Rob and Laura’s wedding at Bassmead Manor Barn, a beautiful barn wedding venue in Cambridgeshire.
Who wouldn’t like to get married at Bassmead Manor Barn; charming barn wedding venue set among acres of beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside.
This rural wedding venue consists of several buildings with The Moat Barn being the oldest with a 300 years old history!
The newer part of the venue The Bridge Barn is equally beautiful with its oak beam structure and big glass windows all around letting plenty of natural light in.
The perfect balance between the old and modern surrounded by beautiful gardens right next to the river was probably one of the reasons Laura and Rob picked the Bassmead Manor Barns to be the ONE!
I worked at Bassmead Manor Barns many times previously and I really wanted to create something that I haven’t done before. The best time to create some “magical” – dramatic portraits is between the wedding breakfast and the first dance.
This will also give a newly wedded couple some extra time on their own just before the “party” evening starts. Even though it was raining most of the day I kept assuring Laura and Rob that I’d ordered a glorious sunset after all that darkness, of course, they didn’t believe me and just laughed. Just after the speeches to everybody surprise (even mine) the rain suddenly stopped and the sky opened up like someone just waved a magic wand. We had to act very quickly as we didn’t know how long it was going last, so before Laura and Rob realised they were standing in the middle of the fields all by themselves enjoying a bit of privacy, absorbing all the emotions with a beautiful after sunset dramatic sky. I was, of course, working on finding that perfect spot to capture the beauty of the moment in the most creative way.
During the portrait walk, I urge my couples to completely forget about me and focus on the moment, take it as a time out where they can take a deep breath and realise how precious that moment really is. I don’t want my couples to perform in front of the camera. Instead, I want them to be themselves and show who they really are and how they feel. Then they can just leave the rest up to me..it’s simple as that!! And that’s exactly what Laura and Rob did.
They had loads of fun and laughter but also a few quiet moments where they just enjoyed their cuddle listening to each other’s breath, embracing that very special moment to be freshly married. Together we managed to create some striking natural portraits, no awkward posing, no bossy instructions .. just pure love and loveliness!
The story of Laura and Rob
When we first met?
We met at work 6 years ago and started as friends. Then one Christmas party there was an ongoing joke that we were the only single people on the team and we should be each other’s +1. From there, things just clicked and the rest is history.
Rob – it was in the pipeline for about 6 months. We had booked to go on holiday to Italy and I decided to hire a boat and drive us around the Capri coastline…..little did Laura know I had never driven a boat before and safe to say it was a little bit rocky, at one point Laura was nearly thrown over from me hitting the waves so hard. I wasn’t very nervous about the proposal itself, I was more nervous about Laura being nosey and finding the ring in my rucksack. I decided to stop the boat and drop the anchor in the sea somewhere quiet…..that way if Laura said no then nobody would see me throw her overboard.
Laura – I had no idea the proposal was on the way. We had been to quite a few weddings and Rob had thrown me off the scent by making comments that it would be us in a few years’ time. The day of the proposal was my birthday and Rob had surprised me with some really lovely presents and a beautiful scrapbook that he had made himself containing photographs and memories of things we had done together. We then hopped on a ferry over to Capri before boarding a speed boat Rob had hired. It was supposed to be romantic but we were hitting the waves so hard I thought I was going to lose some teeth. I was so happy when he made the suggestion to stop in a quiet little cove. After we had settled, Rob told me that he had one final present for me and to close my eyes. This was the first time I wondered whether this could be it. When I opened them, Rob was down on one knee with a ring in his hand. It was a total surprise and so overwhelming.
Something silly or quirky
Rob: Laura will always find something she loves to buy when shopping especially for clothes. She then talks herself out of it by repeating whether she actually needs it or not before it ultimately falls into the basket.
Laura: Rob finds a song he loves and plays it continuously for around a week. This leads to him over killing it completely and then neither of us wanting to listen to it again.
One thing we wish we would have known earlier with regards to planning:
Overestimating how long it would take to organise the smaller more personalised details. The big things are easy, the smaller bits take time and effort to get them just right.
Advice for other couples
Laura – Enjoy the planning, it’s so easy to get caught up in everything and get stressed over the smallest things. Start early by booking your vendors and then make sure you put time aside to plan things together. Planning should be fun!
Rob – Everybody will tell you just how quickly the day goes……..believe them, before you know it your evening guests are arriving so make sure you make a little bit of time to spend alone as bride and groom.
An important factor when choosing a photographer and the reason we chose Latzo
For us choosing a photographer was easy. We had seen Latzo in action at a number of weddings and fell in love with his natural style and friendly nature. It is clear to us that he absolutely loves what he does and this shows in his truly amazing photographs. There really was no other choice for us!
Venue: Bassmead Manor Barns
Florist: Emily Tallulah Flowers
Dress Designer: Mark Lesley
Dress Salon: Stunning Bridal
Hair/Makeup: Cambridge Makeup Artist
Bridesmaid Dresses: Purbelle
The thing we love about each other
Rob – I know that Laura would do anything for me, she’s very kind-hearted
Laura – How thoughtful Rob is, I’ve never met anybody quite like him.
Our Wedding Decor and Theme
The wedding was loosely themed around the proposal as well as Laura’s favourite colour, purple. All of our tables were named after places on the Amalfi Coast and when we found out we could have homemade pizza in the evening, there really was no other choice.
The best part of the wedding
Rob: Of course seeing Laura walking down the aisle towards me but in typical Laura fashion she did keep me waiting for 10 minutes. However, another highlight was seeing our photographer run over the bridge and slip over on the wet grass, it really made us chuckle (sorry Latzo I had to mention it, hats off to you though you got back up had a little look around to make sure nobody else had seen and carried on snapping away)
Latzo: You do realize I only did it to make you laugh 🙂 .. I’ll do anything to get a good shot 🙂
Laura: There are so many amazing moments it’s difficult to pick one. Seeing Rob’s face for the first time has to be the one that stands out most. I was so nervous before walking down the aisle but as soon as I saw his big smile, all my worries disappeared.