“We’ve just looked at the slideshow and love the photos! You’ve captured the day amazingly and we can’t thank you enough.”
We made our way down into deepest Gloucestershire for our second wedding in September. Jodie and Mark met us at a wedding fair in Tewkesbury last year and had chosen a venue that was not only new to us, but relatively new to the world of weddings. Their chosen venue was Elmore Court.
We started the day a little further up the M5 near Tewkesbury where Jodie and her bridesmaids got ready at her parents’ beautiful home before making the journey down to the venue.
As both the wedding ceremony and reception were to be at Elmore Court, we got to spend quite a bit of time at this venue. Elmore dates from the 1500s and has been owned by the Guise family for over 700 years. Situated on a large estate behind imposing gates, the building is a really beautiful Grade II listed mansion with ample grounds and lots of character and was featured a few years ago on the TV programme ‘Country House Rescue’. However, despite the owner being grilled by hotelier Ruth Watson, the determination to make Elmore into a viable business began to pay off when Elmore opened for weddings at the end of 2013.
Jodie and Mark’s wedding ceremony was held in The Hall. This large and beautifully light room provided a perfect backdrop for their service before the party headed out into the gardens for the drinks reception. Here we got the formal group photos out of the way before doing a short photo session with the couple outside the front of the main building.
Elmore has a new, custom-built event room located behind the main mansion, named ‘The Gillyflower’. Made mostly from compacted earth and other sustainable materials, The Gillyflower provided a light, airy and tasteful space for Jodie and Mark’s wedding breakfast, with tables decorated with gorgeous flowers and lots of apples 🙂
Following the meal and speeches, we took Jodie and Mark off again for some photos of them alone in the early evening light. Something we really liked about this venue’s grounds was that while there are plenty of areas which are beautifully kept, there are also sections which are left to grow naturally, giving us a greater variety of pictures.
After their first dance, we took the couple back into the mansion for one last photo shoot – just a few minutes in the bridal suite and on Elmore’s ornate stairway before said our goodbyes and the end of this lovely day. A big thank-you to Jodie and Mark for asking us to document their wedding day – hope you enjoy your pictures 🙂
Elmore Court wedding photography by Rob & Sarah Gillespie. Husband and wife wedding photographers based in the Midlands, near Birmingham.