Kathryn and James’ wedding at St Audries Park, West Quantoxhead, Somerset

Henley and I are originally from Surrey, having lived in London and then moved to Devon three years ago, so can totally understand why many of the weddings we cover in Devon, Dorset and Somerset are couples from London and the home counties looking for a countryside wedding. Kat and James however went one step further, and flew over from Adelaide, Australia for their wedding at St Audries Park in West Quantoxhead, Somerset having seen it on the internet.

James was originally from the UK and met Kat at a church in Adelaide when he was travelling the world, and moved over to Oz to be together. A lovely touch for the day was that their Pastor Danny also flew over from Oz to conduct the service, and having known Kat and her family for years, gave a very personal and moving service.

Kat’s parents are wedding photographers in New York and it was plain to see Kat had a natural flair for looking fab in front of the camera – her father taught her well!

Kat and James both looked gorgeous and along with Kats two wedding dresses, gave us some fantastic photo opportunities.

Below are a few personal favourites from the day and once you’ve had a look click here to go and browse over their beautiful video from our partner videography team, FX Films.

Close face profile shot of bride getting ready at St Audries Bride laughing in her dressing gown in St Audries Park, West Quantoxhead. Makeup artist, bride and her reflection during getting ready for a wedding at St Audries Park, West Quantoxhead. Makeup artist inspecting her work as a bride gets ready for her wedding. Bridesmaid sits on floor and smiles up at the bride as she gets ready for her wedding. Makeup artist and bride Makeup artist applying mascara to a brides eyelashes. Laughing bride Brides mouth as she gets ready. Bride fastens earring Bride Bride tickles young bridesmaid at St Audries Park, West Quantoxhead
Bride and hairspray at St Audries Park, West Quantoxhead Bride looks at her hanging wedding dress Bride almost ready for the wedding ceremony. Bridesmaid at St Audries Park, West Quantoxhead Bride under St Audries Park skylight. Bride and parents on main staircase in St Audries Park, West Quantoxhead Bride and her father walk up the aisle as her groom awaits. Father of the bride smiles at groom during ceremony. Bride smiles in the Victorian Orangery in St Audries Park, West Quantoxhead Groom wipes his eye during a ceremony in the Victorian Orangery, St Audries Park. Bridesmaid holding flowers in the Victorian orangery. Father of the bride and the bride both pray. Bride, Groom and Vicar all laugh during service. Father of the bride watches his daughter being married in the Victorian orangery. Groom laughing. Bride, groom and vicar. Bride looks at her new husband lovingly. Groom places the brides ring on her finger. Bride and groom Bride and groom kiss. Bride and groom smile. Young usher looks towards ceremony Guests gather in St Audries hall. Bridesmaids dress bow Guests smiling with bride Bridesmaid writing a personal message in the newly weds memory book St Audries decor Family Photos during a wedding reception Father of the bride chats with a friend informal family photo at a wedding. Young Usher smiles Bride and Groom kiss in St Audries Park Groom dips his new wife for a couple photo at St Audries Park Bride and groom laugh in main front doorway at St Audries Park Groom kisses laughing bride on the neck. Bride and Groom in St Audries Park gardens Groom kisses brides head during their wedding at St Audries Park. Brides earrings Bride and Groom at St Audries Park, Somerset Bride and Groom pose with red ivy at St Audries Park, West Quantoxhead, Somerset. Groom prepares speech in the main hall Bride and Groom enter their wedding breakfast at St Audries Park. Family laugh during wedding breakfast speeches Friend presents a speech to wedding guests during the wedding breakfast Bride smiles during speeches. Wedding guests hold up poster of the band West Life, mocking the groom. Groom Bride and groom laugh during the grooms speech. Wedding reception speeches toast Groom removes the garter from his bride in the great hall at St Audries, West Quantoxhead Bride surprised as her husband removes her garter at St Audries. Bride and groom Bride and groom High shot of bride and groom dancing in the hall at St Audries, West Quantoxhead Laughing bride during her first dance at her wedding. Young usher pulls some fancy moves on the dance floor. The Victorian Orangery at night, based at St Audries Park, West Quantoxhead, Somerset, UK. Bride dances with her father at her wedding. Groom watches his new wife with her father, dancing. Bride and father dance.

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Dave Scarallo - February 5, 2011 - 11:21 am

Dear Henley and Laura,

Thank you so much for the outstanding job you did for Kat and James. When we looked at the photos there was an overwhelming sense of reliving the EMOTIONS of the day. The strong graphic quality combined with the unobtrusive observation and recording of the event was a breath of fresh air for me. Your images combine the love in a family snapshot with the graphic and technical quality of truly professional images.

I envy you your breathtaking locations and the freedoms that the digital age has opened up for you. The ability to change ISO ratings at will in order to capture a nuance of light would have been a daunting task with the equipment we used to use; the ability to isolate a detail with zoom lenses… I could go on and on. Suffice to say you made an old warhorse reconsider his “retirement” and consider doing a few weddings here and there.

Having entered the ministry 5 years ago, I assumed my photo career was over, and it really is, but can you imagine the first time I rolled up to a wedding to marry the couple rather than photograph them!!!? I am thinking of maybe straddling the fence a bit. It might not work for any number of reasons, but thank you for allowing me to see the possibilities.

I know I am rambling now but, having seen the highlight clip at FX Films and read the list of ten reasons why they love working together with you I envy you your professional partnering. You obviously know how special that is.

Wishing you well in every part of your life,
Dave Scarallo
(Kathryn’s Dad)

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Laura and Julian’s wedding at Kenn Parish Church followed by The Drewe Arms in Dartmoor.

Laura and Julian are based in London and live for their weekends getting away from it all when they visit Laura’s parents in Devon, so they decided to celebrate their wedding down this neck of the woods. The intimate ceremony was held at the beautiful family church of St Andrews in Kenn, and the couple along with guests left in gorgeous vintage buses stocked with champagne bound for The Drewe Arms in Drewsteignton where they had a cream tea reception.

During the after dinner speeches, Julian got a bit of a ribbing from his brothers best man speech, with embarrassing childhood stories and a poem he had written about Julian’s exes. Luckily Julian took it well and his friends found it hilarious.

Below are a few of our personal favourites from the day:

Claire - October 30, 2010 - 5:02 pm

Wow – my jaw actually dropped at the first photograph of the church. And Laura’s dress is absolutely incredible – wow again. I don’t think there’s a word for how much I love this blog post!

Dave and Clare’s wedding at Newick Park Hotel and Country Estate, Near Lewes in East Sussex

Dave and Clares wedding saw us head off to Newick Park Hotel and country Estate in East Sussex to cover their day. Newick Park is set in its own private park of 255 acres, but unfortunately the rain put a stop to any ideas of canapes and drinks outside, although we did grab the couple for a few shots in the loggia outside while the rain held off.

Richard from our cinematography partner FX Films was the best man and did a fantastic speech with a few surprises such as the life size print of Dave on his stag do, dressed as Daffyd (‘the only gay in the village’ from Little Britain).

As Richard was enjoying himself as a guest, the talented Pete from Engage Cinematic Wedding Films captured the day on film.

Below are a few of our personal favourites from the day:

Richard W - October 19, 2010 - 10:03 pm

We’ve all fallen in love with the photos! SO strange being on the other side of the lenses, but we genuinely couldn’t believe how unobtrusive you both are, but yet still surprising us with all these great epic photos!!
Congrats to our great mates, Dave and Clare!

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