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Laura & Simon’s breathtakingly beautiful wedding at Cripps Barn, with Jennifer Sinclair Photography

I don’t think there are words to describe this breathtaking bouquet… and it sets the scene for one of the loveliest weddings of the year. Laura and Simon married at Cripps Barn in February. Despite a little rain on their day, their smiles and laughter have been lighting up my screen all week – I just can’t stop scrolling through their wedding gallery.

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Contact & Bookings: Jennifer Sinclair Photography

http://jennifersinclair.co.uk
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“Jennifer took our photos for our wedding at Cripps Barn in Gloucestershire in February 2016 and we can’t recommend her highly enough – book her and you won’t be disappointed! Simon knew Jennifer from working together several years before, and when we started looking for photographers we took a look at her website, loved what we saw and dropped her a line. From the first meeting at our house, we knew we wanted her to take our wedding photos for us. She’s so lovely, chatty and friendly, we were instantly at ease and loved her portfolio and approach.” ~ Laura & Simon

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We decided to go for a package that included a pre-wedding shoot, partly to get used to what to expect on the big day, and partly to try and get some nice photos of us out and about with our dog Milo! Jennifer really took time to understand us and what we liked, so our pre-wedding shoot was us out in our wellies with the dog on a cold but bright Saturday morning – just what we would have been doing anyway, just this time there were photos, poses and direction from Jennifer! And she didn’t let us down – when we saw the proofs from the day we were even more excited about how the wedding photos would come out!

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The day itself was perfect from start to finish. Even the rain didn’t put a dampener on things, and Jennifer got some lovely candid shots of me under a lot of umbrellas getting from the car to the venue, before making the most of Cripps Barn’s wonderful cosy atmosphere inside for plenty of shots of family, friends and us. We even managed to sneak outside during a break in the clouds for some outdoor photos (back in our wellies again!).

Lots of people at the wedding commented on how lovely Jennifer was and we’ve had nothing but praise and delight now the photos are online for everyone to see. She was fantastic on the day, never stopping, always looking for the quirky, casual shots that really bring the day to life now we look back on them. She was the perfect photographer for a perfect day. If we’re lucky enough to be able to have a family, we’ll definitely be getting in touch for bump and family photos!

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The English Wedding Blog Interview – Laura & Simon

Wedding photographer: www.jennifersinclair.co.uk

Simon knew Jennifer from working together several years before, and when we started looking for photographers, we took a look at her website, loved what we saw and dropped her a line. From the first meeting at our house, we knew we wanted her to take our wedding photos for us. She’s so lovely, chatty and friendly, we were instantly at ease and loved her portfolio and approach.

We decided to go for a package that included a pre-wedding shoot, partly to get used to what to expect on the big day, and partly to try and get some nice photos of us out and about with our dog Milo! Jennifer really took time to understand us and what we liked, so our pre-wedding shoot was us out in our wellies with the dog on a cold but bright Saturday morning – just what we would have been doing anyway, just this time there were photos, poses and direction from Jennifer! And she didn’t let us down – when we saw the proofs from the day we were even more excited about how the wedding photos would come out!

The day itself was perfect from start to finish. Even the rain didn’t put a dampener on things, and Jennifer got some lovely candid shots of me under a lot of umbrellas getting from the car to the venue, before making the most of Cripps Barn’s wonderful cosy atmosphere inside for plenty of shots of family, friends and us. We even managed to sneak outside during a break in the clouds for some outdoor photos (back in our wellies again!).
Lots of people at the wedding commented on how lovely Jennifer was and we’ve had nothing but praise and delight now the photos are online for everyone to see. She was fantastic on the day, never stopping, always looking for the quirky, casual shots that really bring the day to life now we look back on them. She was the perfect photographer for a perfect day.

Jennifer came to our house when we got back from minimoon and we watched them via her Mac onto our TV. She’d even gone to the trouble of setting a music playlist to play in the background while we watched all of the photos on a slideshow – including our first dance and other songs from the wedding. We got quite emotional looking at them all, it was only a week after the wedding so it brought all of those lovely memories back. It also made us realise how surrounded by friends and family we were on the day, and how lucky we are to have them all. It was the photo of me with my grandparents that really brought a tear to my eye!

Wedding venue:

Cripps Barn, in Bibury near Cirencester in Gloucestershire. They were also outstanding – nothing was too much trouble from when we first visited to when we left on the night. Highly recommended.

Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)

We got married exactly five months to the day from getting engaged, which I think actually made it all easier. There were no long, protracted searches or debates over who to use, we researched, found someone we liked, spoke to them and booked them!
The florist (Christiane from Honeysuckle Flower Co, Bath) was on Cripps Barn’s recommended suppliers list. Jennifer Sinclair (photographer) Simon knew from working together years before, our cake was made by a friend who volunteers for a community baking group I set up (Free Cakes for Kids Swindon) – although we did pay him for this one! The band were found via Hireaband after a recommendation by my brother, who used the same website to find the band for his wedding last year. My hair and make up were done by my friend Nadine, my friend Cheryl designed my invitations (www.cocktailmarketing.co.uk) and our friend Hayley made the stationery for the day and dressed the venue for us (www.facebook.com/organisedtoperfection/) – I’m lucky to have very talented friends!

What’s your top tip for saving money?

For us, it was getting married out of the main season. We saved a lot of money on both the venue and suppliers by getting married in February rather than the summer. We figured it can rain any day in the UK, and the barn was so cosy it suited a winter wedding! We also made our own table plan, favours (which doubled as place settings) and pompoms (which I loved!).

… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?

The venue, as it was fundamental to the whole day, and our photographer – to have our special day captured as we wanted it was so important for us.

Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?

My friend Cheryl is a graphic designer (www.cocktailmarketing.co.uk) and she made our invitations for us, and another friend Hayley does stationery and venue dressing for weddings and parties (www.facebook.com/organisedtoperfection/) and she did all of our labels and menus for the day

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Yes – and it was a bargain! I went to two or three different shops with my mum and my bridesmaids and had actually put one on hold in the first shop when I tried on the one I ended up buying (or my mum ended up buying for me!). As our wedding was planned in five months, a lot of shops I spoke too advised it might not be so easy to get one in, but as I’m a 12 and all of the ones on the racks were generally 12/14s, plus I wasn’t precious that someone else might have tried it on, I could have had my pick of pretty much anything! When I put on my dress, it kind of made me want to strike a pose and dance about in it! I figured that meant it was ‘the one’!

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner, bought from The Cotswold Frock Shop in Stow-on-the-Wold. (www.thecotswoldfrockshop.co.uk)

Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!

The only jewellery I wore were my heart shaped diamond earrings that Simon bought me a few months earlier. I had a nightmare with shoes! My feet are tiny – a 1.5! As it’s so hard to find shoes that small, I generally buy a size 3 and wear lots of insoles and heel grips. I bought a pair of size 3s in the same shop as I got my dress. In store, they felt like they’d be ok, but when I tried them the week of the wedding, they were much too big, even with all of my insoles etc! I went online and ordered three pairs of size 2s that were the right heel height on rush delivery, plus I had a pair of gold Dune strappy heels that I’d only worn once before. I got them all out the night before the wedding in the hotel with my bridesmaids and tried them all on. I ended up wearing my Dune’s, which were perfect, as I saved money and knew they were comfy too!

And what did the groom wear?

Simon and all of the groom’s party wore three piece morning suits from Moss Bros. All grey with purple cravats, but Simon’s waistcoat was cream and he had a different shade of purple for his cravat.

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

The girls wore long lilac dresses from Coast, with a diamante belt that was similar in style to mine.

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

My friend Nadine did my hair and make-up. It’s not what she does for a living, but she’s a natural and was delighted to step in and help out on the day! I was thrilled with the result.

Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you?

We wanted something rustic, country and fairly relaxed. I love peonies, but being out of season our florist used ranunculus in my bouquet instead, along with cream spray roses, lilac hyacinths, purple antique roses, grey amnesia roses, pink tulips and muscari. It had some garden greenery in to accent, and was hand tied with cream ribbon, which I attached my great-grandmother’s brooch to. We had corsages and button holes for the wedding party, but Simon’s was different – he had a rose that was only in my bouquet and none of the other arrangements, so we had something unique to just us.
The bridesmaids had smaller versions of my bouquet, and I had small roses on wires in my hair. Cripps Barn has the ability to have large arrangements hanging from the ceiling in the ceremony room, so we had two ‘chandeliers’ of greenery with flowers dotted throughout, with fairy lights for the evening. Table flowers were also relaxed, using the same flowers as in the bouquet, and were all displayed in vintage milk bottles, teapots and and tea tins to match our afternoon tea wedding breakfast. They all came from Christiane from Honeysuckle Flower Co, Bath (www.honeysuckleflower.co.uk). She bundled up all of the table flowers the next day so we gave them to friends and family. We took my bouquet down to Cornwall in a vase on our mini-moon and it lasted another week before we took the rose petals off and dried them out. They’re now in heart shaped bowls with candles in the middle.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

Cripps Barn already has a great feel about it, and we paid for some of their extras, such as large hurricane lanterns along the aisle, candles, the fire indoors and firepits and bonfire outdoors. For everything else our friend Hayley did the venue dressing. I made about 40 tissue paper pompoms in pink, purple, blue and cream, which Hayley hung from the beams in the barn. Cripps include fairy lights all along the beams, which look beautiful in the evening. We paid for vintage crockery to go with our afternoon tea, which looked fab, and Hayley made us hessian and lace table runners. We bought a few blackboard-style signs, and a big chest which we filled with supersoft throws for people to use if they wanted to go outside.

Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?

I absolutely loved making the pompoms, quick and easy and they looked so effective on the day. Making the favours was relatively straight forward, although I don’t want to see Baileys and white chocolate fudge for quite some time now 🙂 The table plan was taken from an idea I’d seen on Pinterest. Basically it had photos of us in different locations in New York down the middle (the table names) and then the names of our guests alphabetically listed down each side. I then connected a piece of coloured string from each name to the table they were sitting on, and attached them using split pins. Each table was a different colour thread, so it ended up with a mix of colours all crossing over each other, and guests found their name and then followed the string to see where they were sitting! It looked really effective when it was done, but it was a labour of love making it. I ended up with holes in my fingers from opening all the split pins, and getting the thread wound so it was tight enough to hold, but not so tight it pulled itself off was tricky! Plus I like things to look nice and level, so making sure they were all straight was an added pressure!

The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?

We went for a three tier cake decorated in pastel colours, with edible bunting around the top and bottom tier, and a teacup and saucer stood on top, filled with sugar roses. Bottom tier was chocolate, then vanilla in the middle and lemon on top. It was made by a friend of ours, who also volunteers for a community group I run called Free Cakes for Kids Swindon (www.freecakes-swindon.org.uk). We make birthday cakes for children who otherwise wouldn’t get one. I paid for this one, though! We were thrilled with it, Steve did an amazing job, and best of all there was some left, so we got to eat plenty on mini-moon!

Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?

The band we hired were very expensive, so we expected a five star service all round. Unfortunately, while their music was excellent when they were on stage, their attitude was awful when they weren’t. They ended up being the only part of our day that was negative, so let’s not talk about them here!

Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:

Keep things in perspective, while it’s natural to want it to be perfect, it’s more important to enjoy it. We made a very conscious effort to spend as much time as possible together on the day and in the evening. I’ve been to weddings where the bride and groom get swept up with family and friends separately and hardly get to see each other, and we decided we wanted to make sure we stood together every so often to just stop and soak it all in. Try to do that, and keep talking about it afterwards – it keeps the memories alive!

What’s the best thing about being married?

It feels just as brilliant as it did before, but somehow better!

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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1 COMMENT
  • Jennifer Sinclair
    4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing Laura and Simon’s wedding – such an amazing wedding to photograph

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