Cheltenham Wedding Photographer

Living in the little village of Teddington I have the pleasure of being a Cheltenham wedding photographer at many of the wonderful venues we have in Cheltenham and the Cotswolds, and have formed close working relationships with venues like Manor by the Lake, Barn at Upcote, Hatherly Manor, Priors Court Barn, The Greenway and Pitville Pumprooms to name just a few, not mention those venues in the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire and South West.

These weddings have not only been enjoyed by local couples, but I have many clients who travel over here from London and all over the country for the dream country wedding, and Cheltenham is just perfect which makes my job as a Cheltenham wedding Photographer all the better.

What is your approach to Cheltenham wedding photography?

Every wedding is unique, and that is reflected in the images I deliver to you. I tell your wedding day story creatively and naturally, no standing around for hours having cheesy photos, I blend in like a guest with a camera capturing you and your guests at their most natural. I love to celebrate the joy and light of your day which hopefully shines through the pages of my website.

Just as every wedding is unique, every couple is unique as well. Some happy to play the model, others deeply shy and inexperienced in front of the camera. I work within your comfort zone, never dictating awkward or forced poses, but preferring for you to have a casual stroll together whilst I shoot from a distance, or place you within a beautiful scene simply existing together. Having worked at the vast majority of Cheltenham wedding venues I also know how they like to work, which makes the process even smoother.

Cheltenham Wedding Photography Venues

Manor by the Lake

Tailor made for beautiful weddings, incredible grounds and a brilliant team behind the scenes

Priors Court Barn

A relaxed and rural venue full of character and gorgeous ground to make your own

Barn at Upcote

A little amphitheatre of wedding greatness! Experts in the art and a lovely team to work with

The Greenway

A grand, exclusive and private venue, for the perfect choice for a perfect wedding

Hatherley Manor

Lovely ground, lots of inside and outside space with all the accommodation you need

Pittville Pumproom

At the heart of Cheltenham, one of our best known landmarks and a great place to get married.

What local knowledge do you have?

I have lived in Gloucestershire all my life, and most of that time in Cheltenham itself. This means that not only do I know Cheltenham wedding photography venues well, but I know loads of other little spots to sneak away to if needed for either a few portraits on the day itself, or an engagement shoot in the build up. As you may have picked up from my website, I have a real passion for what I do, so anything I can do to make it even more personal and tailored for you, I will.

I live here with my wife Kim, our sons Milo & Monty, plus a variety of dogs, cats and chickens! I don't just work as a Cheltenham wedding photographer, but I live it too, with a huge portfolio of Cheltenham scenery photography, often with a dog or two in the foreground!

What locations do you cover?

Most of my weddings are in Cheltenham, the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and the South West, but I travel nationwide for several weddings each year, and will even go overseas.

Have a look at some of my favourite venues in:

Why Choose Lee Hawley Photography

This is not formal wedding photography – I tell your wedding story naturally and creatively. No awkward poses, no saying cheese & no taking you away from your guests for hours. My goal is for you to feel like you have a friend as your photographer. By doing that I capture you at your most you, and create genuinely personal images.

I would love you to watch this short video on how I go about my passion.

Cheltenham Wedding Photographer Blog - Manor by the Lake with Steve & Alan

Several of my recent examples of Cheltenham wedding photography have been at Manor by the Lake, and as I seems to exclusively get awesome couples here, I thought I’d share one of my favourites!

Firstly lets chat about the venue itself. It has everything I want in a venue, with loads of character and spaces to explore outside, a beautiful building, some great ceremony locations both inside and outside, plus a friendly helpful team behind the scenes! It always seems to be Claudine who gets stuck with me, which is no bad thing at all as that extra familiarity just further helps the day run smoothly.

Oh of my favourite features of Manor by the Lake Wedding Photography is the Rock Bar! No better venue for pre-wedding banter with your mates, or for the photographer to have fun whilst you eat!

Steve & Alan

We first met in early 2018, and immediately clicked. It was obvious that they had a very clear vision for the look and feel for their day, and my goodness did they execute it! Every detail was so well considered and a joy to photograph, but still not as much as the guys themselves. The fun and warmth on their day at Manor by the Lake made my job easy, and I'm so happy I was able to translate that into images!

There were a couple of great music highlights - First was a Mariachi Band! Every wedding should have one. Happiest music ever, and they even do more songs than just dadadadadadada dadadadadadadda dadadaddadada dadadadadadada! (you know the one). Steve and Alan booked Mariachi Rey who were simply brilliant. The second was a surprise for Alan, and a bagpiper was snuck in to celebrate his Scottish homeland! His face when the pipes started playing in the distance was magic.

One great thing about winter Manor by the Lake weddings, is the opportunities for after dark photos, and this one was no different, check out the gallery below for these along with some of the highlights!

Thanks for having me guys!

What can we say other than wow!!

Lee Hawley Photography - Manor by the lake - Steve & Alan - wedding photographer-558

What can we say other than wow!! We did a lot of looking for the right photographer for our wedding in October 2018. We loved Lee’s website and he was shortlisted along with three other photographers. In the end Lee was the only photographer that we met, and we were certainly not disappointed.

From our very first meeting with Lee, we knew he was the right photographer for us – friendly and personable he certainly made us feel at ease on the first meeting and on the day of the wedding.

We met with Lee a couple of times and corresponded regularly on the lead up to our big day. We had a clear vision of what we wanted and what was expected and Lee delivered over and beyond this.

We had a final pre-wedding meeting with Lee, so we were very clear on what we did and didn’t want. Lee already knew the venue but would have done a site visit if needed.

On the day, wow, Lee worked so very hard. He worked with us to get the best of our guests and ourselves and never felt like he was in the way, everything felt so very natural.

We were delighted that we had a sample of photos to look at the next day, and were even more impressed when all our photos were available to view online within 2 weeks. Lee really did capture the magic of the day and how he managed to capture literally ALL our guests was just amazing.

We recently received our datastick with all the photos wonderfully packaged in a wooden carved box along with a selection of photos.

We have only been married 2 months but are repeatedly looking back over the photos – Lee did an amazing job! I’ve recommended him to others already and delighted to know my friend has booked him for her wedding.

We cannot praise Lee enough for the amazing job he did on our wedding photography, and couldn’t recommend him enough – and Lee is also a really great guy!!!

Steve & Alan

Who is the Cheltenham Wedding Photographer behind Lee Hawley Photography?

Lee Hawley Photography is owned and run by little old me. Everything you see on my website, every photo, web page, brochure, leaflet, email or social media post is made by me. This is way more than a wedding photography business. It is an all consuming passion and I want everything you experience with Lee Hawley Photography to be the result of my approach, work ethic and style. Warts and all! I would rather things be a bit quirky but be the real me. I know for every couple that is puts off, another will feel a connection. Resulting in me being the right wedding photographer for the right couple.

I am never not at "work". Email me, and you will get a reply ASAP, often at all hours. In a previous life I worked for well over a decade in construction and building services. Including 3 years on the tools as an electrician. I know what hard work is and what long hours are. I maintain that work ethic and then some as a Cheltenham wedding photographer in my own business Lee Hawley Photography. Often up late into the evening editing your images to stick to the short turn around times I promise, or meeting couples any evening of the week, sometimes in different counties.

The truth is, this isn't really work. I feel immensely privileged to do something I love so much. So it is the least I can do, to give it my all.


I live in a little village near Cheltenham in the Cotswolds. With my wife Kim, our 4 year old son Milo, new born Monty, Hugo the Bearded Collie, cat Dexter and 3 chickens. We also have 3 ponies, Paddy, Fern and Whisper. Oh, and my wife is a veterinary nurse, and serial animal hoarder. Can you tell?

Kim’s veterinary work and my working from home results in me being a very hands on dad. Spending a lot of my time with Milo, finding fun things to do, roping him into wedding photography research trips. Sat on my lap watching Thomas and Friends whilst I catch up on admin. Serving hundreds of meals, plus bath and bedtimes! I love it.


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This is not formal wedding photography

I tell your wedding story naturally and creatively. No awkward poses, no saying cheese. My goal is for you to feel like you have a friend as your photographer, and by doing that I capture you at your most you.

I truly invest in my couples, spending time to understand what makes you tick. Even if you don’t really know what you want, in a brief chat over coffee I will understand how best to approach your day, resulting in you being relaxed and able to enjoy your wedding and resulting in a set of images tailored to you.

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