Back in June I had the honour of photographing Clare and Chris’s wedding at Basildon House and Purley Barn. As soon as I first started chatting with them about it I knew it was going to be something special – a magnificent stately home for the ceremony, afternoon tea on the lawn, origami buttonholes, hand made bunting, table runners and favours, a gorgeous old barn, a ceilidh, the list just seemed to go on! Add into that the adorable Bingley on the pre-wedding shoot (did I share that with you yet? Oh, I must!) and I was most definitely sold. In our initial talk when I asked whether there was a theme, Clare laughed (slightly sheepishly) and said, “Well, only loosely…” though her friends all laughed at that response and said it was as plain as day! Even the fact that they got engaged at Chatsworth House was apparently significant (I confess having never read Pride and Prejudice I was a little in the dark on all of the references.)
When I arrived with the girls in the morning, the bridal preparations were in full swing and everyone was remarkably calm.
Chris had left a gift for Clare to open on the morning of their wedding. At first glance it appeared to be just a paddle…….
..but then the girls noticed a distinctive little blue box in the bottom of the packaging, which contained a necklace to match the bracelet that Clare had already bought.
The photograph in the background of this shot is taken from the spot where Chris proposed at Chatsworth House.
Clare’s Dad was about in the house during the morning, but very wisely stayed out of the way until the girls were almost ready to leave. I am not sure their kitchen has ever been so clean!
Remember that sneaky peek of the buttonhole made from a certain book? Well the confetti cones were also made from pages of the very same book…
Clare and her bridesmaids made their own bouquets – I think they did an amazing job of them.
With two of the bridesmaids and the bride all being canoe coaches, I couldn’t resist this shot…
Another subtle hint at the theme…
Clare’s gift to Chris was a watch, but not any ordinary watch – this one is custom made and features part of an ordinance survey map centred on the location of their wedding. How cool is that?
Afternoon tea was a sight to behold
and what a location for the confetti shots….
With so much more gorgeousness to come I am not sure how long I will be able to resist sharing the rest of this stunning wedding with you. But for now, please do leave a comment so that I know you popped over for a peek 😀