Emma + Rico – Rayavadee Wedding, Krabi – Thailand

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Emma + Rico's Rayavadee Wedding in Krabi, Thailand.

I've been so excited to share Emma + Rico's stunning Rayavadee wedding in Krabi, Thailand. Partly because I get to open this story with monkeys but also because I absolutely loved being part of this experience. 

I could've never dreamt in a million years that my 'work' would take me to Thailand. I've always wanted to see the textured limestone cliffs, picturesque forests + idyllic beaches so when Emma + Rico asked Alline + I to photograph their wedding, we could barely believe our luck.

I wanted to share a huge "thank you" to Emma + Rico for letting us 'in' by being yourselves + for giving us so much creative freedom throughout the whole process. You took me to a part of the world that I've wanted to visit for *so* long + I'm genuinely so grateful that you trusted Alline + I to document this awesome wedding.

Emma + Rico had two ceremonies. The day started in the Grotto at Rayavadee, which is basically this stunning cave that overlooks Phra Nang beach. We quickly found ourselves in the middle of a Buddhist blessing conducted by actual, real-life monks. Emma + Rico exchanged gifts with them for chants of ancient blessings on their marriage as they exchanged "I-don't-know-what's-happening-but-this-is-awesome" looks at each other.

We took a short break for some portraits throughout the jungle that is ...Rayavadee. Any venue that can arrange private boats, the worlds fastest golf buggy's + multiple sea-tractors as transport is a winner in my eyes but Rayavadee is also sprawling with beautiful scenery. Within the same glance, the landscape can vary from idyllic beaches + secluded jungle habitats to awe-inspiring cliff faces + caves. It's pretty rare that I'm overwhelmed by the number of potential places to photograph portraits but I could've easily photographed Emma + Rico there for at least the next 50 years + not get bored.

Once the sun had chilled out a bit, we moved onto the main ceremony in a forest clearing. Emma + Rico's friends + family had travelled from Australia + England respectively + everyone was 100% emotionally invested in them as a couple. There wasn't a single person who wasn't on the verge of tears. As you might know, I'm incapable of crying at weddings because I'm a cold-hearted bisch ...but even my eyeballs were kind of sweating. 

After the ceremony, we strolled through the grounds of Rayavadee for some final portraits by the sea before joining the rest of Emma + Rico's family for drinks as the sun set over Phra Nang beach. Heartfelt, yet hilarious speeches echoed around the cave before that sound was replaced with the sound of 00's alternative punk rock until the early hours of the morning. I vaguely remember almost dancing off the edge of a small cliff before somehow regaining my balance off a light stand...which is why I bring light stands.​

One final quick shout out to my partner in crime, Alline for coming along with me for this crazy ride. ​I absolutely love sharing these experiences with you. Thank you being such a calming influence + for being such an amazing second brain. 

If you haven't already checked it out then you can go see Emma + Rico's Railay Beach engagement session by hitting the link. There's also a whole series of behind-the-scenes videos over on IGTV where you can watch Alline + I location scout, eat all the food + basically prance around like fools. So that exists, if that's what you're into.

Venue: Rayavadee Resort, Krabi
First dress: Top by Match Made Bridal and skirt by Martina Liana
Second dress: By Martina Liana from The Wedding House Derby
Bridesmaid dresses: By Jasmine Bridal, from The Wedding House Derby
Flower girl dress: By Emma Bridals, from The Wedding House Derby
Veil: by Richard Designs
Flower crowns: By Jo Beth Floral Design
Florals and styling by Rayavadee

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Categories: Destination Weddings, Elopements, Uncategorised and Weddings.

Sophie + James

Ettington Park Wedding

Sophie + James’ Ettington Park wedding ceremony was held outdoors, in the ruins of an old church in one of Britains ‘most haunted’ buildings. I wasn’t even scared. 

Sophie and James’ grandtastical Ettington Park wedding was in Alderminster, Stratford-upon-Avon. They had their ceremony on the grounds of the venue, which was great, because having everything in one venue meant more time for drinks. They chose Ettington Park, because it’s where they always wanted to have their wedding and they just love it there. It was such a relaxed wedding, which meant I had loads of freedom to approach the wedding as a guest. I love shooting weddings at Ettington Park, because the grounds are so varied and the photo ops are endless.

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Sophie got ready at her parents home called the “Bridle cottage” (how kind of appropriate is that?!) She got ready with her whole bridal squad, and the atmosphere was full of excitement. “Team Bride” kept Sophie calm as they all crammed into her childhood bedroom to help her get ready. Sophie + her dad then jumped into a fancy wedding car to the ceremony.

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The wedding itself was an intimate outdoor ceremony in the ruins of an old chapel in the grounds of Ettington Park. It was such a personal ceremony. Sophie + James seemed totally relaxed throughout + so happy to have all their family + friends around them.

The most fun part of the day was heading out for portraits, because Sophie + James love to laugh at each other + it was hilarious to hear their witty little stories. They also had a DIY photobooth during the party – it was so much fun! I didn’t actually know there was a photobooth until I spotted guests with random masks + costumes on the dancefloor (which made for some interesting photos).

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Sophie + James got in touch with me back in 2016 and their enquiry really intrigued me. They said they wanted a fun photographer, and I really liked that they love cats as much as me. Sophie told me all about her cat which is ACTUALLY called Rio Purdinand, which might be fave cat name of all time.

Sophie and James’s wedding had such a fun atmosphere and everyone was there to have a great time. Here’s their awesome wedding!

 

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So + Fabian – A London Pub Wedding

Islington Town Hall + London Pub Wedding.

I took the So + Fab “London Pub Wedding Tour” + referring to everything for the entire day as “SO FAB” didn’t get old.

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So + Fabian’s relaxed London pub wedding started at home where So was met by her family + friends before heading to their ceremony at Islington Town Hall. After a short but sweet ceremony, all the guests made the short walk over to The Draper’s Arms to hang out + eat some amazing pub grub. There were a few awesome speeches + the sun blazed through the large open windows of the pub throughout which meant I had some really nice light to play with. Happy photographer! Most weddings I photograph have two venues (a ceremony venue + wedding reception) but not So + Fab! They’re SO FAB (not even sorry)! We all jumped in London cabs + headed to another cool London pub – The Blacksmith + Toffee Maker in Finsbury. The Blacksmith + The Toffee Maker is a trendy London pub with an emphasis on typically gourmet London food. Everyone sat outside + bathed in the warm September sunshine, talking the night away.

 

Having a London wedding? 

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Hannah + Picky | Pub Wedding, Alderminster

Relaxed, Pub Wedding.

I photographed Hannah’s sisters wedding a few years back at the amazing Cripps Stone Barn so I already recognised loads of faces + knew it was gonna such a fun pub wedding in countryside. I love catching up with families I’ve met before at weddings – it’s like bumping into a bunch of old friends + getting to party with them all over again. This time it was Hannah + Picky’s turn. These guys made me feel like such an important part of the day + gave me total free creative reign to do whatever I like (literally the best thing you can say to any wedding photographer). They wanted laid back, fun wedding photography so I was able to get involved like any of the guests + photograph everyone just enjoying themselves + having a great time. Anyway…check this out… I literally got invited to go to the pub for a wedding. I took some photos + I didn’t even have to pay them to say this…

 

“Where do you even start with Chris Barber!? Argue with myself to decide what’s better… him or his photos! Chris you are simply amazing! We could not have asked for a nicer, more talented person to capture our wedding day, and my goodness did you capture everything about our day perfectly. We cannot get enough of our wedding photos, and pre wedding shoot pics. Everything has been beyond our wildest dreams. Can we get married again just so we can hang out with you again!? Thanks so much Chris!

Lots of love, The Picks”

⇢ more orchestral-level horn tootage over on facebook.

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Fun Wedding Photography : Chris Barber Photography

Wedding Venue: The Bell, Alderminster

Wedding Videographer: Blooming Lovely Films

Wedding Dress: Shakespeare In Love Wedding Flowers: The Stow Flower Shop

 

Having a pub wedding? 

I love laid back pub weddings. If you would like to see more photos from this wedding or would like to check availability for your wedding date, you can email me directly here or use the form below. Look forward to hearing from you!

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Ria + Jordan | Town Hall Hotel, London Wedding

Town Hall Hotel Wedding.

this is ria + jordan. they got married at one of my favourite venues in london – the town hall hotel. it’s such a quirky venue with loads of cool wood panels upstairs + around the old court room. the reception areas are full of unique details + alternative decor, so plenty of stuff to keep my eyes busy.

jordan is really good at being funny + ria is a wedding photographer. i mean… ria’s funny as well but it’s important to note that she’s a wedding photographer because i am also a wedding photographer so that’s…like… a thing because it should feel like a lot of pressure but it doesn’t because i know how to use the word because a lot + because i hate starting new sentences.

here’s some photos, just because.

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London Wedding Venue: Town Hall Hotel Wedding dress: Anatole by Delphine Manivet Grooms Suit: Paul Smith Flower Girls Tutus: Children Salon Bridesmaid Dresses: There Formation London Wedding Photographers: Chris Barber Photography

 

Having a London wedding? 

Great! I’m a wedding photographer in London creating unposed, real + fun photography filled with authentic expressions. I love laid back London weddings so If you would like to see more photos from this wedding or would like to check availability for your wedding date, you can email me directly here or use the contact page

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Rachael + Mark | The Oyster Shed Wedding.

Stoke Newington Town Hall + The Oyster Shed Wedding

rachael + mark got married at stoke newington town hall before heading to their oyster shed wedding, in central london. we travelled around on a red london bus, stopping at some london landmarks on the day and then chilled out on the thames with everyone before food was served. then the absolute megastar arrived. his name is barkley + he basically hung around for some group shots…peed up a tree…and left. total legend.

later on, rachael + mark took a stroll down the thames with me for some portraits. the shard looked down over us all day, so we couldn’t avoid a few shots with london’s favourite glass iceberg but some of my favourites are actually some of the more simple portraits. rachael + mark fully trusted what i do + after meeting them in brixton a few weeks earlier for their engagement session – they were totally themselves in front of camera…which is my fave. they were also super patient with my undying love of concrete + walls.

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Wedding Venue: The Oyster Shed, London Wedding Dress: Calm Amongst The Chaos Make up: Zoe Hickman  Flowers: Wild Child Flowers London Wedding Buses: Routemaster Hire London Wedding Photographer: Chris Barber Photography

 

Having a London wedding? 

Great! I’m a wedding photographer in London creating unposed, real + fun photography filled with authentic expressions. I love laid back London weddings so If you would like to see more photos from this wedding or would like to check availability for your wedding date, you can email me directly here or use the contact page

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Claire + Tom

Woodland Weddings, Tring

claire + tom chose woodland weddings (tring) as their unique outdoor wedding venue. it’s pretty rare that i get to photograph an outdoor wedding ceremony but super fun when i do. outdoor ceremonies obviously get all the awesome natural light, which usually totally dies the minute you go inside a church or town hall. the whole day was in one part of the wood, so nobody had to worry about moving from venue to venue. a few guests even camped over night!

planning an outdoor wedding in the UK can be kinda risky…presuming you’re not a big fan of rain. so claire + tom did have *some* shelter in the form of an amazing tipi with cascading fairy lights + a freakin’ huge light up “OMG” sign. oh…and there was a swing! need i say anymore?

“Chris captured the whole essence of our day, the fun, the laughter and the love. When we got our photos back, we were both saying “how did he get that photo, I don’t remember him being there!”. He was so discreet, but then when he did interact with our guests, everyone loved him and felt really comfortable with him. After he got all the group shots, he just hung out with our guests and caught some hilarious moments from the speeches right through to the impromptu dance offs and silent disco. This guy has a unique gift for capturing emotion and we are so grateful we found such an incredible photographer.” – Claire and Tom

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Charlotte + Dan | Curradine Barns Wedding

Curradine Barns Wedding.

Charlotte and Dan’s Curradine Barns wedding setting was a modern barn in Shrawley, West Midlands. It was such a fun day and even the weather played ball!

Charlotte got ready at Curradine Barns with her bridal squad, and the atmosphere was so calm. The ceremony was an intimate affair in the barn. The awesome beams of the barn framed the ceremony perfectly + Dan even managed to hold it together without crying. The reception was in the barn at the venue. They chose Curradine Barns because it has so many options and they just love it there. It was a fun wedding, which incorporated all sorts of quirky DIY elements. I love shooting Curradine Barns weddings because the surroundings are absolutely amazing. There’s such a variety of spots for photos within a 2 minute radius of the barn so I can get a really nice range of portraits.

They had a drinks reception in the afternoon, and a photobooth in the evening. Not just any live music but music by the one + only.Elton (kind of) John! They decorated the venue with so many quirky DIY features and tealights, because it’s so cosy.

The funniest part of the day was when the one + only Elton (kind of) John stepped up to play the night away, because he looked exactly like Elton + played a bunch of Elton bangers throughout the night. They also had a Doughnut tower cake, a popcorn machine + oven baked pizza during the party – it was so much fun!

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2017 Favourites

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couldn’t bring myself to call this a “best of” so here’s a few of my personal favourites from this year.

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Laura + Harry – Santa Maria Di Castellabate Wedding

Santa Maria Di Castellabate Wedding.

Back in the summer I was invited to be part of Laura + Harry’s Castellabate wedding. This whole wedding was *stunning*. I’ve loved photographing destination weddings recently. There’s something so exciting about getting on a place + heading to a location that’s totally different to where I usually shoot. I love working with new types of light, completely different architecture + meeting people from different cultures. I always arrive at least a day in advance (because air travel) which means I usually get to meet + hang out with my couples friends + families before the wedding. Meeting everyone in advance makes it feel like I’m a genuine part of the day, rather than just the “official photographer” which builds trust + means that guests feel more at ease in front of camera. I genuinely consider this group of people as good friends + it’s sort of awesome that ‘job’ allows me to see exciting new places, meet awesome people + create photos that make people happy.

This was the third wedding I’ve photographed for this group of friends. It started back in 2016 when I shot Liam + Maria’s laid back pub wedding, followed by Ria + Jordan’s London Town Hall Hotel wedding in London before this total feast for the eyes.

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destination wedding photograpy: www.chrisbarberphotography.co.uk wedding ceremony location: santa maria di castellabate, torre perrotti wedding reception location: santa maria di castellabate wedding venue: II calesse, castellabate bridesmaids dresses: ASOS wedding planner: my secret italy laura’s dress: Watters harry’s suit: reiss

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