A cowboy & country wedding / Wedding photography at Bassmead Manor Barns

From the get-go this was a wedding I was looking forward to; a great venue, a good looking couple and a theme that makes everything about this wedding stand out.

Cowboy hats, boots and Levi jeans.

I met country & western fans Shona and Daniel in Shouldham Warren for their pre wedding shoot.

Cowboy engagement shoot

I absolutely loved the images we created together in my favourite woods.

Bassmead Manor Barns is surrounded by a working farm, great for ‘different’ photos.

Wedding portrait with tractor

Bassmead Manor Barns is a popular and proper wedding venue in St. Neots, Cambridgeshire. It's self contained and a one stop shop for weddings; accommodation for prep, a ceremony room, a massive courtyard for the group shots and drinks, a bar and a large barn for the breakfast and reception, what more could you want?

Go for it!

Bassmead Manor Barns

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St, Neots

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On the morning of the big day I met Shona and her squad in the Bridal Boutique.

Bridal hair by Seven, March

Hair was done by Emily Butcher, Seven.

Make up was by Hannah Spendelow.

Bridal make up by Hannah Spendelow

I had lot of fun documenting the prep using Hannah's ring light wherever I could to frame Shona's makeover.

Bridal make up by Hannah Spendelow
Bridal make up by Hannah Spendelow

The dress was from Young Romantics of Wisbech.

Dress hanging in the Rickety Barn

I thoroughly enjoyed using the Rickety Barn to document the details of the dress and the shoes.........or should I say boots.

Brides & bridesmaids cowboy boots

Whilst Shona and the girls put the dresses on I spent a little time with Daniel and the guy's.

Groom prep photography
Groom portrait at Bassmead Manor Barn

I bloody love doing this, after years of doing this I still think it's funny to get the groomsmen to 'own it!'

Groomsmen group shot

Back in the Bridal Boutique, I created what is probably my favourite 'pre ceremony' bridal portraits yet.

Bridal portrait at Bassmead Manor Barns
Bridal portrait at Bassmead Manor Barns

And then it was time to walk down the aisle in the Rickety Barn.

Ceremony Documentary photography at Bassmead Manor Barns
Ceremony Documentary photography at Bassmead Manor Barns
Ceremony Documentary photography at Bassmead Manor Barns
Ceremony Documentary photography at Bassmead Manor Barns

Post ceremony it was time for the confetti.

Confetti shot at Bassmead Manor Barns

The large group shot.

Wedding gif

And the groups.

Bridal party photography

It was mid afternoon on a grey Octobers day, it wasn't overly warm, it was a little windy and there were a few spots of rain.

It was time for a mission!

I said To Shona & Daniel 'that I know of a few spots around the venue that we should use for the portraits but I know its cold, windy and raining'. I asked if they were up for a whirlwind tour.

Of course the answer was yes!

And thank goodness, these pictures are great!

Newlywed portrait at Bassmead Manor Barns
Newlywed portrait at Bassmead Manor Barns
Autumnal Newlywed portrait at Bassmead Manor Barns
Newlywed portrait at Bassmead Manor Barns

Just as we were making our way back to the courtyard and inside. I had one last place in mind for a photo.

I think this shot in the wood chopping shed will be one of my greatest for a long time!

Modern Newlywed portrait at Bassmead Manor Barns

Back inside it was time for the wedding breakfast and speeches.

Wedding breakfast
Cowboy naked wedding cake

The bangers and mash were superb.

And the speeches were absolutely hilarious, best man Tim's was particularly good!

grooms speech
best man speech
wedding bouquet and rings

Flowers by Goldings of Outwell.

Outside at times it was raining hard but during the room turn around from breakfast to reception, I took Shona & Daniel outside in the light rain had a little fun with off camera flash.

Off camera flash wedding umbrella portrait
1st dance wedding photography

The music during the reception was a who's who of country & western music and then I felt like I was the only person who didn't know about the choreographed line dance after the 1st dance......ahem where was my invite guys?

Line dance wedding photography
Wedding reception documentary photography

So what have I learnt about cowboy weddings?

I want to shoot another one, thats what!

Thank you Shona & Daniel, for letting me be a part of your big day x

I'm a lucky Cambridgeshire Wedding Photographer!

Newlywed portrait at Bassmead Manor Barns

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