As soon as this Barnsley House wedding photography booking was confirmed, I was so excited, as it was one of the very rare occasions when a couple decides that all the hullaballoo of a big traditional wedding just isn’t right for them and that they would rather make things an intimate and more informal affair and elope, plus I absolutely adore Barnsley House. Every time I go there I discover something new. The hotel, nestled deep in the Cotswolds is so quintessentially English, but with a subtle contemporary style and as I’m sure I’ve mentioned on previous posts, has absolutely phenomenal gardens. So, on a cloudless morning on one of the very hottest days of the year back in June, I photographed (and bore witness too!) Lawrence & Nicola’s almost secret wedding ceremony. They had told their families of their plans, but very few other people knew, so it was such an honour to have been asked to document the occasion.
The couple said their vows in the gated Temple Garden, amongst the fragrant and delicate summer blooms, before we walked through the grounds to photograph some portraits. Lawrence & Nicola, both designers, especially liked that I shoot environmental scenes too, as I think it sets the scene for the wedding story as a whole, so whilst they sat down in the shade of the temple to eat their wedding breakfast, I left them alone and wandered off to find bumblebees on buddleia, stand for a while under the very welcome shade of the laburnum walk and then admire the effortless beauty of such an elegant, English country house.