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Penny Square Barn, Alternative Style Wedding

An Alternative Wedding

Danie and Mark wanted to do things differently, their own way. They certainly did just that!  The ‘paperwork – making things official’ part of their wedding took place in Scotland, a week before their celebrations at Penny Square Barn. During their travels to Scotland they were upgraded to 1st class by National Rail, and serenaded by an acoustic set from the Doves. These guys always seem to land on their feet.  They picked up a mime artist from the streets who was to be the witness, and a Greek tourist they had found took the photographs  – Just amazing!!

After driving around Scotland for the week in their hire car (Austin Healy soft-top, of course) it was time to celebrate with friends. Danie got ready with her friends at Charlton House in Shepton Mallet, and the main celebrations were held at the Penny Square Barn in Batcombe (Somerset). The three “Love Conductors”, clad in capes of gold, blessed Danie and Mark with a warm (and at times, hilarious) ceremony in the field south of the barn – wands and glitter included!!

The party was held at the barn, with guests running the bar on a rota. The sun stayed out for the huge picnic in the yard where everyone was invited to each bring some food (organised via a wedding list style website – which worked very well). Music was everywhere! FittyGomash from Bristol played a ceilidh and got everyone up and dancing around, this was followed by a huge DJ set from Bristol’s Alfresco Disco, who are renowned for putting on the best free-parties. They played well into the early hours.

Not content with just dancing, there was a wood stove fired hot-tub in the yard which got to an impressive 39°c – insulated with hay bails, this tub was HUGE! It must have held around 70,000L – needless to say it went down well!!

I’m so pleased that Danie & Mark asked me to photograph their wedding celebrations. I love alternative weddings – I love the impulsive nature that they encourage, and the challenges they give me in trying to photograph it all. My unobtrusive, reportage style and using fast Leica prime lenses led to some stunning photographs.  An amazing day. Enjoy the pictures!!

A full download of the photographs can be found here: Danie & Mark

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1st kiss at Shustoke Barn

Shustoke Barn: Wedding Photographs

Tania & Pete’s Wedding at Shustoke Barn

Tania & Pete were married at the stunning Shustoke Barn wedding venue in Warwickshire.  The days started with Tania getting ready with all her Bridesmaids at her local hair salon, just around the corner from her parents house.  Bucks fizz was poured out to celebrate the day ahead and perhaps to calm the nerves!  The Rolls Royce awaited outside while Tania got into her Wedding dress in her old bedroom – The room was a little too small for me to get the photographs I had wanted, which was a shame, as Tania was looking so beautiful…  Fortunately there were many more opportunities throughout the day!

I rushed ahead of the wedding cars to the Shustoke Barn where Pete and his best man were waiting anxiously…  Of course his Bride was running a little late, but spirits were high, and the ceremony was lovely. I managed to get some wonderful portraits using the Leica M9 and the vintage Summilux 75mm lens, I always try for these shots as they’re taken from an angle that the guests would never normally see.

Once married Tania and Pete went off for a little drive in the Rolls’, while the guests mingled with drinks and canapés. On their return we all went outside for confetti and a group photograph in the main yard area. Lots of effort had gone into the breakfast room, the tables we covered in little cups and saucers  filled with wild flowers, and every guest had a National Lottery scratch card – the guests had lots of fun with these!!  The food was delicious, and there was plenty of it.

After dinner we went out to catch the last of the sun, and to capture some photographs of just the two of them – the light was golden and we got some beautiful shots with the light behind them in the trees. The band has set up while we were out, and were all ready for the 1st dance. The music was lively and everyone got involved – it such a fun party!!

Thanks guys for making me feel so welcome, you’re amazing and I wish you a lifetime of happiness together!

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Church Wedding: St Michael’s Church

A Wedding at Minehead’s St Michael’s church.

Beki & Harry phoned me up late on the Thursday night before their church wedding on the Saturday – their photographer friend could no longer photograph for them, but fortunately I was still available! The wedding was in my home town, Minehead – it was so wonderful to return and to photograph at St. Michaels church up on North Hill.  With a marquee set up in their garden the wedding had a very relaxed and fun feel, much more of a celebration with minimal formalities, which is where my photographic style definitely works best.  The reception started with a beautiful tea party with live Jazz, and with incredible bunting ( some of the best I’ve seen – made from lace doilies ) hanging from the canvas. Later the caterers cooked up fresh paella which was served up after the cutting of the cake.  Beki and Harry then got on the dance floor where Bristol’s Soul Strutters where putting on a lively performance!

A fun and lighthearted wedding, good food, and good people!  Thanks guys!!
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Upwalthams Barns, West Sussex: Wedding Videography

Wedding Videography

Working with Ben from The Wedding Cut, at new venue for us. Upwalthams Barn was an absolutely stunning venue, perfect for the marriage of Sarah and Richard.

We started in the morning with our Ben’s aerial camerawork, capturing the essence of the venue from the clouds point of view. Fortunately there were hardly any clouds in the sky at all, which made our jobs so much easier.

Bridal preparations were upstairs at the venue, so we were able to capture Sarah and her bridesmaids finishing off their details before the ceromoney. We setup our time-lapse cameras and caught the flowers, and guests arriving.

We setup in the ceremony room whilst Rich anxiously awaited his future wife to arrive!  Sarah took a stroll round the gardens with her father and bridesmaids before heading over to the main barn for the ceremony. After a short ceremony, and a couple of lovely readings Sarah and Rich were wed. They then disappeared off to the back of the barn whilst the photographer setup the confetti shot – it came out great!

After drinks and celebrations,  Sarah and Rich were introduced by the Bestman for their wedding breakfast.  The wedding cake was cut, and the dancing began (The cake must get special mention as it was made by a good friend of theirs – it tasted good too!!). The party barn was a wonderful environment as almost all their friends and family were up and dancing in celebration.

We were asked to film their day, all day, with two videographers.

WEDDING: Paintworks

Bristol Paintwork’s Wedding

When Gem and Jon contacted me asking if I would photograph their wedding in Bristol’s old paint factory. I was very excited to accept! – I’ve been wanting to photograph a wedding there for a couple of years now because of it’s amazing urban / industrial styling.

Jon was getting ready at the Royal Marriott Hotel, and Gem at home in Bristol.  She had originally told me that she’d be traveling in one of Bristol’s Blue Cabs but surprised everyone by arriving to the wedding in beautiful vintage Jaguar.  The intimate ceremony was held in Paintworks’ main hall, with the other half divided off for the reception later.  I was relieved to find out that confetti was encouraged by the venue ( some places asking for it to be ‘saved until later’ ) – so we had fun taking those photo out in the yard area.

We took the formal photographs out in the yard, by the beautiful vintage airstream caravan (used buy the registrar for the pre-wedding meetings) – and then walked up to Bristol’s  Arnos Vale cemetery , to get some more relaxed photographs of just the two of them, which came out really well. It’s always nice to brake away from the main reception at some-point in the day to allow the bride and groom a little time to themselves, without all the hustle and bustle of the big day.

What’s great about the paint works is that it really is just a big blank canvas, and Gem & Jon decorated it  impeccably. Gem created all the table cloths from vintage prints, the table numbers were hand woven around pins (an looked incredible) and so was the table plan itself – incredible.

After the speeches and the cutting of the cake,  the ceremony area was cleared and Mark Tew from Cadence-Entertainment set up the dance-floor, filling it with Indi Classics. Paintworks have a great little box-room off the side of the bar which was set up as a photobooth, with fancydress box and digital camera with self timer on a tri-pod.

Such a fun day guys, thank you so much for having me involved!!

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WEDDING: The Stonemill

Bunting & Sunshine at the Stonemill, Monmouth:

Ellie & Greg were married in wales, at Monmouth’s wonderful Stonemill Restaurant & Gardens. They chose to get ready in the beautiful Steppes Farm Cottages onsite, which kept everything very relaxed. The Stonemill has a huge permanent marquee setup in their gardens which overlook the Usk valley. The views are breathtaking, I could really see why Greg & Ellie chose this as their wedding venue!

When I arrived at the cottages, Ellie was quiet and a little anxious – she’s not a fan of having her photograph taken!  So I took myself off to photograph her shoes, flowers and the dresses while she got used to having a photographer around.  She soon got used to me being there, and we got some great images.  This is why I will always recommend that a Bride has pre-ceremony photographs, not just because they help tell the story and look beautiful, but they get everyone used to seeing a camera hovering around and can relax into it before the main event.

The Stonemill itself is an amazing place, a very intimate ceremony space with the old millstone in the centre and seating all around. There is a higher level mezzanine area where standing guests can enjoy the view. Technically for me as a photographer it was a difficult place to shoot, as the light was directly behind the Bride & Groom. This made it very hard to balance the light, but when I got the files onto the computer my worries were all gone…

Ellie had been busy for days sewing the lengths of bunting,  making the table markers and finalising all the other details that made the wedding marquee look so spectacular. Even Coke-Cola had been busy – One of Ellie’s guests had a custom kola bottle label made for their celebrations with share-a-coke “Greg-Ellie” printed on it …no idea how she managed that one!!

After the wedding breakfast and the speeches, Ellie went into the gardens to throw her bouquet to the girls – I always love this, but not many Brides seem to do it any more. Traditionally it would have happened straight after the wedding ceremony as they left the church / village to honeymoon… but who does that these days!

It was a wonderful day, with such kind and lovely people – I’m so glad that I was involved, Thanks guys!! It was also a pleasure photographing with Nige’ Ollis, one of Bristol’s great documentary photographers (and Greg’s Uncle) I’m really looking forward to seeing his photos too!

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WEDDING: Kingscote Barn

Zoe & Sam were married at Kingscote Barn in the cotswolds. It’s a stunning venue surrounded by beautiful rolling hills and lush countryside, having photographed there a few times now I’m really starting to find all of it’s little secrets and sweet spot for the photography!

Working for The WeddingCut Videographers, the day started for me photographing by Zoe and the Bridemaids getting ready at he parent’s home near Dursely – Chris Fordham (Fordham Hair Design) was busy crafting and styling Zoe’s hair, using real flowers in the bridesmaids hair looked incredible – if you’re looking for the best stylist in the cotswold area, Chris is your man!

After the traditional register signing, Sam’s uncle performed a simple yet wonderful Jewish blessing under the mezzanine level of the barn which made for a fun and lively ceremony. Kingscote barn now have a wonderful outdoor structure for getting married under (made by MadeInOak.com) – though, I’m yet to photograph one there… maybe next year?

See The WeddingCuts magical trailer here: http://vimeo.com/71842275

The new couple then danced the night away with family and friends. Many Jewish weddings include the traditional Jewish wedding dance. The lifting of the bride and groom on chairs while guests dance around them and Zoe and Sam’s wedding was no exception – this was SO much fun to watch, and even more fun to try an capture on film!!

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WEDDING: Cotswolds

Beautiful Church Wedding in the Cotswolds:

Sarah & Tim were married in the beautiful Winterbourne Church, just outside of Bristol. Although slightly late due to traffic works in the village, the wedding ceremony was lovely and we were then quickly off to the stunning mannor near Tetbury, deep in the Cotwolds. The gardens at Chavenage House were breathtaking, made even more so by the artificial wild flowers that had been left from a film set earlier in the month! Such a beautiful day, and such lovely people – thank you so much for being so welcoming!

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