We headed up to the Cotswolds for Abi and Will’s wedding at Cripps Stone Barn near Cheltenham
The weather was unforgiving - but what else do you expect on an early February day? It was cold, dark and damp and the mizzle set in for the day from the offset. But the interior makes this venue a gem, with big open kitchen fires roaring throughout the day and a canopy of stars filling the reception area to stay cosy under.
Rather than even contemplate doing anything outside we had already planned to do as much as we could inside in the short time we had after the ceremony - fitting in a confetti run, group shots and portraits of the Bride and Groom in before the wedding breakfast. We totalled nine minutes taking photos outside, which in freezing temperatures, I see as a triumph.
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We’ve been lucky enough to head to the Cotswolds for winter weddings on many occasions now. It’s a really fitting place and suits the season
Abi & Will are getting married at Cripps Stone Barn in Cheltenham at the start of February and we headed up to have a scout around with them.
It was busy with lots of people scoping out the place to get married themselves and the weather was a little tricky, typically tipping it down as soon as we started - but we’re not bothered if that happens on the day. There’s so much scope to snuggle in and keep toasty.
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Settle down with a cup of tea and a slice of cake ready to look through the photos from Ross & Nicola’s wedding day last week. It’s a biggy (so you’ll be pleased of some refreshments) but there’s a point in this post where you’ll definitely be drooling after cake.
The day was action-packed, taking in three beautiful venues and a whole host of wonderful, thoughtful details. We knew there would be plenty in store and we had a sneak preview of what was planned as Ian helped design the wedding stationery with his Swash and Fold hat on, including invites from the day (for which I cut out (what felt like) a million records on a rotary cutter… but that’s another story, which you can read about, here).
We were lucky enough to start our 12-hour day at The Pig in Brockenhurst. This is one of our favourite places and it always has such a beautiful atmosphere and we can’t think of a better place to start a wedding day. We know we’re due to shoot more bridal preps later in the year at The Pig on The Beach in Studland but if anyone’s thinking of having a wedding here… you know… here’s the Contact Us page 😉
It was lovely to work alongside the very talented ladies, Caroline and Elke from Amazing Face, who did a superb job on hair and Nicola’s make-up.… Read Full Post
Georgia and Toby got married at the weekend at Barford Park near Salisbury in Wiltshire. It was our first visit to this venue and we took in the ceremony and drinks reception for one of our Short & Sweet days.
The barn is an excellent choice for those keen on a DIY wedding with plenty of scope for decoration and really making the place your own.
We began our day by meeting both the Bride and Groom ahead of travelling to the barn. Georgia got ready with her bridesmaids and parents in Lymington while Toby met up with his Groomsmen and guests at the hospitable Borough Café in Downton.
Their thoughtful and personal ceremony was conducted by Geraldine Bown, a family friend and Inter-Faith Minister. As well as a hand-fasting Georgia and Toby also included a Sunflower-Exchange in their vows.
After such a washout of a wedding prep shoot, we were of the mind that no weather could be as bad as when we met up previously. And indeed it wasn’t. However, after arriving at the barn under blue skies the rain soon rolled in shortly after the ceremony and set in for the day. Oh well… at least everyone was able to arrive under a beautiful Spring sky.… Read Full Post
On Christmas week we made our way up to the Cotswolds to join Caroline and Matt for their wedding at The Kingscote Barn in Tetbury., Gloucestershire.
Christmas weddings are always really special. Everyone’s in the party mood, pleased to get out of the house and away from bad telly to see their friends and family.
Thankfully, the weather was a little kinder than their prep shoot a few weeks before. We stayed over in Tetbury the night before and the drive to the barn in the morning was really something special. The car was completely frozen shut but the frost on the hills and the sparkle of ice on such a beautiful sunny morning was what you’d hope for a wedding in the Cotswolds.
Being in a bit of a valley however, meant the venue was susceptible to freezing fog which rolled in later on in the day (we didn’t take a smoke machine). It went down to a bitter -3 degrees centigrade but Caroline and Matt were keen to get outside for photos and were real troopers. The mulled wine on offer was really just the ticket.
Doing things a little differently, Caroline and Matt wanted a more intimate ceremony with just close family and friends without sacrificing a bigger party later on in the day.… Read Full Post
Stephanie and Patrick made use of our Short & Sweet package for their wedding at The Three Tuns Inn in Bransgore.
As they live in Japan we only met in person for the first time two days before their wedding but through the magic of Skype we knew who we were looking for when we went to the pub for our last minute wedding planning.
Stephanie’s family had flown in from Canada and along with Patrick’s family all stayed nearby in Burley at The White Buck.
Things were kept really relaxed (after all, this was a Bride who had basically backpacked her way to her own wedding). There were no ‘Bride must not be seen before the wedding’ rules. In fact, Patrick often kept popping into the Bridal Suite to see how things were coming along. However, he wasn’t allowed to see the dress until Stephanie made her way downstairs.
After congregating in the bar and sorting buttonholes together the entire wedding party piled into taxis and made their way to Bransgore.
The plan was to have an outdoor ceremony but as rain threatened and spitted the ceremony took place in the barn. Celebrant David Hewitt took the helm and the intimate gathering included a hand-fasting.… Read Full Post
Caroline and James’ wedding was a real treat, full of lots of personal details and a very friendly and energetic crowd. There was an awful lot of dancing and singing during this wedding and we were impressed by everyone’s stamina!
Oh.. before we carry on, a special mention should be made to James’ Mum who grew all the flowers for this wedding at home, by seed and made all the bouquets and buttonholes. We were blown away by her amazing garden and floristry skills.
Their ceremony took place in James’ home town, Milborne Port in Somerset at Milborne Port Parish Church. It was a service full of music with a worship band filling the church with sound and enthusiastic sing-a-longs.
After this everyone made their way over to the Dorset border to Stockbridge Farm Barn for the wedding reception.
Guests were treated to a Fish & Chip supper for the wedding breakfast (which went down exceptional well.. who doesn’t love fish and chips?) eaten from personalised trays. And for afters guests were encourage to take part in a Bake Off. There was so much cake of all different shapes, sizes and flavours and enough to fed everyone five times over!
To work off all those sponges and chips there was an excellent, fun Ceilidh dance in the evening, with music provided by local folk band Teasing the Cat.… Read Full Post
Amy and Neale got married at Burley Manor in the New Forest with their ceremony and reception held in the barn and adjoining marquee.
The day was super colourful and the abundance of flowers provided by Jennifer Pointer Flowers acted as a lucky charm in pushing the rain clouds away (we only had one, albeit quite heavy, downpour despite heavy clouds looming for most of the day).
As well as having free access to ice creams provided by the Brock Ice trike, guests were served Afternoon Tea with a scrummy selection of cakes, sandwiches and scones. The beautiful flowers and decorations in the barn gave everything a lovely bright and Summer-y picnic feel.
To work off all those cakes and ice-creams Blue Juice Band provided a superb dancing soundtrack for the evening and entertained everyone with a great selection of tunes.
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We spent a lovely sunny Monday up in the Cotswolds for Natasha and Hayden’s wedding at Cripps Barn. Blue skies and dry ground meant they were able to have the outdoor ceremony they were hoping for out in the Glade with the rest of the celebrations taking place in the Barn.
We started the day by meeting up with both of them as they got ready for their day. Natasha was at Bibury Court and Hayden and his Groomsmen had stayed over at The New Inn.
We loved the summer berry colour of the flowers which filled the Barn and were put together by Beth at Go Wild Flowers. The lattice board table plan and the jam jar table favours gave everything a picnic feel.
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After what seemed like a lengthy winter (mostly spent carrying a hot water bottle) the first signs of Spring were very welcome and the daffodils cropping up reminded us that Sarah and Adam’s wedding (our first of 2015) was not far away.
Embracing the vibrant colours of Spring, with a bright yellow and blue colour palette, Sarah and Adam made the most of their March wedding at Priston Mill near Bath. It was warm enough to play outside, and despite the early weather forecast warning of Gales and heavy rain, the day was lovely.
Things started near Bath City Centre where both Sarah and Adam got ready about a half hour drive from the venue for their day.
The day had a travel theme as plenty of guests had travelled a fair way to help them celebrate. As well as a great table plan, Adam’s brother designed some fantastic paper details including table names, Save the Dates and invitations.
We’ve been to Priston Mill a couple of times now and have always regretted not being able to make it over the the adjoining field that sits next to the Tythe Barn. Unfortunately, there’s not really any way of making it over there without crossing a Brook.… Read Full Post
Jonathan and Claire got married at Priston Mill with their ceremony and reception held in the Tythe Barn.
The day started with both of them getting ready close to the city centre of Bath. Claire and her Bridesmaids in particular had a perfect view from high on a hill as they got ready in the lovely Bath View Apartments.
Throughout the day VWs played a special part as Claire loves them. As well as a camper van driving the bridal party from Bath to Priston Mill, Jonathan also made his way to the Barn in a convertible Beetle.
On with the photos…
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