Wedding Photographer Gloucestershire
Manor by the Lake Wedding Photographer
Louise & Chris – Manor by the Lake, Cheltenham – April 2019
Wedding Photographer Gloucestershire
Manor by the Lake, Cheltenham.
Your wedding day will be without doubt one of the single best days of life!
It is fantastic when all the months of planning come together to create such a memorable occasion. Of all the Gloucestershire wedding photographers. I was lucky to be chosen by Louise and Chris to capture their big day. I arrived at the stunning Manor by the Lake exclusive use wedding venue on a very sunny April morning. The cottage set in the grounds of the Manor was a hive of activity. Louise and her bridesmaids were being pampered by stylists. The morning first impressions are usually a good gauge of how the day will unfold and what is likely to happen later on. The atmosphere was great, there was a huge feeling of positivity. A great sign for a wedding photographer.
A little later Chris, his best man and groomsmen arrived and set up camp in the “man cave”. Officially known as The Rock Bar. This is always a great space for the boys to get ready. It has everything a bunch of guys need. A bar (of course), TV, pool table and table football, along with attentive staff to cater for your every need. When Chris and the groomsmen were ready, we headed off outside to see the grounds and get some pictures.
When I met up with Louise and the bridal party, they had moved up to the bridal suite. As a Gloucestershire wedding photographer I am very privileged to be part of some unique occasions. I see many wonderful photography backdrops. The bridal suite at Manor by the Lake is one of the nicest examples I have seen. With the girls ready, Louise’s Dad was invited into the bridal suite to his daughter before she was married.
The ceremony location as you can see from the pictures is a beautiful set up. The vows were completed in a sun drenched Italian garden and before we new it Louise and Chris were walking back down the aisle as husband and wife. The happy couple were then showered in confetti by their guests
Drinks and canapés were served by the Manor by the Lake team, as the couple were hugged, kissed and congratulated by their guests.
The opportunity then arose for me to take the couple away from their friends and family to capture those all important couples portraits capturing Louise and Chris on the post ceremony cloud of happiness. The manicured grounds of the Manor lend themselves perfectly to those intimate images.
It has to be said, that the food served at Manor by the Lake is always of an incredibly high standard (it really is fantastic!). Everyone tucked into the meal, still in high spirits. There was also a sense of anticipation ahead of the speeches, and they certainly did not disappoint. The phrase “nailed it” could well have been used.
Summer weddings are always great, with the sunlight lasting so long, but eventually the dusk fell, and some lovely shots were captured as the party spirit continued with shots of the liquid variety as well. There was then the traditional toss of the bouquet, with the cutting of the cake following shortly afterwards.
Following the first dance, the bride and her father graced the dance floor before the party goers had the opportunity to show everyone their best moves. The night began to draw in, which was the perfect time to shoot some pictures of the couple in front of the Manor House. It really does provide a spectacular backdrop.
Bonfire night was way off, but a wedding is always a great opportunity to get the sparkers out and make a tunnel for the bride and groom, what a day, evening and night.