Stone Barn Cotswolds Wedding

Stone Barn Cotswolds Wedding

A  wet wintery, though awesome Stone Barn Cotswolds Wedding was the order of the day for the fun loving Gabriella and Anthony. Two super relaxed people that took the day in their stride, which made my job a pleasure. First some morning prep at the Cotswolds Water Park Hotel in South Cerney. With nothing manic and no panic, these two took cool to a new level.

A warm welcome at the barn for my first wedding at Stone Barn (I'm glad to say that I've already been back since with more weddings booked there). A special thanks must go to coordinator Clayton and Chef Jason  for doing a top job and making me feel at home. Actually, see if you can spot Clayton in the photos below, a prize for the winner.

The day pretty much continued the trend of constant laughter throughout and I don't think anyone even noticed it rained. I had to multitask during the speeches, trying to capture moments whilst laughing at the barrage of banter and stories being told. This mood pretty much continued right to the first dance and beyond, showcasing some pretty impressive moves on the dance floor. With my coordination I looked on with envy.

For the photographers out there, the whole day was captured using two Nikon D750's with mainly a 35mm 1.4 and an 85mm 1.4 with the 24/70mm 2.8 lens for the first dance. The off camera flash work was shot using the Phottix Mitros Flash Gun and Odin triggers. The first dance setup was three flashes set in a triangle around the dance floor all controlled by the on camera Odin trigger. All images edited using Adobe Lightroom.

Gabriella and Anthony thank you again for having me along to capture your Stone Barn Cotswolds wedding and good luck in the future.


The Greenway Hotel Cheltenham

A very mild Autumn day welcomed me to The Greenway Hotel Cheltenham , for the wedding of Jaime and Paul. The morning started for me with some bridal prep, helped out by the talented Lucy from Boolou makeup. After that I followed Paul on a little Cotswolds walk with Tyson the Vizsla. Next was a fun ceremony with all guests enjoying the laughs of Jaime and Paul. I then spent an hour or so capturing the enjoyment of the wedding party in this cool and relaxed venue. Paul looking very smart in his military uniform, which made the bride and groom portraits a pleasure to capture. The evening followed suit with the party folk arriving in time for some very touching speeches. Lots of dancing followed with a great atmosphere caused by the awesome band The Zoots.

Jaime and Paul thank you for having me along to capture your special day.

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The Bay Tree Hotel Burford

Well what can I say about this wedding? An absolute joy to photograph at The Bay Tree Hotel Burford in the Cotswolds. From the start I could tell that Annabel and Mads knew how to have fun. The day started at Oxfordshire Shooting School Photographed by the talented Hannah Miles Photography whom helped me out on the day. I started at the hotel where the bridal party were getting ready. With a 1920's theme I knew this would be a cracker. Everyone looked amazing, no one more so than Annabel. A joyous ceremony followed outside where a relaxed Mads was waiting for his bride, singing along to the awesome Stephen Dunnett.
Afterwards we took the newlyweds for a little walk, whilst doing so, we came across an antique shop called Schotten. Now even I could not have predicted the fun we would have when inside (thanks to the owner). I'll let the photos below do the talking.
The evening pretty much followed suit with my personal highlight being the Danish tradition (Mads is from Denmark) of cutting the grooms socks off at the toes. One that I think should be utilised here in the UK.
Thank you both once again for having us along on your special day.

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Elmore Court Wedding Photography

Elmore Court Wedding Photography

A little highlight blog of some Elmore Court wedding photography mixed with a super fun happy wedding party. Elmore Court was initially built as a home in 1580, steeped in history with magnificent views over The Cotswolds River in Gloucestershire. It really is a photographer's dream wedding venue. The morning for me started with some bridal prep where I witnessed an amazing welcome blended in with all sorts of emotion. The ceremony took place in the main hall, Chris was a little nervous waiting for his bride Louise to arrive and walk down the aisle with her brother at her side. She certainly didn't disappoint.

The wedding took place on a very mild December afternoon with some blue skies peering through the clouds. Such a beautiful backdrop making my job an absolute pleasure capturing guests and the happy newlyweds. Later we headed over to the Gillyflower which is fantastic for speeches and obviously party time. Purpose built using all natural materials. Following the theme of the day the speeches were full of emotion and humour which then led us on to the main event, party time! Certainly one of my favourite times of day where guests let their hair down and are oblivious to the camera (see the photos below). Louise and Chris thank you once again for allowing me to capture your amazing wedding day.

If you like what you see and would be interested in me capturing your Elmore Court wedding please feel free to contact me here (after you've viewed the photos below of-course) :)

For the photographers out there, the wedding day was captured using two Nikon D750's with mainly the 35mm 1.4, 85mm 1.4 and the 24mm 1.4 for the first dance. The speeches were lit using two Phottix Odin flash units off camera and the first dance a single SB910 on camera. Another thank you goes out to Stu Jotham Photography who helped out on the day.

Elmore Court Wedding Photography

 

 


Cornwell Manor Cotswolds Wedding

Cornwell Manor Cotswolds Wedding

Cornwell Manor Cotswolds wedding venue is absolutely beautiful, a hidden gem in the heart of the countryside – couples getting married here get the benefit of an elegant historic Manor House with exclusive use. It has a heated swimming pool (which was made very useful), it's very own chapel and immaculate gardens. Did I mention that it also featured in the film The Holiday? Sadly for the ladies I didn't spot Jude Law.  This was my first time at Cornwell Manor and it quite quickly jumped into the favourites category. I am super pleased to say that I'm already going back in August. I can't wait.

Katherine and Patrick flew over from New York to get married here and I could see why, there is everything you could dream of when choosing a wedding venue. Both families were so friendly and made me feel like part of the wedding from the start. The atmosphere throughout the day was just brilliant! Everyone was so happy and seemed to not have a care in the world! This was evident when Patrick's brother and one of the groomsmen asked if I could capture them jumping in the pool before speeches (see the evidence below)  I’m so pleased I was chosen by Katherine and Patrick to share their day with them and record some lovely moments for two lovely people. I wish them the best in the future and if I ever return to New York please expect a visitor :) Thanks again.

For the photographers out there, this was again all captured with two Nikon D750's using a 24 1.4, 35 1.4 and an 85 1.4. Flash for the first dance was a single on camera Nikon SB910

Cornwell Manor Cotswolds Wedding. If you would like me to capture your day here or another venue please Contact me for more information.


uk wedding photography workshop

UK Wedding photography Workshop

Our UK wedding photography workshop. The second wedding photography workshop that myself Eirik Halvorsen and Aga Tomaszek have now held together, the first back in Norway in November. With three different personalities and three completely different ways of achieving the same end goal. All three of us were so humbled to sell out twelve places within an hour of ticket release. With attendees coming over from France and Germany.

Day one was spent on the sofa in my house in Cheltenham in the Cotswolds. All three of us giving a presentation on a different topics, followed by a Polish soup made by the super enthausiastic Aga, sadly I think I managed to burn it with my kitchen skills. Day two we went out and about  to do a couple of live shoots with real couples Followed by a live editing talk and off camera flash presentation. Laura and Emily thank you for braving the rain, Kim and Ryan thank you for braving the darkness. Obviously we had a little bit of a social on both evenings sampling some local apples and beers. Those that could stay a little later ended up scaling Leckhampton Hill to practice a few star shots.

A big thank you to Pixellu for their support and offering a free issue of SmartAlbums and SmartSlides to two lucky attendees. Also JPEGmini for their continued support for the UK Wedding Photography Workshop

Here is a lovely review from Steph Kiely Photography

The two days were filled with energy and enthusiasm that I quite literally cannot explain. It was unbelievably engaging.
The live shoots were an inspiring experience. I chose not to shoot during these as I really wanted to see how they worked, what they were looking out for and how their minds were working.

I'm now sat here with a cuppa and I've concluded it has been the best investment I've made so far in my photography development. I'm home feeling confident (most importantly) and I cannot wait to put the things I've learnt about the photography business in to action. I've also made some lovely likeminded friends. I can't wait to see how we all develop these new skills.

So if anybody has any doubts put them aside and take the leap. You won't regret it.

Dan, Eirik and Aga are an inspiring trio who have an incredible amount of energy. They have an enormous amount of passion for their work and are so excited about teaching others. I feel privileged that I could be part of the two days.

UK wedding photography workshop, Cotswolds Wedding Photographer.