So on a horrible, rainy November morning we return to Clare and Chris’s beautiful midsummer wedding at Basildon House in the stunning Berkshire countryside. The gardens at Basildon House lend themselves so well to photography, so while the guests enjoyed the marvellous afternoon tea, we took full advantage of them.
After the Father of the Bride’s speech and the tossing of the bouquet, it was off to the beautiful old barn in Purley for the partying to begin. The guests were greeted with cocktails served in jam jars that Clare, Chris and their families had been collecting for months. I also heard Clare’s Dad tell of how long it had taken him to scrub off all the labels! They looked absolutely amazing, I didn’t get to taste one, as they also sounded somewhat potent!
Most of the decorations in the barn had been made by Clare (with some help from Chris I am sure) and they were divine. From the decoupage letters and words dotted around the place…..
To the bridal favours, bunting and table runners……
to the bride and bridesmaids’ bouquets.
Clare’s Dad even let her paint his step ladder for the occasion!
At any wedding there is usually one incredibly special person that the couple are privileged to have attend, for Clare and Chris it was Granny
Following dinner and speeches was the barn dance. I love a good barn dance and it is great for photographs of all the guests having a good time….
if occasionally hazardous….
As the sun set on Midsummer’s day I took my portable flash stand (thanks again to Dave!) to the middle of the nearby cricket pitch to get a twilight shot.
I hope you enjoyed these images as much as I enjoyed shooting them. Don’t forget to leave a comment so that I know you popped over for a peek.