Today I am thrilled to share this beautiful same sex Cotswold Wedding with pretty purple and superhero details.
Images were captured by Special Day Photography.
Jon Sparkman is the photographer at Special Day Photography based between Bristol and Birmingham.
He loves to shoot happy, relaxed couples in a modern lifestyle wedding way.
He did his time at university and spent years working in a printing lab, giving me a taste of the colours and tones of traditional roll film.
Teaming up with his friend Scott, they travel the countryside shooting photography and videography for couples throughout the year.
In his spare time he loves to teach photography to new students, giving workshops in London.
He shares his recollections of the couple..
When Dan and David gave us a call and asked us to photograph their same sex wedding in Nailsworth, of course we said sure!
Egypt Mills in Nailsworth sits alongside a long hill path, connecting many of the local Cotswold towns together.
The view from the hotel is breathtaking, with the surrounding hills dotted with tiny cottages built from Cotswold stone.
Egpyt Mills has its own water mill inside the building, still functioning after all these centuries. A little weir sits just outside the entrance, giving the most calming experience.
The couples wedding theme was purple and silver, with a distinctive DC comic book edge.
Self confessed comic nerds, the cake was topped with bobbleheaded Deadpool and Joker figurines.
It was a great experience to see such an elegant wedding having a comic book twist, throwing something new into the pool of traditions and customs.
A small gathering of family and friends, this intimate wedding really felt like a family get together. The closeness of everyone invited really made for some great conversations and chat.
Groom Dan shares the couples story…
How did you meet?
We met at Birmingham Pride in 2015.
We just bumped into each other and took a chance at swapping numbers, and it went from there.
Tell us about the Proposal…
I planned the proposal a couple of months in advance knowing we were going to Alton Towers for my birthday in September.
Originally, I wanted to do it on the vertical drop roller-coaster Oblivion pulling out the ring at the top of the ride it seemed to be a good fit.
Unfortunately, Dave didn’t open his eyes as soon as he sat down on the ride so I went for plan B by the conservatories.
Dave was a little bit peckish so we went and bought what can only be described as the toughest chocolate pancake ever and sat down by the conservatories.
I had a little Lego ring in a lego box stowed up my sleeve and pretended to see something under a bush and went to investigate, I came back to Dave who was sat wolfing down his Pancake.
I handed him the little box with the ring in it which he examined very cautiously.
I then helped him open it and it seemed to dawn on him.
He responded by bursting into tears saying no 6 or 7 times then eventually saying yes.
Later he said he thought I’d ruined someone else’s big surprise.
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
We started planning ideas pretty much straight away targeting May 2018.
We knew we wanted a small intimate day with just our nearest and dearest and a full blow out on the honeymoon.
We began choosing the big things like the venue, the photographer and cake, and then worked over the next 18 months at coming up with ideas like decorations etc.
Any special touches/DIY?
We made our own decorations and stationery, just simple touches like bell jar pop figures and the sweet trees (which are easy and cheap to make and go down really well).
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
Originally a simple silver and purple but it merged in with a quasi superhero character theme.
What was the best bit of your day?
We enjoyed the less organised aspects of the day like when everyone was sitting around pre ceremony talking before the day properly began.
Also when it was the day was over driving to the airport, in the quietness, just ourselves.
it’s not that we didn’t enjoy our day, as we really did but the stress of the planning and it all coming together is hard.
Is there anything you would do differently?
It was our day but we kept the organisation too close to the chest as we felt a bit pulled every which way.
It made us understand why people have wedding planners / co-ordianators.
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Give yourself time buy bits as you go along (decorations etc) spacing it out makes it feel like you’re getting there.
Go on your honeymoon straight after by being driven to the airport.
Don’t go crazy on spending. We spent 3 times on the honeymoon what we did on the wedding but it was perfect.
Don’t wear the same stuff as everyone else. Its the time to really show your individuality (too many same sex couples are wearing matching tweed).
Thanks to John and the couple for sharing this amazing Cotswold Wedding.
Love the way that subtle superhero details like the cake topper and guest book blend into the elegant styling incorporating that element of fun without being OTT.
Photographer: Special Day Photography
Venue: Egypt Mill – Nailswoth
Suit: Moss Bros
Cake Maker: Red Cake Company – Redditch
Florist: The Blooming Bears – Cheltenham
Rings: John Greed
Stationery: Home Made
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