Tortworth Court Wedding

Tortworth Court is honestly THE most beautiful wedding venue! It has so much beauty and character and as a photographer it’s a dream to photograph at.

When Carys and Michael booked me for their wedding I was beyond excited! I knew it would be a stunning wedding and perfect in every way, and it really was!

The Bridal Suite is stunning for the preparation shots, the gardens are so so pretty for couple photographs, the steps at the front of the building are IDEAL for your group photographs and not to mention the pergola, lavender lined walkway, fields and a gorgeous greenery archway which is perfect for confetti.

And then there’s The Orangery! The main feature of Tortworth Court has to be its stunning Grade II listed Orangery, which dates back to 1874.

Words cannot describe how beautiful it is, I’ll let the photographs show you!

The Ceremony

The bridal preparations took place in the beautiful Kipling suite, full of light and perfect to move around and capture all the hustle and bustle of the happy morning as Carys got ready. As soon as I entered the room I knew where I wanted to photograph the dress. I had help from Carys’ bridesmaid who hung the dress perfectly (she even dusted the plinth it was to hang from!) My goodness it was worth the set up, I think they might be my favourite dress shots to date!

Carys made her entrance into The Orangery and as Michael turned to see his bride he was blown away with how beautiful she was. It felt so emotional and so incredibly happy.

Wherever possible, I like to move from standing facing the bride and groom during their vows, to the back of them for their first kiss.

The Photographs

We had the confetti straight after the ceremony and then I began the group photographs. The steps in front of Tortworth Court make the perfect place for these. It’s ideal for any height differences and I can make sure I can see every face in the shot much more easily! The backdrop of Tortworth Court itself is also incredibly pretty! I always like to have a couple of “photo helpers” on the day, these are usually a bridesmaid and a groomsmen, but someone who knows who is who when it comes to gathering people for the group shots. It makes your group photos much swifter, easier, and as seamless as possible, which is what I always aim to achieve.

After the group photographs, the guests went to have their reception drinks whilst Carys and Michael had some time alone with me for their couple portraits. What can I say about these two?! They were a dream! They are such sweethearts and so in love it’s beautiful. I met up with them eight months before their wedding for a pre-wedding shoot on the beach at Swansea which was so lovely. It gave them a great idea of what it feels like to be photographed by me and to help them to feel at ease with me on the day. I just knew their wedding photos would be amazing!

We had some time again later in the evening as the light turned soft for some more portraits. This time we went to a lovely field behind The Orangery for a little walk and I think these might be my favourites from the whole day. The light really is everything when it comes to photography and the light this evening was perfect.

See for yourself…