Juliette & Kieran – Tolpuddle, Dorset wedding photography

Dorset WeddingOctober has been quite a mixed bag weather-wise, so Juliette & Kieran were very fortunate to have so much sunshine for their wedding day.

The ceremony was held in the village church in Tolpuddle, not far from where Juliette grew up. The bride travelled there in an immaculately restored 1932 MG.  What a car!  Have I ever mentioned that I love photographing classic cars? 🙂 That’s another one to tick off my list…

Following the ceremony and after a number of family shots, we did the first of two couple-shoots for Juliette & Kieran before leaving for the wedding breakfast.

The reception was a 45-minute drive away, being held at The Eastbury Hotel in Sherbourne.

Guests had travelled from right across the UK and even from Canada.  Following the speeches, they were all treated to a short, live action video all about Kieran – what can we say?

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Oh, and what very nice food!

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Wedding – Daisy & Nick, Chepstow Castle, South Wales

South Wales wedding photographyDaisy & Nick are one of those really great couples to photograph.

We knew that right from when we first spoke to them about their wedding plans and agreed a pre-shoot at a railway halt in the Forest of Dean (Click Here to see that shoot)

Daisy had obviously thought long and hard about her big day and it seems the theme definitely included lots of daisies – big yellow daisies in her bouquet – right through to a lovely white convertible 1978 VW Beetle decorated with garlands of the flowers and aptly named ‘Daisy’ to boot.

Daisy & Nick were married at the Kingdom Hall in Chepstow, in South Wales, and had allowed themselves plenty of time for the kind of couple-shoot that all-too-easily gets squeezed out of the days proceedings.

Just down the cobbled street is Chepstow Castle and the grounds made for a very nice location shoot, if a little busy with visitors.

Out of the blue, a visiting family from the USA, the father keeping his distance and the mother dressed in shorts and bright yellow wellingtons on a gloriously warm and sunny afternoon (what do they get told about our weather?!), spoke to Daisy. Their little girl was very excited! There was an ancient castle. And now all of a sudden a ‘real-life’ princess was here too. Desperately tugging at her mum, she asked if she could talk to ‘the princess’! Awwwww!

Checking the photos with the princess admirer, Nick looks a little resigned. Sorry Nick, marrying a princess has its drawbacks. Probably a sign of things to come…

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Emily & Simon Wedding Day Bartholomew Barn

Barn WeddingEmily and Simon are a very private couple who honoured us by asking that we photograph their wedding day in East Sussex in mid April.

We had met them last year to chat about their plans and it soon became clear that they new exactly what they were after – a set of photographs which would document their wedding and allow them to have a beautiful album created which showed them everything they wanted to remember about their family and friends.

Married at St Peters church in Chailey, their ceremony was led by a family friend, so was amongst the most personal of services. After the ceremony their friends had a chance to refresh themselves with some nibbles and a cup of tea in the village hall on the green before travelling to the reception, which was almost an hour away in the idyllic Bartholomew Barn in Kirdford, near Petworth.

Now a wedding story isn’t complete unless we give you the weather report. So, a day which had started with torrential overnight rain and blustery conditions gave way to calmer and drier interludes through the morning. Indeed the drive to Bartholomew Barn enjoyed sporadic sunshine and several times we wished we could have stopped and taken the group shots en-route.

Parking in the field by the barn proved to be short-sighted. Minutes after the arrival of everyone, the heavens opened and an almighty and persistent downpour began. Thankfully the couple had the foresight to have a lovely Moroccan style marquee complete with sofas and tables and a two-piece jazz group playing, which served as a refuge from the Glastonbury style mud-fest which threatened outside.

Respecting their privacy, we are pleased to show a single photo below from their day – and we haven’t even mentioned the ‘fishing game’!

Their full set of photos are all in password protected galleries HERE and the details are on the card you received at the reception or can be obtained from Emily & Simon.

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Wedding – Sam & Martin – Tortworth Court Gloucestershire

Samantha & Martin at TortworthIt was almost exactly a year to the day prior to their wedding that Sam and Martin met us at Tortworth Court in Gloucestershire and commissioned us to be their photographers.

They had chosen their wedding venue and ceremony location with great care. Naturally they wanted to make sure their photographers would produce the same quality of images. Photographs with a mixture of contemporary and more traditional images.

What was key to both of them was to capture all the fun, anticipation and excitement. They wanted to see themselves, their families and their closest friends having a great time.

The wedding day arrived and so first stop for me was Tortworth Court, where the guys were getting ready. And a surprise for Martin arrived in the guise of as an ‘A’ Team van, complete with theme music, which pulled up to take him to church. Don’t you love it when a plan comes together…

Miranda meanwhile was with Sam who was getting ready at her parents home along with her 3 bridesmaids. Sam, initially, didn’t think she wanted any bridal prep shots. But having changed her mind just the Wednesday before, it was nice to see how quickly she became relaxed with Miranda capturing the fun of the morning. Their wedding transport was a little more sedate – a lovingly maintained 1930 deep blue Austin Six.

Uh-oh. I know what Miranda’s thinking…’ Yet another excuse for Stuart to go off to shoot the car.’ Not that I really need the excuse.

It was close to pandemonium at the church when I arrived. The earlier wedding appeared to have overrun considerably. They were still taking their own wedding shots just minutes before Martin arrived.

And the wonderful florists, Jane and Kaleah of the Handmade Store in Winterbourne, had been waiting discretely, patiently, but increasingly nervously, to have access to the church to decorate it. The job they did in a very short time was nothing less than miraculous.

Talking of miracles, Sam realised that she needed more tables for guests than originally planned and asked the florists to make up the extra table decorations. So, good as gold, they had been to the wholesalers at 4am that morning to get all the additional flowers, foliage and display items specific to Samantha’s wedding.

That’s the kind of florists you need!

Jump to the Reception.

Waiting outside the portico to Tortworth Court was the irrepressible James, donned in the reddest red coat you’re likely to have seen.

James is the Toastmaster at Tortworth. He is without doubt one of the best Toastmasters we have ever come across. His enthusiasm, attention to detail and jolly professionalism is second to none.

When Sam and Martin collected their proofing album, they told us how James, with a sword, had removed not just the cork from a bottle of champagne, but the top of the bottle neck too.

We found that hard to believe – until we checked the photographs we had taken. Sure enough, the bottle neck was cleanly cut and the cork, whizzing through the air, had the other part of the neck still attached to it.

Wow!

Well, its time for us to keep quiet and let the photographs speak for themselves.

We hope you enjoy looking at them as much as we enjoyed taking them. (Watch out for the monster at the end..)

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