Mr & Mrs joyce at the Clock Barn Basingstoke / by Daniel Bristow

This was a wedding once booked I could not wait to shoot. The Venue is an absolute gem! A rustic barn set in the lovely Hampshire countryside. The couple were lovely and had some fantastic ideas too. So eventually September came! 

Weather was not ideal! Drizzly and a little moody, meaning some of the images would certainly take on a completely different aspect. And wet grass and seating always makes a challenge to work around. Typical though the rain was hard enough to get wet but not enough for it to look impressive in pictures. There were some breaks in the weather through the day though, allowing us to capture some great shots! 

It was an earlyish start for me with a near two hour drive. An early departure meant I arrived well before my midday start, so a quick venue walk and then a quick nap in the car sorted me out for the day. 

I joined the day in the bridal room attached to the venue, ready to capture the MUA as she worked on Sam and the wedding partys make up, Hair was done before arrival at the Topiary Salon in Basingstoke. 

As always the days tend to fly once started and it was soon time for the ceremony. This was in the smaller of the rooms at the barn, so it made for a really lovely and intimate ceremony. This room again is stunning, real wood beams and natural stone walls, with a large window providing light. On a dull day it was nice and soft and once topped up with a little flash bounced off the window to keep it looking natural. After this we set up a confetti shot leading out of the barn into the grounds. then a short bit of candid work as we didn't have too many group shots to do. The afternoon period went by really relaxed and fun. The drizzle then began just as the last group were done, So we headed inside to shoot a few pictures of Lee and Sam, utlisizing some fairy lighting and the natural beams, coupled with off camera flash and a wide F stop we created some unique images. Again another chance for everyone to mingle and relax while grabbing a drink. Speeches then followed with the food. I always love speeches as its really great to capture some unique moments and see and hear some incredibly brilliant stories about the couple. 

Between the food courses we popped back outside for a little while as the rain had eased and the sky left behind was brilliant, again out came the off camera flash and we created some dramatic images. Some including Lee's car which is a really great looking BMW Z4 coupe. After this it was then just capturing the evening as it went along, blending into the background and grabbing some brilliant moments until I left just after the first dance. 

Thanks for reading, As always a full list of all the suppliers involved is at the bottom of the post (below the images). And of course I would happily recommend anyone mentioned on the list, it was a fantastic day and made better by great suppliers.