great barn aynho wedding

Sometimes when you arrive at a wedding you just know it’s going to be a good one. The vibe is great, everyone’s on a high and the rest of the day just gets better and better. Lucy & Rob’s wedding at The Great Barn, Aynho, was exactly like that. I arrived at Lucy’s parent’s house in the morning to find her and her bridesmaids getting ready. Lucy & Rob had chosen a beautiful simple green colour pallette which was reflected in the  bridesmaids dresses by Joanie. The gorgeous flowers which complimented everything perfectly were by Herbert & Isles. Lucy’s amazing dress was by River Island, yes you read that correctly, River Island! Her shoes were by Kurt Geiger and her veil was by Charlie Brear.

The talented Natasha Clarke was in charge of hair and make-up and the girls were floating around in dressing gowns and rollers, just like every wedding morning should be. Quick mention here for the awesome videographer Jake Burgess who works so unobtrusively, check his work out here. Soon it was present giving time and there wasn’t a dry eye as Lucy handed out jewellery as a thank you to her bridesmaids – a beautiful tree of life represented by a willow tree in the parent’s back garden apparently the site of many a wonderful get together and happy memories made. Then it was the turn of the bridesmaids to give a gift. Lucy got wedding day Superga’s!! The girls got ready nice and early so there was plenty time for pictures before I left for the barn and time to do a big reveal. I really love photographing these, it’s great to see the expression of the bridesmaids and of course Dad.

Meanwhile the boys were getting ready at Whately Hall Hotel. Their morning was expertly captured by the fabulous Alice Morgan who second shot with me through to the beginning of the ceremony. Guests arrived at the Great Barn in wonderful vintage buses by The Vintage Bunting and Bus Hire Company (you might recognise these from Laura & Sam’s wedding!) I think it’s a lovely idea to bring everyone together, no one has to worry about getting lost and there’s a party atmosphere on the buses. After the guests had gone inside the bridesmaids arrived closely followed by Lucy and her Dad. The ceremony was lovely as both Lucy & Rob both still have their grandparents so they had their grandfathers as witnesses on the day.

After the ceremony, guests greeted the couple and spilled outside into the sunshine for canapés and drinks whilst listening to a beautiful duo who was part of the larger evening band Soul Fresh. Lucy & Rob had their own special gin bar with lots of different options. I have never craved a gin and tonic more in my life! Whilst guests chatted we did group shots and then it was time to escape on the golf buggy down to the lakes. This was the first time I had shot at the Great Barn and I’ll be honest, it’s definitely a new favourite, because you already know I love a good barn wedding. It was one of those days where we seemed to have enough time to do everything we wanted to picture wise and then it was back to the barn before the wedding breakfast began.

The barn was laid out beautifully, I love the light in the big hall and how it transforms into such a pretty space with the most minimal bit of added decor. After the wedding breakfast I returned to capture their very funny and moving speeches. Sometimes I’m so caught in the moment I’m belly laughing or crying along to what’s being said. Then it was time for coffee before the entertainment began. The band were amazing and everyone was up and dancing immediately and then didn’t sit down, always a good sign. It was an absolute pleasure to photograph this day, thanks to Lucy & Robbie.

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