We recently had another opportunity to photograph a wedding in one of our favourite parts of the country – the beautiful Cotswolds. After Sarah & Simon’s engagement shoot in summer we were so excited about capturing their wedding day! They were both so natural and relaxed in front of the camera, and we knew the wedding would be a lot of fun.
Sarah and her bridesmaids got ready at Hyde House near Stow-on-the-Wold. The spacious room is perfect for the bridal party to get ready – lots of light and space. Sarah wore the most beautiful dress and her flowers, lovingly arranged by local florist Allium Florist were a dream! Simon was busy setting up his homemade photobooth and decorating the barn with hundreds of lightbulbs. He got ready with his boys at the Porch House in Stow-on-the-Wold before heading to the very impressive Lower Slaughters Manor House, which they had booked for some pre-ceremony drinks.
The Slaughters villages are some of the most picturesque locations in the Cotswolds, nestled into the countryside with honey-coloured stone cottages. Their ceremony was held at Lower Slaughter Church, next door to the Lower Slaughters Manor House. Sarah, her parents and bridesmaids were driven in an old Daimler V8 by Evesham Classic Wedding Car Hire. Lower Slaughter Church is magical on the inside with rows of flickering candles lining the aisle! The ceremony itself was incredibly emotional – Sarah was so choked up saying her vows that she practically whispered them, and there was barely a dry eye in the church!
After the ceremony plenty of confetti, hugs and kisses greeted the newlyweds. We had allowed some extra time to quickly dash into Lower Slaughter, so we were able to capture some lovely couple portraits with the iconic cottages and the river as the backdrop. We certainly attracted a bit of attention with the tourists 🙂 It’s such a joy to photograph Sarah & Simon, they are clearly so in love and so full of joy!
After a 2 minute drive back to Hyde House, the guests were already emptying the ‘Pimp your Prosecco’ bar enjoying the beautifully decorated barn. Sarah & Simon did most of the decor themselves. The stationery, signs and almost 200 edison light bulbs were all put together by them and looked amazing! Hyde House probably had a slightly increased electricity bill but it was so worth it! After the speeches, we enjoyed a beautiful sunset in the Cotswolds countryside. Once it was dark, the DJ set up, and with the prosecco flowing the dancefloor was rammed all evening!