Shustoke Farm Barns Wedding | Bryony & Craig
Today I’m sharing the wedding videography highlights and some still frames from Craig and Bryony’s Shustoke Farm Barns wedding which took place in late March on a bright spring day. After what felt like a very long, cold and snow filled winter (there was snow on the ground the weekend before their wedding!) I was so glad the weather held for them and they could enjoy the grounds and courtyard in the early afternoon sunshine.
A Shustoke Farm Barns Wedding in Spring
Shustoke Farm Barns in Coleshill has been purpose converted for use as an exclusive use wedding venue by family-run Cripps & Co who also own and run wedding venues in the Cotswolds and Northumberland. Shustoke Farm Barns features high vaulted ceilings, large glass doors on both sides flooding the ceremony and reception area with natural light, and one of my favourite features as a wedding videographer; glass covered diamond shaped brickwork at the back. The bokeh is amazing and it makes for a really special backdrop for the ceremony! If you ever catch me pointing my lens at the ceiling or floor, it’s because I’m a magpie for pretty light to use as b-roll (the detail shots that act like glue to piece wedding films together). Shustoke Farm Barns did not disappoint!
Shustoke Farm Barns Wedding Videography | Storytelling Wedding Filmmaking
Shustoke Farm Barns is a stunning wedding barn venue in Warwickshire, about 25 minutes drive from central Birmingham. Both Bryony and Craig stayed over at the Lea Marston Hotel nearby the night before their wedding to get ready close to the venue on the Friday morning. It worked out perfectly since I was filming solo on the day, but could easily capture the action from both Bryony and Craig’s perspectives. I really love filming morning prep, as it’s a chance to start filming at a slower pace before the day really gets under way, and for the wedding party to get used to having the extra cameras around. Bryony and Craig have a wonderful group of friends who were so warm and welcoming, and so it was a really lovely start to the day! As someone who moved around a lot as a child and isn’t in touch with anyone from primary school, I’m always touched by friendships that stretch back to childhood. It’s a special kind of friendship that lasts so many years and something to be cherished.
Bryony chose a really lovely wedding dress with three-quarter sleeves and a blush layer beneath the lace. I love unique wedding dresses and she looked amazing with her long hair worn down and custom flower comb by Lichfield based Bloom Fleuriste! Speaking of flowers, Hannah from Bloom Fleuriste worked up a storm on flowers with eucalyptus, white ranunculus, white anemone and even a little pop of blue hydrangea in the mix. She creates a really lovely experience with her flowers too, delivering them in little boxes with name tags which look amazing and feel really personal.
To go with her wedding dress, Bryony’s friends wore two piece outfits with lavender coloured full length skirts and white lace crop tops with cap sleeves. The guys weren’t left out on the style front though! Craig and his groomsmen wore blue wool suits, blue (groomsmen) and grey (Craig) waistcoats and patterned bow ties. I love the trend for wool suits and bow ties, it’s really nice to wear something special on your wedding day and not feel like you’re putting on a suit that you would wear to work!
After capturing Bryony in her dress and Craig depart with his friends, I drove the three miles over to Shustoke Farm Barns where the rest of the day’s celebrations were set to take place. This is the point of the day where I am always glad to have Ed film with me as I like to capture the ceremony and speeches from two angles, but Shustoke was a dream set up for filming solo. There’s so much space up at the front of the ceremony room to set up a second camera on a tripod so I quickly set up, placed microphones, and then headed back out to the front of the barn to capture Bryony arriving with her dad and bridesmaids.
After their ceremony and confetti it was time for drinks and canapes in the olive tree lined courtyard while the team at Shustoke Farm Barns turned the room around for dinner. If you’re a guest at a wedding you possibly don’t notice the efforts that go on behind the scenes to create the magical settings you enjoy. Between covering the drinks reception and photo shoot, I was flitting in and out to capture all of the table decorations and flowers inside. These are the little details that Ed often covers when we film together. In seemingly no time, the rose petals that had lined the aisle had been swept up from the floor and fully laid up tables were carried out from the back room and set in place.
Following dinner and speeches, evening guests began to arrive as the band set up. Fire pits for warmth and toasting marshmallows (and lighting sparklers!) had been set up in the courtyard during the speeches, which proved very popular! Photographer Dan and I snuck Bryony and Craig off for a few more nighttime photos and footage under the festoon lighting that is strung along the treeline out the front of the barns, and then it was time for the dancing to begin and the party to really get under way!
Thank you Bryony and Craig for having me along to film for you on your wedding day and for being so relaxed and fun. I hope you had the best time and that your films help you to remember all the little details and moments for years to come!
If you’ve stumbled upon this post as you plan your own Shustoke Farm Barns Wedding or a Cripps Barn Wedding at another of their venues, do get in touch to find out more! I love barn weddings and I would love to join you on your wedding day to capture your own celebrations in motion picture and sound!
Bryony & Craig’s suppliers:
photography by Story and Colour; hair by Juliet Johnson; make-up by Emily Grosvenor MUA; floral design by Bloom Fleuriste; venue: Shustoke Barn; blush & lace three-quarter length sleeve wedding dress by Divine Atelier via Serendipity Brides with adjustments made by The Fitting Room in Dunchurch; groom’s blue wool suit by Noose and Monkey and shoes by Dr Martens; bridesmaids’ separates by Mix Bridal; groomsmen’s suits and pocket squares via ASOS; evening entertainment by Midlands wedding band East River; cheese cake by The Cheese Shed