Happy Almost Friday loves!
I have a busy weekend ahead of me! (I always love busy) Weddings, museums, and of course blogging are on the agenda! But first, some more wedding prettiness to drool over!
Lorraine and Gavin were married on August 17, 2013 in Gloucestershire, England. Lorraine took on many projects and this wedding is infused with wonderful DIY bits everywhere! Love it!
Once upon a time a young girl dreamed about meeting her prince charming falling in love and being whisked away to a grand castle for their wedding day. This story is a dream coming true for the lovely Lorraine and Prince Charming, Gavin.
On the wedding morning I headed to Tortworth Court to photograph the bride and her bridal party. Situated in the Cotswold’s, this grade 2 listed Victorian mansion was the perfect way to start this elegant wedding (oh and Champagne helps too)
At the preparations I started to realize just how intimate a wedding it was, with cousin Sally Williams doubling up as hair stylist and bridesmaids as makeup artists. I have known Lorraine since i was 7 so it was lovely to get back in touch and be part of her special day. I had also forgotten what a character her mum was, she got everybody laughing which created the perfect environment to get ready in.
Seeing as everyone was in such a good mood I persuaded Lorraine to let me take the wedding dress outside to take advantage of the stunning building. Luckily she said yes, so I found some rustic stone walls and antique garden urns. The dress was from Tilly Mint designed by Chanticleer which had a high neckline in antique lace with a figure hugging bodice. It was matched with Victorian style, ribbon bow shoes and a veil passed on by bridesmaid Carrie. The lace umbrella has been passed from friend to friend and is a good luck charm to ward off rain on your wedding day, and yes it actually worked (and matched the dress perfectly).
As I took the dress back to the room I found the timeless pearl necklace that had belonged to Lorraine’s grandmother which accompany this classic look. The thoughtful Prince charming (Gavin) had made a photo album with the sweetest words accompanying each memory and a heartfelt love letter for his bride to be on the morning of their wedding.
Mum helped her daughter into the dress and and then the arrival of Lorraine’s brother finally gave way to a tear or two. The incredible flowers soon brought the smiles back. Sorori Designs are bespoke floral artists, that were given a brief of colour and style then left to their own creativeness. This is often the best way to get the most out of your wedding vendors because artists need freedom to create their best work. Rings were handmade at a workshop in Brighton called Cross street workshop by Lorraine and Gavin.
Berkeley Castle is on of the most stunning wedding venues I have photographed, it really takes your breath away especially the traditional English gardens. Waiting for the brides arrival were the 3 bridesmaids, looking sophisticated in their navy chiffon knee length dresses. Exactly on time the brides car arrived ( another cousin’s input) with Lorraine and her brother Tim who was to give her away.
The ceremony room at Berkeley Castle was perfect, Gavin’s anxious wait gave way to tears as his bride walked up the magnificent isle. As they met at the top of the isle Lorraine squeezed his hand to stop him from crying. There were heart felt readings from friends an family, and the touching kiss and big cheers to conclude the ceremony.
The afternoon was then filled with natural photographs taken of guests chatting with drinks and delicious canapes. I took this opportunity to take the bridal party for photographs in the gardens where we had fun creating unique and quirky poses.
I then had the luxury of time and good British weather to explore the gardens further with the bride and groom. We found secluded archways and hidden away benches that were a perfect setting for the more romantic shots. As I had already done a pre-wedding shoot with the couple, they felt comfortable and this helped to capture true emotion that comes through in the photographs.
I had been discussing with a few bride the idea of creating a heart with the large group shot, and decides to give it a first attempt. Amazingly (with help) it came together perfectly and gave the usually boring group photo an interesting look, which would look great framed on the wall. I don’t like traditional group photos much and luckily neither do my clients, so when it came to family and friend we had great fun incorporating various themes. There were the Canadians (me shouting) ‘ Be a bear’ the Australians (me shouting) ‘ be a Kangaroo’ and the family ones involved allot of tickling and face pulling!!
The evening decoration again did not disappoint, from Lorraine’s handmade fabric birds and napkin rings to DIY favors with the tastiest chocolate love spoons! One of my favorite details was the cross stitch name places which as i was privileged to sit at the table will keep to remember the gorgeous meal. Christie Carter delicately placed the butterflies and flowers upon the cake straight after the ceremony. The cutest love birds sat on the top and Lorraine was very proud to announce that the grooms bird was made out of Gavin’s old sock !! Speeches of course were funny and I loved the open mike sessions that got everyone involved! After dinner Berkeley Castle staff took guest for tours of the castle which was a lovely interlude. Then later everyone danced the night away with disco classics, which let everyone show their best moves!! A hog roast followed which gave fuel for even crazier dance moves, thanks to Peter Lock from RockBox Roadshow who masterful catered for all ages and created beautiful lighting. Then they lived happily ever after . . . . .
And from our lovely bride….
I was in a bubble for quite a few days after. It was a great day. We met in May 2007. I was living in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire and Gavin was living in Harlow Essex. We met online on match.com and instantly clicked. It was the first time for both of us to go on a dating website so it was fate. I knew he loved me when we went to the lake district on holiday and he went to the Beatrix Potter museum with me! My contract working in Essex was only for a year so when I had to find work far away in Reading Gavin instantly said that he was coming with me. He quickly found a job that he loved and in 2009 we bought our first house together. As we had a joint bank account Gavin had to sneak money away in order to buy me the perfect engagement ring (I didn’t know he could be that devious). He proposed in 2012 in Central Park, New York. It was a very romantic evening with great Italian food and a walk through the park. He used the distraction of seeing a raccoon to make me turn around so he could get down on one knee. He said I didn’t answer him for a few minutes because I couldn’t stop giggling (well he had made me wait long enough for the proposal!!) The wedding day itself was just perfect with the best atmosphere we could have expected. Gavin says the best part of the day was seeing me walk down the aisle. My cousin caught him saying wow to himself. I find it hard to pick a best bit, having to squeeze Gavins fingers to stop him crying during the vows, our friends and family getting over their fears and doing the readings and speeches and just everyone having a great time. We are so grateful for our friends that came over from Canada and the best man and Gavins family from Australia, they really made it perfect.
Want some more charming wedding details?
- Cake was made by Christie Carter of Classic Cakes
- Florist did centerpieces using birdcages bought from Hobbycraft.
- Bride made the birds (inspired by ones she saw on Etsy
- Bride made the napkin rings and favors. She designed her own rings and they were made at a workshop in Brighton called Cross Street Workshop
Congrats to Lorraine and Gavin on their marriage and wishing you both a lifetime of happiness. Thank you to Charlene Morton Photography for another beautiful wedding!
Photographer: Charlene Morton Photography || Reception Venue: Berkeley Castle || Jewelry: Cross Street Workshops || DJ: Rockbox Roadshow || Floral Designer: Sorori Design || Dress Designer: Tilly Mint Weddings || Ceremony Location: Torthworth Court || Thank you to Two Bright Lights