Clare and Ed’s laid back Bristol wedding at The Paintworks

When Clare and Ed contacted me and asked me to photograph their Paintworks wedding I was pretty excited as it was my first booking in the South West since moving here.  Not only did I get to wake up in my own bed, instead of a hotel somewhere but I got to shoot an absolutely lovely couple at the super cool blank canvas style Paintworks.

Thank you so much for our beautiful photos they are great!

Here’s what Clare and Ed had to say about working with me as their photographer: “Laura was amazing at keeping everyone relaxed but in check! We had quite unpredictable weather and she dealt with it really well – doing the shoot with Ed around Paintworks was really fun and she obviously has a great eye for light and catching people at the right moments!  Thank you so much for our beautiful photos they are great!”

Scroll down to the bottom to check out the photos from this incredible warehouse wedding and to read more about Clare and Ed’s day in their own words.

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Clare and Ed met in Oxford and got engaged in Windsor Park

We met in Oxford when we were both at university through a friend. After uni Clare moved back to Bristol for a year and then we decided to move in together. After a few years of working Ed got into the police and Clare went back to uni in London to train as an Occupational Therapist, eventually ending up living in Wokingham. We got engaged on Clare’s birthday in December 2015 during a muddy walk in Windsor park – Ed had snuck a bottle of prosecco (and the ring) into his backpack.

A summer wedding in Bristol, where Clare grew up

We decided that we wanted a spring/summer wedding and therefore had over a year to plan. Clare grew up in Bristol and wanted a venue that reflected how great the city is. We loved the industrial style of Paintworks. It was great because the space is so flexible, we were able to choose our own decorations and put our own style on everything. We also needed somewhere that could hold a large number of people as we both have quite big families! We decided to have the ceremony in Clare’s parents local church as we knew it would be personal and the vicar is a friend of the family.

An Alice Temperley dress and a dark blue suit

Clare’s dress was Alice Temperley. I spotted it straight away when visiting one shop and knew that I would like it. It was really important to me to wear something comfortable and a little bit different and I loved the Indian style design on the sleeves and front..
The bridesmaids wore light green which was a colour that suited them both and also went with the rest of the wedding style. Ed and the groomsmen wore dark blue suits and green ties – we wanted it to look smart but not too formal.

A church ceremony at St Peter’s

The ceremony was taken by the vicar Mark at St Peters Church – he made it very personal and relaxed. The 2 readings were read by Clare’s grandmother and Ed’s grandmother – one was an extract from captain corelli’s mandolin and the other was a bible reading (Romans). It was lovely having them be a part of the ceremony.

<h3<Natural, floral styling with pops of pink and orange

We didn’t really have a colour scheme or theme and wanted the whole look to be very floral and natural. The florist was The Rose Shed who was great at understanding the style we wanted. The colours were fairly bright with lots of pinks and oranges and of course daisies as they are Clare’s favourite flower.

The First and a perfect care free day

Our first dance was Coldplay – Strawberry Swing. We both love this song, its about having a perfect care-free day with someone which was exactly what we had.  The evening band was Soulstrutters – we had seen them at a friends wedding the year before and loved their funk and soul vibe.

Our favourite part of the wedding

Coming out of the church as a married couple and seeing all the people that we loved in one place – everyone was so happy

Advice for other couples

We would probably say to stay as relaxed as possible and not let details stress you out. Make the most of every minute as the day flew by so quickly. We had a BBQ at Clare’s parents house the next day which was great because we could speak to people that we hadn’t had the chance to on the day and also hear about bits of the day that we had missed.

Bristol wedding suppliers

Dress – Saffron by Alice Temperley (
Suits – John Lewis (
Florist – The Rose Shed (
Venue – Paintworks Event Space (
Caterer – Relish (
Cake – Aah Toots (
Stationary – Nina Thomas Studio (
Band – The Soulstrutters (
Transport – white vintage Mustang

If you’re looking for Paintworks wedding photographer or a Bristol Wedding Photographer get in touch!  I’d love to be a part of your day.  

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  1. Hi Laura, I’ve just stumbled across your website and I can see that I will be a regular visitor! Love your style and the way you manage to capture so many natural, fun moments!


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