography coverage, they didn't even want a half day. Instead they chose to use my bespoke package, which is charged by the hour. This is a great option if you're on a tight budget but still want a wedding photographer to capture the most important bits.

It was a small affair with just 20 guests, but the intimate nature of the wedding fitted the occasion perfectly. After a very touching ceremony, the drinks reception followed and guests were soon in the party mood; the prop box was a particular favourite! 

The last of 2014's weddings!

It's been a while since I wrote my last blog, but I've been super busy. In October I was preparing the grand opening of my new photography studio, which took place in November. I've had lots of weddings in the run up to Christmas, including two over the Christmas weekend.

So I thought it time I posted a few snaps from the last three or four weddings from 2014, I hope you like them.

My first wedding for 2015 falls on Valentines day, gonna be a lot of love in the air!


Sam & Jack's Wedding - Orchardleigh Estate, Somerset

Ffion & Shane's Wedding - Gower, Wales

Abbie & Jason's Wedding - Blunsdon House Hotel, Gloucestershire

Becky & Paul's Wedding - Ellenborough Park, Gloucestershire

Photo's from Rachel & Scott's Wedding, Hyde Barn

On Thursday I enjoyed a lovely day as Rachel and Scott's wedding photographer at Hyde Barn in Gloucestershire.

We were blessed with glorious weather, which beamed even brighter than Scott's smile when he saw Rachel walking down the aisle!

Rachel and Scott had chosen my half day wedding photography package. Unusually, I spent the morning with Scott and his family. It made a nice change to soak up the build up to the wedding with the lads. Further more, Rachel and Scott asked for group shots of just Scott's side of the family before the wedding, leaving just the united family photos for afterwards. A very touching idea that I shall be suggesting to future brides I work with.

The wedding itself was a very small, intimate affair with just 14 guests. It made a refreshing change. So lovely to go into the reception room to find just a single square table, laid up for what looked like a simple and wonderfully enjoyable dinner party.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable day spent with a group of lovely people. Below are just a small sample of shots. I'll be adding the full story to the website soon.

Wedding Photography Recky at Old Down Manor, Bristol

Just returned form a great recky at the beautiful Old Down Manor, near Bristol. 

After a quick meeting with Serena, who had to dash off for her and Ian's food tasting session, I then spent a wonderful hour and a half gently meandering through the rockery gardens, formal gardens and wildflower meadow that leads down to the beautiful lake setting. My notecard was full before I'd even made it half way around!

Below is just a small selection of shots. Just need the bride and groom to take centre stage in each photo and hey presto!

I am so looking forward to Serena and Ian's wedding this September at the spectacular setting that is Old Down Manor.

Wedding Photography at The Old Lodge, Minchinhampton Common, Gloucestershire

I will always remember Amy and Matt's wedding for one very distinctive reason - the cows!! 

In my time as a wedding photographer I've worked with a variety of different animals, (and people for that matter!) but none have been more fun than the cows of Minchinhampton Common. They are beautiful beasts but frighteningly large, and hats off to Amy for not running a mile when a particularly friendly cow started nuzzling at her wedding gown!

I'll start from the beginning.

Amy and Matt were childhood sweethearts, their love of the countryside, (and each other) brought them back together again after time spent apart at university.

Fast forward ten years and Amy and Matt found themselves at The Old Lodge, Gloucestershire, the venue where they were to marry, chatting to me, their wedding photographer, about the plans for their small but charming wedding. During our friendly and informal pre-wedding meeting they talked about how they would like their three year old chocolate lab, Poppy, included in the photos and then they casually dropped into the conversation about how they would like the cows on the common to be included too. I've had a lot of unusual requests in my time as a photographer and that was certainly up there with the best of them, however, when we walked around the grounds I found the cows to be very willing subjects.

On the day the weather was a mix of sunshine and showers. Not a disaster by any means; the overcast day provided beautiful light, especially as the day wore on. 

Amy's elegant and understated wedding gown matched her simple and straight forward character perfectly. I think I even caught a few of the cows turning their heads as she walked down the aisle to her adoring husband to be, Matt. 

After the simple, yet touching ceremony, guests congregated in the gardens outside. The sun came out and we bathed in beautiful warm sunshine. The ice-cream parlour that Amy and Matt had organised was the perfect compliment. I even got to sample one! You couldn't have asked for a more idyllic setting. 

After the group shots, (and Poppy's appearance!) there was just enough time before the wedding breakfast for some intimate shots of Amy and Matt, taken in carefully selected locations around the grounds that I had found during my pre-wedding venue visit. Sadly the cows weren't playing ball and were still mere dots on the horizon. 

As luck would have it, just as the wedding breakfast was coming to a close, I noticed a small heard of cows grazing on the edge of the common. I dashed inside to tell Amy and Matt and within minutes, half the wedding party had congregated outside to get a closer look at these beautiful animals.

The ten minutes that followed were tremendous fun. I'm sure the cows were finding it all very entertaining as they watched Amy, Matt and I dance around them, darting this way and that, trying to find the best angles before they moved on to their next patch of grass. 

And finally, before I left, there was just enough time to take some really very beautiful photos of Amy and Matt on the common; as the sun shone and the rain fell, the lighting in those few photographs is really some of the best I've worked with. 

"Just a quick email to say thank you very much for the DVD with all the pictures, they are absolutely fantastic.  I have finally managed to have a proper look at them and they are just great, so thank you very much."

For the full story, click on 'Cattle on the Common' wedding under Wedding Stories.


Wedding Photography at Cripps Barn

I hope you all enjoy this blog from Elen and Tom's wedding, which I shot last July at Cripps Barn in the charming Cotswold village of Bibury, Gloucestershire.

I'd photographed Tom's brother's wedding the previous year, (blog to follow on that one!) and Elen and Tom had been so impressed with the photos they booked me up straight away.

One of the great things about living in such a beautiful part of the world like the Cotswolds, is that you get to shoot at some really special venues, and Cripps Barn didn't disappoint.

Cripps Barn is a beautiful 18th century Cotswold stone barn, set in pretty grounds and surrounded by oodles of idyllic Cotswold countryside. 

Sadly, on the day, the weather was far from favourable. The heavens opened and it poured down for most of the morning. Thankfully, as the day progressed the weather improved, and although the ground was too waterlogged to hold the ceremony outside, the barn, dressed for the occassion, more than made up for it.

As the harp played, Elen sparkled as she walked down the aisle, dazzling her guests and Tom, who gazed adoringly at her. 

The ceremony was delightful and after being joined by Tom's one day old nephew for the group shots, I took Elen and Tom around the grounds to various locations that I had picked out during my pre-wedding venue scout. 

As Elen and Tom made their way through the woodland glade, I gently followed, documenting some very tender moments. I really encourage this time away from guests as not only does it give couples time to be together, but also a chance to reflect on the day's events. 

We strolled in to the fields adjoining the barn and enjoyed some really very beautiful light; it was late in the afternoon and the sun was getting low, throwing a spectacular golden glow across the corn.

As day turned into night, the evening entertainment got into full swing. Elen and her bridesmaids showed some great 'Gangnam Style' moves, much to the delight of her guests!

I found Elen and Tom's wedding particularly enjoyable as they were such a sweet couple who were brilliant to work with. It was great to see so many familiar faces, having photographed Dan's wedding, (Tom's brother) a year earlier. It was lovely to be remembered by everyone and to catch up with Hayley and Dan and their new baby son, Finlay. It just goes to show that a lot can happen in a year!

"Thank you for all your hard work and dedication in making sure we have a wonderful set of photos to remember our wedding day by. You had the ability to anticipate the best place to position yourself throughout the day to capture all the key moments and people."

For the full story, just click on 'Classic Cotswold Barn' wedding under Wedding Stories.