It took about 1hr and 45 minutes to get to Winkworth Farm, Wiltshire from Cardiff where I live and the journey was so easy it was a breeze. I arrive at a wooden sign which stating ‘Winkworth Farm’ which pointed up a long lane towards the beautiful Wiltshire country side. I knew the venue was going to special having seen photographs on the internet and knowing about the wonderful sunflower field that was in full bloom at that time of year. Having arrived early I was able to suss out the best spots for photographs of the groups and bride and groom shoot beforehand as I like to do.
Driving up the lane I arrived at the Farm which had a wonderful courtyard with a small cottage to the left of the entrance where Emily and her bridesmaid were getting ready. The cottage was a great addition to the venue providing a space to Emily to get ready whilst hiding from the bridal party and James!
It was a sunny morning once again and I began to think that I was so lucky to have such great weather for all the weddings that I had recently shot when the rain came! The ceremony was planned to be held in the very picturesque garden that they have in the grounds and the rain had started to panic all involved except for the bride who seemed oblivious to the issue! Arrangements were made for the ceremony to be brought inside at the last minute but there was no need as the rain stopped in just enough time for the seats to dry off and the sun broke from the clouds to thrown down stunning light for the ceremony.
I was told that I was not allowed to take photographs during the ceremony, only of the key events, such as the ring exchange and the first kiss. I took note of this request but being a documentary photographer I just could not help myself from taking a few sneaky shots (After this is what I was there to capture!). The ceremony being very intimate with only about 60 guests attending was really wonderful especially due to the location and the joy on the faces of everyone involved. The wedding party then proceeded to the courtyard for drinks and canapés before the wedding breakfast took place in the converted barn.
The day continued as it started with a joyful, friendly buzz and as the sun was dropping out of the sky very quickly I tried to gather Emily and James who were bouncing around like social butterflies and eventually got them in the field with the sunflowers and some inpromptu shots on the hay bales too!