November saw the wedding of the lovely Nick & Emma at Avon Gorge Hotel in Bristol. What a venue, what a view! The majestic Clifton Suspension Bridge spanning across the Avon Gorge is a magnificent feat of engineering. Mix that with the gorgeous Avon Gorge Hotel and you have the setting for an epic wedding day with wonderful people and a great atmosphere. The hotel is sumptuous and sophisticated and the interiors made for some fabulous photos. The Bride looked incredible and the Groom was keeping it stylish in a 3 piece Harris Tweed suit. We had a great day (and evening!)….hope you enjoy some shots from the day.
Our final wedding of the year at Thornbury Castle was on a bright sunny day in September. A small gathering of family and friends saw Louisa and Paul tie the knot in the beautiful library room. The weather was even warm enough for drinks on the lawn, before a sit down meal in the Baron dining room. Their beautiful daughter was the cutest bridesmaid you’ll ever see! Hope you enjoy some of the highlights of the day.
Our penultimate wedding of 2018 at Thornbury Castle was in late September when we had the pleasure of meeting Angie and Patrick and their family from New York. The weather was incredible and the mood of the day was as warm as the weather! It meant we got some really great ‘lens flare’ shots and captured the low sun that we get in the UK in the Autumn and Winter. We really enjoyed meeting everyone and the bride and groom were great fun and up for exploring the wonderful ruins and secret spots this great venue has! Enjoy some highlights from the day.
We are very lucky to have several chances a year to photograph weddings at Thornbury Castle. It's such a romantic setting and there are lots of areas to go off the beaten track and explore. Michelle and Sean had flown in from the USA and brought 70 of their friends and family with them! They wanted something more natural and fun than the usual staged shots and were up for something different which makes our job even more enjoyable. What a fabulous couple and their family and friends were a great laugh. Here is a selection from the day...
Another glorious day at Thornbury Castle for the Wedding Anniversary shoot of Meryl and MacKenzie who had flown in to celebrate all the way from the U S of A! They wanted something special to record their time in the UK. So we went out into the grounds of this fantastic venue for an explore around the ruins. The walls and archways are ideal for creating panoramic shots and the weather was especially kind to us that day so we got some great blue skies as well... It was a pleasure to meet such a fantastic couple. Here's a few from the day...
What a day! Flaming June lived up to its expectations as we embarked on a day to remember starting at Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath feeling like we'd just stepped into a Jane Austen novel.
The wedding ceremony took place in the beautiful walled garden and the bride looked incredible! The groom didn't look too bad either! Afterwards, we headed to Prior Park College for a very special blessing in the chapel. Only former pupils have the honour of using this stunning location and so it was a great chance to do some very special shots. A marquee in the grounds was the setting for the wedding breakfast, with hundreds of flowers hanging from the ceiling and with the backdrop of the Prior Park Palladian Bridge, it really was an unforgettable day. We hope you enjoy just a few of the highlights...
What a pleasure it was to photograph Fiona & Haonan and their wonderful family and friends in the magnificent surroundings of Thornbury Castle. King Henry VIII himself chose this castle to spend his honeymoon with Anne Boleyn. The traditions of the building and the history made for a very special day. Fiona wore a white wedding gown followed by a traditional Asian gown which made for some fabulous photos.
Craig & Kate chose Ashen Plains woodland near Dursley in Gloucestershire for their wedding. Getting married in the woods is very romantic and the fields were filled with beautiful wild flowers and buzzing bees which gave me the opportunity to do the outdoor photography that I love.
The couple's family and friends all camped in the grounds for the weekend which lead to some very informal and fun shots. The group were a joy to work with and very happy to get involved in the pictures. It was great fun to photograph such a lovely couple and their group! I think the results show what a brilliant day it was.
The Battleaxes is a beautiful old building located in Wraxall just south of Bristol. It has a commanding presence over the south Bristol countryside and was a beautiful wedding location for Bristol lads Justin and Ashley. These guys know how to throw a party and everything about the day smacked of their personalities. Both guys looked dapper in their Ted Baker suits and the ceremony went like clockwork. Friends are a huge part of A&J's life and they all turned out ready to fill the dance floor and rock it into the wee small hours. Jayne - Justin's 'best woman' carried off her speech with aplomb and even managed to get Christopher Biggins to say a few words by Facetime! From a Wedding Photographers point of view, the month of December and low light can sometimes be difficult, but the glow of candles, twinkling lights on the Christmas Tree and warm fires all added to the scene and we managed to produce some atmospheric images for the guys that really captured the feeling of warmth. The Battleaxes interior of warm colours, rich mahogany furniture and wonderful antiques all added to scene. A&J chose a wintery theme for the main hall and there were hints of holly and ivy everywhere, mistletoe hanging from the seating and even a Christmas tree positioned in the bay window where the guys made their wedding vows. Candles glowed on every table and the food was nothing short of spectacular. I also have to mention the cake which was made by Victoria at 'Yumscrum cakes'...amazing! I also managed to try out an idea that I had been thinking about for the guys - a 'Vanity Fair' style group shot. I used my fashion and commercial lighting experience to produce the following image which is composed from 20 separate photos...Congratulations Ashley and Justin!
Another Cotswold Wedding shoot, this time with Alex and Elizabeth. These guys love the countryside and the woods where they live near Stroud. Sunshine and meadows were the backdrop for a low key, natural light wedding shoot. We shot this wedding in Cranham near Stroud in Gloucestershire, Alex was brought up in Cranham and loves the countryside around there which is typical of the Cotswolds. As a photographer I'm naturally drawn to epic locations especially the great outdoors. The Cotswolds lends itself to wedding photography as the light has a character all of its own - golden and hazy in the summer and low golden red in the autumn and winter...
'Chemistry' ...It's all about the chemistry and C+H have it in oodles! I love the individual hipster-style that these guys brought to their shoot. The dappled light provided by the woods at Cranham near Cheltenham were also an idyllic place for an elopement...more love in the Cotswolds
Crazy kids get wed! Think of the perfect landlords and Mark and Laura are exactly that! They run the Tollgate Inn in Bath and as such they are very much 'people persons'. Their wedding at the Matara Centre in the Cotswolds reflected this and was one of the most relaxed, devil-may-care weddings that I have ever attended. Absolutely lovely people doing it their way!
Lee's love of all things surfing, meant a beach wedding was inevitable for the couple. Finding the perfect venue at Lusty Glaze in Newquay where close friends and family joined them for a week (yes, a week!) of merriment, copious amounts of fizz and the obligatory Barbeques.
Stormy day ensured lots of atmosphere and some amazing photos of the couple, their guests and their beautiful little daughter. Beach weddings offer the chance to produce colourful and relaxed shots of the day and really show the mood.
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