Lisa and Steve were married at the Royal School of Artillery in Larkhill in August. It was the first time we’d covered a military wedding and Steve kindly offered to put us up on camp the night before. As we were there on the Friday night we shot the rehearsal before going out for something to eat and an early night.
Adventures in Wedding Photography
Welcome to our blog. Here we share our favourite weddings, engagement shoots and other related things. If you would like to see more from Wiltshire and all the other places I’ve visited you can see featured weddings here or view the portfolio here.
Heavy rain, thunder and lightning, clearing later. Laura was gutted when we met her in the salon. It was grey, miserable and raining. You wouldn’t know it though because the girls were having a whale of a time. Laura had promised Elliott to have only one drink in the morning and she duly stuck to that even though it came out of different glasses and once straight from the bottle. I think the one drink was Cava.
Golf. a church wedding and a reception at Guyers House
“We’re here. Where are you?” “We’re on the 18th. You should be able to see us now.” We couldn’t really miss the blinding colours. After a rough and tumble on the green and a “Lightning Bolt” we left Jonathan to find our bride.
Dauntsey Park House is one of my favourite wedding venues. It’s small, it’s beautiful and it’s unique. People often ask me which are my favourite wedding venues to photograph and the answer is simple. It’s not the venue, it’s the people. There are beautiful venues with horribly rude staff and there are venues with caring, kind and considerate people. Luckily Dauntsey Park House is an amazing venue with lovely people – add on a brilliant couple, Luke and Lucy, sprinkle on some gorgeous weather and it makes the perfect venue for Wiltshire wedding photographers.
Luke and Lucy met at school. Apparently word got around the playground when he was going to ask her out and that nearly put him off. Luckily he couldn’t resist and here we are. ten years later, sharing their marriage celebration in beautiful Wiltshire.
It was a glorious day for a wedding with a vintage theme and lots of little details like a decorated suitcase for a table plan and some kind of strange device for confusing the under 30s that they call a “typewriter”. Luckily there was usually an expert older person on hand to show the youngsters how to use it which resulted in some fabulous poems and messages. Some would spell Kung Fu correctly, others not so much.
Golden hour was going to be from 8 O’clock so we had to wait until after the first dance for the best light. But it was worth it. Dauntsey Park House has a dressing up box so the evening resembled what I imagine a heffalump hunt to be; a procession of jolly guests, in hats, climbing a far off hill.
I can’t do justice in words to the day so here is my favourite Dauntsey Park House wedding photography.
If you are getting married in Wiltshire, the UK or anywhere in the world then please get in touch. we would love to hear all about your wedding and we still have some availability for 2014″
Bristol wedding photography
Hotel du Vin in Bristol is a hidden gem. We’ve always loved the Malmaison/Hotel du Vin chain and have stayed at many including the glorious Oxford Prison.
We met Amy and Mark at Kings Weston House wedding fair and did their pre-wedding photography in Bristol. not far from the hotel.
Their ceremony was an intimate affair with a few close friends and family. We pretty much had exclusive use of two floors of the Hotel du Vin which was great as the weather wasn’t all it could have been. The group shots had to be shot on the stairs due to the rain but luckily Hotel du Vin has a glass frontage so there was plenty of gorgeous natural light.
If you are getting married in Bristol. the South West or any other part of the UK (or even beyond) then please contact us. We would love to hear all about your big day.
We love the images and Amy and Mark loved them too. Here are the highlights –
A fitting suit
I love the unique, the adventurous, the individual. A lot of grooms go for the tails, waistcoat and cravat combo – maybe a top hat – and that’s fine. However, I do love it when people go their own way.
When we first met, David asked if I could photograph his morning at the tailor, with his best man Matt, having their suits fitted. Of course I would – This is a rare request and I loved the idea.
This is my favourite image from that morning. It’s about the light. It’s not the sharpest image but the light on Matt’s face is perfect, especially the catchlight in his eye. It really highlights the seriousness of the situation. Standing perfectly still while the tailor – Phil – adjusts the collar. The shirt and collar were separate with studs used to attach them. It was a lovely detail and the kind of thing that makes you feel good because you know that you are buying quality.
This image is perfect for Black and White,it wouldn’t have the same impact in colour. In the uncropped image below you can see Phil’s watch and hands at work which add texture and context. You can see Matt’s concentration and thoughtfulness – even if it’s fleeting – in that moment.
Because it was a unique shoot Love My Dress picked it up. They didn’t include this image but they did a really great interview with David about the decision between off the peg, tailored and bespoke suits. They also ponder why when such a big fuss is made about choosing the dress, a groom’s sartorial choices are more low key.
If you click here You can see the full wedding at St Mary’s in Tetbury followed by a reception and black tie ball at Kingscote Barn. Which does feature some excellence award winning images.
If you are getting married, we would love to hear from you. See the contact page for details on how to get in touch.
We had a fabulous end to 2013 with a Christmas Bowood wedding. Emma and Jon booked us for their Bowood wedding photography a year ago after meeting us at the wedding fair and we’ve been excited about it ever since. It was our first proper Christmas wedding which made it special and slightly surreal. Emma has been a superfan this year commenting on my blog posts and liking images on my facebook page.
After the ceremony we went over to the house for a freezing cold portrait half hour and got some awesome images. I love the one of Jon pulling his braces. Then it was back for breakfast, speeches, cake and party. The evening was finished with sparklers on the steps outside.
It was a fantastic way for a couple of Wiltshire wedding photographers to finish off our year.
If you are getting married at Bowood then please get in touch we would love to hear about your plans.
Friday 13th was the first wedding at Kings Weston House. We met Kate and Eddie at the wedding fair back in September. They booked us for their Bristol wedding photographers. I shot their engagement images at Clifton suspension bridge on a fabulous day in October. Even though the weather for the big day was a bit gloomy the house looked amazing under the stormy skies. Inside was all decorated for Christmas. Norman and Michele have done a wonderful job of transforming the house and it’s going to be a fantastic venue for all the 2014 couples.