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Saturday 23 July - Bassmead Manor Barns

Mel and Sam

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.

venue sign



bride hair

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.


groom and bestmen


The ceremony was held in the approprately named 'Rickety Barn' and yes, it's beams, floor and walls are most definately wonky.


ceremony reading

hold hands

ceremony vows

exchange rings


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.

exit ceremony


all guests

guest drinks


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!

bridal party


families together

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!



driveway and peacock



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.

barn set up


wedding cake

table set up

meal entrance

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!

bride and groom in field

bride and groom in field

hands and rings

evening drinks

cut cake

first dance

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