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5 Reasons why I love being a Gloucestershire wedding photographer:

  1. Scenery

  2. Town & City Discoveries

  3. Walks

  4. Venue Choice

  5. Weather



If you are thinking of choosing Gloucestershire for your wedding destination and have never been to the county before, the first thing you will notice is the change of scenery when driving down any of the motorways to arrive at your Gloucestershire wedding venue.  Whether you are coming from the South West and heading across the Severn bridge into Gloucestershire to find a magical castle or coming from London town and passing into the countryside via Cirencester or maybe from the North and leaving the hustle and bustle of the North behind for the modern Cheltenham Spa town, you will only be spoiled for wedding photography choice.

There is a reason the history of Gloucestershire is steeped in old family estates and country escapes; because it is truly a scenic escape from life’s chaos.

The trees blowing in the breeze, the fields dancing in the sun and the majestic estates standing proudly as you enter through their superior gates. These are just a few of the amazing views you will have with your wedding photographer. These are just a few of the amazing spots I can take you for your wedding photographs.

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Town & City Discoveries

As a Cotswold wedding photographer, I not only find myself walking in fields of wheat near The Great Tythe Barn in Tetbury, but also strolling through the quintessential town centres of urban areas such as Cheltenham, Gloucester, Cirencester. Let’s not leave out the smaller towns like Bibury, Stroud and Wotton Under Edge. From modern to historical thatched cottages, you have every wedding photography option at your finger tips.

Many of my wedding clients come from abroad to get married in the County of Gloucestershire and into the Cotswolds. The reason they love Gloucestershire so much is because part of the wedding experience is for their wedding guests to have the opportunity to explore the English countryside before and after the wedding day. Take a stroll through the Spa town of Cheltenham for a spot of lunch at the beautiful No 131 looking over the Promenade or head into The Cotswolds and have a relaxing walk through the gardens at Cowley Manor (don’t forget to find the Alpacas who are  watching you in the neighbouring field!)

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Gloucestershire Walks

Being a wedding photographer in Gloucestershire has given me many opportunities to find perfect photograph opportunities on walks for my wedding clients. If you are getting married here, we can meet up somewhere near your Gloucestershire wedding venue or if it is available at the wedding venue itself. Many wedding venues have beautiful gardens, lakes or even forests. Many of the venues are steeped in history, all waiting for you to explore.  Walking through the famous village of Bibury, across its ancient bridges, past Arlington Row, to walking in fields where you can see the sun setting over the corn fields. The areas to document your wedding photography are endless. To see more engagement photography ideas in Gloucestershire please click here.

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Gloucestershire Venue Choice

Where do I begin? Let’s start with what is your dream Gloucestershire wedding venue? Do you want a rustic barn, a modern hotel in a town, an old estate boasting with history or maybe an open field with a marquee for a festival wedding with a humanist ceremony? The option are endless. You are spoiled for choice and ideas. For venue ideas have a look at my Gloucestershire venue page for more fantastic real Gloucestershire weddings.

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Gloucestershire Weather

Let’s get one thing straight; this is England. The weather is no guarantee. If you lived in Southern California you might be more lucky for a guarantee of hot sun every day of the year for your wedding photography. But English weather does not give you that option. So how do you deal with your wedding photography and the English weathers unpredictability? Plan and be open to anything. I believe that couples come to Gloucestershire for the venues as much as the good weather. The South West of England is known for better chances of sunshine and beautiful clear skies than the dark skies casting over the Yorkshire Moors (don’t worry I LOVE Yorkshire wedding photography too – my husband is from Ilkley – go on start singing the song!)

As a Gloucestershire photographer, I can shoot in ANY weather. I mean any. I photographed a wedding once where it rained, the sun shone and it snowed all in the same day. How did we deal with it? We embraced the sun when it shone, we dodged the rain by hiding in doorways when it rained and they snuggled up when it snowed. We did it all and it was amazing wedding photography (check the wedding out here). I tell every wedding couple when I meet with them to talk about their wedding photography – buy a pair of amazing wellies and a cool umbrella so you are ready just in case. If you don’t need them you have them for years to come, and if you did use them you will have amazing memories every time you use them for years to come. Let the weather be part of your wedding story. Welcome it come rain, snow or sunshine.

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I could go on, but I think you get my idea of why I love Gloucestershire wedding photography. You have endless possibilities for creating your dream wedding here in the Cotswolds. For more information on how I can work with you on your wedding photography please get in touch. I offer a number of wedding photography packages, all catering to your specific requirements. If you would like to be inspired by more local Gloucestershire areas of natural beauty, please head to the venues page where you can choose individual venues to look at.

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