Carla & Louise’s Cotswold Wedding

Carla Kelsh & Louise Kelsh


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!”



Venue: The Swan At Bibery COTWOLDS INNS

Photographer: Oobaloos Photography

Florist: Aqua Florists

Cake: Friend

Entertainment: The Undercover Waiters


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In July this year I held a competition on my Facebook Page, Oobaloos Photography, for 3 lucky couples to win a Sunset Couples Shoot with me with all of the images. I was overwhelmed by the response and had 3 ways to win. The most votes, random pick, and photographers choice. I have to say I was delighted when the computer picked out Andy and Justin. I have followed Andy for a while through his career as Pandora La Roux, one of Cheltenham’s premier Drag Artistes and I couldn’t wait to shoot his as ‘Andy’ with his fiance. Now I just need them to set the date so we can start planning their wedding! (subtle hint there boys!)

Here are a few words from the boys themselves…

Andy says “I met Sheryl a few years ago at work and she quickly became one of my absolute favourite clients. We’ve been planning our wedding for years and I’ve always loved Sheryl’s photography work, so naturally she’s been at the top of my list of potential wedding photographers. When she ran a competition to win a free couples shoot I jumped at the chance and to my surprise and delight we won! Neither myself or Justin, my partner of eight and a half years, are ever thrilled at the prospect of having our photograph taken (unless I’m wearing a wig, a dress and five inches of make-up) so we went into the shoot feeling suitably apprehensive. Sheryl made us feel instantly comfortable and at ease and we had so much fun on the shoot, as you can probably tell! She not only captured the love and affection that we have for each other but also the fun and laughter we all shared during the shoot, and we absolutely love the photographs. Now we know for certain there is no one else we want to shoot our wedding, it has to be Sheryl!”

Justin added “It was a great surprise to win the prize and not having done anything like it didn’t know what to expect. Sheryl made it so much fun that I completely forgot the camera was there and the results are amazing! Thank you.”

See Pandy in action here!

Remember to contact me if you have any questions regarding couples shoots, engagement shoots and weddings. I always love a chat! Keep up with my daily ‘goings ons’ on my Facebook page and my Instagram!

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