I had been following Caro on Twitter and Facebook, admiring her work for some time when she got in touch saying the exact same about me! We soon met and since then the boundaries between 'colleagues' and friends and bride and photographer have blurred so many times. Not only did I get to photograph Caro and Simon's day, but Caro was my sisters photographer a month later!
Caro and Simon had the most gorgeous wedding. Full of personal elements the whole day was a pure DIY affair that the whole family got involved in. From friends designing the invites and buying the table pieced and Caro making the beautiful fabric backdrop that hung behind the top table, every detail was hand made, designed, donated or created by themselves or someone they knew.
As the Friday morning of heir wedding rolled around, the weather pulled out all the stops for them and the day got progressively more sunny as Caro and her bridesmaids got ready at her family home in Marlow. Caro's dad drove her to the church in his vintage white Porsche which had been lovingly polished and was absolutely gleaming as they pulled up. Her bridesmaids followed in a gorgeous VW Bay in the most amazing yellow colour I have ever seen on a dub.
Caro wore a stunning lace dress that oozed vintage charm. Her keen eye nabbed her a bargain as she was lucky enough to find the perfect dress, 'the one', from the Phase Eight bridal range. She was then able to splurge a little more on two pairs of shoes and a stunning mantilla veil from. The jewel colours Caro and Simon chose were perfect for their summer wedding and their bridal party looked awesome in electric blue, yellow, greys and purples. Simons blue suit from Ben Sherman was the perfect colour for him and he looked so handsome and proud!
After the ceremony, guests were lead to the river where they were treated to a wonderful Henley and Marlow tradition, making their way from the church to Monks Barn on a canal boat on the Thames! After a fair few canapes and drinks later, they moored up just passed Temple Lock and they crossed a little bridge to arrive at Monks Barn to enjoy their afternoon and evening.
In the days leading up to the wedding, Caro, Simon and their family and friends had spent hours decorating the barn and it looked sublime! Monks Barn is a beautiful, very rustic barn that you literally hire as a 'shell' to decorate and fill your own way. It lacks the perfectly new and polished feel of so many pretty yet not-so-rustic-any-more barns that are out there and has all the charm and quirks of a proper English country barn. It is dark inside which becomes welcomingly candle lit in the evening. Its textured walls are beautiful and high beams and ceiling were perfect for hanging heaps of umbrellas from, to bring together their theme of suitcases and brollies. It's a fabulous space and has a pretty garden area out front that means with the barn doors wide open, you can bring a bit of the outdoors in.
From the many umbrellas dotted around the barn, the vintage suitcases all borrowed from her grandparents, the cameras lying about and a personalised bar just for Simon, their whole wedding oozed personality. Caro and Simon also set up the most amazing sweetie table that practically had to have a marquee built around it! Garden games, fuse ball, family photos and lots of fun and laughter kept guests entertained all afternoon... no detail was forgotten!
Caro and Simon, it was such a treat to be a part of your day and I look forward to catching up when I am next in town to talk and reminisce with you!
Caro's Dress: Phase Eight design (Eve)
Simon's Suit: Ben Sherman
Ushers Suits: Marks and Spencers
Bridesmaid Dresses: Matthew Williamson for Debenhams
Illustrations: Jenni Desmond
Venue: Monks Barn
Flowers: Pick your Own via Green and Gorgeous
Catering: Simon at ACS Catering