Lyde Court Through The Seasons

I absolutely love shooting at Lyde Court wedding venue, there is so much magic and excitement there.

I know all the nooks, crannies and photo-op spots, so you’ll be in safe hands with me.


I’m an ex-Londoner who fell in love with the Cotswolds. I then fell in love with my soul mate and married him.

I believe in love.

I am a wedding and boudoir photographer and Mummy to a gorgeous little boy and two crazy pups.

I would love to document your special day and give you beautiful memories to last a lifetime.


Thank you to the amazing couples that have let me share their Wedding Photography from Lyde Court. Georgie and Andy, Meg and James, Kate and Neil, Tasha and Dan, and most recently, Sarah and Charlie.


Also, huge thanks to the owners and staff at Lyde Court who always make me feel at home, with a cuppa and a biscuit and look after me beautifully, without fail.

Im really looking forward to attending Lyde Court’s Summer Showcase on Wednesday 14th August from 5pm and hope to chat to lots of lovely couples about their exciting day!

If you fancy a chat about your wedding day photography…

Call me 07751 225 413

Email me: [email protected]


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Andrew & Annie~ A Village Fete Home Wedding

“Andrew spent weeks researching, asking friends and looking online. When he found Sheryl he instantly knew he had found the right one and we booked her up quick!! We were not disappointed! The photos are amazing and really capture the feel of the day!”

Andrew & Annie
13th July 2019
In the garden of Annie’s childhood home ‘Honeyend’.

What made you decide to get married where you did?
It’s home and such a happy place! We didn’t even consider anywhere else!

How long was your wedding planning process?
Andrew proposed in August 2018 so just under a year. But I think he has been planning his wedding day since he was a little boy!

How would you describe your wedding day in 3 words?

Dress designer?
Off the hanger from Monsoon. No alterations other than being taken up a few inches by the mummies.

Theme or colour scheme?
The official theme was village fete. But I think the biggest theme of the day was how amazing our friends and family are. It was a real DIY wedding and we just embraced and welcomed any contributions people wanted to make. You would struggle to find a guest who hadn’t contributed in some way!!

All grown and arranged by family and friends. We had a lot of help for the button holes, bouquets and flower crowns from a family friend Rose Preston who did the most fantastic job!

What did you eat?
The most delicious canapés made by the Sanderson family!
Picnic baskets for the wedding breakfast put together by us but brimming with treats made or grown by various people.
Prosecco Ice cream served from a tricycle ( with home made HEART SHAPED meringues made with Honeyend eggs by my very talented cousin Sally.
And of course a locally sourced hog roast in the evening (
We had Honeyend made apple juice, and we even had our very own beer! Designed and brewed in the south of France by my sister and brother in law, Rosie and Jonathan (, and transported over by my uncle Archie, along with all the French wine!!

And the wedding cake?
We had 4!
Two were made by Andy’s auntie Jenny. A fruit cake and a coffee and walnut.
A raspberry and white chocolate by my cousin Sally, and a gin and tonic cake by a close friend Anna. All delicious and beautiful.

We also had a tower of cheese which was a gift from Andrew’s godparents Irene and Alan.

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Oxleaze Barn ~ Rach & Nate

“After trudging through the internet we finally came across Sheryl’s beautiful website with a stunning gallery and that sold it to us straight away! When we met for the engagement shoot, my husband and I were both very nervous and slightly awkward but Sheryl made us feel as ease very quickly. This was a good starting point leading up to the big day.

On our wedding day, Sheryl was brilliant, made us all feel at ease and had a few laughs at the same time. We are so pleased with our photos and will cherish them forever. Also you get a stunning USB stick to keep too! Thank you so much Sheryl, highly recommended!”

Rach & Nate and all of their family and friends braved Storm Hannah with such humour and fun. Nothing could spoil their day and they were a delight to be around.
It was my first visit to Oxleaze and I am already in love with this venue! Run by such lovely people and it is well look after and the grounds LOVINGLY tended to. A real gem.

Please enjoy their blog. What a photogenic couple!

Venue: Oxleaze Barn

Photography: Oobaloos Wedding Photography

Dress: Savin London

Florist: All About Flowers

Disco:  Oxygen Discos








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Dumbleton Hall ~ Emma & Paul

We completed a lot of research on the internet before picking Sheryl. We chose our top six wedding photographers in the Gloucestershire area and then spent time scrolling through all of the galleries on their websites. Sheryl stood out by miles against the rest! Her website was very eye catching, creative graphics and memorable. Her photos looked unique, natural and had the wow factor for us.

We were amazed when we got our sneak peeks through. Our wedding day had sunshine, rain showers, stormy black clouds and a rainbow and Sheryl successfully captured every season that day! She captured moments from the day which we didn’t even see so when we looked through our wedding gallery, we relived our special day again and more!! Every single guest thought the photos were wow and captured so many magical moments from the day (we loved our guests being so impressed).

I had arrived back home and was reading through our wedding guest book with my family and Paul in the lounge when my phone was going mad with likes and comments……my guests had a lot of love for Sheryl’s photos!! Every photo I saw of hers, i just smiled and felt this overwhelming feeling of happiness. #cloud9

The photographs will last a lifetime so we knew it was one of the most important decisions for the day.

Emma & Paul

26th October 2018

Dumbleton Hall, Nr Evesham.


What made you decide to get married where you did?

You enter the grounds through a long driveway where you pass stunning scenary and wildlife. The hall is a beautiful building full of character and each window has a lovely view of the flower beds and oak trees. The lake is what clinched it for us, it even has black swans.

How would you describe your wedding day in 3 words?

Romantic. Rustic. Laughter.

What was the proposal like?

Paul knew he wanted to have a private and intimate proposal. I had been out for dinner with friends and came home to red rose petals up the stairs, past valentines cards on each step and a note saying follow the petals upstairs. So I walked up stairs to find a room of candles, rose petals everywhere, chocolates, bottle of champagne with glasses and a note saying ‘Press play’ on the TV remote. Paul had created his own video about our relationship with the acoustic version of ‘Slide away’ playing in the background and it finished with a question…..when the video stopped he came into the lounge and got down on one knee. I was already crying at this point. Such an amazing moment!

How long was your wedding planning process?

We enjoyed being engaged for 6 months then began planning which took about a year. The venue was the first thing we booked.

How did you choose your photographer?

Sheryl stood out by miles for us. Her photos were classy, unique and had the wow factor which is what we were after. The photographs will last a lifetime so we knew it was one of the most important decisions for the day. We were so excited when the initial photos started to come through and kept sending them all to our friends and family who also loved them.

On the day…

My school friend is a professional hairdresser so luckily she did my hair in a soft up do and natural curls with a diamante clasp on one side. It was perfect and exactly what I wanted.

Although I had a make up trial before the wedding, i thought i would do my own make up on the day. I went to the Laura Mercier counter at John Lewis a few weeks before and bought make up especially to aid flash photography. I felt confident doing my own make up and knew exactly what I look I wanted. I also now have all of this lovely make up to use.

My dress was by Rebecca Ingram. I then had an Italian lace, off the shoulder bolero top which I took off in the evening. I bought both in Cardiff from Sarah Jayne bridal shop.

The groom wore his RAF uniform. Number 1’s for the ceremony and then Number 5’s for the meal and evening reception.

The bridesmaids wore a tight fitting off the shoulder, dusky pink floor length dress by Jessica.

Our theme and colours were very natural, white and green with a splash of dusty pink. We used a lot of wood in our decorations too. It was important for us to have rustic natural looking colours for the time of year.

Our flowers were memory lane roses, cream spray roses, pink seeded eucalyptus, grey eucalyptus, pink wax flower, cream freesia, gyposophilia and  lots of foliage for the garlands.

We had two wedding cakes. Our first cake was a four tier buttercream icing with 3 different flavoured sponges. Chocolate orange, carrot and salted caramel. It was delicious.

I then had a family friend make us a traditional 3 tier cake with decorative icing with lace and iced flowers. This cake was vanilla sponge and fruit cake, another delicious cake.


See Emma and Paul’s day featured on beautiful The English Wedding Blog!!

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June Wedding at Lyde Court~ Sarah & Charlie

“After booking our venue, Sheryl was our next target. She was recommended by one of my bridesmaids, and from that I knew I was going to like her. She did not disappoint at our first meeting, and we looked no further!

Sheryl was my first contact throughout planning for any vendors, and through her we booked our hair and make up artist, videographer and alterations. Due to her extensive knowledge of the wedding industry, I had absolute confidence that we had an awesome dream team lined up for the day.

On the day she provided so much laughter, raising the already happy spirits even further. We’re normally an awkward pair to photograph, but she made us feel like we were acing the whole thing, giving us real confidence. And all our ‘poses’ felt completely natural. I don’t know how she did it..! Sheryl was even on hand to get glasses of water – she truly cares for her couples.

We were shown preview photos on the day, and we were immediately in love and couldn’t wait to see what else she had in store. Her photographs somehow contain all the emotion of the moment, like mini capsules that we can relive over and over again (pretty sure she uses magic…). She gave us everything we could have asked for, a complete package of an amazing photographer and more! Thank you Sheryl.”


Venue: Lyde Court

Hair and Makeup: Sandra Elizabeth Hair & Makeup

Gown Alterations: Walker & Walker

Videography: The Wedding Station 

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Elmore Court: Sophie & Billy

“We were so impressed with Sheryl’s photography skills and her enthusiasm on our wedding day. We now have some amazing pictures that we can look back on from our special day and will cherish them forever. Thank you a million times over, Sheryl!”


Venue: Elmore Court

Venue Styling: Lauren Grey Wedding Stylist

Floral design and styling: Sorori Design Florist

Vegan Cake: Earth Cake

Bouquets: Holly’s Flowers

Brides Dress & Shoes: Jenny Packham

Make Up: Leanne Jane MUA

Hair: Jessica Mills Make Up

Videography: Mrs Mashup


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Cotswolds Wedding Venues – My Top 5!

Congratulations on your engagement! If you are looking for a Cotswolds wedding venue or Cotswolds wedding photographer, I can totally help you out. Searching for the perfect wedding venue can be tricky but I am going to take the stress away by giving you the rundown of my top five wedding venues in the Cotswolds!

A little bit about me…

I’m an ex-Londoner who fell in love with The Cotswolds followed by my Soul Mate and married him because I believe in love. I am a Mummy to a gorgeous 6-year-old boy and 3 furbabies.


Why wedding photography?

Weddings excite me! I arrive with my brides in the morning ready to have a blinding day! Being a bubbly person with a quick laugh and a natural ability to make people feel at ease, I am able to create effortless magical images. I love to watch how my couples interact with each other meaning that I can shoot their wedding accordingly. So that being said, no two weddings that I photograph will ever look the same. The longer I have been in this industry, the more I have come to realise that ‘like goes to like’. I am a tattooed wife of a rock guitarist and daughter of a rock drummer and extremely proud to be known as a passionate soul that takes life with both hands and shakes it hard with grit and determination!


How I became a wedding photographer in the Cotswolds…

I always had a passion for art from a young age and with that creative flow came to a career in Performing Arts. As I grew older my creativity naturally swayed over to imagery and now I find myself happier behind the lens than I ever was in front.  I have always marched to the beat of my own drum. It took me until I was 30 to find a career I was totally passionate about and how to harness my personality into my work to create dynamic, emotional and fun portraiture.

Why I am a good person to give you wedding venue advice…

As a wedding photographer, I have the unique position of visiting a wedding venue as a guest, a supplier and a work colleague. Wedding photographers are invited to be a large part of the wedding day by the Bride and Groom and whilst we are there to work, we are also looked after as a guest by the venue. Wedding photographers get to see all the behind-the-scenes organisation. We work closely with the wedding venue, their event co-coordinators and caterers, everyone has their role to play and communication is key.

The majority of wedding suppliers are involved in sections of either preparations or the actual day, such as cake makers, florists, makeup and hair artists etc. As photographers, we are with our couples for 8-10 hours of their special day, mingling with their guests and we see everything as a guest would. We also see all the ‘Back of House’ organisation and work closely with the venue, their co-coordinators and caterers. Everyone has their role to play and communication is key. The photographer wouldn’t want to hold up food service by the official group photos running late and we also work together if anything needs tweaking due to inclement weather.

Now for the Cotswold Wedding Venues!

There are loads of wedding venues in the Cotswolds including castles, hotels, stately homes, country manors and wedding barns, you can even get married at a vineyard! I am positive that you and your fiancé will fall in love with one of these Cotswold Wedding Venues, so without further ado, grab a cuppa or a glass of vino and browse my favourite Cotswold Wedding Venues below.

My top Cotswold Wedding Venues in no particular order:

Stone Barn





Clicking the links in each section which will take you to weddings I have photographed at that wedding venue.

P.S. Don’t forget to enjoy your wedding planning!

Stone Barn Wedding Venue

Upper Windrush, Cheltenham wedding Venue

I have a real soft spot for Stone Barn, a historic wedding venue in the Cotswolds. This venue is part of the Cripps and Co. wedding venue group. Stone Barn has a sister wedding venue called Cripps Barn, also in the Cotswolds and rather beautiful! Stone Barn has a wooden shelter in the Stone Barn grounds, which provides an idyllic spot for outdoor ceremonies in the summer, with sweeping views over the glorious Cotswold countryside.

I am a BIG fan of anywhere with twinkly lights! From their gallery, the confetti runs under the twinkly tin roof of the barn! The lower part of the barn opens into a bright and airy conservatory style space which is a nice contrast. In the summer months, all of the doors are open so it feels like you are outside, nestled in the rolling Cotswold Hills.

I photographed a Cotswold wedding here where the Bride and Groom said:
“As soon as we came to this particular barn (and we had been to a lot) we knew instantly it was the venue for us. It was everything we ever could wish for. A rustic barn with a mixture of stone walls and corrugated iron, surrounded by green fields as far as the eye could see, which gave an amazing feeling of privacy and intimacy. Stone Barn depicts the picturesque Cotswolds and we fell in love.”
– Jess and John-Joe

Links to my photography at Stone Barn Cotswolds Wedding Venue

Stone Barn Cotswold Wedding Venue Link 1
Stone Barn Cotswolds Wedding Venue Link 2

The Matara Centre Wedding Venue

Tetbury Wedding Venue

This is a completely unique venue set in twenty-eight acres of beautiful grounds. The Matara Centre offers a relaxed and serene environment for your special day. Asian inspired, this exclusive-use venue is licensed to host both indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies, which makes it weatherproof. Matara is intimate enough for twenty-five guests and grand enough to comfortably host up to two hundred guests. There is also accommodation for up to twenty-eight of your wedding guests.

One of my couple’s said this about the Matara wedding venue:
“Absolutely beautiful and every single member of staff is brilliant. Especially our wedding coordinator Olivia, nothing was too much for them.”
Alison & Leon

Whenever I have had any contact with Matara, whether it’s about a shoot, a wedding, or their ‘Best of Matara’ awards, every single person has been helpful, polite and gone out of their way to make sure everything runs smoothly for the Bride and Groom and myself. The food has been outstanding and all the guest say how well looked after they’ve been. The upkeep of their grounds is flawless and its an absolute MUST for any couple wanting a unique wedding experience. The Matara has a  cloistered courtyard, the Hilarium Dome and a tree planted and dedicated to every couple married there. What a lovely touch!

Links to my photography at The Matara Centre Cotswolds Wedding Venue

The Matara Centre Cotswold Wedding Venue Link 1
The Matara Centre Cotswolds Wedding Venue Link 2

Oxleaze Barn Wedding Venue
Lechlade Wedding Venue

I shot my first wedding at Oxleaze this April and I think I fell in love, I cannot wait to go back there. Oxleaze farm comprises of The Barn and The Milling Barn. The beautifully restored barns are set on an organic family-run farm in the heart of the picturesque Cotswolds. Oxleaze Farm is nestled between quintessential English villages just one and a half hours from London. The wedding barns feature original stonework, exposed wooden beams and beautiful gardens. There is a three-bed cottage on-site for you or your guests to enjoy during your wedding day. The grounds at Oxleaze Farm provide great photo opportunities are covered in wildflowers and friendly livestock. They have a very cool 3D tour on their website so you can take a look around before you book your wedding viewing!

Links to my photography at Oxleaze Cotswolds Wedding Venue

Here is a sneak preview, stay tuned for the full album and blog:
Oxleaze Barn Wedding Venue Link 1

Kingscote Barn

Tetbury Wedding Venue

Kingscote Barn is a17th Century stone barn set in the beautiful countryside of the Cotswolds. The barn is surrounded by breathtaking scenery and lots of rural charm. It has an impressive main barn for your wedding celebrations, with a vaulted ceiling and a viewing gallery. The Kingscote Barn wedding team are incredibly helpful and run flawless wedding days with exceptional food and service. Kingscote Barn is a beautiful space where you can truly make it your own. The cornfields provide the perfect backdrop for those sunset couples portraits which I take during the ‘golden hour.’

I shot a Bride and groom’s wedding at this Cotswold Wedding Venue and this is what they thought:

“It was a tough choice because we have SO many gorgeous venues around the Cotswolds area. We were pretty certain we wanted to get married in a barn. We quickly ruled out having a ceremony elsewhere, as we wanted our guest to fully relax in one setting, and limit the chances of being caught in the British weather!  Having visited a few other styles of venues just to make sure, and for us, the barns felt more us. Both of us fell in love with Kingscote, the atmosphere, the decor and the staff were right up our street!”
-Alex & Tash

Links to my photography at Kingscote Barn Cotswolds Wedding Venue

Kingscote Barn Wedding Venue Link 1
Kingscote Barn Wedding Venue Link 2

The Slaughters Country Inn

Gloucestershire Wedding Venue

This Cotswolds wedding venue offers a relaxed ambience in a quintessentially British country inn. If you are searching for a traditional wedding venue in the Cotswolds, The Slaughters Country Inn could be the perfect fit. It is located in the heart of one of the prettiest villages in England and nestled on the banks of the River Eye. Its idyllic location means that there are loads of lovely photo spots including a little wooden bridge over the stream. If you are looking for something even grander you could try their sister wedding venue Slaughters Manor over the stream.

Links to my photography at The Slaughters Inn Cotswolds Wedding Venue

Slaughters Inn Wedding Venue Link 1


That concludes my reviews of this year’s favourite venues so far, I hope to return to all of these Cotswold Wedding Venues very soon. Feel free to contact me if you are looking for a Cotswolds wedding photographer.

Happy wedding planning!

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The Mill Barns, Alveley; The Shepherd Shindig

Sheryl, you were amazing all the way through. From meeting up with us for a pre-wedding shoot, through making sure we got all the right pictures on the day, and then sending some beautiful pictures to us to enjoy afterwards. You managed to make 2 very awkward souls feel much more comfortable in front of the camera, and we are really grateful for that. We are looking forward to you capturing many more of our special moments in the future.

My mom had been to a colleagues wedding that Sheryl was the photographer at and she sent me the details. We knew we had to have Sheryl the moment we saw her website and pictures. John and I were in agreement that her pictures captured everything we wanted and she would be a perfect fit for our wedding.

We could not have been more right about our decision, one of my favourite memories from our wedding day is the time we spent with Sheryl taking pictures. It was fun, relaxed and the pictures speak for themselves about how incredible she is!


Shepherd Shindig! 


Ceremony St Peter’s Church Astley

Reception – The Mill Barns Alveley

Jo: I grew up just down the road from this church and it was associated with my primary school, so it has lots of memories for me. It was also where my parents were married and I was christened! On top of all that’s its beautiful and was the only place I’ve pictured getting married in since I was little – John was on board from the first time he saw it too!

We chose to have our reception at Mill Barns as it was clearly a stunning venue, but also one that allowed us to take our own alcohol – and we had big plans for choosing our own fizz! Both of us have grown up travelling to France annually and wanted to incorporate that into our wedding day, so last year we went to Reims in the champagne region to choose our bubbles for the big day! 

We had a good 19 months to plan the wedding. It was the perfect amount of time, allowing us to take our time with all the arrangements and thoroughly enjoy the build up.



How would you describe your wedding day in 3 words?

Far too short (John)

Perfect. Fun. Canwedoitagain? (Jo)

We met playing hockey at Sheffield University Medics Hockey Club, the specifics we are still arguing about, but it involved Zelda, an iPad, ice skating and possibly a dare in a pub!

 We got engaged in the South Island of New Zealand, during a road trip in the summer of 2017. John pulled the car over into a small bay as the sun was setting and got down on one knee to ‘pop’ the question.

Who did hair and makeup?

Helena Sinclair – Hair! Absolute superb job with my hair, mother of the bride and 4 bridesmaids all requesting different styles!

Chloe Parasmo – Make-up. Smashed it with gorgeous make-up on everyone that did not budge all day/night.

My dress was by Essence of Australia, bought from the absolutely stunning The Bridal Boutique Warwickshire (Henley in Arden). 

And the suit? And bridesmaids?

The suit was from Gabucci in Bath and the groomsmen were kitted out from Men’s Hire in Clifton Down, Bristol. 

The bridesmaids had free reign to have their dresses from anywhere as they were all having different styles, it ranged from Jane Norman, Monsoon to independent dress shops in Worcester.

Colour scheme was navy, blush and hessian!

Floral wise, we had a lot of Gypsophila, with the occasional blush rose, all perfectly put together by the super talented Country Wild’s Jody Page. 

We ate Mango and Brie parcels, Trio of Pork, Fruit Crumble with Turkey and stuffing Sandwiches as an evening snack!

3 tiers of delicious semi naked cake comprising of raspberry and white chocolate, chocolate Guinness and lemon drizzle by the wonderful Buttercream and Dreams.


Any special moments, mentions or highlights of the day?

Martha our beautiful pest of a pug being at the church and stealing the lime light in the pictures!

Using Jo’s late Grandfather’s Morris Minor 1000 which had been restored for the wedding, to travel around in on the day.

Helena Sinclair – Hair 

Chloe Parasmo – Make-Up 

Videographer – 

Flowers – Country Wild 

Cake – Buttercream and Dreams 

Wedding Reception – The Mill Barns 

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Go Wild with Cowshed Creations and make Stone Barn magical

If we called her the best photographer in the universe we would still not be doing her justice. From initial booking to receipt of the final album, she excelled with communication, artistic style and creativity. She just has ‘the eye’ for a good picture. Sheryl captured moments in our wedding no one else would have even noticed and the final collection is something we will treasure forever. Don’t hesitate to book her- you won’t regret it.

When we spoke to Sheryl about the style of our wedding, and that we wanted to personalise as much as possible, she immediately recommended a local Wood Craft and Pyrography company called Cowshed Creations.

Sheryl had recently commissioned them to do a memorial art piece for her fathers birthday. Cowshed Creations designed and pyrographed (wood burning) a marvellous piece of art from the reference photo that Sheryl had supplied. They also added in some personal words from a poem that Sheryl’s Dad, Nick had penned. Both Nick and Sheryl spoke very highly of the way Cowshed had not only burned the details into the gorgeous wood, but also used the wood grain and natural lines to work with the fur lines in Rough Collie Sam.


After scrolling through their instagram and Etsy page I knew I wanted to talk to them about helping style our wedding day.

Our theme was to be a rustic woodland with browns and greys. We hired them to craft and pyrography a multi-tiered cupcake stand, a bespoke cake stand with our names and wedding date, a Donut wall, and a personalised teeny tiny log for each wedding guest among many many other delightful objects.

View their work on Etsy and Instagram


We also wanted the barn to be full of greenery and wild flowers. Beth and her team absolutely exceeded our (GO)WILD-est dreams with the flowers for our wedding.  From favours to button holes to bouquets to a breath taking floral chandelier ,  the quality of her work was second to none.  As a bride who had quite specific ideas about the aesthetics and ambience to the wedding, Beth certainly lived up to her reputation and dressed the venue to perfection.  We’ve had countless compliments on the stunning flowers, with some guests even saying the bridal bouquet was outstandingly unique and the men’s button holes were the best they’d ever seen.  To anyone reading this considering asking Beth to be your wedding florist, don’t even hesitate…book her immediately before she gets snapped up by someone else- you won’t be disappointed!

Flowers: Go Wild Flowers




Date of wedding – 23/02/2019

Location of ceremony and reception- Stone Barn, Gloucestershire

What made you decide to get married where you did? We fell in love with the stunning barn the first time we saw it.

How long was your wedding planning process? 8 months

How would you describe your wedding day in 3 words? A magical bubble

How did you meet? Online (sign of the times!)

What was the proposal like? Simple and romantic, a birthday proposal on a dog walk in one of our favourite spots.

How did you choose your photographer? Looked online for local photographers.   Oobaloos stood out from all the rest by a mile and we knew we wanted her.

Who did hair and makeup? Katy Pheiffer Artistry (make up) & Andrea Luella Styling (hair)

Dress designer? Mark Lesley

And the suit?  Hired from Cameron Ross through Mens Hire

And bridesmaids? A mixture – they all had different dress colour tones, styles and makes

What did you eat? Triple brick sirloin steak

And the wedding cake? A tiered Victoria sponge and cupcakes made by two very dear friends, and locally bought ring donuts for our donut board

Any special moments, mentions or highlights of the day?

Just having nearly all of our favourite people in one place having fun and catching up.  Evening dancing, sparklers, the groom’s epic speech!

Daytime Entertainment: Foreign Affairs

Evening Band: Sons In The Wild

Shed/cabin in the woods photo booth: Dazzlin Events

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Cripps Stone Barn Cotswolds Wedding with Jess and Joe

“Sheryl is fantastic, she’s so friendly and easy going. Also she is amazing at getting a huge wedding party doing as they are told during the group shots! We are so glad we were lucky enough to book her for our wedding she captured our day the best way we could ever of imagined. Her style of photography is beautiful.”

Jess & John-Joe

1st June 2018

 All Saints Church, Cheltenham.

Stone Barn, Upper Windrush, Cheltenham. 

 “We fell in love with Stone Barn because it was rustic but also really classy.

We also loved how big and open plan it was and the gorgeous views surrounding it.”


 It took around about a year to plan the whole day but Jess being a typical girl she had mentally planned her wedding day since a young girl!

How would you describe your wedding day in 3 words?:

Beautiful, intimate and pretty

Jess and Joe met at Junior school aged 8 years old but didn’t start dating until 14 years later even though Jess admittedly always fancied Joe since she was 8!


Joe took Jess to Paris in January as a Christmas present, Jess was completely oblivious as Paris would’ve been too much of a cliche for Joe to propose. Little did she know he was going to! He took Jess for a lovely meal at the top or the Eiffel Tower and then after sat on a bench with a hot chocolate watching the tower sparkle like it did every hour and Joe got down on one knee to pop the question.

How did you choose your photographer?

Sheryl had shot a wedding of one of Jess’ friends which she shared on Facebook and straight away Jess fell in love with Sheryls style and booked her straight away!

 Make up- Holly Power

MUA Hair- Hair by Lauren Cole.

 Mori Lee

 Suits- Regency Groom,  Cheltenham.

Bridesmaids- Dessy dresses @ Willow and Lace, Cheltenham.

Flower girl dresses- Leila Rae, Worcester.

 Theme – shabby chic, Colour scheme- We had a few colours but mainly Lavender and gold.

Flowers and venue styling : Teapots and Tiaras

For the theme we decided to go for a shabby chic style with lots of hessian, candles in lanterns and pretty wild flowers. We both love gin and at the moment gin seems quite fashionable and there are some fab bottles which we thought would look great with the flowers and even some fairy lights. Luckily I have a brother who works in a bar, which made collecting the bottles a little bit easier for the amount we needed!




We ate Beetroot and Goats cheese salad, triple cooked steak with dauphinoise potatoes and green beans and Lemon Tart.

Our wedding cake was made by Storyteller  Cakes. A Four tier semi naked cake with 24 carat gold leaf scattered up it. We had 4 different flavours which were chocolate orange, strawberries and cream, blackcurrant and almond and coconut and passion fruit.



VIDEOGRAPHY: We knew straight away we were going to want a film of our day as ever since Jess was a little girl she would always love watching her parents film of their wedding.

It was easy for us to decide on a videographer as one of Joe’s brothers had Sandra Harper do his and we just loved everything about it. I recommend anyone getting married to think of having one done, I’m so glad we did!


Any special moments, mentions or highlights of the day?

Our wedding vows, our couple photos with the stunning views and beautiful setting sun. The confetti throw walking through the walk way.

We were so excited to have the gorgeous blog, Whimsical Wonderland Weddings feature our day!! Read it here

We also had a pre wedding shoot as we are both very awkward when there is a camera in our faces. It was a good chance to meet her and get a feel of what it was going to be like being photographed by her. We are so glad we did this as neither of us were conscious of the camera on our wedding day as well as having some more beautiful photos staring our little sausage dog!

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Beth & Ryan’s FairyTale Day at Manor By The Lake

“We booked Sheryl nearly 2 years before our wedding and from the first moment we met her to meeting her again on our wedding day it was like catching up with an old friend.  Sheryl made us all feel at ease the whole day and night.  Sheryl was really laid back and let us have what ever photos we wanted, we weren’t standing around for hours having photos taken.  Sheryl captured so many moments throughout the day that we didn’t witness, so we can cherish all of these amazing memories and relive our special day. We have had so many amazing comments about our wedding photos, they truly are beautiful. One of the comments we had were they are the best wedding photos they had ever seen.”

27th December 2018

Manor by the Lake, Cheltenham

What made you decide to get married where you did?

As soon as Ryan proposed, I was straight on my phone looking at potential wedding venues, I came across Manor by the Lake and loved that it was exclusive and had so many rooms that we could use.  The grounds of the venue are so beautiful and I just pictured my wedding day being there. This venue topped all of the other venues we had visited and we booked it straight away.

How long was your wedding planning process?

Just over 2 years, there seemed to be quite a lot of planning at the beginning , then it died down until the last 4 months where it was 100mph.

How would you describe your wedding day in 3 words?

Festive, Magical, Romantic

How did you meet?

We met in school – childhood sweethearts

What was the proposal like?

We had been together for nearly 10 years, we were looking at booking a holiday for a break and I really wanted to go to Cornwall.  Ryan had other ideas and kept on and on about going back to Disney In Florida.  I gave in (didn’t need to twist my arm too much, as I am a massive disney fan) the second day into our holiday Ryan said he had arranged a nice meal at the Grand Floridian.  Me being me didn’t think anything of It as Ryan always liked going for nice meals.  We ordered food and he wouldn’t eat anything…I ended up eating his food… and felt a bit put out that he arranged this and he wasn’t enjoying himself.  So I said let’s go on the monorail around to the Polynesian and watch the fireworks.  We went down to the beach I started filming the fireworks (much to the annoyance of ryan) …finally after 10 minutes of being glued to my phone I decided I was fed up and started to walk back.  Ryan rushed around infront of me and said there’s actually something I really wanted to ask you..and it was at that point when the last few fireworks were going off and when you wish upon a star came on over the speakers that he asked me to marry him.

How did you choose your photographer?

I found Sheryl online, we live in South wales and therefore wanted a photographer who was familiar with the area and venue.  Sheryl was the first photographer I found and I knew she was definitely the photographer that we wanted.  Sheryl’s photos stood out to me more than anyone else’s.  They were so natural and the bride and groom in every photo looked like they were actually having  fun. Neither me or Ryan are very photogenic and therefore this really appealed to us as the last thing we wanted was to be told to stand in certain positions and spend the whole wedding feeling like it was a chore.  Sheryl also shares the same love for Disney as me so I was sold !!

Tell us all about your day please!!!


Who did hair and makeup?

Sandra Elizabeth did mine, my bridesmaids and my mother and mother in laws hair

Zoe Trigwell did mine, my bridesmaids and mother and mother in laws makeup

Both ladies were amazing all morning, couldn’t recommend them enough.

Dress designer?

Madison James

And the suit? And bridesmaids?

The suits were all hired from Dyfedd Menswear and the bridesmaid dresses were from Asos

Theme or colour scheme?

We went for a fairytale/Disney theme with rose gold,blush pinks and bergundy.


Lilyfee floral designs supplied us with all of our beautiful flowers.

Claire was so creative and therefore we were happy for her to work her magic and make our venue look amazing.

What did you eat?

We had 2 choices for each course so we went for the opposites.  Starters- apple and parsnip soup with a mulled wine foam, teruel ham with pea mousse, main- fillet steak with potato rosti or Chicken supreme and dessert trifle or sticky toffee pudding

And the wedding cake?

I absolutely loved our wedding cake, it was made by Pontycarlo cakes.  It definitely added to our fairytale theme. We had lemon flavour, white chocolate and raspberry and terrys chocolate orange.  We had a gorgeous flower wall from tegan designs as the backdrop for our cake which definitely set it off.

Any special moments, mentions or highlights of the day?

I would probably say one of the highlights of the day was our first dance.  We didn’t choose our song until about 3pm on the day of the wedding. John our DJ from southwest discos was so patient with us.  Half way through our first dance all of our family and friends joined us on the dance floor and we started dancing and singing with them all.  Sheryl captured this moment which made for some beautiful photos.

Credit where it is due!

Manor By The Lake

Oobaloos Photography

Cupcake videos (based in exeter)

Sandra Elizabeth hair and makeup 

Zoe Trigwell makeup

LilyFee Floral Designs

Claire Llewellyn Wedding Creations Gloucester

Tegan designs – flower wall

Pontycarlo cakes

Dyfedd Menswear-suits

South West Discos 

All of our suppliers were amazing, they couldn’t do enough for us and our wedding day went by without so much as a hitch.

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Rhian & Paul’s Festive Wedding at Thornbury Castle

“We knew from our first contact with Sheryl that she was the photographer for us. Her style of catching emotions and expressions rather than just bog standard traditional wedding photos was exactly what we wanted and the fact she is just lovely made our decision straight away!

We loved her creativity with our Christmas wedding, and the way she captured our twinkly light and candle flicker filled day means we have photos that are stunning and will bring back memories forever.

I cannot recommend her highly enough- don’t hesitate to book Oobaloos before your date gets booked up!”

Rhian & Paul

Saturday 22nd December 2018

Thornbury Castle

What made you decide to get married where you did?

Paul took me there 7 months after getting together as a surprise for the first birthday we celebrated together. Whilst there, we said if we ever get married, it will be here, so it was! We did look at one other place to make sure but that just confirmed it was ‘our’ venue! It is 3 hours away from where we live but was special to us and is even more so now!

How long was your wedding planning process?

We got engaged in May 2017, booked the venue in September 2017 and I would say started booking the big details from there but then had a lull for a few months. So probably about 10 months in total of actual planning.

How would you describe your wedding day in 3 words?

Full of: love, happiness and candles! 

How did you meet?

On Tinder!! We did discuss making up a more romantic story like he helped me when my car was broken down on the side of a busy road but hey, nothing wrong with Tinder, ha ha! Although Paul was the one and only person I ever met from it as a friend set up my profile one drunken evening! Paul, well…… he found the right one in the end!! 

What was the proposal like?

Just beautiful and a huge shock to me! We were on holiday with our friends in Portugal. We were all going out for dinner and my hairdresser friend offered to do my hair for me, I didn’t think anything of it at all. We went to a lovely restaurant and had a really nice evening and then went to a cocktail bar overlooking the beach. Sat having my drink with the girls and all the children, I didn’t even notice two of the lads disappearing. Paul came and asked me to dance, which I refused (I don’t dance sober!!) but they all told me to stop being boring and dance. Paul led me to the other side of this bar and told me to look down, to the beach where the two guys had gone down and written, Will you marry me? in the sand! I literally couldn’t have been more surprised to turn to look at Paul and find him down on one knee! Then we all went back to the villa and celebrated with bubbles and music into the early hours. It was so special to be surround by people we love to share that moment that we will never forget!

How did you choose your photographer?

Lots of looking on the internet led me to Oobaloos! Living so far away, we couldn’t use recommendations from people we knew, so it was all about the photos! I only enquired with one other person, as soon as I saw Sheryl’s style I loved it. I showed her portfolio to Paul, who also thought it was great. Finally, I showed my bridesmaids Oobaloos and the other choice and they all picked her too! So we went ahead and booked there and then!

Who did hair and makeup?

The lovely Natalie Ricciardi for make up and Stacey Jade for hair. I booked them through the mega useful South West Bridal hair and make up, they have lots of self employed stylists and mua’s on their website, so you can look at all their portfolios on one website and then book through them. Made the whole process much easier for me. Both ladies were absolutely lovely and I was so pleased with their work on the day, especially as they worked through 8 people each single handedly! 

Dress designer?

Madeleine Gardner for Morilee

And the suit? And bridesmaids?

Suits were all hired or bought from The Vintage Suit Hire Company, who were a godsend after we had struggled to find full tweed suits for months and months! 

Bridesmaids dresses were Coast and I absolutely loved them as soon as I saw them! 

Theme or colour scheme?

Navy, plum and candle light. It was the Saturday before Christmas and we wanted to recognise that but not go over the top Christmas theme. So it was more ‘Winter’ in my head.


The brilliantly talented Rebel and the Rose for the bouquets and buttonholes and then, local to me and also ridiculously amazing, Wild Frost for the table centrepieces. They both got exactly what I had in my head into flowers that I was actually really sad to let go of! 

What did you eat?

We had choices of Salmon Gravlax or Ham Hock Ballotine for starter, Chicken stuffed with wild mushrooms or Roast pork belly for mains and Clementine cake with dark chocolate sorbet or Chestnut parfait for dessert. It was delicious and impressively, tasted just the same en masse as it had on our tasting day, something I have been told often doesn’t happen! 

And the wedding cake?

Lemon and poppy seed with elderflower buttercream on one tier and traditional fruit for the top layer! All made by one of our lovely family members and decorated with edible lace and more flowers from Rebel and the Rose!.

Any special moments, mentions or highlights of the day?

So many, it was absolutely magical and we loved every single second. My best friend arriving after one of the worst weeks of her life, to be by my side as my bridesmaid, travelling all the way there and back in one day was pretty amazing and emotional! Looking out of the window and seeing our carol singers and snow and realising it was really happening, Paul’s beautiful personalised vows, the look on the children’s faces when they saw Father Christmas in his ‘grotto’ and dancing the night away with our closest family and friends all served to give us a day we will treasure forever, making me emotional just thinking about it! Also do have to give a special mention to Sheryl, Callum our brilliant videographer, Natalie, Stacey and Charlotte, the wedding coordinator at Thornbury Castle. I think we somehow managed to pick the nicest people in the wedding industry! They all went out of their way to help and make our day go as well as it did, thanks everyone!

Bouquets and buttonholes: Rebel & the Rose

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