Jo and Matthew’s wedding at Grittleton house

We had a fantastic day photographing Jo and Matt’s amazing wedding at St John the Baptist in Old Sodbury and a fantastic reception at Grittleton House in Chippenham. The weather was very kind to us, it only rained when we went inside! Between the light showers, it shone for most of the day…right up until we finished their formals…and then it rained again, perfect timing! There was a lot of laughs through out their day and it was such a full wedding, at times we seemed to be tight for time. The whole day just flew past! Thankfully we covered everything and have some of our best work to date! Sorry for the late running of this blog, I’ve been away on a surprise holiday!

Jo’s day started early with her hair and make up, we got a little held up with local traffic…erm a combined Harvester on the way, but we still arrived in good time. Leanne went to Matt’s house to cover his preparations. Jo’s Preparations were at Mum and Dad’s house and was a busy place! Her Bridesmaids, Sarah and Sophie, looked fab in their matching dresses. Soon it was time for Jo to put her amazing dress on. I turned my back and waited to be called back in, while hearing the two girls giggling as Jo slipped into her dress. She looked stunning! we cleared some space for Jo fit her long veil and tie up the back of her dress. Her car arrived for its first run of the day, a beautiful 1930 Armstrong Siddeley Landaulette supplied by Corsham Classics and was a delight to photograph. An additional Damiler arrived to take the girls to St John the Bapstist church. Soon it was time for Barry to accompany his daughter to the church.

The weather really very nice in the morning, and was certainly a blessing. It was the first time we’ve photographed at Saint John the Baptist, and was a pleasure to do so. Revd Canon Jane Kenchington was our minister, every minister has a slightly different approach to a wedding and Jane’s sermon was very personal and very moving. There were more than a few tears during the ceremony, mostly from Matt….which started as soon as he saw Jo walking down the aisle! It was one of the most moving and emotional ceremonies I have been too and was a real privileged to be the photographer! We saw laughter, tears and the full spectrum of wedding feelings! As Jo and Matt made their vowels and exchanged their rings, there were more tears from most of us….including me! The area for signing of their register is quite spacious and serves it’s purpose well. Before long, their service had concluded with a blessing and Jo and Matt walked down the aisle together as a couple. Leanne covered their photographs as they exited the church (I got caught up at the back as usual) and we arranged for some confetti throwing at the gates. This went well and was easily the best show of the year so far…quite a flurry! We asked the guest to make their way to Grittleton House , while we held Jo and Matt back for a few missed shots from the Videographers and some private portraits. Before long, Jo and Matt were stepping into their Armstrong Siddey Landaulette and departed to Grittleton House..sipping a glass or two of Champers.

Grittleton House is a fantastic venue to host a wedding reception, it’s has plenty of parking and it’s gardens to the right are very impressive and perfect for formal photographs. We let their guests and family mingle and socialise for a bit, some guest were still arriving….especially as the weather had turned a bit. Then we started to crack on with their formals. We had lost a bit of time during the day so only had about 1/2 hour, so we split their formals into two halves and photographed the big group shots before their receiving line at 15:00. Everything went to plan, and Jo and Matt met their guests in a receiving line as they entered their wedding breakfast. The the room looked great! The staff at Grittleton House were are attentive and their service was excellent. Barry was up first to make his Father of the Bride’s speech. With a very warm and witty speech, with a great set of giant blue specs, this was followed my Matt’s very emotional speech. Mark gave his very Best Man’s speech and really left Matt looking a bit worried at times, who had a few cheeky comments that left Matt looking very red and his face buried in his hands! Nice one! Jo and Matt cut their cake, which looked brilliant. After their wedding breakfast and speeches, it was time for their guests to adjourn to the Library for coffee and to allow us time to finish their smaller formal group photographs. These went very well…along with a few wandering children appearing in the odd shot! We took Jo and Matt off into the grounds and into the stair case area for some private portraits. Jo and Matt then entered the library for their first dance together, accompanied by a really good DJ..who was brilliant! Soon it was time for us to leave and let their guest party on into the night! We had a fantastic time photographing their wedding and we hope that we caught some of the great emotions and moments in our photos! It was great to meet so many lovely guests and family and we had a great time.

Jo and Matt’s official wedding photos are now available to view and purchase, please click on the link below. If you need to know their password,
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Jo and Matt’s Wedding Gallery

We had a great time photographing Jo and Matt’s wedding and here are a
few of our favorites from their day…so many great shots: