Off to a nice wedding at Hestercombe Gardens today! An early start in Minehead for Zoe & Stephens wedding! We arrived to find Zoe unwrapping a selection of gifts including a very nice De Beers necklace (a present from Stephen). A comedy moment was the look on the children’s faces when Zoe unwrapped a garter, check out the photograph below – boys will be boys!
We headed on over to St Michael’s Church which is in a beautiful location overlooking Minehead. Awaiting us was Stephen and his entourage ready and waiting to have some pre-wedding photographs. Stephen also had a very nice gift from Zoe which he was keen to show off – a Brietling watch! I’m sure though that the smile on his face had more to do with his imminent marriage than the time piece on his wrist.
After the ceremony we headed off with our goody bags containing snacks for the drive (a lovely thought) to Hestercombe Gardens near Taunton. Hestercombe Gardens is a stunning collection of landscaped ornamental gardens which were started around the mid 1750′s, they make the ideal location for a wedding reception.
Pimms and Canapés were served on the lawn with a quartet gently playing in the background. It really was a perfect afternoon with Zoe and Stephen’s close family and friends relaxing and enjoying the surroundings before the wedding breakfast was served. After dinner we popped out for a few twilight portraits before the first dance, followed by a troupe of African dancers (Stephen is from South Africa). Anyway here are a few from Zoe and Stephens day…
What a wonderful day! Alex & Daniel were truly blessed with the weather for their wedding day in Somerset, possibly the hottest this year. I arrived to photograph the bridal preparations in the morning to find an unusually very calm house, with Alex being very well looked after by her bridesmaids.
The ceremony took place the lovely Muchelney church next to ruins of Muchelny Abbey. Unfortunately (again) this church had rules which restricted the photography, although I still managed to get a few nice photographs of the ceremony.
After the ceremony we all headed off to Brympton D’Evercy near Yeovil for the reception. Brymton D’Evercy is a very grand estate with loads of photo opportunities. Despite the heat the guests were all very happy to be out on the lawns being topped up with refreshing drinks and delicious canapés. We saved Alex & Daniel’s private photo session until after the wedding breakfast as it was cooler and the light was lovely.
Here are a few from the day…
This was a very fine day indeed for Devon Wedding Photography. This time I was in Morchard Bishop, Mid-Devon for the wedding of Louise & John. The day started without the usual bridal preparations, instead I spent some time photographing the gardens of Louise’s family home, as mum had spent a great deal of effort getting them ready for this big event – they looked fab!
The ceremony was held at Morchard Bishop church and Louise arrived in a beautiful carriage pulled by two magnificent horses, and was welcomed by local onlookers who had turned out to see the wedding. Sadly there are not many photographs from the actual ceremony, as once again we had a vicar who wasn’t keen on photography. Anyway, the ceremony was lovely and both Louise & John were duly married and exited the church to an honor guard.
The reception was held back at Louise’s family home nearby. Apart from all the different military uniforms it was a very informal and laid back affair in mum’s beautiful gardens. A fabulous and delicious wedding breakfast was later served in the marquee, followed promptly by a very early first dance. Anyway here are a few of my favorite images from the day.