I’ve been looking forward to sharing this wedding on the Blog, as I loved spending the day with this lovely couple and all their friends and family. Emma and Charlie planned their wedding from outside of the Cotswolds so we had had an initial Skype consultation and discussed what they were looking for and their ideas for the wedding day, they were super relaxed and wanted a real celebration, good food, good music and a brilliant party to celebrate with their friends and family.
As a photographer capturing the natural moments this was a great gig…there were so many emotional and funny moments during the day, neither Charlie nor Emma take themselves too seriously and really set a fun tone for the day. They had their whole wedding and reception at Lapstone Barn so once the guests had arrived they could relax.
There’s the perfect suite upstairs at Lapstone Barn for the Bride and her party to get ready and know that they don’t have to travel far to the Ceremony. They can even spy on the guests arriving which is always fun!
The flowers from this wedding really blew me away! I love colour and the mix of big, full, sumptuous pink and peach peonies and roses (some of which were a variety called ‘Miss Piggy’-how great is that!) added real luxury to the styling. Emma had mentioned they wanted long banqueting tables with flowers running along the middle and I adore this set up, it has a real Mediterranean feel and is great for the party vibe, it certainly didn’t disappoint, it was gorgeous! The beautiful Ceremony room was decorated with giant floral urns and delicate vases of flowers hung off the end chairs to create colour down the isle, this was the work of the wildly talented Jo at Aqua Florist, definitely check her out if you’re at the planning stage of your wedding.
The brilliant Angharad James harpist played as the bridesmaids and Bride came down the isle and a really special personal touch (and a first for me) was the bride Emma’s sister singing in a trio during the Ceremony, this was a real tear jerker. And I was very pleased to capture the moment the Celebrant accidentally used the Best Man’s name instead of the Groom’s during the Vows, Charlie’s expression was hilarious!
Other mentions should go to the delicious looking ‘naked wedding cake’ created by Fran at the Cut Above Cake , the beautiful wedding gown that looked stunning on Emma from Paverly Bridal in London and the calming serene team getting everyone ready in the morning from Sandra Elizabeth Hair and Make Up.
We had a stunning sunset with really beautiful golden light after the wedding breakfast and with the space at Lapstone we were able to go off for a quiet little wander by the fields to get some couple shots and give Emma and Charlie a chance to chat to each other and take a break in all the excitement. This is something I feel is really important for the couple, a wedding can be overwhelming and busy with all the people you care about there, so the couple shots gives you an excuse to check in with each other and say “hello, we just got married!”
After this little time out it was time to get on the dance floor and WOW what a band! EVERYONE was dancing, what a party, The Indie Killers sure know how to fill a floor and were amazing, another top recommendation!
Alongside me for the day was Rob from Chime Films, as a photographer I often work alongside videographers and we don’t always know each other but it’s great if you can be a team for the day and Rob was brilliant to work with, very easy going.
This was a really joyous occasion. I think it really proved that when the day comes around it should be your chance to finally relax and enjoy the celebrations. If you choose suppliers you can talk to and who are experienced they should have everything in order so you can trust them to take over on the day, leaving you free to look gorgeous and party!
Venue- Lapstone Barn
Florist- Aqua Florist
Brides Dress – Paverly Bridal
Grooms Suit- Hackett
Hair and Make Up – Sandra Elizabeth Hair and Make Up
Harpist – Angharad James Harpist
Cake – Cut Above Cakes
Band – The Indie Killers
Videographer- Chime Films