The Springtime Mythe Barn Wedding of Sally & Jon.
Here’s a Springtime Mythe Barn Wedding to follow on from this week’s earlier wedding feature which was also at Mythe Barn. Thanks to Sally & Jon for the great testimonial at the end of the article, where she mentions that they ‘took forever and a day to tweak this & that’. You didn’t at all folks!
There was an issue with the green of the bridesmaid’s dresses and other items appearing as a petrol blue even when processed in three different RAW converters. It’s not something I’ve seen before and needed a lot of extra processing & retouching skills to get the colours perfect. It wasn’t a problem at all.
Having a previous background in prepress and colour management in the print industry, I’m a bit of a perfectionist with colour. A swatch of material supplied by Sally, my daylight temperature lighting and neutral office walls, a tightly calibrated monitor and some skill with selective colour adjustments and masking ensured that the issue was sorted!
So, how did you meet? – tell us a little more about yourselves.
We met at work, the West Midlands Ambulance Service where I was a Paramedic and Jon had just joined as a Technician. He arrived to start a day shift, and I was just leaving following the night shift, that sight should have put him off straight away haha! We worked a shift together a few weeks later, and then started dating shortly after!”
The proposal – who proposed, where, when & how?
“Jon proposed on holiday in Ibiza. It was the 2nd time we had been there together, and it’s a really special place for us. It’s so funny to look back on now, from my perspective, not knowing what was coming my way!
We went to a beach at sunset. At this particular beach on a Sunday, there is always a gathering of people who ‘drum down the sun’, so it’s a really relaxed and pleasant atmosphere, and we had been there on our first visit.
So Jon’s plan, long in the making, was that we would go there again for the big question! However, the first time we went, it was reasonably quiet – only about 20-30 people at the far end of the beach next to all the drums. This time, it was full – there were people everywhere. This was perfect for me and I didn’t mind at all! I wanted to sit further down the beach this time, nearer to all the drumming and all the people, but Jon wasn’t so keen, “no no, let’s sit up here where it’s a bit quieter”.
“You boring buggar”, I thought as we sat down – haha. There were people all over the place, and he felt like all eyes were on him. But he had a little Dutch courage in the form of a can of beer, and hopped on to his knee for the proposal, sporting a beautiful ring in a little black box.
I laughed, and then said yes! And then he put the ring away!
He said it probably wouldn’t fit. I had to ask him to open the box again so I could try it on. It fit perfectly, and there were lots of hand pictures taken that night, mostly holding champagne glasses!
Five days later we found out that we were expecting our little baby Benjamin. No more champers for me!”
How was the wedding planning process for you?
“I was on maternity leave, so a few episodes of Say Yes to the Dress spurred me on to start planning! We searched for venues first and landed on the perfect one straight away. We looked at a couple of others after, more to reassure parents that we weren’t just falling for the first lovely place we saw – knowing all along that we would return to our first find! And the rest of it did take a whole year to plan our springtime Mythe Barn Wedding.”
Where did you get married and what was it about the venue(s) that appealed so much?
“We married at Mythe Barn in Atherstone. We found it online and loved the pictures so went for a visit. It is a beautiful, light, open space. Simply and classically decorated, so it’s just a perfect blank canvas for any wedding style. We visited on the 2nd May, and there were lambs in the fields outside and birds singing through the open doors of the ceremony room. We got all smiley and knew we wanted a springtime Mythe Barn wedding!”
How would you describe the style of your wedding and what made you decide to go down that route?
“I don’t think we had a particular style. We wanted everything to remain quite straightforward and classic, nothing too ‘out there’ or trendy, so that we know we can look back in 30 years and not be horrified at our choice of dress/suits, etc. – though we may still, who knows!
We had lots of bridesmaids and page boys of various ages to dress, so we just really wanted to make sure that the little ones were relaxed and comfortable all day long, but still looking smart. Nanny knitted the boys waistcoats, and my sister crocheted bow ties in a matching colour to the girl’s dresses, perfect!”
Cuisine. What kind of food and drink was served and why?
“Ooh, this bit was fun. Food at Mythe Barn is fantastic. We’re so tempted to book in for another tasting event and hope they don’t recognise us. We had the best canapés, and our lovely host at Mythe Barn would sneak us away now and then and give us 2 minutes on our own and a plate of goodies! Yum! And then we had a BBQ in the evening, but I didn’t have anything at all! I was too busy and the time just went in a flash!”
What were the most memorable part(s) of the day and what was the funniest moment?
“Our little Benny stole the show from start to finish. He was 16 months old, and walked down the aisle with his little cousin Archie who had just turned 1 – they may have had a little bit of encouragement from Auntie Cheryl! And after a little snooze, he danced the night away in his pyjamas as only toddlers can.”
Did anything go wrong on the day and were there any surprises?
“I was late – which was less than ideal! But everyone rallied around and I never really felt the time pressure until the last minute, everyone was so calming and relaxing! As I was driving in, I was thinking, “oh no this is about the time that Jon was supposed to arrive” – and then I saw his car driving up the long entrance ahead of me.
I had to call my lovely bridesmaid Vicky who was inside already to come out and usher him in quickly! She didn’t tell him why, though, bless her, he just thought she was being really helpful.”
Is there anything you would have done differently?
“I don’t think so! I might have hired more decorations instead of buying it, and then it wouldn’t still be clogging up the attic one year on because I have never got around to selling everything as I said I would!”
Do you have any advice for other couples in the stages of planning their own dream day wedding?
“Be specific with your vendors. I think because I’m quite easy going, saying – “oh whatever you think is best, I don’t mind”, etc. – but actually, you do mind, of course! Even if you have a very wishy-washy vision of how something should be, you should discuss it with your vendors, because they can help find what it is you’re looking for, even if you’re not initially 100% sure yourself.”
“From our very first meeting, we felt relaxed and comfortable with Ian, and in safe hands. We’re both terrible at having our picture taken, so candid documentary style photos were the way to go for us!
Ian said at our first meeting that we wouldn’t even know he was there – and he was completely right. I don’t know how he snapped some of the pics he did!
Looking through our beautiful album now really brings back so many perfect memories, and small details too, that maybe we just wouldn’t recall without these great images of the day to walk us through every minute.
After the day was all done, our pictures were ready super quick – and then we took forever and a day to tweak this and that, with no complaint from Ian at all.
A perfect choice of photographer for us and our springtime Mythe Barn wedding – thank you!”
Ian – “Thanks so much Sally & Jon, the tweaking after the wedding wasn’t a problem at all. For the readers – The green bridesmaids’ dresses, and the boys’ waistcoats and ties were showing up as a petrol blue. Several attempts at processing shots in three different RAW converters achieved the same results – petrol blue instead of green. I had to spend a little more time selecting the petrol blue hues in each image and selectively adjusting until the colour was spot on. Honestly not an issue for me at all, having worked in pre-press/colour management in print for many years, getting the right colour is vital. Your album will last a lifetime, and you need to see everything as you remembered it – all part of the service!”