St Audries Park Wedding Photography

St Audries Park Wedding Photography

Early May and it was a return visit to the wonderful St Audries Park, this time for the lovely relaxed wedding of Mark and Raquel.

As is fairly common, the wedding day itself was my first opportunity to meet the couple. Busy lives seem to have made the pre-wedding consultations a bit of a stretch for many couples so all communication was by phone and email. Whilst I would have found this situation odd just a few years ago I’ve grown accustomed to it. It’s not at all unusual these days for me to take a booking without having met the bride and groom to be. It helps, of course, that every couple I’ve worked with this way have been turned out to be delightful, and Mark and Raquel were no exception. I was greeted warmly by Mark and his brother and Mum whilst I was walking the beautiful St Audries grounds capturing a few “scene setters”, and I knew from that point all was going to be fine.

Weddings are always about the joining of two families and on this occasion the joining of two cultures too as Raquel is originally from Portugal. After living and working in the UK for 10 years she seemed well used to English traditions, but I got the feeling the rest of her family enjoyed the novelty of a typically English wedding in such a beautifully historic venue.

Coverage started with preparations, and as Mark was also getting ready at St Audries I managed to get a few frames of ties and jackets going on too, one of the benefits of a large venue like this one with plenty of bedrooms.

The ceremony took place in the Orangery and featured something I hadn’t seen before……the groom doing a reading, a wonderfully creative and touching poem that he’d written himself. Needless to say, that went down well with all concerned, not least Raquel!

Group shots, relaxed portraits of the newlyweds and general documentary coverage of events unfolding took us through to the evening and the challenge of photographing the dancing in a disco room with floor to ceiling mirrors all around without capturing myself in action! I normally love a reflection shot but the challenge is more often to find and use them creatively, rather than avoiding being in them.

So, a lovely couple, a glorious venue and beautiful early summer weather made for a wedding that was a delight to document. Here’s a selection of my favourites from the day.

If you’re getting married at St Audries Park and you’re looking for a photographer to tell the story of your day with maximum style and minimal intrusion please get in touch.

Wedding Photography in Wells

Wedding Photography in Wells

“Paul photographed our wedding in Wells, Somerset and did a fantastic job, right from our initial meeting with him where we walked through the plan for the day to the day itself and the delivery of our DVD and CD (and our subsequent annoying requests for mislaid DVDs and CDs). He was friendly, patient and polite throughout our time with him and made everyone – our guests as well as us – feel at ease. The resulting shots are a superb record of our day and we would heartily recommend Paul for your nuptials.”

– Sarah & Daniel

With its stunning Cathedral and beautiful medieval architecture, the city of Wells has always been one of my favourite places, so I can’t say I was too disappointed when Sarah called to let me know she and Daniel had decided to have their wedding there instead of the venue they had originally booked near another beautifully historic cathedral city, Salisbury.

The wedding day itself took place across three different venues within Wells, all just a short walk from each other. Preparations, ceremony and reception were all at the cosy and luxurious Swan Hotel and Sarah and Daniel had booked the stunning Bishop’s Palace Gardens for photographs in the afternoon – some standard group shots with some extra time set aside to make the most of the surroundings and take some relaxed portraits of the bride and groom themselves.

Well’s Town Hall hosted the dancing later on with live music provided by a band that included Sarah’s father on drums – a personal touch that I know meant a lot to both Sarah and her father. Often at weddings close friends are called upon to perform readings at the ceremony, but having a close friend singing a song for you in the evening is an extra special touch and provided an emotional moment during a part of the day when you wouldn’t normally expect one.

These days it’s not unusual for the bride and groom to have their children playing a key role in the day, and so it was with Sarah and Daniel – their two year old son performing the role of honourary page boy. Being a parent of a young daughter myself, I could really appreciate how the love Sarah and Daniel had for their son and the extra bond it gave them made the day even more special. It really was a beautifully emotional occasion for all involved and I felt honoured to be there documenting it for them.

The story begins at a local hairdressers where Sarah and her bridesmaids had their hair done before returning to the Swan Hotel for the rest of their preparations.
The following is an edited selection of my favourite images from Sarah and Daniel’s day