Tess & John - Summer Solstice

Matara Centre Wedding Photographer

Tess & Jon’s epic wedding at Matara was the perfect celebration of following your heart and doing what you love. An amazing supporting cast of guests from both sides of the Atlantic here to celebrate on the day of the summer solstice.

After their original photographer had to pull out 3 weeks before the wedding day, Tess contacted me to step in and tell their wedding story, being an experienced Matara Centre wedding photographer I was able to easily fill in.

We met the night before to run through the days details and to become a bit more acquainted as they had only just landed in the Cotswolds. We also did  a quick photo shoot to help things along!

The day itself was a scorcher, with so many laughs and happy people.

Tess, Jon, their friends and families were a joy to work with, immediately making me feel like one of their guests. I loved the unfiltered displays of emotion, the unique style of many of the guests and the beautiful details of the decor.

Tess and Jon were game for all my suggestions, resulting in some of my favourite photos of the year.

Matara was an amazing host as ever, and I was able to use the woods for a hero shot for the first time. It’ll certainly be amongst my entries for the 2018 Matara Awards! and another reason I love being a Matara Centre wedding photographer.

I hope you enjoy the VLOG and gallery below.


UPDATE Feb 2019 – I am delighted to have won a Best of the Best award for this photo at the annual Matara Awards!

Video Diary

Take a look behind the scenes

Wedding Highlights


Lee is quite simply brilliant!

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Lee is quite simply brilliant! He took the most amazing collection of images throughout our wedding day: lovely natural shots of our dear friends and family (many of whom are now using his pictures for their social media profile pics as he has a great knack for capturing the best in people!!); pictures of the tiny details; pictures of the whole happy big group; and some simply stunning shots of us out at sunset that are photographically brilliant- and way beyond our wildest dreams as to what the images for the day could possibly be. We couldn’t have asked for a more magical or memorable record of the day.
Not only that- he’s an all-round lovely human, great on the preparatory communications and super professional throughout. Trust me -you really, really do want to work with him for your wedding! Very, very highly recommended by us both. Tess and John.

Tess & John

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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.

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