Helen & Tom: Lains Barn, Oxfordshire

Nickson-Zroot

My first wedding of the year and I've set myself a target of blogging the wedding as soon as I finish processing! So this is as hot off the press as it can get.

I'd first met with Helen and Tom a few weeks before Christmas when they came down to the Dorset coast for a pre-wedding shoot. I have to give them full marks for tenacity as I was ready to call it off when I saw the weather forecast was wet and rainy. I don't mind the wind and rain (living on the UK coast for all my life it comes with the territory), and my cameras are water resistant but I wouldn't force anyone else out in that weather unless they wanted to. I gave them the choice to go ahead if they wanted and they did! Fair play.

So on to the wedding itself at the fantastic Lains Barn in Oxfordshire - a venue I know very well and am proud to be recommended by. My role for the day was to start coverage at the barn with Tom greeting guests and waiting for Helen's arrival. The barn looked festive and cosy with Christmas decorations still around everywhere. I love winter weddings.

After carefully checking weather forecasts and sunset times (you have to plan carefully at this time of year if you want to have outdoor photos), we grabbed a few minutes immediately after the ceremony for some shots in the venues grounds. It was cold, but knowing how resilient and up for it they both were we pushed on and the dropping temperatures and dropping light weren't an issue.

After a fantastic meal, everyone packed into the barn for speeches and immediately into the dancing. Wedding photography often requires you to think on your feet and react quickly, and this was one of those occasions! With barely a second to check settings and lighting, they were off and hit the dancefloor hard. My coverage of the day ended here whilst Helen & Tom and their guests carried on the party whilst enjoying a PhotoBooth for some fun throughout the evening.

I was accompanied throughout the day by one of our 2015 mentoring students - Clayton Jane - who made a great start to his photography training. If you're interested in finding out more about the training we offer, check here for more information.

If you are considering a wedding at Lains Barn in Oxfordshire, then please do contact me about your wedding photography. Please feel free to share on social media and especially leave comments below. I always read them and endeavour to respond to any questions.

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