The Bay Tree Burford 2016

The Wedding of Simon and Stephanie

The Bay Tree wedding photography – Burford

This was one of my favourite weddings of the year. Stephanie got in touch through word of mouth, I had taken the wedding photos of one of her friends earlier in the year and came highly recommended, I don’t advertise, so it’s always satisfying when recommendations come from brides I have worked with previously – The best advertising is doing a great job the first place 🙂

This was to be a small but perfect wedding held at the Bay Tree in Burford. This is a venue that I had the privilege of photographing a year earlier, a beautiful setting with wonderful grounds which of course help with creating picturesque and memorable photos.

Usually, most wedding are extravagant events with hundreds of people involved throughout the day, there’s always something going on with so many opportunities to capture. With smaller intimate weddings, the importance of capturing the slightest details and nuance are crucial when looked back upon in time to come. Also with small personal weddings, you are so much more integral to the day and feel as if you have a much larger part to play in the days theatre, acting or saying the right things at the right time is indeed something of an art in itself. I hope to feel that I always strike the right balance of relaxed professionalism, situational awareness and familiarity.

The day started with a visit to Stephanie’s parents house where she was preparing for the day. Her hair and make up were wonderfully applied by close friends, laughter and camaraderie filled the air. The bride looked absolutely stunning. Once I got all the shots (hair, make up, shoes, dress, friends, jewellery, flowers and the readied bride wearing flip flops in the front garden sorting out the parking situation haha!) I headed over the the wedding venue with enough time to get some shots of the grounds, cake and the nervously waiting groom and party. I assured Simon that Steph was in great spirits and looked absolutely incredible.

The weather was perfect for a late September wedding and the venue utilised the pretty garden Summerhouse for the service. The perfect setting for a wonderful ceremony. Once the service was over, canapés and champagne were offered and the clicking of glasses rang out through the Cotswold air.

We used the time before the wedding breakfast to take the family and friends shots. As always, I then spent 20/30 minutes having fun with the bride and groom as we set up various poses and shots in the beautiful grounds.

It’s days like these that make my job a true privilege. Simon & Stephanie, thanks you so much for having me a part of your special day.