Here are a few of the images from my Cotswold Wedding Photography at Euridge Manor for the union of Louisa and Nick. They were married at towards the end of the summer of 2019 on the 7th of September. Euridge Manor countryside estate is located not far from the quintessential English village of Castle Combe in the Cotswolds. Benefiting from a Georgian style Orangery with terrace gardens and its own boating pond, this exclusive use wedding venue provides a picturesque backdrop to any wedding day. Both the bridal and groom parties were on the estate during their preparations. So I was able to split my time between the two until they met up at the marriage ceremony in the Orangery. Following which, congratulatory hugs were exchanged and drinks were served on the rooftop garden. Once having one had a chance to catch up with each other, we made out way to the main lawn for a few family and friend group photographs. Then before guests were called in for the wedding breakfast, the bride and groom had a little walk around the boating pond, so I could capture just the two of them whilst utilising the surroundings. These were taken as naturally as possible with as little direction as possible, any such instruction usually just consisted of the request for a little pause in one picturesque spot before continuing their journey. The wedding day speeches were delivered before the food. Then before the evening dancing got underway, they was enough of the evening sun to enjoy the gardens one more time.
At some weddings the stars just seem to align. I was rather spoilt today at this idyllic English country wedding. It is always pleasure providing Cotswold wedding photography, the area boasts some of the most beautiful and picturesque architecture and countryside. Today’s wedding was held by Isabel and Hugo and took place on Saturday 31st August 2020. The majority of the day was hosted by the bride’s parents at their beautiful home in Ampney Crucis. A village near the town of Cirencester in the Cotswold area that overlaps into Gloucestershire. A marquee had been erected in their spectacular garden. I commented on my arrival in the morning that someone must have green fingers, which really was quite the understatement, given that it is also home to a well respected gardening school. Rather conveniently the church of Holy Road, where the marriage ceremony was to take place, is located adjacent to the bride’s parents’ home. It was then logistically possible for me to split my time between the bridal preparations and groom’s church arrival without losing anytime on the road. It was such a short distance, the groom need not to have driven his new bride to the reception location, but having access to such a lovely vintage car, it would be a shame not to. It was a glorious sunny day, so the bride and groom greeted their guest as they arrived in the sunlit manicured garden. Later during the drinks reception, some of the speeches were delivered outside in the garden, before the wedding breakfast was served in the marquee. Following the meal, it was time for the best-man’s speech and the cake cutting which featured a cutlas wielding groom. The first dance for the newly married couple, was quickly over as the bride and groom coerced everyone to join them on the dance floor, which turned out to be quite the party.
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“The photos were phenomenal, capturing all of the days moments. We were able to completely relive the day looking though all the photos. Great with communication and so easy to deal with on the day. Absolutely fantastic service!”
Hannah and Charlie hosted their wedding day at the Euridge Orangery on Saturday 20th July 2019. Euridge sits on the edge of the village of Colerne, on the borders of Somerset and Wiltshire, in the heart of the Cotswolds, The estate is built within the grounds of famous explorer Sir Walter Raleigh’s old hunting lodge. My photographic coverage began with the bridal party, who had set up in one of the 17th century stone cottages located on the estate. As it was a short distance to the main house where the boys were getting ready, I split my time between the two parties. The marriage ceremony took place in the nearby village of Colerne at the St John the Baptist Church, a building which in part date backs to the 12th century. After the ceremony and confetti had been thrown, Charlie drove his new bride away in a classic open top sports cars. Meanwhile their guests made their way to Euridge where they served drinks on the roof top terrace in the gardens of Euridge Orangery. The newlyweds used this time to walk their two little dogs, which provided me an opportunity for a couple of shots as they did so. These were taken in the normal flow of their stroll, as with most of my clients, they did want overly posed portraits. Though we did a few family groups shots, as this pleases parents tremendously. And with a little analytical thinking they do not need to take up too much time. As the day progressed the wedding breakfast was served, and some comical and emotive speeches followed. The evening bought about the cutting of the cake and Hannah and Charlies’ first dance as a married couple. The wedding band then increased the tempo, and the collected family and friends were invited onto the dance floor.
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“Beautifully captured the mood. (They) most definitely brought back to life the funny, happy, crazy (Charlie’s groomsman!) and for us poignant moments.”
On the 4th May 2019 I donned my hat as a Cotswold Wedding Photographer for wedding day of Sophie and Jon at Euridge Manor’s Lost Orangery. This was my third visit to this rather unique wedding venue and I seem to enjoy it a little more each time. In the morning the bride and her party where getting ready on site. Meanwhile the boys were a short distance away in one of the estates country cottages, sorting out ties, buttonholes and waistcoats. A group ‘single malt’ toast was exchanged before the days formal duties began for the ushers and best-man. Once all of the guests were safely seated in the Orangery, Sophie was walked through the garden to make her grand entrance. An emotional ceremony was enjoyed, then the happy couple were then showered with confetti on the main lawn. Drink, canapés and string instrumented music were then provided through the gardens where everyone could enjoy the view of the boating lake and rolling hills. The food and drink was served by the highly recommended Wiltshire catering firm Eat Five Star. The wedding breakfast was served in the venues ballroom, before some wonderful speeches entertained the gathered friends and family. As the night drew approached, log fires were lit outside to provide warmth for the those enjoying the evening air. Though it was not too long before night time celebrations began with the happy couples first dance.
It is not often you have the opportunity to photograph a wedding in the snow. Actually I think it is only the third time in 15 years of photographing weddings. The snow was still falling as I left early in the morning on the 1st February 2019. I had to travel to the Cotswold venue wedding, Great Tythe Barn in Tetbury. Along the way I did receive a nervous text message from the bride to ask if I was going to make it, as the hair and make up artist had already cancelled. The majority of the wedding guests were already in situ, thanks to the generous accommodation on site they had stayed the night before.Though with the occasional power cut, probably thanks to snow on the power lines, the preparations in the morning were a little juddering in its progress. Nevertheless these things are sent to try us and Phoebe and Mark’s, calm and good hearted nature as they prepared for their wedding day ensured a happy occasion whatever the conditions. The staff at the Great Tythe Barn were exemplary, shovelling snow to create clear paths, lighting candles and sourcing generators. In the end power was resumed and the wedding day went off without a hitch. The bride and groom even braved the cold and falling snow as they wanted some photographs in their personal winter wonderland. The barn hosted the marriage ceremony and even has additional area in the spacious attic for the drinks reception whilst the main area is turned around for the wedding breakfast. The celebrations continued into night as the dance floor filled. In time I said my goodbyes and left for my journey home, though I could leave the venue without taking a photograph on the little snowman left watching the festivities from outside.
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I photographed Iona and Matt’s Cotswold wedding at Soho Farmhouse on the 1st September 2018. The day started in the idyllic Cotswold village of Great Tew near Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire. The bride was getting ready at her parents’ home a stone’s throw away from the parish church, St Michaels and All Angels. The church is tucked away down a long grassy terrace bounded by ha-ha’s, recessed boundary walls (I looked it up!) and is reached through a beautifully carved 17th century gate. The gate was erected by Lucius Carey, Viscount Falkland, who served as Secretary of State to Charles I. It was at this gate where I met up with the groom, where he was conveying instructions for the marriage ceremony logistics to his ushers. Following the ceremony, guests and the wedding party took turns to be transported to the wedding reception venue, in an old red double decker bus. The reception was hosted at Soho Farmhouse. An exclusive members club in 100 acres of Oxfordshire countryside. On this site there is multiple wood cabins, cottages, a boathouse with outdoor and indoor heated pools, an electric barn cinema and of course a cowshed providing spa and gym facilities. Also you can hire the Hay barn for private functions, such as for today’s wedding reception. On arrival, afternoon tea was served in the grounds overlooked by the rolling hills of the Cotswolds. Guest chatted to each other and drank champagne in the warmth of this summer’s day, before being called in for the formal wedding breakfast that was to be served in the barn. As people were seating, the bride and groom took this opportunity to stroll together for a few minutes allowing me to take some natural photographs of them to utilise the surroundings. Speeches were performed before and after different food courses. The evening entertainment was provided by a traditional folk band, who encouraged and where necessary, gave instructions on how best to perform the predefined dancing that such music warrants.