Bay Tree Hotel Wedding – Burford
The Bay Tree is such a beautiful Cotswold venue hidden away in the streets of Burford. It has such charm, character and atmosphere. There is a wonderful good size garden outside and a fantastic function room decorated with country charm. It is so visual, aesthetic, and lends its self beautifully to weddings. The guests can wonder thought out the rooms, sit next to roaring fires, dance in the garden room, relax on sofas and hang out being served espresso martinis in the bar.
Emma and Alex had the best wedding day in late September. The soft warmth of the Autumn sun beamed down all day and gave a wonderful sunset in the evening. They got married in the St John the Baptist Church in Burford so were abel to walk through the streets to The Bay Tree for their reception. Both Emma and Alex got ready in different Air B&Bs in the heart of the town, which meant that i had the joy of being able to capture them both during the preparations in the morning. The boys were staying in a fantastic place called The Greyhound. You entered through what felt like huge garage door into a covered archway. This was filled with walking sticks, hunter wellies, old books and ferns. There was a glorious soft light from the ceiling which created the perfect location for some really atmospheric ushers photos. Carry on through the archway into the gardens that felt like they stretch the entire length of Burford. They were filled with apple trees, burning red vagina creepers, old green houses, wild plants, plumb trees and the smell of warm fermenting apples.
Emma had personally designed here dress and it was so beautifully made by Sarah Willard. It was so perfect for Emma and her pair of silver Jimmy Choos brought an extra bit of glam to it. We were able to disappear from the hustle of clinking glasses for 15mins or so for some wonderful portrait photos of Emma and Alex in the gardens of The Greyhound and the street outside The Bay Tree. Emma wore a mid length viel which caught the stunning Autumn light beautifully. Sometimes during the portrait shoots the surroundings are so captivating and the light is so beautiful that the opportunities for portraits are plentiful and with in only 15mins or so we have managed to capture a wealth of images. This was one such venue, and i had to tear myself away knowing that i had got plenty of great images, but desperate to keep photographing this gorgeous couple.
Emma and Alex had designed a Mexico theme for the tables and day. They had arranged a wonderful trio who serenaded the guests with Mexican music. The table were decorated with bright and vibrant Mexican fabric with cactuses and tins filled with bright and fresh flowers. The chefs at The Bay Tree produced dish after dish of delicious Mexican food and the guest were kept amused by laughing and joking about each of their personalised name places. From the meal the guests moved on to the cosy bar in which they were served Espresso Martini’s a sure pick you up for the dancing. The dance floor was alive all night thanks to the fantastic Nameless Three. These guys were seriously good, real talent and so entertaining.