Winter wedding at Hyde Barn

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Winter wedding at Hyde Barn

Rebecca and Tina are two fantastic women and impressive hockey players who I met shooting their fellow Hockey Players' wedding a year or two ago. They planned to have a winter wedding just before Christmas held at Hyde Barn, an all in one wedding venue with several great spaces to get ready, have the ceremony and wedding dinner. They got ready in the morning in rooms opposite each other, having their first look in the corridor between the rooms and then seeing their dads for the first look down a staircase. Their dresses were a surprise to each other, and their bridesmaids wore a bold blue and bridesmen wore dark blue suits.

The ceremony takes places in a modern built barn that has heating (much needed for a winter wedding!). Rebecca and Tina decided to enter at the same time as equals down two aisles with their dads, before joining together to walk the final half of the aisle holding hands.

As their winter wedding was on a super windy day, we all rushed over to the main building for indoor drinks. The couple had planned for bad weather and brought blue and purple Hunter wellies to wear outside during the group and couple shots. Amazingly we were blessed with some winter sunset which gave us fantastic golden hour couple shots!

After their drinks reception the wedding speeches were given pre dinner. It became very obvious to me that their families love to drink, as one of their wedding gifts presented was a shot ski with a custom message!! Some of Rebecca's parents friends even brought with them some special liquer for all the various rounds on the shot ski.

To entertain their guests they put Bex and Tina quizzes on the tables and had a fantastic photobooth for people to use throughout the evening. They also both gave their own speeches, I feel like recently I'm seeing a bride's speech at every single wedding I shoot! As a feminist this totally pleases me!

Being a Welsh-Scottish combo with the sweetie table they also put out some Welsh cakes and had a ceilidh after their first dance!

If you enjoyed that then check out my other winter wedding and barn weddings

London wedding at The Asylum and Amadeus Centre

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Peckham Asylum Wedding

The Asylum Wedding venue is a unique and quirky wedding venue in Peckham, London that I've shot at many times. Its incredible aesthetic means it can host both chilled fun weddings and also more alternative weddings. Today's post features an elegant Belgian wedding that started in the Warrington Hotel. The Warrington Hotel is a beautiful boutique hotel pub with a small number of gorgeously decorated rooms. After the bride got ready with her family, they all zipped over to The Asylum in Peckham for the ceremony

London wedding at The Asylum

The couple opted to have a ceremony delivered by a friend, along with speeches from a multitude of close friends and family from different parts of their life. They also had a ring warming ceremony where each ring was passed through the hands of all the guests and blessed with their love and well wishes. They had a folk guitarist performing between some of the heartfelt speeches

Bistrotheque wedding reception

After the ceremony they had brief drinks at The Asylum before boarding a bus to their first reception venue the Bistrotheque which is a hidden away restaurant specialising in oysters- a Belgian favourite!

At the Bistrotheque they also had their best people deliver some speeches and had a caricaturist entertain the guests, along with customised mint favours before every collected their table plan name card to take to the Amadeus Centre for the wedding dinner.

Amadeus Centre wedding

The Amadeus Centre is a two room venue that was decorated with an abundance of fairy lights and elegant greenery by florists Hattie Fox. the bride and groom opened the dinner with their speech, before the parents gave speeches between the mains and the croquembouche dessert.

Whilst the catering staff turned the main dinner room around into a dancefloor, the guests all went downstairs to enjoy a live band John Bull & the Bandits.

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After the upstairs room was cleared, the couple had their stunning first dance under the blanket of fairy lights

Medieval dragon wedding at The Reid Rooms

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I'm so chuffed to share with you this amazing medieval dragon themed wedding of Rachel and Russell at The Reid Rooms in Essex. I don't tend to share details on my blog but Russell and Rachel did an AH-MAZING job of folding 1000 origami cranes, and also Russell folded each of the guests' name place cards which were these fantastic 3d dragon bookmarks! Rachel DIY decorated candle holders with ivy for the bridesmaids to hold walking down the aisle, their ceremony sign had a Lord of the Rings reference, their guestbook was a painting of a dragon around a heart painted by a friend, the bar had a belching ogre sign, the centrepieces were named after fantasy locations and the couple had created custom worlds on logs with a mix of lego and materials! They also had house dragon banners (very Game of Thronesesque!).

Rachel got ready upstairs with her bridesmaids wearing Lilac dresses which matched Rachel's purple lipstick and awesome dark purple leather steampunk boots.

The wedding ceremony was held in one of the barns at The Reid Rooms followed by reception drinks at The Belching Ogre. They'd brought along their favourite whisky which they shared out before braving the rain  for their couple shots! Rachel, in her own words, is Welsh and hardy so the rain did not phase her one bit! Their guests enjoyed the mask prop box which also had play swords for the kids and adults to enjoy!

During dinner they used medieval drinking horns, and gave their best man a big beer tankard and the kids dragon lego kits.

After dinner they went outside with their guests to do a belated confetti throw, at The Reid rooms you're only allowed to throw confetti in a specific patch of green grass so it made a fantastic shot to gather all the guests around them!

The couple cut their ivy decorated cake accompanied by fish and chips before opening the dance floor where everyone had a fab time messing around with the props to the couple's playlist which fantastically included the Pokemon theme tune.

If you loved this geeky themed wedding feel free to check out this comic book wedding at Dodmoor House and this geeky wedding at The Bodlein Library at Oxford.

An elegant relaxed London wedding at Farm Church and Marks Club

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Hoxton Hotel Wedding Preparation

I remember when I first Skyped Anne-Sophie and Antoine that I thought to myself, gosh, these guys are way too beautiful and classy for me! Yes, I do actually say gosh in person. Also crikey. I inherited it from my parents and my boyfriend takes the mick out of me all the time for it. Anyway, I digress... although this couple are very cool, they're also wonderfully laid back and were all about just having a good time with their loved ones, which is a trait all my couples share regardless of how traditional or non-traditional they are! They planned their London wedding throughout various beautiful wedding venues, The Hoxton Hotel, Farm Church, Marks Club for the drinks reception and Harild & Sons restaurant for the wedding dinner. I started the day at the Hoxton Hotel, where they were both staying as many of their Swiss friends and family had flown in for the wedding. Anne-Sophie wore a gorgeous and elegant silk dress and Antoine a classic blue suit, with rustic dried flowers for their bouquet and button holes.

Farm Church Wedding Ceremony, Mayfair

They all jumped in a London Taxi to Farm Church, a stunning Catholic Church hidden in a park next to Mayfair Library. It's such a stunning hidden gem, I'd shot a wedding at the Mayfair Library and had no clue this was there!

Mark's Club Wedding Reception

After the ceremony everyone took a short sunny stroll to Mark's Club where they held their afternoon tea reception. They chose this venue because it has uniquely quirky decor throughout and tasty cakes!

Harrild & Sons Wedding Dinner

After their afternoon tea reception at Marks Club they all hopped on a vintage London bus, a rather unique one level gold kind, to go to Harrild & sons for their wedding dinner. Harrild & Sons is a beautiful Farringdon restaurant with a basement cocktail bar where they had dinner and several sets of speeches including Anne-Sophie's mum's surprise of a rendition of a popular Swiss-French song!

In the basement they had cheese and desserts whilst the main area was turned around into the dancefloor

London wedding brunch at the Hoxton Hotel

The next day they had a morning after brunch back at Hoxton Hotel. I specialise in shooting multi-day weddings and see the days outside of the main wedding day as my chance to tell the story of family and friends!

Check out other similarly cool London wedding s at the Ace Hotel and Tanner Warehouse

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