Barn wedding venue Surrey by documentary and photojournalistic wedding photographer
Charlotte & David’s day was a perfect example of rustic barn wedding photography at their barn wedding venue, Wyresdale Park in Preston. As a documentary and photojournalistic wedding photographer Surrey I have often had the pleasure to work in similar barn wedding venues, for example Gildings Barns in Newdigate where I am also one of the preferred suppliers. Last December I shot Jason & Lora’s gorgeous barn wedding there; scroll down to the bottom of this post for a listing of more rustic, country barn wedding venues in Surrey.
Back to the couple! Charlotte and I go way back and met in a very different context many, many years ago. She and her family were actually scuba diving guests in Sharm el Sheikh (where my husband Mark and I used to live & work as scuba diving instructors & guides, more about that life in this article of the May 2019 issue of the Big Photo Ezine and also here ;-)) and that’s where we had the pleasure to meet this lovely bunch of people.
Fast forward a good few years and here she is, ready to get married to this wonderful guy called David. I had the pleasure of meeting him and Charlotte for a Surrey Hills pre-wedding shoot (aka Box Hill couple shoot) a while ago and frankly could not wait for their big day!
As expected, it was a heart-warming day where the love could be felt everywhere and needless to say – it was an absolute privilege to be a part of it. As a documentary wedding photographer Surrey, the couple’s wedding day was also an absolute dream to capture. Events unfolded naturally which allowed for the moments to be captured in a journalistic style and with an unobtrusive approach. Only for the moment where they would see each other for the first time, the couple had decided they really liked the idea of that being a moment for just the two of them. So I proposed to do a ‘first look’ on the premises of the venue where we could somehow ‘hide’ them from one another until they were both ready to look. To understand a bit more about the phenomenon of the ‘First Look’, read more here about the pro’s and con’s.
Capturing the bridal preps | Two photographers at your wedding
Because bride & groom valued having the bridal preparations captured too, they opted for the possibility of having two photographers at their wedding and so I was joined on the day by colleague and friend John Steel. Together we were able to capture the preps of both bride & groom at the same time but on two different locations, which enables me to ultimately deliver a very complete story of the day in images to the couple. Oh, and did I mention that the bride looked absolutely drop-dead gorgeous in her vintage beaded wedding dress and that the groom rocked a traditional scottish clan tartan kilt!
The first look
Bride & Groom portrait session
Although I have a journalistic approach and a documentary style in my wedding photography, there are some moments during the day where I will be a bit more ‘present’ and direct the couple. Like the portrait shots for example, as no-one gets up in the morning and is ‘Dorking’s next top model’ ;-). That said, I will always make an effort to make the portrait session as relaxed an ‘unposed’ as possible by letting the couple interact with each other and simply capturing the love between them. And that’s exactly what we did with this gorgeous couple…
Father-daughter first look moment
Charlotte was keen to have a moment also with her Dad before the ceremony would start, and understandably this became quite an emotional moment. She is and will always be his little girl after all… The father-daughter first look moment is one of those instances where it is absolutely worthwhile having two photographers (aka having a ‘second shooter’) at your wedding because together, we can capture these unforgettable moments from two angles and tell the story of your day in images that complement each other perfectly.
Barn wedding ceremony
Charlotte & David had a proper barn wedding ceremony and tied the knot in the beautiful Ceremony Barn of Wyresdale Park.
Confetti exit after the barn wedding ceremony
Bride & Groom could have not made us any happier when they told us they wanted to have a proper confetti exit with dried flower petals after their barn wedding ceremony, and so we did!
Drinks, canapé’s & speeches
The Exhibition Barn was the setting for the wedding reception with some pretty darn good speeches :-).
Wedding breakfast, cake-cutting & first dance
The White Barn was the setting for the wedding breakfast, with its beautifully decorated tables and of course, a special place for the wedding cake. After breakfast it was time to get the feet off the floor and the couple performed a truly wonderful first dance together.
Charlotte & David, I cannot begin to tell you how honoured & happy I am to have been a (small) part of your day. It was a true privilege to capture it for you and I truly hope that you will look at the images and re-live the day and all its special moments and emotions time and time again. Thank you for having me, lots of love!
Barn wedding venues in Surrey
Check out this blogpost about Barn Wedding Venues and rustic barn wedding photography in Surrey.
As mentioned previously, Gildings Barns is an absolutely stunning rustic barn wedding venue in Surrey and literally 20 minutes away from where I am based. As one of their preferred suppliers, it makes life very easy for all parties involved :-). Mercure Burford Bridge hotel, at the foot of Box Hill (where I live) in Dorking is another amazing barn wedding venue in Surrey. You can celebrate your wedding in the medieval Tithe Barn and have your portraits captured in the stunning setting of the Surrey Hills.
Other barn wedding venues in Surrey include:
Newdigate: The Old Greens Barn
Bramley (near Guildford): Gate Street Barn
Titsey Hill: The Barn at Botley Hill
Dunsford (near Godalming): High Billinghurst Farm
Farnham: Exclusive wedding venue Millbridge Court Barn
Also in Farnham: Bury Court Barn and Cain Manor (Barn-style manor house in Farnham)
Horsham (just on the border with Sussex): Brookfield Barn
Oxted: Coltsford Mill