The opportunity to photograph the Northamptonshire farm wedding of Emma & Ben had been passed to me as a direct referral from Lucy & Will, who also had a farm wedding and were getting married exactly a week earlier.
The day started with me travelling to the home of Emma’s parents, which is a farm on the outskirts of Fritwell in North Oxfordshire, where she and her bridesmaids were getting ready. On arrival, it was a very relaxed atmosphere at the house and we were able to witness the final preparations of the very large marquee that was to be the stage for their wedding reception. This had been erected just a stones throw from the house and was looking splendid in the early morning sunshine.
The previous week, at Lucy & Will’s wedding, had been my first experience of a wedding with so many members of the farming community, and I must say the atmosphere was brilliant. Today had a similar feel, as close to 200 guests would be attending the church service, with another 50 or so arriving for the evening festivities.
The ceremony was due to take place at St Olave’s Church, which nestles in the heart of the picturesque village of Fritwell. Dating back to around 1150, the church is beautiful but not overly big, so it was going to be packed.
At every wedding that I photograph, I make a point of introducing myself to the person responsible for conducting the ceremony. This is partly out of courtesy, but also to understand what restrictions there may be during the actual ceremony. On this occasion, especially as the church was going to be so full, the vicar requested that I stand behind her. This was unusual, but she didn’t want me to obstruct the view from the congregation, which I fully appreciate. However in St Olave’s there is a wrought iron gate that leads up to the alter, and this was going to hinder my view of Emma & Ben. Thankfully with careful positioning I was still able to document a shot of the bride and groom seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day.
Following the beautiful ceremony, guests gathered at the entrance to the church grounds where pitchforks were held aloft for the throwing of the confetti. Then just a two minute drive back to the reception in a Land Rover Defender, which was very fitting as the happy couple’s mode of transport. There was one special guest in the back of the vehicle who was going to be ever present throughout the rest of the day. It was Sid, Ben’s faithful dog and you may see him in several of my chosen photographs below.
With such lovely warm weather, guests were able to enjoy their drinks outside before sitting down for the wedding breakfast and speeches.
The day was fantastic from start to finish, with just a brief thunderstorm as the evening progressed, and we even had a fleeting rainbow. Thankfully after the shower, I was able to steal Emma & Ben away from the celebrations to photograph them both with some stunning Northamptonshire countryside as a backdrop.
Below is a selection of my favourite images from the day:
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