Before getting into Ella and Lee’s Horstead Tithe Barn wedding I should explain how I met them.
For my 40th birthday my wife put together a lovely scrap book with 40 things to do in my 40’s. She’d been collecting the ideas secretively over the previous few months during our conversations and also enlisted some ideas from our close friends.
Amongst the 40 things was to “do something selfless”. I thought long and hard about this and as I was editing one of my final weddings at the end of 2018 it came to me, why not offer to shoot a wedding for free? I know how much weddings can cost and how much joy the memories of wedding photos bring to families.
So I put the idea out on Facebook and it quickly got a lot of attention and shares. Over the course of the week I had a dozen or so couples enquire and after a lot of deliberation I chose Ella and Lee. They were planning a relatively small and intimate wedding at the Horstead Tithe Barn in the beautiful village of Coltishall. They sounded absolutely lovely and over the course of a few days messaging back and forth I quickly realised how much this meant to them. It had to be them.
We met a couple of weeks later and I think they still couldn’t believe it was true. Even an hour into our coffee and talking through their plans and how I’d shoot their wedding! They still asked “what’s the catch? We NEVER win anything”. This meant the world to them.
In the Spring we met again, in Coltishall for an unforgettable engagement shoot. It was a particularly lovely afternoon and Ella and Lee couldn’t stop laughing and giggling all the way through. An hour and a half with them felt like 15 minutes. It was perfect. They were perfect and we all knew their wedding would be great fun as well.
Their wedding was one of three I was shooting that week and morning started off nice and warm warm and sunny. I started at their house in Coltishall where Ella and her family were getting ready. Lee was staying locally in the village with his best friend and brother. This was particularly handy as I could grab some photos of their antics and Lee’s pre wedding haircut too.
Wedding day morning prep is great fun to photograph and it really embeds me into the family for the rest of the day. But it goes quickly, so these images are very precious to document.
Their wedding ceremony was at All Saints Church in Horstead, just 2 minutes away followed by the wedding reception at the Horstead Tithe Barn next door. Ella and Lee called on all their friends and family to help pull this all together. And boy oh boy did they do a stunning job both in the Church and at the Horsted Tithe Barn!
The rest of the day was a sugar fuelled blur, thanks to the Snickers and Vanilla ice cream cups of joy. After the pizza feast and as the sun was setting I whisked Ella and Lee off for 20 minutes to grab some portraits. The light was great and we captured some really beautiful memories of them both.
The rest of the evening was all about the dance floor. I’ve seen a range of of wedding bands and DJ’s at weddings but seeing Jamie McGuire perform all afternoon then 2 sets one his own and keep everyone dancing was fantastic.
If you’re planing your own wedding and you love these images then please get in touch and let’s have a chat about your day. Finally, these local vendors are well worth contacting for your wedding too. They were all absolutely fantastic.
- Venue – Horstead Tithe Barn
- Music – Jamie McGuire
- Lighting – Epic Events
- Florist – Louisa Chastney
- Pizza – Broadside Pizza
- Bar – Crab and Fox Bar
- Ice Cream – Ice Cream Experience
- Hair – Becky Smith – The Avenue
- Makeup – Michelle Paton MUA