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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