Ooh I do love a Christmas wedding and an opportunity for Christmas Barn Wedding Photography was what awaited me for Ed & Susan’s wedding on December 22nd. In all my communications with the couple, it was clear that they were an absolute perfect match – Susan was relaxed and laidback about the plans, and Ed had it organised with military precision. So it didn’t surprise me when I turned up at the house and there was a detailed A2 list of plans and organisations for the day (written by Ed, obviously!) With hair and makeup completed, Susan and her bridal party travelled to Packington Moor to finish getting ready. Meanwhile, Ed was busy getting ready with his groomsmen – a complete mix of nerves and excitement!
The Oat Barn was decorated absolutely beautifully – I am always a sucker for fairy lights, greenery and candles and Ed & Susan’s vision was right up my street. Add in a bit of xmas magic and it was always going to be an epic day. With Susan ready to walk down the aisle, I could see Ed holding it together at the front…until he saw Susan and then all the emotion (that he had fully anticipated and warned me about!) began to show. A beautiful ceremony in the most stunning of venues, with their ringbearer stealing the show in cuteness when completing his duties!
With Ed & Susan announced as husband and wife it was time for the drinks reception and for one of the best confetti shots I’ve seen in a while – the couple had provided ‘snow’ for their guests to throw as confetti and it looked amazing – the air was completely thick with it and it made for some awesome photos!
I absolutely love shooting at that time of year, with beautiful soft golden light coming through the trees, and with Packington Moor providing so many opportunities for stunning rustic barn wedding photography with the grinning newlyweds (absolutely love this point with my couples – it always invariably results in an “Eeeek we’re married!” moment!)
Heading back inside in the warmth the venue was being shown off at its absolute best, with Ed & Susan’s decorations complementing the barn wedding venue perfectly. I particularly liked their table plan which was clear wine bottles filled with fairy lights – winner! And their ‘naked’ cake was topped with two cat figures as the couples’ way of including their beloved pets in the day.
The speeches were incredibly emotional, open and honest, particularly from Ed and luckily his mum was on hand with tissues during it all. There was so much warmth and laughter in all the speeches it really felt like a privilege to be part of it. Once the meal and speeches were concluded Mr & Mrs Clamp made the wise decision to do their sparkler shots earlier rather than later (before everyone got too drunk – always a relief for me!) and their bridesmaids and groomsmen fully entered into the spirit of things when we were doing the composite shot, it looks awesome!
Soon it was time for the first dance and for the epic party to start. So many good moves (and some bad ones!) and so much fun was had that evening! I managed to sneak Ed & Susan off for some last minute night-time portraits before I left them all partying into the night. This wedding was absolutely amazing and Ed & Susan made me feel part of the whole experience from the word go. As I said at the start they are clearly made for each other, and absolutely perfect couple. Congratulations Mr & Mrs Clamp all the organisation was worth it, you absolutely nailed it!!
Wedding Venue – Packington Moor
Bridal hair: Revival, Burton on Trent
Groom hair: The Hair & Beauty Boutique, Stapenhill
Make up – Safer Sun, Burton on Trent
Florist – Phillips Florist, Burton on Trent
Rings – Aspire Diamonds, Birmingham
Dress & Shoes – Me & Mrs Jones, Burton on Trent
Suits- Brigdens, Burton on Trent
Log Centrepieces – TALU Forestry Services
Packington Moor Barn Wedding Photography – Gareth Newstead Photography