Marquee Wedding | Francesca + Ian

 

A private marquee, a VW coffee van, a free bar with a shots bar outside, fire pit, paella, sparklers and glorious weather. Not much was missing from Ian and Chessie's wedding, which was held at their property near Rugby on Saturday. 

Congratulations both, thank you so much for asking me to be part of the day. 

Phil.

Francesca + Ian

Before any wedding, I sit down with the happy couple to talk to them about their big day along with finding out more about them and their relationship.

How Long Have You Been Together?: 6 Years

Where Did You First Meet?: At the local pub!

Where Did You Get Engaged?: A skiing holiday early last year, Ian managed to find a quiet spot on the mountain!

Why Did You Choose Your Wedding Venue?: It’s our home, we converted a red brick barn 3 years ago so it means a lot to us that we can hold our reception here!

Ceremony Venue: St Peters Church - we have both lived in the parish of Church Lawford all our lives so it just seemed right

Reception Venue: Bath Barn - as above!

Wedding Car Supplier: Ian’s dad has a old Mercedes 280sl which we will use, and Ian works for Land Rover so we will be borrowing some cars from kind colleagues!

Getting Ready Before Their Marquee Wedding

The bridal party got ready at Francesca's parents home, which was a short walk from the church. A small cottage with great views across the countryside. Despite the marquee being on the grounds of their home, she decided to get ready at her parents. This allowed Ian to make the final changes to the marquee set up before getting ready and travelling the short distance to the church in Little Lawford.

The Ceremony

It’s always special when the church is the one in your families village. When first walking into the church you’d be excused if you didn’t notice the vast amount of flowers that decorated the interior. Let your eyes adjust a little to the light then it hits you that every available space adorned with flowers. Incredible. A gorgeous and personal ceremony followed before heading back to continue their wedding in the marquee in their families classic Mercedes.

Reception at Home at Their Marquee

How awesome does this marquee wedding set up look? Seriously. Coffee van (you know I’m a fan of that!), free bar, outdoor shots bar, love heart flower picture frame, incredible decorations and a massive cheesecake. It doesn’t get better. And the guests seemed to agree.

The Night

What a party. You know it is going to be a good night when there’s a free bar in the marquee, and the outdoor shots bar runs dry! The weather was excellent, so we gathered everyone outside of the marquee for some fun with sparklers. Something I’ve started getting known for now, my night photos. I love them, and it's always a lovely time to get some fresh air and escape the madness of the wedding.

Taking Advantage of the Countryside

With the sun setting quickly, we jumped at the chance to get into the field behind their house. A few minutes of photos later in the countryside and they were heading back to the party.


Wedding Slideshow

For an extended look at their highlights, please enjoy the slideshow I compiled of their marquee wedding below. The photos below are only a small snapshot of their wedding in the marquee. Below you can watch their slideshow of around 80-100 images. Enjoy!

 
 

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Ceremony Venue: St Peters Church - we have both lived in the parish of Church Lawford all our lives so it just seemed right

Reception Venue: Bath Barn - as above!

Wedding Car Supplier: Ian’s dad has a old Mercedes 280sl which we will use, and Ian works for Land Rover so we will be borrowing some cars from kind colleagues!

Make-up Artist: Kelly Smith - Make Me Up Midlands

Hair: Jaimie Tanner Hair

Wedding Dress Details: Mikaella Bridal from The White Boutique Leamington Spa

Shoes: Whistles

Bridesmaids Dresses: Dessy. Again from The White Boutique Leamington Spa

Suits: Peter Posh

Wedding Cake Maker: Bay Tree Cakes

Flowers: Country Bunches by Norman Clarke.


Getting married at a different and unique location and looking for a wedding photographer? Please get in touch as I would love shooting weddings at venues like this.