Cripps barn wedding, sparklers at the end of the night

Full disclosure. This was a beautiful wedding. Everything about it was utterly charming, from the various venues I photographed Camilla and Chris at to the day’s constituent parts, every little thing had me smiling in appreciation.

I travelled up the night before to the Cotswolds (close to Cheltenham) to get an early start with Camilla and her bridesmaids Vicky, Miyelle and Emily, meeting them at 9am at the idyllic cottage they were staying in Chedworth. Think of that lovely soft yellowy Cotswold stone, always a beautiful patina in photographs – it really set the tone for the day ahead, where we went on to achieve some marvellous nature-inspired atmospheric shots, in particular the one of Chris and Camilla striding hand in hand against that moody Autumnal sky. LOVE. This, in fact gelled perfectly with the botanical, Autumnal theme the couple had chosen with elegant and understated floral arrangements (by Beth Cox ) in greens and whites, not forgetting Camilla’s stunning floral headpiece. Every venue and backdrop was simply a dream to work in.

After capturing Camilla’s super-relaxed bridal party getting ready under the masterful hands of wedding hair stylist Sheena and makeup artist Emily Tarrant, I drove to photograph Chris and his best man Joel who were staying in the The Village Pub in Barnsley, around 10 miles away and also where the church, St Mary’s, was.

Seeing Camilla enter the church was pretty overwhelming. She looked absolutely beautiful. Yes, every bride looks beautiful BUT if I was to get married again (sorry Mr Butcher!) this is how I would want to look. Her skirt and bodice (by Kate Halfpenny), her hair, her flowers – just her entire aura really blew me away, so goodness knows what Chris must have thought seeing his love walking towards him. Camilla’s Dad Simon walked her down the aisle, having driven her to the venue in his vintage Rolls Royce. Two vintage buses then transported the guests to the reception at Cripps Barn, again, one of the best venues I’ve had the pleasure of working at. No end of twinkling fairy lights, architectural features and textural backdrops. Tick, tick, TICK!

I can’t write this blog without mentioning Camilla’s mum Nikki, who in true Bake Off style undertook a wedding cake course so she could make her daughter’s wedding cake. And it was divine. Perhaps a new business beckons?

The band, Motown Gold (because, who really can’t not move their feet to a bit of soul and funk!) struck up and got everyone on the dance floor and I ended the night with some shots outside. The venue had fantastic fire pits dotted around for guests to warm up around and Chris and Camilla had provided marshmallows and sparklers and this last photograph of everyone with sparklers a loft, really summed up the day – fun, huge smiles with oodles of style.

Wishing you all the best for the future Chris and Camilla, it was an honour to photograph your first few hours together as husband and wife.

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