Painfully Stylish Barn Wedding in Cheshire - Tom & Anne-Marie: Stock Farm Wedding Barn
Wowzer this was a hard gallery to narrow down for a blog post!
Anne-Marie and Tom's wedding was a fabulous, eclectic mix of traditional yet modern, rustic and cool and of course, totally gorgeous and stylish.
Their ceremony took place at St Vincent De Paul Roman Catholic Church in Altrincham and the reception was at Stock Farm, just on the edge of Tatton Park. Surrounded by fields off a country lane, Stock Farm is SUCH an amazing wedding venue. The main converted barn is huge and has bags of ambience thanks to the festoons adorning the barn ceiling. There's a grass garden behind the barn, picnic benches in front of it and more barns opposite (one of which I believe is being turned in to a bar!). You can really make it your own and the owners are so laid back they say they pretty much let their brides and grooms do what they want (woop!).
I was thrilled to hear Corrie from The Soiree Stylists (www.thesoireestylists.com) would be styling the barn, as I've worked with her before and know that she is amaaaaazing and boy did she not disappoint! Anne-Marie and Tom had chosen really stunning, natural looking centre pieces with little personalised mini bottles of Limoncello as favours. Just look at how incredible that top table looks as well under the fabulous hanging festoon by Hipswing (www.hipswing.co.uk).
Anne-Marie wore a personalised Maggie Sottero dress by Blush Boutique Weddings and looked unbelievably glamorous - like a movie star <3 and of course Tom looked super handsome too.
The wonderful Janina Brocklesby came along with me to assist and we both gushed over what an aboslutely fabulous wedding it was all throughout the day.
Their family and friends had come from far and wide - Anne-Marie's mum's side of the family are Maltese and so had all travelled from Malta and Tom is from Cornwall and so his family and friends had travelled up from there. I believe there was even a guest from Australia!
One of my favourite things about their day was that Anne-Marie did the first speech. That really warmed my little feminist heart. Why should brides not have the privilege of speaking in front of all of the guests to tell stories, offer thanks and praise their new husband just because of "tradition"?! I LOVED it and Anne-Marie's speech was fabulous - as was her mum's, who's speech was up next. Brilliant. Of course Tom's speech was lovely too and as ever, the groom's speech had me welling up many times. They were lucky enough to then get 2 best men's speeches, which had everyone laughing in hysterics - especially some of the stories about their school days with Tom and a certain pastry related nickname ;)
After the first dance, it was time for me to go home and like always, I found myself wanting to grab a class of champagne and get on the dancefloor with the guests but of course, a day in the life of a wedding photographer is a very tiring one and I think my legs would've given way beneath me if I'd have attempted it (along with my reputation haha - noone needs to see me dancing) but I had a huge smile on my face the whole way home after having had such a great day and I was so excited to get home and begin editing.
Anne-Marie & Tom, your wedding was the stuff photographer's dreams are made of and I hope your honeymoon on the Amalfi Coast was perfect (not jealous at all, promise!!*). Wishing you an eternity of happiness & love!
*okay I lied.