Coltsfoot Country Retreat Hertfordshire wedding | James & Jude
IF YOU’RE PLANNING A WEDDING AT COLTSFOOT COUNTRY RETREAT IN HERTFORDSHIRE, YOU’LL LOVE THIS WEDDING FOR IDEAS!
James and Jude had a church wedding followed by a reception at Coltsfoot Country Retreat, which is a traditional barn in Hertfordshire with a rustic vibe. It was a fabulously fun wedding … despite torrential rain in the afternoon!
James and Jude booked me last minute so it was a whirlwind to plan their photography. But they dreamed of largely natural photos and were very easy-going, which made it a cinch for me to fit in and simply get on with capturing their day.
There was fun at every corner. Bright sunflowers, knitted flower pew ends, a red London bus, hula hoops, silly hats, plentiful cheese, throw your head back laughter … the list goes on! So I had just as much fun capturing the day as everyone else did celebrating it!
The ceremony was a church service in Jude’s parents’ local church, St Mary’s in Cheshunt.
My favourite bit of the ceremony was being able to capture the register signing as it actually happened. There’s usually a very strict ‘no photos’ rule while the register is out. But this time I had free rein to carry on. And, rather than challenging a dark dingy corner with a messy noticeboard background to a dual, the setting and light were gorgeous. Even the vicar thoughtfully stood to one side of the table so I could get a good angle. Happy me!
Why Coltsfoot Country Retreat is a great place to get married
Coltsfoot Country Retreat has a really laid-back vibe and is one of the best places for a wedding in Hertfordshire.
Everything is set around a central courtyard, keeping everyone and everything close to hand, making the day feel intimate. And there are lots of rustic buildings on the grounds that are perfect for portraits and group photos.
It’s unusual for a UK barn wedding venue too. It’s light, bright and airy inside, which helps hugely with capturing radiant and relaxed documentary photos.
James and Jude’s plan A: Enjoy champagne and garden games on the lawn.
But Mother N didn’t get the memo.
Thankfully, we just made it through a bit of hula-hooping (yep, Jude is a pro hooper!) and the group photos, before torrential rain set in for a couple of hours and everyone headed inside.
Happily, and handily, the rain stopped by the time the roast dinner had been devoured and the speeches made. So the (very competitive) giant Jenga challenges and hula contests resumed outside until it was too dark to see.
One thing that really caught my attention amongst the decor was the personalised polaroid placenames. James and Jude thoughtfully made these for each guest. They went down a storm, really helping to pass the time while everyone found their seats. The looks of surprise and joy on people’s faces while discovering, sharing and laughing over the memories the pictures brought back were amazing to capture. It made me consciously remember why I do this job. Photos are gold!
Advice for planning your wedding at Coltsfoot Country Retreat
Having photographed a rainy wedding at Coltsfoot, my best piece of advice is to have a wet-weather back-up plan. In particular, be flexible about when you do any portraits and group photos to take advantage of the dry spells. With guests sheltering inside, there’s not much room left to set-up and take group photos. So you’ll definitely need a way to do them outside or after dinner when some tables can be moved.
Apart from that, it’s a cracking venue. It’s neutral enough to work with whatever colour palette you choose. It has a laid-back vibe. And there’s a variety of photogenic backgrounds. All incredible ingredients for capturing relaxed wedding photos.
If you’re planning a wedding at Coltsfoot Country Retreat, pleeeease get in touch! I’d love to shoot there again!