It was a pleasure to Chloe and Luke’s Cotswolds wedding photographer! I was recommended to them after shooting their friends Laura and Mark’s Cripps Barn wedding a year or so earlier. Their day started in Cirencester where Chloe was getting ready at the lovely Stratton House Hotel, followed by the ceremony which was just down the road at All Hallows C of E Church, then the reception was held at the wonderful Berry Farm in South Cerney.
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I joined Chloe and her bridesmaids to cover the bride prep. Apart from being slightly worried about the look of potential rain outside, everyone seemed pretty relaxed and excited about the day ahead – luckily it only rained lightly in the morning and the rest of the day was beautiful! I took a few photos of Chloe after she was ready before heading off to the church for her arrival. The church service was lovely and concluded with that Star Wars theme tune as they walked back down the aisle – I love it when couples put their individual stamp on things!
Cotswolds Wedding Photography
After the ceremony there was a short walk to the Berry Farm where their reception was held. A bagpiper led the way, followed by Chloe and Luke and then their guests behind them. On arrival at Berry Farm they were greeted by circus entertainer Mark Abbott who had juggling balls, diabolos, and spinning plates for their guests to play with during the drinks reception. We had shot the family photos at the church already so we did a few photos with the bridal party before taking Chloe and Luke off for a quick walk and some photos before their wedding breakfast.
The wedding breakfast was held inside a huge tipi decorated with fairy lights, drapes and vines and looked incredible – I do love a tipi wedding! The speeches followed the food and were great. One of the best men, Mark, who’s wedding I had shot previously, didn’t hold back with his speech. Telling stories with brutal detail which had friends and family both shocked and in hysterics – it was so good!
Following the wedding breakfast Mark Abbott put on a performance involving juggling fire sticks, and also juggling knives over a volunteer guest as he lay on the ground – rather him than me! Then the bridal party wanted to play with some smoke bombs which was great for some evening photos. As the sun was setting we shot a few photos of the bride and groom before it was time to head back inside the tipi for the first dance. It was a fun dance floor so we shot this for a bit before finishing the day with a nighttime shot of Chloe and Luke in front of the tipis.