Gloucestershire is one of my favourite counties when it comes to photographing weddings. Cheltenham boasts some wonderful venues, and of course the Cotswolds just speaks for itself when it comes to scenery. So when Rachel and George booked me to cover their wedding in Leckhampton I was really excited. When we got together for their pre-wedding shoot Rachel and George brought along a few books, as this was to be a prominent theme throughout their wedding - they both love books and reading so this was their way of putting their personal stamp on the wedding day - what a lovely idea!
When I arrived at The Green Dragon Inn to photograph Rachel and her bridal party getting ready, it was to a super-chilled-out room with Rachel and her bridesmaids all well on their way to being glammed up! I incorporated the book theme with as many of the wedding details as I could which made for some lovely touches, particularly with the flowers and Rachel's jewellery. They'd even made a "thank you" book which made it into some pre shots, but played it's main role later in the day during the reception.
St Peter's Church in Leckhampton was the gorgeous location for Rachel and George's ceremony and the altar made for a great backdrop for group photographs when the rain made it clear that our "plan a" (in the gardens next door) wasn't going to work! Despite the rain everyone bravely piled out for some confetti fun and a bouquet throw, and we managed to get a few lovely shots in between showers.
Back to The Green Dragon for the reception, which was now decorated with paper cuttings, literary quotes, paper mobiles and lots of other quirky little touches which all came together so nicely. The order of the afternoon was speeches, food, a "mr and mrs" game on the decking, a few more photos (thankfully the sun was shining by now!) and then onto the evening reception, finishing off with some fairy light portraits! I had such a great time with this wonderful couple and they obviously mean the world to one another...thanks guys for inviting me to be a part of your day!