Before starting to write a blog entry about a wedding, particularly if it was one from a little while ago, I’ll take some time to look over the photos to remind myself about what went on, so I can tell you the story.
When I reviewed Charley and James’ gallery, I saw lots of pictures of blue skies, glorious sunshine, a fab outdoor confetti shot, and a glowing sunset. So I was all ready to title this one up as “A Warm And Sunny Spring/Summer Redhouse Barn Wedding”.
Then I saw a Christmas tree in one of the images.
I had to go to our diary to check: Charley and James’ wedding was December 2018! I know they say that time flies, but time in this case has clearly been zooming through the sky at supersonic speeds!
Redhouse Barn is a gorgeous Worcestershire venue that Phil and I have had the pleasure of visiting a few times now. It combines a traditional and historic ceremony room with lovely modern facilities for receptions and celebrations. Lots of glass means lots of fabulous natural light that makes the venue and its occupants look stunning at all times of the year.
Charley got ready upstairs at Redhouse Barn’s comfortable bridal preparation rooms, with family and friends present. There was prosecco to be sipped (or chugged), gifts to be given, and lots fun and laughter for Phil to capture.
Meanwhile, I was outside in the winter sunshine getting establishing pictures of the venue, and the beautiful festive decorations provided by Fairleys Bespoke Floristry. I was also in place to get pictures of James and the wedding guests as they arrived. One of the main advantages of having two photographers at your wedding is that we CAN be in two places at once!
With guests assembled in the 18th century barn space for the ceremony, and James waiting calmly at the front of the room, it was time for Charley to make a super-elegant entrance, preceded by her bridesmaids. The ceremony was led by David, one of Worcestershire’s fab Deputy Superintendent Registrars, who always makes everyone smile with his genuine warmth and humour.
With vows and rings exchanged, register signed, and hand-written marriage certificate presented, James and Charley walked back down the aisle as husband and wife. They were followed out to the reception area by their guests for champagne, canapés, and congratulations. Phil and I were delighted to see that the sun was still shining beautifully, so we all headed outside for an epic confetti shot beside a beautiful old Rolls Royce car.
Back inside, there was plenty of time for guests to mingle, before moving across to the dining area. Elegant menus and table cards had been provided by Liz & Faye Stationery to help guide everyone to their places. Then there was a gorgeous meal courtesy of Morgans Catering For You - Phil and I got to have a bit during our break, and it was truly excellent!
With everyone fed, we enjoyed picking up our cameras again to capture some great speeches. Then, the Barn’s excellent staff did their usual magical job of quickly turning the room around ready for the evening guests and celebrations, while Phil and I managed to get some lovely indoor sunset shots.
Another surprise that James and Charley had arranged for their guests was a large inflatable bouncy castle! This was to be situated just outside the celebration venue in the gardens, but by this time the weather had taken a turn for the colder.
“Don’t worry,” said the organisers, “we’ll put it up in the ceremony room!”
I did a double take. There was no way, I thought, that a full-size bouncy castle would fit inside the 18th century barn.
But it did! In fact, it fitted perfectly, and was a huge hit with guests of all ages. Even Charley removed her high heels (probably a good idea) to have a bounce around with the children, and Phil and I got some great mid-air bride shots!
Once stomachs had settled, there was a cake with an unusual hexagonal decorative design that had been styled by The Cake Room, Bridgnorth for Charley and James to cut, before they hit the dance floor for their first dance. I’m always a fan of the Redhouse Barn’s lighting rig that makes for some really dramatic shots. Phil and I also spirited James and Charley outside for a quick off-camera flash portrait shoot in the dark, but nipped back inside before we got too cold!
The party was in full swing, with excellent live music from The Manytones keeping the light-up dance floor full for the whole evening. I see it as one of my duties at a wedding to make sure I join in, and this one was no exception.
So here it is: a selection of pictures from Charley and James’ gloriously sunny and warm winter wedding for you to enjoy!
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Venue: Redhouse Barn - https://redhousebarn.co.uk
Flowers: Fairleys Bespoke Floristry - https://fairleysbespokefloristry.co.uk/
Cake: The Cake Room - https://www.thecakeroombridgnorth.co.uk
Stationery: Liz & Faye - https://www.lizandfaye.co.uk
Entertainment: The Manytones - https://www.manytonesmusic.co.uk
Catering: Morgans Catering - https://www.morgans-catering.co.uk
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