Tewin Bury Farm in Hertfordshire is a lovely wedding location made even more beautiful on a spring day in the sunshine with bluebells in bloom.
Chosen for a second time
When Gemma and Oliver asked me to photograph their Easter weekend wedding I was very happy. I had photographed Gemma’s sister’s wedding a few years ago and Gemma had loved my photos and the way I had worked on the day.
It was lovely to see some familiar faces as the family started to arrive. Seeing me seemed to put them at ease, a familiar face behind the camera.
I arrived in the morning to take some photos of Gemma and her bridesmaid getting ready. Gemma had two dresses, one for daytime and one for the evening. The Groom’s brother is a keen amateur photographer and wanted to take the evening photos. So Gemma asked if I would take some photos wearing each dress in the morning. Gemma’s bouquet had two family rings attached to it, an important detail that was not obvious to guests and had to be captured.
The couple chose The Stable for their ceremony and reception but on the day the April sun was shining and the ceremony took place in the gorgeous garden. Their baby son was the ring bearer pushing it along on a trolley beautifully decorated by the Groom’s Mum. There were a lot of gasps and AAAhhhhs I can tell you. This was a very proud and special moment for the bride and groom, something they will never forget.
The garden made the perfect back drop for the group photos. Because it was so bright and hot they were taken under the shade of a tree. The flat roof part of the house was my spot for taking the big group photo. A chance to talk to guests followed and a Skype call to Gemma’s sister due to the fact that she now lives on the other side of the world.
Bride and Groom Photos
It was now time for Gemma and Oliver to take a quiet walk alone. I would be in the background taking natural photos. Therefore, they wouldn’t miss much of their party as the wedding guests were on the move checking table plan and getting ready for the wedding breakfast.
At our pre- wedding meeting Gemma and Oliver chose their favourite places to include in their walk. Having checked in the morning, I knew that the bluebells were in full bloom in the woodland. I suggested that they may want to start their walk there. Gemma shouted YES and I believe jumped in the air a little. I think she was hoping for the bluebells to be out! They made a beautiful back drop.
The Wedding Breakfast
Finally, the Stable looked beautiful as always. The tables were decorated by flowers provided by Gemma and Oliver themselves. The wooden table names listed favourite places the couple had been on their travels. The table plan was labelled flower filled bottles. The guests were treated to lovely, emotional and funny speeches by the father of the bride, the groom and two best men.
It seemed strange leaving at this point and not taking the evening photos but I didn’t want to take this away from a member of the family.
It was great to be back at Tewin Bury Farm again, thank you to all the team and thank you to the family for asking me for the second time to preserve their precious moments on a special day.
Makeup by Robyn
Flowers by Wendy at Welwyn Florist
Cake by A Little More Cake by Tracey Moore.