Laura and Alex – 27th July 2018
Rustic Barn in Tufton Warren
I’ve been a Clock Barn wedding photographer on numerous occasions and it’s always a pleasure to come back. It is a wonderful wedding venue set in the rolling hills of the Hampshire countryside. This rustic timbered barn is one of my favourite places to work at so I was extremely excited when Laura and Alex asked me to document their wedding there.
Laura got ready with her bridesmaids at Norton Park Hotel. The White Horse Flower Company made Laura’s beautiful blush bouquet which matched the bridesmaids pastel pink gowns perfectly. She wore a fitted, lace Essence of Australia gown and the bridesmaids reactions were priceless when they saw her in her wedding dress for the first time!
The ceremony took place in the main barn on a hot July day. It was beautifully decorated with white bunting, fairy lights and pretty flower arrangements on wooden apple crates. After the ceremony, guests went into the gardens to enjoy some Prosecco and canapes in the sun whilst we got some portraits of the couple in the fields surrounding the venue. The rustic green barns, wooden fences and vast expanse of farmland provided the perfect backdrop and we were really spoilt for choice when it came to picking places for photos.
Galloping Gourmet provided a delicious three course meal for the guests before some hilarious and heartfelt speeches. A beautiful day turned into a fun filled evening with lots of dancing, laughter…and Prosecco!
Laura and Alex are such a lovely couple and were a pleasure to photograph. They were so accommodating and I’m so pleased I was asked to document their big day.
“We’ve had a look and are absolutely thrilled with them!! Thank you! Absolutely amazing.”
Clock Barn Wedding Photos
Rustic Countryside Venue in Hampshire
Clock Barn is a wonderful wedding venue set in the rolling hills of the Hampshire countryside. Situated just a short drive from Newbury and Winchester, this romantic retreat is the perfect place for events and weddings. The thatched clock tower gives the venue lots of character and guests can enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding meadows throughout the day.
Getting Married at Clock Barn
The Stables is a newly renovated house where the bridal party can get ready on the morning of the wedding. The design has been well thought out with neutral colours that don’t dominate the room and lots of natural materials which compliment the rustic charm of the venue. This, combined with the large windows letting in lots of natural light, make it the perfect place to have your hair and makeup done before the ceremony.
When it comes to tying the knot, there are a few different options to suite the style and size of your wedding. The Main Barn, which seats 160 people, is the most popular room. The high ceilings and wooden beams decorated with bunting and fairylights make it the ideal spot for any fairytale wedding. If you’re looking to have a more intimate ceremony, the Stable Room and the dance floor are great alternatives.
Galloping Gourmet is on hand to help you design the perfect menu for your guests. The wedding breakfast is usually held in the Main Barn which means you may need to allow some time after the ceremony for a room turnaround. During this time, guests can enjoy cocktails and canapes on the terrace when the weather is warm, or spend time in the Stable Room during the colder months. It’s a cosy room with a traditional brick fireplace decorated with lots of candles…perfect for a winter wedding!
In the evening, there is a separate space for the dance floor so there’s plenty of room for people to sit and mingle when they’re taking a break from dancing. Accommodation for 18 guests is available in the farmhouse and the wedding couple get to enjoy the luxurious honeymoon suite in the Hayloft.
Documenting Weddings at Clock Barn
Here are some of my favourite spots for portraits on a wedding day:
- GREEN BARN – There are lots of rustic barns situated in the surrounding countryside which provide a neutral background for portraits and the rustic texture gives the images a vintage feel. I love using the large green barn next to the car park to introduce a bit of colour. This works especially well in the winter when the landscape is looking less vibrant.
- DRIVEWAY – Clock Barn has one of the longest driveways I’ve ever seen! It’s a great way to incorporate the vast landscape whilst getting photos of the couple. I’d definitely recommend waiting until sunset so you can capture the views in beautiful, soft light.
- COUNTRY LANE – There is a country lane running next to the venue which is very quiet and works really well for group portraits. A telephoto lens helps to compress the long line of trees either side and create a neutral backdrop making the subjects stand out. It’s also very close to the terrace where the drinks reception is held so guests don’t have to travel too far for portrait time.
- GARDENS – The gardens to the back of the barn are a pretty spot for photos throughout the day. There is also a field at the back which is a great alternative for group portraits when the weather is nice.
- STABLE ROOM – During the colder months, this room can be kept free for portrait. It can feel a bit dark so I’d recommend adding off camera flash or continuous light to make the images pop.
If you’re looking for a Clock Barn wedding photographer, I’d love to hear from you!