Kez & Matt’s pre-wedding photo shoot images can be seen HERE. If you know the couple, then you’ll know the password 🙂
We met Jo and Simon way back. They live in a tiny village with only a church and not even a pub. So tiny that they seemed to know everyone on first-name terms.
This meant they were bound to have a very personal style of wedding. And we were not wrong.
Jo had arranged a beautiful, vintage marquee, for the reception in the grounds of the local manor house following a service in the pretty and equally tiny church. With an unbelievably tiny vestry for the signing of the register.
So it was with some disappointment that everyone awoke to a frightful weather forecast. A forecast which proved all too accurate as the ceremony time drew near. It was simply cats and dogs.
And Jo’s transport to the church was the, only slightly-enclosed, wagon pulled by a vintage (naturally) tractor. Which she and her father gallantly tried to hide in as the trailer was drawn towards the church at a leisurely pace in the rain.
It hammered it down during the ceremony.
But amazingly, and right on cue, a brilliant flash of blue sky appeared as they signed the register.
By the time the formalities were over, B&G had boarded, motored, and decanted again from the tractor & trailer, the sun was shining gloriously as the fluffy summer clouds smiled down of everybody.
So, to start the photographic ball rolling, what do you think was going on with this little chap?…
To see the entire set of galleries Click HERE (If you know Jo and Simon, you’ll know the password – click the Need a Hint? link when you see it)
We’ve shot a couple of weddings at Tortworth Court Hotel in Gloucestershire and been guests too. As a photographer, Tortworth Court offers an amazing variety of locations for a wedding shoot. Far too many for a single wedding. Indeed, far too many for a whole heap of weddings.
As we looked around again this September, we were struck by the similarity between the central atrium in Tortworth and a rather European café we visited in Dublin. A café inside the Chester Beatty museum.
We had been to Tortworth almost exactly a year to the day beforehand. On that occasion we met Sam and Martin who went on to book us to shoot their wedding in September 2012.
The house itself is full of detail and curious carvings and reliefs. It has a grand portico at the front. Just to the side is a lovely orangery. And to the far side of the house is a permanent marquee for the larger weddings.
Trees in the grounds are listed as part of an arboretum. They are spectacular. And September always hints at the glories of the autumn to come.
The trees together with the extensive gardens make for some great photography. Too often we have found some wedding venues to be lacking. Some of them lacking a lot.
But Tortworth Court is superb. We could happily come here again and again. Knowing that each wedding shoot would be very different. Personal. Unique.
Our cup of tea.
The biggest challenge is not to get carried away.
Here are a few shots from around Tortworth Court.
If you love Tortworth as much as we do, chat to us about what you would like from your wedding photographs.
The Wiltshire countryside hides a beautiful wedding venue secret.
Now barns come in two flavours: Olde-worlde and modern.
Wellington Barn is externally modern. But inside is a completely different look.
The main wedding reception area is a large open room with huge picture windows looking out upon gorgeous rolling countryside. The ceiling is hung with draped fabric. And hanging from it are several large ornate chandeliers.
Rustic timber beams abound. Most obviously these were salvaged from a much older barn. They’re integrated into the design very effectively. You walk through an opening in the rear wall of the reception room and find yourself in the reconstruction of the old barn, complete with more heavy oak timbers than you could shake a heavy oak pencil at.
Off to the side is the cosy but well stocked bar. And hidden somewhere else is the kitchen creating wonderful wedding breakfasts.
Outside, there is a large flag-stone paved area with tables and seats and patio umbrellas. Next to this is a modest lawned area with some trees and an arbor and the whole lot is surrounded by rustic timber fencing.
Beyond the fencing is the countryside. This is agricultural land. So there are wide, open, undulating fields as far as the eye can see. When we visited, a combine harvester was busy throwing wheat and chaff high into the air on a nearby hillside.
Just a stones throw from the barn is a wonderful wild-flower meadow. Someone has thoughtfully cut through the long grass and tall stemmed flowerscreating a mowed path through the glade.
I could have laid down in the field chewing the best wheat stalk money could buy.
And then it became night. Rarely in this country will you see such vast uninterupted fields of stars. Magical.
You just want to come back to places as idyllic as Wellington Barn.