As a wedding photographer,, Stone Barn holds a special place in my heart. Nestled on a peaceful hill outside Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, this magnificent country wedding venue offers sweeping views over the glorious Cotswold countryside. Every time I step foot onto the grounds of Stone Barn, I am instantly captivated by its serene and untouched beauty.
The venue itself is a lovely old Cotswold stone barn, steeped in history and charm. Despite its transformation into an elegant wedding venue, it has managed to retain its distinctive historical aesthetic that seamlessly blends into the surrounding landscape. The interior is simply enchanting, with flagstone floors, a massive open fireplace, and beautiful wooden beams. It’s a photographer’s dream, providing a stunning backdrop for capturing the intimate and romantic moments of a wedding day.
One of the highlights for me as a photographer is the opportunity to explore the pristine grounds. The gardens are breathtaking, overlooking the rolling Cotswold Hills with not another building in sight. It’s the perfect spot for an outdoor summer ceremony, where couples can exchange their vows against the backdrop of the idyllic countryside.
Stone Barn Dutch Barns
But it’s not just the barn and the surroundings that make Stone Barn an exceptional venue. The adjoining Dutch barns are equally impressive, featuring elegantly arched ceilings, beautiful corrugated iron roofs, and, most importantly, breathtaking views. These spaces provide the ideal setting for capturing candid moments of guests mingling, toasting, and celebrating. The gallery bar at the Dutch barns is a great spot for post-ceremony drinks, and the large open terrace with roaring fire pits adds a cozy touch to the festivities.
And let’s not forget about the food! Cripps Barn is renowned for its delicious culinary offerings. From whole BBQ’d lambs and sirloin bricks to rotisserie chicken and suckling pig, the menu options are mouthwatering. The emphasis on using the best ingredients and serving feast-style in bowls on the tables creates a simple, wholesome, and oh-so-yummy dining experience for couples and their guests.
What truly sets Stone Barn apart is the exceptional support and expertise provided by the Cripps & Co team. With nearly 30 years of experience in creating weddings, their dedicated team of wedding coordinators ensures that no detail is overlooked. From the big ideas to the last-minute details, they are there to make the couple’s vision come to life. They also have a network of extraordinary suppliers, including photographers like myself, florists, and cake makers, who can contribute to crafting a truly memorable wedding experience. Additionally, the venue offers nearby accommodations, making it convenient for couples and their loved ones.
As a wedding photographer, Stone Barn offers the perfect canvas for me to capture the love, joy, and beauty that unfold on a couple’s special day. From the picturesque landscape to the elegant barns, every element contributes to creating timeless and breathtaking images. The care and attention to detail that the Cripps & Co team provides ensures that the day runs smoothly, allowing me to focus on my craft and capture those precious moments that will be cherished for a lifetime. Stone Barn truly is a wedding photographer’s paradise.
Celebrating 10 years as a destination wedding photographer I wanted to share my 10 most extraordinary destination weddings. Not neccessarily the best or my favourites, but weddings that were just a little bit different.