A very English wedding

Stocks at St Nicholas church, Ashchurch near Tewkesbury

Amy & Mike live in New Zealand so quite a lot of the organisation for their English wedding was done beforehand by Amy’s Mum, Janet.

When she phoned to ask if I was free on Friday 13th to photograph her daughters’ wedding I was pleased to tell her that I was. Friday 13th is an important day for their family as it would have been Amy’s paternal Grandmother’s 92nd birthday.  Choosing St Nicholas church was very relevant too as Grandmother is buried there. Sadly Amy’s other Gran wasn’t able to attend the wedding so during the speeches Amy’s brother asked the guests to raise their glasses and toast both Grandmothers.

The last time I photographed a wedding on Friday 13th it absolutely bucketed down! I didn’t tell Amy and Mike this of course when we met at the pre-meeting and happily on their wedding day the sun shone. In fact it was a scorching hot, dry day …for most of it.

The wedding took place at Ashchurch in the historic  St Nicholas church.   It’s a very pretty village church with a long nave and a 15th century oak rood screen which unlike many during Cromwell’s time wasn’t destroyed. The other interesting feature is the village stocks sited at the entrance to the church grounds. What a good picture that would have made of the groom and his bestman …needless to say I didn’t ask!

The Ceremony went off without a hitch and after the wedding I drove with the Bridal Party to Tewkesbury Park Golf Course, the Sixth Tee to be precise. Amy & Mike wanted their group shots taken on the course at this place as the view of Tewkesbury with the Abbey is stunning. The  only downside for me was that everyone had to look into the sun so I could include the view of the town behind them. Amy & Mike said they wanted the view above anything else so with a bit of fill-flash and a degree of squinting I got the shots.

Meanwhile at Hatherley Manor Hotel where the Reception was getting underway a friend and colleague of mine, Josie La Torre was taking pictures of the guests. Josie has worked with me on several weddings and was glad to help so we didn’t miss anything for the bride & groom. Josie is now an experienced wedding photographer in her own right and hopefully didn’t pick up any of my bad habits when she asisisted me! At least she doesn’t put her camera bag down and forget where she’s left it!

Josie and I thoroughly enjoyed photographing everyone; lots of candids as well as details shots and posed ones. Amy particularly wanted a group shot of everyone so as the storm clouds gathered Josie organised the guests and I went upstairs into the new hotel extension where I could take the shot. About ten minutes later we all had to scurry under cover to shelter from the rain shower. First time we’d had rain for weeks but at least we’d got the outside shots done and we did need some rain.

St Nicholas Church, Ashchurch, near Tewkesbury

All smiles from friends & family

Arrival of the Bridal Party at Ashchurch

Arrival of the Bridal Party

Ashchurch wedding new Tewkesbury

Bride & Dad, pageboy & flower girl are all ready.

wedding Ceremony at Ashchurch near tewkesbury

Let the Ceremony begin

Wedding ceremony at St Nicholas Church near Tewkesbury

The Bride gets her man!

Sun shining on wedding at Ashcurch near Tewkesbury

The sun is shining, the church bells are ringing and the piper is playing on Amy & Mike’s wedding day.

Bride 7 groom on the 6th tee at Tewkesbury Park Golf course

And it’s off to the sixth tee on Tewkesbury Park Golf Course for some group shots

Bride 7 Groom arriving at Hatherley Manor Hotel near Gloucester

Arriving in style at Hatherley Manor Hotel

Gin served at Hatherley Manor Hotel near Gloucester

There had to be gin!

A few of the many shots we took during the Reception

Wedding guests at Hatherley Manor Hotel near Gloucester

And some more shots of everyone having a great time.

Wedding group shot at Hatherley Manor Hotel, near Gloucester

Everyone together for the group shot …an important picture for Amy & Mike

rain shower

And then the rain arrived but at least everyone could shelter.

Cutting the wedding cake

Time for the (mock) cake cutting

Wedding reception, meal time

Speeches & toasts before the meal.

Bride & Groom on the 6th the at Tewkesbury Park Golf Course

Bride & Groom on the 6th tee.

Glad you had a lovely honeymoon in Dubai Amy & Mike and a safe journey back to New Zealand. I’m so pleased your English wedding was a perfect day for you and great hear that you love your pictures!






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