Clearwell Castle Gloucestershire Wedding Photographs

Clearwell Castle Wedding Photographs

This year, more and more couples are booking me from abroad. Laura and Pete are from the UK but are now very settled in Australia. Through email, Facebook and telephone, we have got to know each other over the last year or so and I was really looking forward to their day. Clearwell Castle in the Forest of Dean is a great wedding venue and certainly lends itself to the dramatic weather we had on the day. As always, the boys were no way near ready when I got to them but Pete turned out to be one of the few grooms or ushers that can tie a cravat.  Laura was incredibly calm when I got to the girls and was in her dress in plenty of time to get used to wearing it.

The service was lovely and it was made all the more special by the fact that their friend played the organ for all the hymns. As you may see by the images, the skies absolutely opened when we were capturing a few images of Laura and Pete together. This may not be ideal circumstances but I think the shot in the archway is a lovely moment between them after they ran for cover. After the emotive and funny speeches came the first dance. This was followed by what is apparently a tradition amongst them and their friends to do what is referred to as the ‘Chicken Dance’. The boys roll their trousers up and well, dance like chickens. I get the feeling that the green shots that were going around may have contributed to the enthusiasm put into this!

Here are just a selection of images from their day. Feel free to comment, leave a message or ‘Like’ the collection.

Just as a side note, at this wedding I was filmed by the BBC for the One Show for a 5 minute film showing what a ‘professional’ photographer does at a wedding. I would just like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to Sarah the vicar for letting us in with a film crew, Val at Clearwell for looking after me and especially to Laura and Pete for allowing the BBC into their special day.

I hope you enjoy the images.

By Sean Gannon

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Paul Rogers - Sean, this is a great set of pictures. I love your off camera lighting, especially on the dance floor, but the shot of everyone photographing the bride and groom as they enter the reception is my favourite.

Clearwell Castle Wedding Featured in the One Show - […] Images from Laura & Petes Clearwell Castle Wedding […]

Jamie Crawford - Great stuff Sean. It was a privilege to see a really first class wedding photographer at work! And I love your photos. Did you put the light in the umbrella for that final one?

Ciara (Bridesmaid!!) - Sean, these are AMAZING!! Absolutely gorgeous photos and you managed to capture the day perfectly :)

Hayley McCann - Oh my…the tears are streaming right now…they are STUNNING! Looks like they’ve really captured the magic of the day. X

Margaret Showell - Loved the photo’s, they are just amazing, so glad you all had such a wonderful day.

Emma Ashmead - oh my they are the most beautiful pics i have ever seen, totally amazing x x my frave is the bride and groom kissing in the rain how lush x x x

Mike Hall - One word to describe these photos – wow!

Hayley Roberts - Absolutely beautiful… beyond anything we were expecting… and we had very high expectations Sean! Thank you!

Laura Roberts - They truly are amazing pictures Sean. You did a fabulous job and I can’t wait to see more…

Mark Gibbons - Wow, just incredible. Lost for words…

Siobhan Ferguson - Stunning pictures … Really looks like you captured the day!

Sean Gannon - Hi @[511152238:2048:Kay], that is so nice of you. It was an absolute pleasure to be part of their day. Thank you so much for the comments.

Kay Boucker - Oh Sean – these photographs are just beautiful. I spent the whole day holding back happy tears but these photographs have had tears falling freely. You have captured the very heart of Pete and Laura’s beautiful wedding that was filled with love, family, friends and laughter (not forgetting the Chicken Dance!). Thank you so much. Pete’s mum Kay. xx

Niki Waldegrave - Wow Sean, absolutely breathtaking photos that captured such a magnificent day. Truly stunning!

Kathryn Janes - wow, wow, wow. They’re stunning. I love the way you use light to create completely original, creative images. From the reflection one at the end to the one with the light shining through her veil and so many fun shots that capture the emotion and fun of what looks like a magical day. Lovely.

Pete (The Groom) - Sean you are a magician – photos are spectacular. We have a balcony view over the grand canal in Venice and all I can do is look at these photos… amazing…

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