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.
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.
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!
On the morning of the big day I met Shona and her squad in the Bridal Boutique.
Hair was done by Emily Butcher, Seven.
Make up was by Hannah Spendelow.
I had lot of fun documenting the prep using Hannah's ring light wherever I could to frame Shona's makeover.
The dress was from Young Romantics of Wisbech.
I thoroughly enjoyed using the Rickety Barn to document the details of the dress and the shoes.........or should I say boots.
Whilst Shona and the girls put the dresses on I spent a little time with Daniel and the guy's.
I bloody love doing this, after years of doing this I still think it's funny to get the groomsmen to 'own it!'
Back in the Bridal Boutique, I created what is probably my favourite 'pre ceremony' bridal portraits yet.
And then it was time to walk down the aisle in the Rickety Barn.
Post ceremony it was time for the confetti.
The large group shot.
And the groups.
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!
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!
Back inside it was time for the wedding breakfast and speeches.
The bangers and mash were superb.
And the speeches were absolutely hilarious, best man Tim's was particularly good!
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.
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?
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!