Wedding at Hestercombe House, Taunton

Although a Somerset-based wedding photographer I cover weddings and events across the Southern part of the UK including London. I thus always appreciate the chance to cover a wedding close to home. Anneka and Rob's celebration recently was just such an opportunity, made all the more enjoyable by the couple's choice of the stunning Hestercombe House near Taunton

The day began with Anneka's bridal preparations at nearby Mill Meadow Eco homes, a beautiful collection of lakeside holiday homes which definitely facilitated calm and tranquillity prior to the ceremony and celebrations

The ceremony itself was held at Hestercombe's Orangery, a light-filled Ham Stone building designed by Sir Edwyn Lutyens which is surrounded by an impressive garden. The weather was kind for an April wedding and a few photographs were possible outside before the guests retreated indoors for drinks and canapes. The wind did, however, present some challenges for the photographs until Anneka opted to dispense with her stunning, but lengthy, veil!

The wedding breakfast was held in Hestercombe's Bampfylde Hall, a lovely old building with high ceilings and dramatic timber beams. Following a buffet supper and the speeches Anneka and Rob snatched an opportunity for some quiet informal time together, despite the rain, which allowed a few more photo opportunities before they returned to the Hall for music and dancing.

Wedding Hestercombe House bridal party

Party poppers, parrots and playing fields - wedding fun without the frills

Sarah and Joe's wedding was just the sort of low-key, fun celebration I would have chosen for myself had my husband and I not married on a Caribbean island with only our four month old son (and some legal witnesses!) in attendance.

The day was a wonderful testament to the love of their family and friends, with everyone contributing in some shape or form. Hand-made decorations for the village hall. A bridal bouquet from her grandfather's garden, and arranged by her mother less than an hour before the ceremony.  Party poppers let off en masse by the audience as the bride and groom completed their vows. The wedding breakfast a fantastic culinary offering brought by many enthusiastic guests. And a home-made chocolate brownie wedding cake to top it all off. 

Both the bride and groom entertained guests in costumes with singing and dancing (one was a parrot!), no care in the world but that they and their friends should have a truly wonderful day. And everyone did - including me.

Wedding celebration party poppers

A very musical wedding in Somerset

The wedding of John and Jennifer at Baltonsborough Parish Church was special for so many reasons. The couple had met through their love of music with John singing in the Brue Boys choir of which Jennifer is the conductor. Their wedding was a wonderful celebration of this shared interest, both during the church service and at the reception to follow.', The wedding of John and Jennifer at Baltonsborough Parish Church was special for so many reasons

The couple had met through their love of music with John singing in the Brue Boys choir of which Jennifer is the conductor. Their wedding was a wonderful celebration of this shared interest, both during the church service and at the reception to follow

The advancing age of the couple was testament to the fact that we are never too old to have fun and, more importantly, to find soul mates with whom to share our life. The happiness of both John and Jennifer was evident for all to see. Having both lost spouses in the recent past following long and happy marriages, John and Jennifer clearly felt blessed to have had a second opportunity to share their lives with a kindred spirit

To me, this wedding was about the joy to be found in simple pleasures - in music, in friendship, in family and in fun. I enjoy all the weddings that I shoot, but the relaxed and easy-going nature of this one made it a particuarly positive experience.

Guest laughter in marquee with bunting at wedding celebration

Spring wedding at Crudwell Rectory, Malmesbury, Wiltshire

Early in March I was involved in the coverage of Kate and Sam's wedding at Crudwell, near Malmesbury, Wiltshire. The snowdrops were out in force, making Crudwell's All Saints' Church a beautiful setting

The sun shone generously throughout the day, permitting the champagne and canapés to be served outside. The guests were able to take advantage of The Rectory's stunning grounds which provided some lovely reportage photo opportunities.

Kate was a wonderfully laid-back bride, ably assisted in the process by her fun-loving Irish relatives. Much mirth was in evidence, both during the speeches and at the party to follow.

Wedding speeches at Crudwell Rectory

Winter wedding at Lains Barn, Wantage, Oxfordshire

I was fortunate to be invited to shoot some documentary images of Sarah and Rob’s winter wedding in early February alongside leading UK wedding photographer Allister Freeman.

Bridal preparation took place at the Milton Hill hotel in Steventon, Abingdon where Sarah and her three lovely bridesmaids had fun tying the ribbons on the backs of their dresses - good teamwork was definitely the order of the day!

A few group shots it was time to move down the road to Lains Barn for the civil ceremony and reception. Rob faced some difficulty in fitting Sarah's ring onto her finger but eventually succeeded. Guests were treated to a guitar and singing solo before moving to the adjacent barn for champagne and canapés. The main barn was rapidly and efficiently transformed for the wedding breakfast and the serving of a stunning three-course sit down meal.

Lains Barn wedding groom carrying bride's train