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Mr and Mrs Barden Wedding - Coopers Arms

4 March 2018

When I first met Anna & Steven at one of the wedding fairs, I knew this wasn’t going to be any normal wedding. For a start they are both racing drivers, they met at a race meeting, and he proposed with a snap on socket cut down to look like a ring. At this point my head was going in to overload in the photos i could take. Anna & Steven was well in to my ideas as well as theirs.

I met them just before the wedding just to go over the final bits, to make their day as stress free as possible. There ideas we’re brilliant and I went away feeling positive.

The day came and it was a cloudy/drizzle, soon as I met Anna for the bridle prep she had a good vibe going on, and i knew that the weather didn’t bother her.

The cars weren’t your Rolls Royce, Bentley’s or any other posh wedding car, oh no, they had to be different, they have cleaned up and had their racing cars as their wedding cars. There was a Honda Civic, Renault Clio and a Ford Escort MK3. They looked stunning in the yard with the ribbon.

At this point I should tell you that the wedding was based on racing cars (if you haven’t have guessed yet) When we was ready to go to the church it was Anna driving her Dad to the church. But before that happened we had the challenge of getting the bride in her dress in to a racing car with bucket seats. It was a little squeeze but it was the first glimpse of her wedding shoes, sorry wedding racing shoes.

We got to Bretby Church and it’s a lovely little church in Derbyshire on the out skirts of the village. The vicar was nice and a bit of a comedian as well through the service. After the service we headed back to Anna & Steven’s home so they can put one of the cars away and for some photos before going of to the venue.

On the way to the venue they wanted a photo as if they have broken down, so we did that on the road side, then we headed to Coopers Arms in Weston on Trent which was the venue for the day.

We had some lovely photos taken by the lake and with the cars. The staff at Coopers Arms were fantastic and they did a good job decorating the room and making the guest welcomed. The food came out and it was very tasty (I do recommend this place for a meal and a drink) It’s a family run business and it has been the same family running it for years.

The evening came and we did a few shots outside with the cars and the sunset and a smoke grenade.

I really enjoyed this wedding as it was different, Anna & Steven was fantastic, their family and friends were so kind and made my job easy. For my first wedding of 2018 they have moved the bar high.

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