Blimey, where to start with this corker of a Brympton House Wedding! A few weeks ago (weeks turn into months pretty quickly when you have a newborn in the house!) I headed along the coast to Somerset for Liss & Matt’s wedding at the stunning Brympton D’evercy House. I regularly travel west for weddings, including places like Bath and Bristol – but this was a completely new place for me and my word, what a place!
Team Faz went off on a mega road trip for Richard and Mel’s wedding, and we loaded up the car with travel sweets for our 5 hour journey from Brighton to the beautiful village of Clithroe in Lancashire (we don’t usually need an excuse for Haribo Sours). A big thanks to The Lawsons for recommending us for this one!
We always do a weather check before a wedding, but hearing the words ‘Biblical storms’ was enough to almost make us weep into our camera bags. Did it rain on the day, erm, yes. Did Richard and Mel give two hoots? As you’ll see from the photos, not in the slightest!
We started the day with Melanie and the girls for the bridal preparations at the Gatehouse of Eaves Hall, and we were both greeted with hugs from the lovely Mel. In fact Mel has to be one of the most serene brides we’ve met in a long while!
This was such a lovely wedding with so many personal touches: Mel was given away at the church by her Mum and her sister gave one of the speeches during the meal. And in a bit of a break from tradition Richard took the lead in the wedding organisation and his aunt and uncle designed the gorgeous, orders of service, menus and table plans.
We also mustn’t forget to give a mention to the Eaves Hall events manager, Barry, who was an absolute delight to work with – we’ve never been so well-fed at a wedding before and we even got dessert! Air punch!
A truly fab wedding – Mel and Richard didn’t stop smiling all day – just goes to show you don’t need sunshine to have an absolutely perfect day, although we suspect their honeymoon in Australia more than made up for all the rain!
Laura & James got married in the Peak District, at the brilliant Thornbridge Hall – I absolutely love travelling for weddings, There’s something very special about heading out of Sussex into an unfamiliar area (especially one as beautiful as the peak district!) & being able to fully immerse yourself in the wedding for the weekend.
I made the long journey up the day before their wedding, to ensure I was there on time & stayed in a hotel with some of the wedding party – It’s great being able to go straight in and become a part of the group & atmosphere – not only does it really help me to get a feel for who everyone is, and capture the real story of the wedding – it’s also a lot of fun!
Although I thought it best to leave the shots of rum to the guests, I imagine there were sore heads the following morning!
My journey was the smallest part of the story though, given that the lovely Laura and James had traveled roughly 4500 miles, from Dubai, where they live, to get married here surrounded by their family and friends.
Catherine & Jon are two thoroughly lovely people, with the most welcoming group of family and friends. They started the day at Old Thorn’s Manor Hotel, before moving onto St. John The Baptist Church, and then Cain Manor (on the Surrey, Hampshire Borders) – a trio of great venues!
The weather was absolutely perfect and everyone just had a really chilled, relaxed day – so much so that they were up for getting creative with group shots. I even managed to steal Catherine & Jon away at Sunset for a few photos in some of the most gorgeous light I’ve seen in a long time!
They had myself & Heather along for the day to document the fun, laughter, love (& jumping!)
Following on from Jen & Steves wonderful registry office wedding in Brighton with Marilyn & Elvis – they had a humanist ceremony at the beautiful Hill Place in Hampshire. They took over the house for an entire weekend of Fun, Laughter, Frisbee & Jaegermeister!
Jeni is an amazing/world famous makeup artist (Jeni Dodson) who I’ve had the great pleasure of working with at a few weddings (and here!), so for her to choose me to document their wedding(s!) was an insanely huge honour, she’s worked with thousands of photographers so its such a compliment that she would pick me to capture their weddings! & a special thank you to Heather, who came along and documented the day with me! The images below represent a good mix of both our efforts.
This wedding has just been featured over on RocknRollBride – Where Jen and Steve have provided a lovely write up of their experience.
Jen & Will’s wedding took place at Dodford Manor. They surrounded themselves with the people they love (including Nic & Will, who’s wedding I shot a few years ago!) & had an amazing day filled with Japanese & Iranian influences, a healthy splash of Anchorman & the wonderfully unpredictable British weather (amongst other things!)
I knew they were going to be good fun to work with, after their engagement session, and knowing some of their guests from previous weddings I knew it was going to be a relaxed, fun day. Admittedly, The weather tried to put a damper on plans, but no amount of cold & rain could contain J&Ws (& their guests) enthusiasm & happiness! Onto the story –
As I’d stayed in the same hotel as them the night before, I popped in to see the boys, who were busy writing their speeches!
Becca & Dave’s wedding back in July, was all about family & friends, with everyone contributing to make their day amazing & unique! – It took place in Becca’s parents garden in an amazing marquee that had been decorated with literally miles of bunting & looked fantastic! A friend of the family made the dress, the catering was provided by someone Becca used to waitress for & Jill, Becca’s godmother made the (beautiful!) cake! Truly a team effort & the love for B&D was obvious! Was a lot of fun to be a part of!
Anne & Matt got married, on a rainy day in May at the gorgeous Bradbourne House in Kent. A great day surrounded by familiar faces as I know many of their guests from Helen & Adam’s wedding last August – Such a lovely bunch! Anne & Matt, of course, are the main stars here though & after their engagement session. I was really excited for their wedding day – and it didn’t disappoint.
I had my friend Stuart James shooting with me for this as Anne & Matt wanted coverage of both sides of the mornings preparations. I started the day with Anne & the girls; while, Stuart was shooting the boys.
Helen & Adam got married at the fantastic St Michaels Manor a lovely hotel in At. Albans, The weather was lovely for a few minutes here & there – but not so good the rest of the time, but the rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of anyone.
I love weddings that all take place in the same location, not having to travel between multiple venues always seems to make the day more relaxed (for me as well as the guests!) – although after having spent the day with Helen, Adam & their friends & families, I couldn’t imagine it being anything but a relaxed, fun day, regardless of the backdrop!