Pittville Pump Room is one of those places we’ve been eyeing up for shooting a wedding at for some time now. Anyone local to Cheltenham will know that it sits a top a slight incline at one end of a fairly large park, and it’s in this park that we often choose to do engagement shoots. There are some brilliant features that are great for engagement photographs, and so on a regular basis we’ve pitched up at the park longingly awaiting the day when we shoot a wedding in the Pump Room. People are often surprised to hear that we tend to shoot at different venues for most of the year round and so there are quite a few that we still haven’t been to (Pittville Pump Room being one of them). Last year we were at Cheltenham’s Manor by the Lake on a few occasions but aside from that we’ve travelled a fair amount.
Last Summer we finally got the opportunity to shoot at the Pump Room for a wedding ceremony and we loved it. The day started over at a series of holiday cottages called The Moretons in Bredon, where Victoria and Sam had been getting ready. It was from here that a vintage bus was set to take Sam and the guests over to Pittville Pump Room before Vicky arrived in a classic Porsche. Mike and I swapped roles here as I got on the bus with the groom and the guests while Mike shot the bridal prep portion of the day. The ceremony was lovely and we took the opportunity afterwards to photograph groups on the steps just outside. We then had Vicky and Sam for 15 minutes or so to get a few couple shots, before all the guests headed back over to the Moretons where a marquee had been set up for the wedding breakfast and reception. What followed our arrival back at the Moretons was one of the most relaxed, fun atmospheres I’ve had the pleasure of shooting for this portion of a wedding day. The weather was stunning, guests were outside drinking and playing lawn games and everyone seemed to be having a great time. We squeezed in a few more groups after speeches and then headed home looking slightly sunburnt from the very un-British weather!
For the camera buffs…
This was my second outing with the Fujifilm X-T1 before getting any additional lenses for it outside the “kit” 18-55 f/2.8-4.0 (and I stress the ” next to kit; this lens is ridiculously good for a “kit” lens, and definitely has earned a spot in my gear bag). By this point the Fuji was on its way to replacing my Canon 7D as a back-up/second body (my main body was, and still is a Canon 5D MkIII). A fair portion of the shots below were taken with the Fuji particularly from the post-Pittville Pump Room portion of the day.
Check out a small selection of Vicky and Sam’s wedding photographs below!