Tracey and john | our cotswold wedding day | slaughters inn | 6th september 2016


Set in the heart of the Cotswolds, is a beautiful picturesque village of Lower Slaughter, which is home to a very characteristic Cotswold inn, The Slaughters Country Inn. I photographed a wedding here 4 years ago on a very cold November day for a Mr and Mrs Slaughter!

Tracey and John visited the inn early this year and the team at the inn recommended me to them to be their photographer. Visiting my website, Tracey dropped me a message and we arranged to meet at a wedding fair in Cheltenham. Tracey’s main concern were the photos and she was very nervous about the photography side of the wedding. But like all of my couples, they will tell you I have a natural skill and talent in both my photography and personality to cure this. In fact, Tracey found it pleasantly surprising that the first thing I started taking photos of on the wedding day were the shoes and accessories.

Weather wise it was spitting all day and it was typical that towards the end of the wedding day, the sun made an appearance. I already carried out a recce and “circuit” for the Bride and Groom shoot so that the weather and flow would not cause a problem with the photographs. Another thing I must add was the beautiful reading during the ceremony. It was the speech on love from the film “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”, which was spoken by the legendary actor John Hurt.

“When you fall in love, it is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake, and then it subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots are become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the desire to mate every second of the day. It is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every part of your body. No… don’t blush. I am telling you some truths. For that is just being in love; which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over, when being in love has burned away. Doesn’t sound very exciting, does it? But it is!” – John Hurt
It was nice to see familiar faces within the Slaughters Inn team. Becky, the really helpful receptionist and George, a key member to the front of house team. I was really impressed with Steve, the events coordinator. He managed this wedding with precision and smoothly. Furthermore, he was really helpful positioning certain elements of the wedding for my photography needs.

The food too was amazing and when they kindly told me I was being made a sandwich, it was gastronomically massive! John also brought with him his Land Rover Defender Bowler, which was not only accompanied by one Defender, but three! This was a glorious site and it was one of the most expensive photographs I have ever taken! Jacks, the pageboy was a true little gent. He was my little assistant for the day and helped with some of the props for the photographs. I cannot finish this journal without mentioning the lovely bridesmaid Charlotte, who was simply magic and very photogenic. She thought I was joking when I asked her and Tracey to have their photo’s taken in the chic bath. I truly miss the Cotswolds and always has a place in my heart. I enjoyed the drive home especially as it took me past the Rollright stone circle!