We feature a lovely rustic barn wedding that even had a bucking bronco! The wedding of Tamzin and Rob was captured by Gemma Willis Photography.
About the couple
Tamzin and Rob are such a fun, sociable and loving couple, I met them over a cup of tea one cold evening and the excitement for the day was ever present. We walked round where the wedding was to take place and it was very much a cow shed. Though I saw the potential that they could see and everything that they spoke of came to reality, looking even better than I imagined. I especially loved Tamzin’s personalised shoes, they looked fantastic!
Please tell us a little bit about the day and how it went
I was so excited for this wedding, the wedding planner, Becky, from I Adore Weddings, had a great vision for the space and she outdid herself. The day arrived and it was stunning, the cow shed looked amazing with an abundance of string lights, bunting, dried petals and hay, lots of hay. The hay bails had been carefully stacked to create walls to a bar area, ceremony room and even a quiet snug area, lined with blankets and fresh flowers to create a really warming and cozy feel. The benches were adorned with flowers in jam jars and there was a classy festival atmosphere throughout the day.
There were so many wonderful details, including the catering, which was run out of two little vintage citroen vans, one serving fresh fish and chips, the other serving freshly made crepes. Both smelled wonderful. There was garden games, including a bungee run and bucking bronco. Best of all there was a field of stunning teepee tents made up for glamping for all their guests. It was such a fun day.
Do tell us a little bit about yourself
Myself and my husband work together, a keen and talented photographer, he is often my second shooter for weddings, though we also sometimes use Caitlin, our assistant and second shooter. I have worked with Caitlin for many years and we compliment each other well.
I have been working in the photographic industry for 12 years after completing university with a photography degree. I also trained as a teacher and have been working as a photography lecturer alongside running the wedding photography business. I am also a keen baker and love all things crafty.
Chris and I have been together for 11 years. We have travelled together, got married and have embarked on parenthood with our two beautiful daughters.
How would you describe your photography style?
I describe my style as creative documentary, which means that I try to shoot the day as it is, capturing the most natural elements of the bride and groom and their guests. I undertake every wedding we are commissioned for. I will be there to capture all of the usual wedding bits – walking down the aisle, the vows, the speeches, cutting the cake – but also the moments that you don’t always get to see and might otherwise pass un-noticed. The bride and bridesmaids getting ready, the groom and groomsmen gathering before the ceremony, and the guests just generally enjoying the day.
In order to achieve our aims it’s vital that we get to know you a little, which is why I conducts a face to face consultation as part of every package. This is where you can sit down over a cup of tea (or wine if you prefer!) and really talk about your plans for the day, what you like and what you don’t like.
It’s good to start our relationship early, the more time we’ve had to get to know each other, the more relaxed you will be in front of the camera on the big day. We find that relaxed couples photograph much better, our best work always comes from those couples that we share a great relationship with. A great way to help with that process is a pre-wedding engagement shoot. This is a great opportunity for us to meet and spend time together before the day, as well have a bit of fun with the camera and the locations for the shoot.
Myself and a second photographer (usually my husband Chris) will be with you all day, from preparations to the first dance to capture everything they can. With the aim of providing you with an honest and meaningful record of your day that is also a work of art in it’s own right.
What did you love about the day?
I loved how completely original it was, I had never been to a wedding like it and I had total creative freedom for my images. I had met the couple previously and then spent time with them on the day to get the images at their most relaxed, I was able to do the same with the guests, getting to know them and taking images of them in a natural state.
The shed looked stunning also, Becky,their wedding planner from I Adore Weddings, did a fantastic job at transforming the whole place, organising garden games, catering from vintage citroen vans and glamping for all the guests too. There was such a great atmosphere.
What advice would you give to couples planning their wedding day?
When looking for photographers, I would say to make sure you meet your photographer first, most of us provide a free consultation. Get to know them and make sure you feel comfortable with them. If you don’t, that will most likely come across in your photos. I would be open minded about the weather too, a good photographer will study the light and be able to make the best out of any situation.