Just before Christmas, I had the pleasure of photographing Anna and Rob’s Cripps Barn wedding in Gloucestershire. They had been guests at another wedding I’d shot earlier in the year and had got in touch just after to see if I was free.
Anyone booking a Winter wedding, will know that it’s going to be colder than the Summer months and that there will be a lot less daylight hours. What you hope for in return is a more intimate feel to the day – a certain coziness, log fires, warm spicy drinks, Christmas trees, snow. Whoooaaa, wait a minute. Snow? Are you sure? I can count on one hand the amount of weddings I’ve shot when the snow has just come at the right time and everything is smooth and crisp and even. Unfortunately for Anna and Rob, the day was more dark and damp and windy. Still, this could have happened at any time as the weather was miserable for most of last year.
Despite all this, the wedding was an absolute delight to photograph. From the fun, lively guests to the beautifully decorated venue, the red VW Camper to the gorgeous couple, I really enjoyed this one. This was the first Cripps Barn wedding I had shot with my new Canon 5Dmk3. Knowing that I had a few weddings coming up, it was time to change over one of my mk2s to deal with low light level shooting. I have been very impressed so far. Being able to get workable images in near dark situations is not to be sniffed at. The pics of the ceremony, inside the barn were generally shot at about 1/125 at f2 at ISO 6400 and are lovely files.
Another of the camera’s features came in handy during the ceremony too – It was one of those times where, due to the layout, I was very close to Anna and Rob during the ceremony and using the ‘silent’ shutter meant that I could keep the camera noise down to a minimum while standing so close.
Anna walked down the aisle with her dad to the sound of Elvis’s ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ sung by her sister Claire. Rob stood waiting, alongside his two best men. He certainly was very relaxed – I’ve never seen a groom wait with hands in pockets before. The ceremony made for some great pics and once it was over and the register had been signed, it was singalong time for the guests with Happy Christmas (War Is Over) by John Lennon. The order of service explained exactly what the right and left hand sides of the aisle should be singing, so there should have been no confusion.
In fact, I like the way the order of service is a little bit quirky. On the back page it reads, “When the seagulls follow the trawler, it’s because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much.” Getting a quote from French football genius, Eric Cantona on to your wedding stationary is all good as far as I’m concerned.
If you’re planning a Cripps Barn wedding and would like an unobtrusive photographer that won’t steal your canapes, feel free to get in touch.