Jo & Simon – Tetbury Wedding Gloucestershire

Vintage Wedding Marquee Photography Miranda Stuart

Vintage Wedding Marquee Photography Miranda Stuart

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.

Vintage Wedding Tractor by Miranda Stuart

Vintage Wedding Tractor by Miranda Stuart

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)

Weddings - is it too much to ask for a sleep?

Weddings – is it too much to ask for a sleep?

Manisha & Rob – Wedding Day, Folly Farm, Pensford

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Manisha and Rob had what must have been the very hottest and driest wedding day on record. Ever! It was totally roasting. I think I melted after the first 3 minutes…

They had chosen Folly Farm near Pensford, Bristol. Originally they had planned to get married the same weekend but a year before. That weekend had seen torrential rain. So on balance, they had made a great decision to change it to 2013.

Manisha wore an ivory dress rather than traditional Indian style as they mixed East and West.

They had lots and lots of family and friends, which seemed to arrive in waves.  And the atmosphere was terrific.

The food was definitely ‘East’, being prepared by a fabulous restaurant near Bristols’ Harbourside – Myristica. Yummy. I cannot say enough how nice it is when the bride and groom appreciate the work that goes into photography and arrange for us to enjoy some food too.

Oh, and grooms, don’t forget you’ll have to pay for the marriage certificate!

The full gallery for guests can be found here. You’ll need the password which is Manisha’s original surname in lowercase.

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Wellington Barn Wedding Photography

Wellington Barn wedding photography by Miranda StuartThe Wiltshire countryside hides a beautiful wedding venue secret.

Wellington Barn.

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.

Wellington Barn wedding photography by Miranda Stuart
Wellington Barn wedding photography by Miranda Stuart
Wellington Barn wedding photography by Miranda Stuart
Wellington Barn wedding photography by Miranda Stuart

Wellington Barn wedding photography by Miranda Stuart
Wellington Barn wedding photography by Miranda Stuart
Wellington Barn wedding photography by Miranda Stuart
Wellington Barn wedding photography by Miranda Stuart
Wellington Barn wedding photography by Miranda Stuart
wedding photography by Miranda Stuart

wedding photography by Miranda Stuart
wedding photography by Miranda Stuart
wedding photography by Miranda Stuart

Engagement Shoot – Caz & Tom

Caroline (Caz) & Tom obviously lead very busy lives in London and coming down to Bath for their pre-wedding shoot was going to be challenging. So skipping work early on a summers afternoon, they caught the 4pm from Paddington and arrived about 90 minutes later at Bath Spa station.

This was the first time we’d met face-to-face after talking on the phone and via email, and they were as nice in real-life as they had sounded on the phone.

Bath is familiar to Caz as she often visited when she lived in Wiltshire.

I‘d scouted along the quiet side of the River Avon before they arrived, picking out some nice spots by the Kennet and Avon canal lock. But as we headed for the first location, we discovered that half of Bath were now charging towards us. I know its not easy to be photographed at the best of times. But with strangers bustling past? I don’t think so.

So, plan B. Keep walking and talking and hope the throngs would thin.

Eventually they did and with it Caz & Tom relaxed. A friendly local who cares for some of the riverboats saw us doing the shoot and offered the use of the exterior of one of the boats. Some people can be so kind and generous.

Tom had recently damaged his shoulder when a pedestrian had charged out in front of his push-bike in Kensington, so Caz was under strict orders not to exacerbate his condition! Just to keep things even, recently Caz too, had come a cropper on her bike when another cyclist cut-her-up, catching her front wheel. I wondered if I was being told subliminally that they were accident prone?

Still, they both ended the shoot in one piece and we had some glorious evening sun to boot.

Look out for their wedding photos later next month…

Bath Wedding Photography by Miranda Stuart
Bath Wedding Photography by Miranda Stuart
Bath Wedding Photography by Miranda Stuart
Bath Wedding Photography by Miranda Stuart
Bath Wedding Photography by Miranda Stuart
Bath Wedding Photography by Miranda Stuart
Bath Wedding Photography by Miranda Stuart
Bath Wedding Photography by Miranda Stuart
Bath Wedding Photography by Miranda Stuart
Bath Wedding Photography by Miranda Stuart
Bath Wedding Photography by Miranda Stuart