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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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
Alex and Kate travelled down from their home in Yorkshire for a mid-week extravaganza wedding in Bibury, The Cotswolds.
The wedding ceremony and reception took place at Cripps Barn although the nearby Bibury Court Hotel played host to Kate’s wedding preps and a bunch of family and friends, including Alex, were staying at Cats Abbey Barn near Cheltenham.
There was a big DIY spin on this wedding with plenty of hand-crafted rustic details. So much thought was put into making it a special day for all their guests from cosy blankets to wonderful table settings and enviable mini suitcases full of treats for the kids. It was a bit too gloomy and damp to spend too much time outside but inside this really paid off as the day felt warm and welcoming.
On with the photos…
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We made our way over to the Cotswolds last week to meet up with Alex and Kate for the first time.
They’re getting married at the very pretty Cripps Barn, although we’re also having a little tour of Gloucestershire with Kate’s preps at Bibury Court Hotel and the Groom’s Party getting ready at the luscious-looking Cats Abbey.
After looking around the venue we took some time walking around the picturesque village of Bibury and the iconic Arlington Row whilst Alex’s parents got the teas in . Alex actually proposed to Kate on one of the bridges here.. Tres romantique.
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We first met up with Jo and Chris one cloudy, wintery day in the Purbecks where we clambered through muddy fields to capture some images for their Save The Date card. Little did we know that day that almost a year later we’d be making our way over to an equally freezing Gloucestershire to photograph their special day at Bibury Court Hotel in The Cotswolds.
We had no doubt we were in for a treat as we made our way up for Jo and Chris’ wedding day. They’d looked super glamorous as they trudged their way in their Hunter Wellies through Dorset’s muddy fields, and Chris had already proven he had excellent taste in suit jackets when we met up with them for their wedding prep.
It was cold on their wedding day. We’d stayed about 20 minutes out of Bibury in Colesbourne (we thoroughly recommend the Colesbourne Inn if you’re heading out that way – it was a truly excellent place to stay) and our car doors had completely frozen shut before we made our way over to Bibury Court Hotel in the morning. It was a winter wonderland!
Jo, Chris and the guests pretty much had the full run of the hotel for their wedding day so we were nice and cosy inside for the best part of it.… Read Full Post
Carrying on from Part One..
The guests stayed inside in the warm at Bibury Court Hotel as Jo and Chris braced the outdoors for some portraits in the hotel grounds. Meanwhile, inside everyone was getting toasty and being treated to some excellent music in the conservatory.
The ceremony room had been turned around for the wedding breakfast with lots of lovely table settings and a magical wintery Table Plan Tree! The tables were named after whiskey brands.. I’m no whiskey connoisseur so Monkey Shoulder had me baffled for a while without the prompting of a bottle. But it’s now definitely my favourite whiskey.
Thanks so much to Jo and Chris who sorted out an amazing cream tea for us – it was scrumptious!
We were definitely grateful of the sugar rush from those cakes once the evening got going – the dancefloor was buzzing! It was an absolute delight working along to the tunes of The Reach Arounds. They blew us away with their thrashed-up mash-ups (Human League vs Spandau Ballet, anyone?). By far the best wedding band we’ve seen.
And speaking of “Best Of’s” a huge shout out should go to the guy in blue who entertained the crowds with his adrenalin-fuelled hoedown to the wig out at the end of Paradise City.… Read Full Post
Last year we met up with Jo and Chris for a little portrait shoot in the Purbecks. They originally got in touch with us to see if we could help them out with some Save The Date cards for their wedding. Since then they’ve asked us if we can shoot their big day at the very elegant Bibury Court in the Cotswolds.
We’re heading up there in December and we took the opportunity last weekend to pop up there to see the hotel, meet the parents and have another little shoot around the grounds. We then proceeded to throw leaves at them.
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