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Saturday 23 May - Monks Barn Hurley

Rebecca and Michael

Unusually for a May bank holiday weekend, Rebecca and Michael's big day was dry and bright. This meant that their plans for a rustic barn wedding at Monks Barn, with outdoor drinks and games actually came to pass. I started the day at the bride's parents house in Windsor where dusky pink details made it all very girly.

invite and bouquet

bride and bridesmaids dresses

brides shoes

bride having hair and veil done

hair slide

Michael and the boys were already at The Monks Barn in Hurley, posing and strutting like peacocks. I particularly enjoyed the quality 'blue steel' looks and pouts I got from all of them. I knew straight away that they were going to be fun to work with.

groom and buttonhole

groomsmen walking to barn

The barn and gardens were set up with so many personal touches I didn't stop snapping away! From the pom poms in the rafters and trees, to painted pebbles and decorated jam jars. The chalkboard explaing the timings for the day was a great addition as everyone knew what was happening.

signpost and timings on chalkboard

The ceremony was beautiful in the far end of the barn, but I must admit that, with no natural light, it was a challenge to photograph. Mind you, that's part of what makes my job so exciting.

bride and dad

ceremony

exchange rings

A huge amount of confetti was on standby to greet the couple as they exited as husband and wife before everyone got busy with the Pimms, garden games and posing with the giant polaroid frame.

confetti

guest drinks

guest laughing

guests with polaroid frame

The gardens were a great backdrop for the group photos, although I did try to avoid the tree pom poms from looking like they were growing out of people's heads!

bride and groom in the gardens

bridal party

bridal party pull poses

bride and bridesmaids

bride and bouquet

Rather than a formal sit down meal, Rebecca and Michael chose to have an afternoon tea instead. The tables were decorated with vintage crockery, decorated pebbles and every guest received a jar filled with sweets. The vast quantity of sandwiches, cakes and scones kept everyone happy for hours.

table flowers

favours and wedding cake

speeches and toasts

After tea there was time for me to whisk the bride and groom off for some time alone. From Monks Barn It's only a short walk down to the river which is perfect for a breath of fresh air and to escape the guests for a while!

bride and groom sat on bench

bride and groom on river bridge

bride and groom on bridge

bride and groom walk along the river

I could show hundreds of photos from the evening party as I stayed right until the end. Be assured there was plenty of moves being thrown on the dancefloor, devouring of the hog roast, some interesting cocktails being drunk and dressing up with the photobooth.

cutting the cake

bride and groom with photobooth props

 
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