Cripps Barn
Claire & Josh

There are certain weddings I’ve shot where I’ve felt I was always meant to be the photographer. With Claire and Josh I first met them at the Cripps Barn open day, they were being surreally walked around the barn virtually via Skype (they live in Australia) and in an odd co-incidence Claire used to be the wedding co-ordinator at another venue and recognised me. The deal was sealed right there!

And what a stroke of luck it was as their non stop, fast paced and massively fun wedding was a dream to shoot. Their day was in mid August and both of them got ready, along with their suporting cast at the Kings Head in Cirencester.

No stops were pulled in the decor of the barn (more photos below) and what really made the day shine was how carefree and full of fun everyone was. There were twists and turns along the way, Josh’s mum had arranged some singing waiters for them and nobody knew a thing about it. Usually the couple book them, so with Mum’s intervention the genuine surprise on their faces was perfect to witness and everyone got up and danced around the dinner tables.

Claire and Josh have this magnetism between them, always together, but still able to see evereyone else. Josh’s brothers were the groomsmen and the ‘Clements boys’ were great to have on hand for photos. In the evening there was a power cut due to a dodgy letter ‘E’ on an illuminated sign and during the gap between the generator spinning up the band went Acoustic, we all held up candles and carried on partying regardless.

Weddings like these remind me why I shoot. Genuine love across families, fun seeking personalities, free flowing tears and a couple who glue it all together make for a perfect day.

Here’s some more photos from their wedding:

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St Peter’s Church Cirencester & Cripps Barn
Karina & Joe

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Karina and Joe’s wedding at Cripps Barn in September was just a lovely wedding to shoot.

I had everything I needed, they both got ready next door to each other so I could cover everyone equall, inside the church the vicar was super cool and I had absolute free reign to go anywhere (and that means a lot), their reception was at Cripps Barn and it’s just gorgeous there and the dancefloor was packed all night.

What’s not to love?

What I will add is that all this meant nothing without these two and the way they were. I felt totally and utterly connected to this wedding as if I’d known them for years and I felt as equally wrapped up in the wedding as the guests were.

Sure, I connect with every couple, it’s almost as important to have that ability as it is to take photos. But every now and again you get something more out of the day and even now, looking back, I’m still romancing this particular wedding.

I just can’t explain it.

We had a lot of opportunities for photos as the weather was just so nice but it’s to be expected of September and in the evening the full moon was out for us too.

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Amy & Lee

Cripps Barn Autumn Wedding

I’m back at Cripps Barn with Amy and Lee’s Wedding from the first week of November. I was able to jump between the two of them during prep with Amy choosing to get ready at the New Inn, with Lee at the Village Pub in Barnsley. Special mention goes to Lee’s choice of suit, I really liked it. Especially the woven tie thing, really nice.

Amy’s choice of flowers and shrug reflected the time of year nicely and as you’ll see further down, November seems to be a good time for weddings in regards the weather. It was last year, and the year before that.

Amy’s dad was from the Black country but it didn’t make a bit of difference when she joined him for the trip to the barn. I can take thousands of photos at a wedding but it’s these moments between moments that I never tire of.

Once at Cripps Barn I found Lee waiting for the ceremony to start and that they’d decorated the aisle with tall lanterns, candles above the mantlepiece and flower chandeliers hanging from the roof.

Cripps Barn Autumn Wedding

Ceremonies here are always like a big group hug and they’re lovely to be a part of. Once they’d said their vows we took full advantage of the nice weather. Something has to be mentioned about this particular time of year at Cripps Barn. It’s the leaves. They go a gorgeous amber / orange and absolutely carpet the wooded area. When the sun cuts through the leaves it’s something to behold. A true photographers dream.

You can do all the family formals with a backdrop like that (see the images below). I’ve never had bad family photos at Cripps Barn as there’s always somewhere to go but I’ve never had any quite so nice as at this wedding.

Cripps Barn Autumn Wedding

Once we’d finished, dinner kicked off the late afternoon and the woodland feel and decor continued around the tables.

Cripps Barn at Halloween
Laura & Stuart

Cripps BarnOctober 31st is usually known for the celebration of Halloween, but this year it also became a very special day for Laura and Stuart, who married in the picturesque venue of Cripps Barn, Cirencester.

Cripps Barn is a gorgeous 18th century Cotswold Stone Barn, hidden amongst the breathtaking countryside of Gloucestershire. The grounds at Cripps Barn are spectacular at this time of year with the autumnal colours of orange, yellow and green surrounding them.

Laura looked sensational in a vintage-styled sleeveless two piece wedding dress, delicate vintage veil and flower headband, while Stuart mirrored the essence of the season with a brown, tweed three-piece suit. All bridesmaids, pageboys and flower girls were dressed in shades of purple, complementing both the flowers and the decorations perfectly.

Cripps BarnLaura started her day at Swinbrook Cottage in Oxon, which is a lovely space to get ready in.

Stuart was awaiting Laura in the barn, which was beautifully decorated for the ceremony, with flower baskets draped from the wooden beams, tall plants entwined with delicate lighting, and the candle-heavy stone fireplace; it was an amorously adorned scene for such an important part of their day.

There were Pumpkins scattered around the venue to keep the Halloween theme consistent throughout. Their ceremony was sweet and included some readings which led them to their ‘I do’s’ and first kiss.

Afterwards, once outside we took advantage of the new decking outside for a group shot and then we went into the woodland for their couple shots. Because of the time of year the sun was low and the colours really added to their photos.

 

Cripps BarnThis then led on to dinner. Cripps Barn is well known for

Cripps Barn November Wedding

Cripps Barn in November
Seetal & Minesh

Cripps Barn WeddingToday I’d like to show you Seetal and Minesh’s wedding from November.

This amazing couple tied the knot at Cripps Barn, Gloucester near the start of the month.

Because of the distance I stopped overnight a few miles down the road at the Lamb Inn. It rained all night, and did so pretty hard too. When I awoke and left for the prep address, (which was Cats Abbey some 5 miles away) it was still throwing it down.

The weather forecast said it was going to be clear later and so off I went thinking it couldn’t get any worse… only to find the temperature dropped a couple of degrees and there was heavy snow for the first few hours.

Now I’m not complaining, I like snow, really I do. But I had plans, plans involving De’Loreans, Vintage Buses and smoke bombs in no particular order.

Cripps Barn WeddingEveryone got ready at Cats Abbey. A 1950’s enamel blue vintage bus was taking everyone except Minesh to Cripps Barn whilst our Groom was heading to Cripps in a Back to the Future De’Lorean.

My plan was for the De’Lorean to arrive in a cloud of smoke. I bought some Enola Gay smoke grenades from Airsoft World, (just the small ones) and the lovely Corinne at the Barn allowed me to run loose with them.

The results of which are further down, it’s nice to be creative.

So the weather was sucky until it was time to leave for the venue. Then, as if someone had thrown a switch, strong sunlight cut like a knife through the clouds and lit Seetal up just as she was boarding the bus.

We even had a little rainbow too, nice 🙂

Cripps Barn WeddingCripps is truly a great venue. It’s a photographers dream inside and out with lots of angles to bounce light from. Plenty of light fell on Seetal, Minesh and the whole wedding party due to the position of the window above them.

Cripps is very well kept, huge barbeque, a massive bonfire in the evening and small touches everywhere that when put together show just how much the owners care about the place.

It’s fab.