This Surrey Wedding photographer has been on her travels – but not too far just up to Cheltenham. The glorious golden honey stoned buildings of the Cotswolds are very lovely to photograph; the low light of Winter reflects off them in a beautiful way. And this intimate winter wedding took place on leap day at Manor by the Lake in the middle of the Cotswolds.  Originally known as Arle Court, the building has passed through private hands and then was sold to become Cheltenham Film Studios. It was acquired by the present owners in 2013 and following a multi-million pound project to restore it to it’s original grandeur, the Manor is now an exclusive use wedding and function venue. And I have to say that they have done a truly wonderful job. The rain kept off the whole day so we were able to take photographs outside in the romantic grounds with the glorious backdrop of the Manor’s Elizabethan arches and tower. One of the first things that you notice about the garden is the outstanding topiary, but there are many different areas to the grounds; from the stunning lake and bridge, to the Italian walled garden. The interior was equally as grand with the huge staircase, high ceilings and oak panelling. We photographed our bride, Louise, in Room 1. It  is a stunning room with it’s silver canopied fourposter and roll top bath in the window, the thick white carpet and stunning views make this an extremely luxurious bedroom.  The couple were married in the Maximilian room and afterwards had canapés and drinks in the hall. With only twenty-five people in the wedding party you might have expected it to be quiet but they were great people and Louise and Kieran were cheered on by their close friends and family as they celebrated their day together. And although it is a large manor, the atmosphere was very homely, the couple had placed personal photos in each room and it felt very personal. It would be remiss of me not to mention that the beautiful wedding cake was made by the bridegroom – we were very impressed.  Congratulations to you both!


Mercedes Evans Photographer