Ash & Sam
A Humanist Wedding at The Out Barn
To be a wedding photographer at The Out Barn, Clough Bottom is to immerse yourself totally in this secluded place in the Ribble Valley countryside. A view of Pendle Hill in the day turned to a star studded moonlit sky at night under which the elliptical cedar clad shaped barn was lit in purple light. The scene was a perfect blend of nature and contemporary architecture in which to spend the perfect day.
Wedding Photographer at The Out Barn
The Out Barn is family owned and run and has its original roots in the 17th Century as a traditionally stone built barn. Ash and Sam decided to do the legal wedding beforehand and have a humanist ceremony on the day that was all about their family, traditions and roots. The bridal preparations, with Proseco, tears and laughter took place at The Old Dairy Wedding Cottage. Ash and Sam swapped heart felt letters. Documenting these moments tells the real, authentic story. Sam and his best man, Pete, were staying in the nearby village of Waddington. After a nip and a splash of aftershave the lads had a few photos. I was a bit like Reservoir Dogs had come to Waddington.
Capturing The Wedding Day Celebrations
The humanist ceremony was so emotive. Still shooting through the lens I could feel a few goosebumps and the odd lump in my throat, too. After the ceremony I left Ash and Sam to see their guests and just captured the day as it happened. Whether people chilled outside or inside you always felt together as a wedding party. Once the wedding breakfast was set it was time for The Singing Waiters and the speeches. If the singing waiters caused an outrageous amount of dancing – and frames! – then the speeches were something truly unique. The best man, Pete was a Kiwi. He did no more than perform The Haka in front of Ash and Sam. Photographing such a spontaneous moment (he could have warned me beforehand!) was such a buzz! Wow! Just, wow! It was so electric and full of emotion that after everyone just chilled outside in the summer sun.
Natural Wedding Portraits
As with all my weddings I like natural photography that is un-staged and unposed. With little guidance I just took Ash and Sam for a wander with Pendle Hill as a backdrop. It was so easy going. I could feel how they were just enjoying the day and I just let that unfold in front of the camera lens without hardly saying a word. It was so beautiful.
A Photographers Story at The Out Barn
And so the evening drew in and the party just went on – and on! Italian and Mexican food with plenty of champers kept the wedding guests fuelled and so to the cake cutting and first dance. Surrounded by everyone under the purple lights of The Out Barn, Ash and Sam took to the oval barn’s intimate dance floor and shared special moments with their friends and family. As I left them I saw the shot to complete the story. The dark moonlit sky provided the perfect contrast with the purple lights of this wonderful, contemporary wedding venue. It was a fitting final frame.