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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Tabitha and Llywellyn’s Monmouthshire wedding took place on Saturday 22nd September 2018. The morning preparations for the bride took place at her parent’s amazing home, Pilstone House in South Wales. Later in the day it was also to host the drinks reception in a rather fortuitously positioned marquee providing shelter from the days precipitation. The marriage ceremony was held the over side of the River Wye at All Saints Church in the idyllic village of Newland. The bride arrived in a classic American car and was protected from the rain with a plethora of umbrellas as she made her way along the church path. A horse riding accident weeks before meant a strapped ankle, but to everyones admiration she till managed to wear her wedding shoes. After the ceremony it was back to Pilstone House, where the champagne was flowing and continued to do so throughout the day. Guests and wedding party alike enjoyed chatting and catching up with friends, before the formal cutting of the cake and the wedding speeches entertained as all as the evening approached.
I must admit I did raise my eyebrows when I was informed Mary and Leif’s wedding reception would be held in a marquee. Nothing unusual there you might say, but then it was scheduled for 2nd December 2017. A winter wedding in a marquee is quite a rarity but thanks to industrial heaters it was quite cosy for everyone. Located in rural Devon in the town of South Zeal, there is sparse venues that could of coped with the 100 plus guests, so this solution was perfect. The bride’s family had rented a large country house for the week and this was where the morning preparations took place. The marriage ceremony was held at St Andrew’s Church in the picturesque village of South Tawton on the northern edge of Dartmoor, Devon. The wedding marquee had been pitched in the recreation ground of South Zeal a few miles away. Where thanks to hay bales and trestle tables, a very warm and relaxed rural atmosphere was prominent, perfect for this fun loving couple.
I photographed the wedding of Lucy and Jacob in South Wales on Saturday 16th July 2016. The day started with photographing the bridal preparations at Lucy’s parent’s beautiful home in Monmouthshire, where a marquee had been pitched on the front lawn for later in the day, when the drinks reception and wedding breakfast would be served. I am not sure what I will remember this wedding for the most, the surprise belly dancer that appearred late in the evening or the how I first saw the father of bride, striding over the patio in a dressing gown, carrying three bottles of champagne!
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The marriage ceremony took place at the historic St Mary’s Priory Church in the nearby market town of Usk. Rebuilt in 1405 after Owain Glyndwr’s destructive rebellion swept through the town, the site was originally established as a Benedictine priory by Richard de Clare in 1160. The pride of St Mary’s today is the beautifully carved 15th century chancel screen. This exquisite piece of craftsmanship is one of the finest screens in Wales, and though which I photographed the happy couple exchanging wedding rings.
New Quay in Ceredigion in West Wales is one of my favourite places in Wales, so I was pleased when Sarah and Michael asked me to photograph their wedding in this popular seaside and traditional fishing town. In the morning the bridal preparations took place in the family’s cottage overlooking Cardigan Bay whilst the groom and his ushers enjoyed the sunshine in the beer garden of the Black Lion pub. The marriage ceremony was performed at the Church of Llanllwchaearn Church before the wedding party and guests travelled round the bay to a marquee pitched in Charlie’s Field, so called because Prince Charles once landed his helicopter there on a visit to the area.
As you can see from the photographs, this was not a usual marquee, with a center bar and two floor levels, also the table decorations were really something special, and the couple also provided the The Diamond Boys, a group of acoustic musicians that entertained the guests throughout the reception. All of this attention to detail is not surprising when you know that Sarah and Michael are both planners at Luminate Events.
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Saturday the 22nd of August in 2016, saw me head across South Wales to the county of Monmouthshire for the wedding of Anna and Ben. I began the day in some holiday cottages that Anna was sharing with her parents, sisters and nephews for the bridal preparations, before catching up with the groom at St Mary’s Church in the hamlet of Tregare, near Raglan. Once the register was signed and the confetti thrown, a classic Austin Healy sports car provided the transport for the bride and groom to make their way to the wedding reception. This was hosted in a nearby field, that not only provided room for a marquee, idyllic views on the Monmouthshire countryside, but also a make shift cricket pitch. As the day progressed it became clear that was to be a running cricket theme to the wedding reception, might have something to do with the bride and groom’s son, Eric who guarded his wicket with great aplomb.
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