2020 wasn’t quite the year anyone had hoped for, but one of the great things about the creative industry, and the wedding industry in particular, is that all the small businesses involved are still keen to collaborate in the face of adversity and create beautiful things despite not being able to work as we perhaps normally would have!
I collaborated with an incredible array of talented wedding suppliers to create this stunning shoot at the beautiful Suffolk Barn earlier this year.
An historic barn venue perfect for rustic wedding celebrations
This beautiful venue is situated only 2 miles from the town of Bury St Edmunds, and is the perfect location for a rustic wedding. The barn itself is huge, with several big windows that see natural light flooding in – perfect for photographs. Not only does this unique barn retain all the original character of timber framing, traditional cladding and large threshing doors, but the grounds are stunning too. The barn is situated on a working farm with sheep grazing peacefully nearby, and the doors open out onto acres of historic parkland, including original features from it’s position as a barn to a grand house, including a moat, woodlands and ancient fishponds.
The barn dates back to 1423, and is available for dry hire for weddings and civil ceremonies, corporate or other events. With a seating capacity of over 200 people, there is plenty of space for even a large wedding – an unusual aspect for a traditional barn venue. You can even increase numbers further by adding an outdoor marquee in the substantial grounds.
Suffolk Barn Wedding Photographer
I was delighted to be invited to work at this venue and when I arrived at the location I spent some time scouting out opportunities for amazing photographs. Taking my camera around the venue, allowed me to test the light to work out what spots would be the best locations for our bridal models later in the day. I spotted an old storage barn, with ivy growing through the cracks in the wall which had beautiful light and looked stunning, so I made a point of taking our model there later in the day.
I also suggested to our lovely wedding planner Meera from Carriages Weddings and Events that it would be good to locate our table set up in the covered woodland area, next to a beautiful rustic wall and tree. We also decided to create an aisle on a woodland pathway, and so we set up the wooden ceremony centrepiece here.
We were so lucky with the weather, and the beautiful light that streamed through the huge rustic barn doors throughout the venue. It was perfect from a photography perspective, with so much beautiful natural light to work with, meaning I didn’t need to worry about using flashes, lightstands or additional equipment – the natural light could do the talking!
Rustic Barn Wedding Vibes and Styling
A few words from the Concept creator Amineh from Beauty By Amineh ‘I wanted to do this shoot in appreciation of small businesses (after lock down) and my love of country/woodland weddings and barns. I love the outdoors and sometimes we don’t take advantage of the nature which is generously available to us, Meera was able to facilitate this and used beautiful outdoor spaces of what Suffolk Barn had to offer on their land.’
Laura from Flora Laura Flowers who is an eco-friendly florist catering to all occasions including weddings and events said ‘The colours chosen for the photo shoot reminded me of gorgeous Mediterranean vibrant spice hues, so using seasonal flowers from a local grower and eco-friendly materials throughout, I chose a variety of textures, shapes and colours for my floral designs. These included burgundy & orange Dahlias, Pink Sedum, Aster, Echinacea, whimsical white/green Nigella and Poppy seed heads.’
For more barn wedding inspiration, take a look at these blog posts here.
Concept & MUA – Beauty by Amineh
Styling & Planning – Carriages Weddings & Events
Hair – Barberella Bridal Hair
Venue – Suffolk Barn
Props & Furniture – Anthology Vintage Hire
Linens & Napkins – Mia Sylvia
Cutlery, crockery & glassware – Wren Prop Hire
Background & Props Flowers – Flora Laura Flowers
Bouquet & flower crown – What the Fleur
Stationery – LSP Fine Design
Dress Designer – Lisa Lyons Bridal
Veils – Visionary Veils
Cake Maker – Xquisite Cakes
Model – Lindsey Ann