I felt privileged this weekend to capture the gorgeous O’Malley Wedding at the beautiful Dillington House in Whitelackington Somerset. A venue that has always been an aspiration of mine to work at since becoming a Wedding photographer, so I was really excited for it. It’s everything that you hope for from a venue as a photographer – organised, easy to work with, accommodating, professional, I could go on. Emily and her team were amazing and I know that the couple share that sentiment too.
It was AMAZING to be back shooting.
I met Ben and Lauren a couple of years ago when their daughter Amelia was born and they came to me for new born photos. Having met such a lovely couple and helped them make some amazing memories of a very small Amelia it was a true honour and privilege to be selected as the photographer for their Wedding day and be given the opportunity to continue to tell their story.
These guys were my most organised couple to date, booking their Wedding 2 years in advance, almost as if they’d seen the global Pandemic coming to get married the other side of it. Impeccable planning! Dillington House is stunning where ever you are on the grounds and are able to accommodate indoor or outdoor ceremonies and events. This meant that with current restrictions in place Lauren and Ben were able to have a beautiful, intimate outdoor ceremony with 30 guests without masks denying them from their guests smiles laughter and emotion.
There’s something different about restricted Weddings. Somehow, with less people than you be used to seeing at a typical Wedding, you feel a greater sense of love in the air. Maybe it’s a side effect of people being kept apart for so long? Who know. This couple had decided that the most important thing to them is that they get married – regardless of guest numbers and all that goes with it. The single most important thing to them was that they tied the knot, and there’s something about that that just hits you right in the feels!
One of the highlights for me is always the people that you get to meet.
(The couple’s daughter, Amelia (Right) stole the show as her parents exchanged vows)
The bridal party and families made me feel so welcome and were good fun when shooting which always makes my job enjoyable and much easier – so I thank them all for that. Although, there might be a young bridesmaid who pulled a few faces during the group shots that might make them slightly harder to edit 😉
And last but not least I made some great new connections with some true masters of their craft and were able to share some amusing anecdotes of our COVID and lockdown journeys.
Mary Beth Trigwell
Amy Elizabeth (@amyemakeup) was on Make Up duty and Marybeth Trigwell (@Marybethtrigwellhairandmua) was the hair squad and both were incredibly accommodating of me and also put themselves in the running to become future Photographers Assistants with excellent styling tips and advice, and movement of props and equipment – If every Bride prep team were like those guys I’d be loving life! these guys are absolute professionals, look them up if you’re looking for hair and make up for sure.
And saving the best for last because he needs no introduction – Kieran Clarke Entertainments (@kieranclarkents). A top guy with years and years in the industry provide all manner of event offerings from DJing to inflatable fair games and horse races. If you’ve been to a Wedding or an event in the south west the chances are that he’s been there. Highly recommended and knows Weddings and venues in the South West like no one else out there.
Flowers by Dahlia Florists
Thanks again to Ben, Lauren, their families, friends and everyone who made the day so perfect. I’ve shared a lovely preview gallery with the couple and have lots more to come.
As I left the venue I couldn’t help but feel sad that the day was over, but I can’t wait to deliver the images so that they can relive the day.