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Cheltenham Weddings – Love in The Cotswolds

Cheltenham is a delightful town nestling in the heart of Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds and is defined by its Regency architecture, rolling hills and of course its world famous racecourse.

It also has some gorgeous wedding venues too, all differing in theme but equally compelling to photograph. Last year, I was lucky enough to shoot at a number of these, including Pitville Park, Elmore Court and The Manor By the Lake and rather than blog each individually, I’ve put together a selection of shots from these locations as well as two or three others to give you a flavour of why so many couples choose the beauty of the Cotswolds as the backdrop to their wedding.

I hope you like them…

 

Sherborne Castle Wedding Photographers

Its was our first time shooting as Sherborne Abbey Wedding Photographers, Dorset and one that proved to leave a last impression.  The former Ancestral home of Sir Walter Raleigh, built in 1594, with landscaped grounds designed by Capability Brown – it’s a stunning part of the UK.

Sophie & Allen had a church service wedding ceremony at St Mary Magdalene, a short distance from the Castle.  The wedding reception was held in a marquee on the Castle grounds.

What stands out from their wedding day is how expressive they were as a couple.  Jointly punching the air after the church service, the joyful look on the brides face when showing the new ring off to her bridesmaids, the confetti shot, even the cake cutting.

Numerous stages that often ebb from one to another, but these guys shot their ‘lust for life’ into it all.  Great day & fun to capture.

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Asylum Wedding Photography

So I’d seen wedding photography from this wonderfully dilapidated church venue in London called Asylum, and the light in there looked amazing. But it wasn’t until a colleague of mine, a news agency photographer in London, asked me if I was available for his brothers wedding there, that I got the chance to shoot there. I’d been looking forward to this wedding for a while, but before the ceremony there, I caught up with Kat finishing her bridal preps at the nearby Shangri-La at The Shard hotel. Another great London venue, I’d shot an engagement party there before, so knew what stunning views across London there would be.

Once finished there, I headed over to Peckham, where Asylum is located, to meet Rich greeting guests there already. It’s called Asylum, not about a lunatic asylum, but in the sense that it is a sanctuary. It used to be the chapel for some Almshouses that provided homes for retired pub landlords. It was heavily damaged during the war by an incendiary device, and then renovated and restored little by little through the decades. Now it stands as an art space and is available for wedding hire. As expected, the light was gorgeous inside and made for some great documentary moments before the guests boarded some London buses for the journey to Borough Market where the evening reception was at Roast Restaurant.

Here’s some more Asylum Wedding Photography for you to look through. Or check out my Documentary wedding photography portfolio.

Sherborne Abbey in Dorset, UK

England has some amazing wedding venues with a lot of tradition, and Sherborne Abbey in Dorset is just one of those venues. It’s in the county of Dorset in the South of England, and the Abbey has been a place of worship since AD 705. Such an amazing building to photograph a wedding in, and it can be a bot overwhelming. Whenever I find myself photographing in these kinds of places, it’s good to remember that it’s all about the people and the relationships. Using the impressive building and surroundings as a scene setter, it’s important not to get drawn away from the things that matter – the people!

Although I’m based in Hertfordshire and London, I do get commissioned to photograph weddings all over the UK and some destination weddings too. I’ve photographed a couple of fine venues in the South West, including Maunsel House and the Symondsbury Estate, but this was my first time at Sherborne Abbey. Before I photographed there, I met Laura and her sister at Holbrook House Hotel for some preparation photos. They were getting ready on their own, and it made for some lovely intimate pictures of the two sisters.

The Abbey did not disappoint as far as providing such a splendid background for this wonderful wedding.

Rosie & Mike Marry In A Valley

I grew up in Dorset, not far from this beautiful valley in Cranborne Chase. It was used for the misty finale in the big screen version Pride and Prejudice. Understandably Rosie & Mike decided this was the perfect romantic setting for their big day. Although there was a tiny chapel in the valley, they opted for the comparatively spacious All Saints Church in Broadchalke to accommodate their many guests. Rosie’s Dad is a huge car enthusiast, and it looked like Rosie’s new husband shared that passion – albeit on a smaller budget!

I love how cars can become such characters in the narrative of a wedding, even appearing in the groups! Back in the DP marquee, the wedding continued into the evening. It was a lovely mix of energy on the dance floor and peaceful relaxation in front of the fire pits and slow running waters. A special secluded spot.

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