Hidden in East Somerset, Gants Mill sits in a beautiful country garden setting and offers couples the chance to have their wedding ceremony in its oak gazebo and reception in the gardens. Owners Elaine and Greg held their very own wedding reception in the gardens, next to a rustic water mill dating back to the Domesday survey of 1068.
Having met Nicola and Colin in the early stages of their wedding planning and with the prospect of photographing my first wedding at Gants Mill, I jumped at the chance to be their photographer when they asked. It’s fairly rare that, as the photographer, I find myself with tears rolling down my cheeks at a wedding (really – its not a good look when you’re trying to focus on ‘the big’ moment). Life is full of firsts though and within about 30 seconds of Colin starting his speech everybody in the marquee had all but dissolved into a pool of tears, myself included. Yes Colin that was some speech.
True to from for our patchy British weather, the heavens opened and delivered an enormous downpour. One of the first lessons I ever learned in photography was that light can be amazing when the rain stops. I wandered outside the marquee and was met with the most rich, colourful sight you could imagine. The late afternoon sun had made the garden even more beautiful than before, as if made from jewels.
Congratulations to Nicky and Colin, what an amazing start to your married life together!! Thank you to Greg and Elaine for making me so welcome and for the personal tour of the gardens. Here are some of my favourite pictures from the day…
If you’re getting married and would like to have a chat about your wedding photography, why not take a look at my Weddings page or get in touch. Enjoy!