This week, we travel through the cornfields of Cambridgeshire, to the gorgeous venue of Bassmead Manor. Here, Ross and Amy threw the loveliest of weddings. Full of gorgeous details and lots of photo-op settings- I was a very happy bunny indeed! We even managed a little of the late light, before it clouded over.. Make sure to flick through to the end, to see those couple portraits...
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Every single one of my weddings, is through recommendation. I advertise nowhere.. For that reason, I literally travel ALL over the place. One week I'm in Somerset, the next Sintra, Portugal. I always find myself in an entirely new settings. In the wedding industry, many photographers work with venues many times over a season. But not me.. Every time I work a new wedding, I have to completely re-set my head into the new styling and space. It's energising and always keeps me on my toes.
Turning up to Bassmead Manor, I was instantly taken.
I had to cross a moat to enter (does it get more romantic than that?)
and to be instantly greeted by a gorgeous gathering of old farmhouse outbuildings. The rustic and old sat beautifully next to the more contemporary; walls of glass with wooden beams and old red brick.
You cannot fabricate history and authenticity, and this place clearly had it pouring out of every detail.
Ross and Amy's wedding styling matched their venue perfectly. It was earthy and rustic, but had bags of chic detailing;
with everything from delicate florals, to the ornamentation on her dress.
I think I mentioned last week, that the wedding dress is one of the key indicators of a wedding's style. And Amy's dress was gorgeous. I decided to take it into the old 'Rickety Barn' (the venue's breathtaking ceremony room) to have it's bead-work glisten and shine in the fairy lights and warm glow of their LOVE sign.
My favourite part of this venue though, was just how close to the uninterrupted countryside it was. Walking out the gates of the courtyard, I stepped straight into a cornfield. Ahead of me, was a wonderful avenue of old trees leading up to the Manor House. And to the left, a moat;
the water reflecting the blue skies and rushes in the breeze.
The couple portraits we took towards the end of the day, were as always, much quieter. We stepped out towards the cornfield and hid behind an apple tree. There, with a little afternoon sun poking through the clouds behind them, they laughed and chuckled. That stood close together in the shelter of tree branches, bowing with the weight of apples. For some reason, in that moment, I really wanted to shoot close up. I wanted to
catch her hair in the breeze;
Ross' buttonhole back-lit by the sun; their hands clasped up together between them.
Sometimes, photos don't need to be big and epic, they just need to be real.
Huge thanks and congratulations to Ross and Amy, and to all their gorgeous family. I hope you love your sneak peek! And thanks to the team at Bassmead Manor, namely Charlotte, who did such a stellar job on the day.