“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