Remember when it was warm? Back in July we had some incredible weather with the mercury pushing over 30 degrees. It was scorchio and so were the lovely Georgia and Lewis for their wedding at the stunning Stone Barn near Cheltenham, in the heart of the Cotswolds. The Stone Barn is a fantastic wedding venue which I know well having photographed there a few times in the past. The venue has tons of character, with its corrugated iron roofed Dutch Barn and massive open BBQ kitchen, it’s probably one of the more unique locations for a wedding in the UK.
I met with Georgia and her bridesmaids at Sycamore Cottage at Arlington House in Bibury, only a few miles from the Stone Barn which is at at Upper Windrush. The bridesmaids were busy with the champagne whilst Lucy from Hair by Lucy Phelps was busy on coiffuring duties. As the fizz was quaffed and the ceremony time edged closer Georgia slipped into her dazzling Pronovias wedding dress which was from The Wedding Dress Shop, Wimbledon. Her outfit was accessorised with some beautiful bridal jewellery curtesy of Lily & Roo.
Once Georgia was ready she hopped into her wedding car, an incredible Hindustan Ambassador from Kushi Cars. It’s always a real pleasure to work with Suzi from Kushi Cars, we last worked together at Alex and Dan’s stunning wedding at the Bond Company in Birmingham. Her Indian Ambassador car really does add a touch of something special to any wedding day, with its exterior festooned with flowers and the interior decorated in rich fabrics of red and gold.
Meanwhile, just down the road, Lewis was waiting patiently in the Ceremony Room at the Stone Barn looking very dapper in his navy blue three piece suit which was from Dyfed Menswear of Wales. The ceremony was a lovely affair held in front of Georgia and Lewis’ nearest and dearest. With the vows completed, rings exchanged and register signed everyone made their way out into the sweltering summer sun. Thankfully the staff from Cripps were on hand to serve the drinks reception to help keep everyone cool.
For the wedding breakfast the guests headed back inside to the shade of the magnificent Dutch Barn where they were treated to a stunning three course meal served fresh from massive wood fired indoor barbeque. The chefs did a sterling job working in the kitchen with the huge open fires when the outside temperature was over 30 degrees! During the food Sandra and Paul, an instrumental duo on violin and guitar, serenaded the diners with a varied repertoire of songs from across the decades. The musical accompaniment was so good that spontaneous singing erupted throughout the afternoon from the guests.
For the evening reception music was provided by the incredible one man band / loop machine that is Jimmi Nolan. As someone who has played guitar in the past (quite badly) I was amazed at the skill and sounds that Jimmi produced from his acoustic guitar and loop pedal. He starts things very simple but the builds up the layers and sounds, whilst singing, and also keeping the dancefloor moving. I understand that Jimmi has moved back to his native Australia so if you’re Down Under or see that he’s back over in the UK he’s definitely worth checking out,.
Before I sign off I’d like to say a massive thank you to Georgia and Lewis for having me along as their Stone Barn Wedding Photographer. It was a real pleasure to have been part of such an amazing, sizzling and scorchio (in more ways than one) wedding. Here’s 50 photos to give you a little peek at their special day . . .
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