Leah and Rich got in touch back in January about their plans for a wedding at Middle Coombe Farm in Tiverton. We had an email conversation or two about their plans but for one reason and another didn’t actually manage to meet up in person until May. Eventually we met at the venue for a look around and a chat and it was quite clear to me that their plans for a relaxed and slightly offbeat wedding would be a perfect match for my style of documentary wedding photography. Keeping everything relaxed and informal was key to their plans for a wedding which reflected their own style and also from what I could see on the day that of their families and friends as well.
From the outset, on hearing their plans for the day, I knew that this was going to be a great wedding to photograph. Middle Coombe Farm describes itself as a 16th Century rustic estate set in its own valley in breathtaking Devon countryside with 400 acres of working farm , a thatched, cider barn, historic buildings, Grade II listed farmhouse and 200 acres of private woodland with an ancient oak tree ceremony site right at its heart. A beautiful setting for a wedding by anyone’s standards. All we needed was the weather to hold for their September wedding. In the run up to the wedding Leah sent me two plans for the day. Plan A was the one we wanted to come through, Plan B was a wet weather plan and would have resulted in a quite different wedding day. On the day though the weather held, it was gloriously sunny and warm and allowed Plan A to be put into full swing which was absolutely perfect for me as the wedding photographer.
Preparations, a wedding ceremony, speeches in the woods, a hog roast and a wedding ceilidh to end it all…
I started the day as I normally do arriving just after the makeup and hair artist has begun work. I like to arrive just after things have got under way so that people are busy and aren’t feeling they have to accommodate me. I dont want to cause any disruption at all. That said the coffee Rich’s sister offered was gladly received. First I went in to see Leah and her bridesmaids and cover some of her preparations and from there I bounced back and forth covering Rich and the groomsmen’s preparations as well as dropping in on the family and Rich’s sister who was preparing the cake in the farmhouse kitchen.
Once the day is underway it all seems to fit together seamlessly. Things flow from one to the next. Once ready Leah came down to meet her dad, the look on his face when he saw her was priceless. From there to the ceremony and then up to the woods and the old oak tree for a drinks reception and speeches. A hog roast followed, and then later a ceilidh. Usually when the dancing starts there’s one or two who are slow to take to the dance floor, but on this occasion I think everyone was dancing from the time the band started playing to the last notes played hours later.
It really was a fantastic day. Relaxed, informal and full of fun and joy. Slightly offbeat and quirky as well as befitted the two lead characters in the story. Leah and Rich, congratulations to you both. As well as the photofilm at the top of this post, here are a few of my favourite pictures from the day.
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If you’re planning a wedding at Middle Coombe Farm or anywhere else and you like this sort of relaxed documentary style wedding photography as much as I do then please get in touch to discuss your plans. I’d love to hear from you.