Natasha and Daniels Tudor Barn wedding was a little bit extra special for me, as I also got married at Tudor Barn a few years previously. I was really looking forwards to being back there on the other side this time, as a wedding photographer. Natasha and Daniel’s big day took place on a beautiful but chilly February day. Total opposite to my own wedding which was on a summers day in July and it rained all day. Got to love the English weather!
I arrived at Natasha’s mums house on the morning of the wedding where the bride was getting ready with her bridesmaids. The bridesmaids were all in matching robes and Natasha looked happy and excited as they giggled and drank champagne while having their hair and make-up done.
During the morning I took some time taking some photos of the wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses, as well as Natasha’s beautiful accessories. The deep red of the bridesmaid’s dresses was stunning and perfectly suited the season.
Just around the corner groom Daniel was getting ready with his family, best man and groomsmen. So, I jumped into my car and popped over to them for a while to also get some photos of Daniel during the morning. I took some photos of the suits and other details, as well as Daniel opening a gift from his bride which was a lovely moment.
Back with the bride it was now time for her to open her gift from her husband to be. Natasha looked emotional as she read out the card. I just love taking photos of moments like these, it is so special.
Soon it was time for the bride to get into her beautiful dress with help from her sister who was also her chief bridesmaid. Once Natasha was ready it was time for me to shoot on ahead to the church. I wanted to be sure I got there is plenty of time for the bride’s arrival.
The church looked stunning in the low winter sun as wedding guests made their way into the church ready for the ceremony. Not long later bride Natasha arrived and was walked down the aisle by her mother who looked extremely proud.
The ceremony was full of so much love and laughter, with one particular extremely entertaining reading from a friend which had everyone laughing. Another special moment was the little flower girl re-arranging the brides train in the middle of the service. I love moments like this and being ready to capture the photo is so important.
The couple made their vows to each other and exchanged rings, then it was time to head back outside into the winter sunshine for some photos.
As wedding guests made their way out of the church, I took the newlyweds around the corner for a few photos of them together. Then it was time for the confetti throw. Despite being sunny it was still a bit chilly and blustery and the confetti and Natasha’s veil flew all over the place to the great amusement of the bride herself.
The newlyweds climbed into a classic MG convertible to make the short journey over to Tudor Barn for the wedding reception. As they drove away their guests cheered and took photos.
Tudor Barn is a beautiful wedding venue outside Burnham Village in Buckinghamshire and is sat within 6 acres of stunning private grounds. When you use Tudor Barn for your wedding you get it for private use which I think is always important on your special day.
The barn itself was built around 1505 and still has the original timber beams. When I got married at Tudor Barn what I really loved was the separate parts that can be used on the wedding day. We had our civil ceremony in the Garden Room which has glass doors all down one side, overlooking the patio and lawn. Then the main barn which they call the ‘banquet hall’ has mezzanines each side and can seat 130 guests for your wedding breakfast. It really is so pretty and walking into the main barn sold it for me back when I was looking at wedding venues.
Something that was new to Tudor Barn and wasn’t available when I got married was the Wedding Gazebo for outdoor ceremonies. It is a gorgeous wooden arch structure in the gardens which would be ideal if you prefer an outdoor ceremony.
Once the bride and groom had arrived at Tudor Barn the drinks reception began, and the newlyweds and I took some time away in the gardens and grounds of the venue for some photos. As it poured with rain on my own wedding day at Tudor Barn, I didn’t get the opportunity to do this myself as a bride, so this was really special for me to be able to take wedding photos of Natasha and Daniel in this beautiful location.
While the newlyweds took some time to have a drink and a chat with their guests, I took some time in the barn which was set up ready for the wedding breakfast. The decorations were stunning and centrepieces beautiful with the deep red roses which matched the brides bouquet and button holes. Everything complimented each other so much it was perfectly planned out.
Next up it was time for some group photos in the courtyard in front of the barn, another great location. Then guests made their way inside for the wedding breakfast. The bride and groom were then announced into the room to cheers and applause from their guests.
As the wedding breakfast was being served and I had a little sit down and something to eat myself, I was keeping an eye on the sun setting outside. Being such a sunny day, the sky was clear which was making for a beautiful sunset. While I was planning ahead before the wedding, I checked the time of the sunset and realised it would be right at the time the bride and groom would be eating their meal. With this in mind I mentioned to Natasha and Daniel prior to the day that if the sunset was beautiful would they like me to sneak into the barn and let them know. They said yes absolutely and so between their main course and dessert we popped outside for a few minutes to get a couple of photos. It was super cold by this time on a late February afternoon, but Natasha was a trooper and I made sure I only kept them outside for a short time, then back into the warm.
The speeches came after the meal and they were fantastic. Natasha’s sister’s speech was a particular highlight which resulted in a huge amount of laughter and the mother of the bride covering her face with embarrassment.
Evening guests arrived and next came a game of Mr and Mrs which was highly entertaining. The bride and groom then cut their wedding cake with a huge sword which groom Daniel then shoved right down into the middle of the cake, much to everyone’s entertainment.
This wedding day was full of so much fun that next up came sparklers outside. Wedding sparklers are so much fun, and everyone was smiling and laughing. Then, back indoors for the first dance which was so lovely, and it is clear how much in love Natasha and Daniel are.
The rest of the evening was full of dancing, fun and laughter. Natasha and Daniel’s Tudor Barn wedding was wonderful from start to end and such a pleasure to photograph. Being back at Tudor Barn was so lovely for me and I’d love to photograph more weddings there in the future.
Natasha and Daniel also had a videographer for their wedding who was Katie Tulip. She was fantastic to work with and I would highly recommend her.
If you are planning a winter wedding and would like to see another example of a blog from this season, please click here for Samantha and Grant’s January wedding.
And finally, here is what Natasha and Daniel had to say about me photographing their Tudor Barn wedding:
Fiona has a great eye for capturing the best moments of the day. On top of that she's a joy to have around. Friendly, down to earth and thoughtful. I couldn't have wished for better. Your pictures come presented in a very professional and thoughtful way - no regrets, go for it, she's great!