Ruth & Justine – “If they had a fan club, I would definitely join”

I love it when I forget that I’m supposed to be working at a wedding (although I’m pleased to say as yet, I haven’t forgotten to capture a key moment!!). I found myself smiling so hard throughout the day, that once again I’m reminded why I love my job as a wedding photographer.

Ruth and Justine got married at Eastington Park, an idyllic Georgian Manor house situated at the foot of the Cotswold Hills, in between Gloucester & Stroud. It was a beautiful venue for two beautiful brides.

I must admit as a Surrey wedding photographer, I was extremely excited to get the chance to photograph a wedding in a location I have never been to before and it did not disappoint. (Have you seen THAT STAIRCASE??)

The Grade II listed Cotswold manor house has thirty-two bedrooms. So there was plenty of room for both bridal parties to get ready. From the get-go the vibe was casual and relaxed with music blaring from each of the bridal prep rooms. Bubbles were flowing and you could feel the excited energy in the rooms.  I love that the house was theirs, I think it made everyone relax allowing arriving guests to explore the gardens and get ready at their own pace.

It was a beautiful ceremony shedding light on the true significance of marriage. After the ceremony it was time for drinks and games on the lawn. Eastington Park has it’s own herd of rare breed cattle who made for beautiful onlookers to the wedding, and also kept the kids and some bridesmaids entertained.

We were able to take a stroll through to the secret Garden for some photos and a moment to relax. This is my favourite part of the day. I love seeing how a couple interacts and this is usually their first opportunity for some alone time. Eastington Parks grounds are truly breath-taking and made it extremely easy to capture the love between these two best friends.

There were subtle nods towards Justine’s heritage throughout the day. The brides bouquets featured the Protea flower, South Africa’s National Flower and the bridesmaids had little elephant earrings.

It was a pleasure to be Ruth and Justine’s wedding photographer, their day was full of laughter and possibly one of the best speeches I have ever heard.

As the beautiful light changed and the evening went on we were able to enjoy the tree swing and capture some more special moments with their guests. It was then time to get the party started on the dance floor, the room was transformed and the music was pumping!!

Ruth and Justine, I was so honored to have been a part of your special day! I hope your future is filled with all of the love and happiness (and more camping trips!) than you could possibly imagine!

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