Alex & Jenny Crabbs Barn Wedding

Alex & Jenny Crabbs Barn Wedding

Crabbs Barn

Alex & Jenny Crabbs Barn wedding. April showers. I think not this year, more like the middle of summer. As we all know the weather in the UK can be a bit weird, to say the least. Lovely warm almost summerish days in April and next pouring in early May and as we move into the Britsh summer hopefully blistering hot days. From a couple’s point of view, this is what they want although not too hot!. But not so much from the photographer’s standpoint. We want slightly overcast puffy white clouds and a little bit of shade, on a perfect wedding day the sky will be overcast with no chance of ugly shadows appearing in people’s faces, in the eye sockets, panda eyes so to speak or dappled shadows from the leaves of trees overhead. Lots of manual flash in high-speed sync to create those lovely warm out of focus background shots or the sunny 16 rule for lots of depth of field. This also gave me a chance to try out my latest lens. The Sigma 35mm1.4 ART, a truly stunning lens with a sharpness unparalleled and normally third party lens’s aren’t as good as the main manufacturers so this one is exceptional in image quality and just as good as the Nikon equivalent. The wedding of Alex & Jenny at Crabbs barn was going to be just such a beautiful warm day at the end of April.

Dedicated wedding venues all have their best spots for those unique and intimate shots and Crabbs barn is no exception. The walk from the cottage to the Rustic Tudor looking barn, The lover’s kiss of just married over the field gate to the stone tiled dance floor and with brilliant staff to attend to all your needs. Crabbs barn has all the features of a lovely private wedding venue. And to top it all off a beautiful shot of the couple in a stunning sunset setting at the end of the evening.

Jenny the stunning Bride and the Groom Alex looked pretty good as well. A wonderful wedding with lots of Laughter and fun had by all.  And with a little photoshop trickery even Thomas the cat came to the wedding.

Alex & Jenny Crabbs Barn wedding

Northcote House Wedding venue

Northcote House Wedding venue

Oh my, what a wedding venue! As a wedding photographer, we get to see our fair share of wedding venue’s that we all love film to at and Northcote house wedding venue is definitely one of those more exclusive venues.
Northcote house has the appearance of a grand 18th-century neo-Georgian opulent manor house. In fact, it was built in 1931 by the president of the British American tobacco company. A photographers dream. Northcote house has it all, the grand double staircase with its moon dome, The medieval stone carved balcony. High ceilings, grand fireplace. superb gardens and the facade of a classical English country mansion. Lots of off camera flash and a really good excuse to get the Fisheye lens out to exploit that staircase.

The civil ceremony wedding of Matthew and Wayne in late April 2017 was going to be a wedding to remember. I love weddings and with a love for photography, the two go hand in hand. So when I get the chance to film at a classical wedding venue, great!. Even better is when that wedding is a same-sex couple. Now don’t get me wrong I really enjoy a heterosexual wedding but a gay wedding is something else, quirky and unpredictable, all in a good way. The Bridal prep or in this case the Guy’s prep. The struggle to get the Bow ties on (Wayne!). The nervousness of the impending nuptials, not really that much different from a girl and guy wedding. The walk down the grand staircase to the joy of all the family and friends, and a few tears….

The service and then the look of joy that its all over and the tension begins to fade (Matthew!). The walk back down the aisle. Northcote Wedding venue really is what wedding dreams are made of. Confetti shot with the boys which appeared to almost blind them, or that could have been the sun, difficult to say which. But anyway it was good. Speeches with lots of emotion and laughter then it’s party time and boy this lot know how to party and everyone’s up for it. I’m sure Waynes’ brother in law taught Wayne to drink a bottle of wine through a straw, that’s another wedding blog from the brother in laws wedding from last June. Suffice to say Northcote house is one of the best wedding venue’s i have had the pleasure to film at. I would normally highly recommend Northcote to get married in but sadly Matthew and Wayne’s’ wedding was one of the last as the venue is due to close on the 10th May 2017 and turned into a retirement home.

Northcote wedding venue