Yesterdays wedding was at Berrydown Barn near Romsey, a quite stunning venue made even more so by John Meyburgh, for the wonderful wedding of Kate and Steve.

I had initially met Kate and her mum at Yvonne De Mellow’s wedding show at the De Vere Grand Harbour in Southampton in early January and was delighted when she booked us for her wedding. Both Kate and Steve are lovely people, and this extends right through their family and friends who were welcoming and accommodating on the day. As is fairly usual I started coverage with Bridal preparations at Kate’s mums house and was delighted to find that Helen Spenser was busy with Kate. Helen and I have worked together several times, most recently in late May at Rhinefield House, and I knew she would do an excellent job. Make-up and hair covered, and with the details of Kate’s lovely dress, and stunning pink shoes captured I paused briefly to partake of a cheese roll kindly provided by Kate’s mum and left for the barn.

When I arrived John was finalising the flowers and I quickly captured the ceremony side of the barn, the cake and some of the place settings whilst I awaited Steve’s arrival. I’ll add a post dedicated to the venue, flowers and food later this week to showcase the wonderful designs.

The guys were quickly photographed and this allowed time to record the guests arriving and then getting the vantage point to see the vintage Rolls Royce come down the sweeping drive to the barn. What followed was a very moving, funny, and wonderful service with an incredible reading and some lovely moments which I am pleased to say I captured from a great vantage point at the front of the room.

Ceremony over we quickly covered the essential family groups and then took a short walk to the cornfield at the back of the barn to get the photographs we had initial trialed during our pre-wedding shoot the week before and then into the barn for a quick fake cake cut shot before returning Kate and Steve back to John for their receiving line bang on the 4pm time slot !

Catering was provided by County Caterers , who did an excellent job as usual, and I was fortunate enough to sit at a table with John, and some of Kate and Steve’s family and friends for dinner. Whilst this is unusual (I do normally get some food but usually eat elsewhere) it was very lovely, and it made it easy for me to time getting ready for the touching, memorable and funny speeches. I have to commend Adam who’s best man’s speech was a credit – especially for a young man – and he suitably embarrassed Steve but without long drawn out stories.

With the 22nd being so close to the longest day the evening was light, warm and ideal for the guests to go back outside and I continued coverage gathering candid images of the guests relaxing and talking, enjoying themselves at this lovely wedding.

As the evening drew on I covered the first dance, and some of the party before slipping off home to back up the wedding, and prepare the images for this blog entry – some of which follow…

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