manor by the lake wedding by liam smith photography
Manor by the lake wedding photography, Cheltenham
It’s always tough meeting couples for the first time on the wedding day, sometimes it just cant be helped. Phone calls, email and Skype are magnificent, but being in someone’s presence is a real game changer. Luckily for me everyone at this intimate wedding made me feel so welcome from the start, so much so that I even got up and had a dance at the end :), this fabulous day dear readers was held at Manor by the lake, a beautiful little venue seemingly hidden in plain site. One minute you’re traversing the high street admiring the quaint shops and such, turn one corner and voila! A massive house set in splendid grounds, if you’re looking for a venue in Cheltenham, this is the one.
Manor by the lake is such a beautiful spot for a wedding, the entire venue is private hire so no intrusions and is run by an incredibly lovely set of staff on hand to help you navigate the grounds. Further fabulous people were encountered when I met the registrars, it makes such a difference when they’re jolly folk “take whatever pictures you want, just don’t roll around on the floor!”
Upon arrival I was free to wonder and assemble a little scene out of the dress and shoes, a double aspect room makes this particularly easy, as does a monstrous four post bed. This family is so close nit its amazing, the couple and their two children were all so happy together, family bundles and squidges all round. I love the moments shared between mum and daughter, I love them all and couldn’t edit them out. The day progressed with wine, laughter and ceilidh dancing, with some balloons thrown in for good measure. Luckily the weather held out long enough for us to make use of the grounds, the benefit of the venue is the covered walkway outside the front entrance, even if it is pouring down you can still seek shelter and take some outdoor shots in arches. A fantastic day, so glad to be a part of it, thanks guys, big love!