My penultimate wedding of the year, Tom and Abby live close to the stunning Pump Room’s in Cheltenham and their civil ceremony was set in unseasonable sunny and warm weather. It was the first time I have worked at Pittville and as their website says it all – “Standing in regal splendour approximately two miles from Cheltenham town centre, Pittville Pump Room offers magnificent Grade I listed elegance. Pittville Pump Room is the perfect venue for a wedding, set in charming public parkland”. I could not agree more. Their party continued at Bishop’s Cleeve Village Hall, a 15th century Tythe Barn appropriately decorated in Autumnal splendour. I felt at home straight away with Tom and Abby’s family and friends and can’t thank them enough for making me feel so welcome.

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My wedding season marches on into Autumn with Alex and Aly’s wedding. They married at the Hagley Free Church and held their reception at the Stourport Manor Hotel. The weather was typically Autumnal, heavy rain most of the day but thankfully the sun made an entrance late in the afternoon. I got to know the couple earlier in the year when we met in Bristol for their pre-wedding shoot and really enjoyed spending the day with their friends and family, here’s a selection of images from the day.

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Daniel and Adina’s church ceremony was held at Ribbesford, Bewdley. Their party continued at The Manor Arms set in the old village square of Abberley amidst the rolling Worcestershire countryside. The Manor Arms dates back to the 17th century and was then owned by the lord of the manor.

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Matt & Jodi got married at St Leonard’s Church Bodicote and their wedding reception was held at the Cotswolds Club. It was the first time I have photographed at both the church and venue. Bodicote is a gorgeous little village, nestling in the Oxfordshire countryside and the Cotswolds Club is based near Chipping Norton. A big thank you to the Matt & Jodi, I have really enjoyed getting to know them both over the last 18 months and I hope we can stay in touch.

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I’ve not posted for a while, due to my workload over the last couple of weeks! Now there’s a break in the clouds, here are a few preview pics from James and Stacey’s wedding at Moxhull Hall in Sutton Coldfield. The weather did it’s very best to ‘scupper’ the bride and groom’s outside wedding ceremony but luckily the heavens opened just as the registrar had completed the ceremony!

Another shout out goes to Mark and Sarah. I photographed their wedding back in 2013 at the Grafton Manor Hotel in Bromsgrove, thank you for the recommendation.

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Firstly, a massive thank you to both families for making me feel so welcome on Saturday. Secondly, thank you to Edward and Heather whom I photographed last year, for the recommendation!

The day started off with glorious sunshine but by about 3.30pm the weather took a definite turn for the worst; torrential rain, hale stones the size of blueberries and a full on storm that lasted well into the evening. Joseph and Laura chose to have their party at Laura’s family farm and had a marquee situated on an asparagus field. At one point, I thought the marquee and all the guests would float away! Luckily all was well and Joseph and Laura did not let the unpredictable British weather dampen their wedding celebrations.

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Ali & Charlotte chose St.Mary’s in Kingswinford for their church ceremony, a church I know very well. A family member married there in the not too distant past and it has always held fond memories for me. Their wedding celebrations continued at the Jinney Ring Craft Centre near Hanbury in Worcestershire. I’ve been chosen to photograph many weddings over the past eight years and still feel humbled and very lucky to be part of a wedding day, thank you to Ali and Charlotte.

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I headed down the M5 motorway last Monday to meet and photograph Alex & Aly in Bristol. The couple originally met in the city whilst at University, so it only seemed right that they chose Bristol for their pre-wedding shoot. They suggested the Clifton Suspension Bridge as a backdrop as they regularly visited the bridge when they lived in Clifton. The bridge construction was completed in 1864, unfortunately five years after Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s death (the bridge was built to designs based on Brunel’s plans). The bridge was very busy on the day and has now become a tourist attraction on the Bristol skyline.

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I’m based in Worcestershire and very lucky to work in and around the surrounding area. Joseph and Laura chose an idyllic location for their pre-wedding shoot only a short drive from the city of Worcester. This area has huge significance to both Joseph and Laura and in keeping with their love of the outdoors was a perfect place to relax and feel comfortable. It was a packed afternoon including walking through Asparagus fields, paddle boarding and a little off-roading. I was invited to try paddle boarding, luckily I’d forgotten to bring my cossie!

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I spent Friday with Ian and Fiona, their family and friends at Coombe Abbey Hotel in Warwickshire. Their civil ceremony was held in the gothic styled Abbeygate suite and their wedding breakfast continued in the Cloisters room. Ian and Fiona definitely know how to enjoy themselves with a surprise visit from ‘singing waiters’ a photobooth, a fantastic band and a very lively evening party. I’ve chosen a selection of images from their day which hopefully convey how the day unfolded…

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Rob and Lisa’s wedding was held at Grafton Manor Hotel in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, my second visit to Grafton this year. Rob and Lisa were very easy clients to work with, their brief was “just do what you do best”. I thoroughly enjoyed myself wandering around the stunning landscaped gardens in the July sunshine. It was a fantastic relaxed and informal day and one of the nicest wedding days I’ve been privileged to photograph.

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I spent the afternoon with Neil and Judith on Tuesday. I met the couple at their wedding venue, the West Midlands Safari Park, we discussed all their wedding plans and then explored the grounds. It’s not everyday you get a chance to shoot a bride and groom in a Dinosaur Park! Afterwards, we headed to Bewdley, a small Georgian town on the river Severn, to photograph their engagement shoot. It was an afternoon well spent and it was a pleasure getting to know the couple, I can’t wait to photograph their wedding!

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I’m slap bang in the middle of a busy wedding season, as you would expect June, July and August can be an extremely busy time of the year, so in between proceedings here’s a few preview pics from Vince and Melanie’s wedding. Vince and Melanie are a lovely, warm and friendly couple, the first time I met them I felt instantly at ease with them and was thrilled to be chosen to photograph their wedding day. It was my first visit to the the Fairlawns Hotel in the West Midlands, a big thank you to all the staff…

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James and Anna married in St. Catherine’s Church, lower high street in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire. Their wedding reception was just a short walk up the high street to the beautiful Cotswold Hotel & Spa and a two minute walk from Chipping Campden’s historic Market Hall. The hotel is a glorious Regency Grade II listed townhouse with a fantastic English garden. When I left James and Anna’s wedding to head back to Worcestershire, their guests were making the most of the ‘balmy’ summer’s evening and know doubt, partied to the early hours…

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On Tuesday I travelled a short journey to Churchill a small village in Worcestershire to photograph Rob & Lisa’s eShoot. Rob & Lisa decided to bring their dogs along on the shoot. Now there’s and old adage in show business saying never work with children or animals but on this occasion and the dogs being such an important part of Rob & Lisa’s lifestyle, who could resist!

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Here are a few pics from Tim & Emily’s wedding from last weekend. The weather forecast for the day was heavy showers with sunshine in between, but to be honest it was more torrential rain until the sun finally appeared in the evening.

The couple chose St. Mary’s church at Harvington for their wedding ceremony and Brockencote Hall Hotel for their party which is literally up the road from where I live. The hotel is a striking manor house situated in the spectacular Worcestershire countryside and as always a big thank you to the staff at Brockencote for all their help, especially with the weather conditions to contend with!

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A second eShoot this weekend, this time at the Broadway Tower, Worcestershire. I’ve photographed at Broadway Tower
a couple of times over the last 12 months, but this time the weather was sunny and warm. Abby and Tom are getting married in Gloucestershire in October. An autumn wedding is a fantastic time to get married with spectacular countryside colours, plenty of reasons to love this time of year.

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Jack and Jenna were unsure of a location for their pre-wedding shoot so I suggested a location that’s very close to my heart, the Severn Valley Country Park in Alveley, Shropshire. I’ve spent many a happy hour there with my wife and kids and walked many a mile exploring the park which is situated close to the the Severn Valley Railway and River Severn. The story of the park began in the 1800′s when coal mining began in Highley. Production switched to the Alveley Colliery in 1936 and at it’s peak employed 1000 men and produced 300,000 tonnes of coal a year. Mining ceased in 1969 and the area was badly scarred by spoil heaps. In 1986 a reclamation scheme began, and in 1992 Severn Valley Country Park opened. Jack and Jenna are having a civil marriage ceremony in August of this year at a local Worcestershire venue, fingers crossed the weather on their wedding day is as good as it was on their eShoot.

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Here’s a few images from Matt and Jodi’s pre-wedding shoot. I was in Oxfordshire this weekend and headed to a small nature reserve close to the village of Adderbury, Oxfordshire. Matt and Jodi are getting married in September at a picturesque village church near Banbury. We met Sunday morning to take a few photographs and for me to get to know Matt and Jodi a little bit better. After the pre-wedding shoot, I visited the church and reception to familiarise myself with their chosen venues.

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Last Sunday I travelled to St Albans, Hertfordshire to photograph James and Anna. The couple chose a stunning location for their pre-wedding shoot, Heartwood Forest near Sandbridge, renowned for beautiful bluebells at this time of year. The wood is run by the Woodland Trust in the heart of London’s green belt, this new woodland is being created with the help of community volunteers.

James and Anna are getting married in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire and heading to the Cotswold House Hotel for their party, a venue I’m especially looking forward to visiting. I’m happy to travel and photograph weddings throughout Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and the surrounding areas.

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