A Bruton Wedding


What a blinder of a summer that was! My feet have not hit the ground, and all good intentions to take October off, or at least, take it easy have gone to wall with some wonderful projects which I just couldn’t resist taking on. November, I promise myself (and my family) will be for me and them. It starts with a whistle stop trip to India for a few days – so a few photographs may grace this blog when I’m back.

So my apologies for not writing more this year but taking photographs, then writing about them, go hand in hand and are wholly personal – much as I’ve been tempted to, I can’t bring myself to delegate either of those jobs. So the writing plays younger sister to the photo taking. And I have been saving work throughout the summer to bring them all together here over the next couple of months. I hope you enjoy what I’ve been up to – I’ve loved every single commission and relish the opportunities that my clients allow me.

So first up is Gabrielle and Charles who were recommended to me by the team at Roth Bar and Grill (Hauser and Wirth Somerset. )I kind of get a little giddy when I have an enquiry for this venue. Set in the now established gardens of designer Piet Oudolf – I was photographing there just before the gardens and gallery opened and it was difficult to imagine how it would develop, and what it may offer me to work with. It now nestles impressively within the backdrop  of the gallery and the opposing Radic Pavillion to the North inviting visitors to take to the paths to explore the light within it. I’d like to think that Smiljan Radić designed this space with an acute awareness off where the light would fall at certain times.

Gabrielle and Charles met with me at Roth a few months prior to the wedding.This time I use to gain the practical information, times, relevant people, and to get a feel for their aspirations for the day. I always walk into a wedding with open mind and very open eyes, it’s not until everything comes together on the day that ideas start fluttering. Starting at the most amazing interior of the resident farmhouse, Durslade.   Every room holds it’s own innovative element of design, adorned with the unique artworks of two artists selected by Hauser and Wirth.

I mean… that wall paper!



Bruton wedding

Gabrielle and her bridesmaids spent the morning at the farmhouse – I’d be quite happy not to leave, but there’s a wedding to be had. With Chris Allen working his magic on the girl’s hair, I worked my way through each room documenting anyone who came in front of my lens. Plenty of time, and such a space to work in.

Bella West Bella West

Making my way from Durslade into the heart of Bruton to At the Chapel where Charles and his groomsmen were enjoying everything that is good about this venue for the Ushers lunch. In contrast to the eclectic mix and sharp directional light of Durslade, this location is flooded with white light throughout the huge ecclesiastical windows bouncing off the white walls.

The short walk took us then to Bruton church to photograph arrival of guests, Gabrielle and her bridesmaids.

I always encourage some time away after the ceremony, just to take ten minutes away from everything to catch up with each other. A wedding day is a whirlwind, and its great to take some time together. Gabs and Charles made the trek up to the iconic Dovecote that stands proudly over Bruton.

Then back to Hauser and Wirth for canapés (and they were some canapies!) If you haven’t visited the Roth Bar and Grill, go! Go and eat.

Gabrielle was one of these brides who, despite putting so much thought into the day, made herself look effortlessly stylish. Less is alway so much more and simplicity reigned, such a great look, and timeless. How many brides think about this when selecting their style? I think Gabrielle will look back in 20 years and not be cringing at how she looked, because keeping things simple doesn’t date. The same with photography.

Dress by Elizabeth Soljak http://www.alarobe.com/

Speeches, prior to the wedding breakfast, were held in the oh so impressive Radic pavilion.

This incredible cake by The Bakemonger, almost rude to cut..


Evening dress also by Elizabeth Soljak http://www.alarobe.com/

I hope the images give you a taste of the day, thanks for looking through  x

Flowers: The Walled Garden
Dress: Elizabeth Solijak  A La Robe
Cake: The Bakemonger
Videographer: HD Moments


At the Chapel
Hauser and Wirth Somerset