It is hard not to conclude that Philippa and Ben’s planning judgement was pitch perfect - right down to having the foresight to order balmy, all day sun.
Their desire for an outdoor ceremony sat beautifully with the facilities on offer at Cripps Barn, near Bibury in Gloucestershire. This is picture-book Cotswolds: dry stone walls, a romantic glade for the service and an unbroken view across open fields to lull their friends and family into a lengthy summer night of drinks and dancing.
It’s sometimes tricky to find the point where enough is enough when organising a wedding. But as I flicked through the raw shoot of this gentle day, it struck me repeatedly that this was spot-on; bridesmaid’s dresses which complimented each other and simple benches for seating - just two examples displaying an understanding that these occasions shouldn’t be reduced to demonstrations of stuff. They are important gatherings where people and atmosphere matter so much more.
And I’ll also always remember Philippa and Ben’s day for a scene which could have been lifted right out of a movie. Standing a few feet away from Ben while he performed his groom’s due diligence with the best men, I was amazed at his coolness when it transpired the wedding rings had been left at the hotel. For that split second I felt I could have been watching Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as Hollywood-style wedding chaos reared its head, and was then swiftly averted. I’m sure it is laughed about now, but thank heavens nobody told Philippa until post-ceremony…
Below are a few examples from the wider set. Click any thumbnail to enlarge.