This week’s wedding blew us all away with some stunning sunshine, not something all my August weddings were blessed with this year! And Chris and Kelly’s classic barn wedding, tucked away in the fields and farms of Bishop Stortford, did everything to take advantage of the warmth. I might be on holiday, but I couldn't keep these guys waiting! So here we go...
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It has been a very strange August this year.
Out of my busiest ever season, I could count the sunsets I had at a wedding, on one hand.
As frustrating as that is, it's taught me how to love low light, even without the warm tones of a full-on sunset. And as I've said before, this time of the day isn't only best for it's light; the couple are more relaxed, formalities dealt with and champagne and food consumed (hopefully in ample measures). Every couple settles into their portrait session so differently at this point. So, sometimes, even if the light is not as perfect as I'd like it,
I do my best to twist arms and charm them out into the last of the natural light.
If I shoot your wedding, please please PLEASE always say yes to this. Without a doubt, they are always the best photos of the entire day.
Let's rewind back to the very start of my day though. I got there super early, to check out each of the venues I had to shoot at. Pledgon Barns was my first stop. I walked across the dew heavy lawn, which stretched up to an unassuming black wooden structure, tucked away under a steep red-tiled roof.
In the quiet morning light, the old building seemed to still be sleeping.
I snuck through a back door, and entered the interior of the barn. Wow.. what a beauty was tucked away. This high vaulted room, webbed with original wooden beams, eeked of it's Tudor roots.
With fairy lights climbing up it's struts, and the glassware glinting in narrow shafts of light, it had so much atmosphere.
Stepping across the floor created a chorus of creaks and squeaks, and the echo of my footsteps seemed to follow me. What a beautiful space. And it only got more and more wonderful as it filled with people throughout the day. Chatter and laughter seemed to crescendo, most of all for the speeches of course.
And as the day bled into night, and the low light in the barn turned to darkness, all the fairy lights gave the space a warm glow.
Chris and Kelly shared some lovely stories and relationship truths, in their pre-wedding shoot post. Go have a read, for some background on just how adorable these two are.
I'm sending all my congratulations and warm wishes to these two, and hope they are having the greatest honeymoon in Iceland. You lucky pair, you should have squeezed me into your suitcase! ;) You threw a wonderful wedding, and I even got to see some favourite faces at this wedding, so you get double points.