Claire and Dan’s beautiful Park View Farm wedding took place in September and it had it all. Stunning locations, beautiful details and an evening party with fireworks and plenty of dancing.
Park View Farm is a unique venue as you simply hire the land with the lake alongside, then the rest is up to you. Claire and Dan and some friends were spending the final few days before the wedding setting up and getting everything ready at Park View Farm. I visited the day before the wedding to have a little look around and see how they were getting on. I was speechless when I arrived, it was a rustic wedding wonderland and within minutes I had all the photo opportunities flying around in my head. The tipi looked wonderful alongside the lake and bride to be Claire was busy creating her table decorations and adding feathers and candles to vases. We chatted for a while and I then went for a walk around the lake and surrounding fields planning out photos for the following day.
The morning of the wedding I arrived at Claire and Dan’s home where Claire was getting ready with her family. Their home is so beautiful and full of natural light it was a dream to photograph bridal prep here. The videographers Tie The Knot films arrived and we worked together photographing Claire’s beautiful wedding dress and accessories. The atmosphere was so calm all morning it was lovely.
Claire did her own make up and had her wedding hair touched up, then it was time for her to get into her wedding dress. Not long after, a vintage red London route master bus arrived which was to take Claire and her family to the church.
The bride and groom chose to have a church ceremony before their reception at Park View Farm. My second shooter Alex was already at the church where groom Dan was greeting guests as they arrived. Once bride Claire was in her gorgeous dress, I then headed off to the church to get ready for her arrival.
The ceremony was full of love and laughter and lovely readings. After the ceremony was complete and Claire and Dan were officially man and wife, we headed outside for a confetti throw and family photos. Then everyone piled onto the vintage bus to transport all the guests to Park View Farm.
Claire and Dan had chosen to keep the details of their wedding reception location a secret from their guests. As they got off the bus at Park View Farm and rounded the corner to the tipi and the lake, they were astonished. The location was beautiful, the details were stunning, and everything had been thought of. Not just inside the tipi but all around the lake and surrounding area. They had turned Park View Farm into a stunning and unique wedding location and one that I could not wait to photograph.
I took some time inside the tipi taking photos of all the beautiful wedding details. Everything was gorgeously rustic and elegant; I was in my element. My favourites were the long bench tables that surrounded a fire pit as well as the glass centrepieces with candles and greenery draped along each table. There were also beautiful touches all around the lake and outdoor bar area, I really enjoyed capturing all these little touches.
During the drinks reception at Park View Farm there were garden games which were used by adults as well as children and everyone had such a wonderful time and the atmosphere was lovely. Alex and I then took Claire and Dan away for a short amount of time to do the bride and groom photos. I was spoilt for choice with this wedding location and wanted to be sure I included the uniqueness of the venue in their photos. As with all my weddings I don’t like to keep the bride and groom away from their guests for too long so once I was sure I had a great collection of photos for them they headed back to chat to their friends and family.
Not long later guests started to make their way into the tipi for the wedding breakfast and the newlyweds held back down by the lake ready to make their entrance. As they walked through the rustic wooden archway towards the tipi their wedding guests cheered and clapped their arrival.
After food it was time for speeches which were excellent and so funny. I positioned myself down low near the fire pit, which was the ideal spot for photos, albeit rather hot at times! I particularly enjoyed bride Claire’s speech as it’s not often a bride make a speech on her wedding day, and it was a great speech.
After the speeches, guests made their way back outside where they played more garden games and the children and adults took part in a few running races around the lake. Park View Farm is truly a unique setting which is so private and personal. It allows couples to create their own wedding wonderland from the ground up. I was secretly a little jealous I hadn’t known about Park View Farm for my own wedding!
A little later it was time for cutting the cake and first dance. We all discovered at that moment wire decorations around a wedding cake makes it difficult to cut! This was certainly a very funny and unexpected moment, great for photos.
The newlyweds first dance came next and the tipi looked stunning with the flower wreath suspended above the dance floor and the lights making pretty patterns on the walls of the tipi. The dance floor filled up quickly and the atmosphere was amazing.
Claire and Dan had arranged for there to be a firework display later in the evening, but it was to be a surprise for the quests. The bride and groom asked their guests to join them at the outside fire pit for some sparklers, then the fireworks would start, being set off from the field behind the tipi at Park View Farm. I always get a bit nervous before firework photos at weddings. Mainly because you can’t re-do them if anything were to go wrong, it’s a one-time opportunity. However, Alex and I had come up with a plan of how to get the best photos and I ran it past Claire and Dan regarding where I needed them to stand and they were happy. The fireworks were a huge success and the photos came out really well.
As part of the section by the lake at Park View Farm there is a gorgeous wooden arch made of old tree trunks. It was lit up beautifully with fairy lights and I knew I wanted to do a night time photo of the bride and groom there. Again, with Alex’s help (thank god for a second shooter!) the photo came out really well and I know from speaking to Claire and Dan after the wedding they love that photo. This makes all the setting up of lights and practicing numerous times before I get the bride and groom outside all worth it when I am told how much they love these specific photos.
Claire and Dan’s Park View Farm was incredible from start to finish. A truly magical location, wonderful people and it was a pleasure to photograph.
Fiona and her Colleague were an absolute pleasure to work with. They captured our special day with some incredible photos that we will cherish forever. Fiona was so helpful with what to expect and gave us all the space we needed to enjoy our wedding day and it was as though she and Alex were blended in as guests. The quality and level of service is flawless and we cannot recommend her services enough. Fiona is not just a photographer she really does put her heart and soul into her work and this is testament to the quality of photos you will receive. The additional personal touches Fiona adds along the way really does make her stand out, the whole process was a pleasure from beginning to end and we wish her and Alex every success for the future.
If you would like to see some of Fiona's creative night-time photography, please see the blog here.