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Back in January, I met up with Thomas and Melissa in London to hear all about their wedding plans.
Right from the start, we got on really well and the more we talked, the more I learnt that they wanted a relaxed and stress-free wedding day with their family and friends. Perfect! My approach to wedding photography fits complements their wedding vibes and we all knew it was going to be a great match.
Both of them are architects. They got engaged in Japan and the wedding venue they picked – Matara Centre, Gloucestershire – was the perfect wedding venue for them. Architecturally, Matara Centre has interesting shapes and textures which are also beautiful to photograph. The venue has gloriously spacious grounds and also a Japanese Torri gate; reflective of their Japan engagement.
Melissa and her bridal party got ready in De Vere Tortworh Hotel, a historic Victorian manor house which is 20 mins drive away from Matara Centre. I started my day at the hotel with the videographer, Chris from Centrepiece Wedding Films. As I was shooting the behind-the-scenes shots of Melissa getting ready in her stunning Halfpenny London wedding dress, their invitation card totally caught my eye. It turned out that they had created the invitations themselves using CAD software. Another nod to their architectural backgrounds.
The ceremony was held at Church of St John the Baptist, Kingscote. After the ceremony, the guests walked to Matara Centre for the start of the celebrations. During that time, I had a brief 20 minutes shoot with the newlyweds at the cloistered courtyard. Although this was my second time shooting at Matara Centre, it was at a different time of the year to the previous wedding. The gardens looked so different; with new blooms and colours that were unseen to me in my previous visit. I love how the venue evolves and changes and new details are always being discovered.
Holly, the wedding coordinator, guided Tom and Mel into the hilarium where they were greeted by a giant floral cloud. This masterpiece by Jenny was pretty much the talk of the town amongst guests later that night. I knew that I had to get Tom and Mel a few photos under it so we quickly snapped away before the guests entered into the reception hall.
After food, speeches, merriment and laughter, we went out for a stroll in the gardens to really take in the moment. The day came to a close with an epic firework display to celebrate the union of two wonderfully talented and loving people.
I wish you both, Tom and Mel, a happy marriage and may your love grow stronger with each passing day.