On my drive down to Stow on the Wold the evening before Charlotte and Jason's wedding, the fog started rolling in so thick I could hardly see the bonnet of my car. By the morning, I could barely see my hand in front of my face...not ideal photography conditions! I have to say though, the Cotswolds looks amazing in the fog - I went out for an early morning walk before anyone else had risen to start the creative juices flowing and it was eerily beautiful and silent.
Thankfully, by the time I arrived at Hyde Barn - a venue I last shot at around 2 years ago and one I very much love - the weather had started to brighten and there was hope for some outdoor shots after all...although by this time I had started to gather some epic ideas in my head as to how we would use the fog to our advantage and get some super-cool moody shots. Ah well...I'm sure there will be ample opportunity for that throughout my career considering I'm based in the UK!
Charlotte, her Mum and her bridesmaids - all 6 of them! - were so lovely throughout the morning and the hair and makeup team did a fantastic job making all the ladies look stunning. Jason turned up a few hours later with his infectious smile and enthusiasm (literally I don't think I've ever met a groom who smiled as much as Jason did all day), along with his groomsmen in tow for some groom prep shots in the main house.
The ceremony was very sweet, with very few dry eyes in the room after the bride and groom had exchanged their personalised vows and been announced and husband and wife. I really get into the emotion of wedding days - the whole process of getting married means so much to me and I absolutely love being a part of my couples' ceremonies and being one of the first to congratulate them :)
Hyde Barn was decorated beautifully with Jason and Charlotte's vintage theme, fitting the venue perfectly...white and blue lace, bunting, fairy lights, wooden plinths for the table centrepieces...plus the most awesome cake table I think I have ever seen when it came to the wedding breakfast! We even managed to beat the weather - yay! - and make it into the gardens for some shots...although I'm sure a few of the ladies were cursing having to walk on the muddy grass in their stilettos...sorry girls!!
As always, a fantastic day in the Cotswolds...somewhere I wish I could spend much more time...and a very genuine, lovable and fun couple to make the day just perfect. Congratulations Mr and Mrs Franklin...here's a look at some of your best bits!