clearwell castle wedding

Clearwell Castle Wedding

A stunning Clearwell Castle wedding, a hidden gem set on the edge of the Cotswolds. It certainly is a fairytale wedding venue and so picturesque. Chosen by Michelle and Thierry to celebrate their special day. A super chilled fun loving couple with a wedding party to suit. As always I received a fabulous welcome from the staff at Clearwell Castle, it really is a pleasure working there, that's if I'm allowed to call it work.

Morning preparation, one of my favourite parts of a wedding day, the time you get to witness some nerves mixed with excitement. These two really made me feel welcome and I think it comes with the territory to keep everyone feeling relaxed by just blending in and becoming more of a guest than someone only there to do a job.

The ceremony was great fun with an obvious love between the two which lasted throughout the day. Two people, two families all there to enjoy this special day. Clearwell Castle is literally one of those venues where being a photographer already gives you the perfect backdrop everywhere you look. I could have quite easily kept these two lovely people here for the week to do some portraits. More importantly there was a party that Michelle and Thierry had to attend, with some ace moves going down on the dance floor.

Vendors that helped the day run perfectly were: Emma at Marooned Hairdressers and Gail Armytage preparing the beautiful flowers.

For the photographers out there, I shot this wedding using two Nikon D750's with the 35 1.4 and 85 1.4 lenses. With everything lit using natural light until the first dance, where I used the SB910 on camera.

Michele and Thierry thank you once again for having me along to capture your special day. Wishing you both well in the future.

Clearwell Castle Wedding


Ellenborough Park Cheltenham

Set overlooking Cheltenham Racecourse the stunning Ellenborough Park welcomed Becca and Alan for what would be a fun and relaxed day in the Cotswolds. Both families, what can I say? Happy and joyous, celebrating like you should at a wedding. Just another occasion where I struggle to call my job as a wedding photographer, actually working. The day started at Becca's family home and what a welcome, treated like one of the family from the outset. Bridesmaids once again showing men up in the fun ranks. The ceremony followed at the beautiful St. Andrews church in Miserden. Being a winter wedding, we we're welcomed with umbrellas blowing in the wind. It certainly didn't quench the mood that was set during bridal prep.

Alan looking the part in his Naval uniform was waiting patiently for his bride Becca, who looked stunning walking down the aisle. A lovely ceremony was then followed by a little journey onto Ellenborough Park. The evening flowed with some great speeches, with great banter flying around. Then the fun part, chasing guests around the dance floor. These certainly had some top moves. Becca and Alan thank you for the invite to capture your special day, it was an absolute pleasure.

I must give a special mention to Toastmaster Howard Jones who was fantastic with helping the day flow perfectly with humour and authority. Other talented vendors that helped out were: Rob Menzies (photographer), The Flower StudioWedding Days of CheltenhamRegency GroomLavish Hairdressing and Azure Cars.

For the fellow photographers out there, I used two Nikon D750's one with a 35mm 1.4 lens and the other with an 85mm 1.4 for the documentary photos and the 24-70mm 2.8 for the flash work, using an Elinchrom Quadra flash triggered by Pocket Wizard Flex's. Please enjoy the photos below.

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The Wood Norton Hotel

Four seasons in one day welcomed me to The Wood Norton Hotel, a fabulous venue in Worcestershire, steeped in history. Clear blue skies to start the day with a heavy storm arriving in the afternoon.  Bridal prep first for me with a fun and super chilled Kelly. Nathan arrived arrived in style,  a yellow New York Taxi  (where these two wonderful people got engaged) from Unique Car Hire.

The ceremony soon followed with some glorious sunshine seeping through to welcome Kelly and her proud Dad down the aisle. A lovely touch to end the ceremony was Nathan's Firemen colleagues escort out towards a glass of champagne. We did manage to get outside before the bad weather came in, to get some photos of the happy couple. Though when the rain did hit Kelly was adamant that she wanted some photos with Nathan on the famous swing. The wellies came on and nothing was going to stop Kelly. What a great sport.

The rest of the day was spent in the lovely Orangery, firstly the wedding breakfast followed by the joyous speeches, with Nathan's best man sharing some great stories with the guests. The fun didn't stop there with these two, my job was made easy just capturing what was put in front of me, I'll just let the photos below do the talking. A special mention must go to Sandie (Planner at The Wood Norton Hotel) I was given free reigns and anything that I needed, Sandie was always on hand.

For the photographers out there. Most of the wedding was photographed using two Nikon D750's one with a 35mm and the other an 85mm lenses. An LED light panel was used for some of the night portrait shots. The cake cut and first dance were captured using a 24/70mm lens plus an SB910 flash gun.

Kelly and Nathan thank you once again for having me along to capture your special day.

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Gants Mill wedding

Well, what a glorious venue and what a glorious day!. A Gants Mill wedding in Somerset. Such stunning surroundings, with a relaxed atmosphere. First thing for me was Lindsay's bridal prep at Oak House Somerset . I had a great welcome, probably helped with knowing Lindsay, who looked fantastic. Then it was over to the Mill for the ceremony. Not a cloud in the sky as Lindsay walked to meet Tom, who was looking on. A lovely ceremony followed, with smiles all around. Afterwards myself and the new Mr and Mr's Morris had a little stroll in the gardens for a few relaxed portrait shots. Some very funny speeches, mainly aimed at poor Tom had the wedding party in a joyous mood. Then it was time to dance off the dinner. Obviously a hard act to follow after Lindsay and Tom's awesome moves.

Thank you again for inviting me along to your special day. Others that helped out on the day we're:

Makeup - Lucy Davis.
Hair - Louise Alway.
Florist - Bramble and Wild.
Cake - Helen Chesterman.
Dress and Shoes - Krystle Brides.
Magician - Warren Singer.
Band - Soul Direction

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Dan Morris Photography wedding photographer Cotswolds

Wedding Photographer Cotswolds

Lost for words is how I'll start my roundup of  as a wedding photographer Cotswolds. An absolute whirlwind, witnessing so many special moments and being in the privileged position of capturing these moments for so many amazing couples and families. The gratitude shown and the welcome from total strangers again proves why there is no other job that I would rather be doing. So from the bottom of my heart thank you so much for putting your trust in me and I hope that I have lived up to all your expectations.

A few highlights for myself was shooting a wedding for a Norwegian friend in Stavanger. Giving a bride a lift to the ceremony when the wedding car broke down and being the only person able to do up one hundred buttons on a wedding dress due to having small hands with no nails. Sadly no pictures were taken of this event. Always capture the moment!

Another big thank you must go to family and friends that have put up with my slight obsession and kept me sane along the way. Also to my peers that I admire in the industry, that have become good friends this year.

Less about me and more of some lovely moments that me and Holly have been able to capture for lots of wonderful people. There are so many photos that we would love to share with you all and choosing a select few wasn't easy to say the least. !  Please take  look below.

Wedding Photographer Cotswolds - Highlights 2016


Destination wedding Stavanger Norway

My latest destination wedding Stavanger Norway. What a stunning country and I have one of Scandinavia's best wedding photographers Eirik Halvorsen to thank for the recommendation. Two super fun people named Sofie and Roar welcomed me with open arms and treated me like a long time friend, even arranging torrential rain to make me feel at home. The ceremony was held in a local Catholic church in the centre of Stavanger followed by the first local tradition that is bride and groom portraits in a Pilates studio, a first for me though i'm always up for a challenge. This was followed by the hardcore Sofie and Roar braving the outside elements in the local park, a favourite of the Norwegian King so I am told.

After drying off the party really started, first off the speeches, with my Norwegian a little rusty I was thankful that a lot of the speeches were spoken in English, maybe not for me, possibly for Sofie's mum and family who are originally from England. Back to traditions, our Norwegian friends have so many compared to the UK. When the guests tap their glasses, the bride and groom have to stand on the chairs and kiss. Then if the guests stamp their feet, the married couple have to crawl under the table and kiss. This certainly kept me on my toes. My favourite has to be if the groom left the room for what ever reason, all the male guests would form an orderly cue to kiss the bride one at a time, vice versa if the bride leaves the room. This helped keep the fantastic atmosphere going well into the night making my destination wedding Stavanger Norway some experience.

If you do ever have the chance to take a trip to Norway please do, all I can say is what a country and i'm already planning my next trip back.