Donna + John | Lapstone Barn | Cotswolds wedding

Cotswold Wedding Photographer

Donna and John, the new Mr ands Mrs Kirby were married at Lapstone Barn on a crisp foggy day in the Cotswolds on November 30 2019 – a perfect day from start to finish. John is from Ireland, so his family and friends were over for a full weekend of celebration, staying in the nearby town of Chipping Camden. Lapstone Barn is such a gorgeous venue full of character and rusticness and as I’d travelled down the day before, I met the couple on the Friday PM to explore the venue and make sure we chatted over the perfect spots for their photos!

The day started with a crisp frost and plenty of atmospheric fog as I made my way down the long drive way towards the venue.. talk about setting the scene of the day! Donna and her bridal party were getting ready in the Hayloft with it’s wooden beams and open space, it really does make for a perfect bridal preparation setting! I decided to nip back to Chipping Camden to capture some of John and the boys getting ready at a nearby cottage and then it was straight back to the venue as guests started to arrive.

As the wedding approached, guests filled the amazing ceremony hall with its stunning natural light and brick work! oh just amazing to photograph! Donna made her entrance and their wasn’t a dry eye in the house. One particular shot of the couple’s first kiss with smiling, happy guests behind them was probably my favourite shot of the day, it just sums up the happiness and joy from everyone involved.

We were truly blessed with gorgeous late winter sunlight as I took a walk around the venue with the newly married couple and we captured some natural shots with open fields behind them and finishing off with a stunning shot walking back down the drive way.

The day ended with a brilliant first dance and fully choreographed dance routine from the happy couple! (always a crowd pleaser!) and a live band to bring the house down as guests drank and partied into the night!

Shortly after receiving their wedding photos I received some lovely words from the happy couple

“My husband and I loved every minute of our wedding day. It’s true what they say, it really does go so quickly! But having James capture our day, not a moment was missed. When we received our photos, the day came flooding back, some photos had been taken without us realising and we could not stop smiling!!

James captured the essence of our day, showing the natural stunning winter light and our photos were outstanding. He hadn’t been to the venue before but this didn’t phase him or affect the quality of our photos. On showing family and friends, one said our photos are the best that they have seen and I couldn’t agree more!! We couldn’t be happier with James and his work and if you are lucky enough to have him for your wedding day, you won’t be either. Thank you James for capturing every moment of our special day to forever look back on and bring smiles to our faces.”

Thank you so much guys! it was such a fun day!


Cotswold Wedding Photographer

Are you getting married soon? even better if its at Lapstone Barn! such a beautiful venue!  if so, drop me a message & let’s talk!

Enjoy a selection photo’s from my time with Donna & John below! It’s always my aim to tell the perfect visual story of your day!

You can see a slideshow of their day here also! each couple that book me get one of these slideshows.