A Cotswolds Village Wedding
Working with Kate Hopewell-Smith
When renowned photographer and Nikon Ambassador, Kate Hopewell-Smith, asked me to second shoot for her at an upcoming wedding, I was thrilled to bits and jumped at the chance of such an opportunity. I have been fortunate to be trained and mentored by Kate, and it’s always a privilege to work with her. I also know that she photographs some amazing weddings so I had a feeling it was going to be a good one! It was also a very good excuse to spend a couple of nights in the Cotswolds, which is always a treat! I drove up from Suffolk the night before, and checked in to a lovely guest house so I was close by for the next day as I never like to be rushing or stressed on the morning of a wedding!
A Cotswolds Village Church
The wedding was due to take place in a gorgeous church close to where Emma’s parents live in the village of Church Enstone. Kate and I first visited Emma’s parents beautiful home to take all the lovely detail shots and the bridal party preparations, and then I headed to the church to meet Sam and his groomsmen – ten of them in total with two best men! This pretty church tucked away down a country lane, was being transformed by a team of florists and I can honestly say I’ve rarely seen a display like this at a wedding. Flowers and foliage were placed all around the church door, and two huge potted trees brought in to the church to sit either side of the alter – very ‘Kate and Will’ I thought! The whole setting looked stunningly beautiful and elegant.
Emma arrived in a beautiful vintage car with her father, and bridesmaids close behind. Wearing a gorgeous Temperley lace dress, silk shoes designed and made by a friend, and a beautiful floral headpiece, she looked the picture of elegance and style. After a beautiful ceremony with a fantastic vocal performance by a family friend, we took Emma and Sam in the church grounds for a few shots of the two of them together, before returning back to the family home close by. The venue for the reception was a huge marquee in the garden but this wasn’t your average marquee at all – it had a huge dining area which again had been transformed by teams of florists, a separate dancing room with bar, and very posh cloakrooms, as well as a photo booth! The marquee overlooked a beautiful valley where we were blessed with an incredible sunset in to the evening. The gorgeous light and the setting gave us great opportunities for some lovely romantic shots of the two of them, even if it meant nipping out between courses of their meal! But when you have a sunset such as this, it had to be done! Everyone partied the night away to a very cool jazz funk band complete with pink flamingo’s on stage.
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