A beautiful barn wedding - Mr & Mrs Oram
The styling of this wedding had my heart! All done by the Bride & Groom themselves it was everything a vintage, countryside wedding could need. I started out the day with the bridal party in a lovely riverside cabin where the bubbles were flowing and the nerves were building as the 11am ceremony approached. This location was perfect for getting ready for the big day, bright and airy with a beautiful view over the river. The surrounding trees and terraces meant plenty of beautiful areas to capture all the little details of the day too!
Up until this point, Kat, the bride didn't know what transport her fiancé Chris had arranged to take his bride to the church in. That was until a gorgeous horse drawn carriage arrived outside the cabin decorated with ribbons to match the bridesmaids and bouquets. Needless to say the bride was very happy! This bride & Groom had decided to add my second photographer onto their package, this allowed us to capture some photographs of the boys at the church before the ceremony whilst the bride was getting ready. Having a second photographer also provided photos from different angles throughout the day.
Soon it was time to get everyone to the church! The bridesmaids got there in a beautiful vintage red mini which belonged to the brides Mum, a lovely detail to remember her by on the day. And what a Church it was! a magnificent building at the end of a tree lined pathway, lit beautifully in the bright September sunshine. I had been asked by the bride and groom in their wedding consultation to get a specific shot of them before the ceremony, of them holding hands around the church wall. So after leading the groom out of the church with his eyes firmly closed so he would not see his beautiful bride, we got the shot and they parted ways ready to meet each other at the top of the isle.
The ceremony went without a hitch, full of lovely hymns and readings. The ring bearers were two stunning owls with ribbons on their feet to match the colour scheme, with all the eyes on them they needed a little helping hand getting down the isle but they delivered the rings to the best man regardless. After the ceremony everyone gathered outside the church for some group photos with the church bells ringing out from above us.
The journey to the barn reception took me past endless countryside views and rolling fields full of sheep. The venue itself had an amazing stately home at the end of a long gated driveway which was perfect for getting some photographs of the horse and carriage making its way down. We were able to use the stately home and its gardens to capture some romantic couple shots without any extra eyes peeking. This allows me to capture real moments between the newlyweds to cherish forever. The bridal car was a perfect addition to some of the photos, making them even more personal and just as the heavens opened we got back to the cosy barn!
As I said before, the barn was just beautiful, with wild flowers everywhere and hessian table runners it was perfect for a countryside barn wedding day in September! The bar was covered in luscious foliage which really tied it into the theme of the day. Outside there was a steam locomotive and a fairground organ which provided upbeat background music throughout the afternoon. You could really see how much was put into the planning of the day due to all the details tying into it, right down to everyone's little jam jar drink glasses having a little chalk board on it to write their own names. Their sit down meal was served from a gourmet fish and chip van and they had already had canapés served from another van on arrival.
A first for me was the rifle range! I have never seen that at a wedding before that's for sure. The guests loved it and it was another great photo opportunity and it definitely fitted in with the countryside feel of the day. There was such a lovely relaxed atmosphere at the reception with people playing lawn games, barn dancing and getting ice cream from the ice cream van. The bride even had a go with the Mr Whippy machine!
This couple put on an impressive show for their first dance... which, I'm told, was not rehearsed! The barn was such a great space for everyone to crowd round to see the cake cutting and first dance too. The magnificent 3 tier cake was made by the brides lovely Grandmother and had the most beautiful cake topper on top, which again complemented the theme perfectly! The sun was setting over the fields so we snuck back out to the hay bales to do some more couple photos as the sky lit up with an amazing red and orange glow.
As the evening went on it was time to get the sparklers out and capture a 'sparkler exit' before we left everyone to dance the night away. Another perfect wedding day!