The notification from my diary for today reads: ‘yey Liberty and Oli!!’. Apart from sounding cringe-worthy, the message also isn’t entirely true. Like many other weddings during this pandemic, when all businesses have been forced to close, it has been postponed to next year. So I won’t get to be the Farbridge Barn wedding photographer today. While the couple celebrate the day in their own private way to commemorate, I wanted to join in and post some photos from their beautiful venue as it looked a couple of Spring times ago. The couple in these photos are Debbie & Iain – who are now happily married and who wouldn’t change a thing about their day at Farbridge Barn (and neither would I). The wedding was also featured in the www blog. Enjoy! Of course, if you’re planning a wedding at Farbridge or have any questions about photography, drop me a message!
The Venue & Styling
Farbridge Barn is a dedicated wedding for exclusive use, nestled in the rolling down-lands of the South Downs National Park. It was once an old dairy farm but now beautifully renovated to include a secret garden, a sun-lit courtyard, a smaller barn for the ceremony and dancing and a larger barn for drinks and sit-down meal. All are beautifully lit and feel luxurious and airy. The versatility in space is coupled with an events team whose creative ideas and practical support will make the day run perfectly without being overly visible, which is nice to see. The décor for this wedding was based on the couple’s love of travel and wine, featuring a world map table planner, stacked suitcases as informal drink tables, and a dining room decorated with wine crates and photos from their travels.
The Ceremony & Reception
Debbie and her bridesmaids finished their morning preparations in the en-suite accommodation – perfectly situated opposite the small barn where the wedding ceremony and evening reception took place (via a short walk through the secret garden). The post ceremony Pimm’s and canapés were then served on an ornate console in the courtyard (everything felt very relaxed – the couple chose to extend this part of the reception slightly to enjoy more of the games and afternoon sun). After some speedy group photos, while guests were moving into the bigger barn for the wedding breakfast, we took a short (3 minute) drive across the river Lavant and spent some brief moments around the old dairy farm for some portraits. By then the couple were well into their stride – which when coupled by the baking heat, gentle refreshing breeze and elegant flowing Stella York dress made for some of my most favourite photos. Debbie and Iain enjoyed every minute of their wedding until the late licence expired at 11:30pm – naturally I was there for every minute of it.
‘These are awesome!!! Thank you So much! We’ve watched the slideshow about 5 times already in the last half an hour. We absolutely loved having you there, we’re so glad we found you! #bestweddingphotographer’ – Debbie & Iain
Venue: Farbridge Barn
Wedding Dress: Stella York by Anya Bridal
Floral Design: Earth Seed to Blossom
Hair & Makeup: Suzanne Hair and Beauty
Bands: The long Straws, Laura James
Second Photographer: Lloyd Richard Photography
Debbie and Iain’s wedding