Chris Storey Photography

Acrobatics, Fun, Frolics and Mechanical Breakdowns 

– plus some on body shirt ironing.

 

What a wedding this was!  Domaine De Villot was the venue for our first of the 2024 season and what a way to start.  A great venue for a wedding in the countryside of Lot et Garonne, the venue has everything you need including two pools, 41 bedrooms, acres of land, tennis courts and more.
 
As a wedding photographer in the Dordogne, we’ve met so many lovely couples and Adele & Jac were no different.
 
See their full gallery here
 
 From the get go, we had fun.  Meeting Adele & Jac on the  Thursday at the venue before their wedding on the Saturday, we immediately felt at ease with their welcoming, friendly personalities.  This after their van broke down near Calais, meaning their overnight sleep was in the back of a rental van before they arrived at the venue.
 
 
 
We had the delight to meet their beautiful Australian sheep dog, “Squint”, who doubled as their ring bearer on the wedding day.  She was so calm, but when the videographer, Dayne from Whitestone Media got the drone in the air, she quickly went into destroy mode, good job dogs don’t have wings!
 
 
 
 
We arrived at 10am on the Saturday morning, to a chilled vibe, everyone was really relaxed (or seemed so on the surface).  After saying our hello to everyone we got on with the job of documenting the day, starting with brides details, which included this beautiful Vivienne Westwood necklace.  
 
 
 
 
 
I left Jo (my wife and 2nd shooter) with Adele the bride and her bridesmaids for Hair & Makeup by Eva Dall.  It’s great having a female photographer who can be with the girls without feeling slightly awkward like I have in the past, and this enables us to capture some of the more intimate moments of the bridal prep.
 
 
 
 
I went over to Jac’s house to start the groom details and portraits, which included a gentleman’s walking cane for each of his grooms people.  On entering  the house I saw a Jac’s father, Mark, wearing a straw hat adorned with a pheasant feather, ironing his shirt whilst he had it on!   I knew this wedding was going to be a special one!
 
 
 
 
 
The ceremony was lovely, held under the ancient oak tree in the grounds of the venue.  We had great  light, overcast but not too dark.  
We captured the ceremony and confetti throw images and then moved on to what turned out to be the one of the most fun groups session we’ve ever done.
 
 
 
 
Here’s the thing.  When a bride sends me a photo which looks quite risky, my creative head goes into YES PLEASE mode.  After reminding Adele that she’d asked for this pretty unconventional shot, well…..The Foo Fighters song “Learn to Fly” comes to mind!
 
 
 
 
After the THIRD! attempt, we got the shot, at which point Clayton, the brides father said it was Jac’s turn, so up he went,  flying like superman chasing the bouquet!
 
 
 
 
We were nearing the golden hour, when the heavens opened up, we were sure these shots weren’t going to happen which is a massive dissapointment…..but then the rain stopped and sun came out.  We managed to get some amazing golden hour images using our creative lighting and great weather apps like weather & radar. Of course the amazing light provided by the sun and the landscape from the side of the entrance to the venue.
 
 
 
 
 
The suppliers we worked with did a fantastic job too. 
 
PW Decoration did a great job decorating the whole place, including the outdoor ceremony area and the bridal flowers.
 
 
 
 
During the evening, it was a real treat to be sat with the other guests at the meal and enjoy a brief rest ahead of the party shots. 
Les Inspire did  the catering, providing some mouth watering food, and of course the Croquembouche
 
 
 
 
A great wedding for a great couple!  All the best for the future Adele & Jac.
 
To find out more about how we  can work with you for your wedding contact us HERE
 
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