Jakki and Luke’s Swallows Oast wedding was my hottest wedding of last year. It could not have been any more of a country wedding if it had tried! It was a boiling hot, blue sky day and an amazing first time at this venue for me. Swallows Oast has a huge barn, which backs onto rolling hills, fields and countryside. It’s a truly delightful venue. All of the staff were really welcoming and we were able to really make the most of the photographs at this Swallows Oast wedding.

Recommended by experience

Jakki and Luke were friends and guests at a wedding I photographed the year before in France. If you’d like to see Chantel and Evan’s photos, have a look at them here. They’d loved how chilled I was during the day and loved my photos from that wedding. They were in contact with me soon after I put some photos up online. I felt so honoured that they’d both been so keen to book me having seen me work and the resulting photographs. In all honesty, they are both so vey cool, I felt a bit like the kid who tried too hard to fit in at school!

A boiling hot, blue sky day

In the morning, bridal preparation was so much fun, as all the bridesmaids were all really funny. They were laughing away and making jokes out of all of the boys – sorry guys… Good luck to you all, these ladies will run rings around you all! Their banter and friendship was infectious, and set the joyful tone for the day. When I left the ladies to get to the venue, the atmosphere was super chilled and relaxed. I loved this. Luke was cool, calm and collected for the whole day, even in a black tux with the temperature in the high 80s. The ceremony went like a dream and we went straight into group photos. 

Swallows Oast Venue

A wonderful addition to this barn wedding venue, is the Swallows Oast walk, which is a trail into a woodland that backs onto fields. It gave us the opportunity to sneak off for some couples photos in between the trees. Jakki’s hair worked so well with the greens and dark earthy colours of the whole place and the colour scheme they’d chosen. Once we returned, we went into the main wedding breakfast room. The speeches where both touching and moving at the same time, everybody was fully engaged. It was great to see so much love in the room for these two. After the food, everybody went straight back out onto the patio and gazebo for some sweets and more Pimms.

After dinner, we managed to catch the sunset in one of the wheat fields that I had found. It was a bit of a walk away, but both Jakki and Luke were up for it, which was amazing. This little chunk of time gave them a bit of chance to just let it all soak in and spend their first sunset as a married couple. Plus, for me the colours of the wheat field at sunset was amazing. The colour tones are incredible!

A wheat field sunset

Once we came back, it was time for Jakki and Luke to cut the cake. Everyone was really excited by this, and of course the first dance that followed. As soon as the music came on, one of the younger members of Luke’s family found his rhythm. He danced all night long, putting everyone else to shame when they needed to take a breather and put their feet up. He did not stop moving or break dancing. The evening was spent around the fire pits and reminiscing under the stars. The night ended as the day had begun, with laughter amongst friends. What an incredible wedding – pure fun with a mixture of a boho and elegant style. Congratulations to you both!

Vendors:

Decor – House of Hud

Florist – The Flower House

Dress – Blue by Enzoani

Make up – Jessica Maries Artistry

Cake – Emily’s Mixing Bowl

Confetti – Dollz confetti

Doughnuts – Krispy Kreme

Neon Sign – Love In Ltd

Flower Wall – Rent event

Flower Chandelier – Made by the couple!!

 

 

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