If you’re thinking of having an outdoor wedding ceremony, there are only a few places to choose from in Gloucestershire and Rococo Gardens is one of them. Clearly not for the feint hearted, as the fall back solution is, well….umbrellas! Nevertheless Mark and Sharon loved Rococo Gardens and knew it would make the perfect wedding venue (if the weather was fine). On this occasion, it was a risk worth taking, as the day was exceptional. Although the unseasonal summer weather did make taking wedding photos at Rococo Gardens a somewhat tricky job, with the ceremony half cast in dark shade and the other in bright sunlight. This did make a change from the last time I photographed a wedding at Rococo Gardens though, as that was the polar opposite.
Here are a few photos from the day, with the main event taking place at Rococo Gardens, followed by a wedding reception at The Bear of Rodborough.
I had to take this photo, to put in context Sharon & her parents home – which is awash with horse riding rosettes. OMG, I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many – it was amazing. Clearly a very talented family when it comes to horse riding. And no, this wasn’t the only room, there were many others equally adorned in flailing ribbons & rosettes, not to mention enough tack to set up a stables & run pony club.
Cool wedding shoes hey? Love the delicate roses running around the edge.
The evidence is all there plain to see :-)….
…and no, mummy doesn’t want those sticky chocolate fingers on her.
Mark had left Sharon a wedding day gift to open, which is always nice for a bride on her wedding day.
I love this photo, loads of action going on here from every angle.
Weddings at Rococo Gardens do require a little walking on behalf of the guests. The ceremony venue is on a pretty steep slope, with guests standing outdoors along the main aisle the bride walks along. It’s an all outdoor wedding venue, with only a small degree of shelter for the bride and groom should the heavens open.
If you think an outdoor wedding ceremony could turn out a little too hot for guests, why not make some wedding day fans.
“See that spot on the horizon in the big white dress – that’s mummy that is”.
To put this in context it is quite a walk ‘up the aisle at Rococo Gardens’. Sharon did in fact go for the half way measure, which in itself is quite a stroll, especially in heels.
The wedding ceremony was a family affair, with the kids joining in, holding hands and even being the ring bearer.
Mattie had a ring side seat (hah, I’m too funny).
Brotherly love – ahhh.
And now to turn this bridesmaid dress into a fairy outfit with wings.
After the wedding ceremony, we stepped away from the guests to capture a few Rococo Gardens wedding photos. It wasn’t exactly a straight forward day for a wedding photographer though – very hash sunlight and an outdoor wedding venue.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many flower types in one wedding bouquet. I’m clearly unable to name them all, but if you’re looking for a wedding bouquet with mixed flowers and a very English garden style, then I do believe I’ve found it,
With the beautiful blue skies, but harsh sunlight, I needed a few tricks up my sleeve to get a stunning shot at Rococo Gardens. I wanted to retain some of the charm that attracted this couple to the wedding venue in the first place so produced this silhouette under the magnificent sculpture in the gardens.
After the wedding ceremony at Rococo Gardens, guests moved onto The Bear of Rodborough for the drinks and evening reception.
I see where the Bear of Rodborough get’s it’s name, but why is it carrying a basket of apples?
Never too old to pull faces for a photo eh?!
Mattie (Mark & Sharon’s son) was very excited during speeches.
One minute laughter……
….the next, tears. It wouldn’t be a wedding day without eh?
Everyone had a glass for the toast, except Mattie. What should he do with his hands?
If you have been looking for Rococo Gardens wedding photos as you are having your own wedding here, then please contact me for a chat, I’d love to hear from you.
Rococo Gardens is also open to the general public to visit, so if you are even remotely considering a wedding here, why not have a day out and take a look.