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A Winter Wedding at Kingscote Barn

Updated: Aug 8, 2023

Last month I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Ellen & Nathan's big day at Kingscote Barn.

(The day started not so well for me with a slow puncture!! But I always build in plenty of slack time and still arrived over 2 hours before the ceremony to make sure we had plenty of time for bridal prep photos!)

Kingscote Barn is about an hour up the motorway from me and is a beautiful countryside wedding venue set in the stunning Cotswold Hills!

The room for the bridal preparations is absolutely perfect! They have thought of everything, there are gorgeous dressing tables for the hair and makeup ladies to set up, there is lots of light, a little dressing room for getting into the dresses, a little kitchen for snacks and bubbles and of course a massive full length mirror!

Getting ready away from the bedrooms is also great as then no one has all the mess to deal with at the end of the evening when they just want to get to bed!

The lovely Kat was on hand all monring to make sure everyone and everything was where it needed to be. She made sure all the make up and overnight bags were out of the way for the photos of all the 'first looks' and came to get me to do photos with the groomsmen and their button holes. She thought of everything!

As well getting loads of pictures of the ladies getting ready, I also build in time in my 'Capture it all' and 'All in' packages to get lots of lovely little detail pictures! If you can keep hold of the rings I can get some of these, the bridal shoes, the bouquets, the dresses and all the other little details you have spent months planning.

The wallpaper in the dressing room at Kingscote Barn just made for the best backdrop for Ellen's amazing Dr Martin wedding shoes!!!

Once Ellen had her dress on, the lovely Kat went to find her parents so they could get a 'first look' and I could capture their reations! Safe to say Ellen's mum thought she looked amazing!!!

There is then a little break in the excitement as the bride and groom both have to do their interview with the registrar before it's time for the ceremony.

The barn was dressed beautifully, with lots of natural light flooding in. It was a perfect, bright, crisp, sunny winter's day! None of us could believe how perfect the weather was for February :)

There were some tears (Nathan's mostly!!), a few giggles and lots of love! And half an hour later they were hitched!

Following the ceremony we did a quick group shot (the balcony in the main room is perfect for this!) and then all headed outside for a quick confetti tunnel before the party got started.

Once everyone had got themselves a drink and congratulated the newlyweds, it was time for a quick group shot hustle! I always try to keep this portion of the day to under 20 minutes, shorter if we can!

I know the posed photos are an important part of the day to make sure you get all the shots you want, but I also know that everyone is really there to party!!!

I grabbed half an hour on my own with the happy couple, before everyon eheaded in for the wedding breakfast, to get some lovely romantic couple shots in the absolutely stunning surroundings!

This is a great opportunity for the couple to get some time together, away from all the guests, just to take a moment and enjoy!

While we were out enjoying the winter sunshine the team at Kingcote Barn were beavering away, changing the room around ready for the breakfast!

They then plan half an hour for the the photographer to get some shots of the room and for the bride and groom to head up to the balcony for a drink and some canapes to make sure they get some time just the two of them (without a camera pointed at them) and to make sure they don't miss out on the great snacks!

I then put the balcony to use again to get them entering as bride and groom! It is always a tough one to capture as when you are announced, everyone is asked to 'be upstanding' and I am not very tall! The balcony was perfect for this and got me a great shot of their entrance over everyone's head!

After everyone had had a good feed (the food was delicious), it was time for speeches and then we headed out to do a few more couple shots in the lovely fairy lights, before kicking off the evening with some sparklers!!!

Then all that was left to do was cake and dancing!!!

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