Hatherley Manor in the Summer Wedding

Every few months we get a request to shoot at Hatherley Manor, near Cheltenham. We’ve been great friends with the wedding planners there (even shooting their wedding!) in the past year or so, so are happy to be called their recommended suppliers. This wedding had a little twist to in with regards to planning however.

Only six days before the wedding we were contacted by the couple Alex and Rachel, as their prebooked photographer had unfortunately injured their leg and were no longer able to walk. I cringed in empathy at this, I’d hate to have such an accident so close to a couples big day! We checked the diary and found we had a rare weekend day free so took on their wedding for the couple. 

Alex is a full time photographer so I knew that our work had to stand on its own against a super critical eye, personally I would be the same when choosing a photographer for my own day too. Gladly Alex was super happy with our work and chuffed to bits with the results. I love having a quick browse on Facebook and seeing one of my wedding pics pop up as not only a brides profile pic but also the cover image. To think that my images made someones day/week/month/year fills me with pride and helps me know that I’m on the right path and working towards helping even more couples in the future.

 

Pittville Pump Rooms NYE Wedding

We were contacted by this couple a few weeks before New Years Eve to ask us to cover their big day as a videographer. I was lucky enough to be able to come along to help out with audio and to also take some great behind the scenes shots. Pittville Pump Rooms are situated atop a large hill with a great lake and playing fields on either side, and is a truly magnificent building. Preparations started with the grooms party, as the bride was getting prepared elsewhere. The couple were incredibly easy going, used to being in front of camera crews for their respective jobs. The Pump Rooms were turned into a beautifully decorated location, with purple uplighters and candles adorning the aisle. Afterwards a live band played late into the night, and some of the last guests stayed on until the stroke of midnight to watch the fireworks.

To book our videographer for the day, head on over to the Videography section of our site, to see packages, prices and show reels from previous weddings.

Pittville pump rooms groom preparationsWedding videography uses a tripod for steady shots of a flay lay of props.

The Bringewood Hillside Wedding

Osian and Deryn’s wedding was up a hill, miles away from towns and only accessible via a winding country road. When we pulled out into the road leading to The Bringewood, we were blown away by the spectacular forest views. It was to be an outdoor wedding, with the breakfast and reception in a tented area.

We loved the lavender accents throughout the wedding, matching with the purple bouquets. Lawn games occupied the time between the ceremony and the speeches/meal, which was a dried meat and mediterranean medley platter.

The band for the night were an outstanding 50s swing and rockabillity three piece outfit, and the couple surprised us all by having learn a swing routine for the first dance.

What a great day!

 

Manor By The Lake 50s Wedding

The Manor By The Lake is a huge mansion hidden away on the edge of Cheltenham. It also happens to be just a short drive from our office, making it our closest venue. Covered in vines and sporting a beautiful pond and gardens, the venue oozes class and elegance. We started the day with ground shots, as we had our videographer Scott shooting for the day. Bex joined us again for makeup for the day, doing a great job as she always does. The theme of the day was vintage and 50s, using polka dot dresses and bright red colours. We had such a great time shooting the day, and the couple were so gracious in letting us use their day to promote ourselves.

Hatherley Manor Springtime Wedding

Harriet & Mike got married in the middle of the British springtime, amidst grey clouds and damp weather. Choosing the traditional route of a church wedding, I met the couple in their separate preparation locations beforehand. Joined by a friend on makeup was a nice surprise – Bex joined me on three other weddings that same year. Using spring as the theme of the wedding, hot orange was used for clothing and accents, with sunflowers for bouquets. The vicar at the church was so very friendly, letting me use secret passageways to get access to vantage points. The couple had chosen Hatherley Manor as their location, which is famed for inventing the deckchair and stepladder. I thoroughly enjoyed the days shooting, and have stayed good friends with Harriet afterwards, who is breaking into the modelling scene to support a charity.

Prestbury Church Wedding

We have always enjoyed vintage, upcycled and classic items at weddings. No other wedding we’ve shot has put so many of these enjoyable traits into one day for us. Arriving in an imported 60s Ford car at Prestbury Church, Katie met Bertie at the altar in a traditional way. It was the reception however, that blew us away. Every detail of the wedding had been planned in under six weeks, including the booking of the hall and accessories. Most of the decor was handmade, from the bunting to the jars of chutney to take home. Cheese rounds were served next to mounds of pasta as a nod to Bertie’s heritage. Partying long into the night with the help of an outdoor log fire.

West Dulwich College Library Wedding

Getting married on the hottest day of the year was tough work, especially in the heat of Central London. West Dulwich College has many great locations to get married in, from the pavilion to main halls. Gemma & Jason chose the quiet Library, just off from the main building. The ceremony was beautiful, the bride Gemma had a spectacular pluming dress on for the day. After the ceremony guests filed out onto the playing lawn. Most tried to escape the heat under shade, only to break from it for the formal shots. Their reception was held down the road in The Rosendale pub, with the entire upstairs booked out for the reception. As downstairs was still open to the general public, it was great to see a bride in full wedding attire at the bar alongside them, ordering drinks.

Herons Farm Civil Ceremony

I have known Liv for over ten years now, meeting at University. I was constantly regaled stories about her partner Emma, so when asked to shoot the wedding, I was honoured. Herons Farm in Pangbourne is a lovely rustic farm that has been converted for ceremonial use. Situated in the middle of hundreds of acres of sprawling fields, the barn served as the focal point of the day. Contrary to tradition, they did meet before the ceremony to see each other. Opting to both wear white wedding dresses, the girls were accompanied to the front of the aisle surrounded by family. I couldn’t have asked for a nicer couple, they even sat me down as a guest for a meal. On the tables were recipe cards for rum cocktails, and disposable cameras for the guests to use.

Mill House Hotel Wedding 2014

Dave & Kim were the first couple allowed to tie the knot in the gardens of The Mill House. Previously only able to officiate weddings inside, new licences had been filed just in time for a riverside wedding. The rain parted just in time for the processional, complimented by a string quartet. On the way back up the aisle Dave & Kim danced to “Bring Me Sunshine”, a favourite of mine. After the ceremony lawn games were put out, including croquet and hoops. We managed to steal away the couple for a few minutes during this point to grab some romantic portraits for them. This was the first wedding I had shot where the cake was made out of rounds of cheese – something we’d come to see time and time again through the coming years.