When Katherine and Mike asked me to photograph their wedding I was thrilled. Stourhead Gardens is one of the most beautiful National Trust sites in Country especially in the autumn months. The ceremony and the drink reception took place at the Temple of Apollo, a building poised on the top of the hill, providing the most beautiful view to the lake and the gardens.
I am not going to lie, I was a little worried about this wedding because the weather had been very miserable and wet and I knew that the temple had no windows but has dark walls instead (it' daaaark in there), also, there was a good 5 minutes walk planned from the B&B where Katherine was getting ready to the Temple, which in the rain and mud would have been a little difficult but thankfully, the sun came out an hour before I arrived and stayed with us all day. This kind of early November light has some magical quality to it, it's warm as it's reflected from all the wet leaves but it also gives a rich green tone to the images. This, combined with the beautiful stone and the extraordinary flower arrangement by the brilliant Caroline Redpath (Fleur Provocateur) created such a stunning set for this wedding! Kathrine and Mike were a joy to work with too, they wanted natural and candid wedding photography with a few family photos and so I kept things very unposed and simple for them.
You were wonderful on the day , dealing with our haphazardness and indecision, and these are phenomenal. It looks like we really got married!
Our photos are so, so beyond what we ever expected - you are a genius! Thank you so much, Sophia - reliving the day through these just now has and will be a real treasure for us. Thank you so much! They are wonderful. We are honestly in awe.
Katherine + Mike'
If you're organising a wedding at Stourhead Gardens, I would love to hear from you!