Back in June, I photographed Cat and Calum’s Suffolk summer wedding at The Garden Barn in Little Bradley. Their day was everything you could ask for from a countryside wedding June – a sunny day, a beautiful church ceremony and a picturesque reception in a historic Suffolk barn.
Little Bradley has everything you need for a Suffolk countryside wedding, ideal for a relaxing day. The compact village has a church for the ceremony and the barns are just 2 minutes walk away.
I’d met with the couple before their big day to plan the photography, including couple portraits. I’ve been to the The Garden Barns before as a wedding guest, but it was good to revisit with a professional eye to identify the best locations for their photographs.
I started the day at the lodge, which sits in the grounds of the Little Garden Barn, and where the bridal party was busy getting ready. The bride, mother of the bride, bridesmaids and flower girls we all in the cottage for hair and makeup, plus bucks fizz for the grownups! The newlyweds also stayed in the lodge on the night of the wedding, which meant they could party all night long.
The ceremony was in the middle of the day, when the sun was shining it’s brightest, so I was able to get some great photos inside the church. After a cosy ceremony, the new Mr. and Mrs., and their guests, moved on towards the barns for drinks on the huge lawned garden.
We were so lucky with the weather; it meant the guests could linger over drinks and enjoy food from the barbecue. Later, we moved into the stunning high ceilinged, beamed barn that had been decorated for the wedding breakfast with summer flowers and lots of fairy lights. Before the speeches, I took some time out with the couple to take couples shots in the countryside. We found a meadow that overlooked the church first of all before returning to the venue to capture some shots underneath the trees. We were absolutely spoilt for choice in this great location!
The barn was a dream to photograph in as so much natural light flooded in from all directions, even towards the end of the day. I had fun time taking photographs during the speeches and then headed back out into the garden to get some cute photos of the flower girls and pageboys scampering around.
When I suggested a longer walk to get some sunset shots in a wheat field, Cat and Calum were completely up for it! As we ventured into the fields Calum, a fellow Spurs fan, and I had a chat about football – sorry Cat. It was a good way to get the both of them to relax before the photos though. The sun dipped and there were more clouds in the sky, which made for a really dramatic evening shot.
Then it was time for the evening festivities – a first dance started the evening off before the guests piled in to boogie the night away.
As night fell, I said my goodbyes and got ready to to head home – but I realised I’d left my bag in the barn. As I headed back inside I noticed how fantastic the barn looked, all lit up, so I took the opportunity for one more photo – Cat and Calum framed at the front of the barn, bathed in golden light. The shot that almost didn’t happen, and the one that turned out to be the couple’s favourite. Thank you to Cat and Calum for letting me be a small part of their wonderful wedding day.Suppliers and credits:
Venue: The Garden Barn, Little Bradley
Makeup: Wedding Hair & Make up in Essex & Suffolk
Dress: Fleur de Lys Bridal
Marquee: Hadley Marquees
Entertainment: The Jack Starr Band
Catering: Pure White Events
Video: Veiled Productions