Summer at the Larmer Tree
A place I photograph both weddings and children’s portraits is at the Larmer Tree Gardens in Wiltshire. The team here have perfected the balance of creating a realaxed atmosphere – think garden games, live music… amongst the elegance of an english country garden surrounded by Pitt Rivers’ collection of remarkable buildings, the singing theatre being of course, the most painterly of backdrops- and proudly overseen by Peacocks and Maccaws..
But it’s the organic architecture which makes for interesting photographs – I’ve photographed here for maybe 18 years and every time I visit, the seasons and landscape are perfect for a location portrait photographer – especially one who likes to make portrait out of a landscape. There are times when we are all out and about and see an incredible sunset or shaft of light – I like to embellish this with a portrait (Im also the worst landscape photographer – no patience..).
Johnathan and Michelle also hired the most wonderful, medieval, King John House, home to Pitt Rivers and his subsequent family until a couple of years ago. The house housed many a party in the past and is it’s dramatic sweeping frontage, Japanese pacoda and beautifully kept lawns, make of the perfect pre and post wedding party.
John and Michelle spent the week at the house – before taking the short drive to the Larmer Tree to celebrate their small midweek wedding.
In all, it was a beautiful, English summer wedding, games on the lawn, champagne and family, what else do you need? The beauty of working at the Larmer Tree, I can steal short moments with my clients and it doesn’t in any way disrupt the day, more gently giving them time away together before heading back to the party.
John and Michelle spent a few hours partying at the gardens after the ceremony, before heading back to King John House for bbq, shorts and tees, cake and of course, more champagne.