'Laughter, smiles and tears' wedding photography in the South West and Cotswolds

08 Oct 2018

Be inspired by these 'laughter, smiles and tears' shots from South West and Cotswold wedding photographers which capture the raw emotion of a wedding day

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Starlight Photography

"Wedding photography is my photographic passion. I put my heart and soul into my work. It is such a privilege to be invited to join couples for their special day and to capture such precious moments in time such as this. My approach is informal, natural and fun, enabling you to look your best and feel most 'like you', reflecting both your true personalities and style. It’s also about recording the story of your day – capturing all the love, fun, excitement and emotion as it happens. Please see my website and Facebook pages for many examples of my work, plus consistent five-star reviews." Phil 



Hannah Wilde

"For me, this image portrays everything that a wedding embodies: emotion. Real, raw and beautiful. Without emotions you can't truly connect with any story and, as a wedding photographer, I see myself as a story teller - so capturing authentic, genuine emotion is essential to me. Everyone’s wedding day is beautiful, but it's your emotions, individual and unique to you, that set your day apart from anyone else’s.

"I approach your wedding gallery as a window into your heart and mind on your big day, for generations to come to see and feel not only as if they were there with you, but as if they knew you and what love meant to you. You can’t do that without an honest, candid approach to photography. It’s that honesty that will speak not of forced smiles or staged shots, but of joy, hope, thankfulness, nervousness, and of course, love. It will transport you back to that moment, standing the test of time. That’s what I see when I look at this photo.”



Judith Parkyn Photography

"One day, 24 little hours. It flies by and before you know it, it’s over. As a documentary wedding photographer, I feel very privileged to be able to provide couples with memories of their day frozen in time. The moments that meant the most to them but also moments between guests that they may not have seen happen.

"Couples such as Kathryn and Sam pictured here chose me as their photographer for exactly that reason. They wanted to have a laugh together without having to worry too much about posing. They said: 'We are absolutely in love with our photos. We couldn’t have wished for a better photographer and are so grateful for all of the hard work that you’ve put in to making us memories that will last forever."



Emma Vincent

"Esther and Rich are exactly the wild and free couple we love to photograph. Their wedding was non-traditional, wild and incredibly beautiful, all rolled in together to create one epic day. From Jäger shots at the cake cutting to glittery evening photos, the most perfect sparkly barn and incredible friends and family, we were so privileged to be able to spend their day with them. 

"Myself, Emma, and my husband Mike, aren't normal people; we are creative, innovative, think-outside-the-box people. We love nothing more than adventure and the challenge of weddings that doesn't quite fit the mould or need to be taken to the next level.

"We are here for the laughter, tears, 'I-haven't-seen-you-in-so-long'-hugs. For the wild and adventurous moments, you need to be willing to have a giggle and let us know your limits on getting those incredible shots. Don't hide your emotions, excitement, geekiness, mermaid abilities or love for the cake."



Verity Westcott Photography

"Photographer Oliver and and his beautiful bride, Heidi, shared a wedding day full of love, family, friends and bubbles as the sky was full with clouds and rain. Not that the weather mattered at all to the stress-free bride and groom who cherished every moment together, indoors and out. The laughter-filled service was held in their local church, Stithians, followed by photos at Mawnan Smith and a dazzling reception at Tregdna Farm where Heidi’s singing dad and his male voice choir sung the wedding party to their seats. The day may have been grey, but nothing dampened the spirits of Heidi and Ollie as love shone through.

"I am a ninja-style photographer with a rebel heart that does not like rules, or awkward poses."



Jennifer Jane 

"The wedding is Emerald and Grant, who were married on the 11th August 2018 at Halberton Church. Their reception was held at Emmi’s parent’s house in Tiverton, in a beautiful marquee in the garden. This shot is taken in the marquee during the speeches. I like this shot because Grant became a little emotional during the ceremony vows, and got emotional again during the speeches. He got through his speech, albeit emotionally, but by this time both he and the guests were laughing at his emotional state. I love this image because it contains both the laughter and the tears of the occasion in one image. And they are such a lovely couple; you can see how much love there is between them."



Hartley Photography

"Your wedding is a wonderful story that we want to help you tell to your children, grandchildren and your great grandchildren. Beautiful wedding photography will look effortless, but it’s pressurised, time restricted and you only get one chance to capture the big day, so choosing your wedding photographer is always going to be a daunting yet important decision.

"There are many amazing photographers, but there will only be one that matches your wants and needs perfectly. A photographer who will whisk you away to an incredible backdrop, at the perfect time of day to get the perfect shot of you and your spouse. We've been taking wedding pictures since 2001 and we know you will love what we can capture for you. We work in a natural, friendly and unobtrusive style and love what we do." Linda Lavin



Order your copy of South West Bride or Cotswold Bride magazines and book your ticket to Bride: The Wedding Show at Westpoint Arena in Exeter. 

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