Clearwell Castle

I believe that wedding photographs should tell a story and be able to transport you back to the day and all the wonderful moments and memories that were made.

Andy and Sarah’s wedding photography at the gorgeous Clearwell Castle does just that! Every time I look through the photographs, I smile remembering the day, the venue, the wonderful guests and most importantly Andy and Sarah and how happy they were.

Set in the middle of the Gloucestershire countryside, Clearwell is stunning with its sweeping drive, archways and ramparts. You can’t help but feel a sense of excitement build in you as you approach it. I must have been (and looked) like a kid in a candy store, I was so excited on the day!!

Even though the weather was being typically British, going from torrential downpours one minute, to glorious sunshine the next, it all lent itself to the incredible atmosphere and dramatic surroundings. As soon as the skies cleared we would make the most of the grand outdoors and when the skies started to grumble and groan, the guests had beautiful rooms and so much space indoors to relax in.

So much thought and planning had gone into the day. Andy had made it his mission to make the day as perfect as he could for Sarah and it really showed in all the little details and most especially in the way his eyes lit up every time he looked at her.

One of my favourite parts of the day was waiting until the sun started to dip towards the far horizon, and the light turned a wonderful gold. We made our way outside, away from the guests, through the grounds and to the edge of a field that is home to two friendly donkeys.  As I was shooting the donkeys made their way over and insisted on being petted, photographed and their presence generally acknowledged. Sarah narrowly avoided having her dress nibbled on, but who could blame them for trying – she looked truly scrumptious in her gown!

Thank you so much for all the beautiful pictures they are all stunning! You did a fabulous job and made our day even more special. X

 

 

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Deer Park

There are some wedding days that you wish wouldn’t end and this was one of them. I had an absolute ball capturing Siarrad and Davids’ day.

I love the buzz of wedding preparation’s leading up to the ceremony. There is an electricity in the air, and people walk a fine edge between excitement and nerves. For myself as photographer that specialises in unguarded moments and expression, to capture the true story of a wedding day – this to me, is simply magic!

Siarrad was one of the most relaxed and dare I say ‘chilled’ brides I have ever had the privilege to photograph. She took everything in her stride and never stopped smiling. With 13 people in the bridal suit (8 bridal party members, 2 hair and make up artists, 2 videographers, 1 photographer) there was such a lively atmosphere. The sound of laughter and merriment must have echoed down the hotel corridors.

The running of the day was seamless and it all flowed so beautifully. The weather was perfect from a photographers point of view and because we had spoken about lighting and setting aside enough time for photographs on the day, I was able to take advantage of the beautiful late afternoon light and capture some truly gorgeous moments.

Deer Park is a fantastic venue. It was my first time shooting there and I am already itching to go back. With its country setting, panoramic views, beautiful gardens, access to fields and unlimited photo opportunities, it really is a country wedding photographers dream location. Unfortunately the deer deigned not to make an appearance on the day, however there is always next time!

I had the privilege to work with the lovely Matt and Russ from Shoot the Piano Player Films on the day and I can’t recommend them highly enough. These gents really know their stuff (and they laughed at my bad jokes)!

Siarrads and her bevy of beauties had their hair done by the fab Natalie from Rock ‘n Roller Parlour and they all looked stunning throughout the day.

Thank you Stephanie for your wonderful service at our wedding on 11th June 2016
You were so professional, friendly and helpful. You even coped with my photo-craze dad! XX

 

 

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Aston Wood Golf Club

It’s been years since I did a weather dance back home in Zimbabwe (don’t ask) however, the weekend of Sophie and Johns’ wedding, I was more than willing to do an anti rain dance to chase the storm fronts away that were creeping in..

Deciding not to put my neighbours or any innocent passers by through the ordeal of my dancing, I settled for packing the car with a portable studio, props, groundsheets, umbrellas and of course my trusty wellies ….

It was a very wet and windy day, the met office had issued severe weather warnings across the country but in true English fashion, no one let the elements deter them from having a truly lovely day.

Not being able to go outside at all, I set up my portable studio and brought out my trusty box of props. This went down an absolute storm (excuse the pun) and everyone joined in the photo fun.

Held at the lovely Aston Wood Golf Club, the venue and staff were splendid, it may have been wet an stormy outside but inside everyone was having a grand old time celebrating with the new Mr and Mrs Nicholls.

Hi Stephanie, 

I have received my wedding photos and absolutely love them. Thank you so much! – Sophie

 

I always welcome feedback, so please feel free to comment and let me know what you think of my work.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Warwick Registry Office

Easter Bank Holiday weekend, the one day of sunshine (standard), the beautiful town of Warwick and lots of sangria = the perfect combination for gorgeous wedding photos and a Spanish themed celebration.

Charlotte rang me back in 2015 and after a brief conversation about what she was looking for and my style of photography, she booked me on the spot.

It can be a bit nerve wracking when you haven’t met the bride or groom in person before. You have to walk into a room and try and spot the man with the cravat or tie that is a slightly different colour from all the other men in suits (or who looks the most nervous), and say “hello I’m Steph, I’m your wedding photographer”. I needn’t have worried. I was made to feel so welcome by Gareth and all the wedding guests before the ceremony and by the time we took our places in the registry office, it felt like we were all old friends.

When beautiful Charlotte walked into the room, both the groom’s and best man’s expressions were priceless. I love capturing raw unguarded emotion and I had tears I my eyes during the ceremony as you could see how much it meant to the couple and all their special guests.

Afterwards, we spent time in the glorious sunshine taking advantage of the lovely walled garden behind the registry office and its ample photo backdrops. The reception venue, ‘Bar Catalan’ conveniently backs onto the same walled garden, so guests were able to enjoy live flamenco music, sangria and nibbles whilst celebrating and photos were being taken.

 A big thank you once again for your time on the day, you were great and made everyone feel very relaxed!

 

 

I always welcome feedback, so please feel free to comment and let me know what you think of my work.

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Pendrell Hall

Held at the exquisite Pendrell Hall Country House, Wendy and Steve’s wedding was a glorious celebration of their love for each other and for their family and friends. Guests flew in from all over the world to be a part of their special day, and to say that I have never seen so many happy, smiley faces would be an understatement (especially after the free bar opened for business).

I have two main memories from the day that will always make me smile…

The first is, 10 minutes before the ceremony, the bride was still not dressed and was calmly trying to help the bridesmaids into their dresses with no concern for herself at all. The hotel wedding planner was hopping from foot to foot and all the guests were already seated in the ceremony room. I put my cameras down and dressed Wendy myself. I have never been more thankful for all the times I have peered over shoulders to get perfect shots of the lacing of the dress; so I knew exactly what I was doing – phew!!

The second memory is again about the dress. Wendy, realising that the dresses hoop had snapped and had somehow un-threaded itself, was unable to walk. We were on an outside gravel patio and poor Steve didn’t know how to help. Again, my cameras were put down and I found myself on my hands and knees in the gravel, with my head under the dress, re-threading and attaching the hoop.

After that I made a promise to myself to always carry knee pads in my kit bag!

Thank you for all your help on our wedding day, it was well above and beyond the call of duty.

We have just received our photographs. They are truly amazing, thank you so very much.

Take care – Wendy and Steve

Pendrell Hall, Wedding Photography

Pendrell Hall, Wedding Photography

Pendrell Hall, Wedding Photography

Pendrell Hall, Wedding Photography

Pendrell Hall, Wedding Photography

Pendrell Hall, Wedding Photography

Pendrell Hall, Wedding Photography

Pendrell Hall, Wedding Photography

Pendrell Hall, Wedding Photography

Pendrell Hall, Wedding Photography

Pendrell Hall, Wedding Photography

Pendrell Hall, Wedding Photography

 

 

I always welcome feedback, so please feel free to comment and let me know what you think of my work.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

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