Pebble & Brad’s Gildings Barn wedding
Wow, just wow. If you want to see how to host the PERFECT summer barn wedding have a look at this amazing wedding.
Ask any wedding photographer what their most daunting wedding would be, and the chances are it would be photographing the wedding of another wedding photographer. When that photographer is also a good friend, the pressure is really ON!
I was so chuffed when Pebble asked me to photograph her wedding to Brad, but also a little terrified. I knew it would be an amazing day and so I wanted the photos to be the prefect record for them.
It was an INCREDIBLE day. Like me, Pebble has been photographing weddings for over 10 years, and so she’s picked up a few ideas along the way, but this wedding was so much more than a few clever gimmicks. The day was brimming with personal touches, and offered so much to keep the guests entertained. I was glad that Pebble and Brad had opted for an 12.00 ceremony, as there was so much that needed to be packed into their day. From fairground attractions, kissing booth, a horse box photobooth, silent disco, tea & cakes, live band, BBQ, and the most perfect paddock setting, this really was the most incredible day. Fortunately the weather was also incredible, and I can’t think of a lovelier way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
What made the day all the more special was the people who were there. There was clearly an awful lot of love for Pebble and Brad, not least from Pebble’s two stunning daughters, who spoke so movingly about the love they felt for their new stepdad Braddy. Their friends and family clearly couldn’t have been happier that Pebs and Brad had found each other, and they are clearly a family that have a lot of fun together.
I could rave on and on about how amazing this wedding was, but see for yourself…
Arriving at the Church
After the Service
‘Wedding Party in the Paddock’
Pebs and Brad wanted a relaxed, party feeling to their reception in the paddock at Gildings Barn, and I think it’s pretty obvious that they achieved this. I absolutely loved all of the fairground games, and there was certainly a lot of snogging going on in the kissing booth! I am a big fan of a silent disco, as it’s brilliant for all ages. Live music came from the hugely talented Lewis Dixon, and later Festival Nights played an acoustic set outside in the paddock, followed by an electric set in the barn. When they played ‘I Will Wait’ by Mumford and Sons even I had to have a little jump around with Pebs (not looking forward to seeing that in the video!)
The Group Photos
Admittedly this is no one’s favourite time of the day, but they have to be done! Having spent years asking couples to pose for her, Pebble was on the other end of the lens, and I think she now has a new understanding of what it’s like to have a camera pointed at you!
The Wedding Breakfast and the Speeches
More time in the Paddock
Pebble’s daughters are gorgeous, both inside and out. They really do all make such a lovely family.
Although I didn’t quite make it to the end of the party, I have a feeling there would have been a lot of sore heads and sore feet the following morning….
Pebs and Brad, thank you so much for asking me to photograph your wedding, it was an honour and a privilege. I wish the four of you a lifetime of love, laughter and happiness – I am confident this will be a doddle for you.
The full collection of photos can be found here, using the couple’s surname as the password.
Bride & bridesmaid’s dresses: Helena Fortley Bridal Boutique
Men’s suits: Victor Valentine
Flowers: Son-Flowers, Warlingham
Hair & Make-up: Samantha Parrett
Videographer: Adam Nicholas
Car: Shirley Chauffeurs
Church: St Peter’s Church, Newdigate
Reception: Gildings Barn
Catering: Chris Moon at The Wheeler Estate
Cakes: Down at the Tea Shop
Fairground games hire: Traditional Fairground Company
Silent disco kit: The Silent Disco Company
Band: Festival Nights
Photo booth: Horse box photo booth
Chair sashes: Wisteria Green
Singer: Lewis Dixon
* A photo requested by the bride, for the first time ever, I have even made it into my own blog post, can you spot me above?!
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