Matara, part of the Kingscote Park estate in Gloucestershire is a very unique and special wedding venue. It comes in three distinct parts – The Matara Centre, the Kingscote Park House and the Gardens of Well Being which all add a different dimension to your day.
Matara embraces ‘alternative’ ceremonies and offers great flexibility and tranquillity for those couples not looking for a typical English wedding. Of course, it can cater to traditional ceremonies too, but it really comes into it’s own with ceremonies like Hand-fasting or Humanist celebrations. It’s also a particularly good venue for those wishing to minimise the environmental impact of their day as the complex prides itself on it’s minimal environmental impact. Couples can even plant their own tree in the grounds as part of a wider regeneration project under way on site.
Siobhan and Matthew’s wedding at the Matara Centre took place on a freezing January day. the snow covered grounds and tranquil atmosphere of Matara created some unforgettable moments and this winter wedding really sticks out in my mind because of it.
There is something inherently gentle and peaceful about the whole venue that just puts everyone at ease and that works very much in the favour of a documentary approach to the wedding photography.
I’ve worked with Siobhan and Matthew several times after their wedding and I’m reminded each time of just what a great couple they are. I was made to feel so welcome and accepted that it was a privilege to join them for their day. Here’s a few of my favourite shots…