Cara and Adam | Cotswold Wedding Day | Tortworth Court | 16th September 2016
The sun was shining, the clouds perfectly scattered across the skies to create depth, the bride was gorgeous and the groom handsome, this was my moment to create another “best one yet”. Hidden away at the very Southern Eastern edge of the Cotswolds near Bristol, is a magnificent Victorian mansion, Tortworth Court. as Tortworth Court has always been on my wish list of venues to photograph a wedding due to its classic orangery for the ceremony, the splendid staircase, the gardens and for Tortworth Court’s history. It had only recently been restored after a fire in 1991 which left it abandoned in a derelict state for 8 years. As soon as I entered the courtyard with my Abarth, I was overwhelmed by its grand entrance and I could see how easy it was to fall in love with this building. I arrived around 8am and carried out a recce and planned out an awesome memory circuit, along with a perfect location for a confetti shot.
It is always a pleasure to see familiar faces at weddings. Last year, I photographed the wedding of Kristina and Joe in Tewkesbury. They were both part of the bridal team at this wedding, Kristina being a bridesmaid and Joe being an usher. Kristina and Joe also brought with them little Mia, who stared in the 2016 #bestoneyet awards, winning the award. Another familiar face is the delightful Toastmaster, Dave Stallworthy. I have worked with Dave on a very wet wedding day at the Grange Hotel in Bristol. He is an amazing man and an absolute asset to any wedding. Friendly, professional and does not dictate the wedding, rather he can conduct the day. He is so helpful and cannot thank him enough for his teamwork. On the subject of teamwork, thank you also to the bridesmaid twins, Crystal and Amber who were absolute gems 🙂
Cara and Adam have been together since the age of 16 and this sweet passion was very visible on their wedding day. You only have to look at Adam’s stance as his beautiful Bride walks into the ceremony room. On the slideshow there is a photograph that I captured with his mum passing a tissue to him. When you have a stunning bride that walks down the aisle to be your wife, when you have loved her since 16, it is no wonder why Adam started to create “liquid happiness”. The orangery is a photographers dream for a wedding, but being Nikos, I had another idea for a photograph after the ceremony. Inspired by my Greek roots, I had a little crazy idea which I verified with the boss, Cara. After the ceremony, it was on to create an awesome confetti shot. I had a few variants for this confetti shot as you can see from the picture; a flying hat, seated bridesmaids and depth, thanks to the clouds. After the confetti shot, people asked me “was it the best one yet, Nikos?”. In all honestly, possibly. Cara and Adam were so much fun to work with, their passion was so natural and just enjoyed the photography experience. We even befriended a resident cat “Billy” (unofficial name).
Their wedding day fell on a full moon and is considered to one of the most prosperous times to have your wedding. The full moon already has romantic and passionate links so what a blessed day and night to have your wedding on. Unknown to the guests, Cara and Adam had a surprise for the guests…fireworks! So while the full moon was out, and with half and hour to spare, I took advantage of some lunar photography. It is very important to keep your camera and lenses accustomed to the cold if you are photographing in the cold. With my lenses ready and camera set up, I caught the perfect ending to the wedding day.