A Halfpenny London Dress for a stylish Cotswolds Garden party wedding


E L L A & P A D


It’s not very often I post a full wedding blog slap bang in the middle of wedding season, because let’s face it, it’s wedding season….”Ain’t nobody got time for that” - (Said in the voice of Ru Paul)
However, I just HAD to make an exception for Ella and Pad’s heavenly big day.

Ella and Pad are one of those couples who naturally just click. They fit together like Gin & Tonic. A couple who love so happily and effortlessly that all you can do is smile when you look at them or even look at pictures of them. The little looks they give each other when the other isn’t watching, the gentle little touches, and the stolen kisses when they think nobody is looking (spoiler, I was and so was my camera). So when I arrived at Ella’s family home in the gorgeously green and picturesque Cotswolds I knew their day was going to be something special. And of course I wasn’t disappointed.

I was welcomed by the most incredible home set in the most incredible surroundings, where I was whisked to an equally as incredible room. I didn’t know where to start, but start I did. The rest of the morning flew by in a haze of happiness, for both myself and Ella and her family. For myself because I couldn’t get over how utterly perfect everything was. The surroundings, the styling, Ella and of course the light! Which is the biggest and most important part of a photographers job. The house was a combination of light and airy and dark and moody which made me grin like a Cheshire cat - Behind the camera of course.

Ella and Pad opted for a simple Church Service which led to tears, laughter and yet more tears followed by all the confetti. Now I’m not a religious person, and I always struggle with Church weddings, but not this day. It was one of the most beautiful churches I’d had the pleasure of working in, in the UK. High ceilings and completely flooded with natural light, it was a beautiful service. I lost a jacket along the way, but you know what, I was that blissfully happy from the photo taking that I didn’t even care.

From here everyone headed in convoy back to the family home where they walked through a walkway of wild flowers and grasses lined with festoon lighting until eventually they came to a huge clearing where a white marquee had been erected ready to meet the guests. Styled to perfection with simple white and green flowers hanging from the ceilings and table centre pieces, torn edge napkins which Ella had painstakingly done herself, simple flower buds as place settings and homemade palette furniture donned in cushions and blankets. Everything worked perfectly together. Their guests laughed, ate and drank the afternoon away lapping up all the sunshine, stopping only to eat and drink some more until the time had come to dance and sing the night away. And that they did!

Keep scrolling to see their whole day in all it’s gorgeously stylish glory.


Second Shooter - Olivia Whittaker
Dress - Halfpenny London
Boutique - White Closet Studios
Shoes - Topshop
Bridesmaid dress - Ghost London
Grooms suit - Gieves & Hawkes
Grooms Tie - Drake’s London
Groomsmen suits - M&S
Groomsmen Ties - OTAA Australia
Make up - Bryony Dalton Make up
Hair - Martin Crean at Mode
Veil - handmade
Marquee & Festoon lighting - Boutique Marquees
Catering - The Wild Oven
Florals - Lous Blooms