At the beginning of April I had the priviledge of photographing Zac and Feba’s big day at Grittleton House, near Chippenham. It was a gorgeous day and the daffodils were in full bloom, the sun was shining through the large tree-lined entrance on arrival it was magical! The first task I had was to photograph the venue and the build up to the big day, so my husband (my fabulous assistant for the day) and I made our way over to the coach house, where Zac was staying – taking photos of the incredible grounds as we went. He was incredibly excited and happy, so I left Dave with him so that he could capture the key moments of his preparation. I then made my way over to beautiful bride.
Feba was getting ready in the bridal suite at Grittleton House, a large ornate room with beautiful antique furniture and details. Compared to a lot of brides Feba was incredibly relaxed, she seemed to be really enjoying the build up to the ceremony – if she was nervous, she was hiding it well! I photographed the details, the special earrings gifted to her by her husband to be, her shoes, her bouquet etc, I then photographed her prep – the key moments such as her hair being put up by her two sisters, her dress being put on. Then the time came for her dad to come to collect her – as he walked into the room his eyes lit up – I love this moment!
At that point I made my way down to the ceremony room – they had chosen the gorgeous gold room with beautiful candleabras and natural light – something I absolutely adore! Zac was stood at the front of the room with his groomsmen in anticipation of the arrival of the bridal party. He looked nervous yet happy, it’s that feeling you get with nervous excitement – I remember it well. Then the music started, a slow classic tune. First to walk down the aisle was the beautiful little flower girls, adorning it with petals as they went, being followed by the bridesmaids. Then at last Feba and her dad – Stunning!
We were all asked to refrain from photographing anything during the vows due to it being an unplugged wedding – and the bride and groom wanted everyone to witness it through their own eyes, and not an electronic device. But once the legal bit was finished and the blessing commenced we were then able to capture some beautiful shots of the marriage.
After the ceremony we made our way outside for the formal group photos, Zac and Feba opted not to have a confetti shot. They wanted to have quite a few group photos so we gathered everyone for those. Once they were captured, the bride and groom were able to mingle for hug, kisses and well wishes. Dave and I milled around capturing the day, being as unobtrusive as possible – in fact guests probably didn’t even realise we were there.
Then came the food, which we were very lucky enough to sample – and wow, it was delicious! The main meal was a fusion of cultures, a gorgeous Lamb dish with Indian spices – it was to die for. And for dessert a favourite – Profiteroles with a rich chocolate sauce, yummy!
After everyone was fed and watered it was time for the speeches, we saw tears of joy, lots of laughs and oodles of pride, all of which were captured on camera. Once it was over it was time to steal the bride and groom away for their bridal portraits, we decided to do this after food as the sun was lower in the sky, plus they’d had time to relax after the ceremony and spend time with their friends and family. We made our way around the grounds of Grittleton House, capturing nature and architecture as much as possible, after lots of gorgeous outdoor and landscape portraits we made our way in for a few indoor shots, before the couple changed into their evening attire.
When researching the building, I’d discovered a photo that used the upstairs gallery to capture aerial shots of the bride and groom. Inspired by this, I moved items from the floor below and asked Zac and Feba to slow dance, I then ran up to the balcony to get into position. As I started to take photos, someone offered me confetti – ooh yes indeedy confetti would be a fabulous addition to this scene! I enlisted the help of the bridemaids to release the confetti from opposite sides of the balcony, helping me to get a more balanced composition, and I love the results!
Hope that set the scene for the day, now onto the photos…
Venue – Grittleton House
Candleabras – Grittleton House
Flowers – Applesyard & Bloom and Wild – Arranged by the Bride
Wedding Dress – Anna Skoblikova
Bridesmaids Dresses – Asos
Zac’s Suit – Moss London
Wedding Rings – Bespoke pieces bought from artists on Etsy
Wedding Cake – Zac’s talented mum