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Stowe Gardens wedding – Mike & Claire

Stowe Gardens wedding – Mike & Claire – The Temple of Venus

Mike and Claire’s Stowe Gardens wedding was held at the beautiful and aptly named Temple of Venus.  It was my first time shooting at Stowe Gardens.  What a place!  Stowe School is on site for much larger weddings, I can imagine anyone getting married at Stowe would be spoilt for choice with locations.

The wedding was very special for me as Claire and Mike are good friends.  Mike has known my husband Grant since school and they both came to our wedding in France in 2011.  I love shooting for friends but my word do I feel the pressure!  I’m always very nervous before a wedding, after 21 years of shooting weddings, I still feel terrible before starting each one!  I guess it’s a bit worse with friends.

My hands were shaking when I got the camera bag out of the boot and I took a few deep breaths before knocking on Claire’s door.  Once I start shooting, all my nerves go and I get into my stride.  I look for expressions, feelings, nice compositions and above all images which will make my couple remember the moments that pass so quickly.  Because after all, when the day is done – all you have are the pictures.  That’s why I get nervous I guess, I know how important those pictures are and how they actually get more and more valuable as time passes.  That’s why it’s such a special thing to be able to do for someone.

Anyway, here are this weeks favourites of Mike and Claire’s Stowe Gardens wedding…

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Gorgeous Claire!

Gorgeous Claire!

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The boys scrubbed up OK!


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Claire arrives. The sun came out!

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Mike’s son hands his Dad the ring.


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I love arranging beautiful groups. This was everyone who was at the wedding.


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The locations for pictures were amazing.


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Even though the architecture was beautiful for pictures – give me a field of over-grown weeds any day!

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Love this!

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After the ceremony we headed off the Boycott Farm for the wedding feast.

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Claire came dressed for the farm!

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Congratulations Mike and Claire!

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