Fantastic summer Wedding at a very unique Venue

It was last June when I photographed the very special Matara Centre Wedding of Haddasah and Matt. The bride’s side of the family was from South Africa and the groom’s from up North in the UK. It’s not unusual for me to be covering Weddings for couples coming from different continents. For me, the mix of cultures just makes the Wedding so much more interesting.

The bridal preparations

I started the day recording events of Haddasah and her bridesmaids getting ready. There is a tiny cottage at the Matara Centre which is perfect for bridal preparations. I arrived to find all the girls in good spirit and relaxed. Haddasah sat crossed legged on a chair having her hair done. Meanwhile, all the girls were sat on the bed doing their bits and bobs. Matt and the boys were busy with their final preparations at the pub and hotel just over the road from the venue. For the final touches, the bride moved over to the bridal suite located in the main country house. Dad came in to take a peek and gave his daughter a very comforting and emotional hug.

The Matara Centre Wedding Ceremony

Downstairs the guests were arriving gathering in the beautiful patio garden. Family and relatives greeted each other and chatted before entering the Matara Centre Wedding ceremony area. The ceremony area features a beautiful pond, complete with golden carp and Japanese style garden. The area feels very zen-like and peaceful. In fact, it’s a real oasis, totally unique and certainly a wonderful location to get married. There is a platform that projects over the pond. It is here that most of the Wedding ceremonies take place. It’s a really cracking location and to be honest I don’t think there is anything quite like it in the whole of the UK. So if your looking for a venue with something different this is definitely the place.

The reception and beyond

After the ceremony, it’s drinks and canapes and then it was onto the Spiral circle located on the lawn. Here another ceremony was performed. Haddasah and Matt started off by walking around the spiral circle making their way into the center. Shortly afterward the guests followed. At the end of the ceremony, the couple held hands whilst being wrapped in colorful ribbons. The whole thing was a really wonderful experience and a joy to watch and photograph. When I finally left the Wedding in the late hours the party was still going very strong. I’d like to thank Haddasah and all the guests for being so friendly and warm. What a couple and what a Wedding venue. I’m certainly looking forward to going back to this venue in the future!

Some kind words

Here are a few kind words Haddash and Matt said about me…..

“Hi Steve, thank you so much. You absolutely made our day! The Wedding slideshow is brilliant and the photos are incredible! We have been in tears and laughter watching it. “

How to view the slideshow and more

If you’d like to view the slideshow you can do so by clicking on the image at the top of this post. You can also view many of my favorite images below. Please feel free to comment and share!

As a Gloucestershire Wedding Photographer, I’m lucky enough to cover Weddings all over the county as well as across the UK and even destination Weddings.

Finally, if you are planning a Matara Centre Wedding Ceremony soon, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Black and white photo of bride having hair done

Bride having hair done at Matara Centre Wedding

Bride having her hair sprayed during preparations

Documentary wedding photo of Bride having her hair done

Bridesmaids on bed getting ready

Groom and best man getting ready

Groom putting on tie in mirror at Gloucestershire wedding

Groom getting ready with his groomsmen

Bridesmaids and mum making a fuss over bride putting on wedding dress

Natural photo of bride getting ready at Matara Centre wedding

Bridesmaids putting on shoes

Bride reading a letter from her husband to be

Bride putting on wedding veil

Bridesmaids looking at bride as she shows her Wedding dress off

Emotional bride looking in mirror

Father of bride sees his daughter in Wedding dress for the first time

Father of bride gives his daughter a emotional hug

Flower girl getting ready at Cotswold wedding

Flower girl laughing

Guests gather at Matara Centre wedding

Guests gather under red umbrella at Matara Centre Wedding

Groomsmen waiting for bride and groom to arrive

Wedding guests wait for bride and groom prior to ceremony

Bride and page boys descending stairs at Summer wedding

Bride and father walking through gardens just prior to ceremony

Father of bride and daughter enter ceremony at Matara Centre Wedding

View of wedding ceremony over Japanese gardens

Father giving bride away at wedding ceremony

View over gardens and ponds at Matara Centre wedding ceremony

Page boys and flower girls at wedding ceremony

Bride and groom looking at each other at Gloucestershire Wedding

Groomsmen wearing shades

Groomsmen applauding at Wedding ceremony

Matara Centre wedding ceremony

Exchanging wedding rings at ceremony

Wedding guests look on at ceremony

Groomsmen playing guitar at Matara centre wedding

Happy wedding guests at ceremony

Bride and groom sign the registrar

Wedding guests applaud as bride and groom leave ceremony

Bride and groom leave wedding ceremony

Bride and groom leave ceremony at Matara Centre Wedding

Bride and groom toast each other

Bride hugging grand mother

Bride kissing grand mother

Mother of bride hugging her daughter

Wedding guest hugging bride after ceremony

Groom relaxes with a pint after wedding ceremony

Married couple approach the wedding circle

Bride and groom get applause from wedding guests

Bride and groom walking around spiral circle at Matara Centre Wedding

Spiral circle wedding ceremony in Gloucestershire

Wedding guest and couple walking around spiral circle

Wedding guests walking around spiral circle

Bride and groom are presented with ribbons at rural wedding ceremony

Wedding couples hands are tied with ribbon

Emotional reading from Bridesmaid at Matara Centre Wedding ceremony

Bride and groom kissing at ceremony

Bridesmaid hugging bride

Newly weds walking around spiral circle at Matara Centre

Wedding guests throwing confetti on newly weds

Little girl with blonde hair, pig tails and pink sunglasses at summer wedding

Wedding guests enjoying canapes

Wedding canapies

Black and white photo of wedding guests

Mother and little girl relaxing at wedding

Mother blowing up balloon for her young daughter at garden wedding

Relatives relax in Palm room at Gloucestershire wedding

Kids play with bubbles at wedding

Wedding guests chatting in Japanese gardens

Wedding guests chat in front of green reeds in garden

Order of service at rural wedding

Guest signing wedding book

Bride and groom enter dining room with wedding guests cheering

Newly weds cut wedding cake decorated with sun flowers and strawberries

Kids play in Japanese garden at Matara centre Wedding

Bride and groom listen to wedding speeches

Best men making wedding speech

Bride laughing at speeches

Wedding guests laughing at speeches

Groomsmen playing guitars at wedding speeches

Mother of groom laughing at wedding speech

Groomen laughing and playing guitars

Groom laughing at wedding speeches

Groom making wedding speech

Bride and groom kissing in spiral circle

Bride laughing in gardens at Matara Centre

Bride and groom walking in gardens at summer wedding

Bride and groom laughing on benchj

Bride and groom walking in green woods

portrait of bride and groom in front of bamboo at Matara Centre Wedding

Romantic photo of bride and groom in Japanese gardens

Kids playing in gardens at wedding

Wedding guests chat

Man wearing kilt playing with his daughter at wedding

Groom laughing with wedding guest

Wedding guest relaxing by pond at Matara Centre Wedding

Wedding guest sitting on boyfriends lap

Shy little girl at Gloucestershire wedding

Wedding guests relaxing and chatting

Bride and groom walk on to dance floor

Bride and groom enjoy first dance at wedding reception

Wedding guest cheer couple during first dance

Wedding guests dancing

Father of bride hugging his daughter on the dance floor

Mother and girl on dance floor at wedding

Wedding guests dancing at reception

Man in black t shirt playing guitar at wedding reception

Groom and best man dancing at wedding reception

Groomsmen dancing at wedding

Little girl with blonde hair laughing at Wedding reception