It sounds like an unlikely combination but Texas met Hereford today in rural Berkshire for a wonderful wedding celebration at Lillibrooke Manor, one of my favourite wedding venues. The day started for me in nearby Cookham, photographing some of the preparations. Caroline, some family and friends had flown in from Dallas for the big day. It was so hot, all of us Brits were melting slightly but it was a pretty cool day for the American contingent :)
It was a fantastic wedding celebration at lovely Lillibrooke, an outdoor ceremony (which has a nice atmosphere, totally different from getting married inside), a great party in and around the grounds followed by the wedding meal in Lillibrooke’s lofty barn. A very English wedding, I’m sure the guys from the States enjoyed it immensely and I do hope these photographs bring back something of the day to Caroline, Tom, the family and friends.
I had a blast photographing everyone iand it was great to pop outside with the bride and groom after the meal for a little sunset portrait shoot, something that’s lovely to do with the long summer evenings. The bride and groom were great – relaxed and happy and it made my job easy to do.
As usual, here’s a few favourite wedding photographs, the bride and groom are now back in Texas and back to real life – I hope you enjoy the pictures, Caroline and Tom, thanks for having me along :)
Some wedding preparation photos at a lovely old AirBnB in nearby Cookham
Matching socks and carrier bag. Perfect.
A quick shot of the girls and off to Lillibrooke for part 2.
The barn at Lillibrooke Manor all set up for the wedding meal.
Final touches for the boys before the ceremony.
Tom and the lads.
Today’s handsome groom.
Caroline arrives in style with her parents. (Almost on time!)
I love this image – Caroline and her Dad ready to go.
This is a lovely corner of Lillibrooke for an outdoor wedding ceremony.
The deal is sealed.
All the hard work over – time for a well earned drink.
I hate dragging brides and grooms away from the drinks reception but 5 or 10 minutes for some wedding portraits is well worth it.
Back to the party – the croquet and garden games went down very well.
Sleeping babies. The best kind :)
Time for the wedding meal.
Speech time. Brace yourselves everyone.
So glad Tom and Caroline were up for a short sunset excursion for some wedding photographs. I decided to take them into the field opposite the car park at Lillibrooke. Doesn’t sound too glamourous but it proved to be a great location for some relaxed portraits.
Back to the evening party. Who knew Caroline was so good at croquet? :)
The serious drinking starts.
I love the First Dance photographs – the wedding guests in the background and the warm lighting in the barn were great to photograph.
Thanks again Tom and Caroline! I do hope to see you again one day. Thanks for trusting me with your wedding photographs and all the best :)