Kathryn and Tom’s Mill Barns Wedding in Shropshire – Documentary Wedding Photography

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Kathryn and Tom’s Mill Barns Wedding in Shropshire – Documentary Wedding Photography

I have always said ‘your vibe attracts your tribe’ and Kathryn was no exception. In her email she stated that they had found me via Instagram and “I’ve been getting some good vibes from you”! Yay!! I could tell from meeting them that photography was so important to them and getting it right was imperative, so I was so flattered when a message landed a few days later to say they would love me to capture their day.

Mill Barns is a stunning Waterfront Barn Wedding Venue located in such beautiful surroundings in Shropshire, West Midlands. You have exclusive-use of three magnificent oak framed wedding barns and are spoilt for your couple portraits with the eight acres of mature landscaped gardens and mesmerising water features they offer.

The morning prep in The Dressing Room was great fun with Laura-Kate and Bryony Dalton pampering Kathryn and Tom and his Boys staying away in one of the accommodation rooms, just round the corner! The dress by Caroline Castagliano complimented Kathryn beautifully and shoes by Rachel Simpson finished the look perfectly.

The details in The Wedding Breakfast Barn were amazing. White Wysteria really did work their magic on the table centres.

A band always brings a certain atmosphere to an evening and Apollo Soul NEVER fail to disappoint. The dance floor is always busy from the minute they hit the stage!

It was a privilege to be able to capture Kathryn and Tom’s day with their family and friends. Here are a few words from the couple themselves;

How did you meet?

We met in Cambridge at university; I was studying nursing, he was studying history. On a night out he came on to me but I wasn’t interested! Fast forward a few months and he’s working behind a bar making cocktails. I tried to get a free cocktail off him and he said he would in exchange for my number! 8 years later we’re now happily married.

Tell me about the proposal?

After a few years of living in London, we ended up settling in Birmingham. We already knew we’d get married and grow a life together, just when was the question! He was going to propose months before but due to circumstances at the time it couldn’t happen, days later he told me he was going to propose then!! I’d picked out the ring, he didn’t hide it very well so I had tried it on a few times by then as I was kept waiting!!

I came home late after a 13 hour nursing shift to find some candles and a note in our porch. The note talked about how we first met and what he loved about me then, opening the door I saw all the lights were off and there was a trail of candles I could follow into the sitting room with a series of more notes. The candles led me upstairs (all the while I was thinking this is such a fire hazard!) and there was Tom down on one knee in our bedroom waiting to propose. I said yes and the rest is history!

What do we love about each other?

Tom: I love how she’s so caring and dedicated in whatever she does, even the smallest things. She’s always willing to give things a go (unless it’s to do with bugs!) but will try and make it fun regardless. Her dopey moments, she’s so smart but she has these moments where all I can do is look at her and go ˜really? I’m struggling to put it into specific words and add everything, because if I did I’d write an essay. She’s everything that I could ask for, and want, and completes parts of me that I didn’t know were missing. I can’t imagine being without her, and now we’re married I don’t have to!

Kathryn: As you can see he’s the soppy one! I don’t believe love has to be said out loud all the time because it’s shown in the other things he does. He made me breakfast in bed this morning, and he’s always there for a hug when I need a good cry. He makes sure my uniforms are clean. We both know when we need each other and when we need space, which usually means we’re both on our PlayStations! His hoodies are like a warm hug. And he knows how to make cocktails, what more could I ask for? He’s hard working, stubborn as hell, but I love him all the same.

Did your wedding have a theme?

I knew I wanted rustic and natural, so when I found the Mill Barns having only viewed one other venue, I knew it was perfect! Theme wise it was always going to be natural blues and greens, nothing too bold, and with a little bit of tartan thrown in for good measure!

Why did you choose the venue and suppliers you did?

The Mill Barns was perfect being out in the countryside, very natural surroundings, and the bridal suite was to DIE for! I don’t usually get that gut feeling, but when I drove up and saw it for the first time, it felt like a million butterflies were inside! Both Nicola and Blue Ridge both capture their days in a natural way as well; nothing was forced about the day, and I feel like the photos and video always captures people’s personalities!

It was quite difficult to find a florist that would do exactly what I wanted, again wanting natural blues and greens, white roses, and again just very natural. Because of my Scottish heritage I wanted thistles to play a featured part as well, and Chloe at White Wysteria created the most beautiful arrangements!

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Kassandra and Ivan’s Fun Filled Mythe Barn Wedding

West Midlands Wedding

Mythe Barn Wedding

Kassandra and Ivan’s fun filled Mythe Barn Wedding – Warwickshire Documentary Wedding Photographer.

Kassandra and Ivan exchanged vows in a beautiful ceremony held at Mythe Barn wedding venue, located in the beautiful Sheepy Magna, Atherstone. They got married in the Oak Barn surrounded by their friends and family and it was filled with laughter and happiness.

The wedding venue in Leicestershire was filled with pastel wedding flowers and decorated to perfection. Cherry blossom trees graced the Cart Barn whilst the Grain Store was brimming with tall displays of wedding florals. The detail on the top table was out of this world.

It’s an absolute privilege to capture such love and warmth between these families coming together. Thank you Kass and Ivan for putting your day into words too….

How did you meet? We met at Ivan’s gymnastics club, he was my coach and there was an instant connection between us!

How and where did the proposal happen? Ivan proposed on a private yacht in Santorini, in front of the sun set in Oia.

What do you love about each other? Kassandra -I love how caring and kind Ivan is, he always puts my needs before his own and is always thinking of ways to make me smile! Ivan – I love how fun, bubbly and energetic Kass is  she is always putting a smile on my face and keeps me on my toes!

Did your wedding have a ‘theme’? We didn’t have an exact theme for the wedding but we knew we wanted it to be fun, full of dancing and making happy memories with the people we love the most.

Why did you choose the venue and suppliers you did? We chose Mythe Barn as our venue because we absolutely loved the barn style and that it was out in the countryside. With the bride being from Yorkshire it was like a little slice of home! The perfect setting for our perfect day!

We chose amazing suppliers to make our day so special:

Sheridale Productions: Captured our perfect day by videography, Trey and Kim we’re so professional and there outgoing approach made it super fun! The final videos were so amazing, and captured the emotions perfectly from our day!

Daffodil Waves photography: What can we say other than Nicola was incredible, she captured such amazing photos from start to finish! She made us feel so relaxed and we were so glad she was a part of our day!

Midlands Events Company: They provided us with all the design features of our big day from table decor to flowers, candles and much more. They made the venue look stunning and exactly how we wanted it to be. Very professional and organised which made the day run so smoothly!

Dance Floor DJS: We hired Matt as our DJ for our wedding, he was absolutely fantastic and got everybody up on the dance floor. He not only provided the DJ set but we also hired light up dance floor, photo booth, white post box, popcorn machine and confetti canon! This definitely got the party started!

Lineys Brides: I bought my dress from Lineys Brides in Hinckley. An amazing shop with a variety of different styles of dresses, the girls are so helpful and understand how important selecting the right dress is!

Mythe Barn:We have to give a special thanks to Mythe Barn, without their incredible team the day wouldn’t have ran so smoothly. The food was delicious and the attention to detail just added that extra sparkle to the day!

Something Blue: This was the band we hired for our evening reception, they definitely got the guests dancing all night long! Very professional and fun!

Lauren Hinds: We hired Lauren as our violinist for the ceremony and drinks reception, her music was beautiful and set a lovely tone for the day, we can’t thank Lauren enough for making it so perfect.

Bay Tree Cakes: We selected our three tier cake from this company. They made the cake exactly how we pictured it and to top it off it tasted amazing!

Moss Bros: We selected this store for all the grooms men’s suits, they were absolutely brilliant and tailored each suit for every individual, all the men looked very smart for the big day!

Tilly Octavia: Tilly did my hair and the bridal party’s hair. Tilly is very talented at bridal hair, I knew she was the perfect hairdresser for the big day!

Kaye Salmon:I chose Kaye to do my make up and the bridal party’s make-up, she did my make-up just perfect and exactly how I imagined myself to look for the big day. Kaye also took the time to ask the girls how they would like their make-up making sure they were happy with it before the ceremony. Kaye is very friendly and professional and definitely kept my nerves at ease!

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Tipi Wedding Photography – Harrie and Matt

I met Harrie and Matt at one of Elite Tent’s open days. When I heard about the location and plans for the day, I hoped they would choose me to capture it. And then they did!!

The tipis were set up in the grounds of Harrie’s old primary school in Wolston, Coventry. Imagine being able to have your wedding reception in the fields of your old school?? How cool is that?

There was home made bunting lining the fences, tree stumps for guests to sit on and enjoy the sunshine and blankets to keep each other warm if the temperature dropped into the evening. They had thought of everything!

Harrie and Matt got ready in separate locations and a red bus drove the guests to the Church. After the most beautiful ceremony and a lot of confetti being eaten, everyone jumped on the bus and headed to the school for their tipi reception.

They were such fun to be around. Nothing was taken too seriously and we had such a laugh on the couple portraits. I don’t really include group shots in a gallery but the one below I couldn’t resist. This was my favourite part of the day, when Matt found out the cost of Harrie’s dress! I thought it was quite reasonable to be fair ;).

Thank you both for asking me to capture your day and making my cheeks ache!

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Hampton Manor Wedding Photography – Vicky and Joe

Vicky and Joe’s Wedding was extra special to me because I already knew the family. I captured the wedding of Pippa and James back in 2016 and now I was lucky enough that Vicky got in touch with me to capture their day too.

Arriving at the house felt like home. All the same faces and excitement over the last daughter getting married. Before we knew it, bridal prep was over, Vicky was in her dress and we were on our way to the Church.

When I arrived, panic kicked in as I couldn’t get parking. Always a risk when you are one of the last to arrive!! Then a photographer’s Knight in shining armour came to my rescue and James had not only saved me a space but was holding up traffic, guiding me through. Love my Grooms!

The ceremony was emotional, with Vicky’s Brother giving her away and then they were Husband and Wife!!

When we arrived at Hampton Manor, the decor took my breath away. It was absolutely beautiful and the light falling into the room was perfect.

On one of the hottest days of the year, it was lovely watching the guests laughing and enjoying each others company in the gardens. We were also very spoilt to be able to walk around the grounds of Hampton Manor when Vicky and Joe had their couple shots.

It was amazing to spend the day with this family again! Thank you Vicky and Joe for choosing me to capture your day.

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A beautiful Mythe Barn Wedding – Daniella and Paolo

Mythe Barn Wedding

Daniella and Paolo got married at Mythe Barn wedding venue, enjoying the whole day there from bridal prep to the evening dancing.

Getting ready was so relaxed, with the Girls just enjoying being pampered ready for Daniella and Paolo’s 2pm ceremony.

Then it was time for Daniella to put on her beautiful Mori Lee dress and she looked absolutely stunning!!

All this pair did all day was laugh. Whether that be throughout their ceremony or on their couple shots, when enjoying some alone time (apart from Captain America tagging along at one point).

Thank you both for welcoming me like I was one of your guests. I truly had the most amazing day with you and your family.

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Homme House Wedding Venue in Herefordshire – David and Farran

The way I met David and Farran and will continue to see them in the future is the BEST story!

Four years ago I shot the wedding of Hayley and Sarah (you can view it here). David and Farran were guests and apparently knew they were going to book me when they decided to get married.

Fast forward to them booking the date at the beautiful Homme House in Herefordshire. Thankfully I was available on the date and we met at the venue to capture their engagement photos ahead of the wedding day.

What an amazing venue Homme House is! They really do treat the couples who book them well and you also get to have the venue to yourselves for the whole weekend!!

The wedding run like clockwork and the weather continued to get better throughout the day, allowing us to roam the beautiful grounds for couple portraits and some alone time.

Little did I know that these guys were going to be in my life for a few years yet! David, Farran and I received some amazing news. Over the years since their wedding, Sarah and Hayley have become very good friends of mine and they asked the three of us to be Godparents to their beautiful Daughter! So, I was lucky enough to see them again a few weeks later at her Christening.

I couldn’t have asked to meet a nicer group of families. Thank you so much for asking me to capture your day. I had the most amazing experience with you all.

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Mythe Barn Wedding Photos – Charley and Paul

I love hearing how my couples come about booking me. In 2017 I shot the wedding of Maddy and Ste. Maddy is also a florist and the company she worked for were doing Charley and Paul’s flowers for their wedding and that is how they came across me!

Charley got ready in Mythe Barn’s amazing bridal prep room and Paul got ready in the Groom’s room downstairs. After reading the most beautiful letter from Paul, it was time for Charley to put her dress on and go and get her Man!

After a very emotional ceremony, guests enjoyed a drinks reception, canapés by Galloping Gourmet, live music and a yummy sweet table.

One of the best parts of the day for me is always the couple portraits. A time where my couple get to see each other properly after the ceremony, away from everyone. Charley and Paul are so lovely together, you can’t help but enjoy their company.

It was an absolute pleasure to capture the wedding of this gorgeous pair. I hope you enjoy this snippet of their day.

Mythe Barn Rustic Wedding – Lorna and David

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Lorna and David booked me to capture their wedding at the start of 2018. Before you knew it, the wedding day was here, with Lorna getting ready in Mythe Barn’s stunning bridal suite and David arriving suited in his beloved Mini!

Mum was busy putting the final touches to the wonderful cake she had made when Lorna couldn’t resist popping down to where all the action was, to see if the plans she had in her head for so long, were coming to life perfectly.

Before you knew it, it was time! I made my way down to David to wait for Lorna to join him. By this point, I think David had been made to wait long enough and as you can see, couldn’t wait to see his Bride! The ceremony was beautiful, with a few laughs thrown in when Lorna nearly got her words wrong.

We couldn’t have asked for better weather and everyone was outside enjoying the drinks and canapes provided by the wonderful Galloping Gourmet. The reception room was perfect, with gorgeous rustic and pastel touches all over, even greeting guests outside when they arrived.

Lorna and David, you really did have the most beautiful wedding and thank you for asking me to capture it.

David and Farran – Homme House in Herefordshire

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These are the best kind of stories for me. I met David and Farran at a wedding I was capturing, as they were guests of Sarah and Hayley. They are getting married at Homme House in Herefordshire in June and I was lucky enough to be asked by them to capture their special day.

I couldn’t believe how beautiful Homme House was and how lucky we were with the weather! We walked around the beautiful grounds, talking about their wedding day, picturing how the day is going to be and it made me really excited to be able to witness David and Farran becoming Husband and Husband.

It has since come to light that they also know another couple who’s wedding I captured seven years ago, Denver and Gina!!! Very small world and I can’t wait for June to come around.

A beautiful Mythe Barn Wedding – Chloe and Luke

It is quite common for me to get booked to capture a wedding without the couple meeting me first. I always find this to be a huge compliment, as they are basing their huge decision on how much they love what they see. Chloe and Luke did this and a few weeks before their wedding, we met for a drink. It was during this meet up that I found out how much Luke didn’t like having his picture taken and I mean reeeeally didn’t like having his picture taken!

Thankfully, after we had chatted about the day, Luke said he felt a lot more relaxed about it, looking forward to it even!

The day was amazing, not just because it was so beautiful and full of laughter but because Chloe and Luke are wonderful people to be around. It felt so relaxed and fun and when we went to capture their couple portraits, Luke even asked to have more!!

I have so many couples feel like this about having their picture taken and to hear it’s a part of the day they are dreading saddens me, as it really can be one of the best parts. I wanted to share with you part of an email I received off Chloe when they had received their photos;

“We just want to say a massive thank you!! We are so glad we picked you as the photographer you made it even more special. The photos are absolutely beautiful! We are so happy with them! Luke says he is surprised how much he loves the photos considering he doesn’t like having his picture taken!”

Thank you Chloe and Luke for choosing me to capture your day. I had the most wonderful time and wish we could do it all over again and any friends of yours that can hit the dance floor with a cuppa in hand are also friends of mine!

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