Mike and Kelly chose a beautiful June day and a serene outdoor ceremony under the Doric Temple at Bishopstrow House as the start to their married life together. The Bishopstrow Hotel is a fantastic venue in the heart of Wiltshire with the perfect combination of gardens, woodlands and elegant function rooms to host a summer wedding. The day was hot and spirits were high making for a fun wedding to capture with plenty of animated and touching moments from the bridal party and guests alike.
Mike is actually a wedding photographer himself so I was flattered that he contacted me and had the confidence that I could deliver something he would be pleased with. It did add just a little bit of pressure to the day (!) but equally it was good to work with someone who knows just what is involved from the start to finish of capturing a wedding story.
I started the morning with Kelly, her parents, five bridesmaids and niece in the Bishopstrow Hotel bridal suite where the buzz and anticipation of the coming day gave me ample opportunity to capture some of the most tender and emotional shots. A quick visit to the preparations of the groom and best man in a nearby room revealed he was slightly less organised having lost his speech notes that morning. But to his credit he did remain perfectly composed!
If a fresh, summer’s day wedding could be represented in just a handful of colours then the bride certainly chose the right ones – she had matching bridesmaids and flower girl dresses in six different pastel colours and reflected the same shades in the bouquets and ceremony flowers that were arranged by the bride and bridesmaids themselves. As a photographer, I couldn’t have asked for better colours to frame the stunning white gown of the bride as she was walked up the aisle by a proud father.
Bubbles on the patio preceded the wedding breakfast in the glass fronted dining room. The same pastel colours, along with some homemade hessian and lace touches carried on the fresh summery theme into a reception punctuated in equal measure by raised glasses, raucous laughter and tear stained handkerchiefs. Incidentally, the groom’s speech was not in any way compromised by the loss of his notes that morning. We managed to find some time after the meal to capture some more peaceful bride and groom portraits by the banks of the Hotel’s private stretch of the River Wylye before the bride and groom re-joined the guests to continue the party. The evening was whiled away with some group-shot fun, acoustic music and dancing (sometimes cartwheeling) under the evening sun. Thanks again Mike and Kelly for choosing me to capture your wonderful day.