We’re going to reboot the 2021 season with a wedding in lockdown. Megan and Del’s classic and intimate lockdown wedding at The Tithe Barn in Petersfield, Hampshire was my first this year. With it being 4 months since my last shoot, I jumped at the chance of getting away for the weekend to this lovely rural location.
As I write this, the government is leading us out of these restrictions. It’s been a challenging 14 months, but I really enjoyed shooting a handful of these smaller covid weddings last winter. Many couples postponed their weddings for their own reasons, but I think Megan and Del have proven that weddings in a lockdown can be just as amazing. Hopefully, now we can begin to return to some kind of normality in the wedding industry.
A Classic and Intimate Lockdown Wedding
Initially, they planned for 250 guests in July 2021 at Sefton Park Palm House in Liverpool. Still, due to coronavirus and the level of uncertainty in the wedding industry, that, unfortunately, was not possible. We scaled down the guest list to 15 guests and stumbled across the Tithe Barn in Petersfield and instantly fell in love, Megan tells me.
Megan and Del originally planned a summer wedding but, weighing up the covid situation at the time, decided to move their date closer. They agreed on a smaller, intimate lockdown wedding in April, with the possibility of sunshine. On the day, the spring sun shone, the couple looked amazing, and the venue was stunning. I have to give a special thanks to the amazing staff at The Tithe Barn, who were super friendly and helpful. For me (with my new gear), it felt like the start of a new chapter; it was for Megan and Del, and they beamed with joy all day.
“We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day”
We were both on holiday in the Philippines, travelling with friends, Del tells me. They’d arrived on the beautiful island of Boracay, known for its nightlife and stunning beaches. They partied the night away at the most popular club on the island called “Epic”. As they were about to leave the club, Del’s friend approached them with a free bucket of beers (that they couldn’t finish) to lure them in – it was hard to resist. After chatting for a while, they discovered they had a lot in common. They both lived in London and were within 10 minutes of each other! This isn’t the first time this has happened – check out Alec and Stephanie’s story.
The Most Memorable Part of Our Lockdown Wedding
The significance of the occasion hit me when I was standing at the alter waiting for Megan to arrive. I was lost for words; she looked beautiful.
The most memorable part of the day for me would be exchanging vows. I was extremely nervous to walk down the aisle and being centre stage. When I first entered the barn and seen Del, it was as if no one else was in the room, an intimate moment I’ll never forget.