Front cover stars of the current Cotswold Life Pure Weddings magazine Dawn and Rich were married on Saturday 4th May 2013 at Dewsall Court.
For those of you that haven’t yet discovered Dewsall Court, it is a Grade II listed family home refurbished to an incredibly luxurious and stylish 10 bedroom house.
All of the rooms have their own feature bathrooms – when I first visited I wanted to move in – I still do!
The house is at the end of a country lane and a short walk (down the driveway) to St Michaels and all Angels Church, set in 15 acres of grounds with views to the Black Mountains and surrounded by 1000 acres of land belonging to the Duchy of Cornwall.
When I arrived Dawn and her soon to be step daughters and her son were all getting ready and having a relaxed breakfast in the main house.
Shortly after, Roo was suited and booted and we went to find Rich to take these cute photographs!
The wedding ceremony took place in the Wain House which is a beautiful stone and wooden pillared barn heated by large wood burning stove.
Dawn and Rich had chosen a country chic styling with jam jars filled with flowers to decorate the Wain House.
Dawn made the short walk down the path from the main house to the Wain House for the ceremony on the arm of her Father, with the girls walking ahead with a cute sign saying ‘Here comes your girl Daddy’!
Following the civil ceremony, Dawn, Rich, their family and friends, walked through the gardens to St Michaels and all Angels Church which it literally next door.
There they had their marriage blessed by one of the coolest vicars I have ever met! Before walking back through the gardens to Dewsall Court for their champagne reception.
Before dinner Dawn changed into a stunning evening gown. As you can see by Rich’s face as she came down the stairs he was blown away by how beautiful she looked.
Dinner was served in the Wain House at rows of banquet style tables with a yummy meal of food to share so that everyone chatted to everyone else!
I was delighted to sit with a group of Dawn’s work colleagues and enjoy some time out over dinner!
Some very funny speeches and some very emotional speeches created both laughter and tears in equal measure...
Dawn’s and Rich’s wedding cake was made my family friend Amy also pictured with her creation.
They made their way back to the Wain House which was now ready for the evening and danced their first dance as Mr & Mrs to ‘It had to be you’ performed by The Hipcats!
I met Dawn and Rich after photogtaphing the wedding of their dear frinds Davinia and Joe who attended the wedding with Joe’s parents. I’m also photographing Joe’s Aunty’s wedding this summer!
Dawn’s and Rich’s testimonial:
We wanted our wedding to be a very relaxed affair and decided to get married in the middle of a long weekend at the stunning Dewsall Court, near Hereford, accompanied by our friends and family. We knew it would be a weekend to remember and needed a photographer that could capture the essence of the place and the mood of the occasion. Some friends of ours (Joe and Davinia) recommended Nikki and showed us the fantastic pictures she’d taken at their wedding; from the first time we met her we knew we’d made the right choice. Her portfolio is stunning but, for us, her ethos and personality were what sealed the deal. Nothing’s too much trouble for Nikki and she does everything with a great big smile on her face!
We’re both busy people and didn’t really have the time to devote to some of the detail. We needn’t have worried – Nikki was all over it. She suggested an itinerary for the day, recommended florists and even put us in touch with a celebrant. She’s so much more than a photographer (although she’s a pretty tremendous one of those)! When we visited Dewsall Court for a pre-wedding shoot and recce, Nikki was so animated about the place that it fuelled our own excitement about our big day. She was brimming with ideas about photo opportunities, came up with a comprehensive photo plan for the day and also produced some wonderful engagement photos and family portraits.
On the day, Nikki was quietly efficient, capturing everything we wanted, and much more, without the obtrusive and overbearing nonsense of so many wedding photographers. Her relaxed, friendly and confident approach worked perfectly and we ended up with a book of memories that we’ll cherish forever. She even managed to get our ugly mugs onto the front cover of the Cotswold Life Wedding Supplement – Nikki, we salute you!
Dawn and Rich
All images ©Nikki Kirk Photography 2013