I love shooting Cotswold weddings especially when I get to work with great couples like Sarah and Alex who had a beautiful summer wedding in the pretty and historic market town of Chipping Campden.
Sarah’s parents Karen and Thomas opened up their beautiful home and garden to host the wedding. On the day I arrived early so I could take some shots of Sarah and her bridal party making their final preparations.
The family had worked flat out to create a perfect wedding venue. The marquee, all dressed and ready to receive the guests, looked fabulous and the garden looked simply stunning.
Sarah was in good hands with her family and maid of honour Emily there to help her with any final preparations. Along with some of the four flower girls (Lizze, Emily, Emma and Nele) Sarah looked stunning in her lace vintage style fitted dress, the very essence of beautiful and understated glamour.
I took the opportunity to take some family shots at the house before heading to the St James’ Church in Chipping Campden for the ceremony. St James’ Church is one of the finest examples of a wool church in England and has been a religious site since before 1180 AD. An impressive building rich in history it remains a vibrant and relevant church to this day.
Once there I caught up with Alex who was looking resplendent and happily greeting guests. Sarah and her dad Thomas arrived in style in a gorgeous vintage car.
The ceremony was conducted by Reverend Craig Bishop and was beautiful. I made good use of the amazing light that shone through the enormous and many stained glass windows to get lovely images. After the ceremony there was a confetti moment on the beautiful sand stoned porch before everybody headed off to the reception back at Sarah’s parents’ house.
Now I love a bit of fun wedding transport, so seeing Sarah and Alex heading of in the beautiful vintage car and all of their guests aboard a traditional red double decker bus was a delight.
Once there everybody enjoyed a drinks reception with musical accompaniment by a great five piece band and I took the opportunity to whisk Sarah and Alex away to take some portrait shots of them around the magnificent gardens which provided the most perfect backdrop for the shots.
Now it’s the little touches at weddings that I like as they say something of the couple’s personalities and at Sarah and Alex’s I particularly liked the table plan. Tables were named after British flowers, hand painted and elegantly displayed in a vintage frame. It was so pretty and chic.
For the wedding breakfast everybody was seated and then Sarah and Alex were enthusiastically piped in by a traditional Scottish piper. After a sumptuous meal there were some very well received speeches and the cutting of a beautiful four tiered wedding cake.
Evening entertainment was provided by a brilliant live band who kicked things off with a romantic first dance for Sarah and Alex. And it was the image of the two of them embraced on the dancefloor, with all of their loved ones around them, that felt like a fitting shot to close the story of their day.
This wedding was a dream booking. A gorgeous and elegant summer wedding full of love and laughter. Congratulations to Sarah and Alex for getting married and creating such a wonderful day for yourselves, your family and your friends to remember.