The Crazy Bear in Stadhampton is nothing if not eccentric. It’s a wonderful mix of traditional English pub vs magical modern venue, complete with a touch of the unusual and the oriental. There really isn’t much else out there like it and that make for some great photography.
At it’s core, the venue has it’s traditional old English pub, but modern enhancements include a huge ‘venue within a venue’ capable of seating over 100 guests and still providing space for a large bar area and dance room. There is a touch of the ‘mystical’ about the place with it’s low draped ceilings, low lighting and delicately tendered gardens.
And then there’s the London bus, complete with neon sign, and the giant wooden statue of and old sea admiral next to a pair of Buddha’s that greets you on your arrival from the car park. To say the Crazy Bear is eclectic and fun would be a bold understatement!
A venue like the Crazy Bear attracts a certain type of fun loving couple, a label James and Roxy wear with pride. They were brilliant fun throughout the day and enjoyed themselves to the max. This spirit rubbed off on the guest to who all made the most of what a unique venue the Crazy Bear is.
Another delight at this wedding was seeing the kids have so much fun. The Crazy Bear is a bit of a wonderland and they certainly seemed to love exploring the venue.
One thing I will say about the Crazy Bear though is that it is DARK! If you are thinking about what photographer to go for then please make sure they are comfortable handling low light situations. This is not exaggeration either, my associate Joshua shot a wedding here and the staff actually had to find some up-lighters just to that the guests could even see the people reading the speeches! It’s that dark!
Thanks to the low light you can get some amazing photos – if you know what you are doing. I’ve selected a few of my favourite images from the day to share with you below to hit the full screen button and enjoy!