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!!