bex & SImon - 23rd February 2017
Si & Bex got married at Hyde Barn House near Stow-on-the-Wold in The Cotswolds. A beautiful spot in the English countryside.....and a venue that is fully open to the elements. The 23rd February 2017 was the day that Bex and Si tied the knot, and happened to be the day that Storm Doris brought 60 mph gusts across the country! On stepping out of my car at 10.30am, I immediately became very aware that this was a day that indoor photography would be the order of the day! Luckily Hyde House Barn is a beautiful venue with many inside areas for guests to enjoy, and for me to capture some memorable images. The gusty winds were so strong that it was indeed difficult to even stand, let alone pose for photographs. Simon, the groom, was due to arrive at 11.00am so I took the chance beforehand to capture some close up details of the venue and the beautiful touches that Bex had hand made for the day.
Simon had arranged for button holes and cuff links to be distributed at the venue which gave me a really nice chance to capture the groomsmen preparing for the day. This was a really nice touch as they had something to focus on whilst I captured some natural images of them going about their business. After this the guys enjoyed a pre-wedding drink and greeted guests on their arrival.
The Bridal Preparation is always one of my favourite parts of the day to photograph. The bride making those final touches, the looks between friends and family members, and mixture of excitement and anticipation before the big moment make it a quite unique environment to capture some beautiful and memorable images. The space provided by Hyde House Barn was the perfect place for these preparations. A large well lit room with plenty of lit mirrors and areas for friends and family to relax. The perfect place for this moment of the day and great for some candid photographs with my favourite 70-200m 2.8 Canon Lens.
The first moment Bex's dad came into the room to see his daughter on her big day was one of the moments that makes wedding photography so special. It was an honour to be able to capture this moment which was so special for both Bex and her dad. I focused on a combination of shots of both the bride and her father, using the mirror to help get alternative angles and create some artistic images, as well as some details that provided some special moments.
The ceremony was a real celebration of two people in love, surrounded by people that really care deeply about them. That shined through as people applauded as the couple tied the knot. Again Hyde House Barn provides the perfect place for a ceremony with it's well lit space.
Bex had requested that I capture a photo of her niece's together. Often moments such as the one below organically present themselves, and as a result feel more natural and spontaneous. Having two daughters of my own I have taken many photographs of cute little girls over the last few years and I took a few images before this one to gain their confidence. I was happy that I caught them in this moment as they smiled beautifully for the camera.
The speeches provided a perfect combination of comedy and heartfelt moments that kept guests equally warmed and entertained. The father of the bride's speech in particular was great fun as he mixed his compassionate comments with some comedy messages written on the back of his cue cards. The one seen in the image below brought the house down in laughter. The best man who had travelled all the way from New Zealand for the big day had some very kind words to say about a couple that he had a spent a year with in New Zealand soon after they got together.
Storm Doris put pay to much of the outside photography that I would have otherwise have had planned on the day. This did not ruin anything in my opinion as we captured some lovely moments inside, and with a winter wedding in England, the plan was always for much of the day to be that way. I did however take the chance later in the day, as the wind died down to the lesser 30-40mph gusts, to take the newly wedded couple outside for a few shot under the slight cover of the arch.
The evening celebrations were full of lots of fun, and the silliness was provided by Fun Pod Photo Booths - www.funpod.co.uk - with guests dressing up for some fun photographs. These were then placed into a guest book where guests could write a message to accompany the fun photos. A great memory for Bex and Si to look back at from a great day at Hyde House Barn.