Each time I return to Manor By The Lake in Cheltenham I always find somewhere new to shoot. Nestled in between some very interesting buildings (a supermarket and an industrial estate), Manor By The Lake is a large regal building with huge grounds, a lake and surrounded by trees. It’s like you’ve wondered too far into the woodlands and ended up on some Duchesses country retreat. You would have no idea the venue is slap bang in the heart of Cheltenham.

This year I returned to Manor By The Lake to shoot a friends wedding, someone who I’ve known for as long as I’ve been living in this part of the country for, about 9 years. I’ve watched her grow closer together with Matthew, attending cosy house music shows for a couple of years together with them. When they both asked me to shoot their wedding I was honoured – knowing Selina I knew that the decorations, music and theme would be fantastical. With the longest wedding veil I’ve ever seen, coupled with traditional grey suits for the gents, this was more of a classic wedding than a bohemian one. The night was finished by a live jazz band led by Kim Cypher on saxophone, giving upbeat swing renditions of some of our favourite songs. 

I felt truly at home with this wedding, being around friends from back in my University days made for an easy shoot and post edit. I sat with Selina and Matthew when they opened the wedding pictures for the first time, and I’m so honoured they’ve let me use the images to populate a 2018 wedding album to show other couples in the future.

The main building of Manor By The Lake in Cheltenham, England.

A bridesmaid getting her hair prepared for a wedding in Cheltenham.

Bridesmaids dress detail in copper.

Close up detail shots of wedding flowers in Cheltenham.

The groomsmen prepare speeches at Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham.

The bridal room at Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham.

A wedding dress hanging at Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham

A bride having her hair prepared at Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham

Bridesmaids getting ready into their dresses at Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham

A tiara for the bride at Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham

The bridal party preparing at Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham.

Wedding dress back details.

Flower girls preparing for a wedding at Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham.

A beautiful bride at Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham.

Details of the flower girls feet at a wedding in Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham.

Full length detail of the bride and bridesmaids at Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham.

Flower detail for a bride at Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham.

Full length wedding dress at Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham

The red room at Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham.

A wedding ceremony taking place at Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham.

Marriage ceremony at Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham.

The couples first kiss at Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham.

Formal photographs at Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham.

Celebrating a marriage at Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham.

Wedding dress detail at Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham.

A confetti throw at Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham.

A large group shot of the guests of a wedding at Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham.

Couples portrait session at Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham.

The Monet bridge at Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham.

The Money bridge portrait session at Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham.

A bridal dress and flowers sparkle in the light at Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham.

Couples photography at Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham.

Romantic portraiture at Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham.

Fun bridesmaids poses at Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham.

Reception details at Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham.

A hanging chandelier at Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham.

A bride and groom see their wedding cake for the first time at Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham.

Close up detail photography of the wedding cake at Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham.

Reception speeches at Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham.

Reception cheers at Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham.

Cutting the cake together as bride and groom at Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham.

The first dance begins at Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham.

First dance at Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham.

Movement and dance at Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham.

The Kim Cypher band at Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham.