Sophie & Adam – two of the warmest and welcoming people you could meet, had a wonderful wedding at Grittenham Barn & invited us along to document it.
A few weeks ago, I traveled to Brookfield Barn, a brand new wedding venue, both in terms of it being the first wedding I’ve photographed there, but also in that it only opened a year or so ago! It’s very exciting to have such a great new venue right on my doorstep! It reminds me a little of another venue we frequent – Bury Court Barn, but is considerably closer!
I was there for the wedding of CJ and Luke, it was a date I felt I had highlighted on my calendar for a long time, as CJ first contacted me straight after I’d photographed Katie & Jason’s Barn wedding.
One of CJ’s 13 Bridesmaids, (yes you read that right! one-three. thirteen!) was Katie’s sister, so CJ had seen my work, loved my style and wanted me to be their photographer. When I get enquiries like that, they’re always super exciting – as I know some of the crowd already, and it becomes as if I’m just photographing a friends wedding, which is a pretty special thing to say.
Louise & Craig got married earlier in the year, at the fantastic Barn at Bury Court, it’s a venue I’ve had the privilege of working at many times before – I believe my first wedding there was about 2009! Time flies!
Bury Court Barn is an impressive wedding venue – filled with wow factor and with the most wonderful gardens in Bentley, Surrey. It really lends itself to big, fun summer weddings and with the ability to seamlessly transition from the magnificent indoor spaces to the gorgeous outdoor spaces – it really adds a relaxed vibe to any wedding day, and when the sun is shining the terraces transform into the most magical, relaxing space.
Louise and Craig knew this and they had planned just that!
They told me ahead of their wedding about their vision – they wanted to share a perfect summers day with all of their friends and family and just have a lovely time enjoying delicious food and drink, having a big party, celebrating with everyone they know.
As always, Bury Court Barn looked absolutely beautiful and the gardens were in full bloom, Louise had really made the venue her own with a lovely summery colour pallet and lots of lovely hand made pom poms hanging from the vaulted ceiling.
This attention to detail, coupled with the fact that Louise & Craig really know how to throw an amazing party, made for a very lively day – it helped that all the groomsmen and ushers were all up for a great laugh – and many of the guests work with Craig in the fire service – a more lively bunch of party animals you will seldom meet.
I started with Louise & her many bridesmaids at The Bush Hotel in nearby Farnham, a perfect spot to get ready as its reasonably close to Bury Court Barn, and allows for a really good sized wedding party – along with multiple makeup artists, hairstylists to get ready for a special day, in comfort. Louise was clearly nervous/excited – but her bridesmaids and mum really kept the atmosphere light and fun, stopping any nerves from taking over.
After the preparations, everything took place at Bury Court and everyone really embraced the indoor/outdoor vibe of the day and had the most wonderful time until the late hours on the terraces enjoying Hog Roast, champagne and music, as the sun slowly fell beneath the surrey hills.
Thank you L+C, so much, for having me along to document your beautiful day!
I first met Liv back in 2012 at Heather & Tim’s Wedding – where she was the maid of honour & was immensely helpful throughout the day – especially during the group photos! So when her email dropped into my inbox enquiring If I’d be able to be her wedding photographer, for her Farbridge Barn Wedding – I was massively excited. Knowing the crowd & some of the family already, I knew it was going to be a relaxed, fun & friendly day – one that would be immensely fun to document.
Jess & Chris got married at the Rumbolds Barn, near Billinghurst in Sussex. It’s a Barn wedding venue with wonderful outside space and a lake. They had a fantastic outdoor ceremony surrounded by their family and friends. Drinks reception around the lake and on the lawns. The bride arrived in a Rolls Royce (Chris designed the interior!). Beautiful hand-made details in the barn. This wedding had it all.
We’ve covered lots of weddings at other barn wedding venues – Sussex Barn, Bury Court, Fitzleroi, Pangdean etc. and they always make for great days, so we were very excited to get to Rumbolds and it certainly did did not disappoint! It’s a really lovely space with beautiful gardens & a fantastic lake.
Jessica and Hugh’s Sussex wedding is another autumn corker! Jessica and Hugh wanted both the groom and bride’s morning prep covered so they booked both Heather and I to photograph their special day – It was also lovely to have Heather back in wedding photographer mode – as she spends a lot of her time creating beautiful wedding videos, it doesn’t often leave time for second shooting!
Regular followers of the blog might remember Jessica and Hugh from their engagement session in Brighton in the summer, where they brought their energetic boxer dog Squid along to join in the fun. And Squid was also a special guest at the wedding – complete with a bow tie collar.
As another year draws to a close I like to spend a little time reflecting on all that’s happened. 2014 has been really good to me, with weddings taking me far and wide, from my hometown of Brighton up to the stunning the Peak District and on to Lancashire.
I’ve been luckily enough to shoot some fantastic weddings and have met some amazing people. So I thought I’d round up the year with some of my favourite images from 2014. A huge thank you to all my 2014 couples and all the very best for 2015. And to all my 2015 couples – I’m really looking forward to working with you this year!
Jess & Chris’s wedding was a lot of fun! – Full to the brim of gorgeous moments. Their wedding was incredibly special for me on a personal level, as I went to college with Jess a fair few years ago (we both studied Photography! & Jess always got better grades than I did!) – so when she asked If I’d photograph her & Chris’s wedding It was an easy decision.
This personal connection also meant that I had more than a hint of nervousness & a lot of excitement going into their wedding day!
Heather & Tim are rarely in the UK, but after getting to know them a little bit over the internet, it was such a thrill to join them for their wedding, I’ve photographed a handful of Grittenham Barn Weddings & they’re always awesome!
Heather & Tim’s was the epitome of what weddings are about – A chance to celebrate, catch up with old fiends and have a great time, Friends and family alike contributed in a variety of ways to infuse character and charm throughout the day! From the chef, to the bartender, to the serving staff – everyone had a personal connection to Heather, Tim or their friends – a fantastic thing to witness!
I’m always treated amazingly well by my clients and their guests, and H&Ts wedding was no exception – I arrived a little earlier to the bridal preps than I was expected, So early Heather hadn’t returned from the Hairdressers yet, but I was welcomed & treated to breakfast with the family (Thank you!!)
After meeting them, hanging out with them for their engagement session & getting to know them over the course of a year – Kate & Lincoln’s Pangdean Barn wedding was a day that couldn’t arrive quick enough for me – every time I saw that Kate had visited my website (My web stats show a lot of visits from San Francisco, I don’t know anyone other than K&L in SF!) the anticipation increased just that bit more! So even though the weather was not kind (massive understatement), it was still a brilliant, beautiful day filled to the brim with emotion, excitement & fun.
I adore doing weddings for people who live overseas – often they haven’t seen their friends and family in some time, especially all together – so it really adds to the sense of occasion and makes the photographs all the more important.
Kate grew up around Sussex, so it was only natural for her to come back here for her wedding, to get married at the family church and celebrate amongst her Sussex based family and friends. They also brought a not-so-small contingent of world travellers, with people hailing from various parts of America and all across the world – so many wonderfully interesting people!
They got married at the beautiful St Peters Church in Ardingly, before heading over to one of my favourite local venues Pangdean Barns. I do love a good barn wedding & Pangdean Barn weddings are always brilliant, Michael, Nikki and the team always have everything running like clockwork and even on a day of pretty bad weather everything went smoothly.
Slight side story, I was talking to Kate during the day, and mentioned how disappointed I was for them that the weather had turned out so badly – certainly not something to expect in the middle of summer! But Kate said something that that will stick with me for ever.
She said that the weather didn’t matter, and that she was grateful that I was there capturing photographs of her friends and family having an amazing time, that those were the images that mattered the most to her and those were the images I was capturing.
That truly resonated with me and is certainly something I’ll carry with me forever.
It’s not about the weather, the location or the details – of course, all of those things add to the story, matter and deserve capturing. But the point is – weddings are about the people. It’s the people, the moments and the personal stories where the true magic of wedding photography lies.
Onward with the important story! I started the day briefly with Lincoln in the pub. Mainly as I’d already been to see Kate, when the bridesmaids, in various state of preparedness, ran away like startled deer – albeit way more glamorous. Meeting with the boys for a little gave them all time to prepare for the day, so by the time I came back they were excited to be in photos!