Lapstone Barn Wedding Photographer

What a great day I had shooting Courtney and Jack's wonderful wedding at the stunning Lapstone Barn in September. Lapstone Barn is a brand new, exclusive use venue set in the stunning Cotswold countryside. The 18th Century Cotswold stone barn was the perfect venue for our fun-loving couple to share their special day with family and friends. 

Courtney and Jack booked me because they loved my unobtrusive, documentary style wedding coverage - and this worked so well for them at the Lapstone Barn as I was able to work discreetly capturing Courtney's bridal prep all the way through to the spectacular first dance and partying into the wee small hours. 

This was truly a stylish affair with Jack and the groomsmen arriving in limited edition Bentleys. Courtney looked absolutely spectacular as she walked down the aisle with her father. The barn was dressed to impress also, with stunning floral displays and styling courtesy of the team at Styletopia.

It was tough narrowing down a selection of favourites to include in the blog, but hopefully the images below will give you a great feel for the wonderful day Courtney and Jack enjoyed. 

Perhaps you are considering a Lapstone Barn wedding ? Feel free to contact me to check availability and talk about your plans in more detail. 

 

 

What do you get if you mix a couple who are now officially 'Mr & Mrs Marriage' with the beautiful Essex countryside, stunning summer weather, an ancient church, a wonderful family home, THE BBQ OF ALL BBQ's , archery, a classic E Type Jag and a stunning marquee accommodating over 120 very happy guests ? That's right, you get a sensational wedding day....  and I was lucky enough to be invited along to document Faye and Mikes spectacular countryside, marquee wedding in my candid, unobtrusive, documentary style. 

I think the images speak for themselves, you won't be left wondering if everyone connected to this wedding had a good time or not ! Mike is a filmmaker, director and writer and it was important to both Mike and Faye that I capture the day in a very unobtrusive and candid manner. Other than a small amount of time with the couple later in the day, I was able to fully immerse myself into the occasion. Capturing the emotional ceremony, the wonderful drinks reception, speeches and finally dancing on what was a never to be forgotten experience for the bride and groom.

So what did you think of Faye and Mike's Marquee Wedding ?

Perhaps you are planning a marquee wedding of your own ? 

If you like my candid, unobtrusive style of wedding photography why not contact me to discuss your plans. I'd love to hear from you. 

It was a a scorcher of a day back in the summer when I had the pleasure of revisiting the marvellous Dodmoor House for Victoria and Scott's beautifully intimate wedding. I was commissioned by the couple the year before as they loved my relaxed and unobtrusive approach to photographing a wedding and also because I'm a regular visitor to Dodmoor House. It was a beautiful day at the Northamptonshire venue and a day filled with emotion, fun and lots of laughter. 

I like to arrive early to make sure I capture the bridal preparations and it was great to see how Vic and her bridesmaids were so relaxed and enjoying the occasion. As Dodmoor House is an exclusive wedding venue it's great to be able to spend time with the both the bride and the groom ahead of the wedding. Scott arrived an hour or so before the ceremony which was held in the courtyard barn. Drinks were served in the gardens before guests made their way to the wedding breakfast in the Catesby Barn. Emotional speeches followed with a wonderful sparkler procession ahead of the cutting of the cake and first dance. It was such a glorious day, many of the couples guests were able to stay outside into the wee small hours enjoying a catch up and a refreshing drink. 

So then here are a few of my favourite images from Vic and Scott's wonderful day at Dodmoor House.

 

Maybe you are looking for a Dodmoor House wedding Photographer yourself ? I shoot in a documentary wedding photography style that really captures the essence of your special day. 

If so, please don't hesitate to contact me to discuss your Dodmoor House wedding. 

WOW WOW WOW ...  what a day we had back in July celebrating Diana and Adam's wedding at the always spectacular Longstowe Hall. We were right in the middle of this years amazing summer when the sun shone and didn't stop - total bliss (if a little hot and sweaty for us wedding photographers). At Longstowe Hall you have the best of both worlds, the Rose Ball Room for those who would like an indoor ceremony or the tranquil lakeside setting of the Pavilion Island. Rebecca Waldron of White Rose Ceremonies conducted proceedings with lots of very person touches, readings and hand fasting.

Although the vast majority of my wedding photography is documentary and candid, the grounds at Longstowe just HAVE to be explored and I always suggest to my clients that they have 20 minutes or so 'couple time' to enjoy the grounds and have some photographs of the two of them together. Longstowe didn't disappoint as we explored the Rose Garden and the spectacular double flower borders and lake  - a simply stunning explosion of colour. 

As Diana and Adam are both originally from the USA many family and friends jetted in for the occasion, it was truly an international affair and a day that they will never forget. Here's just a sample of the images taken on the day.

As recommended supplier at Longstowe Hall I'm fortunate enough to work there on a regular basis and I have a really good working relationship with the team there. Why not drop me a line if you're planning a Longstowe wedding in 2019, there are still some weekend dates available. 

Back in the Spring I was lucky enough to visit the amazing Ashridge House for Sam and Jonny's wedding. It was everything a wedding should be, family and friends, love and laughter - a perfect combination. Ashridge House is a stunning venue for a wedding ceremony and reception. Dating back to the 11th Century, Ashridge is one of the most beautiful and historically significant parks and gardens in England and it made a stunning back drop for Sam and Jonny's big day. Here's a selection of images from the day, if you're looking for an Ashridge House wedding photographer I'd love to hear from you.  

English Heritage describe Wrest Park as a grand French chateau but in miniature and it was a stunning backdrop for Alice and Ben's wedding on a sunny (if rather chilly) weekend in February.  As a successful architect Alice is better qualified than most to appreciate the architectural magnificence of this beautiful Grade I listed country house and despite being in the throws of a very harsh winter the weather gods looked down on us and we were able to enjoy a brisk walk for a few portraits in a small section of the 92 acres of award winning gardens. 

After a short drinks reception, guests followed Ben to the orangery located in the grounds of the house in readiness for the wedding ceremony. The orangery was flooded with late afternoon sun and it was a lovely, intimate occasion with civil wedding ceremony and a blessing from a family friend. With the sun setting, confetti was thrown on the steps of the orangery and then guests departed for the house while I spent a little time with the happy couple. Whilst the majority of my wedding photography is documentary and candid in it's approach, it is always nice to have just a short period of 'couple time' this adds to the overall coverage of the day and it also gives the newly weds a chance to take in the occasion and spend a little time together before returning to the reception. 

Ben is an avid Norwich City fan and tried desperately to incorporate the colours of his favourite team into the day. We had all thought that his mission had been unsuccessful until the cake was cut and a large extraction revealed a vibrant green and yellow sponge, much to the delight of Ben ! It was then straight on to the dance floor and the fun carried on well into the evening, a great day enjoyed by all. Please get in touch is you are looking for a Wrest Park photographer. Here is a small selection of images taken on the day, I hope you enjoy. 

Like me, Im sure you are all beginning to wonder where the sun has gone. However, having managed a little top up of vitamin D at the weekend got me harking back to wonderful spring weddings. One of those occasions was Emma and Mark's stunning spring wedding at Wasing Park in Berkshire. The blossom on the trees surrounding the church was quite spectacular and made for a beautiful backdrop for a few 'couple shots' during the course of the day. If you are looking for a wedding photographer for your Wasing Park Wedding (or any other wedding venue !) then click the button below and drop me a line, I'd love to hear from you. In the meantime, here's a little slideshow of my documentary wedding photography at Wasing Park. 

It's always a pleasure to work at Dodmoor House, such a great team and a beautiful venue whatever the season. Alice and Aaron were married here at the beginning of December and we were blessed with a gorgeous, crisp (if a little chilly) day. If you are considering a barn wedding with exclusive use and amazing levels of customer service I would really suggest you contact Dodmoor House and chat through your plans. As a preferred wedding photographer at the venue I'm due to photograph quite a few weddings here in the coming months, really looking forward to it ! Here's a selection of images that document this lovely wedding day. Enjoy

Catherine and George celebrated their wedding at the 12th Century church of St Andrews in Harlestone before departing with family and friends for a reception at the wonderfully intimate, Dodmoor House. Despite the weather not playing ball initially rain did not stop play and guests were able to enjoy the lovely grounds before and after the wedding breakfast. The happy couple were looking for a more documentary approach to their wedding photography, with little in the way of formality. This suited my style perfectly and I was able to move amongst the guests capturing proceedings without the photography breaking the natural flow of the day. As a recommended supplier at Dodmoor House it was a pleasure to return and capture Catherine and George's big day, here's just a small selection of images for you to look over. If you are considering a wedding photographer with a more natural, unobtrusive style for your wedding at Dodmoor House then please feel free to contact me. 

I spent a wonderful day with Rachel and Ignazio at their spectacular wedding ceremony and reception at St Stephens Church in Hampstead Heath. St Stephens is a grade 1 listed, deconsecrated church and a wonderful location in the heart of Hampstead for a civil ceremony and wedding reception. It's modest frontage gives you little indication of what lies inside, its not until you swing open its doors that you get a true sense of the buildings scale. Rachel and Naz wanted unobtrusive, documentary wedding photography coverage and other than a few groups shots all the images you see here are exactly what they wished for -  candid, spontaneous and emotive wedding photography. Why not drop me an email if you are looking for a documentary wedding photographer who will capture all of those special moments for you on your wedding day. 

About David

I am a full time professional photographer specialising in wedding photography. Based in Bedfordshire, I photograph weddings all over the UK and overseas. Prior to forming my business I spent 15 years with BP Oil in a variety of senior management roles. As an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Marketing I manage my business with an innovative and creative approach with a strong focus on quality photography and exceptional levels of customer service.

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  • "Wow...what can we say, our wedding images have truly taken our breath away, they are above and beyond anything we could have imagined. We had an amazing day, one we will never forget and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for capturing the special memories which we can treasure forever."
    Emma & Paul at Fawsley Hall, Northants.
  • "Thank you so much for the amazing pictures, I can't tell you in words how absolutely thrilled we are with them. Thank you for making us so happy."
    Fiona & Tony at Woburn Abbey, Beds.
  • "David, thank you so much for our beautiful wedding images. I knew as soon as we met you that you would do a great job as you are passionate about your photography and most people simply don't have that. Once again, thank you SO much."
    Jackie & Simon at Rushton Hall, Northants.
  • "Dear David, just a note to say thank you again for doing such a wonderful job photographing our wedding. It was a pleasure having you there on the day and we really appreciated the friendly yet professional & discreet approach taken by you. Everyone has commented on how fantastic the photographs are."
    Wendy & Rob, The Mill House, Oxfordshire.
  • "Dear David, Sean and I received our wedding album a couple of weeks ago but waited to open it on Christmas Day (willpower or what ?!). We absolutely adored it. Thank you so much again for your amazing work."
    Tara & Sean, Villa Passalacqua, Lake Como, Italy.
  • "Your photographs are amazing and you have captured the true happiness of the day. To be honest, no amount of words can express the gratitude we feel towards you for capturing our day so intimately and yet so publicy at the same time.You are a consummate professional with an eye for the important things and a wonderful photographer. You are a true treasure to have found so thank you once again for being so fantastic and friendly and fun and relaxed during one of the most important and significant days of our lives."
    Becky and Pete, Rushton Hall.
  • "I really am lost for words and can’t tell you how pleased we both are with the photo’s. The images are just incredible and I really can’t thank you enough. They really are just perfect."
    Zoe and Glen, Highgate House.
  • "Thank you so so much for the amazing pictures you have taken. We are completely bowled over by them and it has been an emotional rollercoaster each time we look at them. Thank you again."
    Hannah and Ian, Kelmarsh Hall.
  • "Oh WOW David the images you have just uploaded to our gallery are simply stunning, you have captured our day perfectly and we can’t thank you enough."
    Emma and Matthew, Brocket Hall.

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