Happy New Year to you all! Mike and I photographed our final wedding of 2015 on New Year’s Eve at the Matara Centre near Dursley, and are off to Cardiff in just over a week for our first wedding of 2016. In the mean time, I’ll be doing some editing from our previous wedding and blogging for some of the others that were covered last year. Today, we’re taking a look at Rachel and Adam’s wedding from Somerford Hall.
We had previously met up with Rachel and Adam to photograph their engagement session a few weeks before the wedding, which is always a great opportunity to talk through wedding plans a little and allow the couple to get more comfortable with the cameras. The engagement shoots are quite different to how we photograph a full wedding; generally a little more guidance is required in the engagement sessions as we try to photograph the weddings themselves in as natural a way as possible. In the set of pictures below you’ll see mostly unstaged images, which are just a handful of the shots given to Rachel and Adam.
We arrived at Somerford Hall and as is often the case, I headed off to meet with the bride while Mike photographed some details and met up with the groom. The venue seemed quite unique in that it had its own on-site salon where Rachel was having the first part of her bridal prep before moving up to a separate room to put the wedding dress on. It was only a short walk downstairs then to the ceremony where Adam was eagerly awaiting his bride. Shortly after the ceremony we headed outside to take some group photographs before confetti. For the rest of the afternoon there was a really relaxed vibe as we photographed some reportage shots of the guests all mingling. A band comprised of the groom’s friends then kick started the evening entertainment with some live music, at which point I was amazed to see the groom joining in on a set of turntables (a wedding first for me!). The guests got their dancing shoes on and we left the wedding with the party in full swing. Take a look at some shots below! We’ve updated the way the images are displayed for our blog, so they’ll be easier to look at on mobile devices.