Bride and groom face their guests after getting married at Malvern College Memorial Library

Malvern College Wedding & Home Marquee Reception

Hannah & Nick’s Super-Relaxed Day

Tags: , , , , , , ,

“On the day Rob and Sarah were fantastic, calm, professional and fun, in fact many of the guests thought they were friends who happened to be taking the photos. The pictures were everything we wanted and more, and the little touches such as the personalised cover to the wedding DVD made them feel even more special.

Thank you so much to you both, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you to anyone as wedding photographers.”

From 2013.

So far this year, we’ve seen several wedding venues that have been entirely new to us.  The wedding of Hannah and Nick continued that trend as we made our first visit to the wonderful Malvern College Memorial Library.

Hannah and Nick found us online. They were very clear on what they wanted from their wedding photography – no fuss, minimal formalities and as much relaxed, candid coverage of the day as possible.  It’s always great to meet people who know exactly what they want from their photography and given our love of working in a more ‘documentary’ or ‘photojournalistic’ style, we were really chuffed when they booked us 🙂

Hannah and her two bridesmaids got ready at her father’s beautiful home just outside Worcester.  Special mention must be made of Hannah’s fantastic bouquet.  Made entirely from old metal brooches that Hannah had gathered over the previous months, the arrangement was quite heavy but looked absolutely stunning.  Wedding flowers are always nice to photograph and we see just about every different type going, but this was a real departure from the norm.  Beautiful.

The actual wedding took place in a really lovely building on the Malvern College campus.  The Memorial Library, with it’s beautifully light interior, provided an ideal setting considering the couple’s love of literature and this theme continued with the specially-designed Order of Service cards, made to look like a classic Penguin novel.  Subtle and very nicely done.

The garden party reception was also held at Hannah’s family home.  We’d paid a visit a few weeks prior for their pre-wedding shoot and at the time we couldn’t quite envisage how the marquee was going to  sit in the spacious garden.  A supporting platform raised the marquee above a slope and the edge of reed beds at one end of the large pond.  Clever, and very effective, giving the guests a higher than usual vantage point across the water and the gardens.  The marquee looked fabulous from the outside but under the cover were several comfy sofas, a properly equipped bar and also several large wooden tables which Nick had made himself in the weeks prior to the wedding.  We can honestly say this is the first wedding we’ve ever worked on where the groom made the furniture 🙂

The table setups were again simply done, but just looked gorgeous.   Each guest had a name tag made in from a small paper boat – each one made individually by hand.   Of course, many of these ended up being ‘sailed’ on the pond later in the evening.

The couple wanted to keep the photo session of them alone quite short so they could spend the maximum time with their guests possible.  We kept things simple and used our favourite spots around the garden in time for the meal to be served.  We were very kindly sat with the guests which meant we could enjoy the food and soak up the atmosphere along with everyone else.  The fabulous catering was provided by Kemp & Kemp.

This wedding was an absolute joy to photograph.  Many of the time restraints we normally have to work under were not present and the focus was very much on capturing the day in a discreet, candid manner.  Very often, these kinds of pictures are done in-between the more important events of the day, but here, the ‘candids’ took priority and we absolutely relished the opportunities.   To Hannah and Nick – thank you.  We hope you enjoy your pictures as much as we did taking them.

wedding dresses & shoes red and whitereportage wedding photo bride applying makeupbridesmaid applying lipstick in mirrorwedding bouquet made from metal broochesdetails of colourful wedding bouquet made from metal broochesbride having dress fastened by bridesmaidbridesmaid fastening brides wedding dresswedding dress back detailportraits of bride relaxed and happygroom and best man trying to iron clothes for weddinggroom and best man relaxed and drinking teagroom and groomsmen relaxing before weddingcasual groom fastening cuffsrelaxed groom portraitsmalven college memorial library exteriorbeautiful interior of the memorial library at malvern collegegroomsmen placing order of service on chairsrelaxed groomsmen waiting outside malvern college memorial librarymalvern college wedding guests arrive at memorial library groom chatting to guests before weddinggroom waiting for arrival of bride in malvern college memorial librarybride arrives in old jaguarbride with jaguar at malvern collegedetail of jaguar 3.8 litre front grillebride and father walk up the aisle inside malvern college memorial librarynervous groom awaits bridebride walking up the aisle inside the memorial library at malvern collegebride and groom laughing during ring exchangering exchange during civil wedding at malvern college librarybride and groom kiss during civil wedding ceremony bride and groom posing for photosbride and groom walking hand in hand our of malvern college memorial librarybride and groom leaving memorial library and mingling with guestsgroom congratulated by guestbride hugged by wedding guestguest hugs groom after wedding service outside memorial libraryconfetti thrown over couple outside library at malvern collegewide photo of guests outside memorial library, malvern collegetoddler plays in old jaguar car at weddingbride and groom waved off by guestsgarden wedding reception with marqueegarden party wedding detailsgarden wedding reception tables in marqueewedding marquee table detailswedding table places from abovebride and groom table place details in marqueebeautiful garden party wedding receptionwedding guests relaxing at marquee receptiondog at wedding receptionbride laughing with wedding guestsguests laughing at marquee reception partywedding guests looking at table planwedding reception in garden marquee summerguests enjoying finger food at wedding receptiontolder in rope hammock at wedding receptiontwo women smiling with baby at garden wedding receptionwedding guests having fun at garden receptionmarquee in beautiful garden for wedding receptionrelaxed bride and groom outside stablesbride and groom laughing outside stablesbride and groom relaxing in garden bride and groom relaxing at wedding reception in gardenguest playing with dog at wedding receptionchef preparing wedding food in marqueesimple wedding details on wooden tablesguests enjoying wedding breakfast in marqueedog trying to get food at wedding receptionwedding breakfast meal in marqueestaff serve main course at wedding reception in marqueewedding reception in garden during summer eveninggroom relaxing with guestsgroom laughing with wedding guestsmarquee wedding reception in gardenguest relaxes with cigarette at wedding receptionguests relax at summer garden wedding receptionbottles of Moet champagne at wedding receptionwedding speeches in marqueebride and groom and guests laughing during speechesspeeches at wedding in marqueeevening light at garden wedding receptionwedding reception marquee in evening

Wedding photography at Malvern College by husband-and-wife photographers Rob & Sarah Gillespie

Tags: , , , , , , ,


  • Absolutely stunning photos of what looks to be a really lovely personalised wedding. Just love all the details, especially the bouquet.

  • Lovely feel to your images as usual. Very nice.

  • I really love your photos and this looks a beautiful wedding.

  • I could look at these images all much detail and emotion captured..Simply beautiful!

  • Beautifully captured! Your photos tell a genuinely natural story and it’s so nice not to see lots of traditionally staged photos.

    We’re considering having our reception in my grandfather’s garden, so its lovely seeing from your photos how well this can work.

  • Superb work. Just love your relaxed style.

  • Hannah Brazier
    October 10, 2013 10:45 pm

    would like to point out that the bride spent 3 days with a belt sander. Nails are really not important,,,

  • Samantha Davis
    October 11, 2013 1:11 pm

    Wow, stunning photographs. Captured the day beautifully

  • Absolutely up there with the best wedding pictures ever. How wonderful to have as a keepsake. Looked like a perfect day. Congratulations.