Saturday 23 July
- Bassmead Manor Barns
My first time photographing at Bassmead
on what was an extremely hot day ... the fields had just started
to be harvested and thunder bugs were everywhere. Thankfully
neither Mel or Sam have a problem with insects! With a bridal
'boudoir' on site it was great to be able to flit around the
venue from bridal prep to ceremony set up and spend some time
with the boys.
The first job for the boys was to hang
bunting in the barn for the wedding breakfast. Sam being a
rather tall chap came in rather handy for that task and it
was achieved even without the use of a step ladder. I think
he knew that he'd be in trouble if it was done incorrectly.
I loved that he went for a paisley print and the personalised
tie clip looked so smart.
The ceremony was held in the approprately
named 'Rickety Barn' and yes, it's beams, floor and walls
are most definately wonky.
Having supplied the guests with confetti
the couple snuck upstairs so that everyone could be primed
and ready outside. It was also a good opportunity to capture
a big guest shot, bribing them all with the promise of drinks
once it was done.
With guests using the courtyard, bar
area (if they were too hot outside) and gardens it meant that
even the group photos could be kept relaxed. Although when
its hot, I'd rather get them done nice and quickly!
It was also easy to take the bride and
groom off around the barns and fields for some photos on their
own ... with the peacocks playing gooseberry that is!
In the bar at Bassmead there's a series
of fasinating 'before and after' photos, of the place being
renovated for use as a wedding venue. When it looks this good
all set up you forget it's history. The groom was resposible
for all the wedding stationery and I hadn't seen personalised
corks used as placecard holders before.
I love my job, but I love it even more
when the days are long enough that I can take my couples for
evening photos. MInd you ... we all got a bit of a shock on
disturbing a sleeping peacock in the fields. The only issue
with a warm summers evening is that everyone wants to stay
outside, drink and chat so I tend to find that guests don't
party as hard. Don't worry, I'll get on the dancefloor regardless
so there's always at least one person having a boogie!