Nearly a year ago to the day, we had the pleasure of meeting Francesca at Chosen Wedding Fair at Paintworks Bristol. She told us at the time about her plans to get married at the beautiful All Saints Church in Publow, near Pensford, Bristol. Her family had absolutely loved the church for several years, and it was really important to Luke to have a traditional church ceremony. For their reception, this beautiful pair had opted for the always fabulous Water Mill at Priston Mill on the outskirts of Bath.
When I met Fran for our consultation, she told me that it was really important to the pair to capture shots of their day that were completely natural – nothing too posed or formal (our favorite style!) They were also going for an ‘unplugged’ wedding – whereby photos were kept away from social media. Francesca went for our 8 hour package, and we discussed the details and timings for their day carefully to make sure that the parts of the day she really wanted (getting ready through to the cutting of the cake) were captured to perfection! On the day itself, I started by joining Francesca and her bridal party getting ready, and mingled about in the background to try and capture shots that were totally off the cuff and not too posed.
After departing early to the church ahead of the guests and the wedding party’s arrival, I was able to spend some time capturing some beautiful shots of the church itself. Church weddings are always an absolute joy to shoot, and All Saints Church was no exception! I loved having the opportunity to shoot in and around the church and it’s beautiful architecture.
It wasn’t too long before guests started to arrive, and I was able to spend a nice amount of time mingling with them and trying to capture the joy and anticipation in the air as Luke and his groomsman arrived. Soon after, Francesca and her bridal party arrived in their stunning vintage-style wedding car. Fran looked absolutely stunning in her classic white gown. Her bridesmaids wore beautiful and sophisticated grey wrapped dresses.
What I love when shooting a wedding is to capture the little reactions as the bridal party arrives, and the moment when Luke saw Francesca for the first time was a pure joy! After the ceremony, I was able to capture a few more group shots of the happy couple before we headed to Priston Mill for the start of the reception.
I was able to arrive at Priston Mill a little ahead of the guests, which gave me opportunity to capture the beautiful styling details that Francesca and Luke and chosen for their day. The various pastel shades for both the floral displays, the cake and the vintage-style details were really beautiful to shoot, and captured the summery feel of the day perfectly!
After allowing some time for guests to mingle whilst shooting some more really natural shots, I was able to have a breather with Francesca and Luke alone while they enjoyed those precious moments together just the two of them following their busy day! Making the most of the stunning scenery and gardens of Priston Mill, shooting couple shots during this precious time is always a special treat for any photographer!
While guests sat down for the wedding breakfast (always a treat at Priston Mill!), I spent some more time in the grounds capturing the finer details and some shots of the glorious surroundings before Francesca and Luke joined me for some more photos utilizing the beautiful light just before sunset.
What I loved about Francesca and Luke’s day was that it was traditional, classic, and elegant, but with a sense of real fun and the kind of relaxed feel that so many couples aspire to – the perfect blend of established wedding tradition and individuality! I just know that this beautiful couple are going to have many more stories to tell!