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Hindu Wedding & Reception | Crockwell Farm | Daventry
A picturesque venue in the middle of the countryside, perfect for an outdoor Hindu wedding
When Sagar & Gayatri first enquired for me to photograph their wedding, it sounded amazing on so many levels. The venue, Crockwell Farm, is set in the middle of Northamptonshire countryside, and they were planning on having an outdoor Hindu Wedding in the middle of a field. It sounded like a dream for a Creative Wedding Photographer such as myself!
A Ceremony With A View
Fast forward to the day, and their plan became a reality! I arrived early at the venue as the mandap was being constructed in the field overlooking grazing sheep in the distance. I mean, what a view for the guests! Sagar was up and about, looking relaxed as he welcomed some of the wedding party who were already on site.
As he departed to start getting ready, this gave me the opportunity to wonder around the beautiful grounds of Crockwell Farm. There are so many lovely spots around which provided some ideas and locations for portraits later in the day. There is also a working farm adjacent to the main house which had an enormous yellow tractor parked up next to it. Again, the Creative Wedding Photographer in me was having ideas for potential shots later in the day.
After a slow start, the morning seemed to speed up as guests were arriving and having breakfast in the house. After saying hello to Gayatri in her room and taking a few getting ready shots, I made my way up to see Sagar who was having his pagh was being tied.
With the mandap now set up in the field, guests congregated outside the house for the grooms arrival. The lively entrance started moments after Sagar arrived, as the procession danced their way to the field for the start of the ceremony.
The Start Of The Ceremony
Soon after, Gayatri was accompanied down to the mandap, where Sagar was waiting to greet his bride to be. The ceremony was beautifully conducted by Pandit Shyam Das, and the setting looked incredible on a warm spring morning. Live music was provided by Mistry Music, with background vocals provided by the odd bleating sheep in the distance. It’s so easy to get caught up in capturing the moments during weddings that you forget where you are. It’s not often you find yourself in the middle of a field surrounded by beautiful countryside while photographing a wedding.
I had the pleasure in photographing Sagar & Gayatri’s pre-wed shoot a few weeks prior, and I knew what a fun couple they were. So when it came to the wedding, I knew exactly what to expect. Plenty of laughs, jokes and spontaneity! Once the ceremony had finished, it was time for some portraits around the grounds.
Portraits With A Creative Twist
I had planned a route from my initial scout of the area when I first arrived, so we calmly made our way around the grounds capturing some beautiful portraits. But for me, the best was saved for last. We all jumped into the venue owners Land Rover, who drove us up the hill to a nearby clover field. Literally, clover as far as the eye could see. And these two were loving every moment – including running, Bollywood style, through the field. It certainly provided some great moments to capture.
After a change to their evening outfits, the couple made their entrance to the reception where there were speeches, cake cutting and dancing. The early evening sun was casting a lovely warm glow over the venue, so it would have been rude not to take advantage of this amazing light. More portraits were taken around the grounds, and this time chasing the golden light through the trees.
As a Creative Wedding Photographer, it was so much fun working with Sagar & Gayatri. They fully trusted my vision and approach to their day, making it easy for me to capture it in a relaxed and creative way. And I think the joy they had during their wedding is evident in every frame. And with that, here are some highlights from their beautiful wedding at Crockwell Farm.