Rachael & James | Bristol Wedding Photography | Westonbirt School

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Kicking off this years Bristol wedding photography season saw me shooting the wonder wedding of Rachael and James at Westonbirt School near Tetbury in late February.


The grade listed school is a fantastic wedding photography venue with endless photographic possibilities. The school is set in stunning countryside parkland and features include an Italian walled garden, seemingly endless terraced lawns and a lake.

I was booked for my Complete Full Day Photography package along with my Extended Evening Coverage so my day started bright and early down the road at The Hare and Hounds Hotel for Rachael’s bridal preparations. After spending an hour with Rachael and her Bridesmaids’ shooting detail shots and the bridal preparations, it was time to depart and head to the Westonbirt School. At this point, the weather took a turn for the worst….

Arriving at the school in heavy rain I decided it was time to switch to my prearranged back up plan to shoot inside. I managed to convince James, his bestmen and ushers to brave the weather (briefly) to grab some quick group shots outside before the Heavens really opened. In a 10 minute window of major drizzle I got soaked myself and shot some quick exterior images of the beautiful school building and grounds.

As Rachael and the Bridesmaids were running a little late (tradition, of course) it was a quick sprint straight into the civil wedding ceremony in the Schools library. The Library is a wonderful space to hold a wedding ceremony as it is flooded with natural light from two sides and has lovely high ceiling meaning the room has a bright and airy feeling to it.

After the ceremony we got started with some wedding photography group shots in the windows of the library. This allowed me to include some of the beautiful grounds outside without getting the wedding guests wet. Grabbing my wet wedding umbrellas I eventually managed to convince Rachael and James to brave the weather and head outside for some Bride and Groom wedding photography. It was a big ask so well done them! But in the brief 10 minutes outside, we managed to get some fantastic wedding photographs using the covered area of the Italian walled garden and lawns.

Into the evening I set up the portrait studio to capture some fun images of the Bride & Groom and their guests. Rachael and James had lots of additional guests joining them for the evening of their wedding so the portrait studio was a welcome addition. I managed to close it very briefly for wedding photographs of the Bride & Grooms first dance, but when I got back I discovered queue had formed keeping me very busy!

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