Cotswolds Wedding Photography; Rachel & Arley at Hyde House

May 27, 2020

Cotswolds Wedding Photography at Hyde House

One of the most special parts of my job is meeting families from all over the world and see how different cultures and religions can incorporated into a relatively traditional English wedding day!

Arley is a true Maori from Te Awamutu, New Zealand and his family travelled from there to be with him and Rachel on their big day at Hyde House in The Cotswolds.

His family are very proud of their Maori heritage and table names had Maori words, like ‘Aroha’ is love and ‘Whanui’ is family

What was the most memorable part for me was when Arley’s two brothers performed a haka after the speeches. It was incredibly moving and powerful and I felt beyond lucky to provide a service in that connects me with such amazing cultures on their best days.

I asked Arley (just so I could be absolutely factually correct) about what significance a haka at a wedding had… thinking he would give me a deep and meaningful history lesson about the traditional of the family haka.

He replied…

“None at all. Its meant to be a war dance, as like a challenge before you go to war. My mum has been making us do them for my brother’s birthdays and leaving parties and her engagement party for years so it was about time I had one 😂”

Cheers dude 😂😂😂 I waited 3 hours for that answer before publishing this blog!! 😉


Thank you both for having me and I wish you all the OobaLove and luck in the world, especially now as you await the birth of your second child!!

Here are some kind words from Rachel and Arley…

“I first saw Sheryl’s work on Instagram and absolutely loved her dreamy, romantic style so got in touch straight away. From the first initial message, to speaking on the phone in the build up to on the day, Sheryl made us feel relaxed and comfortable.

She goes above and beyond- discussing board games with our 4 year old when he hijacked a call, helping me into my dress on the day when no one else could manage the buttons and bossying the groomsmen around for me!

We absolutely loved our photos and as someone who hates having her photo taken, I can honestly say that I never felt posed or awkward on the day. It was also so lovely to have a sneak preview of some photos on the evening of our wedding!

We sat Sheryl with some of our guests for the wedding breakfast and everyone commented on how lovely she was and how at ease she put everyone- from the children to the grandparents to the rowdy Maoris!
Thank you again for our beautiful photos- we will treasure them forever.

Rachel and Arley xx”

Wedding Photography: Oobaloos Photography

Wedding Venue: Hyde House

Wedding Dress: Essence of Australia

Wedding Hair and Makeup: Nikki & Lauren from Make up by Jodie

Florists: Haze Lea

Pew end floristry: Rachel’s Mum

To get in touch to talk about YOUR Hyde House Wedding Photography, click HERE to see if I am available for your date. I cannot wait to chat with you!!

Love, Sheryl


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