I’d suggested we head to Dyrham Park for Emma & Frank’s pre wedding shoot as it was so close to where they live, and I’m so glad they took up the offer. What a day for it, with blue skies and fluffy clouds – September has been kind! A favourite place of mine on the edge of Bristol, Dyrham Park is a National Trust property with acres of parkland, great views, a stunning mansion, and a herd of fallow deer. Awesome all round, and we made some awesome images! So much so that you’ll see a few new personal favourites of mine below. It’s such a varied place and great for taking some long distance shots and trying out different compositions with the landscape. So we spent a couple hours walking around the park, strolling up and down the rolling hills, photographed them with the deer (yay!), and explored the beautiful grounds at the back of the mansion. With some great light, stunning scenery and Emma & Frank playing their part, it really made my job feel too easy!
Ever since shooting Neil & Hope’s engagement photos around Clifton I’d been looking forward to their Merchants Hall wedding. As expected, it turned out to be an amazing day filled with fun and laughter. Ensuring their guests had a great time was a top priority, and they’d also wanted to give their wedding a vintage feel. So everybody made a fantastic collective effort on the day to arrive in 1930’s / art deco dress. There was so much going on throughout the day, plenty to keep me on my toes! There were skittles, crazy golf, a novelty bake off (the roast turkey cake deservedly won by the way), ceilidh, marrioke, and lots of bubbles! read more
Fiona and Mark will be marrying next month at Goldbrick House on Park Street. Back in July we met up for their engagement shoot around the Create Centre near Bedminster. Even though this area is only a 10-15 minute walk from where I live, it’s not a place I’d considered exploring on foot before, having mostly seen it when passing from behind the wheel. They both like to go for walks along the river around here and I’m so glad they suggested it. The area has a semi-urban feel with loads of interesting little spots for photographs. Thankfully the rain held off and we spent a good couple of hours exploring and trying out different locations, from the lockside to the disused train line. Fiona and Mark are really easy going and good fun and I’m looking forward to seeing them again soon in September. Here are some of my picks from the day…
The Roman Baths are quite possibly one of the most romantic places I’ve ever photographed a wedding. I’ve been lucky enough to photograph here before, and no matter the weather, the reflections from the pool and high stone walls always ensure that this place emanates a special quality of light. This time, I was fortunate enough to have been asked by Jason & Melanie to capture their sunrise wedding – and what a sunrise we had! The empty streets of Bath were eerily beautiful so early in the morning, and the golden light only enhanced the magical feel of the venue when the guests began arriving at 8am. The Baths themselves are a very quiet and peaceful place before they open up to the public. read more
I’d been waiting patiently to arrange a meet up for Nicola and Adam’s pre wedding shoot at Matara. We’ve had so much great weather recently but what I’d really been eager for was a cloudless sunset, and those kind of evenings have been few and far between here in the South West, at least on days which were mutually convenient for us all to get together. Call me picky, but having done a little recce a few weeks beforehand, I could see that a sunset with clear skies was going to work really well here at this time of year. Thankfully, when it came to our last minute trip to the Cotswolds, we struck gold! read more