The Matara Centre Wedding Photography
Wonderful Wedding of Jenny & Dom at The Matara Centre, Kingscote, near Tetbury
Matara is a unique wedding venue, it is situated near Tetbury in Gloucestershire. When I arrived I knew my job of photographing Jenny & Dom’s wedding at the Matara Centre was going to be great fun. The Matara Centre looked stunning bathed in the early morning June sunshine for a wonderfully quintessential English summer’s wedding. Wedding days like Jenny & Dom’s do not just happen. There was a huge amount of planning involved to bring everything together for their big day, and the day started early for the girls. The bridal party all got ready together in the lovely bridal suite at the large house at Matara.
All the groomsmen kept Dom very calm, floating around the house and courtyard. They breakfasted (more brunch than breakfast really) on a very fine looking bottle of 10 year old Glenmorangie. Once the guys were all ready they joined the other guests on two red London buses to whisk them all off to St James’ Church in Dursley. They were closely followed by Jenny and the bridal party in their horse and carriage.
Church Wedding Ceremony
The Church wedding ceremony was a delight to photograph. All the guests were great as they kept their ‘phones in their pockets (no guest photography requested by the bride and groom) and watched the ceremony through tear filled eyes. With the rings exchanged, the register signed and wedding certificate safely in place it was back to Matara for the celebrations.
Back to The Matara Centre
Once back at The Matara Centre, myself Jenny & Dom strolled the grounds and got some lovely bride and groom photographs. Then back to guests to capture the family formal group wedding photographs. It was then time for the lucky guests to taste the culinary delights provided by the expert chefs at the Matara Centre. This is the time of the day my cameras are turned off and photography stops – I never photograph at a wedding while guests are eating. Emotional speeches followed the wedding breakfast.
There was a small break in proceedings for guests to let their food go down before Jenny & Dom took to the dance floor for their first dance as husband and wife. This was followed by an extremely energetic but very well organised ceilidh. If that wasn’t enough, when darkness fell everybody made their way outside for an amazing firework display. This was followed by sparklers, then a hog roast (which was very nice!!!). Then in for more dancing, what a day!
A small selection of wedding photo’s from The Matara Centre.
“Aww Phil these are gorgeous” Jenny & Dom.
Choosing your wedding venue
Choosing the perfect place to tie the knot can be an incredibly stressful process, with offerings galore each promising memories to last a lifetime. Your wedding venue should be fully reflective and inclusive of yours and your spouse-to-be’s personalities, meet any dietary requirements you and your guests may have and be versatile enough to accommodate all of your guests – irrespective of your party size. Whether you’re looking for a venue to host a large, family-wide celebration or else somewhere to celebrate quietly and intimately, the Matara Centre may well be the venue you’ve been dreaming of.
The Heart of the Cotswolds
In the heart of the charming Cotswolds, close to Tetbury, Gloucestershire, the Matara Centre is set across 28 acres of stunning natural habitat, where diverse wildlife lives protected and adored. It’s stunning cloistered courtyard is Chinese inspired, with a pond brimming with carp, is the perfect wedding venue year round. The Matara Centre also plants a tree in honour of every couple that marries there. To date, Matara has planted over 1500 trees in their broad parkland, giving back to nature as intended.
You and your spouse-to-be can opt to have your civil ceremony or union inside the eclectic grade II Regency Hall or else, for a larger ceremony, under the cloisters in the grounds themselves. Alternatively, the Church of St John the Baptist lies on the edge of the centre’s grounds, allowing you the option of meeting any spiritual or religious needs that you may have. With a whole disposition of unique spaces to choose to hold your ceremony, the Matara Centre really does have an option for everyone.
The Wedding Reception
Likewise, their options for the reception are equally accommodating. Whether you’d prefer to eat alfresco or treat your guests to a luxurious dining experience, with seasonal, freshly made dishes compiling a bespoke menu that fully reflects yours and your partner’s taste. Options available include a bespoke set menu, a vegan feast or a traditional hog roast to share with loved ones. With farm to fork principles at the forefront of their minds, the Matara Centre takes an immense amount of care in ensuring that your menu is put together with both love and attention to detail. Everything you would expect at your dream wedding. Come evening time, the Matara Centre’s Hilarium transforms itself into the perfect dance floor, giving you and your guests the perfect opportunity to dance the night away and reconnect with your loved ones.
Exclusive use Wedding Venue
With exclusive access to the gardens and the grounds surrounding the venue, you will be able to take full advantage of a step into nature. We all know the importance of memorialising your special day. The spacious grounds and landscape combined with the time-honoured Hilarium building allows ample opportunity for stunning, high quality photography. You will be able to look back on your picture-perfect day and remember just how lucky you were to find yourself celebrating with your loved ones in the most spectacular of natural settings.
Listed below the suppliers who helped make Jenny & Dom’s wedding day at Matara Centre PERFECT!
- Venue – The Matara Centre https://matara.co.uk/
- Wedding Dress – Grand Jour (Stonehouse) https://www.grandjour.co.uk/
- Bridesmaid Dresses – David’s Bridal (Westfield Stratford London) https://www.davidsbridal.co.uk/
- Shoes – Jimmy Choo
- Flowers – Donna Beaver ‘The Flower Studio’ Cheltenham https://theflowerstudio.squarespace.com/
- Band – A3 Ceilidh Band http://www.a3ceilidhband.co.uk/
- Transport – (Double decker buses) http://www.londonbus4hire.com/
- Catherines’ Carriages (Frampton) (horse & carriage) http://www.facebook.com/catherinescarriages
- Hair and Make Up – Sarah Adams (The Beauty Barn) http://www.thebeautybarnstroud.co.uk/
- Rings – Goldsmiths
- Church – St James’ Church Dursley
- Accessories – Large ‘LOVE’ sign from Alana’s love. https://www.alanaslove.com/
- Fireworks – MLE Pyrotechnics https://www.mlepyrotechnics.co.uk/
- Stylist – Lauradana Day (Wedding Creations) http://www.weddingcreationsuk.co.uk/
- Wedding timeline – https://www.wildflowerillustrationco.com/
- Signs (Wildflower illustrstions) – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/PaintedbyKatie (Painted by Katie)
- Wedding Stationary http://www.louiserowlesdesigns.co.uk/ (Louise Rowles Designs)
- Cake – HS Cake design https://www.hscakedesign.co.uk/
- Cake Stand – Allen Necchi http://anecchi.com/
- Confetti https://www.confettidirect.co.uk/
I would love to hear from you if you need a photographer to capture your wedding day at The Matara Centre or another venue. You can do this via MY CONTACT FORM. Look forward to hearing from you.