Beccy and Mark's Wedding Photography Story
Stanway House and Fountain, Gloucestershire
When Beccy and Paul asked me to be their wedding photographer they told me they were getting married at Stanway House, which is a very special venue.
Stanway is a beautiful Jacobean manor house set in grounds that are also occupied by a stunning Gatehouse, picture postcard Church and 14th Century tithe barn. The 18th Century water garden, which boasts the tallest fountain in Britain, is perhaps its most famous feature.
On my pre-wedding venue visit, Beccy, Paul and myself did a thorough walk through of the grounds and together picked out some very pretty spots for photographs.
I arrived nice and early on the morning of the wedding to capture the details that Beccy had put so much effort into. I then made my way to the Church where I gently documented Paul, his best man and ushers. As guests arrived the Church gradually filled up and finally Beccy arrived. She looked very pretty and made the whole thing seem effortless. If she was nervous, she certainly didn't show it.
Paul couldn't take his eyes off Beccy as she walked down the aisle. This was a couple that had been together since childhood and you could tell how close they were; only letting go of each other's hand when asked.
After the ceremony I asked everyone to congregate in front of the Gatehouse, which provided a stunning backdrop for the group photos. These were taken with minimum fuss and soon guests were enjoying canapés and croquet on the lawn outside the tithe barn.
Luckily for us there wasn't much wind that day and word quickly spread that the fountain had been turned on. As we all ran up the hill to the water garden everyone was wowed by the sheer size of this magnificent fountain.
It was a slower descent coming back down. I followed Beccy and Paul, shooting quietly from a distant as they shared some tender moments. We then left the other guests and made the most of the beautiful gardens, walking to the locations we had talked about in our pre-wedding venue meeting.
After the wedding breakfast and speeches, guests made their way outside again while the barn was prepared for the evening reception.
The first dance kicked off the evening in style and things were just getting going as I said my goodbyes.