Matara wedding Photography
The Cotswolds are full of incredible venues and Matara really is something special. We love coming back to photograph weddings at the Matara Centre. Photography at Matara is always an amazing experience; it’s such a gorgeous wedding venue. In any weather, there’s so much variety both indoors and out that it makes our lives easy.
One of my favourite weddings at Matara
Harri and Ranj were a total dream to work with. They were chilled. laid back and a joy to be around. Harri’s sister made the cake and Dad helped decorate it. I asked why there were dinosaurs on the cake as it was a tropical theme. I didn’t see the link but apparently, Harri just loved dinosaurs so that was that. As I said the theme was tropical so the bridesmaids wore little slip tops and sari skirts. Unfortunately, even though it was May, it was freezing. There were two outdoor ceremonies. One civil ceremony around the Japanese pond and then a short walk to the woods for a more personal ceremony led by Harri’s sister Durga. After those, we did the formal line ups around the lake. Finally, the bridesmaids who had goosebumps and had turned from blue to red could get inside and warm up.
This was the first wedding we had a tortoise as a ringbearer. Everyone loved little Ravitoto, he/she (who knows?) was carried to the couple on a cushion. In the evening everyone made paper boats to launch into the pond after which the cake was cut and the party in the Hilarium started.
We truly love Matara it is one of our favourite wedding venues in the UK. Who couldn’t love a venue with a room called The Hilarium?
On top of that when you have fantastic, laid back clients like Harri & Ranjana and their families it makes the day easy and relaxed. I’m often asked what my favourite weddings are. The answer is – days like these. A relaxed and chilled couple where we are allowed to get on with our jobs and find inspiration as we go.
50 Photos from Harri and Ranj’s amazing Matara wedding
The venue was beautifully decorated with an Indian theme – it was an Indian wedding after all – which fitted perfectly with the venue itself. Ranj in her gold sari looked incredible and Harri looked dapper in his suit. They had an unusual ring bearer – Ravi Toto – their pet tortoise. When I heard it was going to be a tortoise I expected something bigger. Maybe with a house number painted on the shell but Ravi was tiny. He was brought to the ceremony on a cushion with the rings on his back. It was very sweet.
Following the civil service in the Japanese garden, everyone walked to the woods for a more personal ceremony performed by Durga, Harri’s sister. The food was incredible. Kottu Rotting – Sri Lankan street food (yum) – followed by an Indian buffet for the wedding breakfast.
It was such a fantastic day and in the evening everyone made paper boats that were launched into the pond with tealights. As the night closed in the cake was cut and the dancing started.
We loved being a part of this very special day and if you are planning a wedding at Matara then we would love to hear from you.
Here are some favourite images from a fabulous day –
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Weddings at Matara
The Matara Centre is a beautiful Cotswold wedding venue near Kingscote. It is a stunning space to create your big day. Its magical, mystical beauty inspires unique celebrations. It looks gorgeous in all seasons with stunning gardens. The gardens are the centrepiece of the venue. A stone spiral, lakes and a Japanese garden make any wedding spectacular. In the Winter months (or on rainy days) the interior is beautifully decorated. There are small courtyards and interlinked rooms which mean that even on the darkest of days your guests have plenty of room to spread out. There are loads of quirky places for your guests to hang out and interesting areas for us Cotswolds photographers to make beautiful images. The place really comes alive on a summer’s day with many unique garden areas.
There is ample accommodation for family and close friends in the Regency house where you can gather before the day, cook eat and relax and retire back after the day has ended.
Couples that want their wedding to be a little different will love its unique character and eastern flavour.
The Matara Centre is stunningly beautiful, we love it.
Matara Wedding Photography Gallery
Matara is a beautiful place to get married in any season. Andy and Sam were married in June while Dilini and Will had their wedding at Matara in November. As it was a rainy, gloomy Autumn day Will and Dilini stayed in the house. They both got ready in different parts which made it easy for us to get to them both in the morning. Once the boys were ready they headed over to the pub for a pint before the ceremony. Andy on the other hand got ready at home with his groomsmen before heading to Matara. Sam and her bridesmaids stayed in the Hunters lodge. As it was a bright summer’s day Andy and Sam held their wedding ceremony in the Japanese garden with the guests surrounding the pond. Will and Dilini were married in the main hall. We didn’t get to explore the many gardens that day but you wouldn’t notice. It’s such an amazing venue and definitely a favourite of ours.
In the evening Sam and Andy had a cheese tower wedding cake which as you can see was a little challenging to cut. Will and Dilini had their guests line the cloistered garden with sparklers while they cut their wedding cake outside.
Both couples danced the night away in the main hall.
I photograph weddings for couples who want to forget there’s a photographer around so they can just get on with enjoying their day