Wedding! Owen and Jane at Clearwell Castle.

May 5th, 2010

A couple of Saturdays back saw the wedding of Owen and Jane at Clearwell Castle in the Forest of Dean, just a short drive from Bristol.
As you've probably noticed, I'm often at Clearwell Castle so I'm really getting comfortable there.
It's a beautiful venue with some massive rooms, beautiful art, furniture and grounds.
The grounds look extra special for Owen and Jane's wedding. Things are looking much more green and mature now!

I could say this about every Bride that I shoot, but Jane made a fantastic Bride. She really enjoyed it!
I hope that you'll be able to see that from the images. Owen was very laid back and was also a pleasure to shoot.

A super-cool couple indeed!
How cool?

Well Owen is a concept artist who has worked on projects for some small companies like Disney and Atari.... No, I've never heard of them either.
Jane designs websites for CBBC and CBeebies.
I think that classifies them as cool, and those are just their jobs!

Thank you Owen and Jane for letting me be with you (literally) all day. You and your guests made me feel so welcome.
Enjoy these pictures.

Owen created these designs. Very impressive!

A sneak peek at Jane's dress

Hair and make up by the amazing Julie Dunkley

This is the cottage where Jane got ready, And yes, I was very nervous bringing the dress outside!

Jane's mum helps to take the dress to the Bridal suite

Nice to see a keen groom like Owen and suited up already!

Jane's twin sister Sam and friend Nerys made brilliant bridesmaids and multitaskers.

A new favorite.

I loved how Jane and Sam shared their mannerisms!

Jane's Mum loved seeing Jane get ready, and she was a great help too...in-fact she was a pro!

Owen's parents looking excited!

Molly just getting in some practise for her big job!

Jane's Dad was thrilled to see Jane looking so stunning!

Owen looks more relaxed than his best men! That's a first for sure!

The amazing wedding cake by Justine from Just Cakes

Wearing a hat as smart as this one, you can't help but smile, I think.

This amazing string quartet really set the mood!

Nobody knows how to play, but everybody likes a shot at it!

Good friends of the family and real gentlemen; Roy and Steve were very pleased to be at the wedding.

Rhydian looking a little nervous before his speech! I hate that feeling. Alcohol usually does the trick.

The soup really was that good!

I've not included the images here, but there was a pretty ugly riot at the wedding a little later on when the guests realised they weren't give fish and chips like Molly!

This here was the leader of the riot.

How good does this look though?!

In the same room was the secret meeting of hat wearing ladies. SShhhh!

A quick costume change! Very pretty!

Jane's fathers speech was brilliant and is physically congratulated by pretty much everybody!

"You ready?"
"Yep...let's rip Owen to pieces"

...and rip they did!

7:43 to be exact! I'm not too sure who won the sweepstake, but I did hear some heavy bribery going on!

We popped out whilst the light was just fading. All my couples, Owen and Jane included love this time when they can just relax and get some fresh air!

...and have a lie down!

I love a well beered-up group of stags, this lot though were especially tricky to work with. I loved it!

I challenge anyone to find me a picture of a freshly married groom with a fat cigar in his mouth, rocking a pair of aviators with a castle in the reflection.

Dance time!

Nerys and Nick make a great couple. (tried to think of an Avatar-based quip for their blue faces... I failed)

This lady is either heading for the dance floor, or the bar. Either way, she's going the right direction!

If you're not using your fingers to point in every direction, you're simply not dancing!

I liked watching Jane hold on tight to her husband!

And that's all!

Congratulations Jane and Owen.
You made me feel very relaxed and welcome and I thank you for that.

I hope you've enjoyed your honeymoon in San Francisco and I also hope that you really enjoy the rest of your lives together, you're a wonderful couple!
Take care.

  1. Julie Batterham May 5th, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Beautiful !!

    Avatar quip - "I see you"

  2. Alan - Kent Wedding Photographer May 6th, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Lovely set of pictures - I like the one of the two old chaps with their pints.

  3. Kevin Mullins May 6th, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Lovely images as always Joseph. I particularly like the moments caught with the father and daughter in the bridal suite. Lovely work.

  4. Kelly Ry May 6th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    What a lovely couple! They look so completely relaxed and at ease throughout the entire day, they are truly enjoying themselves. I particularly love that last image where the bride is whispering something in her groom's ear - you can feel the contentment.

  5. kristi wright May 6th, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    You did great! Love the group shot and the dancing ones. Nice work.

  6. Daniel Dunlap May 6th, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Excellent work Joseph! I love every bit of it. Especially the characiture shot, it made me smile!

  7. Magan Blasig May 6th, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Wow! really wonderful! I love how you told the story. I felt like I was there. LOVE the shots that you were able to snag with the lovely light toward the end of the evening. :)

  8. Eliza Claire May 6th, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Lovely work, Joseph. I love your descriptions! And the bride's dress and veil were completely stunning!

  9. Jessica Horton May 7th, 2010 at 12:26 am

    wow... Dad's expression is priceless!

  10. Shyann May 7th, 2010 at 4:16 am

    Nice work! I love her dress!!! And the getting ready shots were awesome as was the rest!

  11. Lyn Ismael-Bennett May 7th, 2010 at 5:39 am

    Love how each photo tells a story. The one with the bride lying on the grass looks awesome!

  12. Funmi Omotade-Tan May 10th, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Love the preparation shots, especially the ones of the FOB and Bride & dress outside keeper's lodge; the image of the 2 best men is priceless! Well Done Joseph :-)!

  13. gabe aceves May 11th, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    beautiful work. the whole set is great, but i especially love the getting ready shots. outstanding!

  14. Mark Parker - Birmingham Wedding Photographer May 13th, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Your black and white processing is yummy!!

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