My Day with Lydia and Andy.

I’d been really excited during the early stages of Lydia and Andy’s planning and quickly came to realise what a colourful and quirky day I’d be documenting at Hellens Manor! Lydia and Andy are great fun- hard working professionals but really laid back and great to be with.

Shortly after their pre wedding ‘getting to know you shoot’ in Devon I found myself in Hereford for the start of their day. After some lively and emotionally charged prep, I made my way to St Lawrence’s Church, a really pretty church in Wichenford, where I awaited Lydia’s procession of shiny Morgans!

After the ceremony and refreshments the wedding guests headed for the vintage bus to take them to Hellens. We made our way to Castle Morton Common for some portraits, which caused much amusement to unsuspecting cyclists.

Then on to Hellens Manor which is a beautiful venue and apparently one of England’s oldest dwellings, dating back to the 12th century. It’s also an excellent location for a garden party followed by dinner, excellent speeches and some impressive dancing.

We finished the evening off with some location portraits, taking advantage of Hellen’s cool tree swing, coccoon thingy before leaving of course :-)


A review from Lydia and Andy’s Hellens Manor wedding.

“Gilbert and Evans manage the impossible task of remaining seemingly invisible during the Big Day yet still being in exactly the right place at the right time to capture all the best moments. 

We had a particular ‘vision’ in mind as to the style of Wedding photographs we were after and they captured this perfectly. 

From our first meeting at the ‘Getting To Know You’ shoot right through to the end of the Wedding Day itself, every aspect of their work is both highly professional yet also calming and informal – a perfect combination at a time when nerves and stress levels are sky high! 

As for the photos themselves, one word springs to mind – “Wow!”  Everyone that has seen them has commented on how fantastic they are, and each image brings back memories, sights, sounds and stories from the day.  You really couldn’t ask for more!!”                                   

– Lydia and Andy.
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The Wedding.

I had a great time photographing Chris and Lucy’s beautiful Salcombe wedding. The day started with Lucy getting ready in Goveton, before moving on to the ceremony at St Peter’s Church in Buckland Tout Saints (amazing views from there!)

Afterwards we all travelled to Salcombe, on the Devon coast for their intimate reception, in a gorgeous house they’d hired for a leisurely few days around the wedding.

I finished the day with some portraits around the grounds and on South Sands beach. A good day to be a Salcombe wedding photographer!


Some kind words from Lucy and Chris.

“From the moment we found your website we knew that you had something special in your style of photography that would suit us, then on meeting you we felt comfortable and absolutely confident that you were the right man for the job!
None of that could have prepared us for the day itself though. Thank you firstly, for not only capturing but entering into the spirit of the day – we really enjoyed your company and you became a part of it all so effortlessly.
Thank you for knowing when actually we needed that time away from everyone to have a one on one photo shoot with you – we needed that moment of calm and it felt right to share it with you.
Finally, thank you for the most beautiful set of memories we could have ever hoped for, they have exceeded our expectations entirely – you have been so caring with our moments of joy, laughter, tears and in our case plenty of hugs! We really can’t thank you enough”.
 Lucy & Chris.


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“Hi Simon,

Thanks so much. We love, love, love the photos! I’ve had tears in my eyes looking at them.



Despite living in Australia, Kim and Graham decided to get marred at Cliff House as Salcombe is where Kim grew up, and generations of her family still live there.

After a touching ceremony they walked through Salcombe’s main street- I love it when weddings brush briefly against everyone else’s usual Saturday- before ending up at Cliff House, a great venue with stunning views of the estuary.

What followed was a warm, fun day- lots of laughter, great speeches and enthusiastic dancing; a great combination in my opinion :-)


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“Hi Simon!
Thank you so much, they are truly amazing! I love seeing everyone looking so happy. You’ve captured some fantastic moments and it’s so lovely to re-live them again! Beautiful!


Rachael and Jack’s beautiful wedding started at home in Swansea, before moving on to the popular St Hilary’s Church. From there we stopped briefly at Weobley Castle, for some Bride and Groom portraits, and then headed to Oldwalls for the party. Rachael and Jack were so much fun to photograph!