Collaboration…the key to styling and publishing an editorial shoot on a prestigious wedding blog

Published today on Love My Dress

Once or twice a year, I team up with a bunch of amazing creatives and we brainstorm to style up an editorial shoot that is out of this world.

My vision was to create a look that inspires the ‘rustic’ lovers to think outside of the box. We all loved the jam jars, log slices and bunting, and they held their place in the rustic styling for a good few years. Myself and the rest of the team wanted to expand on the theme with a ‘new’ rustic, using texture, colour and seasonal backdrops.

As a ‘preferred supplier’ at Lyde Court, I immediately thought of them as the perfect rustic backdrop, with their inside and outside barns, twinkly lights, walled garden and hay bales. They also have the manicured gardens behind the main house with views of the rolling Herefordshire hills.

Now I just just waltz in and take the pictures once all of the hard graft has been done, so I asked all of the talented ladies to tell you a little bit about what the did to create and achieve the looks seen here. I invite you to explore their websites as you may want to book them for your own big day!!

A MASSIVE thank you to our models, Kate, Jennifer and Remi. These ladies generously gave up their time to be poked, prodded and dressed up for us but I think they all enjoyed it. ONE of them was a tart for cuddles and went begging for brownies…I will let you decide which one that was!!

Lots of love,

Sheryl xxx

‘The One With The Camera and The Dogs’

Lyde Court ~ The Venue

“It was  an honour to have such wonderful suppliers involved with this shoot. Sheryl is one of our favourite photographers and she and the team did a fantastic job of organising it and their efforts have paid off as they have produced an incredible set of autumnal themed photographs at our magical barn wedding venue in Herefordshire that have also been published in such a prestigious wedding blog!

We hope to have you all back soon, what a fantastic group of creatives – it was so much fun!”

 

The Vintage House That Could ~ Styling and Tablescapes

Katie: “When I was asked to style for the shoot and that the initial theme was pampas I knew I wanted to add a shiny element to work against the raw and rustic backdrop and textures of the grasses. I spoke to Kate about the type of flowers she would be using and we agreed on autumnal tones in gold vessels so I incorporated lots more gold pieces to the table and I sourced mustard velvet to create the sumptuous feeling on the tablescape. I added leather accents with the place names and made the banner which formed the perfect backdrop. Working with the beautiful dried grasses and seasonal flowers was a dream as was the wonderful talent of all of the other suppliers”

 

Damson & Vine ~ Floristy

Kate: “I wanted to create pieces that really showcased the time of year and all the gorgeous rich tones that autumn has to offer. I used the pampas and burnt orange colours as my starting point and went from there. The venue is so gorgeous in its own right, so I wanted to try and enhance that rather than take anything away. Ultimately, I wanted to create natural and relaxed arrangements that showed that “rustic” doesn’t have to mean the traditional jam jars and hessian look. Grasses and other foraged pieces like bracken and branches of turning leaves are in abundance in autumn, so I also really wanted to highlight what’s possible with thinking more seasonally about flowers (I used lots of locally grown or home grown flowers from my garden).

Working with all the other suppliers was a dream! So many wonderful creative women doing fantastic things in our industry was a joy to see.”

 

Walker & Walker ~ Feather Gown

Nicola: “I’m thrilled that I was a part of such a creative team and I thoroughly enjoyed spending time at the idyllic Lyde Court.

With it coming in to Autumn and Winter and the rise of the colder weather Wedding season,  I really wanted to capture essence of our feathered gown. It gave me butterflies when the beautiful bride wore it in the wind and I could see the feathers blow, it also captured the autumnal sun which made it glint when she moved. it was a special experience and I hope to work with these girls again.”

Ailsa Munro Bridal ~ Bridal Separates

Sheryl: “I have adored Ailsa’s work since I shot her bridal separates on a beach editorial in Cumbria, and I knew that she would have some amazing pieces and textures to work with our shoot. I was delighted when she agreed to send me a box and when I found out that our model Kate was a dancer, I couldn’t wait to get that gorgeous material flowing around.”

 

Sasha Brown MakeUp ~ Make Up Artist

Sasha: “Creating the look for this shoot was based on the colours of the time of year that ignited my love for eyeshadow pigment, hydrated healthy, glowing skin with a striking look. I achieved this by applying luminous skin enhancing products under the foundation. For the eyes I used rich, creamy reds and burgundy shadow. This made Kate’s eyes eye even more blue and piercing in the autumn sunshine.”

Sarah Russell Hair & Make Up Artist ~ Hair Styling

Sarah: “The shoot had a 1920s vintage vibe but was softened due to the use of florals, feathers and pampas grass in the accessories, dress and overall styling so I wanted to create hairstyles that would nod to this era but be much softer and more wearable for today’s bride. I created loose fluffy Hollywood waves for one style and for the second style I did a super soft updo with a stronger wave at the front to frame the face and to give it a more period look.

I love how everyone’s artistic flair came together to create these stunning images”

Cake Daydreams ~ Cake

Claire: “I really wanted the cake to have an air of mystery to it, yet it was important to me that the impact was still quite simple
The cake was created with a rough concrete texture to the sugar paste and designed to sit on a floating tier platform, cleverly disguised with the stunning gold asparagus fern supplied by Kate from Damson & Vine.

The cake skirt created by pampas grass and overall foliage was kept simple so the cake sat well agains the bold golds and rustic colours of the shoot.”

 

All Things Lucy ~ Hair Accessories and Jewellery

Lucy: “Pampas grass really set the tone for my design choices and allowed for the accessories to be all about texture. Natural grass headbands seemed complimentary to the theme whilst muted mochas, nudes and pinks added more impact in the form of a contrasting statement bejewelled headband, the ‘must-have’ accessory of the season in my opinion. I was delighted the theme leant itself so well to my real flower Jewellery ; a selection of home grown and hand picked sunflower petals and grasses amongst others were set in resin and transformed into beautiful pendant necklaces and flower drop earrings. Handmade Ivory Cold porcelain flowers graced golden earring hoops to enhance the floral aspect and add softness and femininity.”

 

By Moon & Tide ~ Calligraphy

Claire: “With the calligraphy I was inspired by the dried flowers we had planned for the shoot: as flowers fade in colour when they’re dried, I wanted the calligraphy to have the same tonal qualities so I made my own ink with an autumnal shade of blush. I’d recently been sent some beautiful handmade papers which I was excited to try, and for these I made an ink in a darker and more autumnal tone. Everything was finished with blush silk ribbon and handmade wax seal stamps with a beautiful fern, again to reflect the foliage in the bouquet!

The calligraphy and stationery has that tactile appeal of soft torn papers and a palette which works in every season of the year.”

Remi ~ Model Puppy

“Woof”

 

 

Myself and the Team hope you enjoy looking through all of the shoot images here… including some hilarious Behind The Scenes and OutTakes!!

See the published version on the illustrious Love My Dress!

 

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Wick Farm ~ Jodie & Ben

Ben & Jodie’s Wedding Story

Wick Farm, Bath

5th Sept 2019

“After we got engaged, and when we first started looking at everything we’d like in a wedding, we knew exactly where we wanted to prioritise – a beautiful barn venue, a live band, and top of the list: an amazing photographer. And since getting married we’ve had so many lovely comments from guests, all complimenting – you guessed it – the beautiful barn venue, the live band, and obviously, the photographer!

We looked around a few barn venues in our local area but Wick Farm near Bath stood out to us. It was exactly what we wanted, and for us, was the perfect balance between “rustic charm” and “something a little bit special”. At their open day we met Sophie from Flowers at the Conservatory, who spoke to us with such passion about our ideas for flower colours and themes, that we just knew she was the florist for us. Some people looked baffled when we told them we wanted purple and orange flowers, but Sophie just ‘got it’, and she absolutely delivered! Her enthusiasm and knowledge helped make it all extra special.

We also met Louise at the open day, the Duke of Cakes, who designed a cake for us that perfectly fit in with our rustic but flowery vibe (Side note, it was also blooming’ delicious!). Meeting them at a Wick Farm Open Day also meant they knew the venue like the back of their hand, which took a load off of our minds come the “Morning Of”! …and speaking of making our lives easier – the caterers at Wick Farm, Strawberry Fields Catering, were brilliant. Not only was the food absolutely scrumptious, but Tina, the coordinator, kept the whole day running effortlessly smoothly so we didn’t have to worry about a thing. She was such a lovely person to have around too. From helping pin on some awkward buttonholes, to knowing just what to say and when, Tina was always there and did it all – thanks Tina!

Our band, Dirty Weekend, were fantastic. They theme sets around festivals, for example Isle of White festival is a 70s-themed set, Live Aid is an 80s set, etc. They carefully curate the setlists to keep people up on the dance floor, and it worked – the floor was jam packed all night! They even learned our first dance for us for free and performed that live! Last but not least (and why you’re probably here in the first place) is our photographer.

We had an agreement before we started organising our wedding that when we saw something we really liked, we’d just go for it and stop looking any further. We found that rule pretty hard to stick to on a few occasions, and even broke it a couple of times, but when it came to Sheryl there was no question! Sheryl is phenomenal, there’s no other word.

When we were scouring the internet for a wedding photographer, her work really stood out – both in its quality, and her unique style. It was classy, arty, yet completely unpretentious. We initially thought her website probably just showed the best of her work, a select few shots from the most attractive couples’ weddings, but the more we looked the more we realised she really is just that good!

Having Sheryl around on the day was also a delight. She organised the guests with military precision, but kept things super fun and enjoyable at the same time! Both of us usually hate having our photos taken, and neither of us are really comfortable posing, but we can honestly say that having our couples photos taken at various points throughout the day was one of the highlights of our wedding! Sheryl made us feel at ease, relaxed, and most of all like the 3 of us were friends. This is how the photos look so natural! She then made sure we had the time we needed away from everyone else, which let us have some lovely tranquil moments that we’ll never forget.

She even gave us a sneak peak of some of her favourite shots after lunch, which was such a nice surprise. By the time we went to bed there were 70 or so initial edits to look through and share!

Now, just a smidge over 4 weeks later, we’ve received all the photos and we couldn’t be more over the moon with the results! We do have to wonder though, did Sheryl really do all of this on her own? For example, how are there photos from the front AND the back of the ceremony, without us even noticing her running past us?!

We’ll just have to chalk that, and countless other things, up to her genius.”

 

Enjoy the following highlight gallery…

 

Credit where credit is due…

Hair and makeup by South West Bridal: Emily and Laura

Gown from Clifton Brides

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Gants Mill ~ Becky & Kevin

Gants Mill ~ 7th September 2019

I initially found Sheryl’s work while browsing ‘Rock n Roll Bride’ magazine and instantly fell in love. As
we hadn’t even booked a venue, or were even engaged at that point, I just admired her work from
afar.

Once my partner had proposed and we’d found our venue, Gants Mill, I was looking through

‘GoHen’s top 50 UK Wedding Photographers’ 

and ‘Oobaloos’ popped up again – it seemed like a sign! I
showed her photos to Kevin and he loved them, so I contacted Sheryl and was amazed that she
replied as she was currently on holiday in Florida! Luckily our date was free, even if it was just under
two years away.

We met Sheryl for a pre wedding chat and she was so friendly and welcoming, and I remember
afterwards saying to my partner – “she’s exactly the kind of person you want around you on your
wedding morning”.

About a year later we had our engagement photoshoot, which we were both
nervous about. I was especially terrified as I had lost a lot of weight in the lead up to the wedding
and was used to hating all photos of myself. After the initial awkwardness on my part, we then just walked
around and chatted, while also stopping for the occasional photo. It was extremely laid back and
when we got our engagement photos back, I was amazed that I finally had photos that I didn’t
entirely pick myself apart on.

Sheryl is certainly a wizard behind the camera and it made us feel even
more excited for our wedding day.

On the wedding day when Sheryl arrived, she was so laid back and it really did feel like just having a
friend with me getting ready.  Both Sheryl and Greg, the gentleman who
owns Gant’s Mill, just want the best for you. Everything they both do on the day is to ensure that
you are having the best day, and they both want everything to just run smoothly.

Receiving our wedding photos made me cry. Sheryl manages to capture the emotion and happiness in every photo
– even if that is me pulling some questionable facial expressions. We even showed people in Mexico
our sneak peek photos and they commented that it looks like something out of a movie. I show
everyone who’s willing to see them, and constantly recommend Sheryl on any of the wedding
groups I’m on, because I just cannot speak more highly of her work and the genuinely lovely person
she is.

Thank you Sheryl, love Becky and Kev xxx

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Dogs at Weddings

Are you a couple in puppy love? Why not let your pooch play a part in your big day?

I make no secret about the fact I am a Mad Dog Lady. Before I even owned a camera, I was known around Cheltenham as Safe N Sound Pet Care since 2003. I have had dogs all my life, and spent the last 15 years caring for the pooches of the Cotswolds. Anyone following my social media will know all about the escapades of our Kodi and Roo. The dynamic duo, the Laurel and Hardy, the Morcambe and Wise, the Ying and Yang of the dog world. Kodi is a 2 year old Saint Bernard X Newfoundland girl and Roo (Rupert) is an 11 month old Westie boy. They make people laugh wherever they go and are the best of friends.

We recently offered a home to a young Jack Russell girl who we’ve named Remi and she is feisty, and adorable and has fitted in with Kodi and Roo so beautifully. Here are my babies!

I know that the right couples are finding me when their first enquiries include “we are bringing our dog/s” 

 

My very first professional photography was Dog Portraits and UKA Agility competition photography. Its given me a very fast trigger finger and certainly helped me hone the skill of capturing unique and fleeting moments. I am so happy when our four legged friends are part of your day and they are a delight to capture and to help tell your wedding story. 

 

There are so many ways to include dogs in weddings.

-Make man’s best friend a member of the bridal party—whether ring bearer, flower girl, best man, or maid of honour.

-Dogs in weddings should look just as dapper as the rest of the wedding party. Think bow-ties and tuxedos for boys, floral collars and tutus for girls.

-Pets are known to help reduce anxiety. Before you walk down the aisle, spend a few moments snuggling your sweet pooch.

-Enjoy some private time between the ceremony and reception soaking up your first few moments as a married couple. A walk with your dogs is the perfect way to get away (and capture some more cute photos).

Oh, and if your baby is slightly on the more horsey side…I’m cool with that too!!

 

Get in touch with me!!

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Birtsmorton Court ~ Rebecca & Josh

“After being shown Sheryl’s work by a fabulous work colleague I was instantly mesmerised! I started following all of her work on social media and added her to my growing wedding scrap book (bearing in mind I wasn’t even engaged yet!). The moment after Josh popped the question and our wedding date was set we contacted Sheryl with every finger and toe crossed to see if she was available, as we know how quickly she gets snapped up!

It was so easy to get in contact with Sheryl throughout the whole planning process and she was always there to give advice. She was even kind enough to meet with me and walk around the venue to discuss where we could shoot on the day! She totally caters for us ‘over excited’ brides!

Sheryl’s advice and recommendations for other suppliers were invaluable and we trusted her completely! She definitely surrounds herself with likeminded and equally amazing people in the wedding industry. On the day of the wedding it felt like having a friend with us, she was so calming and made everyone laugh along the way. She knows exactly what she is doing and effortlessly captures every special moment! So many people told us how great she is as person, she just radiates fun and laughter.

The photos she captured were just incredible and we fall in love with them more and more every time we look through them. We just can’t believe how every detail of the day was shot and these memories will be with us forever. You go above and beyond Sheryl (re-adjusting my veil ten million times and brushing my hair ha!) and Josh and I cannot thank you enough! It’s so obvious how much you care about your couples and we love you so much for it!”

 

“Clare at LilyFee has been our absolute angel! Flowers were always the top of our agenda when it came to styling and were extremely important to us.

It was always my dream to have a wedding filled with beautiful blooms and Clare achieved it and more. Clare has a natural talent with her blooms and just knew exactly what we wanted even if I did continuously bombard her with Pinterest pictures and descriptions.

Clare cleverly linked up with my Pinterest board and was able to follow what I was pinning everyday. The result of Clare’s effort and work was breathtaking! Every element she created was so overwhelmingly beautiful I sobbed (happy tears).

Myself and all our guests all just felt like we were walking into a magical dream!

Clare made our wishes come true and on top of her talents she is the kindest person who could not do enough for us! We cannot thank you enough Clare!”

“Birtsmorton Court was a simple choice for us. We didn’t look around any other venues and we booked the same day as our viewing. It has everything you could possibly want in a wedding venue, incredibly beautiful grounds with something new around every corner, a gorgeous house with a moat (major princesses vibes!) and a beautiful marquee attached to the barn style bar and dance area.

One of the huge factors was the beautiful church that was right on site. Our Reverand could not have been more amazing and our wedding was so special because of the effort she takes to get to know us and welcome us into the church.

Dawn our wedding coordinator is the most amazing person we have ever met. She could not have been kinder and more organised, alongside Megan and Sophia made our wedding day so special because of their dedication and clear passion for wedding planning!

Birtsmorton is a unique place and has so many special touches for their couples which we could not have received anywhere else.”

Credits:

Venue: Birtsmorton Court

Photography: Oobaloos Wedding Photography

Videography: Sharper Films

Florist and Styling: Lilyfee Floral Designs

Hair Styling: Ella Hair and Beauty

Make Up: Christine Cara

Wedding Gown: Morilee at The Cotswold Frock Shop

Suits: Moss Bros

Cake: Vanilla Pod Bakery

Catering: Ross and Ross

Crockery: Whitehouse Crockery

Party Hire: Pollyanna’s Party Hire

DJ: Pete Stead

 

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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]

 

www.oobaloosphotography.co.uk

 

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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?
SO MUCH LOVE

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!!

Flowers?
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 (https://dreamsofchocolate.co.uk/) 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 (https://www.facebook.com/Hog-Roast-of-Gloucestershire-1789063341334352/).
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 (https://www.facebook.com/FABperigord/), 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!”

Credits:

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

Matara

Oxleaze

Slaughters

Kingscote

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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