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March 17, 2021

Kelly and Jack wedding at St Bartholomew’s church

We had the privilege of photographing a military Royal Navy wedding at two stunning locations including the ceremony St Batholomew’s church and reception at a quaint little pub in the Taunton village Ilchester Arms. Originally Kelly and Jack had big plans of having their big day at the Royal Naval Air Station but unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic they decided on a smaller and more intimate wedding.

Couple holding sparklers at night with friends and family

Bridal Prep

With a quick trip down the M4 towards the lovely countryside county of Somerset, we arrived at Kelly and Jacks house where Kelly was getting ready. A second shooter was photographing Jacks groom prep due to the distance between preps being too great for one photographer to attend, checkout our Do I need a second shooter blog for more information on the benefits of having one on your big day. The bridal prep was in full swing when we arrived, bubbles were fizzing, music was playing and smiles were from ear to ear. It was a lovely and traditional start to the Kelly and Jacks big day. As with any bridal prep we immediately started with those all important detail shots, as they quickly start being used as accessories etc., and can be missed if we don’t get photographed immediately. After a couple of snaps I went back to the bridal party to capture those all important moments shared between the bride, her friends, her family and even beloved cat Hagrid. Kelly wanted natural candid photography throughout bridal prep and its a candid, documentary and natural style of photography that we specialise in. Just before we left bridal prep, I took the bride off to capture some natural and creative bridal portraits; this is something we tend to do at the majority of our weddings, as it gives the bride a couple of minutes alone to gather her thoughts and get ready to walk down that aisle.

The Ceremony

We met Jack at the church who was anxiously awaiting the entrance of his beautiful bride, we decided to take a couple of quick portraits and utilises the gorgeous medieval architecture to our advantage. Kelly arrived shortly after us taking some portraits of Jack and was walked down the aisle by her brilliant mother and father. Following a traditional service, Kelly decided to spice things up a bit and danced her way out of the church to a not so tradition song of Crazy in Love by Beyoncé. We took Kelly and Jack away for some intimate couple portraits after we got those all important family group shots. Taking the couple away for some portraits after the ceremony allows them to share a private moment together celebrating their marriage; which we are lucky enough to capture.

The Reception

A short drive from the church saw us arriving at the Ilchester Arms where Kelly and Jack had created a lovely reception room, catering for their family and friends. There was a Royal Navy theme throughout, with little anchor decoration beautifully made by Kelly. A family tradition using a military sword to cut the wedding cake was seen with a speech by Kelly’s very much loved Grandfather. A first dance to Grow Old by Florida Georgia Line and a fun filled sparkler exit saw the end to Kelly and Jacks special day and them happily leaving for their honeymoon as husband and wife.

Kind words

“Thank you so much for photographing our wedding day, we literally love our wedding photos! Many thanks Kelly and Jack”

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