Wick Farm is a local venue that I love to shoot at. The medieval farm located on the outskirts of Bath is steeped in history, and was originally built for the monks at nearby Hinton Priory. Dating from 1372, the venue is set in a whole thirty seven acres of outstanding countryside, home to roaming horses, sheep, pigs, chickens and a duck pond. The property was bought by Julian and Sophie Janes four years ago, who use the space to host weddings and other special events alike. Rebecca and David did well to choose such a beautiful venue.
I had met Rebecca and David for an engagement shoot prior to the wedding day, which gave us time to get to know one another before the big day. Then, on a cloudy but dry morning, I made my way to the Centurion Hotel where both the bride and groom were getting ready. The night before, Rebecca stayed in the bridal suite with her bridesmaids, who were gathered in the room having a whale of a time in their beautiful robes when I arrived. After a few fun shots, the plan was to make my way to the St George Inn, where the groom and his men were gathering. On my way, I caught a few snaps of the wedding car, a Lotus that was David’s (other) love. The inn is known to be the oldest pub in England and provided a great backdrop for a traditional beer with the guys before heading to the venue.
The venue was decorated beautifully, with bunting handmade by Rebecca’s aunt hanging from the beams. Guests and the groomsmen filed into the barn and Rebecca arrived not long after, taking an emotional walk down the aisle with her mum, as she had tragically lost her father the year before. There was not a dry eye in the house! The ceremony embraced the couple’s religions, as Rebecca is Jewish and David, a Christian. Rebecca kept her veil over her face throughout the ceremony which was lifted for (a very passionate) kiss.
The day brightened, confetti was thrown and canapes and drinks were enjoyed outside. This gave us a moment to get a few bridal party and groomsmen shots, and some photos of the newlyweds. When all was ready, guests entered the barn where the wedding breakfast and very emotional speeches were held. As the sun started to set, I took the couple outside to get some additional newlywed shots in the stunning light of dusk.
Back inside, Rebecca and David had their first dance followed by a traditional Jewish dance called the Hora. In this Jewish tradition, a few strong guests hoist the bride and groom high above the crowd on chairs to the infectious sounds of “Hava Nagila” while friends and family dance around in an ecstatic circle. After this, both the newlyweds and guests partied hard.
I’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge congratulations to Rebecca and David on their marriage and amazing wedding day.
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