Stone Barn Wedding, Cotswolds – Ellis and Stuart

Stone Barn Wedding Venue Photographer

“…simply amazing from start to finish and we have now ended up with a beautiful gallery of our entire wedding day … stunned by the quality, quantity and amazing storytelling…”

I love a good Stone Barn Wedding! I’ve been lucky enough to shoot weddings at numerous Cotswolds wedding venues over the years. Stone Barn is one that definitely stands out – so much so that I even decided to write a Stone Barn venue guide! Yes, I love it that much!! As a wedding photographer, it ticks a lot of boxes!

As good as Stone Barn might be, I don’t want to go on too much about it here because this post is all about Ellis and Stuart’s amazing day. If you want to know why I like it as a venue however, check out my venue guide here. You can listen to me geeking on about the room layouts, beautiful light, idyllic Cotswold setting, and the wonderful team at the Cripps venues. If you’re considering it as your wedding venue, rest assured, it’s superb!

Stone Barn Wedding

I was super excited about Ellis and Stuart’s day from the moment they booked me to be their Stone Barn wedding photographer. I knew Ellis from shooting her brothers’ wedding at Shustoke Farm Barns a couple of years back. It was an absolute belter of a celebration with a super fun crowd, so I had more than an inkling that Ellis’ wedding would be much the same. I hadn’t actually met Stuart at that point as I think he was pretty new on the scene!! That was soon to change though and I’m so glad it did! There’s no doubt that Ellis picked a goodun’ in Stu!

Stuart and Ellis are two of the nicest people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. Not only warm and welcoming but also so kind and considerate. To top it all off, they’re lots and lots of fun to be around! When a bride and groom set the tone for the day like that, the whole wedding follows suit. Just check out the way the wedding party danced their way into the reception! See what I mean! In a nutshell, it’s why the day was so fantastic.

Making a weekend of it all

It’s clear that Ellis and Stu wanted all of their guests to have the most enjoyable weekend possible and as a result, really went above and beyond to make it happen. For instance, they booked a big rental accommodation near Stone Barn to allow guests to stay over. In addition, they threw an open-invite post-wedding barbeque there the day afterwards! Pretty awesome eh!

If your wedding venue is in the Cotswolds the chances are that many of your guests will have to travel and stop overnight. Subsequently, it’s worth considering making a long weekend of it. Well, I think so anyway! After all, it’s pretty rare that all your closest friends and family are all together in one spot hence taking the opportunity to make the most of it is a superb idea!

Shoe Cocktails!

Stu and the boys were just absolutely brilliant all day. From their experiments to see how many groomsmen could fit into a tiny two-seater wedding car to the moment on the dance floor when one of Stuart’s groomsmen offered him a dubious cocktail of dregs, thoughtfully mixed up and presented in his shoe! Scroll down to see if Stuart would drink said shoe cocktail!! I’m a big fan of general silliness and love photographing impromptu wedding moments like this!

I can’t write any more about the wedding without mentioning Ellis in that dress!! Absolutely stunning!! In fact, it was a total dream wedding in terms of style throughout – so besides being an amazing moment-filled day, some style shout-outs are definitely due! I’ll post them at the end of the photos.

I really could rave on all day about how much I enjoyed this wedding and being around Ellis, Stu and all their guests, but it’s probably time to tell the story of the wedding in pictures instead. So here it is… Stuart and Ellis’s Stone Barn wedding in all its glory!

Barnsley House in CirencesterA wedding card that reads 'happy I do day!'Bride in night gown looking out of a door at Barnsley HouseA candid bridal preperation portrait taken at Barnsley HouseBridal Prep in the conservatory at Barnsley HouseHair and Makeup being applied at Barnsley HouseThe bridal party all chink champagne glasses together in their pyjamasBride putting on her wedding dressBride having her veil put inBridesmaids gushing over how amazing the bride looksBridal portrait at Barnsley HouseDad hugs his daughter, the brideThe guys getting dressed at Cats Abbey, Cheltenham.Groomsmen getting dressed at Cats Abbey, Cheltenham.Groomsmen preening the groom!Groomsmen climb on vintage bus at Cats Abbey.usher carrying a bucket full of drinksVintage wedding bus arrives at St Michael and All Angels ChurchGuests get off the bus and walk to churchGuests arrive at St Michael and All Angels Churchwedding guests arrivingtwo men shake handsGroom waits at the Altar in St Michael and All Angels ChurchThe bride steps out of a morganThe bridal party wait in the entrance of the churchGroom sits and looks upwardsBride walks down the aisle with her fatherThe wedding Ceremony begins at St Michael and All Angels ChurchThe congregation sing hymnsA little bridesmaid shushes a younger childCrazy patterned socks under the pewsThe couple exchange vowsRings are exchangedA choir of women sing by the bell pullsVicar announces you may now kiss the bride!!Parents clap and smileThe wedding party exit the church and are greeted by the choirthe bride receives a kiss on the cheekA woman laughsguests giving hugs and handshakesA confetti bucket is passed aroundA man sniffs the confettiConfetti is thrown at Cotswolds Church WeddingNewlyweds get into the wedding car - a morganCar drives off with cans trailing from the back. Guests cheer and clap.A woman in a red dress steps onto vintage busGuests board the 'wedding special' vintage cotswolds buspeople drink and talk inside the busA prosecco bottle is passed aroundA bus full of people drives to Stone BarnStone Barn Wedding Venue Cotswoldsstone barn wedding decorationsBeautifully decorated tables inside stone barn.A table planRose centre-pieces on the tables at stone barn weddingStone Barn Wedding Venue FlowersTop table decorStone Barn floral table decor. Peonies and roses.Waiters holding drinks await arriving guestsVintage bus arrives at Stone Barn wedding. Guests disembark.Receiving line outside the venueCouple greet their guests outside Stone BarnGuest arrive at wedding venueA circle of friends gather with drinksEveryone raises their glasses and says cheers!Wedding guests minglingNatural candid photography of guestsStone Barn Wedding Venue CotswoldsGroom and his friends cram into the wedding carsix ushers in a small two-seater wedding carDrinks reception inside Stone Barn wedding venue, Cotswoldstwo guitarists play in the barnSausages are served as canapésA chef cooks in front of large open ovensGuests mingle in the barnA magician entertains peopleA hand reaches for a drink on a handrailCotswolds magician amazes guestsA child shirt is tucked in before wedding photos are takenAn usher excitedly announces the entrance of the wedding partyBridesmaids and Ushers Dance their way into Stone Barn Wedding ReceptionNewlyweds entrance to the wedding breakfastGuests clap as the bride and groom enter the roomClapping and cheeringStone Barn Wedding ReceptionPhotographs of wedding guestsPhotographs of people sitting at tables and having a good timeStone Barn Wedding Venue Cotswolds large plate of food is placed on a tableRelaxed portraits at Stone Barn weddingStone Barn Wedding Venue CotswoldsStone Barn Wedding PortraitStone Barn wedding couple portraits in Cotswolds countrysideCouple enjoy a moment together during their portrait timeThe couple pose for photographs at Stone Barn WeddingBride lifts up the bottom of her dress to walkStone Barn Wedding Photography CotswoldsStone Barn Wedding Photographer CotswoldsA wedding reception at Cripps Stone Barn, CotswoldsPeople raising their wine glasses upClose up photo of sherry glassThe bride sits on a friends lapHusband and wife have their photo taken at the tableChampagne being poured into glassesHands are raised in the air as the groom stands up for his speechThe groom begins his speechEnthralled guests laughThree groomsmen stand on the tables and simultaneously drink from bottleslaughter and applauseBride laughs at her husbands speechthree girls laughtop table toasts the grooms speech at Stone Barnguests listen to the speechesThe groom holds a microphoneGuests smirk and laughguests laughingguests laughingThe bride looks lovingly at her husbandStone Barn Wedding speechesEveryone raises their glasses in a toastThe groom kisses his brideBride and groom laughing at the speechesGreat photo pf guests toastingStone Barn Wedding Venue PhotographerFirst Dance at Stone Barn Wedding Venue CotswoldsStone Barn Wedding guests cheers couple on during first danceCouple is silhouetted by disco lights at Stone BarnEveryone hits the dance floor at Stone Barn WeddingThe Wedding Band play their first songTwo ushers pick up anotherBride dances with her guestsgroom sings into a bottleThe bride takes over the bands microphonecrazy cheering by everyoneEveryone claps on the dance floorBand playing their instrumentsParty time at Stone Barn Wedding Venue CotswoldsA man does a silly danceGuests celebrate with huge smilesGuest points to the ceiling with both handsTwo women dance with drinks on their head at Stone Barn Wedding!Guest pull shapes on the dance floorA woman in a dress twirls a stickThe family unite in the middle of the dance floor Guests partyGuest hug on the dance floorGroom drinks out of a shoe as his friends cheer him on!Stone Barn Wedding Venue Cotswolds

If you’re looking for a Stone Barn or Cotswolds wedding photographer and are looking for natural, relaxed and beautiful wedding photos to tell the story of your day for years to come, I would love to hear from you.

To check if I’m free on your date, just drop me a line via my contact form here.


Stone Barn Dream Team:
That wedding gown! TDR Bridal in Halesowen. (A fellow TWIA winner!!)
Flowers: The Floral Studio in Perton (RHS Chelsea flower show medalist!)
Hair and Make-up: Lips and Locks, Victoria Abbosh
Videographer: Leanne at Bloomin’ Lovely
Second shooter: Aga Tomaszek (TWIA Judge!)
Cake: Cake Day Dreams
Band: The Season Function Band
Magician: Richard Parsons
Stone Barn Wedding accommodation: Barnsley House in Cirencester (bridal prep), Cats Abbey, Sherbourne, Cheltenham (BBQ!)
Church: St Michael and All Angels Church, Poulton.

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