August 23, 2017
“Thank you so much our photos are amazing we love them! When we started planning our wedding we came across a lot of really fake people who were clearly just in it for the money and had done so many weddings before that they didn’t really care about another one. You were not like this at all which was so refreshing. It’s clear you love your job- this shines through and it was so lovely having you there on the day. It sounds silly but it was nice to always get a quick response to our emails and no question was a silly question which left us reassured you’d do a great job on the day- an experience we hadn’t got from others who were involved in the planning of our wedding and on the day. We wish you all the success for your business in the future. Your photos are amazing. We’ll be telling everyone about you and are thinking of when we can hire you again!!”
Emily and Stephen had the ideal British, summer barn wedding. The entire day was bursting with color and fun down to the bouquets of bright pink peonies, the groom’s and usher’s vibrant blue suits, outdoor games in the courtyard and a classic pub-style quiz after speeches. I don’t think you could have fit more joy into this day. Even MY cheeks were sore from smiling!
Guests gathered in a village church in Little Wittenham for the ceremony- the cutest chapel small enough to feel intimate and private yet just big enough to fit Emily and Stephen’s 90 guests. The rest of the day’s festivities happened at Earth Trust, Fison Barn just down the road. Some ladies brought a pair of flats for the short walk, others trooped it in heels. I drove. Don’t judge me! Haha!
After the ceremony, I took Emily and Stephen across the street to the Wittenham Clumps for a few natural and relaxed bride and groom photos. As is the norm for the Wittenham Clumps, the wind was fierce, but I loved the way it blew Emily’s wedding dress. It brought a certain free-spirited, romantic feel to the pictures that you can only get from a bit of a breeze!
One of my favorite moments of the day had to be the brass band that surprised all the guests during Emily and Stephen’s first dance! Stephen plays in a brass band, so he masterminded the entire thing. This was definitely a first for me, but I am sold! I would love to see more brass bands playing at weddings in the future!
Enjoy a few highlights of the day below… :)
“Stephen’s dad loves making jams and chutney’s. In fact, he’s won many awards at local produce and country shows and his chutney and jam is to die for! We love it, no shop variety compares, so we wanted our guests to have a little taste of amazingness. He has lovingly made different varieties of little jams for us from fruit he has grown on his allotment.” – Emily
“We went on a little adventure to France to buy all of the wine on the tables. We just decided to take the day off work one day and booked a ferry crossing. This was so much fun (we obviously bought a few extra bottles for ourselves and some fine French cheese to sample!)” – Emily
“Emily’s Aunty made our cake. She is amazing and so crafty. It had a fruit cake base, zesty lemon drizzle cake with lemon curd and lemon butter cream middle and banana and walnut cake with buttercream and a coffee cake on top. She made the floral wreath around it by hand!” – Emily
“Sophie is one of my oldest school friends. I hadn’t seen her since a few months before Noah was born. Our wedding was just a couple of weeks after her due date so I’d said to her we would totally understand if she couldn’t make it, but Sophie and Dave were determined to come to our wedding. Little Noah was 3 and a bit weeks old. Not many of my friends have babies, Sophie is one of the first and I think we both just looked at each other and burst into tears because I couldn’t quite believe she’d gone from my school friend who I used to do cross country running and rounders with to a mummy and Noah was just perfect. We couldn’t believe they satayed so late and partied into the night with us holding little Noah up like Simba from the Lion King to dance!” – Emily
Emily and Stephen, I am so glad our paths crossed. It’s been over a year since we first connected and now I feel like you are more friends than clients. It was a privilege to be your photographer and I will never forget this happy, happy day! May you cherish these memories for many years to come…
Venue: Earth Trust, Fison Barn
Wedding dress shop: Coco & Kate Atelier Hatton, Warwickshire
Wedding dress designer: Watters
Hair and makeup: Claire Nicole
Bridesmaid dresses: Coast
Groom’s suit: Kenneth Cole, House of Fraser
Band: New York Brass Band
Florist: Green and Gorgeous
Catering: Truly Scrumptious, Oxford “We wanted people to chat and get to know each other so we opted for sharing platters of hot food and food we love for people to help themselves to.”
Photography: Hannah K. Photography