Jasmine & Chris – Gloucestershire wedding photography

Another sunny summer wedding today and a trip across the bridge and some Gloucestershire wedding photography near Thornbury. It was a rarity to have a sunless wedding in 2018 and this was not one of those. I was looking forward to this wedding as I had photographed Jasmines sisters wedding 2 years before. We are also (sort of) related but I did not really know either of them until the wedding. I also knew that the location was stunning as it all took place on her parents farm in South Gloucestershire (just a few miles from where I grew up – and then left to come to Cardiff as a student)

I was joined on the day by my mate Jon Turtle – who went to see the boys whilst I headed to the farm for bride preparation. Jasmine and Chris had been together 6 years and met at University and got engaged in Lapland a year and a half before. The girls were having a lovely time at the farm and it was lovely to catch up with Jasmines sister, her husband and their 9 month old! I love it when I meet up with old brides and grooms and get to see that they ahve had children. Always great to get to do a few photographs for them too.

The ceremony took place at Elberton church and it was lovely to be back at such a picturesque church in the sun. Chris had arrived and been photographed in his Moss Bros suit whilst I did the last photos of Jasmine getting into her dress from Laura May Bridal in Cardiff and then we had the family group shots and those with the bridesmaids in the garden. When she arrived at the church I got some great photos of her walking down the long church path before capturing all the happiness of the ceremony. It is a very old church and a layout out that allowed me to wander a little and more importantly get out of everyone’s eye line and out of the way of the family who were sat looking at my back for some of the ceremony.

Post ceremony there was time for the bride and groom to do an informal meet and greet with family and friends and I like to wander round and capture happy smiling and laughing guests and wedding party. I would always suggest that a couple try to add this into the day as it is a great way to quickly catch up with their guests.

Photographs at the farm were up next with the couple before we got to the field and saw the sight of the tipi and guests milling in the fine weather. I had spoken to Jasmine and Chris about their tipi and they were unsure but when I showed them photos from a previous wedding they were sold. It was also in contrast to her sisters wedding that had taken place in a marquee.

It truly was a great day and when everyone sat down for food we were so well fed by Napier catering that I almost wanterd to go off for a sleep … but the speeches were up and they were very good – which is very helpful when you are trying to get loads of photos of people laughing! That is my main objective for speeches as it gives a great sense of the day as well as meaning I can get at least one photo of most of the guests.

The evening entertainment started with the cake cutting (made by Jasmine’s cousin Claire) and then onto the first dance with DJ Matt Major. The dance floor filled up quite quickly once the bride and groom had done their thing and more photos of guests having a great time. I always stay around for 20 – 30 minutes and this can get a lot of photos in a short period of time. Once I was done it was time for a few shots in the late evening sun before heading for a night at my parents before heading to the wedding of Angharad and Ian.

Congratulation to Jasmine and Chris and thanks for letting me be part of it all.

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