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Frogmill Inn | Katie and Laurie | Engagement Photography

I do believe there are signs of spring starting to creep into each day, which means we are getting closer to summer sun and wedding season!  Today I was lucky enough to head over to the beautiful, newly renovated Frogmill Inn just outside of Cheltenham. I will be photographing a wedding there in May and I can’t wait.

I met  with Katie and Laury to talk about their wedding photography and how we can make their pictures special for the day.

It is always a good idea to meet with your wedding photographer before your date so you can just have a moment to sit down, have a beer (or gin or whatever your tonic is!) and just talk. No pressure and no where else to be. You can also go for a walk around the venue, discuss where pictures can be made during different times of the time or if the weather isn’t cooperating. The more you can be open about the day and what it could possibly hold (a.k.a the WEATHER) the better it’ll be on the day for picture expectations.

Creating photographs for a wedding that are personal to each couple is very important to me. I want to make sure I understand as a wedding photographer, who you are as a couple; what makes you laugh, smile and jump on each other’s backs! Once I have that information being your wedding photographer is just that much easier!

So, here’s to another wonderful day to come. If you are planning your wedding and still looking for a wedding photographer, I would love to meet you. I may be a Gloucestershire wedding photographer 90% of the time, but I am more than happy to travel to make your wedding day magical.

Happy weekend to you all!
Alicia x
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The Swan Hotel |Bibury | Emma and Rob

When I met with Emma and Rob and listened to their wedding plans, I THINK I only heard “wrestlers, Bibury and fun”; the rest is noise really.

This couple are awesome. They believe in fun, love and family. It was easy. Even the weather wasn’t an issue. I arrived in Bibury ahead of schedule because Badminton horse trials were on and they were making it an interesting drive getting to Bibury on this fine Saturday morning.

After several days of poor weather, the sun was shining, the tourists were out by the bus load and this wedding was already kicked into high gear.

The Swan Hotel is a beautiful hotel to photograph weddings at and it makes a Cotswold wedding photographer VERY happy! Emma and her best friends were happy as can be when I arrived at their room. The MUA was busy making everyone look glamorous and the little gals were busy chatting away about the day to come whilst playing on their iPads.

As a Gloucestershire wedding photographer it is always so nice to shoot weddings in Bibury because the scenery is idyllic. The tiny picturesque cottages, the little bridges and the swans swimming around gracefully’ it’s perfect. And then there is the golden hour time… oh my… H-E-A-V-E-N.

Rob, Nick and Dave were in good form as they donned their beautiful three piece suits by Dyfed Menswear. The matching tweed waistcoats were enough that buttonholes were not a must have for these men. The Chaos cufflinks representing a very special bond between the three and their business success made for  an added touch to their suits.

When I returned from the guys, Emma was heading into the bridal suite, where her designer wedding dress from Wed2b was waiting in all its glory for Emma to proudly wear as she became Rob’s wife. Her bridesmaids took great care to lace every inch of the bodice perfectly.

The garden was ready, the music was playing and their guests awaited the grand entrance of Emma and her bridal party. As they swept down the aisle, the tourists were standing at the back quickly snapping away at a special moment in time. As the wedding ceremony went and the confetti was thrown, the party began. I was lucky to photograph some great couple’s and moments with Emma and Rob’s guests.

It is always an pleasure being a wedding photographer and catching those little moments as they happen, especially when people don’t know it is happening is so nice. It makes looking through the wedding photographs an added bonus and hearing “I had no idea she got that!” It was with great honour that I thank Emma and Rob for allowing me to photograph their wedding day. If you are planning your wedding and looking for a Gloucestershire wedding photographer, please get in touch. I would love to hear about your day. I am happy to travel wherever the wind may lead you and make your day into a memory of pictures.

If you are planning your wedding at The Swan Hotel or another fantastic venue, field or ocean (I am not fussy!) please feel free to contact me or have a look at my collections and prices as I would love to photograph your wedding day. Every wedding is designed around the couple, because your day should go your way.


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Supplier Dream Team:

The Swan Hotel, Bibury

Florist – Rocco & Wylde

Hair Stylist/MUA – Julie Podbury

Cake Designer – Stef Dunn

Suit – Dyfed Menswear

Wedding Dress – Wed2b

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Berwick Lodge Wedding | Bristol

An October wedding, with the beautiful autumnal look but the warmth of the summer sun. This wedding was always going to be a good laugh because Steve is one big character and Claire and Steve wanted a good party. Working alongside the wonderful Jules of Wild and Co Flowers (@wildandcoflowers) the rooms in Berwick Lodge smelled of fresh flowers as her meadows lined the aisle for Claire to walk down.
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Eastington Park Wedding | Eastington Park Wedding Photographer

They say love can find you anywhere and at anytime. This is so true. Claire and James found love and what a beautiful wedding day they had to celebrate it. As you drive into the stunning grounds of Eastington Park make you instantly feel a sense of relaxation and excitement. The sweeping drive through the trees and walking up past the fountain into the most gorgeous front entrance was just the beginning of a perfect day.

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Rustic Wedding Outdoor Rebecca & Tom | The Perfect Country Wedding in Warwickshire

Every day you meet people that cross your path. It may be a small smile, or thank you, please or just a simple hello that generates a nobody into a somebody special. I was really lucky to meet Bex through my sister in law and on the day I met Bex for the first time, I felt like I had known her for yonks. Her spirit is tenacious and it is so easy to see how Tom and Bex become Mr and Mrs.

As a wedding photographer, I get to see lots of different ideas come together based on a couple’s likes and hobbies, and this wedding really hit close to home. My idea of a marquee in a field, with horses, loads of flowers and true party animal guests is right up my alley.

Bex and Tom put all their loves in life into a pot and with a magic wand (and friends to help) magically created the most spectacular wedding day. The tiniest detail went into making this wedding perfect.

I started at the beautiful little church where I was greeted by the most glorious entrance way. Tom had created for Bex a stunning horseshoe arch which was lovingly decorated with wild flowers and roses to welcome the newly weds and their guests. The best part is you could detach it and move it to the marquee. (I think we will see Tom’s idea go viral all over Pinterest very soon.)

I believe the true moment of the day was the surprise entrance of Bex’s beloved horse. She was desperate to have her horse at the wedding and didn’t think it was possible. But Tom and some friends tidied up her beauty and as it made its’ entrance Bex was lost for words (well done Tom -brownie points to you!)

The day continued to get better and better with a live band, a crazy surprise Father/Daughter dance, and of course let’s not forget the best man’s speech(es), or Bex’s dad’s… or the cake smash…. or the bouncy castle… Darn there is too much to remember!


It was an honour to spend the day with you two and meet your beautiful family and friends. Thank you for letting me capture your love and special day. I wish you all the best and hope these pictures share light on your beautiful day.

Alicia x


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