ANNA & RICHARD
Photographing a wedding at Prior Park has been on my bucket list for a while, so when Anna and Richard first contacted me and told me this was where they were going to be wed, I was so excited to hear more about their plans. As it turned out, I had been nanny to one of Anna’s school friends previously – it’s always so lovely to find strange little connections like that to people you’ve never met before, isn’t it?
But enough about coincidences, let’s talk about Anna and Ric’s amazing February wedding at Prior Park, shall we?
I began with photographing bridal prep in the morning at Anna’s parents’ house in the small town of Midsomer Norton, just south of Bath. I loved the buzz in the atmosphere as I arrived at the house. It always impresses me to see how organised everything is despite the last-minute chaos of bringing everything together before a big wedding.
Anna and her bridesmaids were wearing cute PJs that Anna had made herself using “Manchester Bee” fabric – a lovely little nod to the city she and Ric now call home.
While makeup was being expertly applied by Leanna Biggs Anna’s Mum kept everyone extremely well fed with tasty doughnuts being shared around. There were a few tears when Anna opened her gift and card from Ric – happy tears were definitely the theme of the day, as I recall! But once the tears had been dried and Anna put on her glorious Ronald Joyce wedding dress from Krystle Brides, it was time for her to head off to Prior Park for the moment we were all waiting for.
Some of the other awesome suppliers from the day were Emma Norton Flowers who produced all the beautiful floral details, including Anna’s classic bouquet; Britten Weddings who supplied the veil and headpiece worn by Anna; the bold and colourful stationery was by Kimberly Morris at Inku Design; with Kirsten and her team from The Little Wedding Helper bringing it all together beautifully. The whole day was superbly captured on video by the guys at Sky Weddings who were amazing to work with and I would highly recommend them to everyone.
Prior Park Estate really is a place of outstanding beauty. The estate itself dates back to the 18th Century and was the home of Ralph Allen, a prominent figure in Bath’s history. The 57-acre site overlooks Bath and contains some of the most beautiful landscaped gardens, which are cared for by the National Trust, that I’ve ever seen. Allen’s former home opened as a school in 1830 and it
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
We absolutely love these photos. You have captured our amazing day perfectly, from the doughnut for breakfast, through the beautiful ceremony, to the fun ceiling. We have looked at these so many times already and over the moon. You have made us and all our friends look so glamorous. What is most amazing is how you have got lovely photos of all of our guests, not just a few, yet you just blended in. We love how you have captured not just the staged bits, but the real moments, like the bonkers hairpin progress, wolfing down canapes and confetti face. Our families are blown away as well.
Anna’s bridesmaids, resplendent in emerald green, led the way down the aisle as she followed with the biggest beaming smile on her face. Those wide smiles continued through the ceremony, even while the couple were exchanging their vows. This really was an incredibly joyful wedding and it was an honour to be the photographer to capture it all for them.
Following the ceremony a drinks reception with canapés was held in The Mansion Hall, with confetti and some formal group shots taking place on the impressive front stairs which have the most epic view over the gardens, where you can’t fail to ignore the amazing Palladian Bridge (one of only four in the entire world!) slap-bang in the middle of that scene.
The sun shone brightly, despite it being February, so much so the bride and groom got to pull on their shades for some cool shots on the steps. After getting some more intimate couple shots, the guests piled onto vintage buses while Anna and Ric jumped into their vintage Rolls Royce and everyone headed to Priston Mill for dinner.
Once the formalities were done, Anna and Ric headed up to the dancefloor and busted some really impressive moves with their choreographed first dance to Muse’s version of ‘Feeling Good’ before the party really got started with an awesome Ceilidh, which is where I left those folks after getting some shots of them dancing into the night.
All in all, it was a truly great wedding with some of the most fun guests and bridal party I’ve had the pleasure of working
A huge congratulations to you, Mr and Mrs Goldsmith!
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