One of the best things about being a Bath wedding photographer is getting to shoot the beautiful Somerset landscape which is why it was great that Rona and Jack chose a marquee wedding. Shooting marquee wedding photography always brings something new as it is a blank canvas for couples to have their wedding done their way and this was never more so the case than for Rona and Jack’s lovely wedding day.
On the day I arrived in nearby Bradford on Avon to catch up with Rona getting ready. Rona had hired a lovely place through AirBnB for herself and her bridal party to make their preparations and with a leisurely brunch on hand (washed down with a little processco) everybody was in high spirits.
Rona looked beautiful. Her dress was simple with a romantic gypsy skirt style. Her hair was softly tousled with a pretty floral headband and she had a striking bouquet of meadow flowers. She looked amazing and probably the most comfortable bride I’d ever seen as she looked utterly herself.
The outdoor humanist ceremony took place at the tranquil Rood Ashton Lake in Trowbridge. As the weather was dry Rona and Jack were able to have the outdoor humanist ceremony they wanted and romantically took their vows by the shores of the lake with all of their family and friends (seated on hay bales covered in blankets) in attendance. As a Bath wedding photographer I have seen lots of ceremonies but this was a particularly lovely one, with lots of laughs and emotions running high, it was a real pleasure to shoot.
Now I love a quirk at a wedding and I thought I’d seen all the quirks weddings could throw at me but Rona and Jack kayaking to the marquee wedding reception across the lake was a first for me and I made sure I got some great shots of them. Take a look!
Almost as cute were guests picking up their hay bale seating and taking it with them to drinks reception area to resettle themselves there! As everybody enjoyed a drinks reception and soaked up the sunshine I took the chance to take some group shots. Some formal, some fun and some just downright funny. Who doesn’t want to see the groomsmen forming a human pyramid? These guys certainly made my job easy!
Everybody then sat down to enjoy a wedding meal, the long wooden tables with wild flowers on were beautifully understated and rustic proving that at weddings it is often a less is more approach that has the biggest effect.
Speeches were fantastic. Both Rona and Jack gave speeches and with other speeches being delivered by song and/or musical accompaniment. There was so much love and laughter in the marquee as every speech and song was received with rapturous applause.
After the reception everybody milled about and I took the opportunity to make the most of the beautiful evening light to take some romantic portrait shots of Rona and Jack set against the stunning Somerset sunset.
As the light faded the marquee was lit up with pretty fairy lights ready for the evening’s party. Now, this is another reason why I love shooting marquee wedding photography. Take a look at this lot partying! At a glance it could be mistaken for a shot from a club or a festival.
The sight of everybody letting their hair down was my cue to take my leave. But before packing my camera away I took a distance shot of the marquee, nestled by the lake, all lit up and containing Rona, Jack and all of their loved ones partying inside. It seemed the perfect shot to close the story of their beautiful wedding day.
It’s wedding like Rona and Jack’s that make being a Bath wedding photographer the best job as marquee wedding photography is always so much fun to shoot. Congratulations to Rona and Jack! I hope my images will enable you to relive your amazing day again and again for many years to come.