On 25th February I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of Claire Hill and Richard Walters, held at St.Pierre Country Club and Hotel near Chepstow, the wedding was a lovely blend of classic tradition with alternative and quirky edge.
Claire was born in Neath, South Wales, but moved to Johannesburg South Africa at the age of 18 months. The couple met after Claire moved to London and had originally wanted a beach wedding in South Africa. The couple decided to hold the wedding in the UK so both sides of the family could share in their special day together. – with the South Africa vs Wales rugby on, a big screen playing the match were a must! (Unfortunately one of the bridesmaids was unable to attend, but thanks to Skype was able to be part of the special day via the internet!)
Both work for professional golf in Europe Africa and Asia, so the lush green surrounding landscape of the golf course at St Pierre provided the perfect location. (they even had the chance make use of a golf buggy to transport them across the venue!)
Bride Claire had seen some of my alternative photography work, and thought I would fit the atmosphere of the day well– the wedding had a steampunk/gothic atmosphere with a ‘funky shoes’ theme. Guests certainly adhered to the dress code with funky shoes galore, from black red and white personalised brogues and burgundy winkle pickers to thigh-high patent boots.
The Bride and Groom adopted the black white and red colour theme perfectly. Claire’s beautiful white vintage lace dress contrasted with her brilliant red and black skull detailed boots, whilst husband Richard’s funky Red Doc Martins set off the groomsmen’s cravats and red flower arrangements perfectly. The flowers in red and black colourings were provided by Crown Hill nurseries and tied the theme together seamlessly.
After the ceremony, Claire has a surprise dress change, stepping out in a gorgeous black gothic outfit- with an alternative steam punk edge. Her metal clasped velvet bodice dress was paired with a layered neck tied shoulder cape, and lace up leather arm pieces. Head to toe in luxurious black, I just had to take her over to the graveyard for some gothic-inspired shots!
The entire day was fabulous, I really enjoyed having the opportunity to photograph an alternative wedding, (one of many to come hopefully!) and meet such a lovely, vibrant couple and their family and friends! The theme was fantastic and the whole day a huge success, I wish them all the best for their future together.- Charlie
Please see below slideshow for full coverage (photographers favourites) of the Wedding!
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