Cripps Stone Barn. The weather forecast had promised torrential rain all afternoon but luckily for us, it did not materialise until the wedding breakfast. Maybe it was all the umbrellas being clutched by the guests that did the trick ……! Jo and her bridesmaids, Nicky, Hannah, Emma & Jo were getting ready at Barnsley House and there was a definite buzz of excitement in the air. Getting photos of the little flowergirl, Poppy, was quite challenging as she never stopped running around until she saw her reflection in the mirror: my cue to click the shutter! As professional photographers, Chris and I are always looking for that slightly different shot so we made full use of the round window and mirrored shelf to reflect the shoes; great shot! Chris dashed off to Bibury to accompany the groom’s party to the church, walking alongside the river and stopping for photos on the bridge which brought lots of interesting gazes from the Japanese tourists. I stayed with Jo and her bridal party right up until they left the hotel: one good thing about having two photographers is that Chris can go off to photograph the groom’s party while I stay with the girls. The church service which, although traditional, was also very personal as Jo & Nick had written a special prayer for their wedding. After the ceremony, guests and family drove the short distance to Cripps Barn; a beautiful 18thCentury Cotswold stone barn set in lovely countryside in the Coln Valley. We whisked Jo & Nick off for a few romantic photos but with menacing skies as backdrops, we didn’t want to venture too far from the barn. Local lamb was slowly cooked outside on a huge roasting spit and guests gathered in the recently renovated Oak Hall to tuck in along with lots of bubbly (of course). In celebration of the London 2012 Olympics, a few guests decided to re-enact Mo Farah’s now infamous ‘Mobot’: a really fun photo! The rain eventually stopped and the bonfire crackled away, I wonder if anyone braved the damp conditions to toast some marshmallows?
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“Nick and I are now back from honeymoon and have had a look through all your photos this weekend. We wanted to say a HUGE THANK YOU to you both as we are really pleased with them. They are all fantastic and you have definitely captured all the key moments and atmosphere of our big day. You are both very talented! We really enjoyed reading your blog too as it was a great summary of the day. Thanks again for all your hard work at our wedding and producing these amazing photos! They are a great memory of our big day and we will enjoy looking at them for years to come. Many thanks” Jo and Nick