Ian and Stacey’s spring wedding
The Granary was a wedding venue I’ve never been to before, but I hope I get to shoot some more weddings here. It is out in the countryside, but the surroundings are beautiful. I arrived early as usual and met the staff, who kindly showed me around the place. The Granary is nice for the photographer because it is fairly compact, but there is plenty to see as well.
Here is the slideshow I did for them, it’s a great way to see how I shoot a wedding day as a story. There is sound!
The Wedding Venue
Because I was early it gave me time to have a look around the reception and take some shots while it was still quiet. A lovely marquee had been set up and the decorations had already been put in place by Beaulicious. My understanding is that they provide the decor for a lot of weddings at the Granary.
Everything looked beautiful, they did a fantastic job. I then went off to begin bridal prep!
There were a lot of bridesmaids for this wedding, which makes for a lot of fun. There was also a LOT of Prosecco being consumed!! Stacey seemed to be the most relaxed out of everyone though. Here are some of my favourite shots from bridal prep.
After a few more bottles of Prosecco had been demolished it was time to get the wedding dress on! This shot of Stacey’s mum is one of my favourites of the day. She had just seen Stacey in her dress for the first time. I love capturing moments like these at a wedding. To me it’s what documentary wedding photography is all about.
The ceremony room at the Granary at Fawsley was decorated beautifully. There was a band at the top of the room as well but we all danced around each other so that I could get my shots. You can see the amazing attention to the wedding details in the shots below. When people make this much effort I have to do my best to capture them!
I knew that Stacey and Ian are both very devout people, but they were so happy they found it hard not to giggle. It was a lovely service, with some great music. There were also some lovely readings. After the ceremony it was confetti time, but there was a slight issue. There was a fierce cross wind where we had permission to do the confetti run. To stop people getting confetti in the face we lined everyone up on one side.
Before we get to the actual reception I did some group shots for Ian and Stacey. I won’t actually post these as they are not my favourite shots from the day ( they are fine, I just don’t personally like showing group shots on these articles ). We had time for some couple shots with Ian and Stacey which turned out really well. I had to use flash for these as the light was failing by this point ( it was March in the UK ! ). At least now I know my flash units work in the rain!
It was then time to enter the lovely Marquee and allow everyone to get warm. After some reception drinks Ian and Stacey made their entrance.
The Cake! More food!
Stacey and Ian’s cake was fantastic, and they decided to cut it before the meal. The idea behind this was to serve it for desert as they did not want it wasted. I don’t normally love the cutting the cake shots, but these were lovely.
They served the excellent food in two giant saucepans, they were awesome and the food was lovely. It was just the kind of meal you want on a cold March day.
I love the speeches, they are almost always a high point of the day for me. Ian speaks for a living, so his speech was superb. The highlight of these speeches though were his daughters. Having given a speech at a wedding myself, I know how scary it is. The oldest daughter is 12, her sister a few years younger. They both handled it brilliantly.
Dancing & Cigars
What usually follows a good speech? Dancing, that’s what! A white marquee is fairly easy for the photographer as we can just bounce light from the ceiling, so I was looking forward to this. After the first dance everyone joined in and I got some great shots. The last shot of the night was requested by Ian, he wanted the guys to get together outside with some cigars. I was happy to oblige, even though it had started raining again! Anyway, here are the shots from the end of the evening.
Thanks for reading if you got to the end! This was a long one, but it was an epic wedding, at a lovely venue, with wonderful people.