At the start of June I made the short hop across the West Midlands from Birmingham to Atherstone for Jo and Andrew‘s epic wedding at the stunning Mythe Barn on the Warwickshire / Leicestershire border.
I met with Jo and her bridesmaids at Mythe Barn early on the morning of the wedding for the bridal preparations. It was a flurry of activity; as the Bollinger flowed hair was being teased by Patrick from NKB and makeup was being done by Makeup by Harper. Meanwhile, downstairs, Andrew was with his groomsmen as they donned their three piece suits which were from Slaters in Birmingham. The suits were finished with a stunning thistle and wild flower floral buttonhole which was from Burkes Blooms, who also supplied the amazing bouquets for Jo and her bridesmaids.
Back upstairs in the bridal suite Jo eased into her stunning wedding dress which was from The Couture Company in Birmingham. Over the last few years I’ve had a number of brides that have had their dresses from The Couture Company and they are always the most individual and stunning dresses you can get. They specialise in designing bespoke dresses which are unique for each bride.
The outdoor ceremony was held on the lawn at Mythe barn and took place underneath a floral arch which had been built by the bride and groom. It was a wonderful affair conducted by the independent celebrant Elaine Coles. As well as having the usual elements such as readings, blessings, vows and a ring exchange, it also featured a handfasting and quaich ceremony. A Quaich ceremony is a Scottish tradition in which a two handled cup, usually filled with whisky, is shared between two people and is used to symbolise trust, love and peace between the drinkers. It was a lovely addition to the ceremony which perfectly reflected Andrew’s Highland heritage.
With the formalities completed everyone then made their way to the drinks reception. Just before the wedding breakfast Andrew led Jo off for a bit of surprise. Jo absolutely loves her dog Max but he wasn’t able to attend at the venue as it’s a working farm, so dogs aren’t allowed on site. With the premise of going for some photos we led Jo to the edge of the property where a dog walker had bought Max. Jo had no idea what was planned and her reaction was just priceless!
After our brief canine encounter we then made our way to the stunning three course wedding breakfast, provided by Mythe Barn’s in-house caterers, Galloping Gourmet. This was followed by the speeches before the guests started to arrive for the evening reception. To keep the Celtic theme going, evening entertainment was provided by the Ceilidh band Skimmity who got the dancefloor filled with their traditional folk songs and dances.
Jo and Andrew’s Mythe Barn wedding was such an amazing day filled with so much love and laughter, it was a real pleasure to have been involved. It was also great to work with Stefan and Nadine from Van Rensburg Films and I need to say a massive thanks to the always awesome Amy-Rose from Amy-Rose Photography who second shot with me on the day. Here’s fifty photos from Jo and Andrew’s epic day . . .