Cotswold Wedding Photography – Isabel & Hugo

Cotswold Wedding Photography – Isabel & Hugo

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.

 

 

“Would 100% Recommend. Sacha was completely brilliant from the initial conversation through to the day itself. He was great at listening to what we wanted and we couldn’t have been happier with the results.”

 

“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!”

 

 

 

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Clearwell Castle Wedding Photographer – Catherine & Tristum

Clearwell Castle Wedding Photographer – Catherine & Tristum

This was my seventh time as a Clearwell Castle wedding photographer. Here are a selection of images from the Forest of Dean wedding of Catherine & Tristum in Gloucestershire. They were married on 26th April 2019, it was bit of a cool day and kept us inside for the majority of the day. A lot of my clients do not enjoy posing for the camera, so today the vast majority of photographs were taken in the natural flow of the day. The only posed photographs were a handful of family and friend groups, the happy couple did take a walk around the castle’s gravel drive, but any portraits taken here were taken without instruction. The remainder of the images you see here are all taken unposed and unprompted. I really enjoy working in this manner. As the imagery is more about the emotion of the day and tells a story of those concerned, rather than any pre-conceived notions and ideas. It obviously takes a lot of faith in your photographer to be at hand and observant enough to capture these moments, for this I am truly appreciative. And probably explains why the majority of my work comes from word of mouth from previous clients. I had the pleasure of working with David from Wedding Video Solutions today and even he commented on how ‘hands-off’ I was for a photographer. He obviously gets to witness first hand how a lot of Clearwell Castle wedding photographers operate, and he went on say even those who described themselves as unobtrusive or documentary wedding photographers are not quite what they promise. It takes a lot of experience to be confident of capturing a wedding day without the advantage of controlling the logistics. If a photographer does decided to coerce and prompt, they run the risk of affecting the bride and groom’s memory of the day, rather than remembering true moments, they simply remember what the photographer instructed them to do. This also explains whys I prefer to shoot with ambient light as much as possible, avoiding electronic flash as much as possible. As this pulse of illumination all too often makes people aware of a photographer’s shutter release, and thus they might change their natural behaviour or become self conscious.

 

 

Eastwood Park Wedding – Victoria & Daniel

Eastwood Park Wedding – Victoria & Daniel

Victoria and Daniel’s Eastwood Park wedding in Gloucestershire, was an occasion that nearly did not happen. Firstly the date had to be brought forward from November, luckily the venue had an opening on Easter Sunday. Then a boiler explosion in the manor house saw half on the property sealed off. Luckily Victoria and Daniel took it all in their natural good grace, a new room was arranged for the wedding breakfast and the occasion went off with aplomb. Eastwood Park mansion house was created in the 1800’s in the style of a French Chateau a century by Sir Charles Jenkinson, seventh baronet, first baron of Hawkesbury and first Earl of Liverpool, whose son, Robert Jenkinson went on to become Prime Minister of England from 1812 to 1827.

 

“Thank you so much Sacha!!! They are beautiful!!

We are so pleased!

Thank you for coming at such short notice and providing such a fab service. There are faces and expressions of people you have caught which I have seen so many times that would not have been caught in a picture if it hadn’t have been you taking the photographs – absolutely superb! “

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Wedding at Clearwell Castle – Fara & Sam

Wedding at Clearwell Castle – Fara & Sam

Fara and Sam travelled from their home in Texas, USA to host their wedding at Clearwell Castle in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. So rather fitting that today was Independance Day, 4th July 2017, national holiday across the Atlantic. The bride and groom’s close family and friends also made the transatlantic  journey to help the happy couple mark this special occasion. Clearwell castle is a 18th century Gothic revival listed mansion, that was once used as a recording studio for 70’s rock groups. These days it is a bit more tranquil as an exclusive wedding venue. The day began as ever withthe bridal preparations, where the bride’s uncle was perfected her hair and her sister oversaw her make up. Meanwhile across the hall, the groom’s father took charge of perfected the groom’s and his brother’s ties, as they dressed in their suits. Once everyone was ready, we made our way past the castle’s crouqet lawn to the band stand, where an outdoor ceremony was performed. I have photographed afew weddinsg featuring our American cousins, and one thing I look forward to is the cake cutting. It seems this tradition has evolved over the ocean into ritual cake face smearing, which always livens up events. The remainder of the day witnessed some heartfelt speecehs, competitive bouquet catching and some Persian dancing. My day ended with a few photographs of the father daughter/bride and the mother, son/groom dance in the castles undercroft.

 

 

“THANK YOU!!! These are absolutely beautiful. You captured the day wonderfully.”

 

 

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Clearwell Castle Wedding – Chetna & Ryan

Clearwell Castle Wedding – Chetna & Ryan

On the 24th March I photographed Chetna and Ryan’s Clearwell Castle wedding in the Forest of Dean.They were a familiar pair of faces, as they had been guests at several of my previous weddings. Clearwell Castle was built in the Gothic style in 1727, an architectural feature that was to prove attractive when it was used in the 19780’s at a recording studio to several rock bands including Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. These days it is a full time wedding venue in the county of Gloucestershire. The photographic coverage commence the bridal preparations in the lavish bridal suite. There was to be two marriage ceremonies, one traditional in the magnificent ballroom, the other an Hindu ceremony. This was performed in the band stand that overlooks the manicured gardens of the castle. We were extremely fortunate with the weather, the winter sun making a much appreciated appearance during the day. Following the wedding breakfast and speeches, the first dance was enjoyed by the attending guests in the entrance hall. The party was continued in the castle cellars where a Bollywood band was setting the pace.

 

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Clearwell Castle Wedding – Rebecca & Steven

Clearwell Castle Wedding – Rebecca & Steven

I photographed Rebecca and Steven’s Clearwell Castle wedding on Saturday 24th May 2014, a day that provided the added element of dealing with heavy and consistent rain. The photographic coverage started for this wedding at St Hilda’s Church in Griffithstown, South Wales before we headed to the reception venue of Clearwell Castle in Gloucestershire. This 18th century mock Gothic mansion and former recording studio in the Forest of Dean provided the perfect shelter from the inclement weather. Though a short respite saw the bride and groom brave the outside for a few photographs on the castle drive, wisely armed with a white umbrella. Later in the day once the speeches were completed, the clouds parted and the a few brave souls took up the croquet challenge on a rain soaked lawn.

The full gallery of wedding photographs will be made available here.

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