Amy and Matt's Wedding Photography Story
The Old Lodge, Rodborough Common, Gloucestershire
I will always remember Amy and Matt's wedding for one very distinctive reason - the cows!
The cows of Minchinhampton Common 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!
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, chatting to me, their wedding photographer, about the plans for their small but charming wedding. During our friendly and informal pre-wedding meeting they casually dropped into the conversation about how they would like the cows to be included too. They were 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.
Amy looked stunning in her elegant wedding gown. 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 shone and the ice-cream parlour that Amy and Matt had organised was the perfect compliment. I even got to sample one!
After the group shots 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 beautiful photos of Amy and Matt on the common; as the sun shone and the rain fell, the lighting in those few photographs is some of the best I've worked with.