Louise & Lisa: The Ashes Wedding Barn, Staffordshire Wedding
I first met Louise and Lisa at a wedding fair in Bolton and it was my rustic stand that caught their attention as it matched their theme. Once they had a good look at my work they could see I loved to capture the day as naturally as possible and this again was something that they wanted! We met up after the fair for a brew and some cake to talk about their wedding day in more detail and for me to learn more about them both and how they met.
Morning preparations at The Ashes Wedding Barn.
On the morning I was with Louise at the Ashes Wedding Barn while my friend Nik Bryant who was second shooting for me spent the morning with Lisa a few miles down the road. Capturing the morning for the bride allows for some great memories and with this wedding having two brides it was super valuable to having a second shooter on the day so that we didn't miss any moments! The mornings were full of emotions while getting ready and I could tell that the day was going to be full of life from the start. The Ashes Wedding Barn has a little cottage where you can get ready with enough space for the whole bridal party which is a huge bonus as you're already on site and it allows for some great images in the morning.
Getting married and exploring the grounds.
Another selling point of this stunning venue are the two large rooms on site. One is used for the service while the other is used for the wedding breakfast and evening reception. This allows for an easy transition between the who without the hassle of waiting for the room be setup. As both brides made their way into the room they both glowed with excitement while their families and friends watched on with pride. After a few tears and plenty of giggles the two were married and we headed outside to make the most of the sunshine. Their families and friends couldn't wait to congratulate them which made for some great natural photos and once everyone had headed out we threw confetti before they jumped into their camper van for a quick spin and some time alone. I used this time to capture more candid moments of the wedding guests who were in good spirits having a drink and playing garden games. Once the newly weds had returned and had some time with their guests we headed off around the grounds for a few portraits. The venue has a lot to offer with rolling hills, a small pond and plenty of stunning, rustic brickwork to use as backdrops!
The speeches, exploring the evening sun and the evening party!
The speeches are a great time to capture guest reactions. When the speeches are funny, emotional or a little risky to say the least, you can always count on getting some great reactions from the guests. The speeches today seemed to follow the emotions of the service, plenty of laughter followed by plenty of tears, with the odd shocked expression thrown in for good measure... perfect!
Once the speeches were done and the sun was starting to set, we'd have been crazy to not make the most of the evening light. We headed off to a few new locations where the sun was making an appearance to capture some stunning sunset portraits. Louise and Lisa were so easy to work with and they laughed and smiled their way through the whole shoot!
While evening guests played games, chatted and drank some more, time grew closer to the evening party where I was confident people where going to let their hair down and have a great time. The guests certainly didn't disappoint as they danced well into the night allowing for some great pictures to end their collection. Louise and Lisa spent most of their night on the dance floor which encourages guests to do the same and party!
If you're looking for a Lancashire wedding photographer to capture your wedding in a natural way, then be sure to get in touch! Working at The Ashes Wedding Barn is such a privilege as the venue offers so many great locations for your guests to party and for portraits!
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