I was delighted to be second shooting for Kate today as I love the Cotswolds and this wedding sounded so beautiful. Jody & Sarah had chosen to get ready at the beautiful Southrop Manon in Southrop, Gloucestershire – a gorgeous cotswold clad building decorating beautifully inside with the service at the sweet little Saxon church also on the grounds overlooking the glorious Gloucestershire countryside and their reception at Thyme Manor itself also on the grounds of this gorgeous estate.
I met up with Kate at the Manor house where Sarah was busy with her Bridesmaids getting ready – she was the smiliest bride I have ever seen – filled with joy and excitement – she was just glowing. Kate and I took her amazing dress downstairs to photograph along with the shoes, flowers and bridesmaids accessories. I absolutely adored the feminine lace dress with the beautiful pink flower on her dress – it was breathtaking. We then whizzed upstairs where Sarah was ready to get dressed. She spent the whole morning smiling from ear to ear and looked simply beautiful. Kate stayed with the bridal party and I headed over to the church to meet with Jody who was greeting the guests as they arrived at the quaint church.
Sarah led by her father and followed by all her bridesmaids made their way up to the quaint little Saxon church and when she entered Jody could hardly contain his emotion. It was very overwhelming. The service was lovely and full of atmosphere and excitement. After the service the newlyweds led the guests to the drinks reception where a string quartet played as they drank champagne. Kate and I took this opportunity to take the couple off for some romantic shots. Kate is such a talented photographer and can see a location and know how to capture it perfectly – she is an inspiration to watch.
The guests were then led into Tithe Barn for the wedding breakfast. The speeches were extremely touching and had most of the bridal party in tears. The best men played a little film of their day and also of the Stag party which was brilliant. As the sun was setting we took the couple outside one last time to get the golden hour before heading in for the cake cutting and first dance. It was a really special day and I was honoured to be a part of it. To see more of this wedding head over to Kate’s www.blog.katehopewellsmith.com