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Two of my most recent weddings have been at Manor by the Lake in Cheltenham, and as I seems to exclusively get awesome couples here, I thought I’d do a big old Manor by the Lake wedding photography special!

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

Up first is 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!!

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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

Rachel & Adam

My first wedding of 2019, and a great start to the year! I first met Rachel & Adam in late 2017, and we met a couple of times before the wedding which was fun to get to know them, plus their little darling Ava!

The day started of, as you’d expect, with Karaoke in the Rock Bar. Adam and his mates belting out I don’t wanna miss a thing by Aerosmith was a wonderful rowdy start to proceedings! Things were a little calmer with Rachel, but only just with Ava providing the entertainment running on a wave of cake and sweets (rules go out the window on a wedding day) and she even had her own spontaneous plans on how the ceremony should go, with Mummy & Daddy being made to carry teddy bears during the vows.

The weather was cold but kind meaning outside confetti, plus some couples portraits, and the obligatory after dark shots too which is another reason why my Manor by the Lake wedding photography is great fun!

I loved every minute of it, and that pretty much shines through the happy photos I was able to snap!


100% recommend Lee

100% recommend Lee, in the nicest way possible I forgot he was at my wedding. The way he takes his photos are so discreet they are Incredible. Words can’t describe how happy we are with the photos and the care you provide. We will definitely keep in touch!

Rachel & Adam