Kat and Sam’s wedding at Bearwood College
Bearwood College is one of my favourite venues to work at, and so I am slightly gutted that this was to be my last wedding there. The school has been taken over by a company who have decided that as well as changing the name of the school, they no longer want to hold weddings. I think you’ll see that it’s an amazing wedding venue, so a real shame that no more couples will have the opportunity to marry there.
Kat and Sam wanted a very simple, vintage theme for their wedding. Kat’s bridesmaids were all in white, although with very different and incredibly beautiful hairstyles. The hairdresser and make-up artist Laura was heavily pregnant, so must have been exhausted when she had finished, particularly on such a hot day.
The ceremony room at Bearwood is stunning, with the couple standing in front of a large window, just perfect for the light to fall on their faces.
Kat and Sam wanted a few photos out the front of the school with the car, then it was round the back to the lawn area for drinks, where guests were able to relax and enjoy the sunshine.
I loved the men’s tweed suits, complete with pocket watches, eyeglasses and pipes, though they certainly looked a little warm!
The room decorations had a real vintage theme, with cleverly decorated fireplaces, elegant teacups for place names, books and logs for decorations, wildflowers on the table, birdcages, Alice in Wonderland cupcakes, and an epic seven-tiered cheesecake.
The flip-flops were a nice touch for anyone who might have been getting tired feet brought on by too much dancing, though I was slightly thrown by the band who had a laser display featuring their band’s name during the first dance. The writing you can see on Kat’s dress is not me putting a watermark on the photo, this laser was flashing all over the place. As soon as I spotted it I rushed over to ask someone to turn it off, but unfortunately it was on for much of the first dance, making many of the photos unusable! Please bands, never EVER use writing in your lights, there has to be a way of advertising the name of your band without ruining photos of the first dance!
I must also just quickly mention Martin from Posterity Video, a thoroughly nice videographer who I really enjoyed working with. Working with a videographer does bring additional challenges, as I am very conscious to try not to step in front of his camera in the middle of a sequence and also to try and avoid capturing his camera in my photos. There are always times when you both want to stand in the same spot at key moments but I think Martin and I worked together very well!
Thanks Kat and Sam for having me along, it was a fabulous day. I hope you like the photos I have selected.
If you would like to see the full collection of photos from the day please go to the client area of my website and enter Sam’s surname as the username. If you would like to talk with me about photographing your wedding, please get in touch, I would love to hear from you.
Bridal Dress: David’s Bridal
Venue: Bearwood College
Hair and make-up: Laura Hardie-Gleed
Cake: Fran Willoughby
Cheese tower: Two Hoots
Flowers: Contributed by friends
Vintage decorations: The Essence of Vintage
Videographer: Martin Aust at Posterity Video
Band: The Redfords
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