Roxanne and Keegan’s wedding took place on a beautiful spring day in the picture-perfect village of Hurley in Berkshire at The Olde Bell. The venue is a traditional coaching inn and such a beautiful and enchanting setting for a wedding.
The ceremony was to take place in the Tithe Barn which is so pretty with rustic charm. Having got married at a barn venue myself I do have a soft spot for a barn wedding. They have so much character and charm and can be styled to your personal choice. This wedding was no exception when it came to style. The flowers, the dresses, the little bags of confetti from Bubble and Berry were just perfect and clearly so much thought had gone into this wedding and all the details, no matter how big or small. All these things make weddings like this such a pleasure to photograph and I love including photos of all the small details to look back on.
I arrived nice and early with Roxanne as she got ready with her bridesmaids the Malthouse side of The Olde Bell. The room was buzzing as the girls had their make-up and hair done while sipping champagne. Roxanne’s sister and maid of honour Brittany took a gift from the bride over to where the boys were getting ready. Keegan read a note from his bride, then opened his gift. A beautiful new watch which he proudly showed off to his friends. Brittany then took a gift for the bride back to the room in return. Roxanne welled up as she read her letter and opened her gift. A stunning bracelet and some perfume.
During the morning Debby from The Garden Room florists arrived with all the bouquets and button holes. These flowers were truly stunning, and I took some time out in the gardens of The Olde Bell photographing them. Debby also supplied the beautiful flowers in the barn for the ceremony and table centre pieces for the wedding breakfast. She also did the flowers that were attached to the wooden heptagons that were being used in the Tithe Barn. One very large one at the front of the ceremony and later behind the top table for the wedding breakfast. As well as smaller ones for the order of the day and the seating plan. I have never seen anything like these at a wedding before and they were stunning. Roxanne told me later in the day that groom Keegan had made them himself, I was very impressed.
I also spent some time during the morning with Keegan and his grooms party as they got into their suits. The Moss Bros. suits were so smart and perfectly suited the style of the wedding. Photographing this part of the day can often be a bit awkward for some grooms as they are not sure what to do while I take photos. My advice is always the same, just carry on as normal and pretend I’m not there. Keegan seemed very relaxed and was not bothered in the slightest about having his photo taken.
I headed back to the girls’ room which was just next door and the bridesmaids were getting into their dresses from ChiChi London. I loved the soft pastel colour; it suited all the girls really well. It was soon time for Roxanne to get into her wedding dress. Brittany bravely climbed onto the grand piano where the dress was being hung, to get it down. The rest of the bridesmaids helped Roxanne into her dress which was from Wed2b, each one helped Roxanne with something different like her perfume and accessories. This was such a lovely touch, especially for the young bridesmaids as it made them really feel part of helping the bride get ready.
The most wonderful moments came next as Roxanne’s Dad and Step-Dad came in to see their daughter for the first time in her wedding dress. They were lost for words and so emotional it was really touching. These are the types photos I love to capture, a bride’s dad’s pure emotion at seeing his daughter.
A wedding at The Olde Bell Hurley is unique as the bride gets ready the opposite side of a small road to the Tithe barn. The bridal party made their way across the road to where the ceremony was to be held. Roxanne was then escorted by her Dads down the aisle to where Keegan was waiting. The ceremony was wonderful, and a special touch was the bride and groom reading their own vows.
The little bags of confetti had been placed on seats in the barn and as the bride and groom walked down the aisle, they were showered with dry petals.
It was then time for group photos and for this wedding there was quite a large list. However, I think it actually went smoother than a lot of weddings and this is why. All the guests needed for the photos was taken out to the front of the barn (away from the bar!) and I gave maid of honour Brittany a spare list of the photos which had been requested by the bride and groom. She was amazing and like an army drill sergeant! She ordered people in and out between photos and it was quick and smooth. I always like to have a helper from the bridal party for these group photos, as well as making it quicker they are familiar with everyone so can round them up while I take the photos then it’s on to the next one. Thanks again Brittany for being so good at this!
After the group photos we headed back across the road to where the gardens are at The Olde Bell. We did some bridal party pictures (which were a lot of fun!) then it was time for some bride and groom pictures. I had done Roxanne and Keegan’s engagement shoot the previous summer and they were so natural in front of the camera and today was no different. Wedding photos at The Olde Bell in Hurley are great as there are a lot of beautiful spots in the gardens to choose from.
We then headed back to the Tythe Barn and I spent some time photographing the barn which was now all set up for the wedding breakfast. The room looked amazing and a particular favourite of mine was the beautiful table numbers and cake topper from Dindindies.
Guests then started to make their way into the barn ready for the wedding breakfast. Roxanne and Keegan were then announced in to rapturous applause. They took their place at the top table, which was just for the 2 of them, being framed by the gorgeous wooden heptagon.
After the wedding breakfast it was time for speeches which were funny and touching and Roxanne’s younger brother did a great job despite being nervous.
After speeches the barn was cleared ready for the evening party, then it was time to cut the cake from Verity Rose Cakes. First dance came after this and Roxanne and Keegan had a lovely routine with some impressive moves as family and friends cheered and clapped. The Tythe Barn at The Olde Bell looks so fantastic in photos in the evening when it gets dark. I had also set up my own lighting on the dance floor to make their first dance photos a little more dramatic.
A little later Roxanne threw her bouquet and Keegan removed her garter and tossed it to a group of eager males. There was quite a commotion and a young guest was the lucky catcher.
The front of the Tythe Barn at The Olde Bell looked so pretty with the fairy lights I wanted to do an evening bride and groom photo, so we took a few minutes outside the front of the barn and it worked really well silhouetting them against the barn doors.
Back inside the rest of the evening was full of fun, laugher and lots of dancing. I don’t think the dancefloor was empty all evening which I love, and I just love taking photos of people dancing and having fun.
Roxanne and Keegan’s wedding at The Olde Bell in Hurley was a perfect day from start to end, and it was such an honour to capture their special moments and memories.
If you are looking for a photographer for your special day I highly recommend Fiona. From the moment we met Fiona she has been such a dream to work with. Not only is she professional and does she provide you with the most magical pictures of your special day but she goes over and beyond to make you feel special. From sneaky surprise gifts in the post to a beautiful slideshow of our day. Fiona thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Thanks to you we are able to look back at the photos and be taken right back to our beautiful day time and time again.
To see another blog about a beautiful barn wedding venue in Berkshire, please see here all about an Ufton Court wedding.