bristol and bath wedding photography, becky and mike got married at folly farm, pensford
This wedding at the beautiful Folly Farm , nestled in the countryside right in the middle of Bristol and Bath was the sunniest one I think I've photographed! Becky knew that this venue felt right when she first viewed it - so often the first feelings about a place prove to be right. Mike's Dad who is sadly no longer with us, would have loved this place with its emphasis on birds and nature and choosing this wedding location was 'a way to be close to him on the day'.
Becky is a food technologist and Mike works for a San Francisco based company who help make mobile apps. Like over half of my couples they met over the internet. I also met them over the internet, after they had seen a waterfall engagement shoot that I shot a few months before. They both love being in the outdoors and their wedding venue reflected their love of beautiful, natural outdoor spaces (which was in fact, not as far away from Bristol and Bath as you might imagine!).
Hottest wedding of the year? I think it's quite likely to be. I don't think we will get hotter than 31 degrees, for a few more years! Wedding photographers like shade, and there really wasn't much on this day, but I was so pleased that we managed to use every trick in the book, to make a really lovely set of images, especially of the sunny ceremony, outdoors, beneath a canopy in the courtyard at this countryside wedding venue between Bristol and Bath.
The wedding dress was the seventh one that Becky tried and its simplicity shows really well in the photos. Her make-up stayed looking great throughout an outdoor ceremony in bright sun - her coolness and the skills of Helen Farley, the make-up artist, I'm sure helped here!
So here are the highlights...do leave a comment or share the post at the bottom of the page.
wedding venue - Folly Farm, pensford, Bristol
wedding hair and make-up - helen farley
wedding cake - Hannah at Bath Baby Cakes
wedding dress - Gracie Wed2B
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wedding couple photographed in soft, warm light at the end of the day
mike helps becky with her wedding dress
bristol wedding photography of becky and mike at folly farm
wedding ceremony outdoors with lovely wild flowers at folly farm, bristol
getting ready for the wedding - matching bath robes!
wedding preparation: close your eyes
smile and make-up
mum looks on as bride becky gets ready
quiet contemplation amongst the trees as the bridal party get ready
wedding dress - gracie from wed2b
about to get into the wedding dress
bridesmaid Jan and bride Becky getting ready
one of becky's favourite photos as it captures the excitement about the day ahead
bridesmaids and flowers black and white composite image
excited, nervous and in awe
documentary wedding photography in bristol
these natural black and white photos show the emotion of the day: excitement as bridesmaid and bride put on the dress, emotion as dad sees his daughter for the first time in her dress and awe as the younger bridesmaids take it all in . Black and white photos bring the warmth of relationships to the fore, in this case between Becky and her mum as they get ready.
beckys dad sees her for the first time
dad, you're not allowed to cry, yet!
wedding emotions to the fore
smiles as groom spends a lot of time tying pink ties
ushers adjusting wedding buttonholes
ushers, large and small
becky beaming as she is about to go down the aisle
groom , mike exchanges slightly nervous glances with his best man
here come the bridesmaids
wedding rings never seem to go on too easily!
the wedding ring goes on!
blue eyes : Mike loved this photo of Becky
about to kiss, look at the expressions behind!
signing the wedding register
what a view for the wedding ceremony - blue sky above folly farm
real smiles and a gentle moment of genuine relief after the wedding ceremony
another of becky favourites' where everyone was all over the place!" right after a group photo
I'm always watching people's hands -they say so much
an audience of friends
a present for you
black and white wedding couple portrait
relaxed natural wedding portrait
best man's speech
the cake was too good: it had disappeared by the time the bride and groom got to it!
love and happiness to both of you..... messages on tiny jenga blocks
now for the giant jenga blocks, a delicate balancing act
on top of his game....
tumble down together
hand made ferrero rocher stand
weddings are always a great opportunity for families to spend some time together
dads encourage this young man who has an effective but unorthodox way of winning at skittles!
mike's mum looks on during first dance
a moment of closeness
warm light beginning in the evening
wedding couple on winding path
folly farm has so many lovely green spaces to enjoy
becky liked this shot for 'it's soft light and reflective mood, at the end of a wonderful day'
wedding day ends with a silhouette
A wonderful, warm wedding : The couple were relaxed and calm throughout , with time for everyone. There was lots for the people to do and wonderful food. Mike and Becky enjoyed their time out to walk in the sunset in the amazing countryside . We made some really beautiful photos in the soft light and hopefully they capture the reflective mood at the end of the day. 'The day went quickly, very quickly!' said Becky. Its great then to have all these photos to re-live the emotions of the day again. Let me know your favourite parts of the day and the parts you will remember below...