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.

Flowers?

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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Sarah & Ash’s Peaky Blinders Wedding at Dewsall Court

Sarah & Ash

16th January 2019

Dewsall Court, Herefordshire

What made you decide to get married where you did?

We knew as soon as we pulled up at Dewsall Court that we’d found our venue. The house, Wainhouse barn and surrounding grounds look spectacular in all weathers, so we knew that it would still be magical on a gloomy and cold January day. The staff were also very helpful and made us feel very special.

How long was your wedding planning process? We spent just over a year planning our big day. Ash proposed just a few weeks before I gave birth to our daughter, Emelia, and we spent the first year of her life (attempting!) to learn how to raise a little person! Once she turned one, we then felt we had a little bit more time to put to organising our special day. We got married one week before Emelia turned 2 years old. We felt a year was a nice amount of time to plan everything, but not get too stressed out!

Our day really was perfection in our eyes! For me having the exceptionally talented ladies, Sheryl from Oobaloos Wedding Photography and Sarah from Sarah Russell Hair & Makeup to look after me the way they did, allowed me to enjoy my wedding morning, and all the fun preparations we’d organised over the last 12 months. It was just wonderful seeing everything come together…the dress, the suits, the flat caps, the flowers, the floral decorations, the wedding decorations we’d accumulated over the year, the food, the venue…but for a few moments that all faded into the background when I walked down the aisle with my first love, my Dad, and married the true love of life, my husband, Ash. It was spectacular!

How would you describe your wedding day in 3 words?

Peaky (f**king) Blinders!

How did you meet?

We meet 12 years ago when I waitressed at a local pub during my university holidays. Ash was the Chef there…and lets just say its a good job he liked me as my waitressing skills weren’t the best!

What was the proposal like? Ash got down on one knee on 2nd January 2017 on Holkham Beach, Norfolk. I was a very roly-poly nine months pregnant. It was magical…that beach is very special to us.

How did you choose your photographer? We spent a long time looking at many many wedding photographers. We couldn’t really put into words what we were exactly looking for…I guess it was a moody, somewhat raw, vintage style. We wanted that ‘feeling’… and honestly it hit us both like lighting when we can across Sheryl and Oobaloos Wedding Photography. Everything that Sheryl represents and captures in her truly outstanding work, was simply, just it. The excitement that we felt when Sheryl agreed to shoot our special day was unreal!

Who designed your dress?

Essence of Australia 

What did the bridal party wear?

Suits were hired from Dapper Dan Formal Suit hire (highly recommend!) and the bridesmaids dresses were Lipsy, purchased through Next.

Did you have a theme or colour scheme?

We both love the 1920s, and are obsessed with Peaky Blinders, so it was a no brainer for us to theme our wedding on this era. We watched Thomas Selby’s wedding episode a lot, haha!

 

 

Who was your florist?

From Love Lily, Abergavenny (highly recommend!).

The wedding breakfast! Mmmmm what did you have?

For our wedding breakfast we had roast sirloin of beef, roasted seasonal vegetables, baby spinach & boulangerie potatoes, and for the vegetarians winter squash, sweet potato, spinach and red onion pithivier with boulangerie potatoes. For pudding we all had apple tart tatin, caramel sauce and clotted cream. Our evening food included bacon butties, cheese and sourdough toasties, and roasted marshmallows from the fire pit.

And the wedding cake?

A three tier cake from McGowan Wedding cakes, Herefordshire (highly recommend!). The bottom layer was carrot cake, the middle layer salted caramel and the top chocolate and nutella!

 

Sheryl, there are seriously not enough genuine heart-felt sentiments that we can bestow upon you that encapsulate the gratitude, respect and awe we feel when we look at our wedding photos. You captured our dream. We aren’t the coolest couple in the world, we’re pretty goofy to be honest, but the commitment and love that we share for one another, you caught effortlessly and beautifully. We will treasure our photos forever and ever…thank you so much…   xxxxxxxxx

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Wedding Photography 2018 Cheeky Highlights

It was an emotional journey, sitting down through 40 weddings over 33 different venues over the country to pick out my highlights.

In my own unique, natural style, I’ve captured treasured moments between husband and wife,  proud fathers of brides, teary mothers of grooms, excited children, lots of cake and a fair few bum gropes!!

Happy tears, bittersweet tears and laughter tears. Belly laughs, nervous giggles and embarrassed grimaces. I always say I am 90% documentary with just enough direction and guidance to get some killer couples shots.

Not all weddings are shown here as I respect the wishes of couples whom wish to keep their day private, for whatever reason.

Follow my journey this year with my amazing couples from 2nd January 2018 through to 30th December 2018. We have sun, rain, snow…Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter again.

Ive visited barns, castles, private stately homes, tipi’s, churches, village halls, marquees on home farms, pubs and an old cinema.

UK WIDE TRAVEL!!

2018 Highlights from gorgeous UK wedding venues:

Cowley Manor
Wild Beer at Jessop House
Bordesley Park Farm Wedding Venue
Larmer Tree Gardens
Cotswold House Hotel & Spa
Bell Inn Brook Lyndhurst
Stone Barn
Clearwell Castle Wedding Venue
Pittville Pump Room
Matara (Recommended Supplier)
The Speech House Hotel
The Swan Hotel, Bibury
The Barn at Upcote (Recommended Supplier)
Brooks Country House
Lyde Court (Recommended Supplier)
The Kingscote Barn – Wedding venue (Recommended Supplier)
Cotswold Inns and Hotels (Recommended Supplier)
Alcott Wedding & Events(Recommended Supplier)
Hidcote Manor Garden
The Old Stables
Eastington Park
Dumbleton Hall Hotel
Ellenborough Park
Stanhill Court Hotel
Thornbury Castle
Manor By The Lake ( Recommended Supplier)
The Daffodil

Thank you to every single one of you and bring on 2019!!

Enjoy, the Oobaloos 2018 Roundup, in chronological order…

2018 Highlights from gorgeous UK wedding venues:

Cowley Manor
Wild Beer at Jessop House
Bordesley Park Farm Wedding Venue
Larmer Tree Gardens
Cotswold House Hotel & Spa
Bell Inn Brook Lyndhurst
Stone Barn
Clearwell Castle Wedding Venue
Pittville Pump Room
Matara (Recommended Supplier)
The Speech House Hotel
The Swan Hotel, Bibury
The Barn at Upcote (Recommended Supplier)
Brooks Country House
Lyde Court (Recommended Supplier)
The Kingscote Barn – Wedding venue (Recommended Supplier)
Cotswold Inns and Hotels (Recommended Supplier)
Alcott Wedding & Events(Recommended Supplier)
Hidcote Manor Garden
The Old Stables
Eastington Park
Dumbleton Hall Hotel
Ellenborough Park
Stanhill Court Hotel
Thornbury Castle
Manor By The Lake ( Recommended Supplier)
The Daffodil

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Kate & Neil at Lyde Court

When Kate messaged me about booking her wedding photography in the next FOUR WEEKS, I thought she was mad. It was AUGUST!! Luckily they went for a Sunday and managed to pick up some pretty awesome suppliers! Including me 😉

Read all about their day at Lyde Court!

 

Kate and Neil

12-08-18

Lyde Court, Herefordshire

What made you decide to get married where you did?

I had been following Lyde court for so long, its absolutely stunning- the barn, high beams, fairy lights everywhere, the fact you could get married in so many beautiful spots on the grounds……and then they had a last minute offer, and that was it!

How long was your wedding planning process?

A whole 5 weeks!!

How would you describe your wedding day in 3 words?

From the groom and best man ” I can’t remember” it turned into one hell of a party 🙂

How did you meet?

We met at university a whole 12 years ago

What was the proposal like?

Unbelievable, he had been planning it for so long, we were on a tour of Africa, at the very end of the trip we headed to Zambia and went in Victoria falls. At the very top of the falls in the water, holding onto a rope for dear life Neil went back to the boat for what felt like an eternity, after shouting “where have you been, etc bleep etc” on his way back. He got down on one knee as much as he could, i was so so surprised!! It was just unreal.

How did you choose your photographer?

As soon as I saw one picture of Sheryl’s I knew, and the rest confirmed it, her relaxed style of capturing all the little moments were exactly what i wanted, i wanted to remember the whole day and be able to relive it through the pictures. I still cant quite believe you could do our wedding date.

Dress designer?

I tried a few boutique wedding dresses and they just weren’t what i was looking for, and the short time scale made it difficult. As fate had it i went on a last minute late night dash to monsoon to hopefully find a back up if I couldn’t find “the one”, and I ended up finding the perfect dress right there. It was absolutely meant to be, the last time i was in the same Monsoon I was with my mum trying on her wedding dress, she passed away just a year later 8 years ago and she was there with me that night. I came home with my dream dress.

And the suit? And bridesmaids?

We went to the high street for everything else too, suits were Next, Bridesmaids dressed were warehouse and the flower girls dressed and max’s outfit were all monsoon too.

Theme or colour scheme?

Rustic

Flowers?

Flowers were by the incredible Kate at Damson and Vine, again she was a total legend for pulling everything i wanted together at such short notice with not even a question about it being possible.

What did you eat?

We ate so many canapes, and sausages! And then the biggest roast beef dinner, and a hog roast…so much food!

And the wedding cake?

The wedding cake was a last minute panic, we ended up getting 2 cakes from Marks and Spencers at the very last second, a rainbow cake and chocolate cake with sprinkles galore. They very nearly didn’t make it to the wedding as they refused to hand them over to anyone but the name on the order, after a tense hostage situation and a lot of bartering and begging by my friends they got the cake and just about made it to the wedding on time.

Any special moments, mentions or highlights of the day?

There were so many, but mainly the people who made it all possible and met the fact the wedding was in 5 weeks with a hell yes we will be there and what can we do to help, it made it a group effort to pull off the day of our dreams and get us married which made it all the more special.

And walking down the aisle with max seeing Neil at the front , the emotion and happiness was like nothing else.

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Carla & Louise’s Cotswold Wedding

Carla Kelsh & Louise Kelsh

03/08/18

The Swan Hotel, Bibury

 

Good morning World! I’m sat looking at a rather windy and dreary day over my laptop but have a twinkly Christmas tree in the corner, a 6 year old in his PJ’s watching Christmas cartoons and a huge hound at my feet. With the husband making me a cuppa, life is pretty content. But, I can’t help but wonder where on earth this year went?! How is it nearly Christmas? 2018 has been my busiest year shooting weddings EVER and I am horribly behind on blogging. But that means your social media feed now has some sunshine and flowers and happy faces on it! Yayyy!!

 

When Carla and Louise told me all about their day, I was super excited to shoot it. What Carla didn’t know was that I was in on the surprises in store and prepared to snap all the shots before the big reveal, knowing this would made an amusing pictorial story in their gallery!

I have to say that I laughed til I cried at The Undercover Waiters. Standing in the middle of such fun and happiness makes me feel son very lucky to have an amazing job. Thank you ladies, for sharing your day with us. I can’t wait to see you all next year at Lou’s sisters wedding. Kate, I hope you have some more tricks up your sleeve. You set the bar pretty high here!!

Enjoy! xx

 

“When we decided to start searching for venues, we looked at a couple in the Cotswolds but the Swan was special! It was just beautiful and the setting was perfect. As soon as we drove round the corner and saw it we knew it was the one for us. We hadn’t even been inside at that point!

We got married almost exactly a year to the day that we got engaged.
“Best Day EVER!!”

We met playing football together many many years ago. We met again later in life and the rest is history!

The proposal was an unbelievable surprise! Despite my regular nagging, Louise had always said she would never get married again and I had almost given up hope that we would get married. Then Louise took me away for a weekend to Bourton-On-The-Water, one of our favourite places. Whilst sitting on the grass by the river enjoying the sunshine she handed me a champagne glass engraved with “will you marry me”.  It was perfect and caught me totally off guard!

We decided we wanted a documentary style photographer. After searching the web and scrolling through numerous portfolios we found Oobaloos and we were sold. The style was exactly what we were looking for and the quality of Sheryl’s work really stood out.

We decided we didn’t want big, fancy dresses, we wanted a nice relaxed day so we both  bought different high street dresses from Chi Chi London and DKNY.

Our flowers were lilac and cream but we didn’t really have a colour theme as such. The theme for the day was a chilled out and relaxed summer wedding. We wanted everyone to be comfortable especially in the scorching summer we were having.

Aqua Florist created our beautiful bouquets. They looked amazing and were exactly what we wanted. She also made thank you bouquets for our mums to match ours which was a nice touch.

We had Pimms and afternoon tea as canapés after the reception which was lovely and a bit different from the standard wedding canapés.

The wedding breakfast was Ham hock terrine, Roast Beef with all the trimmings and an amazing chocolate Brownie.

Our wedding cake was made by a close friend of ours with alternating tiers of chocolate and Victoria sponge.
We showed her a design we liked and she recreated it. It looked amazing and was twice as big as we imagined it would be!

The duck race supplied by Aqua florist was also a big hit with the guests. The kids loved throwing their rubber ducks into the stream and chasing after them along the bank. My nephew got a bit too carried away though and fell in!

 

Louise’s sister booked The Undercover Waiters to perform at our wedding. Whilst Lou was in on the surprise I had absolutely no idea what was happening! They were brilliant, they got everyone up singing and dancing. We even had a conga line around the room, while the tourists gazed in through the window in total disbelief! Very hard to follow that with my speech though!”

 

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE!

Venue: The Swan At Bibery COTWOLDS INNS

Photographer: Oobaloos Photography

Florist: Aqua Florists

Cake: Friend

Entertainment: The Undercover Waiters

 

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Tash & Alex’s Twinkly Winter Wedding at Kingscote Barn

 

Every wedding couple is special to me…but when it’s one of your own getting married, the pressure is immense! I was delighted when colleague and friend, Natasha of  ‘MakeUp by Natasha Louise’ booked me to photograph her wedding. I asked her to tell us a little bit more about how she found the booking and planning process from the other side of the stage. Please enjoy Natasha and Alex’s big day!!

Thank you, both, for trusting me with your memories. Over to you…

 

Alex and Natasha McAll

Date of wedding- 16th November 2018

Location of ceremony and reception- Kingscote Barn, Tetbury.

 

What made you decide to get married where you did?

It was a tough choice because we have SO many gorgeous venues around the Cotswold although 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!  We visited a few other style of venues just to make sure, and for us, the barns felt more us. We instantly both fell in love with Kingscote, the atmosphere, the decor and the staff were right up our street!

 

How long was your wedding planning process?

18 months; although we were pretty relaxed (unorganised?!)  and left a lot to the last 6-8 months!

 

How would you describe your wedding day in 3 words?

Winter, relaxed and boozy

How did you meet?

We meet whilst working together in Herefordshire. It wasn’t exactly love at first sight, we both went for the same job and things were a little tense for a while! Soon after we discovered that our relationship was a little more than just work colleagues

 

What was the proposal like?

Absolutely perfect!!! Alex whisked me off to Venice for my 30th, and during the second day, on the cutest of bridges, Alex got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Obviously there was no hesitation in my answer. Al asked my son, Alfie to help choose the ring which made it even more special.

How did you choose your photographer?

I’d worked with Sheryl professionally a few times and so I knew her work was what we were after- atmospheric, fun and relaxed! Although we needed our photographer to provide more than just good photos. Neither Al and I are huge fans of having our photos taken, so we needed whoever we chose to be put us at ease. I knew Sheryl would do this- she made me laugh from the moment she arrived and instantly put our guests at ease too.

 

Dress designer?

After looking around a few local boutiques and being spoilt for choice, I took my mums wild card and visited a small boutique (The Bridal Gallery) in Malvern which is where my mum grew up. During my first visit I found ‘the one’ a blush lace Opulance hunger! As predicted by almost everyone, it wasn’t what I thought I’d choose but it felt like me and after a record number of fittings, it was perfect!

And the suit? And bridesmaids?

Alex  is 6”4 so finding a well fitted suit has always been tough so from day dot he knew he wanted one made. He decided on tweed as it fitted with the theme and the time of year perfectly but it proved difficult to find- who knew?! Moss Bros came up trumps in the end! We hired the users suits from a independent business (Dapper Dans) in Wolverhampton- again finding tweed was difficult

 

Theme or colour scheme?

We didn’t really follow a theme, but I guess it ended up being fairly rustic. The colour theme changed a few times- being in the industry myself and seeing weddings every week made me doubt my decisions ALOT! We ended up with Mulberry, grey and copper and I think it worked out well in the end!

 

Flowers?

No question is was always going to be Jo (Issy and Bella). I’ve been admiring Jo’s flowers for years and I  knew her style would be the perfect fit for us. From the first meet I knew I was in safe sands. I gave a short brief of colours and left everything else down to Jo. I LOVE flowers, and we always have them in our home so I wanted lots of them throughout our wedding. I’m sure the budget was far more than Alex had ever dreamed, but he agreed it was more than worth it.

What did you eat? A traditional winter warmer menu from McBailes.

To start we had pork belly ham hock with a homemade slaw, followed by Gloucester Old Spot sausages and creamed mash and last but not least- toffee apple pie with custard!!

In the evening we had wood fired pizzas and our family made the most amazing smore station which went down a treat by the fire pits!

 

And the wedding cake?

My gorgeous bridemaid Emily, is such a fantastic baker (she should definitely do it professionally!) so we asked her if she wouldn’t mind making our cake for us. I have a dairy intolerance so I was super chuffed when I found out Em had made it dairy free- not that any of our guests could tell- it was that good!!!

 

 

Any special moments, mentions or highlights of the day?

So many special moments, but a few that stand out- my beautiful maid of honour surprisingly me with a speech. It was just amazing and left me speechless. Tor is not known for her secret keeping skills (me with anyway!) but she kept quiet about this one!!  My lovely cousin Laura also did a speech which was filled with lovely words from my friends and family which may have  left me a little teary!

My son walked me down the aisle, which was such a special moment for me, and I was SO proud with how seriously he took his role (he’s only 9- so it could’ve gone either way!!).

The Cotswold Wedding Company- Decor

Issy and Bella– flowers

Nicola Harrison– makeup

Stacey- Updoo- Hair

Dapper Dans– usher suits

Moss Bros- Grooms suit

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Fran & Liam’s Magical Wedding Day at Matara

Francesca Hill (was Moore) and Liam Hill

 20th July 2018

Matara Centre Tetbury 

What made you decide to get married where you did?

The feel of the place, very unique and the staff were laid back and very open to let you do what you like. Also having the house on the grounds as well so everything was in one place.

How long was your wedding planning process?

We got engaged in the January of 2016 and booked the venue by end of Feb. So around year and a half.

How would you describe your wedding day in 3 words?

Perfect, Dreamy, Fun

How did you meet?

Known each other since primary school. Liam is friends with my brother 

What was the proposal like?

Amazing – we were skiing in St Anton in Austria and we went to the highest viewing point called Valluga. It was just us and was a massive surprise. We were on holiday with our friends as well so then spent the afternoon celebrating with some Apres ski.  

How did you choose your photographer?

I found this the hardest thing to decide on and originally booked someone else but changed my mind due to not being 100% and photos are the most important thing when it comes to a wedding. The day goes by so fast and this is all you have afterwards.

Dress designer?

Victoria Jane by Ronald Joyce from Krystle Brides in Bath.

And the suit? And bridesmaids?

Suits were all from Moss Bros. Bridesmaid dresses are from Coast

Theme or colour scheme?

Pink and grey 

Flowers?

Chrissie Wiltshire Flowers

What did you eat?

Ham Hock Scotch Egg to start, chicken in a tarragon sauce for main and lemon posset with a blackberry crumble.

And the wedding cake?

JellyCake

4 layers. Chocolate orange, Victoria sponge, Bakewell and fruit cake on top.

Any special moments, mentions or highlights of the day?

The most special was walking down the aisle, was perfect and the choir were amazing (vocal gospel choir).

A highlight was my bridesmaid Lori stealing the microphone from the band: Interlight and doing her own karaoke!

I also loved staying in the house was so lovely and I was so chilled on the morning which I didn’t think I would be! This was helped by the amazing Charlotte Tillyer who did my make up by making us all look fantastic!

Also all of my guests commented on how amazing Darren Campbell was! Still trying to work out how that card ended up in a sealed tonic water!!

Makeup and Hair by Charlotte Tillyer

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Tasha & Dan at Lyde Court

Full names: Tasha Johnson, Daniel Johnson

Date of wedding:  Saturday 22nd September 2018

Location of ceremony and reception: Lyde Court Barns Hereford

What made you decide to get married where you did?:

I always wanted a barn wedding and it was the first location Dan clicked on but we thought it looked out of our price range. We decided to go for a viewing anyway just to see and fell in love and realised it wasn’t out of our budget! Dan likes modern buildings but as soon as we walked into the barn he wanted the venue just as much as me.

How long was your wedding planning process? 

We planned it all in a year, but it came so quick it felt like 2 months! We weren’t going to get married for another couple of years, but with family illness we wanted to push it forward. So we chose to do the two most expensive things (buy a house and get married) in a year! It was stressful but with good friends and family and of course Dan on my side they helped me all the way through it. 

How would you describe your wedding day in 3 words? Smiley, So us, Fun!

How did you meet?:  Dan put a funny comment on someones Facebook which I liked it. He then added me and messaged me. He wasn’t cringy or flirty he was just such a nice person to talk to. (Also funny but I don’t want to boost his ego too much) 😉 So I was going to Worcester for a night out, found out that he was also going to the same place. (I think he did it on purpose but doesn’t want to admit it) 😉 SO I was dancing on the stage in Sin Nightclub and I went to step off the stage and literally fell off it straight into the back of Dan. With that the back of my shorts had split so the whole of my backside was on show. I told him i’ll be right back, legged it to the toilet, had the lady pin it for me and came back out. No way were split shorts going to stop me from introducing myself! He likes to tell everyone “I literally fell for him” from then we went outside and we didn’t stop talking all night. No awkward silences. No cringy trying it on with me too early. Just getting to know eachother and he made me laugh so much. We then two days later went on our first date ice skating up Solihul. It was like we had known eachother for years. I think the best relationships are always built on friendship, I could see that he was different and what I had been missing in my life. 

What was the proposal like? Dan had arranged for a couple of our close friends for all of us to go back to the ice rink of our first date. As we were skating one of our song came on and as were we skating together the DJ called for everyone to stop. Dan got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I Had no idea it was coming even though we had been skating to one of our songs for a good minute. I just thought the DJ had coincidentally put the song on. I of course said yes!

How did you choose your photographer? I was scrolling through Instagram looking at the Lyde Court tags and saw one photograph in particular I loved. I clicked on it and saw that it was Sheryl who had taken it and I didnt even look for any others I booked her straight away. 

Dress designer? WED2B.  I thought I was going to be really picky and take for ages to find a dress. I went with my Maid of Honour (my best friend of 20 years).  First shop 8 dresses later I found the one I wanted. I rang Dan and told him I wanted this dress. He couldn’t believe it because he knows what i’m like. I had seen the veil I wanted all along online. Tried it on in the shop and fell in love even more. I also did my own hair and makeup on the day.

And the suit? And bridesmaids?  

Suits – Dunken James. I said to Dan you can pick your suit as I trust him enough to match everything up. Even though our colour scheme was blue, Dan chose pale rose gold. The lady in the shop was really worried I wasn’t going to like the colour, but I said after I know he will look handsome regardless. Suprisingly the colours matched! The paleness of both ties and bridesmaid dresses went really well together.  http://www.duncanjames.co.uk/

Bridesmaid dresses – Quiz It took me forever to find the dresses I wanted because I find bridesmaid dresses to be really ugly, there was no way I would let them look horrible. They were one of the main things  I brought last because I was so picky. 

Maid of Honour – Chi Chi London I let Ammy pick her own dress as she has a uique style which I love and didn’t want to take that away from her. In my opinion she looked bloody beautiful!! Not being Biased 😉 

Theme or colour scheme?  Our favourite colour is blue so that was our main colour. I think I went a bit blue mad. So did Ammy when she planned my Hen do! It all matched though 😉 

We didn’t have theme as such but I said to Dan I want to inject into our wedding all of our memories with people. So I sat in Boots for over an hour printing 145 pictures of all of our friends and family. I tied them all together with pegs to put along by the bars so people can reminisce. 

Flowers? Ebay  beautifulbouquetsshop   https://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/beautifulbouquetsshop

What did you eat? Homemade Bangers and Mash with vegetable and gravy, vegetable option was the same but with vegetable sausages and gravy. Puddings were a choice of Chocolate Fudge Brownie or Apple Pie with ice cream. 

And the wedding cake? Amalea who is my Maid of Honour and myself made it together the day before I got married on the Friday. We had one trial run prior to this and when Ammy lifted up the cake to put it on the side, it completely fell over and squashed! It was hilarious. 

Any special moments, mentions or highlights of the day?

One highlight has to be all throughout the wedding process I had to hide and plan one of Dans presents from him it was so hard! I went to a recording studio which Ammy had organised for me, where I sang an accoustic version of “Be my Baby – The Ronettes”. Ammy played the guitar for me and we also harmonised in the background. Big shout out to Alan Evans – Serious Studios Stourport who put it all together and produced it for me. When me and Dan started playing our first dance he kept looking at me and saying “Their playing the wrong version” Then when he listened a bit more he realised that it was me singing to him. 

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THE RAIN!!! Never did I think rain on my wedding day would actually be a good thing. It rained from start to finish. We didn’t let it bother us once though. Because of the rain we were supposed to have our confetti line outside on the grass, it was moved inside where we said our vows. I am so pleased we did it there because the pictures were amazing it was like it was meant to be. It also meant that people were in the same place a lot of the time so it made it more personal. When we went off to have our photos separately. Everyone followed and kept joining in. Bless Sheryl she just kept snapping away saying “NEXT” and the pictures were perfect. All natural and lots of everyone. I also brought some brollies because of the rain and they looked amazing in the photographs! People also didn’t worry what they looked like because we were all so wet. People concentrated on having fun more. 

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#PughFest at Alcott Farm

Hayley & Scott’s Festival at Alcott Farm

The Idea

After meeting Scott back at V Festival 2011 we had dreamed of creating the same vibe as that sunny tipsy Saturday afternoon sat on the grass in a relaxed atmosphere. Since that day I have imagined a whimsical, romantic, festival styled wedding which would include all the fun of that first meeting complete with tipis, and camping for all our guests and not to mention the invite of our four legged fur baby spaniel.

Festival Wedding

Scott and I scoured the internet for local wedding venues and knew we had struck gold when we came across Alcott Farm. Scott had always wanted to marry as close to our first meeting anniversary date as possible, so when we visited Lucy at Alcott Weddings and the only date available was 1st September the following year we knew it was meant to be.  The location was also easy for our northern guests to travel to and find easily.  Our dream was happening.

We imagined hay bales and glamping for our guests, flowers, amazing food and the most important ingrediant was music, as,no matter where you are from, everybody loves music. We knew from the very start the key to our wedding was to be a constant flow of live music as we really didn’t want to have one of those standard weddings that gets that afternoon lull and everyone is bored waiting for the night guests to arrive. We needed to stay true to our love of music and create a great atmosphere for everybody to enjoy.

 

 

 

Credits

Venue:  Alcott Farm Wedding and Events

Celebrant: Justine Wykerd at Just Celebrations

Tipi : Big Chief Tipis

Flowers and table styling: Tuckshop Flowers 

Lighting and sound : Key Event Network

Bands:

Day Band: Valley Road Acoustic Duo

After Dinner Saxophonist: Carlo Saxophonist 

Evening and Party: Brohemian

The Cake

After a crazy hen party dressed as a full on feathered flamingo it seemed only right that these were incorporated. My mum took control of the cake as `I had previously said wasn’t that fussed but I am so glad she did. It was made by a lady ‘Up North’ from a company called Buttercream Cakes based in Rotherham.

The layers of choclate orange and lemon drizzle sponge were just divine.

For those that didn’t like cake we chose to have flavoured pork scratchings from The Snaffling Pig in help yourself jars. These turned out to be a great hit with the men and quickly disappeared once the first guest opened the jars.

(which Hayley doesn’t realise was actually the photographer oops)

Entrance

Vintage Tractor Hire Shropshire – The little Fergie. I always wanted to make an entrance – it was my wedding after all! Everyone around me were doing the whole vw camper van route. This wasn’t me. I was on a farm so the perfect answer was a tractor!! After searching I found these gentlemen that not only had a tractor it came with a cart so i could transfer all my wedding party from the farm house to the field. Rolling down the hill from the field was just amazing seeing all my guests located on the hay bales was just perfect

 

The Ceremony

When imagining the ceremony originally, the whole idea terrified us. We don’t attend church, we are not usually ‘over the top’ kissy cuddly and the idea of being the centre of attention was quite daunting. We decided we wanted something different, this is where we found Justine from Just Celebrations. She offered something different and this is where it all began. The ceremony turned out to be amazing our guests were all lined up on hay bales with Scott waiting with Justine (in front of the tipi structure he had built that morning). The sun was shining and Eli and Ali played out the Lumineers Hey Ho! The feeling was unimaginable (pure happiness). Little Reggie (the spaniel) walked me down the aisle with Scott’s dad which was perfect.

Justine then told our story. She made it personal, quirky and most of all entertaining, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. We decided to do something different and actually Tie the Knot. If you have ever seen the Mel Gibson film Braveheart this is an old ritual for couples who want a visual expression of tying the knot for everyone to see, the simplicity and the vision and words spoken felt like a fairy tale and made it feel like it was all a dream.

 

The Ceremony – Hayley and Scott Tie the Knot by Justine

 

Hayley & Scott’s outdoor wedding ceremony was a dream to write and deliver, and they were a treat to work with.  They met at a music festival and carried the festival theme through to their ceremony and #Pughfest. That included haybales as guest seating and the tipi-style centrepiece that formed the backdrop for their ceremony and tying the knot.

They truly embraced the opportunity for a personal celebrant-led ceremony which started with Hayley and her bridal party arriving by tractor drawn trailer (what a start!) and followed with her being escorted down the aisle and accompanied by Reggie Pugh – their adorable (but mad and highly excitable) Spaniel.

When Scott and Hayley first met, he told her that he was a dolphin & seal tamer, so how could we not include this as part of their love story during their ceremony?!   It brought much laughter to all of the guests and set the scene for a relaxed and enjoyable ceremony that was sprinkled with love and of romance.

Their guests had arrived to watch them tie the knot – so they did just that.   Hayley & Scott opted for a symbolic handfasting as part of their ceremony. Their handfasting ribbons were made in the colours of their choice and adorned with personalised charms including a fireman’s helmet, a dog, a slice of pizza, their initials and a musical note as a nod to how they had met.

By forming the figure 8 with their hands, Hayley and Scott created the symbol of infinity; their hands were bound together and tied by their nuptial knot in a declaration of unity.  

Here’s to love, laughter and happily ever after.

Congratulations both – you rock!

Love, Justine xx

Alcott Farm

With British weather being ever so unpredictable we knew we needed to find the perfect marquee to ensure we had the perfect day. This is where Big Chief Tipis came in for our festival type structure, and even helped supply all the furniture inside to enable our guests to be able to sit comfortably inside.

The venue was lit by Chris from Key Event Network. He provided a 5 star service on the evening and undertook the role of events manager and organised all of our suppliers coming in on the day and ensured our day ran smoothly. As nightfall fell it became apparent how far they had gone to help us when more atmospheric lights appeared on our earlier ceremony structure.

The ceremony structure and the table decorations were all styled with fabulous flowers provided by Tuckshop Flowers. Carole is just a gem, she literally takes the ideas out of your head and makes them happen. We found her at an Inspired Brides open day and her natural ‘no hassle’ charisma won us over. She was all about taking control of ideas and ensuring she could do them for as little cost as possible from re- using the bridesmaid bouquets for outdoor table vases to the extra floral buckets to scatter around on the day. Nothing was a problem for her to tackle, from climbing up heights to decorate the chandelier to arriving both the day before and on the morning to decorate.

With the wedding itself being in a field we knew we had to up our game with decorations, with the help of family and friends we were able to make our own outdoor tables from re used pallets and after taking advantage of the brides brother in-law the amazing wooden PUGHFEST sign was made (which just made us think of that weekend away together at Glastonbury). The wedding stationery was printed by our sister law after the launch of her little printing shop on ETSY and Instagram (EVA VINCENT DESIGN) we knew she would put up with our demands and nothing would be too much trouble when it came to designing the table numbers and plan in order to suit the rest of the decor. Whilst Scotts dad took charge and created the banners it felt like a proper family effort.

The day wouldn’t be complete without the props we provided entertaining sunglasses, ponchos (incase) and flower crowns for our guests to enjoy, we found as soon as the ceremony was over the basket was soon empty and as you looked around the guests were all getting involved in that festival fun. Scott had always wanted a six foot real life bear for the venue but unfortunately this was just not practical as it may have eaten our guests so after debates I gave in and as an alternative allowed him to have an 8f t cardboard cut out of a bear to prop up the bar.

 

 

Food

Food! Where do we start? After music our second love is food, we had to have good food. We didn’t want that buffet style (if you have ever experienced been that person at the end of the queue you will understand why!) It had to be the sit down meal with a twist. This is where Savva Bars and Catering Co came in they provided both the bar services and food. With our upcoming honeymoon in Greece we found that a Mediterranean themed feast would be perfect. We wanted the guests to socialise and have fun so we had Italian meat sharing board starters followed by Greek beef stifado accompanied with a Greek salad. We found at previous weddings we both never really finish the three course meal so rather than a sit down meal we chose to go down the vintage Ice Cream Cart from Avant Ice Cream Tricycles so that guests could leisurely enjoy their ice creams in the evening sun whilst listening to Karlo on his Saxophone. The ice creams were delicious and we found out some guests went not only for seconds but even thirds to ensure they tried a variety of flavours.

Music

We knew from the very beginning this was key to creating our dream, no matter if it was to rain or shine we had create the atmosphere from when we first met. Our first choice of the day was Ell and Ali who form an acoustic duo called Valley Road, we had just returned from a crazy weekend in Ibiza when I found them. Their YouTube demo was literally a clip of a song by the Chainsmokers which we had heard all that weekend and the repetoire was just filled with upbeat acoustic songs of our favourite hits.

The plan was for them to start the day from the ceremony and relax people into the festival vibe up until the time to feed their bellies.

The second artists of the day was Karlo Sax (Carlo Fraccalvieri). Our love of Ibiza continued with this choice. We knew after many evenings sitting watching the sunsets on the sunset strip in Ibiza we had to bring in the element of the ‘Deep House, Ibiza Lounge’ set and Carlo fitted this bill perfectly. The idea was to have our guests leave the tipi after dining, feeling fat and lazy and enjoy the sunset with a cocktail in hand and relax with the Ibiza sax sound.

Our last band had to be special for those guests wanting to party until the very end. It had to be a floor filler. I kept having nightmares or empty dancefloors and dreaded that scene. One day I was just scouring facebook and there they were! Indie/rock festival band called Brohemian (my love of Mumford and Sons and Scott’s Oasis and the White Stripes rolled into one) They were the ultimate party band which every generation would love. They even agreed to sing for my first dance which was really important to have as it was by the band Courteeners which is who we were watching when our paths crossed.

The Outfits

Whilst most brides struggle to find ‘the one’ that ‘perfect dress’ I knew what I wanted after scouring the internet I found two perfect dresses by a designer called Justin Alexander. After scouring stockists it happened that a shop called The Dressing Rooms in Halesowen (TDR Bridal) stocked this designer, so they ordered the dress in. So off I went with my mum, sister and niece and after trying on numerous dresses we came back to the one knew all along and it fit like a glove! I looked in the mirror and gone were the ripped jeans and Dr Martens and there stood me!! Feeling like a princess!

The older bridesmaids all wore ISSA dresses from House of Fraser I first saw the brand on Kate Middleton and knew due to their varying sizes these dresses would be perfect.

The little flower girls both wore John Rocha from Debenhams, and flower crowns made by Carole at Tuckshop Flowers. After watching Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding both had been overly excited at the prospect of finally walking down the aisle!

When it came to the groom it was,in fact, him who was the worst in finding his outfit which was still coming together the day before the wedding. His suit was from Heart and Dagger at Asos and his sunglasses (which he refrained from taking off were Armani) anyone would have thought he was the bride!

Photographer

After all the planning, the wedding was finally taking place! It was vital that we were able to treasure these memories forever and record our story. We only had one shot at this so it was important when counting up costs that a photographer was in our budget. After looking on the internet we came across reputable photographers who were either booked, too expensive or wouldn’t shoot for us due to our little four legged furbaby being at the ceremony.

This is when we found Sheryl from Oobaloos Photography. It was meant to be, not only was her work stunning she was also amazing at shooting her four legged clients, and what more she was available for our day. As a bride I was usually a control freak however when it came to photography I was the opposite. Not a girl usually for the modern day ‘selfie’,  the whole photo situation was quite scary. So with little help (which means none) from myself or Scott, Sheryl literally had to sort everything for us. This made our day even more perfect as we went through the day seamlessly. We just wanted to enjoy the party with our guests and not miss out on all those moments you usually miss spending hours doing posed photos. With no help she managed to herd a party of 100 drunken guests and provide us with a gallery which is out of this world and we will cherish it for years to come.

Having Oobaloo Photography has let us relive our ‘best day ever’ all over again.

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Oobaloos ‘Above and Beyond’ Venues

A Wedding Photographer has the unique position of visiting a wedding venue as a guest, a supplier and a work colleague. We are invited to be a large part of the day by the wedding couple and whilst we are there to work, we are also looked after as a guest by the venue, who make sure we have everything we need, are fed and watered and happy.

The majority of wedding suppliers are involved in sections of either preparations or the actual day, such as cake makers, florists, make up 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.

The venues that I have chosen to feature today all have certain things in common.

The couples have been ecstatic about the service they have received, before, during and after.

The venue has been clear and friendly in communication with myself.

They have an ‘above and beyond’ attitude.

The catering has been second to none.

They care.

They treat everyone as a VIP. Even me 🙂

Bonus points if they served marinated cocktail sausage canapes

 

Can I have a drum roll please! In no particular order…

 

Kingscote Barn

Tetbury

 I was delighted to have 3 bookings for Kingscote Barn this year. June, July and I am returning in November. Laura and Lauren from the Kingscote team worked effortlessly with Emily and her team at McBaile Catering to run flawless wedding days with exceptional food and service. Kingscote Barn is a beautiful space where you can truly make it your own. The lane leading down to the Barn provides a perfect backdrop for those sunset couples portraits.

 

Mr & Mr Willams-Cox said:

“The instant you turn into the little lane for the venue you can see miles upon miles of fields in what seems to be its own little vale. Then you come across a row of trees with an old stone brick wall edging along them. When you pass through the entrance you are met with a stunning stone barn hidden away from everything. This was the moment we both knew that this was the place we wanted to get married and each visit after we grew more and more in love with the venue.

For the caterers we both decided that we would choose a company called McBaile. During the open days that we attended at the venue we realized that even though we had been completely taken with the menu choices, we also felted like we got along with the team really well. They are so friendly and were really good with working with us to find out how we wanted our day to be run.”

The Barn at Upcote

Withington

I enjoyed doing two editorial shoots at Upcote in their first year as a wedding venue. Both were featured on prominent blogs. An elegant autumnal shoot that went on Rock My Wedding, and a fun Punk wedding shoot that was published on Want That Wedding.

I was delighted when Kim approached me regarding shooting her wedding at The Barn at Upcote. Here is what she says about the Upcote Team, and Orchard Catering.

“A huge thank you to the team at Upcote for providing such a beautiful venue for our big day. From the moment we saw Upcote we knew it was the venue for us and we had such a warm reception from the team who gave us our first viewing. We had a perfect day and the venue will always hold a special place in our hearts and memories. We love that Upcote is a family run business and wish you all the best in the future. A special thank you to Katie for her super speedy email responses”

“Thank you so much to the wonderful Orchard Catering Team for doing such a fantastic job at our wedding. We were impressed from the first phone call to the private tasting session at our home. The service was warm and professional and the focus was completely about achieving exactly what we wanted. We love that Orchard is a family run company and would like to make a special mention to Ellie for going above and beyond in the run up to the day. No request was too great and you played such a huge role in the running of the day’s events.”

The Matara Centre

Tetbury

This year I had the pleasure of shooting a snowy editorial shoot at The Matara Centre! We didn’t plan for snow but as it had eased off enough for us all to get to the venue, we just rolled with it. See the whole shoot published here on Boho Weddings.

 

Bride Alison said “absolutely beautiful and every single member of staff are brilliant. Especially our wedding coordinator Olivia, nothing was too much for them.”

Alison and Leon’s day was published on The English Wedding Blog last Summer.

Whenever I have had any contact with Matara, whether its 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 couple and myself. The food has been outstanding and all the guest say how well looked after they’ve been. The upkeep of their grouds 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.

Stone Barn

Upper Windrush, Cheltenham

Where do I start with Jess and John-Joe’s day at Stone Barn? They actually had a church service in Cheltenham then their reception at Stone Barn. My next visit there is for the whole day and I look forward to shooting the wedding ceremony there too. I am a BIG fan of anywhere with twinkly lights and a highlight from their gallery is the confetti run under the twinkly tin roof of the barn! The lower part of the barn opens into a bright and airy conservatory style space. In the summer all of these door are open so it feels like you are outside, nestled in the rolling Cotswold Hills.

Stone Barn do the best marinated sausages and they made sure they wizzed by me a few times! I love them!

Jess says “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”

You can see more of their big day published here on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings blog

The Swan at Bibury – Cotwold Inns

 

In the last few weeks I have had the pleasure of shooting at two hotels in the Cotswold Inns group. The Bay Tree, in Burford, and The Swan at Bibury.  I would actually like to recommend them as a hotel group as both experiences were fabulous. The wedding I am featuring today is Carla and Louise’s at The Swan. Mainly because of the ridiculously cute Duck Race! The outside ground are just over the lane from the main hotel, and once you are in and shut the gate, you are no longer aware of the hoards of tourists that this little village on the banks of the River Coln attracts.

The ceremony was held in this private garden, followed by a drinks and canape reception with garden games and duck races on the river. This keep adults and kids entertained until they were invited into dinner in the hotel. There is plenty of space and all of the staff were warm and friendly. Also they were especially accommodating considering there were two Undercover Singing Waiters working alongside them as a surprise for Carla and the guests. A lot of fun was had by all and I cannot recommend them highly enough.

After dinner, Carla, Louise and I took a wander along the river to take some pictures of them by the famous Arlington Row.

Lyde Court

Herefordshire

 

Now it is no secret that Lyde Court is an absolute FAVOURITE venue of mine. Just an hour away from my Gloucester abode and over the border into Herefordshire. I am lucky enough to have shot 3 weddings and an editorial shoot there now (to be published next week) and lots more bookings for this Autumn, 2019 and 2020.

The venue has, to me, a Mediterranean twinkly street feel. It is warm and cosy no matter what the weather, and, even though its cosy, its large enough that I have never seen it set up the same way twice, as I have included in the images below. Its also a lucky venue for me, having had past wedding published on Mr & Mrs Unique for Georgie and Andy’ festival style wedding, and the hallowed Love My Dress for Meg and James’ epic day.

Coordinators Zoe, Alix and Molly are a credit to owner Gary and he should be very proud of what he has achieved with this venue.

 

Kate and Neil who only got married there last week say:

Customer service from day 1 was incredible, I broke down on the way to our first visit, it didn’t matter we re-arranged nothing was too much trouble. We headed down again a week later and had a look around, it was perfect, I then mentioned to Molly we would be planning the entire wedding in 5 weeks and she was the first and one of only a few people who was completely confident and on board with the fact that it was totally doable and that it would still be epic.  

We were given so many choices on where to hold the ceremony and back up plans depending on the British weather which turned out we needed in the middle of our heat wave, but it was still perfect, it didn’t matter that it was drizzling in the outdoor rose cottage or for the cocktails and canapés, the entire venue works for sunshine and rain,

Molly was always available during the last minute panics when things were heading south quickly and helped out where she could.

On the day again customer service was incredible, Molly was with us the entire day, setting up everything the way I imagined, organising the guests rooms and keeping everyone informed and running smoothly. Even when I needed a quick drink on the way to the ceremony, it was a quick SOS call for a drink for the bride and 3 people ran out at the same time (felt like a bit of a diva at that moment)

The food I couldn’t have asked for better, there is always a worry that there wont be enough and I couldn’t believe the amount and the quality of the food we had. The canapés just kept coming and they always came to find me in the middle of photographs to make sure I got some.   The main meal again the quality was incredible and the amount of food was brilliant, huge jugs of gravy that were topped up too, very important for northern folk. We had the hog roast on the evening and again there was so much but it wasn’t just taken away, it was all plated up on buns for when we needed a midnight snack!

The venue has the biggest wow, I could hear the gasps as people saw the barn for the first time, just in all its glory without loads of dressing it is stunning in its own right! The perfect backdrop for pictures and the mood of the stone walls and candles up the wall you cant describe, the rose cottage outside is a perfect place for the ceremony, intimate and romantic and perfect whatever the weather.

I cannot fault Lyde Court in any way, the staff are all incredible and worked super hard to make sure our day was perfect, and it was, I just wish we could do it all over again.”

 

Georgie and Andy “When we first starting planning the wedding we knew we wanted a venue where all of our guests could stay over because we love to party and never want things to end, so that was mainly how I found Lyde Court as they have a separate barn which has been made into dormitories. The moment we arrived my Mum, Andy and I knew this was the place, It literately takes your breath away and when you think you have seen it all there’s another amazing aspect just round the corner. We chose it because it is just undeniably beautiful, it’s in the middle of no where, all our guests could stay, the house and bridal suite is stunning and it was everything we were looking for.

 

That concludes my reviews of this years favourite venues! I hope to return to all of these soon and cannot wait to make lots of new friends at venues all over the country.

Happy Wedding Planning and feel free to contact me to discuss your wedding photography!

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Mr & Mrs H ~ Larmer Tree Gardens

When Tamzin initially emailed me and told me about the venue they had booked, the style they were looking for and that their dog was coming for photos, I knew I had to be their photographer! Tamzin new my name from the time spent working the dog agility circuit. This is where I got fast reflexes and trigger finger..those dogs move FAST and I was in charge of photographing it at National Competition  levels. You can see throughout my site that I attract all the mad dog people!

When Tamzin and Martin came up from Wiltshire and met with me over coffee we discussed their day and I remember suggesting hooking the colour scheme into the Peacock colours to compliment the little dudes wandering around the venue. So i’m gonna take full credit for that bit! 😉

The big day arrived, in April, and we most definitely had April Showers! It rained for most of the day! Luckily, Larmer Tree Gardens has the ‘Singing Theatre’ a domed auditorium,painted beautifully, so we keep their guests dry for the photos. I, however was juggling 2 cameras, an umbrella and rain dripping down my neck. Not the most glamorous of moments!

But we are British and a spot of rain will never beat us!

So please, enjoy this gorgeous Peacock styled wedding. And THAT DRESS!!!!

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Mr & Mrs B ~ Bordesley Park

Ella and Steve contacted me after her lovely bridesmaid Becky met me at Lyde Court for Meg and James’ wedding last September. She said such sweet things about me that they decided to book me. I hadn’t been to Bordesley Park before and I was delighted to meet with them and take a tour of the venue.

Ella and Steve had a gorgeous blue and pink colour pallette and an afternoon tea wedding breakfast. It was a FREEZING day so fair play to the girls eh?!

I had a blast shooting with this hilarious pair on their special day and I hope you enjoy these highlights.

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