Pip & Byron at The Farmer’s Daughter, Newport

With an intimate guest list of twenty-something close friends & family, Pip & Byron’s wedding day was as relaxed and informal as can be. They were married in their local parish – the medieval St Michael’s Church at the bottom of Machen Mountain – a beautiful old building with a lumpy, bumpy churchyard filled with interesting nooks. Normally I wouldn’t use a second shooter for such a small wedding but thought I’d borrow Simon for the morning due to the distance between the bride’s parents’ house and the house where the boys were getting ready. However, when Simon arrived there was no-one home. Byron and the ushers had to nip out that morning to buy Byron a suit for the wedding (!) and in a criss-cross of wires, mistaking Simon’s outfit for a uniform and his camera bag for a satchel… they assumed he was the postman and drove away! Some time later they popped back to the house to collect something, saw Simon standing there and wondered why the postman was still hanging around! I’m still laughing about that one! Panic averted they somehow all squashed into a tiny Mini and got back on track to the church. The ceremony was followed by a reception at The Farmer’s Daughter, a rustic country pub a short drive away in the middle of a golden cornfield. Cream bunting & pastel pom poms hung from the oak beams with pretty rustic charm. The favours were a special twist on the traditional sugared almond in individual pink boxes from Charbonnel & Walker. This wedding was a small, loving gathering with lots of laughter, sweet stories and good company. Thank you Pip & Byron and your friends & family for being so welcoming and a joy to photograph.

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