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.

Crear Scotland Wedding Photography – Zazie and Ross

2015 got off to a fantastic start with a return to Crear Wedding Venue on the west coast of Scotland. Last time I was here — 4 years ago almost to the day — we had the kind of weather you’d expect in this part of the world in early spring. Namely rain, wind, fog and finally snow. Needless to say that once in the building nobody went outside. To find myself shooting an outdoor ceremony this time was most unexpected! Apparently we had the best view of the neighbouring isles of Jura and Islay the staff had ever seen.

Zazie & Ross are both Belgian, but Ross’ father is Scottish, hence the trip north for their wedding. Zadie got ready with her bridesmaids at Crear itself, whilst Ross and his guys got to grips with their kilts at a caravan park just down the road. Once ready, everyone gathered for the blessing ceremony with possibly the most amazing view of any wedding I’ve attended so far. We had a few readings, a few tears and a lot of laughter.

Then there were drinks and scotch eggs (other canapés were available) before everyone took their seats for the meal and the speeches. I can’t tell you any more than that as French is not my strong point, but they seemed to go down well! After a short break for coffee it was time for the first dance, with sparkler accompaniment, then my second ceilidh in a row. Now, I don’t want to be negative, and I’m sure a lot of the instruction was lost in (the lack of) translation, but it was the worst display of ceilidh dancing I’d ever seen. Again, everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves so what do I know!

Braxted Park Wedding Photography – Nikita and Matt

My first ever wedding with a seaside theme, although a fair way from the seaside! Nikita and Matt had filled Braxted Park with shells and starfish and driftwood, and other flotsam and jetsam.

They were blessed with ideal weather for the outdoor ceremony, followed by the usual drinks and nibbles, and post-dinner entertainment came courtesy of a magician friend of Matt’s. Not your usual card tricks for these guys, but live animals and singing and Argentinian flags all over the shop. You had to be there.

Emma and Benn – Wedding Photography at Matara, Gloucestershire

It was a bit of a wet and miserable October day for Emma and Benn’s wedding at the Matara Centre, down in the Cotswolds, but other than a slightly muddy wedding dress it didn’t dampen any proceedings. With two kids of their own they had put together a fairly kid-centric wedding, although I suspect a lot of the treats (milkshake, balloons, sweets, ice-cream bar, etc. etc.) were just as much for the adults benefit.

The weather cleared up just in time for a treasure hunt in the grounds, before everyone returned indoors to warm up a bit and enjoy the evening party.