Swan Hotel Bibury wedding


Dating back to the 18th Century, The Swan Hotel Bibury wedding venue, sits on the banks of the River Coln, in the gorgeous Cotswold village of Bibury. The Swan Hotel is also only a 10 minute drive from my house in Cirencester! I had done a pre wedding shoot for Rachel and Joel, so by the time wedding arrived, I knew them pretty well. A pre wedding shoot does help enormously for those couples that want to prepare a little before the big day and are nervous about being in front of the camera.

I started the day with bridal prep, and then went downstairs to the lovely bar area to see Joel and his groomsmen. Rachel and Joel had decided to have a ‘first look’ which is not a quintessentially British tradition, but I really enjoyed it and it takes the edge off seeing your partner for the first time at the end of the aisle. After the first look they had a drink in the bar area and then we proceeded with the ceremony. This was a fairly short day for me and I left soon after the speeches but it gave me plenty of time to shoot some really special ‘couple time’ photos. For these, we went for a walk down to Arlington Row, a row of Weaver’s cottages built in the 17th Century, and then did a little loop back up to the Swan. As there was no first dance to shoot, I took them into the darkened library and did a few photos in there as their ‘end of the day’ shots. The Swan Hotel Bibury wedding venue is a gorgeous little Cotswold Hotel situated in a magical village and is a joy to shoot at.


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