How do you plan a Cotswold wedding?

Cotswolds wedding photography is what I do, but planning a Cotswolds wedding requires more than choosing your wedding photographer. We have a thriving industry here that has grown around a remarkable array of quality wedding venues. Not only does this make Cotswold wedding photography the dream job, but also means I get to work with the best wedding suppliers in the business too.

For the couple it is about assembling your perfect team! You'll have your checklist of jobs to fill and I wholeheartedly recommend you meet them all before booking. The quality of their work is obviously essential, but nothing beat seeing the whites of their eyes to be sure you can trust them to deliver when it matters. But also to decide if they will be nice to work with. Your dsuppliers should add to your wedding experience, not detract from it.

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Featured wedding - Hyde House - Gihani & Stuart

You can pretty much guarantee whenever Sandra Elizabeth (hair) and I get booked for the same wedding, the bride will be a total legend and the bridal prep on the day will be a lot of fun. This theory has been proven several times in 2019, with Gihani being a particular highlight.

Even for a Cotswold wedding photographer used to beautifyul venues, Hyde House is stunning. Purpose built for weddings with separate ceremony (both inside and outside) and wedding breakfast spaces, loads of indoor reception space, and beautiful gardens and grounds for when the sun shines. Not to mention a passionate and attentive team, which cannot be underestimated in having the perfect, trouble free day.

Gee and Stuart had the Grange for their ceremony.  A purpose built building exclusively for ceremonies, that they even got input from photographers on the lighting design. Gee looked incredible as she walked down the aisle. When you look below at the photos fill in your own caption for Stuarts face after he sees her!

The whole day was a dream to capture. Gee and Stuart didn’t stop smiling, and Hyde House provided the perfect back drop. Plus great inspiration for some their couples portraits.

Can’t wait to go back soon!


above all one of the nicest people

Hyde House Wedding Photography

Lee you are my hero, you could not have done for Stuart and I. All my friends loved you. Thank you so much. Got a little emotional looking at the photos We are both so lucky to have worked with an amazingly talented and above all one of the nicest people. Thank you so much for capturing our day. xxx

Gihanni & Stuart


Photography - Lee Hawley Photography

Hair - Sandra Elizabeth

Make-up - Florence Wear

Dress - Stella York

Venue - Hyde House

Video - David Grange

If that doesn’t get Hyde House on your short list of venues, nothing will! I am there at least twice next year, and cant wait to go back for more of my favourite Cotswold wedding photography.

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Wedding Shows

The internet is of course the first stop when planning, and with many couples planning a Cotswold wedding living outside of the Cotswolds it's the only realistic way, but if you can get along to some of the high quality wedding shows we have in the county you can get a lot of jobs ticked off efficiently, including your Cotswold wedding photography. I am a regular at the Bride & Groom show at the Cheltenham Town hall every January and Autumn and the Cheltenham Race Course show in February and Autumn, amongst many others.




The Bridal Prep Rooms

A wedding doesn't start at the ceremony time. The morning of the day shouldn't be something to just get through, it should be part of the days fun and excitement, and by booking the right people it can be every bit as memorable as any other point of the day. Two people who understand this are Sandie and Jodi at the Bridal Prep Rooms who have set up a bespoke prep venue for exactly that! With many venues having compromised or no prep space at all, taking advantage of this space could make all the difference.




Should we have an engagement shoot?

There are a number of reasons why these are worth considering. The biggest being it gives you some experience working with your photographer. I love seeing couples go from quite apprehensive about what they are going to be expected to do, and finishing the “shoot” with a big sigh of relief that the hardest thing they’ve had to do is walk with their fiancé in the Cotswold countryside! Having this backdrop on our doorstep for these shoots is yet another joy of Cotswold wedding photography, so as well as the experience you will get some lovely photos too!





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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Posted by Lee Hawley