As a wedding photographer it is always rewarding to have clients come to you who have been referred by another couple whose wedding you shot. This is exactly what happened when I first met Janet & Tony, they had seen their friends’ wedding pictures that I had photographed at Manor by the Lake a year or so previously.
Janet & Tony’s plan was to marry at Elmore Court, a grade II listed mansion, which is nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds, in the village of Elmore a couple of miles from Gloucester. Elmore Court caters for all wedding needs for the entire day if required, from the bridal preparations through to the party late into the night. On the big day, which was the last Saturday in September I arrived at Elmore Court early to a refreshing sight. The sun was shining, with hardly a cloud in the sky and no wind whatsoever. It promised to be an amazing day for all involved.
After capturing the still life pictures of the venue and well presented grounds, I made my way up to meet with Janet and her bridal party in one of the many suites Elmore Court can offer to their couples. The bubbles were flowing and it was a very relaxed and joyful atmosphere. Janet had chosen a beautifully fitted wedding dress from Laura May Bridal Boutique in Cardiff which was complemented by a very classy pair of Jimmy Choo’s.
With the Bridal preparations complete, it was an emotional walk down the aisle for Janet who was escorted by her son to meet her future husband.
With declarations and vows completed, the rings exchanged and the register signed, the happy couple was showered with confetti as they walked down the aisle out of the ceremony room, and into the sunshine. The guests enjoyed drinks & canapés on the lawns and were entertained by the mind boggling skills of magician Darren Campbell, who really is a treat to watch. Later in the afternoon Janet and Tony’s family was made complete when their much loved Dalmatian joined them.
The wedding breakfast took place in the wonderfully appointed Gillyflower, which is part of Elmore Court and is located to the rear of the main mansion house. After the wedding breakfast it was a now or never moment with the sun dropping very quickly. I mentioned this to the happy couple and we popped outside just before the speeches to capture some romantic sunset pictures.
The speeches (that are always great to hear and obviously photograph) were followed by the cutting of their canine themed wedding cake. Shortly after the cake was cut the live band took over for the night, a smoochy first dance followed and then party time!!
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