Countryside Marquee Wedding Photographs in Bathampton

In late April we made the trip ‘up north’ to visit St Nicholas Church and New Leaf Farm to meet Ali and Mark. Apart from being a thoroughly lovely couple they had planned their Countryside Marquee Wedding Photographs to be as personalised as possible. All of their favourite ideas mixed up in the ‘wedding pot’.

St Nicholas church in Bathampton is a beautiful old English stone church. It’s history connected to Admiral Arthur Phillip, the first Governor of New South Wales. I had to admire Mark and Ali’s creativity and courage when they told me that theirs would be the first ever wedding at New Leaf Farm. They had fallen in love with the area and popped in on the off chance that the farmer would consider putting on a wedding on his land. He did and we were all set for their countryside marquee wedding photographs.

Documentary Bridal Wedding Preparation Photos

The weather forecast was on everyone’s mind the next morning. Before we had arrived the predicted ‘torrential downpours’ had turned into ‘sunny spells’. I found the girls a buzz in the luxury accommodation provided at New Leaf Farm. Hair and makeup were being styled. Wedding flowers, the dress and champagne arrived. Mark had given Ali a heartfelt message and a pair of diamond earrings that almost led to tears before the ceremony! Ali’s gorgeous dress had been hand-made by one of her friends. I couldn’t help but coo over it for a while.

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Documentary Groom Wedding Preparation Photographs

We didn’t have too far to travel as Mark and the boys were getting ready on same site. Next, they rather impressively managed to gather, dress, prepare and leave for church all out of sight of our beautiful bride.

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Bathampton Church Wedding Ceremony Photographs

As Ali arrived at St Nicolas’ the rain had lessened even more. Patches of blue sky provided some wonderful diffuse light. The ceremony included readings by friends. With the beautiful architecture of the church lending to wider shots of the proceedings.

We overcame the vicar’s ‘no movement policy’ by being light on our toes when the congregation stood. This is sometimes be necessary to capture the shots required to really tell the story of the day. The vicar thanked me after the ceremony for staying in the same place. This goes to show exactly how distracting we were!

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After some time photographing guests mingling in the church yard we organised some of the larger group shots. As the rain had started the grooms men and users were brilliant. Running to and fro with umbrellas like men on a mission!

Countryside Marquee Wedding Reception Photographs

Back at the farm a huge countryside wedding marquee had been set up in one of the fields. Miles of bunting, a sheltered coconut shy, personalised sign posts, up lit trees, luxury toilets and straw walk ways. From this point on the rain had little to no effect on the day or their countryside marquee wedding photographs. The marquee entrance way did look like a Hunters  boots/ umbrella shop!

The personal details didn’t end there. Inside the wedding marquee was more bunting, peg lines of photographs, handmade pompom decorations, flowers. As well as a sweet selection and a stunning wedding cake with sparkling cupcakes. There was even a ‘chill out’ area next to the bar.

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Countryside Marquee Wedding Breakfast Photographs

After a drinks reception, canapés and wedding breakfast the speeches contained both humour and embarrassment. All topped off with a poster of Mark’s lookalike, James Corden.

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Countryside Marquee Wedding Evening Photographs

An unexpected addition of personal detail to the proceedings was the cutting of the cake with Mark’s family sword.

Cutting a wedding cake with a sword at Countryside marquee wedding photographs

Shortly after a quick practice run of the first dance, the curtains were pulled exposing the starlit dance floor. Throwing a bouquet inside a wedding marquee, past a scooped curtain is no easy feat. Yet Ali managed it on the second go.

Ali and Mark span about the dance floor surrounded by all of their friends and family. They looked like a couple from a musical. One of their friends had been training them to dance and they carried it off with style.

The wedding band then stuck up and we left as the guests boogied on down to their favourite tunes.

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A stunning day produced stunning Countryside Marquee Wedding Photographs. You can see what Mark and Ali think of our Somerset wedding photography services in their countryside marquee wedding photographer review.


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