English Wedding photo shoot – Ellenborough Park

Bring on the glitz and glamour – let’s brighten up a working morning with a little luxury, sparkle, glamour and elegance in a stunning stately home wedding venue shall we?

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Jonathon Watkins of Photoglow Photography sent me this beautiful collection of photographs which showcase his style and approach to shooting weddings. And I love it: this is what English Wedding blog is all about, embracing glamour and stunning imagery.

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The bridal shoot took place at Ellenborough Park, which is a luxurious stately home just outside Cheltenham. With a history dating back to the 1400s, Ellenborough Park is a fascinating and magnificent venue for weddings, and the perfect location for a wedding photo shoot!

wedding photography uk (9)I adore the scope and atmosphere of the wedding venue: the murals paint a picture of times gone by – and yet it’s easy to imagine the lords and ladies, even kings and queens, treading the same stairs as the bride and groom in the shoot.

wedding photography uk (32)What a stunning, elegant wedding dress. This is Papillon by Jenny Packham.

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I remember when Jonathon, who also organised the shoot, got in touch first of all on twitter to tell me about the day. Karma Kars Cotswolds had been passing by, and pulled up in front of Ellenborough Park to join in the shoot at the last minute!

I blogged about Karma Kars back in January this year – read about Karma Kars on English Wedding blog.

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Ellenborough Park has a lovely long room for civil ceremonies – very elegant and with that amazing high ceiling, and there’s even a balcony!

wedding photography uk (37)Our bride and groom are the gorgeous Laura Edwards and George Montague – they make fabulous models for this shoot, and yet neither models full time! They are both very talented creative types: Laura is a writer and editor; George a singer songwriter, composer and musician! I feel incredibly lucky to have such talented faces gracing my little wedding blog!

wedding photography uk (1)A glamorous English bride…

wedding photography uk (5)I love this photograph of Laura: her expression, her pose, the light and of course the gorgeous birdcage veil / hair accessory and wedding bouquet. Doesn’t she look amazing? Some of the images by Photoglow Photography really blew me away, and this is a favourite.

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wedding photography uk (13)The second wedding dress is Florenina by Ian Stuart. I love this – I’d love to wear Ian Stuart for a day, wouldn’t you?! (Are you? Do share, if you’re lucky enough to be an Ian Stuart bride!)

wedding photography uk (2)The bride and groom together look fabulous. Here Laura’s Ian Stuart dress is draped beautifully across the seat – making the most of such a wonderfully extravagant wedding dress is a must!

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wedding photography uk (3)And the gorgeous groom!

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wedding photography uk (17)The photography of George really made me smile: it’s great to see the contrasts between the cheeky groom putting his shoes on in the bathtub, to the solemn and thoughtful young statesman at his desk by the window. Penning his wedding speech, perhaps?

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wedding photography uk (16)The little wedding details…

wedding photography uk (6)Wedding flowers by Donna Beaver – The Flower Studio, Cheltenham (The Flower Studio facebook page)

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wedding photography uk (11)I love the intricate lace and flower detail on the wedding dress. The dress and groomswear were kindly supplied by Wedding Days & Regency Groom of Cheltenham for the Ellenborough Park shoot.

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wedding photography uk (23)Last but not least…. dainty wedding cupcakes were supplied by The Vanilla Pod Bakery in Cheltenham. They’re so pretty!
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A parting shot… stunning wedding photography

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Jonathon Watkins of Photoglow Photography, based in Cheltenham, is one to watch. Creative wedding photography like this is worth every penny!

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wedding photography uk (27)Night time at Ellenborough Park wedding venue in Cheltenham – I love the magical luminescence in this little sequence of wedding photos.

wedding photography uk (28)The colours, the shine, the excitement in these pictures is almost tangible. A glorious end to a fabulous creative day.

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wedding photography uk (35)This photo shoot was a collaboration between a group of wedding suppliers. If you’re near Cheltenham and planning your wedding, here’s a list of suppliers you should definitely investigate further!

Huge thanks to Jonathon Watkins of Photoglow Photography who coordinated the shoot and submitted it for inclusion on English Wedding blog.

You can now click to see the full collection of images (there simply wasn’t room for them all on English Wedding!) here – Ellenborough Park wedding photography collection

Ellenborough Park wedding suppliers

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



  • Jenny McAvoy
    9 years ago

    What a fabulous venue-stunning and I LOVE LOVE LOVE Jenny Packham gowns

  • chris hanley
    9 years ago

    excellent Jonathon, nice to see some of the tips and tricks employed from your workshop with me and D 😉
    Hi 5’s
    Chris Hanley

  • Jonathon Watkins
    9 years ago

    Oh yes Chris. I give credit where credit is due. 😉 I got a lot out of your workshop and am building on it all the time.

    Jenny, yes, we chose a Jenny Packham Papillon as it complemented the venue so well, as did the Florenina by Ian Stuart.

  • Dave Simmons
    9 years ago

    Gorgeous venue!

  • I love the Chunky Bracelet, it adds class and style! The groom in the bath tub picture is also quite funky – great pics!

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