Lucy & Andy’s Manor House Hotel wedding took place in the summer of 2021 – after all Covid restrictions had been lifted. I arrived in Moreton-in-Marsh when the girls were having their hair & makeup done next door in the hair salon Alchemy.
The girls all moved next door to finish getting ready so their Manor House Hotel wedding could get started!
The boys were busy greeting guests to the lovely outdoor ceremony area in the garden.
Chiqas played beautifully during the ceremony, while Lucy’s bridesmaids, and then Lucy & her dad walked in to the garden towards Andy.
And so the ceremony began
The sky looked pretty ominous for a while, but the weather behaved itself while Lucy, Andy and their guests had a drinks reception outside.
I love the secret garden round the corned at The Manor House Hotel, it’s the perfect place for some photos of the Bride & Groom on their own.
It was then time for their wedding breakfast, followed by speeches. Lucy’s Dad started them off, followed by the groom Andy and his Best Man.
Lucy & Andy had an amazing tower of doughnuts to ‘cut’ instead of a traditional wedding cake!
Their first dance in front of all their guests rounded of the perfect day!
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!
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!
And hair by a friend of Cheryl’s Amanda Piggott. Cheryl and all her bridesmaids & flower girls looked absolutely beautiful.
It was then time for Dad to come in, and a few groups before Cheryl had her chat with the registrars.
Meanwhile Niall and the boys were ready and greeting guests in the manor house before going over to The Grange for the ceremony.
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.
The ceremony in The Grange was then underway – I love photographing in there, it’s always such lovely light whatever the weather.
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!
Acoustic singer songwriter Alex Harry entertained everyone during the drinks reception.
We haven’t had great weather this year, 2019, to be honest, so Lauren and Matt were so lucky to have beautiful autumn weather for their Ellenborough Park Wedding. The Ellenborough Park Hotel is one of my favourite wedding venues here in the Cotswolds – there are so many beautiful places for photos inside and out.
Lauren had her hair & makeup done at the hotel, and we had a very calm and relaxing morning while the girls were getting ready.
The look of amazement on everyone’s faces was brilliant!
The evening went on with cake cutting and their first dance back over in the De La Bere Court – finishing with Pizza! The scrumptious looking cake was by Storyteller Cakes. Fabulous day with lovely smiley people!
Well as I said in my previous blog, the beginning of June 2019 was pretty rainy – so unfortunately Jade & Sam also had a very rainy wedding day at Hyde House…for part of it, but the sun did make an appearance later on and we still got some beautiful photos!
Jade & Sam’s Hyde House Wedding started with the girls getting ready in the beautiful room upstairs in the barn.
One of the great things about Hyde House is that I can photograph the girls getting ready, and then pop across to the Manor House where the boys are usually getting ready.
It was beginning to absolutely TIP down at this point! But The Grange still looked beautiful, and ready for the ceremony
Finishing touches to a stunning bride, and some sisterly words of advice before the ceremony!
Jade’s stunning dress was Essence of Australia from Mae Bridal in Witney, and the Bridesmaid dresses from WED2B.
The beautiful ceremony was then underway in The Grange. Jade’s mum walked her down the aisle. it wasn’t raining when Jade went in…
But it was ever so slightly TORRENTIAL when they came out!!
One of the ushers gallantly went for umbrellas
And then there was a whole wedding umbrella kerfuffle!
Jade was amazing coping with this, and everyone was laughing walking back over to the barn! It’s either that or cry…
There were drinks in the barn while the rain tipped down, and we did the group photos upstairs – thank goodness for that lovely big room upstairs!
I had the pleasure of working with Richard from Aurora Wedding Films who did videography for the day. Once the rain had stopped for a bit we convinced Sam to carry Jade out to the arbor – it was still so wet on the ground!
Well we had all resigned ourselves to the fact that this was going to be a RAINY day at The Great Tythe Barn, and it didn’t disappoint!! The first few weeks in June this year, 2019, had been awful, so it wasn’t the only rainy wedding I photographed.
It by no means spoiled Izzy & Matt’s Great Tythe Barn wedding at ALL though – there was just a bit more running in & out doors as soon as there was a little break in the clouds to get the group photos done.
The Great Tythe Barn Tetbury, here in the Cotswolds, is such a lovely venue, inside and out, so I had no doubt that we would still manage to get some lovely photos.
The decorations inside the barn were so colourful – mainly thanks to Izzy’s mum & sister for making such gorgeous bunting.
The girls were getting ready in the main house – with the conservatory room so light & airy, it didn’t matter that it was tipping down outside!
Izzy & Matt had originally planned an outdoor ceremony (and you’d have thought that would be a safe bet in June…but not in Britain!). But to be honest, I think the ceremony in the barn was just beautiful.
Izzy & Matt walked in to the ceremony together – with the first meeting just in side the barn doors
The guests had drinks upstairs because it was STILL raining – but it did stop every now & then, and with the help of some very good Best Men & Ushers, I managed to keep taking people in & out to get the group photos done outside. The Best Men were very helpful making sure Matt’s suit didn’t get wet…
The photo below just sums up Izzy & Matt to me – they were CONSTANTLY laughing and happy, and it was such a pleasure to photograph their day.
It was also a pleasure to work with Ben from Mrs Mashup again who was doing videography – and we both had such a fun day with these two lovelies.
The barn was set up, again with so much colour, for the wedding breakfast. Everything was done by Izzy & Matt, including flowers grown in Izzy’s Mum’s garden, and the log slices borrowed from the florist!
Lapstone Barn, near Chipping Campden in the Cotswolds, opened it’s doors as a new wedding venue earlier this year, and is just around the corner from where I live, so I was very excited to photograph the lovely Pippa & Alistair’s Lapstone Barn Wedding there in the autumn. Pippa and her bridesmaid got ready upstairs in the Hayloft – a fantastic space for getting ready – and hair & makeup was done beautifully by Lucie Richmond.
Unfortunately the weather didn’t exactly behave, but that really didn’t matter at this venue. Pippa didn’t have to go outside at all to get to the beautiful ceremony room downstairs, which was decorated with stunning autumn colours by Sue at The Bay Tree at Campden. The guests could throw confetti indoors, and there is a lovely courtyard with a covered area which is perfect for group photos and couple photos if it’s raining. Pippa, Alistair and all their guests were very cosy inside all day (apart from when I dragged them all outside for the big group photo…it did stop raining for a short time!)
They did their first dance and then were entertained by the brilliant band Resident Heroes. A really wonderful day for a lovely couple.