A whole two years after being booked, I was so excited to finally photograph Rachael and Russ’ wedding in the beautiful Cotswolds. It was a mid-week wedding and friends and family had been staying at The Great Tythe Barn for a few days. The venue was beautiful, a truly quintessential English treasure sitting in 200 acres of secluded privately owned land.
I arrived in the morning welcomed by Rachael, rollers in as she was getting her hair and makeup done. It wasn’t long before she emerged looking radiant in her beautiful dress and veil. After a few snaps of the final touches, I walked on over to the barn where the ceremony would take place and met Russ and his groomsmen who were excited for what was to come. Guests filed into the charming 16th century Grade II listed barn, sporting a mix of outstanding original features and modern 21st century touches. When Rachel arrived, Russ looked thrilled as she walked down the aisle with her father. The service was lovely and simple, the atmosphere fantastic.
After the signing of the register, a joyous confetti throw was in order before delicious canapes were served outside in the pleasant dry weather. A string quartet played as guests chatted, group photos were taken and children played. While the barn was being transformed into a dining area for the wedding breakfast, I got some portraits of the wedding party before taking Rachel and Russ around the complex for a few romantic shots.
Soon after, everyone took their seats in the barn for the wedding breakfast followed by some truly hilarious speeches! This led nicely into the task of the inflatable Wipeout Sweeper that was set up outside for more fun and games including both adults and children. After a night of dancing and some lovely night shots as the sky turned black, Rachel and Russ had a beautiful sparkler exit to begin their married life. It was lovely shooting a small, intimate but super fun wedding in the charming Cotswolds. Huge congratulations are in order for the newlyweds on their special day!