Wedding – Becky & Neil at Rococo Gardens

BNH-017Rococo Gardens is a beautiful location for a wedding, with guests able to enjoy the setting and grounds and quirky architecture.

I’d met up with Becky a few days before their wedding in the grounds and we walked through the locations she wanted to use for some of their personal and the formal Group shots.

By Saturday, Rococo had even had a flurry of snow first thing and the weather was a chilly 6 celsius. Cue the frozen guests.

Thankfully, Rococo has a rather nice line in afternoon teas, so whilst the guests all headed to the conservatory for a warm up, we did a quick shoot in the Red House. It was so cold you could see your breath. And when we walked into the reception, the cameras promptly steamed up too!

Following the Afternoon Tea, Becky and Neil had arranged an evening at Bowden Hall, just a 10 minute drive away.

The full set of galleries can be seen HERE – a password is needed, which guests will know.

Rococo Wedding Photography by Miranda Stuart
Rococo Gardens Wedding Photography by Miranda Stuart
Rococo Wedding Photography by Miranda Stuart
Rococo Gardens Wedding Photography by Miranda Stuart
Rococo Wedding Photography by Miranda Stuart
Rococo Gardens Wedding Photography by Miranda Stuart
Rococo Gardens Wedding Photography by Miranda Stuart
Rococo Gardens Wedding Photography by Miranda Stuart
Rococo Gardens Wedding Photography by Miranda Stuart
Rococo Gardens Wedding Photography by Miranda Stuart
Rococo Gardens Wedding Photography by Miranda Stuart
Rococo Gardens Wedding Photography by Miranda Stuart
Rococo Gardens Wedding Photography by Miranda Stuart
Rococo Gardens Wedding Photography by Miranda Stuart
Rococo Gardens Wedding Photography by Miranda Stuart
Rococo Wedding Photography by Miranda Stuart
Rococo Wedding Photography by Miranda Stuart
Bowden Halls Wedding Photography by Miranda Stuart
Bowden Hall Wedding Photography by Miranda Stuart
Bowden Hall Wedding Photography by Miranda Stuart
Bowden Hall Wedding Photography by Miranda Stuart

Symonds Yat, the Wye Valley in Autumn near Clearwell Castle

Symonds Yat, near Clearwell CastleSymonds Yat along the Wye Valley in Gloucestershire is known nation-wide for both its stunning scenery and as the nesting site for Peregrine Falcons.  Situated just a few miles from Clearwell Castle wedding venue, we have visited this area about half-a-dozen times in the past year.

Goshawks and buzzards also frequent the area (although they’re not shooting weddings at Clearwell Castle) and the vantage point on Symonds Yat Rock allows you to breathe deeply of this mellow countryside.

Just down the road is Historic Monmouth, but here, as the sun sets, you can witness some of the most striking colours imaginable.  Just close your eyes and enjoy the sound of silence…

Wedding – Julie & Chris – Kendleshire Golf Club

Julie has been a friend of ours for years. But Chris was a ‘mystery man’ who Julie kept quietly out of sight from us until about a year or so back.

Chris came from Bognor Regis on the south coast, although originally from Nigeria and gets on great with Jules and her girls and the rest of her friends too.

So it was really nice to be asked to shoot their wedding.

Julies dress was hand made by the very talented Charlotte Young, whilst the wedding cakes, which were both a traditional fruit cake and separate cup-cakes were made by Beckys Cake Boutique.

The ceremony for Chris & Julie was held at the Kingdom Hall in Yate, just north of Bristol.

Coincidences being what they are, the minister who took the ceremony was from Bognor too, and after chatting with him for some time, Stuart realised he had visited his previous home some 20 years earlier when in London for a printing course…

Sorry – off down memory lane for a moment there.

Julie and Chris’ reception was held at the Kendleshire Golf Club just a few miles down the road. Having checked the topography of the location on Google Maps, it was obvious that there were fine vistas, small knots of trees and a lake or two. Given the time of year, we knew that the trees would be doing their autumn thing and we should be able to get some great colourful shots.

The Golf Club was very apologetic – health and safety meant that because the course was in use, even the gravelled footpaths were out-of-bounds. So no trees, glades or lakes. The club had thoughtfully created a small arch with a path – very necessary given the overnight rain which had soaked the lawns we would otherwise have used.

We were simultaneously guests at this wedding and the food was exceptional. Stuart rarely has fish, but the starter was just up his street. And the Moroccan Lamb Tagine was properly spiced with the right amount of cayenne pepper and paprika to make it memorable – something many other venues seem to fear doing.

And the beautiful Belgian Waffles were fresh and hot and smothered in ice-cream. Mmmmmmm…waffles…

Nat, Chris’ bestman did a really nice and personal speech. Very heartfelt. Indeed in keeping with the ceremony which had a personal ring to every word.

And then Chris’ speech brought a tear to the eye of virtually every female listening, as he sang a few bars of a love song to Julie.

Oh, no…now all the wives would expect their husbands to do the same 🙂

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Note to Parents:  Kids get hungry as wedding day food is served often a long time after breakfast. Please make sure bridemaids bouquets are edible.  See below.

Kendleshire Golf Course Wedding
Kendleshire Golf Course Wedding
Kendleshire Golf Club wedding
Kendleshire Golf Course Wedding
Kendleshire Golf Course Wedding
Kendleshire Golf Course Wedding
Kendleshire Golf Course Wedding
Kendleshire Golf Course Wedding
Kendleshire Golf Course Wedding
Kendleshire Golf Course Wedding
Kendleshire Golf Course Wedding
Kendleshire Golf Course Wedding
Kendleshire Golf Course Wedding
Kendleshire Golf Course Wedding
Kendleshire Golf Course Wedding
Kendleshire Golf Course Wedding
Kendleshire Golf Course Wedding
Kendleshire Golf Course Wedding
Kendleshire Golf Course Wedding
Kendleshire Golf Course Wedding
Kendleshire Golf Course Wedding
Kendleshire Golf Course Wedding
Kendleshire Golf Course Wedding
Kendleshire Golf Course Wedding
Kendleshire Golf Course Wedding
Kendleshire Golf Course Wedding
Kendleshire Golf Course Wedding
Kendleshire Golf Course Wedding
Kendleshire Golf Course Wedding
Kendleshire Golf Course Wedding
Kendleshire Golf Course Wedding

Kendleshire Golf Course Wedding

Autumn at Clearwell Castle

Wedding at Clearwell Castle, GloucestershireAutumn is a truly gorgeous season wherever you are shooting a wedding.  And this shoot at Clearwell Castle in the Forest of Dean a couple of years ago was no exception.

In fact, we think it really opened our eyes to the beauty but brevity of the stunning colours this time of year.

We’ve shot at Clearwell Castle a number of times, and Jess and Toms wedding ranks as one of the most memorable.

Regardless of the season, if you are planning a wedding at Clearwell Castle, call us today.  Absolutely gorgeous wedding photography by Miranda Stuart.