One of the perks of my job as a wedding photographer is seeing some of the nation’s most beautiful venues in all their glory. I’ve shot weddings in castles, in churches, in stunning hotels and they all have their unique charm.
In August, I was lucky enough to shoot not one but two weddings (in the same week!) at Tower Hill Barns, a place described on their website as “oozing rustic charm”, and even that description doesn’t do the place justice! It’s absolutely magical! Tower Hill Barns is a venue I had never been to before but is now one of my absolute favourite places to photograph.
Emma and Chris were first up, with an outdoor ceremony under the old 19th-century railway bridge at the venue. I’ve known Chris for a number of years as my husband used to play football with him, so I knew this wedding was going to be a fabulous day.
There is something very special about outdoor ceremonies. I love them. Maybe it’s the fresh air and the smells of summer that help to make the atmosphere so much more romantic. It certainly gave me goosebumps during the ceremony!
The guests gathered to see Emma walk down the aisle, and she was the picture of calm and beauty as she did. She was one of those brides that was chilled and took everything in her stride, she looked breath-taking.
One of the highlights of the day was during the ceremony, when Emma’s nieces, Megan, aged 8, and Jessica, aged 6, read out a poem called “Getting Married Means You’ll Have…” It’s a lovely, funny poem and the girls read it beautifully. For them to do that at such a young age and in front of 100 guests was a proud moment for everyone. They were amazing.
Soon it was time for photographs with the newly married couple and I had the most fantastic time. The best thing about Tower Hill Barns is that whichever way you turn, you spot a photo opportunity. I was absolutely spoilt for choice and got some truly stunning photographs.
As I left after a day of joy and happiness, I had a huge smile on my face, knowing that I would be back at this most wonderful of venues in just a few days time.