An Autumn Lapstone Barn wedding …

This was my first Lapstone Barn wedding and i absolutely fell in love with this beautiful Cotswold wedding venue. Lapstone Barn wedding venue is a traditional 18th-century stone barn, recently converted to a stunning wedding venue and set in the gorgeous Cotswold farmlands 5 minutes’ drive from Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire. Lapstone Barn can comfortably hold up to 200 guests for a ceremony, either inside or out as well as up to 200 for a seated wedding breakfast. This is also an ‘exclusive use’ venue which means you have the run of the entire place for your wedding day from 10 am until 1 am. I think this is a really valuable and attractive feature for any bride and groom looking at a potential wedding venue.  The ‘Hayloft’ is the most beautiful space for a bride to get ready and is cleverly positioned above the courtyard, allowing for  a most breathtaking entrance for the bride whether getting married indoors our out.

Speaking of which, Richard and Jess’ Lapstone Barn wedding took place on one  of the most gorgeous balmy September afternoons. The weather was so good, that I believe , this was the first wedding ceremony at Lapstone Barn to be held outdoors.  Jess got ready in the lovely upstairs area called the Hayloft. The Hayloft is such a pretty area with lots of space and light and beautiful exposed beams.  It feel quite magical  to be upstairs with the bride getting ready whilst downstairs the hustle is in full swing with flowers arriving, guests arriving and the venue coming alive.

When it was almost time for the ceremony, Jess’ dad waited for her at the foot of the stairs that stretch towards the ceremony area. What a breathtaking entrance for a bride. The ceremony was absolutely stunning, held outside among the trees in the sunshine. It did feel like another world all together.  After the ceremony, the guests gathered in the sunshine for drinks and canapes. I found a lovely spot for family photos and then took Jess and Richard off for their bride and groom portrait shots. Lapstone Barn offers a fabulous variety of spots for photographs from gravel driveways to shaded trees, to fields and stone walls. Lots of options for lovely photographs. Jess’ flower bouquet was particularly stunning and eye catching (created by Bennetts Floral in Bristol)

Soon after the photographs had been done, it was time for guests to head into the reception. The room looked absolutely amazing with such a pretty colour palette and the tall candelabras standing majestically on the tables with their long rich blue candles.   The light streaming in through the glass doors added a lovely warmth to the room. Speeches were touching and funny, just the way they should be. Soon after it was time for the traditional ‘cutting of the cake’ (incredibly made by the Bride’s mum) and the first dance which was really lovely to watch.

A truly memorable first Lapstone Barn wedding for me and i hope to be back at this gorgeous venue for many many more. If you are lucky enough to be getting married at Lapstone, i’d love to be considered as your photographer.

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