Barnsley House Wedding Photography – Kim and Amy

Back to the weddings, and back to the gorgeous Barnsley House in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds. Kim and Amy’s wedding was an international affair with a chunk of guests from Kim’s native Tennessee and another chunk from Amy’s native Guernsey. Each of the brides had their own compound within the grounds for them and their armies of bridesmaids to prepare, and each got their own grand entrance into the tree-covered (and unfortunately tent-covered thanks to fears about the weather) ceremony area.

There was a performance from Amy’s singing sisters before the ceremony came to a close and the party got started properly. After the usual drinks and nibbles everyone headed up to the teepee (provided by the lovely people at Papakata) for the meal and speeches. Due to allergies and preferences the ‘Cake of Cheese’ was joined by the lesser-known ‘Milk and Cookies’. The day ended back in the house with a very full dance floor, stick on moustaches and cocktails.

Frederick’s Islington Wedding Photography – Greg & Michael

The autumn included a couple of the year’s smallest weddings, both involving return visits to Islington Town Hall, the first one being Greg and Michael’s bash. The ceremony took place in the small but grand Mayor’s Parlour, after which we were treated to a German wedding tradition I’ve not come across before. A large sheet with a heart drawn on it is held up, and the couple have to cut out the heart with scissors and pass through the hole.

With the formalities out of the way the small gaggle of guests headed down Upper Street to Frederick’s Restaurant on Camden Passage. After a drinks reception on the decking area in the garden the wedding party headed upstairs for dinner including a speech by Michael’s brother that triggered the tears!

1 Lombard Street Wedding Photography – John and Gez

I’ve done weddings at Islington Town Hall, and at The Drapers Arms, and weddings with gospel choirs, and Choccywoccydoodah cakes (the wedding before last!), and Routemaster buses, and bagpipes, and grooms in kilts, and grooms with a best woman. However, John & Gez’s wedding was the first time I’ve seen all of these things together at the same wedding!

New things: It was my first ever wedding with two grooms, my first wedding at 1 Lombard Street (lovely venue, lovely food) and the first time I’ve taken family group shots in the middle of a London street.

So after getting ready at the Threadneedle Hotel in the City, John and Gez and their respective best people travelled up to Islington for their ceremony, which was accompanied by the London Youth Gospel Choir in fine voice. Then after a quick pint the couple joined their guests at The Drapers Arms for Pimms and nibbles before jumping on to a pair of buses for a quick tour of London. The tour ended in the City again at 1 Lombard Street where the florist had left a serious mark, Choccywoccydoodah had left a serious cake and the kitchen served up some serious food.

Woburn Sculpture Gallery Wedding Photography – Cherise & Jeannie

2014’s weddings began with a return trip to a venue I’ve visited twice before, the Sculpture Gallery at Woburn Abbey. Cherise and Jeannie had returned from some time living in Jeannie’s homeland of Australia, and were hoping for some snow or extreme British weather to give contrast for their Aussie guests, but weirdly for January it was mild and sunny!

Getting ready together, the couple only went their separate ways when it was time to get in their dresses, before being transported up the road to the venue in one of the oldest wedding cars I’ve ever seen, provided (and driven) by a friend. Despite my previous visits, it’s the first time I’ve photographed a ceremony at the Sculpture Gallery, which has one of the longest ‘run-ups’ outside of a cathedral!

Post-ceremony fun and games consisted of a few groups, some dress rejigging, and a trip out in the old car as a couple. Meanwhile the guests enjoyed the drinks reception whilst I got a sneaky look at all THREE wedding cakes. Lots of emotional speeches and the cutting of all three cakes preceded the meal, which was followed by an enthusiastic performance by one of the guests who is a professional singer.

Maunsel House Wedding Photography – Claire and Kirsty

Next was a short drive back up the M5 to Maunsel House near Taunton for my first ever civil partnership, otherwise known as Claire and Kirsty’s wedding.

Outdoor ceremonies are becoming more popular, but I fear this year may put lots of people off the idea in future. Kirsty spent a lot of time looking worriedly out of the window, and having ‘will we, won’t we’ conversations with the co-ordinator. In the end the rain won the day forcing everyone inside for the most genuinely emotional ceremony I’ve seen for many a year.

Thankfully it held off long enough for the reception/fete/sports day to go ahead as planned, all soundtracked by gramophone DJs. Then more tears for the speeches before everyone hit the dancefloor. Great party full of great people in a great venue. Next!