Kate & Jonni | Cotswolds Hyde House Wedding

Kate & Jonni’s Costwolds Hyde House Wedding https://hyde-house.uk/ was my first wedding at the end of July 2021 after ALL Covid restrictions were lifted. No masks, dancing allowed, the whole wedding thing, at last!!!! It was also great to work with the videographer Lucy all day from https://www.lucydrakeweddingfilms.co.uk/

Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding

The girls had fun getting ready in the lovely room upstairs in the barn. Beautiful flowers by Haze Lea https://hazelea.co.uk/

Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding

I love a busy getting ready room!

Hyde House Wedding

Makeup was by Pheobe Williams https://www.facebook.com/maywilliamsmakeupartist/?ref=page_internal, and hair by Joanna Ricarda Hair https://www.joannaricardahair.co.uk/

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Hyde House Wedding

The boys got suited & booted in the library over in the main house.

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Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding

The girls were also nearly ready.

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Dad arrived for his first look at his beautiful daughter, which is always very emotional!

Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding

The Grange was ready for the ceremony, and guests were seated.

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Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding

Saxophonist Joe Glynn https://www.joeglynnmusic.com/ played beautifully as guests arrived.

Hyde House Wedding

Kate, her Dad & Bridesmaids walked over to the Grange from the barn.

Hyde House Wedding

Jonni waited nervously inside, and then the ceremony was under way.

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Hyde House Wedding
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Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding

The new Mr & Mrs led their guests for this Cotswolds Hyde House Wedding back to the barn for the drinks reception.

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Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding

The weather was a bit temperamental, at one point the girls were trapped under the arbor during a huge downpour!

Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding

The rain stopped in time for us to go for a little walk around the beautiful grounds for photos.

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Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding

It was then time for their wedding breakfast, and the barn looked stunning. Styled by The Cotswold Wedding Company https://www.cotswoldweddingco.com/

Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding

The speeches were done before the meal, to get them out of the way!

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Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding

The sun set over the beautiful Cotswold hills.

Hyde House Wedding

The bride & groom cut the cake, made by Hannah Cully’s Cakes https://hannahculleyscakes.com/

Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding

And the dancing could begin! The band was New Monday and they were brilliant! https://www.entertainment-nation.co.uk/new-monday. After over a year of not being allowed to dance, everyone was ready to let their hair down!

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Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding

Every Cotswolds Hyde House Wedding needs the obligatory photo under the arbor!

Hyde House Wedding

Lauren & Marco | Manor House Hotel Wedding

Lauren & Marco, like many couples in 2020, postponed their wedding at the Manor House Hotel twice due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. This Moreton-in-Marsh wedding was their third date. What a beautifully sunny day they ended up with! Luckily they had always been planning a small intimate wedding, which fitted well with the restriction of 30 guests at that time.

Manor House Hotel Moreton

The Manor House Hotel in Moreton-in-Marsh is one of my favourite local venues, and on a sunny day like this an outdoor ceremony under the Breeze House is perfect. https://www.cotswold-inns-hotels.co.uk/the-manor-house-hotel/weddings/

The venue was styled by Aisle Hire It https://www.aislehireit.co.uk/

Manor House Hotel Wedding

The amazing team at the Manor House Hotel prepared the outdoor ceremony area for this Moreton-in-Marsh wedding. Lauren and her family had their hair & makeup done upstairs in the hotel by Alice Taper https://www.alicetapermakeupartist.com/

Their beautiful little dog was there to supervise!

Manor House Hotel Wedding
Manor House Hotel Wedding

Allium florist created Lauren’s beautiful bouquet https://www.alliumflorist.co.uk/

Manor House Hotel Wedding
Manor House Hotel Wedding

Marco nervously waited outside as the guests (including the fluffy one) took their seats.

Manor House Hotel Wedding
Manor House Hotel Wedding

Marco met Lauren half way, as the ceremony began in the sunshine.

Manor House Hotel Wedding
Manor House Hotel Wedding
Manor House Hotel Wedding
Manor House Hotel Wedding
Manor House Hotel Wedding
Manor House Hotel Wedding

After the lovely ceremony, guests showered them in confetti as they made their way back down the aisle.

Manor House Hotel Wedding

Lauren looked absolutely stunning in that dress!

Manor House Hotel Wedding
Manor House Hotel Wedding

Lauren & Marco had their reception drinks outside on the patio, making the most of the late spring sunshine.

Manor House Hotel Wedding

I took some lovely photos of Lauren & Marco before they went inside for their wedding breakfast.

Manor House Hotel Wedding
Manor House Hotel Wedding
Manor House Hotel Wedding
Manor House Hotel Wedding

The Manor House Hotel deck chairs are obligatory!

Manor House Hotel Wedding

The Hidcote Suite looked amazing, with decorations from Aisle Hire It https://www.aislehireit.co.uk/ and flowers by Allium https://www.alliumflorist.co.uk/

Manor House Hotel Wedding
Manor House Hotel Wedding
Manor House Hotel Wedding
Manor House Hotel Wedding
Manor House Hotel Wedding
Manor House Hotel Wedding

After the food, Marco’s Mum, Lauren’s brother, and Marco delivered some lovely speeches.

Manor House Hotel Wedding
Manor House Hotel Wedding
Manor House Hotel Wedding
Manor House Hotel Wedding
Manor House Hotel Wedding

After which Lauren & Marco cut the beautiful cake, made by Silke from Cacao Bean https://cacaobean.co.uk/wedding-cakes

Manor House Hotel Wedding
Manor House Hotel Wedding

I then took Lauren & Marco back to the secret garden for a few more photos as the sun was setting. A beautiful couple on a perfect day!

Manor House Hotel Wedding
Manor House Hotel Wedding

Will & Harriet | Walton Hall Wedding

Along with many other couples, Will & Harriet had to postpone their wedding due to the Covid pandemic, but were finally able to go ahead with their Walton Hall Wedding in May 2021…albeit with reduced numbers.

Walton Hall Wedding

Mercure Walton Hall is a stunning country house wedding venue set in the Warwickshire countryside, and perfect for the type of wedding Will & Harriet wanted with lots of fun outdoor games!

Walton Hall Wedding
Walton Hall Wedding
Walton Hall Wedding
Walton Hall Wedding

The girls got ready upstairs at Walton Hall, while the boys decided where to put the table tennis table!

Harriet’s bouquet, the bridesmaid’s flowers, buttonholes, and all the other beautiful flowers decorating Walton Hall were done by Melanie Webb Flowers – such lovely colours.

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Will and his groomsmen were also getting ready in the hall, so it was easy for me to go and photograph them as well.

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Dresses on and the girls were ready for the ceremony downstairs. Covid restrictions meant that Will & Harriet could only have 30 guests at their wedding, and masks had to be worn throughout the ceremony.

Walton Hall Wedding
Walton Hall Wedding
Walton Hall Wedding

The chair covers were by Deans Chair Covers & Events

Walton Hall Wedding
Walton Hall Wedding
Walton Hall Wedding
Walton Hall Wedding
Walton Hall Wedding

The Spring of 2021 was awful, but this was one of the first days at the end of May when it finally stopped raining for a bit! There were still some showers around, but lovely to see some sunshine in between!

Walton Hall Wedding
Walton Hall Wedding
Walton Hall Wedding

Frisbees were a very important part of Will & Harriet’s wedding!

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There are so many beautiful spots at Walton Hall for photos of the Bride & Groom.

Walton Hall Wedding
Walton Hall Wedding
Walton Hall Wedding
Walton Hall Wedding

The table tennis table was equally as important as the frisbee in this wedding!

Walton Hall Wedding

Delicious ice-creams were provided by Prestige Bouncy Castles who provide all sorts of fun things to hire.

Weddings were still not able to have an evening party at this stage, so Will & Harriet had lunch, followed by games, with the sit-down wedding breakfast later in the evening. The wedding breakfast room looked extremely elegant with one big long table.

Walton Hall Wedding
Walton Hall Wedding

There were speeches after the meal, followed by a video put together by Harriet’s sister of messages from all their friends & family who couldn’t come to the wedding due to Covid restrictions – it was very emotional.

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The beautiful cake by The Cakery Leamington Spa was cut.

Walton Hall Wedding

There was a lovely sunset, and Will & Harriet were able to do their first dance to finish off a wonderful day, and it was so nice to be back photographing weddings again! Fingers crossed it stays that way for the rest of the year.

Walton Hall Wedding
Walton Hall Wedding

Bryony & Liam | henley-on-thames micro-wedding

As with an awful lot of wedding couples this year, Bryony & Liam had changed their wedding date three times due to the Covid19 pandemic. Ever-changing rules for weddings made it completely impossible to plan anything. They made a last minute decision to go ahead with their micro-wedding in Henley-on-Thames, with the ceremony in Henley Registry Office and seven guests (if you include Bryony’s little baby niece…who did legally have to be included in the numbers!). Eight including me!

Henley-on-Thames wedding
Henley-on-Thames wedding

We were now all pretty used to wearing masks, so everyone except the bride & groom were wearing them indoors for the lovely simple ceremony.

Henley-on-Thames wedding
Henley-on-Thames wedding

At this point on the run up to Christmas no receptions were allowed to go ahead. They could throw confetti though, and then everyone headed down to the river for some outdoor photos.

Henley-on-Thames wedding
Henley-on-Thames wedding
Henley-on-Thames wedding

The weather was just AMAZING for a cold December day – blue skies and lovely golden winter sunshine, so it was a great opportunity to take some relaxed photos of Bryony & Liam with their guests along the Thames with pretty Henley in the background. They both looked so happy.

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Henley-on-Thames wedding
Henley-on-Thames wedding

We made use of the band stand there for some group photos, and everyone had a cup of tea in paper cups from the kiosk….I mean never mind champagne and canapes, what more could you want!!

Henley-on-Thames wedding
Henley-on-Thames wedding

A perfect small and intimate micro-wedding in the midst of a global pandemic!

Lucinda & Andrew | Hyde House wedding

With 2020 in full swing, and Covid19 also in full swing, most of the weddings I’d had booked for this year had been postponed or cancelled. Depending on the state of the pandemic, wedding guest numbers were constantly being changed from none at all (in full lockdown) to 15, to 30 and back again! In September we were on the verge of wedding guest numbers being changed back down from 30 to 15. Lucinda & Andrew therefore made a very quick decision to bring their Hyde House Wedding forward by a few days so that they could go ahead with 30 guests!

Hyde House is one of my most local and most loved venues in Stow-on-the-Wold here in the Cotswolds. I know it well and was very much looking forward to photographing their small but joyful wedding there on a beautifully sunny day.

Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding

There girls got ready upstairs in the barn as usual, with the help of Lucinda & Andrew’s gorgeous dog Rupert! (such a lovely colour)

Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding

Lucinda & Andrew used a lot of their friends & relatives as suppliers, with hair by Jessie Scarth, and makeup by David Llobera.

Hyde House Wedding

The boys were getting ready over in the Fosse Manor where the new library is a great place for photos.

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Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding

Amanda & Reuben who have a business called Heavenly Scent created all the wonderful flowers for the day.

Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding

Lucinda was by now in the final stages of getting ready and looked stunning. I absolutely LOVE the collar on that dress, and those cowboy boots! The dress was from Pritchard & Moore.

Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding

The ceremony was held in The Grange, where Andrew and his Groomsmen (including Rupert of course) were waiting along with their socially distanced guests wearing masks.

Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding

Lucinda, the bridesmaids, her Dad and step-Dad walked in the sunshine from the barn to the Grange. The ceremony was then underway.

Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding

There was a slight hiccup when Lucinda & Andrew were asked to read their personal vows which they seem to have forgotten about! It made everyone laugh though and lightened the atmosphere!

Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding

Rings were squeezed on to each other’s fingers, and the lovely ceremony ended with a kiss. They also had a cuddle from Rupert, and the all-important register was signed.

Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding

The newly married couple and their guests then made their way back over to the barn for confetti. We did the family group photos in the sunshine by the pretty arbor. I then took Lucinda & Andrew for a lovely walk round the grounds for some photos of them on their own.

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Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
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Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding

At this point in the year receptions were allowed…at other points they weren’t, so Lucinda, Andrew and their guests were lucky to be able to have a sit-down dinner and enjoy the delicious Hyde House food!

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Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding

When the weather is nice enough for a sunset, the views at Hyde House are stunning overlooking the Cotswold Hills. Lucinda & Andrew were lucky enough to have one of those special days!

Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding

Speeches were after the meal, followed by the cake cutting, with the amazing cake made by Lucinda’s Aunt Marcia (spot the hilarious cake-topper!)

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Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding

Due to Covid restrictions, no dancing was allowed at weddings all year. At this stage the first dance only was allowed to go ahead, with the music being organised by Groomsman James. It was strange not to have all the guests join them on the dancefloor after the first dance…fingers crossed we will all be able to dance again in 2021!

Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding

I finished off the photos with a shot under the arbor. This Hyde House Wedding was such a lovely one to photograph and I wish Lucinda and Andrew all the very best for the future.

Hyde House Wedding

Sian & Andy | Barns & Yard Wedding

2020 – well, what can I say…2020 didn’t quite pan out how any of us expected it too! After postponing and cancelling lots of my booked weddings for 2020, Sian and Andy were my first couple to go ahead with their Covid secure Barns & Yard wedding! This was quite a daunting prospect for them, the venue, me, and all the suppliers involved.

This was my first time photographing a Barns & Yard wedding: a luxury barn wedding and events venue at Hanley Hall in Worcestershire, surrounded by the Malvern Hills.

Barns & Yard Wedding
Barns & Yard Wedding
Barns & Yard Wedding
Barns & Yard Wedding

I did a few getting ready shots of the girls before the ceremony…all masked up of course (which I found out is a complete nightmare when you wear glasses!)

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Barns & Yard Wedding
Barns & Yard Wedding

All the stunning flowers at this Barns & Yard wedding were by Jenny Fleur Florist, who also decorated the barn, which looked amazing inside ready for the Covid secure socially-distanced ceremony!

Barns & Yard Wedding
Barns & Yard Wedding

Andy the groom was looking rather dapper, along with his elbow-bumping (no more hand-shaking obviously!) best men as they greeted the guests, whose numbers had to be reduced to less than 30. Little did we know earlier in the year that there would be no more big weddings for a LONG time.

Barns & Yard Wedding
Barns & Yard Wedding
Barns & Yard Wedding
Barns & Yard Wedding

The guests were entertained by talented pianist Jake Henry.

Barns & Yard Wedding

Sian arrived in her wedding car with bridesmaids, flower girl and her father to walk her down the (very short!) aisle where Andy was nervously waiting.

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Barns & Yard Wedding
Barns & Yard Wedding
Barns & Yard Wedding
Barns & Yard Wedding

And so the ceremony was under way with all guests socially distanced in their bubbles. This was before the law changed later in the year which meant all guests had to wear masks.

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Barns & Yard Wedding
Barns & Yard Wedding
Barns & Yard Wedding

The ‘reception’ in the courtyard was also very different – at this point in the pandemic no food or drink could be served, so the guests had to awkwardly say their congratulations with none of the usual hugging and whilst clutching their own bottle of water!

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It didn’t stop the fun & laughter though.

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Barns & Yard Wedding

A video had been put together for Sian & Andy from guests that were no longer able to come to their wedding due to the new Covid rules.

Barns & Yard Wedding

We were allowed to do socially distanced group photos, and I could take some photos of the gorgeous couple Sian & Andy by the stunning lake.

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Barns & Yard Wedding
Barns & Yard Wedding
Barns & Yard Wedding
Barns & Yard Wedding
Barns & Yard Wedding
Barns & Yard Wedding
Barns & Yard Wedding
Barns & Yard Wedding

We are now all beginning to get used to all these new Covid rules & regulations, but for my first Covid wedding, Sian & Andy made their very special day really good fun to photograph and I wish them all the best for the future. As long as we can all still laugh in the face of a Pandemic I think we’ll be OK!

Alex & Ethan | Hyde House Wedding

Alex & Ethan were lucky to have their Hyde House wedding…an actual full wedding day…at Hyde House in Stow-on-the-Wold, just before lockdown and Covid restrictions really kicked off in 2020.

Hyde House Wedding

It was a chilly day at the end of February, but the main problem was the wind, we’d had storm after storm on the run up to the wedding, and today was a stormy day!

It was all cosy and calm upstairs in the barn though where Alex & the girls were getting ready. Hair & makeup was beautifully done by Anna White.

Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding

Beautiful bouquets were delivered by Haze Lea

Hyde House Wedding

The boys were in the manor house in the lovely new Groom’s Room.

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Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding

Alex & the girls were putting final touches to their wedding attire, and everyone, especially Alex, looked stunning.

Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding

Alex now had to walk from the barn to the Grange in very high winds…even though it’s not far, everyone got blown to bits! The Grange looked so lovely though and they had a very relaxed ceremony taken by the wonderful Gloucestershire registrar, Jean, who never fails to put nervous couples completely at ease.

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Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding

It was back to the barn for their reception, where the pianist Joe Pike entertained with his amazing piano playing.

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Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding

We did the group photos upstairs as it was still too gusty outside, but we did manage to get outside to the arbor for a few couple photos.

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Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding

The barn looked gorgeous for the wedding breakfast, and the gin favours warmed everyone up!

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Hyde House Wedding

And the speeches were done before their meal

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Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding

We did a few more photos indoors in their newly decorated honeymoon suite – it’s gorgeous in there now with the beautiful copper roll-top bath.

Hyde House Wedding

The cheese cake was cut to kick off the evening celebrations…writing this during the Covid Pandemic, I wonder when we will be able to enjoy an evening party again, soon I hope!

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Hyde House Wedding
Hyde House Wedding

The evening disco was provide by the brilliant Dukebox Discos.

Hyde House Wedding

I always stay till after dark at Hyde House to get a photo of the bride & groom under the arbor.

Hyde House Wedding

Lapstone Barn Wedding | Kate & Adam

Kate & Adam had their wedding just before Christmas at the gorgeous wedding venue Lapstone Barn. Lapstone Barn is just outside Chipping Campden here in the Cotswolds, and just a stone’s throw from where I live, so I love working there!

As expected for a December wedding it was pretty freezing (but no snow unfortunately!), and also really windy with big downpours every now & then. Lapstone Barn has just the right amount of covered areas so that I can still take outdoor photos (I get wet, but the wedding guests don’t!)

Lapstone Barn Wedding

Kate, her mum & sister were getting ready in the lovely Hayloft upstairs at the barn, so not far to go to the ceremony downstairs once they were all dressed, and no need to go outside! It’s a beautiful room to get ready in.

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Lapstone Barn Wedding
Lapstone Barn Wedding
Lapstone Barn Wedding

Both hair and makeup were expertly done by Hattie King.

Lapstone Barn Wedding
Lapstone Barn Wedding

Meanwhile the boys were getting themselves ready downstairs. The buttonholes, and all other flowers were provided by Sue from The Baytree at Chipping Campden. The orchids looked amazing, such bright colours.

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Lapstone Barn Wedding
Lapstone Barn Wedding
Lapstone Barn Wedding
Lapstone Barn Wedding

Nice socks Adam!

Lapstone Barn Wedding

The barn where the ceremony was to be held was decorated beautifully with flowers and a flower ring from Baytree Chipping Campden. The ceiling drapes, chair sashes and lanterns were by my good friends Lyla & Ian from The Cotswold Wedding Company who always do such an amazing job.

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Lapstone Barn Wedding
Lapstone Barn Wedding
Lapstone Barn Wedding

As guests started arriving, the amazingly talented harpist Jemima Phillips played. And finishing touches were being carried out up in The Hayloft before a very proud Dad came in to see his beautiful daughter.

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Lapstone Barn Wedding
Lapstone Barn Wedding
Lapstone Barn Wedding
Lapstone Barn Wedding

The ceremony was then underway, and was followed by confetti and group photos in the courtyard – it really was freezing so we did some groups inside when Kate (and me!) got too cold!

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Lapstone Barn Wedding
Lapstone Barn Wedding
Lapstone Barn Wedding
Lapstone Barn Wedding
Lapstone Barn Wedding
Lapstone Barn Wedding
Lapstone Barn Wedding
Lapstone Barn Wedding
Lapstone Barn Wedding
Lapstone Barn Wedding

I did make Kate & Adam go outside in the rain with a brolly for some wintry photos while we were blasted by the arctic wind!

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Lapstone Barn Wedding
Lapstone Barn Wedding
Lapstone Barn Wedding

The guests were then seated for their wedding breakfast. The food at Lapstones is some of the best of all the Cotswold venues – I was lucky enough to eat what the guests were eating and it was delicious!

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Lapstone Barn Wedding
Lapstone Barn Wedding
Lapstone Barn Wedding
Lapstone Barn Wedding

Food was followed by speeches (involving silly hats), evening guests and the cake cutting a bit later on.

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Lapstone Barn Wedding
Lapstone Barn Wedding
Lapstone Barn Wedding
Lapstone Barn Wedding
Lapstone Barn Wedding
Lapstone Barn Wedding
Lapstone Barn Wedding

The stunning and scrumptious looking cake was by Helen at The Crumb Cakery.

Lapstone Barn Wedding
Lapstone Barn Wedding
Lapstone Barn Wedding

The evening’s festivities included dancing (of course), a sweet table, photo booth by Booth Xperia, and sparklers. The DJ was Tony Nanton from Sugar Bumps. A perfect winter wedding!

Lapstone Barn Wedding
Lapstone Barn Wedding
Lapstone Barn Wedding
Lapstone Barn Wedding
Lapstone Barn Wedding

If you would like to book me for your wedding at Lapstone Barn in the Cotswolds, head to my website for more information.

Hyde House Wedding | Cheryl & Niall

Cheryl & Niall’s Cotswolds Winter Wedding at Hyde House was on a day in between Christmas and New Year – Twixtmas – when most people are still snuggled up on their sofa’s watching films and eating chocolates! Not Cheryl & Niall – they and all their family & friends were up for a party at Hyde House!

Hyde House Winter Wedding

We were pretty lucky with the weather all day, it was freezing cold and windy, but it didn’t rain, so we were able to get outside for photos.

The girls were getting ready upstairs in the barn. Makeup was beautifully done by Katie Morley – always nice to see someone so happy in their work!

Hyde House Winter Wedding
Hyde House Winter Wedding

And hair by a friend of Cheryl’s Amanda Piggott. Cheryl and all her bridesmaids & flower girls looked absolutely beautiful.

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Hyde House Winter Wedding
Hyde House Winter Wedding
Hyde House Winter Wedding
Hyde House Winter Wedding
Hyde House Winter Wedding
Hyde House Winter Wedding
Hyde House Winter Wedding

It was then time for Dad to come in, and a few groups before Cheryl had her chat with the registrars.

Hyde House Winter Wedding
Hyde House Winter Wedding
Hyde House Winter Wedding

Meanwhile Niall and the boys were ready and greeting guests in the manor house before going over to The Grange for the ceremony.

Hyde House Winter Wedding
Hyde House Winter Wedding
Hyde House Winter Wedding
Hyde House Winter Wedding

The ceremony barn – The Grange – was beautifully decorated by The Cotswold Wedding Company, who also styled the other barn for the wedding breakfast and drinks areas.

Hyde House Winter Wedding
Hyde House Winter Wedding

The Vyne String Quartet played beautifully during the ceremony, and the day was also videoed by Roger from Diamond Films – it was great to work with him again.

Hyde House Winter Wedding

The ceremony in The Grange was then underway – I love photographing in there, it’s always such lovely light whatever the weather.

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Hyde House Winter Wedding
Hyde House Winter Wedding
Hyde House Winter Wedding
Hyde House Winter Wedding
Hyde House Winter Wedding
Hyde House Winter Wedding
Hyde House Winter Wedding
Hyde House Winter Wedding
Hyde House Winter Wedding

Everyone then headed back over to the reception barn to throw confetti. After months of seemingly non-stop rain (apart from today) the grass was extremely soggy, so I advised everyone to stay on the pavement!

Hyde House Winter Wedding
Hyde House Winter Wedding

Acoustic singer songwriter Alex Harry entertained everyone during the drinks reception.

Hyde House Winter Wedding

The beuatiful flowers were by Jessica at Apple Blossom White

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Hyde House Winter Wedding
Hyde House Winter Wedding
Hyde House Winter Wedding
Hyde House Winter Wedding

It was a pretty windy day so we got some great veil action!

Hyde House Winter Wedding
Hyde House Winter Wedding
Hyde House Winter Wedding

The blossom trees in The Grange, and the wedding breakfast styling was all by The Cotswold Wedding Company.

Hyde House Winter Wedding
Hyde House Winter Wedding
Hyde House Winter Wedding
Hyde House Winter Wedding

Lyla from The Cotswold Wedding Company also did the lovely stationary.

Hyde House Winter Wedding

A friend Hayley Sale did the amazing cake.

Hyde House Winter Wedding

And the bride, Cheryl, did the table plan herself.

Hyde House Winter Wedding

And the speeches got underway after the guests had eaten.

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Hyde House Winter Wedding
Hyde House Winter Wedding
Hyde House Winter Wedding
Hyde House Winter Wedding
Hyde House Winter Wedding

The Best Man was VERY relieved once his speech was out of the way!

Hyde House Winter Wedding

We did some after dark photos before the dancing got underway. The arbor at Hyde House provides the perfect backdrop for that, and there were a few spraklers flying around!

Hyde House Winter Wedding
Hyde House Winter Wedding

The cake was cut, and bouquet thrown…Cheryl did very well not to get it tangled up in the overhead decorations!

Hyde House Winter Wedding
Hyde House Winter Wedding

With Niall’s family being Irish there was a lot of Irish jigging going on. The evening DJ and disco floor provider was Premier Beats Entertainment, the love letters also by The Cotswold Wedding Company. Fantastic day and great fun to photograph!

Hyde House Winter Wedding
Hyde House Winter Wedding
Hyde House Winter Wedding
Hyde House Winter Wedding

Click here to see more info about my wedding photography if you are interested in booking me for your Cotswolds Winter Wedding or Hyde House Wedding: Louise Bowles Photography.

Slaughters Manor Wedding | James & Amanda

We had a crisp cold and sunny day for James & Amanda’s winter wedding at The Slaughters Manor in Lower Slaughter. This was a welcome respite from previous endless rainy days, and the pretty stream that runs through Lower Slaughter was looking very full!

Slaughters Manor Wedding

James & Amanda had exclusive use of the gorgeous manor house for their wedding day. It’s such a beautiful wedding venue here in the Cotswolds with friendly staff who make everyone feel very welcome.

Amanda was getting ready in one of the very spacious suites upstairs, and this is where I joined her to start photographing the day.

Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding

Amanda’s beautiful bouquet, and all the other flowers were done by The Broadway Florist.

Slaughters Manor Wedding

Amanda’s makeup was done by Jodie Croft, who kept everyone entertained all morning while Christmas carols were playing on the radio. She was also very clever in helping me get some beautiful photos – a pleasure to work with!

Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding

And Amanda looked stunning, as did her lovely bridesmaids!

Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding

Amanda’s hair was done by Maria Christina.

Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding

Meanwhile. the boys had arrived downstairs, looking very dapper in their blue tweed suits and pink ties.

Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding

Ad the final touches were being done with the girls.

Slaughters Manor Wedding

WHAT A DRESS! I MEAN WOW!

Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding

The ceremony was held downstairs in the elegant restaurant which looked very pretty with all the colourful flowers.

Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding

As this was just before Christmas it was going to get dark very quickly, so we got straight on with photos outside before the beautiful winter light faded.

Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding

The steps at the front of the manor were MADE for that dress!

Slaughters Manor Wedding

The snooker room makes for a cool photo

Slaughters Manor Wedding

And it was downstairs again for the wedding breakfast in the restaurant – the food here at Slaughters Manor is outstanding – they had an amazing five course meal.

Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding

The decided not to have formal speeches, so just enjoyed a lovely relaxed evening with stunning food in the company of their favourite people.

Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding

After all that food they still had room for a doughnut wall, and an AMAZINGLY scrumptious and Christmassy looking wedding cake created by Cakes by Mrs F.

Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding

There was a retro photobooth by The Flash Fox

Slaughters Manor Wedding

And a brilliant band called 247 to get everyone on the dance floor.

Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding

I rounded off my photo day with a few sparkler pictures, and then left them to carry on enjoying their amazing day.

Slaughters Manor Wedding
Slaughters Manor Wedding

Cotswolds & Gloucestershire Wedding Photography