On Saturday it was Barry and Charlotte’s turn to get married and it was the most perfect day! Charlotte is a very talented wedding photographer so it was a huge honour (if a little scary) that she picked me to capture her day!
Barry (I think like all photographers other halves) isn’t a huge fan of having his photo taken, I think he and my other half would get on well! They did though decide to have an engagement shoot to get any nerves out of the way before the wedding and I think it did the trick, he was relaxed and great fun on the wedding day!
The whole day was a photographers dream. I met Charlotte and her girls at her parents house in the morning where they were all being beautified by the very talented Melissa from Melissa Abel Makeup and the lovely Gemma from Gemma Holiday Hair. I love working with both these ladies as they are super talented but also lots of fun on a wedding morning!
I say this a lot as its always such an incredible moment to capture but as Charlotte got in to her dress she looked totally breathtaking.
Over at The Red Barn despite a rainy start to the day the sun came out and guests had started to arrive. Charlotte’s family own a car sales business so there had to be some amazing cars there on the day and oh boy there really was! A BMW, Bentley and an Austin Martin… as Charlotte’s dad Ian said its not always what you know but who! I am desperate to share some of their car shots but in 5 sneak peeks I struggled to pick!
Charlotte was lucky enough to have her grandparents able to attend the wedding which I always think is so wonderful. She is really close to her grandparents so wanted to create a special moment with them and decided to do a ‘first look’. Her mum Kathy arranged for her grandparents to be waiting as she got out of the car to ‘see’ her in her dress for the first time before they took their seats and it was the most beautiful moment it had to be my first sneak peek!
The interior of the barn is incredible and Charlotte had used some beautiful props from The Little Lending Company including their beautiful Festoon lights which are one of my favourite additions to any wedding. Although the Barn is quite dark to shoot in it twinkled with these gorgeous lights above them and my second sneak peek is a giggly moment during the ceremony that I just loved!
Nowadays at some venues confetti is not permitted but Charlotte had the great idea of providing bubbles for her guests instead and they went down really well! We did a ‘confetti shot’ with their bubbles and it was so unique and beautiful I had to share one of these too!
They chose to do the speeches before the meal which is always a great idea for the speech makers to get it out of the way and relax and enjoy the meal. The speeches were really lovely and there were lots of laughs throughout.
After a delicious meal on which Tom from Studeo Media and I had our own table called ‘Dream Team!’ we headed out to the most incredible golden hour for some gorgeous evening shots as the sun went down. I have SO many images from this part of the day I struggled to choose but I loved this simple shot of them walking away and the back of Charlottes incredible dress in the low golden sun.
Back in the barn after the evening guests arrived was their first dance and this is my final sneak peek which I loved due to all the beautiful lighting showing off the incredible barn.
I could have picked hundreds of sneak peeks from this wedding it really was a photographers dream to shoot and if you want to see some more ‘behind the scenes’ make sure you are following me on Instagram – Kathyashdown.
In the mean time here are my favourite five moments of an incredible day…
Huge thanks to Charlotte and Barry’s friends and family for being so lovely and looking after us so well and to Barry and Charlotte for being up for anything on the day! Have an amazing honeymoon and I can’t wait to share the rest in a few weeks time!