Going back to October 2012, I finally got a chance to visit Barter Books in Alnwick, Northumberland. It’s an amazing second hand book shop, set inside the old train station. It is quite famous for another reason as to being a great book shop. It was in this very shop that the Keep Calm and Carry on poster was re-discovered hiding in a box of books and ended up being popular around the world! It is a very quirky place, and as soon as I walked in I started coming up with ideas for a shoot there in future. I dropped them an email afterwards and they said they’d be happy for me to take some photographs there.
I hadn’t found the perfect couple to photograph there, until I met Chris & Katy, nearly 18 months later. When we first met up to chat about their wedding, they revealed they both love books and met working in a branch of Waterstones. Well I immediately suggested my idea of having a pre-wedding shoot in Barter Books, so not only was I delighted that they booked me (hehe, pun!) to photograph their wedding, they also loved the idea and went with it!
We chose to pop up to their wedding venue, Ellingham Hall first. This was to look around as they wanted to come up with some ideas with me there, given that they hadn’t seen the grounds in daylight before. The other reason was to spend 10 minutes or so for them to feel a bit more at ease in front of the camera first, as it was the middle of the school holidays and we knew Barter Books would be busy! Well it worked, Katy & Chris were fabulous to work with and I was thrilled that I finally got a chance to shoot in this amazing place. I did research before and couldn’t find any other examples of a shoot like this in Barter Books yet, so will be interesting to see if I get further request from any book-loving couples in future 😀 Thanks so much to Natalie, a great photographer and friend who assisted me on the shoot too.
Thanks so much to Katy & Chris for being so fab and easygoing, Natalie for her help and for Barter Books for allowing us to take photographs there on a busy summer’s day.
I cannot wait to be part of Katy & Chris’ wedding next year….. I hear there may be a bit of a book theme running through the day, eek!!
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