14 Oct 2010

Wedding photos Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham

Chris and Elisabeth - Ashleworth Church / Manor-By-The-Lake, Cheltenham

It happens more frequently than one would imagine, but when I first met Chris and Elisabeth I kinda recognised her.  Well, sure enough, I'd gone to the same school (some 20 years ago - yikes!).  Once we'd covered all the nostalgic topics, it was time to talk shop and onto wedding photography.

Elisabeth had lived in London for some time working at Saatchi and Saatchi, possibly one of the most well known ad agencies in the world.  It's strange to think how lives change and paths cross again - and for their wedding day it was back on home turf in Ashleworth, Gloucestershire.

Ashleworth church, literally one minute from the Boat Inn (which is the family run pub where I found Elisabeth in the morning.)

It's not often I meet a bride pouring her own G&T behind the bar at 11am.

Photos of (I believe) Elisabeth's Aunt fishing for elvers on the River Severn.

The very nice vicar 'Rob' allowed me to take photos during the ceremony.

There was a long wait whist signing the register due to a spelling mistake on the first copy.  10 mins later it was a close call when I believe Elisabeth thought she too had done a blunder!

Off to Manor By The Lake.

I love this building.  Manor By The Lake is sneakily tucked away in Cheltenham only a stone throw from B&Q, yet once in in grounds you could easily be mistaken for thinking it was set in secluded Cotswold countryside.  A real hidden gem.

The wedding car belonged to Elisabeth's granddad - how handy is that? 

This weeks group shot threw up the challenge of four tinkerous kids.  Easily bribed with sweets though, and thankfully I had a car full of Jelly Dinosaurs.

Inside at Manor By The Lake, set for the wedding breakfast.  You can also play 'Where's Wally' (me) in this photo (although I'm not wearing a red and white striped jumper & woolly hat).

Speeches stared with the microphone, but soon reverted back to good old voice projection.

Chris' best man looking for a high five for his speech!  :-)

12 Oct 2010

Wedding Photos Long Newton Church, Tetbury / Kingscote Barn

James and Nicola - 1st Oct 2010 - Long Newton Church, Tetbury / Kingscote Barn 

I'd had James and Nicola's wedding on my books for well over 18 months, which at the time of booking always seems such a long wait.  Well fast fwd to October 2010 and it's finally come around.  I'm presuming when Nicola booked she hadn't got in mind the rather wet day that it turned out to be, none the less Nicola is one chipper (can I say that) bride, and a small weather upset wasn't about to spoil her wedding day (albeit I believe she had a mild paddy the day before!)

Bridal preps took place at her dad's house in Tetbury.  Make-up was by the lovely Elle (www.ellehitchens.webs.com) who was possibly the most excited Make-Up artists I've ever seen when Nicola appeared in her wedding dress and genuine vintage veil.

This is the much acclaimed vintage veil....and wedding dress!

Strange place to leave your wedding shoes.

The bridesmaids look out as the camper van wedding car pulled up.  50's inspired bridesmaid dresses - pretty cool huh?

Dad's. Yep, they really do get ready in 5 mins then have to spend ages hanging around waiting.

This may need explaining.  Phone rings and it's a sales call, bridesmaid answers.  "Hello, we're actually getting ready for a wedding, so right now isn't exactly great for a chat"!  Classic.  Unbelievably though, they continue to chat for about 3 mins about what stage of the preparations they're at!

Outside the church at Long Newton, ready and waiting are a small army of ushers and umbrellas.

Nice unusual wedding details, wheat rather than flowers - I liked these.

Yep, still raining.

Check dad out - just standing smiling...absolutely no help!

The glamourous side of a wet wedding.

Quick transition from wellies to wedding shoes.

With it raining we did a few couple portraits in the church just in case it didn't stop later!!!!

Still raining whilst at Kingscote Barn.  At this point I'm enjoying standing out in the rain, whilst these two look cute in the doorway!

Finally around 6pm it did in fact STOP raining - wahoooooo!  We nipped out and enjoyed some great light for a few portraits.  In fact, quite a few portraits, especially seeing as we'd already shot some earlier in the day.

This is one of my favourite couple shots.

Not only did it brighten up, but I came across my first ever rainbow at a wedding, nicely framing Kingscote Barn.

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