Lyde Court Barn was the enchanting setting for the wedding of Charlotte & Nigel in late May.
The day started as usual at the home of the brides parents and Charlotte was amazingly ready when we arrived ages before the ceremony time. Her friends must have known something about her as they had generously thought to buy her a Tommee Tippee beaker so that she wouldn’t spill anything on her dress.
And a beautiful dress it was. It was a sort of early 60’s style with a belled short skirt and it suited her right down to the ground. And she sported the reddest shoes in creation too.
The Ceremony took place in the gorgeous town hall in Hereford on the first floor in a large, grand room with enormous windows.
The drive to Lyde Court Barn was just 10 minutes or so and the weather was sunny all day, with a few fluffy high clouds. and the setting of Lyde Court was stunning, with rolling open fields full of sheep and distant vistas of the Malverns. The Malverns hills were where Charlotte & Nigel had their pre-shoot a month or two earlier.
The barn, which is part of the estate of the Duchy of Cornwall, is a sympathetically restored venue where the owners had carefully maintained the true qualities of a large traditional barn. They haven’t ‘sanitised’ it to the point of it being just a caricature of what a true barn should be. It has retained its rustic appeal. Well done Gary et al!
And we must just mention the pianist. What a lovely gentleman. He played some timeless songs wonderfully. The sort of music that has you humming along and wishing you, too, were as gifted on the ivory keys.
If you were a guest at the wedding the full gallery can be seen by clicking HERE. You will need the password given you on the reception card or simply ask the bride and groom.
Emily and Simon are a very private couple who honoured us by asking that we photograph their wedding day in East Sussex in mid April.
We had met them last year to chat about their plans and it soon became clear that they new exactly what they were after – a set of photographs which would document their wedding and allow them to have a beautiful album created which showed them everything they wanted to remember about their family and friends.
Married at St Peters church in Chailey, their ceremony was led by a family friend, so was amongst the most personal of services. After the ceremony their friends had a chance to refresh themselves with some nibbles and a cup of tea in the village hall on the green before travelling to the reception, which was almost an hour away in the idyllic Bartholomew Barn in Kirdford, near Petworth.
Now a wedding story isn’t complete unless we give you the weather report. So, a day which had started with torrential overnight rain and blustery conditions gave way to calmer and drier interludes through the morning. Indeed the drive to Bartholomew Barn enjoyed sporadic sunshine and several times we wished we could have stopped and taken the group shots en-route.
Parking in the field by the barn proved to be short-sighted. Minutes after the arrival of everyone, the heavens opened and an almighty and persistent downpour began. Thankfully the couple had the foresight to have a lovely Moroccan style marquee complete with sofas and tables and a two-piece jazz group playing, which served as a refuge from the Glastonbury style mud-fest which threatened outside.
Respecting their privacy, we are pleased to show a single photo below from their day – and we haven’t even mentioned the ‘fishing game’!
Their full set of photos are all in password protected galleries HERE and the details are on the card you received at the reception or can be obtained from Emily & Simon.
Caroline and Tom were made for each other. They have infectious smiles. Tom has an infectious laugh too. This was a very memorable wedding. From the glorious blue skies. The fantastic 1931 Lagonda. The historic 11th century Norman church. The amazing Wiltshire countryside. Wellington Barn in Calstone. And the most perfect sunset.
Throw in an unexpected visitor to the ceremony. Then a combine harvester or two. What you have are all the ingredients for a day not to be forgotten quickly.
Although Caroline and Tom have been together for 11 years, we only knew about 6 weeks ago that we were going to shoot their wedding day.
We’d met them back in August in Bath for their pre-wedding shoot and instantly knew we were going to enjoy their wedding.
We weren’t disappointed.
Caroline arrived at her mums house, just a mile or two from the church with her hair and makeup completed, but still to change into her dress – a stunning and understated creation which she duly modified whilst coming down the stairs.
Once at the church, Caroline, Tom, the Vicar and all the guests were treated to something extraordinary. A bat flew into the ceremony. Now, bats aren’t normally interested in weddings. At least in my experience. This one was the exception to the rule. Although he must have had another appointment, since he left just before the first kiss…
From the church, A 1931 Lagonda driven by Tim took the couple to Wellington Barn and the rolling open countryside of Wiltshire.
Towards the end of the wedding breakfast, we managed to get Caroline and Tom away from the guests. It was the last 20 minutes before sunset.
How we wish we had shots like that from our wedding day…
The full set of photos can be seen by clicking HERE. You will need the password supplied on the card you received at the reception, or contact the Bride & Groom if you have lost it.