Wedding Photography at Rivington Hall Barn
I was looking forward to shooting Laura and Rich’s wedding as a Rivington Hall Barn wedding photographer as it meant a return to a venue I really enjoyed working at back in 2014 when I shot Leanne and Mark’s wedding. I really enjoy wedding photography at Rivington Hall Barn but the weather could not have been more different from my first visit though as it was a cold, wet and windy February day for Laura and Rich (in comparison to a lovely warm August day in 2014). However, that’s usually what winter weddings in the UK are like, and to be fair, quite a lot of summer weddings suffer the same fate and I’m more than used to battling less than favorable conditions. Bridal preparation was at Laura’s parents home where the morning started with Laura cracking open a couple of bottles of champagne and enjoying a relaxed morning of pampering whilst I quietly snapped away (in between grabbing more than a couple of handfuls of Haribo’s that were on the kitchen side). It was a lovely moment when Laura walked in the room and her family saw Laura in her dress for the first time (especially her very proud dad!)
The marriage service was nearby at Rivington Church where I caught up with Rich as he sneaked a quick chaser from his hip flask before Laura arrived under an umbrella. Rivington Church is quite compact but I was allowed full access at the top of the church to shoot the wedding service and it was great being so close to the action which meant I missed none of the jokes, laughs and perhaps the occasional tear during Laura and Rich’s marriage service. A quick confetti shot took place before we drove (literally) around the corner to Rivington Hall Barn. I love being a Rivington Hall Barn wedding photographer. It’s a huge barn (the clue is in the name) with exposed beams and a fantastic team who run the day flawlessly. The Highgate String Quartet were entertaining the guests (as they had at the church) with the highlight being their performance of the Game of Thrones theme tune, which was brilliant (but a little scary if you’ve ever watched the show!)
Natural, Relaxed, Couple Photos
With the rain insisting on joining the wedding for the full day, Laura decided she wanted to brave the weather for the couple photos so we went outside to grab a very quick session of couple photos in less than glamorous conditions. However, Laura and Rich made the absolute most of their time together and we got some lovely natural, realxed, couple photos outside Rivington Hall, even if it Laura’s feet got a little soggier than we’d have liked! The speeches were brilliant, with Rich’s best man absolutely tearing him apart. I absolutely love the shot of Rich with his head in his hands as his best man delivered yet another story that had the wedding guests (and myself) in stitches.
Once it had turned dark the rain decided to back off, so Laura and Rich came outside for a few more photos with some off camera flash before we headed back inside for the cake cutting and first dance. With The Deadbeats Party Band on duty, the evening reception kicked off with Laura and Rich’s first dance with the dance floor quickly filling up as the Deadbeats really go the reception going as my day as a Rivington Barn wedding photographer came to an end. It was a brilliant day with a super relaxed couple who were great company to be around and I can’t wait to return to Rivington Hall Barn!
So here’s my day as a Rivington Hall Barn wedding photographer at Laura and Rich’s wedding. Music by Camera Obscura, photos by me…
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