This Real Wedding has been shared by the super talented photographer, Photography by Sally-Anne. Based near Malmesbury, Wiltshire, Sally-Anne captures candid, relaxed and natural wedding moments, and this lovely Real Wedding showcases that beautifully!
Introducing Victoria & Adam, read on to find out more about their lovely engagement shoot at Westonbirt Arboretum, and their beautiful Autumn wedding day at The Three Daggers, Edington, Westbury...
I had looked forward to this wedding ever since Victoria & Adam booked me back in December last year. When I found out their venue was the Three Daggers at Edington, I was so pleased! This venue is really different, it's a micro-brewery and a really quirky wedding venue.
When I met Victoria and Adam at the Three Daggers for the first time, we looked around and talked about the plans for their day. The venue also came with a huge house on the hill opposite (Hill House, obvs!) which has a spa pool and outside terraces full of beautiful flowers and the most stunning scenery. As you can hear I was a little bit impressed!
After I'd stopped swooning over the venue I set too and organised their pre-wedding / engagement shoot which took place at Westonbirt Arboretum near Tetbury. Victoria told me she used to go there with her parents as a child and loved it, she had fond memories of the place. We walked and chatted, and as per usual had a bit of a giggle. They sat in trees, at the end of a pond and in some long tall grasses. Such a glorious day, it was hard to stop shooting.
This picture shows them both in one of the long avenues at Westonbirt, Victoria with her shoes off stretching on her tip toes to give her man a kiss. Lovely x
I couldn't believe how fast their day came around. This year has been full on and before I knew it I was talking to Victoria to arrange a time for me to meet her at Hill House next to the Three Daggers. Adam was also getting ready there so my second photographer (Laura) and I had to be a little careful not to let him get any sneak peaks of the bride before he was supposed to.
Laura worked with Adam and his groomsmen whilst I caught some beautifully feminine shots of Victoria having her hair and makeup styled. I had fun with her bridesmaids taking pictures of their kimonos and dresses outside in the beautiful gardens. The bridal preparation time went so fast and then all of a sudden it was time to go to meet her H2B. She met the registrars and her celebrant and I went on ahead down to the microbrewery.
Catching lovely shots of the girls walking down the hill, they went into the back of the ceremony room ready to come down the aisle and when they did, WOW, what a beautiful moment. The girls looked beautiful and Victoria took everybody's breath away, she looked stunning. Adam had a huge grin on his face when Victoria walked towards him and was obviously quite emotional to see her. The ceremony was lovely with the sun coming through the huge window behind us. Such a beautiful day, especially when it had rained all week before!
After the ceremony we all walked back up the hill to the house where Laura and I captured a few group shots and their confetti shower. I have to say here that I was amazed by the fact that Victoria had last year patiently sat and painstakingly cut little leaf shapes out of last years fallen leaves for their confetti and it was beautiful. I then disappeared with Victoria & Adam for their lovely romantic shots in the beautiful garden while their guests were having canapés and drinks in the summer house. Meanwhile, Laura was creatively capturing the atmosphere of guests chatting and enjoying the drinks reception like a ninja. It was glorious, such a peaceful place and so warm. Beautiful lavender plants and swaying buds making such dreamy images.
After a while everyone went back to the Micro-Brewery down the hill for their reception meal and speeches. Whilst everyone was eating, Laura and I took a short break to refuel then got back to the room in time for the speeches with lots of toasts and chinking of glasses.
A few hours on in between their reception meal (their meze platters looked amazing) and their evening guests arriving, we captured everyone relaxing and having run, the reception room being changed around, their lovely cake, supplied by Waitrose and artfully decorated by Victoria, and of course their evening guests. So much to capture, it was a lot of fun.
It was soon time for the happy couple to cut their lovely cake and hit the dance floor for their first dance together as Mr & Mrs. The lights projected by the DJ were fantastic creating all sorts of shapes for V&A to dance among.
Soon after the dance floor went mad with a few funky shapes being cut we said our goodbyes and disappeared off for a well earned glass of wine back home.
What a day, I smiled all the way home remembering all the parts of the day individually knowing I could see them all over again very soon.
I know I've said this before but there is nothing about a wedding I don't like.
Thank you for reading.