Gemma and Chris were an absolute pleasure to work with both in the run-up to their wedding and the special day itself. A few of you may remember this beautiful pair from our previous blog post on their engagement shoot with us earlier this year, and it was a real treat to finally be able to bring their day to the blog this week!
When I originally met Gemma and Chris at their home in Midsomer Norton, near Bath, I remember being really struck by their plans for a wedding that really reflected their family history in the area. Gemma’s family originates from Wellow, a picturesque village between Bath and Midsomer Norton, and the ceremony was going to take place in the village at the beautiful local church. I started the day by grabbing some shots of the stunning St. Julian’s Church and the surroundings before guests started to arrive.
The weather on the day was challenging, with frequent heavy downpours – however I am pleased to say that it made no difference to the joy in the air, and we were fortunate to be able to capture some lovely shots outdoors in-between the showers. I was also able to utilize the beautiful church itself for some interior shots as guests started arriving for the ceremony.
The church really came to life as Gemma entered the room, and I was so pleased to be able to capture the little looks and subtle reactions of the guests – I particularly loved the little glance between Gemma and Chris as they saw each other for the first time at the altar!
For Gemma and Chris, the most important thing for them was to make sure I captured all the details of the church service. Generations of Gemma’s family have been married in the same church over the years, and I was so pleased to be able to contribute towards another chapter in their family history.
After the ceremony itself, the weather was still pretty rainy, and so we took advantage of the beautiful surroundings indoors for group shots and some time with the happy couple. I really loved using the lighting of the church to create some really dramatic shots.
A little time later, I was pleased that the weather broke, and so we were able to move outdoors to take some photos in the beautiful lush surroundings of the church before we departed for the wedding reception
The evening reception begun at The Centurion Hotel in Westfield, Midsomer Norton, and the atmosphere in the room was just beautiful as family and guests got to let their hair down and celebrate the happy couple’s arrival.
After the wedding breakfast and speeches, we decided to take some more time out to take advantage of the gorgeous gardens and outdoor space of the reception venue.
What I will always remember about Gemma and Chris’ day was that it truly was a family affair, that blended the traditional values of marriage with the modern individuality of the pair that makes them so unique and loved. Most importantly, I am so privileged to have been able to help tell this latest chapter in their family history.