Chris and Jess had a beautiful wedding at Gledswood. They were very much surrounded by the people they love. It was evidenced in everything seen and heard.

It was also a very funny wedding day. Lots and lots of laughter all round. Groomsmen riffing off each other, and the bridesmaids too (is sassy the right word?), James doing a great job (with a delightful touch of humour) when marrying them, funny speeches, all done with the balance of very heartfelt moments.

I’ve added some comments throughout the photographs below.

Congratulations Chris and Jess. And thank you.

Wedding rings for Chris and JessChris, the groom, ready for his wedding

Chris is an optometrist (who I will definitely be seeing for my eyes). He had pulled a range of frames to try out on the day…
Groomsmen in glassesWedding photos of the groomThe boys on the morning of the wedding

Saw the dress and it was beautiful and knew that even before Jess put it on, that it would be her. And it was.
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Isn’t there something great about neighbours gathering to wish the bride and the family all the best for the day. It’s an opportunity to peer over the fence, to ooh and aah at the bride and her dress, to laugh, and to probably think, “It only feels like yesterday that she was this high and used to play in the yard on the swings…”
The neighbours come to admire the brideGledswood homestead weddingWaiting guestsGroom watching for his bride

Phil, Jess’s Dad, got to the top of the aisle beneath the arbour. As he told me later, he was in two minds about this. Should he pull out the camera? Should he just keep walking. A couple of weeks later and he’s very glad he got the shot he took. It’s a unique father-of-the-bride perspective. And how beautiful does Jess look in this photo and she looks across to Chris. Not many steps to go…
Father walking daughter down aisle stops to take a photo
This is Phil’s photo, taken looking back at everyone (thanks for letting us post the photo Phil).
Father's view

You might recognise the person marrying them. It’s James (on the blog here) who is a good friend to Chris and Jess, very (very, very) funny, and blessed with an excellent way with words (verbiage). Is he a celebrant? No. And here’s where individual choice plays a part. They had a marriage celebrant oversee the legalities and paperwork beforehand and on the day they had their friend marry them.

I love weddings (especially the use of personal touch), and a beautiful wedding at Gledswood goes into that category..
Wedding ceremony at Gledswood

An overcast day, threatened with rain and spat out drops every now and then, but ever so kindly held off until it was reception time and then it bucketed down. Clouds do make for tension but they’re so photographic.
Storm over wedding at Gledswood

However it’s said in response to the question “Who gives away the bride?”, “I do,” or “We do,” or any other variation, I always find this a poignant moment.
Who gives this brideSigning the register

We popped this up on Facebook. Sarah and I looked at the image and enjoyed it so much. We both laughed at the happiness in it.
Guest selfies after wedding at GledswoodGledswood wedding photographyWedding photos at GledswoodChris and Jess wedding photos at GledswoodWedding photos in the rain at GledswoodBride and Groom in Rainy Gledswood wedding

I’ve seen some very funny photo’s with Chris and the groomsmen. They take the art of intensity to a new level
Bridal party at Gledswood wedding
Gledswood wedding reception roomGledswood wedding table decorationsWedding cake and table decorationsSpeeches at GledswoodGroom speech at Gledswood wedding receptionBride and Groom dancingGuests enjoying a danceBride and Groom night wedding photos at GledswoodWedding photography at Night at Gledswood

Ceremony and Reception: Gledswood Homestead and Winery
Bride’s Hair: Gypsy Unisex Salon
Wedding Cake: Buttercream Bakery
Bride’s dress: Grace Loves Lace
Flowers: Jacqui Casey

If you’re taking the plunge into marriage and might be planning a wedding at Gledswood (or anywhere else) and would love beautiful photography then it’s time to talk to Sarah or myself. We take compelling, elegant and timeless stills. We capture the most valuable images in the world. Yours.

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