Priyan and Nick got married on a beautiful August day at a rustic barn in Pinner. I’d photographed their friend’s wedding back in 2019 so I was excited to see some familiar faces. The couple had looked at lots of different venues around Harrow but loved the character of this venue and the proximity to the picturesque grounds of Headstone Manor Park. If you’re getting married at The Great Barn and looking for a Headstone Manor Wedding Photographer, get in touch!
Groom Prep at Headstone Manor
The couple decided to break tradition and get ready together on the morning of the big day. I think more couples should do this! It was lovely for them to have a couple of hours to themselves as guests arrived and friends helped with final decorative touches. Priyan had always said flowers were going to be a big part of the day but I wasn’t expecting such a spectacular transformation. Shilpa Reddy Flowers and her team revamped the space by placing trees decorated with candles at the back of the barn creating a magical backdrop for the ceremony whilst adorning the aisle with colourful flower arrangements. Priyan and Nick had simple white rose buttonholes and vibrant bouquets of pink and orange peonies were made up for the three best woman.
Exchanging of Rings at The Great Barn
It was a wonderful moment to see the grooms walk down the aisle together. They’d both written their own vows and the emotional and heartfelt words they shared made the most reserved guests shed a tear.
After the ceremony, guests lined up outside the barn to shower the couple with confetti before enjoying reception drinks in the sun filled, perfectly manicured grounds of Headstone Manor. I wanted to make use of the twinkling fairy lights draped across the beams of the old barn so I used a flash to backlight the couple and a telephoto lens to compress the scene and create beautiful background bokeh.
Fairytale Wedding Breakfast
The barn had been transformed once again into a fairytale dining room where guests enjoyed a delicious wedding breakfast. Nick gave a wonderful speech dedicated to his new husband and included some beautiful words about his mum. One of my favourite shots of the day is of Nick and his mum looking at each other during the speeches. Capturing moments like this is the thing that inspires me most about being a wedding photographer.
First Dance at Grade II Listed Pinner Wedding Venue
Nick was a bit apprehensive about having a first dance but Priyan was adamant it was going to happen! He did let Nick pick the song though and as a massive Blondie fan he went for ‘Dreaming’. After that, there wasn’t a quiet moment on the dance floor for the rest of the evening! It was such a pleasure to document this lovely couple’s big day. If you’re looking for a Headstone Manor wedding photographer, I’d love to hear from you.
Getting Married in a 16th Century Barn in London
The Great Barn was used as a working farm building as far back as the 1500’s and the character and history is evident throughout the site. In 1986, the venue became Harrow Museum and Heritage centre and the surrounding park became a popular place for locals to visit.
Photographing Weddings at The Great Barn at Headstone Manor
Headstone Manor is licensed to hold ceremonies for up to 250 guests and has great transport links making it easy for guests to get to. There’s no on site accommodation but there are plenty of nearby hotels just a short taxi ride away. This Grade II listed, 16th Century building is full of character and charm with it’s vaulted ceilings and beautifully traditional limestone flooring. It loved working at this amazing venue and hope to photograph another wedding here soon.