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Leeds Bohemian Barn Wedding

Katie and Katy had been mutual friends for years, but they never met. They had heard of each other, but only met at the right time, when they were both in a perfect place! Their friends had suggested to that they would be perfect for each other, and not very long after meeting they realised they were right.

Not that they would ever admit that.

They were on holiday in Malaysia, staying at the most idyllic beach resort when Katy proposed. They were both (unknowingly) trying to pluck up the courage to propose, and trying to pick the perfect moment. Unfortunately, driving rain, bad restaurants, and mistimed sunsets got in the way. Katy eventually proposed on the last night of their holiday in Kuala Lumpur, at the top of the hotel while they were watching a thunderstorm. It was a perfect moment, and yes, they both cried!

Katy and Katie got married inside the cosy, bunting decorated barn at the Cheerful Chilli Cafe in Leeds. I don't often venture this far up North to photograph weddings, but the Bride's (including all their guests) hospitality makes me want to visit so much more! Their marriage had a bohemian festival vibe which contained lots of drinking, games, colour and especially dancing!

Unfortunately not all weddings can be sunny, but we did manage to time the wedding portraits perfectly just before a sudden downpour of rain, soon as it stopped we ventured back out for some more pictures, these girls did not stop the weather ruining their day. Katy and Katie are so stunning, friendly and just a joy to be around that I photographed their wedding for about 10 hours. I had so much fun documenting everyone on the dance-floor and chilling around the fire that I eventually clocked off around the 12th-hour mark; sometimes you can get so absorbed into the wedding that you lose track of time.

Winchester Rustic Barn Wedding

Charlie applied for a job at the bar where Ria was working at while at University. He was filling out an application form at the bar when Ria (being a tad stir crazy from working the day shift) bounded up to Charlie asking if he thought one's belly button went inside your body after you were born. Charlie looked understandably confused and shrugged, after which Ria disappeared off for the summer.

Fast forward a little while later they shared their first kiss on the roof of the very pub, and the rest was history.

The day after Ria's work Christmas party, Charlie took Ria on a surprise detour to Wells in Gloucestershire which is the venue for the Simon Pegg film 'Hot Fuzz' (named Sandford in the film). They both love the film and quote it to each other all the time, so it was a lovely 'impromptu' trip. They wandered around the town and visited all the spots used in the film, much to Charlie's dismay the castle was closed, and Ria kept insisting she wasn't hungry and didn't want to stop for lunch, Ria was single-handedly foiling his well thought out plan. On route back to the car and while hanging around taking in the spot where Tim Messenger gets smoked by the church roof, Charlie said he had a question to ask. Ria was still not catching on, and it was when, after a brief struggle to get a satisfyingly large ring box out of his pocket, he dropped to one knee, she suddenly realised, she laughed out loud before answering his proposal with a resounding 'YES!".

Ria and Charlie got married outside under a canopy which was constructed by both of their families; they said their vows in a private garden located only a few feet away from the large and magnificent West Stoke Barn which housed their wedding reception. I first met Ria, Charlie and their families back in 2014 when I photographed Charlie's twin sister Sarah's Wedding in the New Forest and knew that I would be shooting a lovely easy-going crowd of people, as it shows. Their wedding was all hand-made by their family and friends including the bar, tables and chair decorations, the bottled alcohol and even that excellent sign that sit's symmetrically above the head-table at the end of the barn. I arrived early at the Riverside Cottage in Bransbury to photograph Ria getting prepared for her wedding and left in time to capture their friends putting the final touches to the wedding reception and Charlie witnessing everything coming together.