Barn Wedding Photographs in the Dorset Countryside
I was initially surprised to first meet Luke and Kayleigh in the Weatherspoons pub in Dorchester to talk about their barn wedding photographs. It turns out that this was quite a meaningful selection of venue. The couple met for the first time on the very dance floor we were now having coffee on!
After spending 10 minutes with this lovely couple, you just want to give them a big hug for being so kind and caring. I restrained myself and decided they were defiantly the type of bride and groom to be that we love to work with.
Fast forward several months to the morning of their countryside wedding, we were quite excited as more and more details of their countryside theme had been leaked to us.
Bridal Preparation for Barn Wedding Photographs
I arrived in dizzily rain at the Bride’s parents in Charminster near Dorchester, Dorset. Kayleigh’s family were incredibly up-beat and welcoming and I found myself working with yet another extremely calm bride! As the Hairdresser and Makeup artist wizzed around her I realised that Kayleigh’s temperament probably stemmed from the fact that she was surrounded by her lovely friends and family who couldn’t do enough to help her prepare.
As the rain continued to fall a gorgeous 1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II (from www.justrollsweddingcars.co.uk) arrived at the house, a surprise from Luke. After opening Luke’s other gift of a custom print by her favourite graphic artist Kayleigh donned her dress. She looked particularly stunning leaving for the church.
Luke and his best man Luke (names were easy to remember that day!) were in his flat overlooking the sea in Weymouth. Within 10 minutes of arriving luke had identified us as keen surfers and as they changed into their wedding three pieces had given her the low down on best breaks in morocco! Luke (the groom) has an eye for cars and chose a 1960’s Jaguar to ride to the church (or at least a pub round the corner from the church) in.
Dorset Church Wedding Ceremony Photographs
We worked around the strict photography policy during the wedding service at St. Mary’s Church. The newlyweds stepped out of church into glorious sunshine and blue skies. This (much to my relief) remained with us for the rest of the day.
After a colourful shower of confetti the wedding guests rode on a classic red double-decker London bus. I took a few shots of Luke and Kayleigh outside the church. Discarding my socks and shoes I rolled up my trousers braving the cool water of the nearby river for some bridge shots.
Barn Wedding Photographs At Stockbridge Farm Barn
Kayleigh and Luke had chosen Stockbridge Barn wedding venue for their reception, which completely blew us away. As far as barn wedding photographs the place is a visual dream. A sheer wave of deep red tiles set against the blue sky, gnarled and textured wooden supports and panelling; the aesthetics of this mediaeval barn were incredible. Inside was beautifully laid out for the large countryside wedding party, with room to spare for food, dancing and a band- this barn is huge!
Barn Wedding Reception Photographs
In keeping with the countryside wedding theme Kayleigh and her family had made hundreds of meters of bunting. They had filled a distressed French dresser with jars of tantalising sweets. ‘Hand made’ was certainly the order of the day. From the name signs on every chair to the wedding cake. The Bride and Groom had worked hard to create such a beautiful event. We even found the bar serving a cocktail of Deperados and Jägermeister. Apparently a concoction popular on Luke’s stag do!
The countryside wedding breakfast of local meats, cheeses, pickles, olives, salads and quiches, and breads. Cakes had been home made by family and friends. We were amazed when we found out the people serving were family friends, not professional wedding caterers!
After the breakfast some of the happy couple’s friends entertained the party with their favourite songs played on acoustic guitars. A must for barn wedding photographs.
Resisting the temptation to get up and dance we went outside just in time to shoot the ice-cream van arriving. “Ice cream for everyone” is a child’s dream come true. Especially when it is a beautiful bride serving huge portions to her guests!
As the sun set over the nearby fields, the chatter of wedding guests, laughter and clinking glasses combined with the smells of the evening barbecue.
After a the first dance Kayleigh’s dad’s band arrived and set up to play some seriously rocking numbers into the evening. This saw the guests all joining in and dancing the night away.
We left with huge smiles on our faces, full stomachs and a stunning set of countryside wedding photographs. You can see our Stockbridge Farm Barn Wedding Photographers review here and other Stockbridge Farm Barn wedding photographs here