South Farm wedding – Karen & Graham

South Farm wedding

South Farm wedding photography

A South Farm wedding last Friday for Karen and Graham. An open-air wedding on a summer's day. But then this is England, so summer had a lie in.

It was a drive around the M25, up to a wedding venue near Royston, in the rain and drizzle. With an hour to go before the ceremony, the drizzle had stopped but the sky was still cloudy, with more rain threatening. I'm not sure the venue was overly keen on still holding the ceremony outdoors, but the bride, Karen, was determined. After all, this is the main feature of a South Farm  - a ceremony in the small summer house across the pond from the seated family and friends. The rain held off and even the sun made an appearance for a time later in the evening.

So with friends pitching their tents in the grounds, everyone got ready for the ceremony and party. Karen's father led her out from the farmhouse, to be met by Graham at the end of the aisle, so they could walk around the side of the pond together to the summerhouse. With the ambient light subdued, the lighting was quite tricky - the small tungsten lights in the summerhouse being quite prominent. A sunny day, this would not be the case. But job done - massive broad smiles and now time for Karen and Graham to run the gauntlet of the confetti assault!!

Drinks on the lawn, some pictures on the driveway and into the barn for the meal. First up, before the food, Karen's father's speech. Followed a bit later by Graham and then the (good-natured ) character assassination by his three best men. Dressed in very subdued attire, they launched the "Rollins factor" with a series of questions about Graham for Karen to guess the answers too. Multiple choice examples that could have a newlywed bride worried about just who she had married. 😉

As the tables were moved and the dance floor assembled, everyone moved into a now sunlit courtyard. But before the cake ( cheese) cutting and dancing in the barn, it was over to the Old Dairy, where Sarah, one of Karen's bridesmaids, sang Des'Ree's "Kissing You". A few watery eyes now.

It was a day of smiles, laughs and a day when the indifferent UK summer weather was shrugged off and everyone just enjoyed themselves. How it should be.

Here are a few images from this day at a South Farm wedding...

South Farm wedding venue
Bride getting ready
Bride getting ready at South Farm wedding
Bridal party prep
Getting ready
Bride puts on her wedding dress at South Farm wedding
Happy bride ready for the ceremony at South Farm wedding
Groom waits with the wedding guests
South Farm wedding
South Farm wedding ceremony
South Farm open-air wedding ceremony
Readings at South Farm wedding ceremony
South Farm wedding ceremony
Filming the wedding ceremony
South Farm wedding
South Farm wedding confetti
wedding beers
Hug for the groom
South Farm wedding reception
Tallest guest
Groom and friends
reaction to phone
Wedding guest laughter
Couple portrait at South Farm wedding
South Farm wedding couple kiss
Table decoration at South Farm wedding
Wedding speeches
Listening to wedding speeches
Groom's speech at South Farm wedding
Bride and groom portrait at South Farm wedding
South Farm wedding photography
Romantic South Farm wedding
young guest
Best mens speeches
Romantic wedding guests
Evening at South Farm wedding
Listening to a bridesmaid sing
First dance at South Farm wedding
South Farm wedding first dance

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  1. Hi Martin,

    The most amazing photos I have ever seen, we are in tears of happiness right now looking at these! I can’t believe how well you have captured the spirit of the day, and the way we feel for each other. Weather not required for this one, just great people and an amazing photographer.

    Thank you so so much, better than my wildest dreams.

    All the best

    Graham & Karen

    P.S. Still can’t believe how discrete your style was, your like a ghost that sees everything, and never imposes. Perfect, just what we wanted, very natural pictures 🙂

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