Having endured great distances apart this was surely a global love story to be remembered. Once upon a time in Italy, Anna (an English girl) met Paul (an American boy) and there the story begins. Seemingly inseparable from the beginning, after the initial meeting in Italy these two were then whisked away back to their regular lives. For Anna that meant going back to University in Bath and for Paul a journey to Africa to join the Peace Corps. For most people this would have meant the end but for Anna she knew she’d found the one so after considerable Skype calls and visits across the globe it was so nice to be part of their Cripps Barn wedding now that they are finally together and in the same continent! I first spoke with Anna & Paul, who now live in New York, on a Skype call. Their instant warmth and excitement for the wedding drew me in. A few months later we met up on a horrible wet and windy day in February and sat round drinking tea and eating cookies on Anna’s parent’s boat.
Finally the day came in October, and I was so excited to meet up with them both. As they had already been officially married in New York earlier in the year, this was a special celebration with all of their friends and family. They chose to get ready together at the beautiful Casina Cottage in Coln St Aldwyn before travelling together to Cripps Barn in Bibury. Make-up was by the lovely Emily Tarrant. Anna wore a stunning Laure de Sagazan dress with a beautiful marsala hooded cape to keep out the cold. The couple had chosen blue silk gowns for the bridesmaids which Anna had designed herself and kept with the Autumn berry theme for the shoes and accessories. The stunning flowers by Charlotte Gabb of Superflowers complemented both the rustic feel of the barn and the simplicity of the dresses.
Cripps Barn looked stunning on arrival with beautiful candles over the gorgeous open fire and the barn laid out for the ceremony. The couple had chosen to have their closes friends speak and were surprised at the end of the ceremony when members of the audience got up with instruments for a rendition of “All you need is love”. The weather decided it wasn’t going to behave but the barn makes a beautiful backdrop for indoor portraits and we did manage to sneak out in the shelter of the barn to get a few shots of Anna in her wonderful cape. The couple decided on an English afternoon tea for their guests accompanied by Jazz music from the very talented Toby Boalch, before moving through to the Oak room for dinner. The incredible cake was by Jane Abbott at Grange Farm Foods. After dinner guests danced the night away to Phoebe & the Live Lounge Boys.
Here are some of my favourites from the day: