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WEDDING VENUE HUNTING – QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN WEDDING VENUE VIEWING

It all starts with this one major decision… the venue.  You have probably already decided on a style of architecture (or perhaps none in the case of wanting a marquee site), the approximate number of guests, where in the World and then from some online research, your shortlisted wedding venue destinations.  You’ve checked their availability and now it’s time to hit the road to view your contenders but aside from a general feeling how are you going to assess their suitability?  Below are some things to consider and questions to ask when wedding venue viewing.

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M+O chose the stunning Coworth Park for their wedding. Captured by Modern Vintage Weddings

LOOK & FEEL

Just like house hunting you will get a vibe for the place and the events team.  The wedding venue is going to be the backdrop to your whole day as well as one of the most expensive items on your shopping list so take your time.

–  Walk around the venue as if you were a guest.  How could you utilise the different venue space/s throughout the wedding day to take your guests on a journey.  For example, is there an orangery that’s perfect for a ceremony, lawns for your drinks reception, a lounge for a comfy chill out space or photo booth?  And then consider the capacities of each space

–  Leading on from the above, if the weather happened to be poor do you have suitable indoor/ sheltered back up spaces?

–  Consider the light.  Is there a lot of natural daylight or do you need artificial light to brighten the space/s?  And if so what options do you have for colour tones (dimmable lights) throughout the day and even party colours for the evening?

–  Is there a particular colour scheme or design elements that you’d have to take into account with your wedding style?  This could be a particularly bright patterned carpet, feature wall or artworks.  However if you are viewing a room bare, remember that it will look very different once filled with furniture and people.

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Exquisite collectibles contribute to making Aynhoe Park one of the most unique wedding venues in the UK. It’s always fun working here, this image from an editorial project captured by Jessica Withey Photography

– Are there any redecorations, renovations or in fact building works planned between now and your preferred wedding date?

– Does the venue host multiple events at any one time?  Are there spa or hotel guests that could be present and if so, how do the venue cater to your privacy?

LOGISTICS

Quick fire here on logistical questions to ask when wedding venue viewing.

– What items can the venue provide/ are included in the wedding hire package?  

– Do you need to work with any preferred suppliers such as caterers or florists?

– Can you bring your own drinks and if so, are there corkage charges to be considered?

– Are there any noise/ sound limitors you’d need to take into account for entertainment bookings?

– Are there any restrictions when it comes to decor  (such as no candles, no hanging things on walls or beams and so forth)?

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Beautiful heritage site at Wrest Park. Before the fun began with K+L’s wedding captured by The Reportage Company

– Are there multiple and easy to access electric sockets?  Yawn, I know but it will be necessary when you start thinking about that DJ you really want or a slideshow you plan to show during the wedding breakfast.

– What are the access and clearance timings?  Important particularly if you have to clear everything from the venue straight after the guests leave at midnight, you certainly won’t want to be doing it.

– Is there a storage area you can use for things such as drinks deliveries the day before or storing any personal items to collect the day after.

– Is there adequate parking for guests and your wedding team and is there disabled access?  You’ll want to consider the comfort of all your wedding guests so other things to look for might be baby changing areas

MONEY MONEY MONEY

Yes you will have a guide price for venue hire or the wedding package but there can be some additional costs to budget for.  So don’t forget these questions to ask when wedding venue viewing.

– Are there additional charges for a late night extension (if you don’t want the party to wrap up at midnight)?  Or staff charges past a certain time?  Other extras can be security, cloakroom and cleaning services so be sure to ask about all of these

– Does the package/ hire cost include VAT and gratuity (if applicable)?

 

– Do you have to take out any special insurances to host your wedding at the venue?  Listed buildings for example may ask that you take out public liability insurance against any damages

PHOTOS

– Take an abundance of photos as things are never exactly how you remember them.  But also google images of weddings at the venue to see how a variety of professional photographers have captured the space at different times of year as well as different times of day.

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Quirky backdrops at Preston Court Captured by Lemonade Pictures

I hope these questions to ask when wedding venue viewing help and best of luck finding your dream wedding venue.

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Great Barn Weddings – Harriet & Matt

Great Barn Weddings – Harriet & Matt

Great Barn Devon wedding of Harriet & Matt. Images by Will Stedman

Harriet & Matt were married with us last year. They chose a beautiful church wedding followed by fun, frivolity and celebration at The Great Barn. The full shebang was photographed by Will Stedman and we think he really did capture the true essence of the day.

The rain did not stop play, in fact, it actually made for some very beautiful photographs.

We love all the individual, personal touches – in particular the gin themed table plan! And if you want to see more of our lovely weddings and events, head on over to our gallery and treat yourself to a happy half hour scrolling through.

Great Barn Devon wedding of Harriet & Matt. Images by Will Stedman
Great Barn Devon wedding of Harriet & Matt. Images by Will Stedman
Great Barn Devon wedding of Harriet & Matt. Images by Will Stedman
Great Barn Devon wedding of Harriet & Matt. Images by Will Stedman
Great Barn Devon wedding of Harriet & Matt. Images by Will Stedman
Great Barn Devon wedding of Harriet & Matt. Images by Will Stedman
Great Barn Devon wedding of Harriet & Matt. Images by Will Stedman
Great Barn Devon wedding of Harriet & Matt. Images by Will Stedman
Great Barn Devon wedding of Harriet & Matt. Images by Will Stedman
Great Barn Devon wedding of Harriet & Matt. Images by Will Stedman
Great Barn Devon wedding of Harriet & Matt. Images by Will Stedman
Great Barn Devon wedding of Harriet & Matt. Images by Will Stedman
Great Barn Devon wedding of Harriet & Matt. Images by Will Stedman
Great Barn Devon wedding of Harriet & Matt. Images by Will Stedman
Great Barn Devon wedding of Harriet & Matt. Images by Will Stedman
Great Barn Devon wedding of Harriet & Matt. Images by Will Stedman
Great Barn Devon wedding of Harriet & Matt. Images by Will Stedman
Great Barn Devon wedding of Harriet & Matt. Images by Will Stedman
Great Barn Devon wedding of Harriet & Matt. Images by Will Stedman
Great Barn Devon wedding of Harriet & Matt. Images by Will Stedman
Great Barn Devon wedding of Harriet & Matt. Images by Will Stedman
Great Barn Devon wedding of Harriet & Matt. Images by Will Stedman
Great Barn Devon wedding of Harriet & Matt. Images by Will Stedman
Great Barn Devon wedding of Harriet & Matt. Images by Will Stedman
Great Barn Devon wedding of Harriet & Matt. Images by Will Stedman

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Southend Barns, Sussex Hatty and Karen

On the blog today is Hatty and Karen’s wedding at Southend Barns in West Sussex. I’m typing this on a cold and rainy January day, my Westie is asleep on my lap meaning I’m in the most awkward typing position right now. Honestly, I’m TYping Liike THIss EVery timE He moves.

I first met Hatty and Karen a couple of years ago in London to talk about their day and we made sure to keep in contact leading up to the wedding itself. They were both equally excited about the whole thing, their stream of updates was great to follow and I was really looking forward to their wedding.

For prep, Karen got ready at The Blacksmith’s about 5 minutes away while Hatty used the suite at Southend Barns before all their guests arrived. It was great to be able to fly between them both and tell their story from the very start.

Once Karen arrived they had their first look in the gardens before taking turns in walking down the aisle and saying their I do’s in an emotionally charged ceremony and it really felt like everyone there was getting married too. It was as if we were all together as one.

We then ventured outside for photos and the reception went into full swing. We headed out the front to the fields and found a meadow of yellow flowers which, as it was a blustery day, added a sense of movement to their pictures. They were so chilled it was as if I wasn’t even there with the camera!

Southend Barns, as always, looked beautiful that day, the lights above the tables and the intricate attention to detail they had put into things really paid off. The weather was well behaved most of the day and even though it rained that night, it kept everyone in and on the dancefloor. Good times.

This was a special wedding for me in that I’m a firm believer that love is equal across all. It knows no boundaries, fears nothing and really does win through. Hatty and Karen’s wedding was one I’d looked forward to for months and afterwards, became one of the best weddings of the year for me.

We’re still in touch and long may we be…and long may I have more days like this.

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Great Barn Weddings – Zoe & Ollie

Great Barn Weddings – Zoe & Ollie

The wedding of Zoe & Ollie, photographed by Roseanna Brown

We love, love, love the personal, DIY touches from Zoe & Ollie’s wedding day. It’s not just about budgeting, it’s about creating things that are unique to you and that really show off your character and personality. And we are all for it at The Great Barn, with such a beautiful blank canvas to fill.

These images are from Roseanna Brown; the ‘in action’ bouquet toss, is a personal favourite!

Head over to our website gallery to see more of our couples. And if you would like to share your wedding day photos with us, on our website or our Facebook page, please email us to find out more details.

The wedding of Zoe & Ollie, photographed by Roseanna Brown
The wedding of Zoe & Ollie, photographed by Roseanna Brown
The wedding of Zoe & Ollie, photographed by Roseanna Brown
The wedding of Zoe & Ollie, photographed by Roseanna Brown
The wedding of Zoe & Ollie, photographed by Roseanna Brown
The wedding of Zoe & Ollie, photographed by Roseanna Brown
The wedding of Zoe & Ollie, photographed by Roseanna Brown
The wedding of Zoe & Ollie, photographed by Roseanna Brown
The wedding of Zoe & Ollie, photographed by Roseanna Brown

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A Whimsical & Rustic, Alice in Wonderland Styled Bridal Shoot!

Alice-in-Wonderland-styled-shoot-58Who doesn’t love a bit of Alice in Wonderland as their inspiration for a themed wedding?! It can be full-on wacky Mad Hatters Tea Party-esq or subtle and pretty with sweet vintage detail, or, like today’s styled wedding shoot – whimsical and rustic! Words and images by Lisa Webb Photography.

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‘Belle Epoque’ Romantic Vintage Wedding Inspiration in Paris

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The beauty, history, and romance of the City of Lights is the perfect inspiration for a wedding. And with a history as golden and promising as the famous Belle Époque era, it’s no wonder this team honed in on its romantic charms and artistic flair to create this breathtaking scene. Filled with lush, almost tropical florals and exquisite design details, it perfectly captures the elegance of the era, with a gentle balance between old-world romance and modernity……

Art Nouveau Wedding Editorial

Anne from Fete in France shared these words about the design, details and inspiration behind the shoot…. “With Paris as its muse, this styled shoot focuses on a very important time in the city’s history, known as “Belle Époque.” It was before WWI when Paris saw the arts flourish, producing many of the city’s architectural wonders like the Eiffel Tower, Grand Palais and the Paris Metro. 

The sun sets on the Peninsula Hotel Paris, where the party begins and an art nouveau invitation suite sets the tone for the event. The bride’s bouquet features bright colors and unique blooms, such as lotus pods and small yellow filler flowers alongside pink roses. Inspired by the classic design of the Perrier-Jouët champagne bottle, the wedding cake features its signature flowers cascading down three tiers. 

The bride’s gown features romantic sleeves, beaded embellishments, sweeping fabric, and an off-white color that is the perfect fusion of period fashion and modern style. She balances the design with a pair of studded Valentino heels. Her look is complete with a chic chignon hairstyle, floral hairpiece, and smoky eye.

Chivari chairs are paired with a sage-green covered table. The tablescape features tall centerpieces inspired by the mix of colors and textures often seen in Belle Époque décor. Delicate china, pearl flatware and dainty vintage crystal stemware outfit each guest’s place setting.Tall pink taper candles in silver candleholders and bowls of fruit complete the table’s accents.

In this shoot, the bride spends the sunset hours at the iconic Pont Neuf in an ethereal gown and veil by Sibo Designs.”

Art Nouveau Wedding Invitation Art Nouveau Inspired Bride Big Diamond Engagement Ring Art Nouveau Inspired Tall Floral Wedding Centerpiece Art Nouveau Wedding Place Setting Art Nouveau Paris Wedding Inspiration Art Nouveau Inspired Bride Art Nouveau Inspired Wedding Table Art Nouveau Wedding Table Tropical Art Nouveau Bridal Bouquet Art Nouveau Bride Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring Art Nouveau Inspired Bride Valentino Stud Bridal Shoes Tropical Floral Wedding Centerpiece Art Nouveau Escort Card Art Nouveau Wedding Place Setting Art Nouveau Painted Wedding Cake Art Nouveau Wedding Cake Art Nouveau Wedding Place Settings Art Nouveau Wedding Table Paris Wedding Inspiration Diamond Engagement Ring Paris Wedding Inspiration Vintage Paris Wedding Inspiration

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Oh this makes me yearn to see Paris again! Don’t you just love it?? A huge thankyou to the whole creative team (listed below) behind this beautiful editorial, but especially to Bon Photage who captured it all so perfectly. If you would like to see more of their work do take a moment to pop and visit their website at www.bonphotage.com. And of course be sure to find and follow them on FacebookInstagramTwitter and Pinterest for daily doses of gorgeousness!

Now if this has you dreaming of an Art Nouveau inspired wedding of your own, you might want to take a look at this inspiration shoot in the prettiest palette of pastels, or this modern take on Art Nouveau at the Old Michigan Theatre in Detroit. And if its the fashion of the era that you love you should definitely see this stunning bridal editorial, and the current collection of wedding dresses from SAJA is one not to be missed.

Or if its the the idea of escaping to Paris that has you swooning, you should take a look at these romantic Paris elopements from Lara Lam, both capturing the beauty of the city, one with a pretty blush palette in glorious sunshine, and the other in gorgeous shades of slate grey that mirror the roof tops), proving that Paris truly is always a good idea – even when it rains!

 

Amy

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Photography – Bon Photage // Reception Venue – Peninsula Paris // Event Planning – Fete in France // Floral Design – Lily Paloma // Wedding Dress – Marchesa // Veil – Sibo Designs // Bridal Shoes – Valentino // Stationery – Atelier Preszburger // Wedding Cake – Synie // Vintage Rentals – Vaisselle Vintage // Rentals – Maison Options // Hair & Makeup – Sanni Sorma // Model – Victorienne Magnen // Submitted via Matchology

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country luxe: a seasonally glamorous styled shoot at castle farm barn

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Country Luxe at Castle Farm Barn (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (17)

You’d be forgiven for thinking an entire garden had gone into the creation of today’s styled shoot. The frothy floral creations bursting with abundant rich greenery brought together by our wonderful Sponsor Leafy Couture, plus the most wonderful sweet treats gracing the dessert table (and the cute little tomatillos on the place settings), are enough to turn our eyes heart-shaped!

The shoot was orchestrated by florist extraordinaire Sarah of Leafy Couture, who runs flower classes, including DIY wedding flower classes for beginners and hen party flower crown tutorials – great options for our crafty brides-to-be out there!

It’s fair to say we are totally blown away by this shoot as there is so much beauty to feast your eyes on and gorgeous inspiration to take note of. As such, we’ll hand over the blog to the lovely Sarah, so she can fill us in on the all-important details…

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Laura Calderwood Photography.

Country Luxe at Castle Farm Barn (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (28)

sarah says: Castle Farm Barn in Knaresborough, is a beautiful space in a gorgeous setting; the perfect blank canvas. The inspiration for our styled shoot was the fact we really wanted to show how to make the tables stand out and add interest to a barn space. We wanted to portray a luxury feel while keeping a country vibe, using textured foliage and seasonal-inspired tones. Small details were added, such as autumn fruits and velvet ribbons, to complement the linen and tableware. Bridal P.A. styled the shoot, assisted by L27 Weddings.

Country Luxe at Castle Farm Barn (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (60)

In the bouquet, we used beautiful seasonal flowers, including antirrhinums, avalanche roses, eryngium, eucalyptus parvifolia, wax flower, succulents, astilbe and prunus. In the frame, we used succulents, wax flower, eryngium, tuberose, astilbe, moss and ranunculus. The buttonholes comprised an avalanche rose, euc parvi, wax flower and succulent, while the wrist cuff showcased a succulent, wax flower and viburnum tinus. We were assisted in the floristry by The Mindful Florist, Inspirations 288 and Sandra’s Flower Studio.

Country Luxe at Castle Farm Barn (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (46)

For the styling, we used gold icon vases, antique gold candelabras and floral hoops to make use of the roof space within the barn. Extra details were added with votives, candlelight and fresh petals, all creating an opulent feel.

Country Luxe at Castle Farm Barn (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (12)

Our models, Phoebe and Eve, wore amazing wedding dresses designed and supplied by Charlotte Balbier and bridesmaid dresses by ASOS. The wedding gowns had an elegant, timeless look with a touch of 1940’s/50’s Hollywood glamour. The makeup by Smink Make-up Artistry (who also styled the hair) was natural with an understated feel, yet achieved a glamorous look with berried tones.

Country Luxe at Castle Farm Barn (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (32)

Taking into consideration the country setting, we wanted to add a natural feel yet cover every luxurious aspect of wedding styling. From a berried lip to the most over-the-top, amazing dessert table by The Whimsical Cake Company, we wanted to showcase how much beauty you can bring to a rustic setting. The hanging florals show off the season’s foliage and demonstrate how nature can be incorporated into your wedding setting.

Country Luxe at Castle Farm Barn (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (59)

For the dresses, we went for all-out timeless glamour with stunning detailing and bold bridesmaid tones. The photography by Laura Calderwood was natural, light and airy without a heavy filter to really capture all the tones and details of the day. The aim was to embrace timeless glamour with lots of seasonal detailing and I feel we went above and beyond that, which shines through in the images.

Country Luxe at Castle Farm Barn (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (58)

It was a really fantastic day; it was a great space to work in. Rebecca of Castle Farm Barn granted us access to her farm-grown cut flowers and foliage, which enhanced the seasonal colours and the look we wanted to achieve. It was a great experience to work at an up-and-coming wedding venue and with such talented, passionate suppliers.

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Ruth & Aengus

You know you’ve done the right thing when family & friends who learn of your recent elopement say “that’s so you” Plus the fact that you’ve always dreamed of climbing the mountains just you and your beau saying I do in an intimate ceremony.

James Frost Photography takes us on the journey with our adorable couple Ruth & Aengus, capturing all the wonders of the Faroe Islands, just North of Scotland, as well as all those off the cart adorable moments by the happy couple.

From the first look, to the warm embraces, get ready for your heart to swell.

Our Story

Ruth the Bride: I have never wanted a white wedding, and luckily, I found a husband that felt the same. After we announced that we eloped with little postcards crafted by Aengus (he is a graphic designer) and the perfect photograph by James, we got the same response over and over: ‘That’s so you’.

My uncle remembers me announcing as a young teenager that if I ever got married, I’d probably run away somewhere and do it on a cliff top and you’ll hear about it after. That was my dream.

Proposal

After eight years together (we met in a small art school in Limerick, Ireland and we’ve basically been inseparable since the day we met) Aengus ‘proposed’ to me on a little row boat in central park, NYC. I put proposed in quotation marks, because although the setting was romantic, and I found out later that he was nervous as hell, we had said for years that we’ll get married, and I didn’t want an engagement ring (it would be a dead give away for the elopement!) so he asked me to marry him and I said yes of course, you know I will, and we went back to our normal conversation. Only later back in Ireland with a glass of whiskey in hand, did we start really planning.

Elopement

We are lucky that we have families that are supportive of us both, and our decision to do something a little different. We decided to tell our immediate families straight away that we were putting the plans in motion to get married, just the two of us, and wait for everyone else to be surprised after we came home as husband and wife. (If there was a hint from either of our families that they weren’t ok with it, we would have done something different.) Aengus’ parents got married in a ceremony just the two of them, and I was the third of three girls who had beautiful white weddings, so being the third – I got away with sneaking off.

So, we knew we wanted to elope. We always wanted to go to the Faroe Islands because they looked like the most magical place on earth, (turns out they were even better than we could have imagined) with almost no one around, so we thought lets do this.

Photography

As a photographer myself, I had followed the work of James online for years and absolutely adored his epic landscapes, and the way he told love stories, and so I dared to dream that he was free to do our wedding (I say he was free – if he wasn’t free we would have changed the date! It’s not like we had much other things to change)

Ceremony

I had read a lot of blogs and articles on elopements – would we regret it? Would we miss our loved ones? Would we feel lonely? But we have both agreed since, that it was easily the best day of our lives. I did my own hair and makeup, and we started the day with a nice flat white getting ready together in our air bnb, and from there the day was perfect. We exchanged handwritten vows on a cliff top, we laughed, we cried, we took photographs around the island with a photographer who turned out to be just like a friend to us, we got caught in the rain, we came home and had our first dance together in our apartment, and cried again, and we went for the most romantic meal with delicious food and the best red wine we’ve ever tasted (we’ve since wondered if we were just that happy that anything would have been the best wine ever tasted).

Intimate Party

After coming home we had a little party to celebrate, with no fuss, just friends family and beers, and a slideshow of photographs by James to show the magic, and it was absolutely perfect.














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A Chic Suzanne Neville Gown for a Classic French Château Wedding

Are you feeling the chill of winter and madly day-dreaming about that magical summer holiday in Europe you took that was just perfect? Well, have I got a little treat in store for you lovelies with the wedding of Jade, senior events executive at the Tower of London, and Gary, site project manager for his dad’s construction […]

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Amy & Ben’s beautiful wedding at Aldwick Court Farm, with Love In Focus Photography

Today’s real wedding is romantic, feminine and oh so pretty – the kind of wedding so many girls dream of, brought to life with a wonderfully elegant style. Beautiful bride Amy’s dress is divine – I adore the palest pink hue which works beautifully with the bridesmaids’ soft grey dresses. Words and images are by our lovely sponsor, Somerset wedding photographer Sandy at Love In Focus.

Romance and feminine, rustic charm for an Aldwick Court Farm wedding. image credit Love In Focus Bristol wedding photographers (24)

Getting to shoot any Somerset wedding photography on a bright and sunny day is one of the many upsides of my job – so getting to photograph a wedding at Aldwick Court Farm on a bright and sunny day is just about as good as this job gets! Amy and Ben chose the perfect venue for their spring wedding.

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Romance and feminine, rustic charm for an Aldwick Court Farm wedding. image credit Love In Focus Bristol wedding photographers (22)

On the day I arrived at Amy’s parents’ house in Bristol to take some shots of Amy as she got ready for the day. Amy looked amazing in her dress with beautiful lace detail and chiffon on the skirt that gave her a wonderful silhouette.

I then headed for Aldwick Court Farm to take some lovely shots of the venue and the little touches. I particularly liked the suitcase filled with rose petals giving details of the seating plan and the elegantly dressed tables with white linen and beautiful floral displays and jars of wedding favours.

Romance and feminine, rustic charm for an Aldwick Court Farm wedding. image credit Love In Focus Bristol wedding photographers (11)

The ceremony was held in one of Aldwick Court’s beautifully restored 17th century barns that has panoramic views that flow through the gardens and over the fields to the River Yeo (an acclaimed area of outstanding natural beauty). It’s no wonder Aldwick Court Farm recently won best venue award at the Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards.

After a lovely ceremony Amy, Ben and their guests enjoyed drinks and nibbles in the gorgeous courtyard garden accompanied by a live band. And whilst everybody mingled I took the opportunity to take some shots of the wedding party and some great portrait shots of Amy and Ben on location around the farm.

Romance and feminine, rustic charm for an Aldwick Court Farm wedding. image credit Love In Focus Bristol wedding photographers (25)

Everybody then went back inside for some very well received speeches and a delicious wedding breakfast. Afterwards as everybody flooded back outside to make the most of the late sunshine I took Amy and Ben across to the vineyard to get some romantic portrait shots.

As evening guests began to arrive we went back inside for the cutting of the cake and the first dance. Then everybody was treated to a fantastic adapted rendition of wonderful tonight sang by Amy’s dad which was very emotional and received rapturous applause at the end.

Romance and feminine, rustic charm for an Aldwick Court Farm wedding. image credit Love In Focus Bristol wedding photographers (1)
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Romance and feminine, rustic charm for an Aldwick Court Farm wedding. image credit Love In Focus Bristol wedding photographers (4)
Romance and feminine, rustic charm for an Aldwick Court Farm wedding. image credit Love In Focus Bristol wedding photographers (5)
Romance and feminine, rustic charm for an Aldwick Court Farm wedding. image credit Love In Focus Bristol wedding photographers (7)
Romance and feminine, rustic charm for an Aldwick Court Farm wedding. image credit Love In Focus Bristol wedding photographers (8)
Romance and feminine, rustic charm for an Aldwick Court Farm wedding. image credit Love In Focus Bristol wedding photographers (9)
Romance and feminine, rustic charm for an Aldwick Court Farm wedding. image credit Love In Focus Bristol wedding photographers (10)
Romance and feminine, rustic charm for an Aldwick Court Farm wedding. image credit Love In Focus Bristol wedding photographers (12)
Romance and feminine, rustic charm for an Aldwick Court Farm wedding. image credit Love In Focus Bristol wedding photographers (13)
Romance and feminine, rustic charm for an Aldwick Court Farm wedding. image credit Love In Focus Bristol wedding photographers (14)
Romance and feminine, rustic charm for an Aldwick Court Farm wedding. image credit Love In Focus Bristol wedding photographers (15)
Romance and feminine, rustic charm for an Aldwick Court Farm wedding. image credit Love In Focus Bristol wedding photographers (16)
Romance and feminine, rustic charm for an Aldwick Court Farm wedding. image credit Love In Focus Bristol wedding photographers (17)
Romance and feminine, rustic charm for an Aldwick Court Farm wedding. image credit Love In Focus Bristol wedding photographers (18)
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Romance and feminine, rustic charm for an Aldwick Court Farm wedding. image credit Love In Focus Bristol wedding photographers (20)
Romance and feminine, rustic charm for an Aldwick Court Farm wedding. image credit Love In Focus Bristol wedding photographers (21)
Romance and feminine, rustic charm for an Aldwick Court Farm wedding. image credit Love In Focus Bristol wedding photographers (23)
Romance and feminine, rustic charm for an Aldwick Court Farm wedding. image credit Love In Focus Bristol wedding photographers (26)
Romance and feminine, rustic charm for an Aldwick Court Farm wedding. image credit Love In Focus Bristol wedding photographers (27)
Romance and feminine, rustic charm for an Aldwick Court Farm wedding. image credit Love In Focus Bristol wedding photographers (28)
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Romance and feminine, rustic charm for an Aldwick Court Farm wedding. image credit Love In Focus Bristol wedding photographers (30)