A Grittleton Christmas Wedding

Congratulations Livvy & Josh

A Grittleton Christmas Wedding - Photography by Sally-Anne

The beginning of their photographic love story

Livvy and Josh first contacted me through my website back in November 2018 after confirming their wedding venue which was to be the grand old Grittleton House.

We organised a meetup at a local coffee house and enjoyed chatting about the plans for their big day. They were full of excitement and smiles whilst discussing all the possibilities for photography for their wedding day. I was over the moon when I learned they wanted to book me to capture this huge event in their lives, it’s always such an honour.

A few months later we arranged a date for their engagement shoot which was to take place at Westonbirt Arboretum near Tetbury. Very local and a perfect opportunity to bring along their little furry friend. The weather was kind to us and we had the best fun walking among the trees chatting about their impending day and getting even more excited. Their cute little pooch was heavily featured in their images and why not, she’s gorgeous and so photogenic.

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The preparations

First thing in the morning spending time with the girls during the bridal preparations is one of my most favourite times of the day. There is always so much excitement in the air and anticipation of what the day will bring. The bride is pampered by her friends and family and the air is heavy with laughter, hairspray and perfume. As time ticks by, nerves start to creep in a little especially as the bride steps into her gorgeous dress and final preparations near a close.

This wedding day was no different, Livvy was pampered by Lisa Ellis and her team of hair and makeup artists, coffee, water and mince pies with the odd glass of proscecco were flowing and I got cracking to capture lots of lovely details for the bride. My second photographer was also busy working with the groomsmen a couple of miles up the road at Liv and Josh’s home in Malmesbury, it looks like they got up to some funny hijinx!!

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The serious bit!

Preparations over and now for the serious, emotional part of the day, their ceremony. I left Livvy getting into her car and got going to Grittleton Church where they were to be married. I met up with Josh and his family just going to take their seats. A few minutes later Livvy arrived and started to walk down the aisle with her father. Lots of gasps and adoring looks among the guests as she swept down the aisle to her groom who was eagerly awaiting her arrival. Their eyes met and their faces lit up with smiles and love. Such a beautiful moment and one of calm, no more nerves, they are once again together and now to be married.

We did have a little giggle throughout the ceremony as it appeared that the choir were singing a different verse of hymns to everyone else, I was desperately trying to keep a straight face but it was very difficult! With their rings exchanged and vows promised it was time to sign the register and depart the church to walk over the road to Grittleton House.

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Time to celebrate

Thankfully it wasn’t raining which was a small miracle. Capturing some lush shots of Liv & Josh as they walked down the path of the church with Winnie who was eagerly waiting for them outside with a friend. We crossed the road and in through the side gate at Grittleon House. Myself and Laura my lovely second photographer gathered everyone for the group shots and bridal shots. We had just finished as the heavens opened, perfect timing for everyone to go and find the bar!

Whilst we were now inside this beautiful old house I stole Livvy and Josh away for a little while to capture some gorgeous shots of them on the stairs and underneath the beautiful christmas decorations in the hallway. I just couldn’t resist it, so romantic and pretty and images to remain in their hearts forever. We were spoilt for choice as photographers and enjoyed every minute capturing everything we could with them. We all laughed and enjoyed these special moments.

The day was moving so fast and it was soon time for everyone to sit down for their meal and listen to the speeches, another favourite of mine. The room had been captured by Laura before everyone came in, my goodness it was gorgeous. Flowers everywhere supplied by Persephone Violet of Malmesbury. Stunning towers of flowers in the centre of each table and lots of lovely little table decorations. Golden bottles of fizz waiting to be popped and served to congratulate the newly weds, it was a wonderful sight. Soon the speeches were in full swing, tears shed and glasses chinked, Josh and his best man were very funny. Unusally the bridesmaids also did a speech between three of them, Liv’s sister leading the way, sharing moments of Livvy growing up and when she first met Josh, I loved that bit, they were brilliant.

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Malmesbury Wedding Photographer - Confetti at Grittleton House
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The Evening

Their day was sadly nearly over except for the evening party. With a band set up and ready to burst into life, Livvy and Josh had their first dance together with lights all around the room and all their guests surrounding them, it was so wonderful. Then the dancefloor went mad with everyone joining them, funky dance moves and arms thrown in the air, the party was in full swing. It was sadly time for us to say goodbye!

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Such a fantastic day, another wedding I will always remember and feel absolutely honoured to have captured these wonderful memories for them to remember forever.

Congratulations Livvy & Josh and thank you once again for asking me to capture your wedding day for you.

Sally-Anne x
Photography by Sally-Anne

Suppliers

Venue: Grittleton House
Florist: Persephone Violet
Wedding Dress: Find a Dress Bridal
Hair and Makeup Artists: Lisa Ellis Hair & Makeup
Second Photographer: Laura Anderson Photography
Wedding Cake: Cakes by Mrs F
Wedding Cars: AJE Classics