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Friday 12 June - Kilver Court

Natalie and Roger

I met Natalie when she was a bridesmaid at the wedding of Richard and Rachel a few years back. So when she called me and said that she and Roger were getting married I couldn't wait to jump in the car and hot foot it back to my old home county of Somerset! I loved their wedding stationery design as it featured icons depicting hobbies, interests and holiday desinations.

invite and wedding dress

brides shoes

Nat's not one for much makeup and after a particularly bad professional trial decided to do the job herself. In fact she's such a laid back lady that I thought nothing would faze her ... well until the wedding car turned up and she had a 'diva' moment thinking it was the wrong colour (it wasn't)!

makeup

Nat ready

Just a short drive into the centre of Midsomer Norton saw Roger and the groomsmen waiting at the Methodist Church. I had a small panic when the Vicar told me no photography during the service but thankfully he relented when I explained I'd be at the back - well out of the way.

groom and groomsmen

bridesmaids

car arrives

dad points at the camera

With the church set up for Pentecost (hence the fire themed banners) the ceremony went like clockwork. The only thing that didn't go as expected was a lack of music during the signing of the register. However the bride and groom had arranged a slideshow of photos to be played on the big screens to keep the guests amused.

church ceremony

bride, mum and sister

bride and brother

With such a great doorway, it was the perfect place for a few group photos. The forecasted rain started just as I was finishing the shotlist so the brollies came out to transport the couple to the wedding car. Whilst I carry a range of umbrellas, they're not actually required that often!

bride and groom kiss at church doorway

bride and groom at church doorway

bridal party

car with brollies

We all then drove to Shepton Mallet for the reception at Kilver Court - me overtaking the bridal car on route down the lanes! I've photographed at hundreds of venue but the gardens at Kilver are truely stunning and all set underneath a disused railway viaduct with a large lake and waterfalls. As you can see I found my way onto the viaduct for an aerial shot and we made the most of a break in the rain for photos around the gardens.

Kilver Court gardens

bride and groom in gardens

bride picked up by bridesmaids

waterfall

all guests

The Ballroom was set up for the wedding breakfast - and I know the amount of time and effort that was put into dressing the room the day before. A friend had made the 'Wallace and Gromit' inspired portraits and the bride and groom had even brewed their own scrumpy cider.

cartoon portraits

wedding breakfast

home brew cider

Natalie and Roger are huge amounts of fun to be around - and this photo of her 'pushing' her husband towards the lake is a double take of an image I saw from their engagement party. They also finished the evening with a firepit for toasting marshmallows, although I think char-grilling may have been more accurate!

push Roger into the lake

evening kiss on the bridge

first dance

toasting marshmallows

marshmallows

 
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