July was the turn of Natalie and Luke to tie the knot at Tortworth Court. The day started with Natalie getting ready at Tortworth Court in one of their many many rooms! The Orangery was ready for their reception later as they were getting married at their local church just 5 minutes down the road for Tortworth. If you haven’t seen the Orangery at Tortworth then you are missing out! It is gorgeous! Natalie and Luke chose a board game theme – LOVE IT! This was perfect as it meant I could get all the styling and details shots done in the morning whilst taking photos of Natalie and her girls.
Boy did those girls know how to have fun whilst getting ready. We had the prosecco poured, the breakfast on the table and the music playing! I kid you not before we had even got to the church we had getting ready photos of the girls dancing the YMCA, one of Natalie’s bridesmaids getting a quick hair cut and them all jumping on the bed!
Her wonderful make up artist Phoebe run May Williams Make Up and was absolutely amazing to work with.
Before we knew it, it was time to head to the church. Natalie was travelling in style with the amazing Uley Wedding Cars to and from the church. When we arrived lots of local church friends were waiting outside to greet Natalie. It really was a local village affair. We headed inside for the ceremony and Natalie and Luke had certainly thought of everyone. Around the whole church were little mementos and photos of loved ones who were sadly no longer with us. A beautiful little touch that was taken onto Tortworth Court after.
The ceremony was beautiful and then we headed outside for round one of confetti and an old tradition I had never seen before. Natalie and Luke explained to me on their engagement shoot that there was the old tradition that the couple get ‘locked in’ behind the gate in the church grounds. In order to get out they needed to pay by throwing coins over the gate. So that’s exactly what happened: Natalie and Luke were ‘locked’ or in this case a ribbon was tied on the gate of the church. They then threw some coins over the gate and all the local children ran around trying to get the coins. Nice way to get some pocket money and great for photos!
All the guests went on to Tortworth Court whilst we took some photos round the church and with the car. Once we arrived back at Tortworth we had round two of confetti in the ground there. The grounds at Tortworth are lovely! There are so many lovely spots for group photos and portraits which we utilised throughout the day.
After some lovely speeches and the cutting of the most beautiful cake created by Cake Box, it was time for the first dance! Natalie and Luke had a little routine planned which they practised earlier in the day when we went off for portraits just the three of us. I played their song on my photo whilst practising away from the guests. It was so lovely and also brilliant for me as I knew what was coming! The Orangery is a great space for a dancefloor and the vibe is hard to beat with the night sky above your head!
Tips from this Tortworth Court Wedding to take to yours: